One of the most damaging false beliefs in the way our society treats health is the notion that “mental health” and “physical health” exist independently of one another. In fact, we are holistic beings, with all aspects of our wellness existing in conversation with one another, and thus our health needs to be addressed with a holistic approach.
Sugar may not be a four-letter word, but it sure is causing quite the controversy these days. From a New York Times magazine cover story that asks “Is Sugar Toxic?” to 2011 grad Sarah Wilson’s bestselling book I Quit Sugar and accompanying program, the media hasn’t been too sweet on the ubiquitous ingredient of late.
But is it really that simple? Is sugar really the enemy, or is it part of a natural diet? Are certain sugars, like fructose, actually good for you, or is it all the same?
Good news for all you gluten-free eaters! Last week, new federal rules defining the use of the term “gluten-free” took effect.
According to the FDA, the new standardized definition is meant to “eliminate uncertainty about how food producers label their products” and assure the 3 million Americans with celiac disease that food labeled as “gluten-free” meets a clear, consistently enforced standard.
Integrative Nutrition alums are popping up all over the press these days. Most recently, 2006 graduate Latham Thomas was featured in Parents magazine as a “Rock-Star Doula”!
In the article, Latham shares her personal experience as a mother, doula, and pregnancy expert, as well as her top tips for a fabulous pregnancy and birth experience. Some of the tips might surprise you (think sticking to a plan is the right approach? You might want to think again!) .
With all the big names—Mark Hyman, Arianna Huffington, Andrew Weil—and life-changing concepts—Primary Food and Bio Individuality, to name a few—in the Integrative Nutrition curriculum, it’s easy to forget one of the most powerful benefits of enrolling in the Health Coach Training Program: becoming part of the Integrative Nutrition community.
It’s no secret that our healthcare system is broken. With the obesity epidemic continuing to cripple the U.S., this is a big problem. We count on doctors to not only cure our diseases, perform surgery, and prescribe medication, but also to help prevent us from getting sick to begin with. This kind of care includes giving advice on nutrition, fitness, stress management, and other preventive measures to help us live healthier lives.
This isn’t happening, and not just because of the broken system.
Health Coaches are in a unique position to address this under-examined issue. Rather than physicians or other health workers who look at specific parts of a person’s health, a Health Coach takes a holistic approach, examining every aspect of a person’s life. Only by looking at this complete perspective, including important Primary Foods like sleep, can people pinpoint just what needs to change—be it exercise, diet, sleep, or something else—to help them live their fullest, most vibrant life.
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I wondered this very thing before I decided to enroll at Integrative Nutrition. Did I have the right character traits to be a good Health Coach? Would people want to open up to me? Could I actually coach clients through issues I myself had dealt with? Would people take me seriously?
The answer I found along the way was: yes, yes I could, and I could be darn good at it. And no matter your natural disposition, you’ll find the same answer.
Whether you are introverted or extroverted, already working in the wellness field or making a complete career change, Integrative Nutrition teaches you how to harness your unique gifts to connect with potential clients and turn your interest in health and wellness into a thriving, rewarding career.
The possibilities for what you can do as a Health Coach are endless. One of the best examples is IIN graduate Arielle Haspel, who has translated her education into a thriving career as a Health Coach, nutrition and lifestyle expert, recipe developer, speaker, spokesperson, and—as of a few days ago—regular TV host!
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