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Health Coaching Duo Turn Their Dreams into a Reality

Making a major change to your lifestyle can be difficult, but when it makes you happy, it’s completely worth it. Integrative Nutrition graduates Leigh Rogers and Togo Keynes learned this first hand when they decided to quit their jobs and focus on doing what they love. Now, they have a blossoming Health and Wellness brand, Me Organics in the United Kingdom with a very bright future ahead! Check out their story here:

What were you doing before Integrative Nutrition? Leigh was working for Commission Junction as a senior account manager in affiliate marketing in New York and I was a senior management executive working for leading sports marketing company, IMG in New York. 

Health Coach Kris Barrett Taking Australia by Storm

As the world continues to battle rising obesity and diabetes rates, it seems that health coaches are more important than ever. We recently spoke with IIN grad, Kris Barrett who told us about her experience at IIN and the need for health coaches in her native country of Australia. Check out what Kris has to say here:

What were you doing before Integrative Nutrition?

Running my own business importing and supplying specialty foods for people with multiple allergies.

What led you to explore Integrative Nutrition's program?

Every day I'd have new customers on the phone asking me all sorts of questions about what to feed their child, and how to get them to try new foods. I really wanted to be able to offer more advice but felt I wasn't "qualified" enough to do it, even though I had been doing a special diet with my son for 7 years after his autism diagnosis and knew the power of food in healing. When I finally learned about Integrative Nutrition, I was so excited, as this was exactly what I was looking for!

Wellness Warrior Alvaro Matta: A Holistic Force to be Reckoned With

We recently caught up with one of our graduates of the Health Coach Training Program, Alvaro Matta, to hear about the amazing things that he is doing as a Health Coach. As it turns out, he is doing a lot! Alvaro, a Marine, is working hard to introduce health and wellness to others that are in the military and to veterans. Here is what he has to say about his Integrative Nutrition experience. 

What were you doing before Integrative Nutrition?

I am a Marine Corps Veteran that served in the first Gulf War & Somalia. After serving, I went to work for a wine, beer, spirits & new age beverage company. Staying true to the food and beverage industry I made a lateral move to the food side & went to work in sales for SYSCO Food Distributors.

What led you to explore Integrative Nutrition's program?

Integrative Nutrition Grad is Winning the Lunch Wars

Our grads are constantly amazing us with the interesting and worthwhile things that they are doing with their Integrative Nutrition education. Amy Kalafa is no exception. Master-mind behind Two Angry Moms, a movement that pushes for healthier school lunches, Amy just finished her first book, Lunch Wars, which is due to be released this summer on August 18th. We caught up with Amy for a first-hand look on what we can expect from Lunch Wars. (Hint: we also teamed up with her to create a special offer for you…read to the end to find out what it is!)

What is your new book, Lunch Wars, about?

Lunch Wars is a guide for parents and school administrators who want to know how to create a sustainable, delicious and healthy school food system in their district.

How did your experience at Integrative Nutrition inspire you to write the book?

So much!  I had just been accepted into a PhD program when I happened to read the brochure for IIN and realized that I didn’t need seven more years of school and that the education described in that brochure was exactly what I wanted.  I’d been a filmmaker for 25 years, and my year at IIN gave me the confidence to make an independent feature documentary about school food, Two Angry Moms.  IIN brought me back to speak to students and the response I got from students, alumnae, parents and others in the holistic health field was overwhelming!

Summer Reading: Integrative Nutrition Staff Recommendations

Summer is in full swing and vacation time has arrived. Since one of the best things about this time of year is kicking back with a good book, we asked our staff for their summer reading recommendations. The list they came up with is full of inspiring and educational books for you to enjoy while you are getting your R&R all season long.

Women, Food and God, by Geneen Roth
Christy, Marketing
"Simple, profound and so helpful for anyone who's ever struggled with emotional eating"

mastery through accomplishment

Mastery Through Accomplishment - Developing Inner Strength for Life's Challenges, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Laura, Student Services
"This book offers guidance for all stages of life. As needed, I can read just a few pages and gain wisdom and strength."

UK Student Leaves Financial Field to Pursue Her Passions

We recently caught up with Jennifer Moore, a current student of our Healthy Coach Training Program. Jennifer is based out of the United Kingdom, and decided to quit her job in the financial field to pursue her passion of health and nutrition. She has made some amazing changes to her life; check out her Health Coaching Practice and keep reading to see what Jennifer has to say about her Integrative Nutrition experience!

What were you doing before Integrative Nutrition? I was working in a private bank in Jersey, Channel Islands, UK doing marketing and event planning for the branch.  I was also teaching yoga in the evenings and weekends.

What led you to explore Integrative Nutrition's program? I kept coming across people in the media and would think I want to do what they are doing! So I would Google them and they were Integrative Nutrition, (IIN) graduates.  So I decided to take the steps to get me to where I wanted to be and signed up for IIN!

"I have been able to pursue my dreams and study with IIN from the UK due to the convenient long distance learning format.  The flexibility of the program allowed me to study while working as well."

Stress in the City: Urban living proves more nerve-racking

Everybody deals with stress differently, but new evidence suggests that whether you're a city mouse or a country mouse plays a big role in how you cope with life's curveballs.

The study, reported on in Time Magazine, revealed that people who live in a city have a more sensitive response to stress. Compared to country-dwellers, city folk have greater activity in the amygdala region of the brain, which translates into being quicker to respond with fear or anxiety when confronted with a stressful situation.

Furthermore, the person’s amygdala activity strengthens in correlation to the population density of their city – so the larger the city, the greater the stress response.

5 Steps To Finding The Work You Love

Finding a job that you love can be tough. But we all deserve to wake up every morning excited to go to work.

For a lot of people, it can be hard to pinpoint exactly what our ideal career looks like. The exercise “Finding the work you love, loving the work you find” is commonly used in the field of job reeducation, and can help you figure out exactly what career is right for you.

Follow these five easy steps to find the work you love:

1.  What do you love to do? Make a list of all of the activities that you enjoy doing in your free time. This could be anything from topics that you like researching to your hobbies and activities. Take your time and make sure you list absolutely everything.

Health Coaching the Aussie Way

Lana Purcell, winner of our "What's Your Vision" Essay Contest brings us up to speed on her goals and progress as she works her way through the IIN Health Coach Training program.

What were you doing before IIN?

Before IIN I was a stay at home mum on a mission to change the world, I just didn't know exactly how.

What led you to explore IIN's program?

IIN came to me through Facebook. I read about it on someone’s blog, and I liked the page. I then went on the the IIN website and was BLOWN away that everything that I was doing, reading, researching seemed to be all be tied up with your program. I felt like I had found heaven. Having started and stopped numerous degrees, certificates, diplomas through the years because they didn't combine a truly holistic approach, my heart stopped as I knew this was something special.

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