Integrative Nutrition All-Stars Honored with the Health Leadership Award

The success of Integrative Nutrition and the ripple effect we’re making in the world is due to our graduates: who they have become, what they have accomplished, and the number of lives they have changed. This week I am thrilled to honor some of our “all-star” graduates who have made a huge impact in the world of health and wellness with the Health Leadership Award. From publishing books to opening their own businesses, this group of incredible people has shown enormous dedication to their careers and to improving the lives of others. 

Stacey Morgenstern

Business Coach, Speaker, Co-Founder of Holistic MBA

In 2006 I was working as a professional cookie and pie taster. Sugar had really taken a toll on my health. I was ready for a radical change. IIN offered a way to work on myself while building a meaningful career. I spent months searching online for the best nutrition school. Nothing compared to what IIN was offering – the celebrity guest faculty, the live events, the power of community, the personal growth and seeing so many grads making a great living while changing the world!

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3 Steps to Visualizing Your Dreams [Guided Meditation]

With all the talk of new beginnings, resolutions, and positive intentions for the New Year, there are a wide array of goals for health and happiness in the air.

One of the ways you can help increase your chances of turning your goals into reality is by using the power of visualization to add depth and mental energy to what you want to achieve.

Using visualization to fulfill the desire for change is far from a new or esoteric concept. Ever fantasize about your upcoming vacation or relive a joyous experience from the past? Creating those mental pictures is a natural and powerful element of the working mind!

Focusing your mental imagery towards what you want can help improve motivation, boost self-confidence, improve your mood, and foster behaviors that lead to success. This technique has been used in accordance with meditation for centuries, and has even shown to enhance performance in professional athletes.

Here are 3 simple steps to visualizing with intention:

Integrative Nutrition Reviews: The Conscious Cleanse

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!

Many of us are looking to start the New Year with a clean slate and a clean belly. Only how? Before falling back into old habits or repeating the same ones, take a look at a new book that is designed to help you reboot with new energy, satisfaction, and self-love.

Video: Pick Up Healthy Habits In The New Year With Christa Orecchio

When she’s not sharing nutrition advice as a featured expert on Fox 5 San Diego, Christa Orecchio is working one-on-one to help people get their lives back on track. “I have found my life’s work,” Christa says, a 2005 grad and founder of, a holistic health and wellness practice. She offers clients a wide variety of services to choose from, and her packages are specially tailored to everyone ranging from newly married couples, cancer patients, and expectant moms alike.

Start Your New Year IINspired

As 2012 comes to an end, it’s natural to reflect on the past twelve months, acknowledging the significant events and achievements in our lives. It can be cleansing to let go of the past, and as we start a brand new year, focus on the infinite possibilities ahead.

We are excited to continue communicating, learning, and growing with each of you in 2013! Working together and sharing our stories creates an immeasurable abundance of inspiration, and that inspiration is the driving force to achieve all of our biggest goals.

On that note, we’re hosting our first Instagram photo-a-day challenge for the month of January 2013, and we want you all to join in! We encourage you to tap into your creative side and set your goals and intentions for 2013 – we’re here to support you!

Give to Yourself This Holiday Season

Between holiday parties, family visits, shopping, and other festivities, it can be difficult to find a moment for yourself during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. But it is so important to save a little time for yourself so you have energy to give the best gift you could possibly give this season: the gift of yourself.

To be healthy and balanced this season, you need to take some time out to celebrate YOU. When you focus on yourself, you reduce stress, increase gratitude, and attain some much-needed peace of mind! 

A recent Harvard study suggests that the average person spends 47% of their time focusing on the future, the past, or a fantasy. Focusing on the moment and living it to the fullest, the study suggests, makes us happier than thinking about other things. So if you take even a few minutes out of your busy schedule this season and focus fully on yourself, your renewed happiness will leave you rejuvenated and ready to spread the good cheer to others.

Our 2020 Vision: Creating Health and Happiness in the World

As the end of the year approaches, it’s a time of reflection. It’s the perfect time to create your future. 

What do you want to accomplish in 2013? What will you achieve in the coming days, weeks, months? Where do you want to be in your life?

You have the power to create your future. You can change your health and your life. It starts with a vision for where you want to be in a year.

The more that you can distinguish what your goal is, the more likely it is to happen. You can plan what steps to take. Create your future instead of having it happen randomly. 

My goal is a big one. It’s a future vision of health care that I call our 2020 Vision.

Highlights of 2012: Our 25 Most Popular Stories

Does juicing or blending pique your curiosity? Do you consider “gluten free” and “cleansing” among 2012’s hottest topics? Are you passionate about the many ways to use coconut oil? Well, you aren’t alone.

As we look back over the past year, we noticed certain trends rising to the top. We took note in what you are most interested in reading, sharing and commenting on. Lists of healthy recipes got your attention, as did as a series on juicing vs. blending. But the most read and shared post we had all year? Well let’s just say, 2012 will always be known as, “the year of the smoothie”. 

In case you missed them the first time around, we collected the top 25 posts here for you. Save to your bookmarks or share with your family and friends. These posts are sure to give you plenty healthy memories from 2012 and will inspire you to create more in the New Year! 

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