How One Vegan Mom Works for Wellness

Recent graduate Shannon Lavin Vanjoske is starting her own health revolution. Co-author of a children's book on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, blogger and health coach, Shannon is doing it all. She was recently featured on a popular blog called the Ingredient Critic based out of the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Below is a portion of her interview. You can read the entire interview here.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Shannon Lavin Vanjoske and I am a certified holistic health and nutrition coach. I own a private health coaching practice called “mother + earth wellness” that focuses on healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices for individuals and their families. The cornerstone of my business is advocating for a plant-strong, vegan diet. In addition to my health coachig practice, I recently co-authored Regan the Vegan, a children’s book promoting the health benefits of living a plant-strong lifestyle with illustrations and words even a child can understand. Also, I manage a health and wellness blog featuring plant-strong recipes, healthy living tips, and information about natural birth and eco-parenting. You can find my blog at

And the Winner of the Transformation Contest is...

Happy New Year! It’s the first day of 2012 and the perfect time for a fresh start!

How could your life change in just one year if you enrolled in the Health Coach Training Program?

We asked our community to send us their most inspired Integrative Nutrition transformation stories, and we were completely amazed by their triumphs!

After calculating your votes, we’re so excited to finally announce the winner!

And the winner is…

Sue Brown
Narbeth, PA
Class of 2011


Integrative Nutrition Reviews: The Harvest

Did you know that in the United States alone, there are more than 400,000 child migrant workers between the age of 5 and 18 that work in fields picking fruit and vegetables? Children, who often work 14 hours a day for 6 months out of the year, harvest 25% of the food that Americans eat. 

The Harvest, a new film from Shine Global in collaboration with executive producer Eva Longoria, documents the sad reality of child migrant workers. The film follows the lives of three children, Zulema, Perla and Victor, as they are taken from their homes and schools and forced to travel with their families from South to North, following the harvest seasons.

All three children are shown packing up their belongings and saying good-bye to their friends, then traveling in search of migrant work. Zulema drives with her family to the Midwest to pick strawberries and cucumbers and eventually moves North to follow the apple harvest in the fall. Her family lives in a cramped and dirty migrant camp, with barely enough room for her and her mother, let alone her siblings and grandparents.

The IINsider's Digest: Beating Obesity, Global Flavor and Health Coaching

Did you miss all the latest nutrition news? Don't worry we collected all the hottest topics for you to easily digest right here. Deepak Chopra discusses diabetes and the circle of life and IIN grads are making headlines. Plus encouraging news about the fight against obesity. 

Type 2 Diabetes and the Circle of Life [VIDEO]
By IIN Faculty Deepak Chopra
Huffington Post
Type 2 diabetes has become an increasing problem in modern America. Because it is chiefly linked to obesity, as more people become overweight and as the age of gaining weight reaches down into childhood, a largely preventable disease turns into an epidemic. The litany about such lifestyle disorders is now familiar to almost everyone. The changes that prevent Type 2 diabetes all move in the direction of moderation: a balanced diet, exercise and management of stress. Read more.

Six-Word Holiday Stories: The Winners

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At the beginning of the month, we announced our Holiday Six-Word Story Contest, asking you to sum up what the holidays mean to you in exactly six words. Then every day for 12 weekdays, we chose a winning story to share on our Facebook wall.*

Your stories were funny and touching, made us laugh and made us smile, but most of all, they made us reflect on the holiday season. It was a tough decision (who knew how creative our community could be!) but here are the 12 winning stories that made the list:

I'll always believe in Santa Claus" - by Sam P.

Brother's deployment over, primary nourishment achieved! - by Kirsten H.

2011 – A Monumental Year for Health Coaching

As 2011 comes to an end, it’s the perfect time for reflection. Protestors around the world demanded that their voices be heard, and we lost tech visionary Steve Jobs whose legacy defined a generation. Congress blocked new rules to make school lunches healthier, while Medicare joined the fight against obesity. Though the world is in a constant state of motion and change, we think of our accomplishments from previous months and set clear goals for the year ahead.

At Integrative Nutrition, we are committed to being the catalyst for change.  We think of 2011 was a monumental year for health coaching.

Integrative Nutrition Reviews: Food Rules

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” In those seven simple words, celebrated writer and activist, Michael Pollan cuts through all the confusion surrounding nutrition and sums up almost everything you need to know about healthy eating.

The premise of Pollan’s mantra is simple: until recently, people relied on food traditions instead of nutrition facts to guide their eating habits. All meals were home-cooked, made from fresh seasonal ingredients, and families and friends enjoyed them together sitting down at the table.

Shopping Consciously with Writer and Graduate Maia Lagerstedt

Maia Lagerstedt, a 2007 graduate from New Fairfield, CT, has always loved writing, yet she didn’t find her career as a freelance writer completely fulfilling. When she came across the Health Coach Training Program she was able to combine her passions for writing and health, and created a career that she loves. 

Now a Health Coach and published author, Maia helps people eat healthily within a budget, and has several other projects in the works including a cookbook and a wedding guide. Read on to learn more about this successful graduate! 

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Health Coaches Go Mainstream

Health Coach Win!

At last, a much needed wellness revolution is underway and gaining momentum. As the demand for more health information spreads, Health Coaches are increasingly being welcomed into the fold of the mainstream healthcare system as authorities in specialized care.

An article in Fox Business says of the burgeoning profession, "Demand for health coaches has grown exponentially, largely because research has found it's more effective to discuss a treatment plan with a patient than to simply prescribe a medicine and hope that they take it." (Check out the second-to-last paragraph, in which The Institute for Integrative Nutrition is mentioned by name!)

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