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Enter the Pin Your Perfect Holiday Party Contest!

We were so inspired by all the entries in our first-ever Pinterest contest that we’re announcing another exciting chance to pin it to win it – this time with a festive twist! We recently shared 105 Healthy Recipes for Every Holiday Menu, a delicious collection of healthy holiday recipes for every menu. Aside from great food, what else makes for a perfect holiday party?

Be it beautiful decorations or fun party favors for your guests, show us what your dream soiree looks like. Much like a virtual vision board, you can pin anything from your favorite festive song lyrics to a photo of you and your family enjoying holiday traditions. Feel free to re-pin some of our favorite holiday recipes, or find some inspiration on our healthy holidays board!

One lucky pinner will receive a $250 Amazon gift card to help purchase their holiday party essentials!

How to Let Loose and Be Bad for a Change

Amid all the arrangements, obligations, and pressures for perfection this holiday season, do you ever find yourself fantasizing about a blissful escape from responsibility? Wouldn’t it be nice to skip the shopping and treat yourself to a massage instead? Go ahead, be naughty – we won’t tell!

If you’re someone who’s been good to yourself and others all year, then why not indulge in a little fun before your usual composed self takes over again in the New Year? Primary food doesn’t only include positive relationships, spiritual practice, and a fulfilling career; it also means letting go of the constraints of life and being free to make decisions that enliven your spirit.

Here are a few ways to break your usual hectic holiday rhythms:

Tap Into The New Year With A New You!

2013 is just around the corner – and so is your chance for personal transformation! The New Year is an exciting time to reflect, create new goals, and start fresh so that you can become the happiest, healthiest version of yourself.

Where do you want to be one year from today? Everyone’s goals are different – yours might be a healthier lifestyle, a fulfilling career, happier relationships … or all of the above! The bottom line is, life is short. Why put off your dreams any longer?

How Carina Rockland Took Control of Her Health and Future

As Carina Rockland can testify, good health is something to never take for granted. At the tender age of twenty, she was so debilitated by painful Crohn’s disease that she felt trapped in the body of a ninety-year old. A 2012 graduate of the Health Coach Training Program and resident of Montague, Massachusetts, Carina has since taken control of her health and is now achieving incredible new academic and professional accomplishments.

Taking advantage of Integrative Nutrition’s partnership with Goddard College, she is currently completing the senior year of her Bachelor’s degree, has enrolled in a massage therapy program, and is writing a book about integrative approaches to Crohn’s disease. Her perseverance and commitment to improving the lives of others who struggle with chronic pain is an inspiration!

What were you doing prior to enrolling at IIN?
I had recently been diagnosed with Crohn's disease after years of struggling with its symptoms and misdiagnoses. In the three years prior to enrolling at IIN, I underwent a devastating six-week hospitalization and five surgeries, which almost took my life and two years of being completely homebound. I was dangerously underweight, so malnourished that large clumps of my hair began to fall out, and was experiencing relentlessly acute abdominal pain and intestinal bleeding. I was twenty years old, but I felt like I was trapped in a ninety year-old’s body.

5 Simple Ways to Focus on Your Relationships this Holiday Season

Healthy relationships are one of the key primary foods in life. It’s vital to look beyond nourishing our physical body, and focus on that which nourishes our heart and soul. From friendships and marriages to siblings and co-workers, our relationships cultivate a community of companionship and support.

Healthy relationships have the ability to boost longevity, fight depression, and ultimately create an abundant life full of happiness. The health benefits of nourishing relationships are clear: research shows that happily married couples live longer and are less likely to have heart attacks; close friendships are proven to help cancer recovery; people who own pets are less likely to have stress-related diseases.

Video: How to Make Liz’s Famous Healthy Granola

Want to know how to make yummy healthy granola? Ever wondered what it’s like to run your own restaurant? Meet Liz O. Milner, 2008 Integrative Nutrition graduate and owner of Elizabeth’s Neighborhood Table, a delicious and healthy seasonal restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side!

This video is the first installment of our brand new series, IINtv, where inspiring and successful Integrative Nutrition graduates invite us into their lives and give a behind-the-scenes look at the amazing things they are achieving both professionally and personally.

In this video, Liz shares what inspired her to open a seasonal restaurant, how to make healthy granola (you won’t believe how easy it is!), and why her Integrative Nutrition education helps her be a better mom.

Live Interview: How Dr. Libby is Solving the Weight Loss Puzzle

If you’ve ever known someone who struggles with losing weight, you know the frustration they experience when nothing seems to work. They cycle through diets, workout plans, and slimming supplements, looking for the magic formula.

New Integrative Nutrition visiting teacher and holistic healer Dr. Libby Weaver has worked with hundreds of women struggling to lose weight, and though her work, she has found a few missing pieces that help solve the weight loss puzzle. As she writes in her book, Accidently Overweight, hormones, stress, emotions, and other factors are what frequently cause difficulty in losing weight.

Dr. Libby Weaver will be offering some of her wisdom on a special live session for prospective students on Monday, November 26 at 4pm ET. During the session, Dr. Libby will give tips on how to live in a holistically healthy manner that combines physical, mental, and emotional well-being. This session will also offer a peek into what it’s like to be a student at Integrative Nutrition.

4 Healthy Recipes to Make the Most of Thanksgiving Leftovers

Now that the holiday din has died down a little, you’re probably facing a massive amount of leftovers piled up in the fridge. Are you wondering what to do with them? Besides the tried-and-true turkey and cranberry sandwich, there are many ways to eat your Thanksgiving feast again and again without getting bored. With the smorgasbord we all faced yesterday, the great news is with a few healthy recipes, there’s something in store for everyone – even those of you looking for ways to cleanse from the feast can find something using leftover greens and veggies!

 

Simple Steps to Cultivate Gratitude

Today’s Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and many people are pausing to celebrate the season of gratitude with their families. 

What makes you feel grateful? Answering this simple question can help shift your mood in seconds. That’s because feeling thankful for what you have changes your view from negative to positive. Once you’re feeling good, it can be difficult to focus on the things that make you unhappy.

It’s easy to take for granted a happy marriage, nurturing friendships, good health, and even the roof over your head, but these aspects of life sustain you every day. Taking a moment to acknowledge and appreciate what’s good in your life can do wonders for your wellbeing.

In fact, studies have shown that a regular gratitude practice can improve your happiness by as much as 25 percent, and keeping a gratitude journal for as little as three weeks can result in better sleep and more energy.

Announcing the Winners of the What's On Your Plate? Photo Contest!

To celebrate the launch of the new Integrative Nutrition plate, we held a contest asking people to share a photo of their healthy plate. We received so many great photo entries, full of colorful, nutritious, and delicious food! There’s no one-size-fits-all diet, and it’s clear that each person experimented with fresh, whole foods to find what works best for them.

Below are the photos of the three winners. They will receive a Whole Foods gift card and a copy of The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Thank you to everyone who participated in the What's On Your Plate? Photo Contest!

1st Place: "My Homemade Macro Meal" by Lisa Graziano 

Connect with Lisa on Twitter or her website.

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