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!
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."
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.
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.
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.
Venus Hicks was struggling with Panic Attacks that her doctor told her would keep her on medication her entire life when she found Integrative Nutrition. This is her incredible story of how she used what she learned in our Health Coaching Training Program to heal herself and start her dream business as a health coach.
What were you doing before Integrative Nutrition?
In 2003, I was one of many people in a post-911 world, searching for their life purpose. I became a certified FranklinCovey Personal Life Coach, but was led away from business coaching to the world of health coaching when a personal struggle with my health helped me realize the connection between food and emotions. At the time, I was taking medication for panic attacks, and when I asked my doctor for healthier alternatives that did not involve prescription medication, he told me I’d have to take medication for panic attacks for the rest of my life.
At Integrative Nutrition our mission is to promote healthy eating worldwide by educating our students on the importance of nutrition. Our students and graduates, in turn, go out into the world and educate others. It’s the ripple effect at it’s finest.
I am always on the look out for new ways to introduce whole foods and healthy eating to the community, which is why I’m happy to announce Integrative Nutrition’s partnership with Food Day!
Food Day is an outstanding organization that is committed to:
James Fly was looking for a nutrition program so he could confidently advise customers at his natural food store. What he got was so much more than an education. James found a way to transform his own tragic life events into a way to help others heal.
To ban or not to ban?
That is the question many schools are facing when considering the removal of chocolate milk from school cafeterias. The rise in childhood obesity has become the #1 issue on tables across America. From the First Lady’s Let’s Move Campaign to Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution everyone is talking about how to reduce the growing rates of obesity among school age kids.
School lunches remain a major point of contention. Congress recently approved reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, which is designed to reshape the future of school food. While the Act is a move in the right direction, there is still much work to be done.