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Perfect Smoothie Bracket Challenge - Round Two!

If you caught Round One of our Perfect Smoothie Bracket Challenge, then you'll be interested in our first round winners!

  • Bases: Coconut Water v. Water. Winner: Coconut Water!
  • Vegetables: Spinach v. Broccoli. Winner: Spinach! (And by a HUGE margin)
  • Add-ins: Spirulina v. Flax Seeds. Winner: Flax Seeds!
  • Fruits: Orange v. Mango. Winner: Mango!

Here's our updated bracket:

Vote in Our Perfect Smoothie Bracket Challenge!

College basketball fans know Spring is all about March Madness, but at IIN, we're dedicating March to a different craze: Smoothies!

In honor of our obsession, we've put together a Perfect Smoothie Bracket Challenge. But that's not even the best part - YOU get to vote!

Here's how it works:

Every Monday and Thursday, we'll put popular smoothie ingredients head-to-head and let you vote for your favorites. We'll work our way into the center of the bracket, which has four sections: Bases, Add-ins, Vegetables, and Fruits. Once we have a winner from each section, we should have the perfect four-ingredient smoothie! 

Here's our starting bracket! 

Embracing Balance with Diana Herrera

When looking at all that Diana Herrera has achieved, most notably a position as the vice president of a photo-imaging firm, one would never assume she was struggling to find an internal balance. Though she was excelling professionally, her health was deteriorating, and she knew she needed a change.

After graduating from the Health Coach Training Program in 2010, Diana is what you could call a professional life juggler. Living in Miami, Florida, she continues to work full time at the photo lab but also maintains a part time health coaching business. She has nailed down the act of balancing her career with her personal life and health by learning to connect her emotions to her eating habits.

She now helps others do the same through her practice Embrace Balance, and is one of the founders of South Florida Health Coaches, where she collaborates on retreats and events, and supports other Coaches’ individual business growth.

The IINsider's Digest: The Blood Sugar Solution, A Mainstream Mention for Health Coaches, and Pink Slime for Lunch

The IINsider’s Digest gathers all the hottest nutrition topics around the web in one place for your reading pleasure. This week, Integrative Nutrition teacher Dr. Mark Hyman published his new book, The Blood Sugar Solution, while Michael Jacobson of the CSPI, also an IIN nutrition expert, was featured in a CBS News article about a chemical found in cola that raises the risk for cancer. The Wall Street Journal featured a piece highlighting the efforts of Health Coaches to help others improve their wellness, and it was reported that the government bought seven million pounds of ammonia-treated meat for school lunches.

Ending Obesity and Diabetes: What’s the Secret? [VIDEO]
CBS News
Featuring IIN Teacher Mark Hyman

Dr. Mark Hyman, credited with helping former President Bill Clinton turn his health around, speaks to the CBS This Morning co-hosts about his new book The Blood Sugar Solution and gives tips on how to eat healthier.

Chemical Found in Cola Causes Cancer, Watchdog Warns: What Does FDA Say?
CBS News
Featuring IIN teacher Michael Jacobson

Live From Long Beach: the #MegaIIN Bloggers

The 2012 Mega Conference was a huge success, thanks to the all our amazing speakers, students, grads and staff! With each live event, we continue to be inspired by the energy and excitement our community brings. This time around was special, because we felt the Mega Conference buzz all over the world via our social networks. People who weren’t able to make it to Long Beach could tracking Facebook posts, tweets and blog updates by thousands of attendees, and feel like they were part of the crowd.

17 outstanding live bloggers took their conference participation to the next level, by sharing updates with their fans and followers along the way. From pre-trip jitters to new nutrition concepts they learned, they gave us an inside look at the Mega Conference experience.

Celebrate International Women's Day

Integrative Nutrition has such a strong, powerful female population. Today, as we observe International Women’s Day—a “global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future”—we toast women everywhere for their strength, beauty, and desire to stand up for what’s right.

As you may know, International Women’s Day dates back to the turn of the 20th century. On the heels of the Industrial Revolution, women began to rise up against the oppression and unfair treatment they experienced in the workplace and society at large. Campaigns for equal rights and women’s suffrage gathered more and more support, and in 1908, a massive group of “15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.” (Left Image Courtesy of International Women’s Day)

Two years later, the International Conference of Working Women voted to commemorate the spirit of this march with an annual celebration set on the same day every year—and so International Women’s Day was officially born! In 1911, the holiday spread to countries including Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, and received an outpouring of support; 30,000 women demonstrated, and “village halls were packed so full that male workers were asked to give up their places for women.”

How to Avoid The “Whole Grain” Junk Food Scam

As awareness about healthy eating grows and people demand more nutritious and nourishing options, a new marketing scam has become increasingly widespread. We’ve all heard the hype about the health benefits of whole grains, but many of the items being marketed as “whole grain” – and therefore thought of as being “healthy” – are a hoax.

A Weekend of MEGA Inspiration for Integrative Nutrition

The weekend came and went, but we’re still buzzing with all the energy powered by the 2012 Mega Conference at the  Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California! Thousands of Integrative Nutrition students, graduates, teachers, staff and guests came together to accelerate the movement of transforming the world into one of health and happiness.

We heard from international students, who made the trip from various parts of the world, as well as successful graduates who are turning their dreams into realities. We were inspired and empowered by a list of renowned speakers including David Wolfe, Geneen Roth, Mark Sission, Paul Pitchford, John Robbins, Julia Ross, Gary Taubes, Eric Barron, Seane Corn, Stacy Morgenstern, and Carey Peters.

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