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! 

How Michael DeSanti Transformed his Health and Launched a Thriving Career

Hippocrates may have said, “Let food be thy medicine,” but Michael DeSanti walks the talk: having experienced the healing power of whole foods and a nourishing lifestyle firsthand, he has transformed his own health and now has a successful career helping others do the same. A 2010 graduate of the Health Coach Training Program, Michael left his grueling, unsatisfying career as a corporate event planner and launched a thriving health coaching practice, Authentic Self Healing, in Verona, New Jersey.

Michael partners with Villani Chiropractic Center and sees an average of 20 clients a week, coaching them to improve their energy levels, lose weight, and become the best versions of themselves. Read on to learn how Michael is changing the world, one client at a time!

What were you doing prior to enrolling at Integrative Nutrition?
I was a corporate event planner, traveling two weeks a month, living out of my suitcase and in hotel restaurants. My health, weight and happiness suffered tremendously.

What led you to explore the Health Coach Training Program?
When I was 17 years old, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. We were unsatisfied with the guidance we were receiving from her doctors and decided that we were going to take her health into our own hands. We changed her diet, managed her lifestyle and stress, and without chemo and radiation, slowed, stopped and eventually reversed my mother's cancer to the amazement of her oncologists.

Years later, I was unhappy in my job and life and began to make changes to my diet. I saw immediate results and became incredibly interested in my personal health. When I found IIN, a school geared to helping and coaching people to better health, I was immediately interested.

Winter Weather Workout Tips

Last month we shared several ways to stay cheerful during the winter months, including spending time outdoors and a maintaining a regular exercise routine. As the temperature drops, it’s easy to use the colder weather as an excuse to stay inside under a blanket on the couch. While there’s certainly a place for rest and relaxation in a healthy lifestyle, regular physical activity releases endorphins and gives us a renewed energy, both of which contribute to a happier mood.

Here are some workout suggestions to keep your body warm and your spirits high this winter:

Make the living room your personal gym – Save money on a gym membership by purchasing a few items to have at home. Dumbbells, kettlebells, a stability ball, and a jump rope are all easy-to-use items, and can be stored in a hallway closet or even under your bed! In addition, there are many online workouts you can follow from the convenience of your living room. Just be sure to pay close attention to proper form when trying new exercises to avoid injury. is a useful fitness resource and your first ten days are free!

Video: Yoga Poses for Pregnancy with Maternity Guru Latham Thomas

Surround yourself with symbols of love, beauty and fertility. That is the mantra of Latham Thomas, 2006 grad and founder of Mama Glow, a holistic lifestyle company geared toward the expectant mother. In her practice, author and maternity guru Latham helps women with prenatal nutrition, education, yoga and birth coaching, providing support throughout the pregnancy.

In this video, Latham shares three yoga postures safe for any stage of the pregnancy, the importance of surrounding yourself with beauty, and how Integrative Nutrition inspired her practice.

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