How Adina Grigore Sprouted into Success

While studying modern dance at The Ailey School, 2007 graduate Adina Grigore met many people who were working with a Health Coach. Dancers brought up Integrative Nutrition in conversation all the time, and then a long-time interest in nutrition led her to a talk by Joshua Rosenthal. After hearing him speak, she knew that completing the Heath Coach Training Program was the missing piece to her personal training practice.

What Adina expected to get out of the program and what she actually took away after graduating were drastically different. Her training went beyond a solid education with teachings from renowned health professionals. She came away as a new person: a leader and a bold businesswoman with an invincible attitude. She went in as a personal trainer seeking a credible edge, and came out with a thriving natural skincare business. This interview highlights the influence Integrative Nutrition has had on Adina, who lives in Brooklyn, NY, and how her company Sprout Skincare came to be.

How has Joshua Rosenthal made an impact on you since enrolling in the program?

I think anyone who has ever heard Joshua speak would agree that he's pretty powerful. He just seemed to be saying all the things I had always thought about nutrition, but had never been able to articulate. It made me realize the school would help me be able to do that. Now that I've gotten to talk to and work with Joshua, his honesty and warmth has helped me aspire to be that type of business owner as well.

Vitamin L: I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

February is all about one thing: Love. Or as we like to call it: Vitamin L. This month we will be exploring the various relationships that not only help define who we are, but bring us closer to our happiest, healthiest selves!

Let’s start the series with a relationship that has been proven essential to our health and well-being: Friendship.

What would life be without our friends? Slightly lonely? Probably. Much less fun? I think so.

But could being friendless also affect your health? Several studies say yes.

In 2006, a study, involving 3,000 women diagnosed with cancer, was conducted to see what effect friendship had on cancer patients. Researchers found that women, who had 10 or more close friends were four times more likely to recover from the disease.

Tamar Henry Brings Nutrition Knowledge to Saudi Arabian Schools

With students and graduates in 88 countries, Integrative Nutrition is truly an international training program committed to making the opportunity to become a Health Coach accessible to people all over the world. One of the best parts of hearing from our alumni is learning about the state of health and wellness in different countries across the globe. Even better? Knowing that these Health Coaches are making a difference in places where it’s needed most.

2011 graduate Tamar Henry is an expatriate currently living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where she’s found a community in desperate need of attention to health. Obesity, diabetes and heart disease run rampant throughout the region, while a lack of knowledge threatens a younger generation. Tamar is tackling both of these issues by bringing her nutrition knowledge and business practices to schools, group wellness programs, cooking classes, and a community health ambassador role.

What led you to enroll in the Health Coach Training Program?

I had a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a focus in health and wellness, and I owned a small vegan muffins and cupcakes business. I had a personal interest in nutrition, and wanted to find a career that I could be passionate about, where I could help others. I wanted to learn more about the subjects that I was interested in and I wanted to connect with like-minded people.

The IINsider's Digest: Digital Addiction, Paula Deen, Nutrition Guidance and more!

Addictions and prescriptions top the headlines this week as Deepak Chopra discusses digital dependency and Celebrity Chef Paula Deen makes an announcement that has everyone taking sides. The CEO of Stoneyfield Yogurt steps down to fight GMOs, and IIN teacher Dr. David Katz offers real-world nutrition guidance for a society surrounded by potato chips.

Find all that and more right here in the IINsiders Digest.  

Creating a Movement for a Better World

“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Today we celebrate the leadership and courage of one of our country’s greatest heroes: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

He fought for equality so that everyone, regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity is treated with the same respect as their peers. Dr. King’s legacy is still a driving force in peope's hearts and minds.

As we honor the man today, we can carry his message in our hearts and align our actions with the meaning behind his words.

Conquer Your Kitchen With a Little Help From {Healthy} Cooking Camp

You’ve heard all the excuses before: from “I’m too busy to cook at home,” to “I end up overeating when I cook for myself,” there’s always a justification for what keeps people from taking control in their own kitchen.

These are exactly the challenges that Integrative Nutrition graduates Quinn Asteak, class of 2010, and Robyn Youkilis, class of 2009, set out to tackle. Both have thriving health coaching practices in New York City and share a passion for whipping up healthy, delicious meals. After meeting at the Fall IINto Action Conference last September, the two got to chatting and decided to team up and create a program to teach people how cooking can make all the difference. Thus was born {Healthy} Cooking Camp, an online, interactive 4-week workshop designed to take the totally confused to total connoisseur in the kitchen.

I recently caught up with the pair to learn more and get the scoop on their exciting new project. Quinn and Robyn are fun, energetic and enthusiastic - check out a preview from the series below! With such a zest for healthy cooking, it’s no surprise that they’ve got big plans for the future.

{Healthy} Cooking Camp launches Wednesday, January 25, 2012. For more information and to register, visit the website.

Special bonus: Members of the IIN community can receive $50 off the regular cost of $199 by entering the code “primaryfood” when registering!

2012: What’s IIN and What’s Out

We named 2011 “A Monumental Year for Health Coaching” in our blogpost at the end of December. As awesome as last year was, we have even greater expectations for 2012. Check out some of our favorite changes for 2012, drawn from both the news and our own fantastic community!

Out: Miami

IIN: LA/Long Beach, CA

Don’t get us wrong, we loved Miami when we got to visit for our conference in February 2011. But we’re super excited for this year now that we’re off to the West Coast for our Mega Conference in Long Beach, California! We can’t wait to see you all there!

The IINsider's Digest: Fantastic Four, Yoga the Industry, Best Diets and more!

Welcome to the IINsider's digest! We gather all the hottest nutrition topics from around the web in one place so you can easily digest. This weeks highlights include, Integrative Nutrition teachers in the news. Dr. Mark Hyman as one of Dr. Oz's Fantastic Four, Michael Jacobson shines a light on trans fats, and Dr. David Katz reviews the best diets of 2011. The Washington Post asks, "Who owns Yoga?" Canadians support a ban on junk food ads aimed at kids and Mark Bittman looks at why we're eating less meat. 

Integrative Nutrition Reviews: More Apps for Your Health & Happiness!

In November, we brought you 23 iPhone apps to help you achieve health and wellness everywhere you go. But since not all of you are using iPhones, we thought we’d rework that list to also include links to Android and Blackberry versions, if available. Now we’ve brought you 10 more apps, many of which are available on several different platforms!

Food & Nutrition Apps


The Eatery - iOS

Learn more about yourself and your eating habits with this easy food tracking app. Simply snap a photo and rate your meal. It's not about counting calories, but studies support the idea that just recording what you eat can help you get healthier. (Free)

meal plans food on the tableMeal Plans - Food on the Table – Android / iOS

Is planning out your meals for the week a hassle? Are you spending too much on groceries? This app can help! Using your location, this app will find foods on sale at your local supermarket, provide recipes using those ingredients and based on your preferences, and compile an organized grocery list for you. Meal planning is now a cinch! (Free)

chemical cuisineChemical Cuisine - Android / iOS 

Ever wondered what that long, scientific-sounding ingredient on your favorite snack’s nutrition label is? This is the app for you. With safety ratings and descriptions for over 130 food additives, you can search and find the information to help you make healthy decisions. ($0.99)

calorie counterCalorie Counter by FatSecret - Blackberry / Android / iOS 

This simple food tracker will help you find nutritional info for all your foods, plus log your daily intake, exercise, and weight. Consistent food journaling is proven to lead to a healthier lifestyle – start now, and for free! (Free)

Susan Roberts is Restoring Mealtime Success for Children with Disabilities

Our graduates are doing amazing things. From developing food and wellness products to opening private practices, we love sharing stories from successful students and grads that are working to change the world for the better. 2009 graduate Susan Roberts, of New York City, is a special case. She’s making strides in an area where the importance of good nutrition is not explored or emphasized enough.

Susan applied what she learned in the Health Coach Training Program to her work as an occupational therapist. She already addressed other areas of wellness with her clients, such as the importance of primary food, but for this advanced scholar, author and lecturer, her nutrition education provided the final piece of the puzzle in her practice: eating well. This interview with Susan highlights her thoughts on where the “mealtime” process went wrong, and her essential work to restore a healthy, positive diet for even the pickiest kids out there.

What type of work have you done since completing in Integrative Nutrition's program, and what are you up to now?

I began touring the United States teaching other professionals (primarily occupational therapists, speech therapists and registered dietitians) the role of primary foods and real foods to helping children eat a wider variety of healthy foods and the importance of having "happy" mealtimes. My presentation is called "Mealtime Success for Kids on the Spectrum: Holistic Nutrition for Picky Eaters." I educate 200 to 300 professionals every month. I also wrote a book on the same subject for families, My Kid Eats Everything: a Journey from Picky to Adventurous Eating.

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