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From Breast Cancer to Coach: Eileen Fuentes Becomes a Catalyst for Health and Healing

Eileen Fuentes is a warrior. She has survived triple negative breast cancer and a blood clot in her heart, all while raising three daughters and working a full-time job. But in true fighter form, she came out of her ordeal stronger than ever and intent on becoming a source of positive change.

So she enrolled in the Health Coach Training Program in 2010 and founded The SPEACH, an organization dedicated to making quality integrative healthcare accessible to underserved communities through specialized lectures, workshops, and wellness programs.

Read on to find out how Eileen is helping other people transform their health holistically.

New Heights for Health Coaches: IIN Live March 2013

Hundreds of Integrative Nutrition graduates came together last weekend in New York City – and many tuned in via live stream – to enjoy a weekend of health and wellness at our latest IIN Live Conference!

From business-building exercises to coaching techniques, attendees connected about how to take their health coaching practices to the next level. We learned about some amazing things our graduates are doing, including publishing books, working in schools, and creating mobile apps. Over 100 international graduates who flew in from all over the world took the stage to represent their countries.  Those who joined us from home on the live stream followed the conversation on Twitter using #IINLive and on our IIN Live Events Facebook Page.

Throughout the weekend we heard from a list of renowned speakers on a variety of topics. Bestselling author and thought leader Gabrielle Berstein, and creator of The Desire Map and The Fire Starter Sessions Danielle LaPorte, both empowered us with inspirational talks on how to achieve the most out of life.

Notes from IIN’s Founder: Why it’s OK to Quit Being Vegan or Macrobiotic

One of our gifted graduates, Alex Jamieson, recently posted an article on her website about experimenting with animal protein. She had been a strong advocate for the vegan way of eating for a long time, and she still recommends it as a healing tool for many.

After many years, she started having overwhelming cravings for animal protein accompanied with feelings of guilt for having them. She started eating animal foods in secret, ashamed that she had failed to live up to the “vegan ideal.” Alex finally learned to accept herself, and has bravely come out to share her experience with the world. What’s beautiful about her story is her compassion toward her body.

It reminded me of when I first became involved with nutrition and health. For several years, I followed a vegan macrobiotic diet – eating almost no dairy, meat, honey, or eggs. I did eat fish once in a while. I became very healthy and strong, and any time I went for a checkup all my blood tests were exceptional. Gradually, though, I began to notice the downside of this way of eating.

Integrative Nutrition Reviews: Women Food and God

Eating disorders are life-threatening illnesses that impact millions of people every year. They include anorexia (self-starvation and excessive weight loss), bulimia (cycling between binge eating and purging), binge eating disorder (recurring binging), and even atypical disorders such as orthorexia (obsession with a specific way of eating).

In recognition of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, we are reviewing the work of Integrative Nutrition visiting teacher Geneen Roth, a pioneer in helping heal emotional eating for thousands of women.

In her teaching and books, Roth says that she’s gained and lost over a thousand pounds from years of fad dieting and then breaking her restrictive eating patterns. One day, she decided to just stop dieting, yo-yoing between being dangerously underweight and dangerously overweight, and just eat whatever she wanted by making conscious choices and asking her body what it wanted. Once she started trusting her body, she found her ideal size without effort.

How Science Perfected Addictive Junk Food

It’s no secret that eating nutrient-poor processed snack foods won’t keep you healthy. Laden with sugar, salt, and fat, indulging in them fill us up and take the place of foods that have the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that give us energy and keep our systems running.

Though serving sizes and nutritional information are clearly labeled on packages, most people have trouble putting down snacks after eating one serving. Why is this?

The truth is that food manufacturers carefully study what makes a snack crave-worthy to make them more addictive. Researching which colors, textures, flavors and levels of sweetness or saltiness maximize the bliss point, scientists design foods to create constant cravings and boost profits for food manufacturers.

Dr. Mark Hyman’s Favorite Superfood Breakfast Smoothie

Integrative Nutrition visiting teacher Dr. Mark Hyman is a respected physician and world-renowned leader in functional medicine, which believes in addressing and preventing the root cause of chronic illness through healthy eating and a balanced lifestyle. He’s also a passionate health and nutrition advocate, inspirational speaker, and the author of many bestselling books including UltraPrevention, UltraMetabolism, and The Blood Sugar Solution. 

In this video, How Health Coaches Will Change the Future of Healthcare, Dr. Hyman explains that while doctors often primarily treat symptoms, Health Coaches provide information and support to facilitate behavior change that will prevent disease and promote true wellness. 

What better place to start than first thing in the morning? Eating a healthy breakfast helps to balance blood sugar throughout the day, and provides ample energy, giving you a mental and physical advantage to achieve your goals. We asked Dr. Hyman, “What's your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?” Read below for his response! 

Integrative Nutrition Reviews: Free Online Yoga Classes

Welcome to the latest installment of Integrative Nutrition Reviews, where we consider books, movies, and other media related to health, food, and personal wellness. Want to suggest something for us to review? Post it in the comments!

It’s not easy to find an accessible, easy-to-follow yoga class – that also happens to be free. Luckily, DoYogaWithMe.com solves many of the concerns people have about starting up a yoga practice. This free online resource offers classes based on level of difficulty, length of class, yoga style, and teacher, right in the comfort of your home. 

Hyacinth Mills Unveils Her Vegan Restaurant

After moving from London to the U.S., Hyacinth Mills made it her goal to begin a personal journey to vibrant health. This ambition led her to Integrative Nutrition.

After graduating from the Health Coach Training Program in 2005, Hyacinth set up shop in Montclair, New Jersey. These days she not only has a healthy lifestyle business New Life Journeys, but she’s just a few months away from opening FLOW, Montclair’s very first organic vegan restaurant and elixir bar. Read on for more on how Hyacinth turned her journey to vibrant health into a reality.

Notes from IIN’s Founder: How to Boost Your Vitamin L

Joshua Rosenthal, Founder, Director, and Primary Teacher, of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, shares his wisdom about creating a healthy, happy life that helps transform the world.

We all have a need to give and receive love. Love is food for the soul. Love nourishes the body, mind and spirit. 

I’ve coached many people who, though they ate extremely healthily, still struggled to be well. It wasn’t that they lacked broccoli. What they were missing was healthy relationships to nourish them. Food was secondary. Once they worked on improving the quality of their relationships, their health and life improved.

Nutrition During Pregnancy: Could Folic Acid Prevent Autism?

Autism is a complicated development disorder with a multitude of contributing factors and no known single cause or cure.  A surprising new study, however, shows that a common vitamin found in our foods and supplements can dramatically reduce the risk of a woman having a child with autism – by 40 percent!

Folic acid, a B vitamin found in foods such as spinach, beans, and meat, has been shown to significantly reduce the incidence of autism when the vitamin is taken as a supplement for at least several weeks before and during pregnancy, according to the study.  

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