Two Friends Cheer Each Other Towards Achieving Their Dreams

At Integrative Nutrition, some of our most successful students are those who enrolled with a support buddy. From a friend or sibling to a spouse or a parent, having someone to encourage you and hold you accountable can make all the difference!

Here’s an inspiring example about the power of pairs. We interviewed these two friends (and current co-workers), Zia Burleigh and Kelly Dollinger, Class of 2013, who are cheering each other towards reaching their biggest goals.

What were you doing prior to enrolling at Integrative Nutrition?

Zia: Prior to enrolling at IIN, we were both increasingly frustrated with our corporate jobs, recognizing that the work lacked in purpose for the lives we ultimately want to create.

IINsider’s Digest: Antibiotics & Weight Gain, Unscrambling the Egg Debate, and More!

The use of antibiotics tops the headlines this week as the New York Times reports that the FDA won’t stop antibiotic use in factory farming at least for another five years. Farmers have long known that antibiotics fatten up livestock, and new research suggests that the effect is same on humans. In other news, IIN visiting teacher Dr. David Katz debunks the claim that eggs are as unhealthy as smoking, and the EWG offers a shopping guide for 100 cheap and healthy foods.

Cartoon Stickers May Sway Kids’ Food Choices

Researchers have found that children are more likely to choose an apple over a cookie if the apple is branded with an Elmo sticker. Seeing as cartoon characters are already heavily used in junk food advertising, should we use kid-friendly stickers on fruits and vegetables to encourage healthy eating? Read more.

Get Antibiotics Off the Farm
New York Times

Despite a federal judge’s ruling that the FDA must ban the widespread use of antibiotics in factory farming – a dangerous practice that breeds drug-resistant superbugs – the timetable gives the FDA more than five years to complete the process. Read more.

Is Your Problem Gluten? Or Faddish Eating?
US News and World Report

Faddish eating aside, researchers have found that more people truly are getting sick from gluten. It’s still unclear why, but scientists suggest it’s because people are eating more processed wheat products than ever before, and wheat today is bred to have higher gluten content. Read more.

Integrative Nutrition Reviews: Clean Plates App

Welcome to the latest installment of Integrative Nutrition Reviews, where we consider books, movies, and other media related to health, food, and personal wellness. Want to suggest something for us to review? Post it in the comments!

In 2009, IIN graduate Jared Koch created the essential restaurant guide for health-conscious New Yorkers, Clean Plates NYC. Since then, Clean Plates has turned into a spirited movement, supporting chefs and other food purveyors offering healthy, local, sustainable food.

Clean Plates is now available in updated print versions for 2012 – Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles. 

If you are digitally inclined, on the go, or visiting one of these cities* for the first time, be sure to download the free Clean Plates App

The App is feature-rich and user-friendly.

The first time you load the App, you have the option to subscribe to Clean Plates’ email updates, which feature not only restaurants, but also valuable nutrition and wellness content. 


Health Coach with a Heart for College Students

College is a period of radical independence, as students transition from their teens into adulthood. Taking on new responsibilities and an unfamiliar schedule (often in an unfamiliar city) can be overwhelming if you aren’t prepared or guided.

Lisa Bok, 2012 IIN graduate from Hamden, Connecticut, learned firsthand about the challenges that college students face on a daily basis. Her experience and her passion for education led to the development of a holistic health seminar for incoming college freshman – in short, the tips she wishes she had known at their age!

What were you doing prior to enrolling at Integrative Nutrition?

Prior to IIN, I was teaching elementary students at an inner city school. I was also offering health advice to my friends and family. From helping friends with day-to-day dietary suggestions, to supporting my family through major health transitions, I realized my true calling was to educate people.

IINsider’s Digest: 18 Facts About Food Waste, Strict School Food Guidelines Lead to Less Weight Gain, and more…

At IIN, we often talk about what our food does for us, but in turn, we need to show respect for our food. Civil Eats shares 18 little known facts about food waste that can help us all become more conscious consumers.

A solid argument against "Freedom of Choice"? States with strict guidelines regarding school snacks are gaining ground over obesity. Children in those public schools gained less weight over a three-year period than those in more lenient states. (NY Times)

After being interviewed several times about the Nike "Find Your Greatness" ad, IIN guest lecturer David Katz takes a step back to consider the true message that the commercial conveys. (Huff Post)

You Know Health Coaching is Right for You When…

Health Coaches are a special bunch. Being passionate about helping people improve their health can come with some pretty funny quirks!

Even if you’re not a Health Coach, you may be surprised by how many of the following statements you can relate to. If it’s more than half, then you’re already on the road to becoming a health leader!

You know health coaching is right for you when…

  1. Your idea of the perfect day starts with a trip to farmer’s market, includes an envigorating workout, and ends with an Ayurvedic massage.
  2. Grocery shopping can last for hours because you read EVERY label.
  3. Your pantry hasn’t seen white flour in years.

Vegan on the Political Front Lines: Jill Eckart

This week’s Health Leadership Award winner, 2006 graduate Jill Eckart, has turned her personal vegan transformation into a passionate career in food politics. Working for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, led by visiting teacher Dr. Neal Barnard, Jill has shared her knowledge of plant-based nutrition with more than 200,000 people – talk about a “ripple effect!” I could not be happier to present Jill with this award, to recognize not only her accomplishments, but also her can-do attitude, which has inspired and helped countless Americans.

Vegan Reinvention
Eight years ago, I made the switch to a vegan diet. Soon after, I began to see the world through a whole new lens - who knew that you could actually use food as medicine, as prevention, as an energy booster, as a way to reverse disease? I found myself falling asleep with books like Diet for a New America and vegan cookbooks!

Olympic Medalist Turned Passionate Health Coach

When you think of Olympic athletes, what words come to mind? At Integrative Nutrition, we think of inspiration, dedication, and determination, to name a few. Nicolle Payne, two-time Olympic medalist and IIN graduate, has demonstrated all of the above - turning her passion for health and fitness into a fulfilling new career! 

Having recently left her job in Corporate America, Nicolle is channeling her energy and athletic expertise into the field of Health Coaching. She recently started her own business, Ride the Wave Nutrition, with the goal of providing Olympic-sized support and encouragement to her clients.

What were you doing prior to enrolling at Integrative Nutrition?

Prior to enrolling at IIN, I was working for an Investment Banking firm in New York. Before that, I spent twenty years training and competing for Olympic level water polo. I competed in the Sydney 2000 Olympics and the Athens 2004 Olympics. I earned a silver medal and a bronze medal!

IINsider’s Digest: Grad teams up with Martha Stewart, McDonald’s sales slump, and more…

Clean Plates, the guide to healthy, sustainable, organic restaurants (founded by 2005 graduate Jared Koch) has teamed up with Martha Stewart's Whole Living magazine for a bi-weekly digital column featuring famous chefs and their favorite healthy ingredients.

We're all familiar with the connection between kids' toys and junk food - from Cracker Jacks to Happy Meals. But the Lunchables brand is raising the bar, with their massive  "Never Be Bored Again" sweepstakes. (New York Times)

The Senate and House are going head-to-head over a fresh produce program that services schools in low-income areas. The House would like to introduce frozen, canned, and dried goods, but the Senate fears the ruling would fund a range of unhealthy choices. (Washington Post)

Pressure to reduce sodium and saturated fat levels in the American Diet have dairy producers in a bit of a tight squeeze. “If you really want to make bad cheese, make a low-fat, low-sodium one,” said Lloyd Metzger, a professor of dairy science at South Dakota State University. (New York Times)

Olympic IINspiration: Exercise Right For Your Type

If you have been watching the London Olympics, you might be dreaming of landing the perfect vault, winning gold in the 400-meter freestyle, or sprinting to victory in the 100-meter dash.

As many Health Coaches know, the range of sports and body types represented by the Olympics is proof that there isn’t a one-size-fits all way to exercise. While running a marathon might work for your best friend, you may find that you’re better suited for yoga or swimming.

According to John Douillard, visiting teacher and board member at Integrative Nutrition and author of Body, Mind, and Sport, each of the Ayurvedic doshas – or types – work better with different types of exercise.

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