Health & Nutrition News

Integrative Nutrition Holds Meet-Up in Miami [VIDEO]

This past Sunday, over 700 students and graduates from across Florida joined IIN Founder, Director, and Primary Teacher Joshua Rosenthal in Miami for a post-Thanksgiving afternoon of lectures, connection, and inspiration. The event demonstrated Integrative Nutrition’s ongoing dedication to building face-to-face relationships with its student body and spreading a ripple effect of health and happiness in the world.

“What If I Don’t Say the Right Thing?”

Early on as a health coach. one of my own personal fears was not saying the "right" thing.  Not giving just the right advice or guidance. I imagined myself sitting in front of my client tripping over my words.  Scrambling to look through notes or books to find exactly what I was supposed to say to this person who was paying me to help them get healthy.  There were times, if I had let it, that this fear could have actually stopped me from moving forward as a coach.

How I Helped My Father-in-Law Reclaim His Health

“I don’t want to lose another dad.”

These were the words I cried out to my soon-to-be father-in-law.

You see, only a few months before this plea, I had lost my dad to cancer. It was a rough two years of dealing with doctors, health insurance battles and severe loss. My dad was my best friend. And in a short amount of time, he was gone. He wasn’t going to be able to walk me down the aisle. He wasn’t going to be able to dance with me at my wedding. And he wasn’t going to be able to pick me up when I was down. I was devastated.

Then, I looked at the health of my soon-to-be father-in-law. He was almost 600 pounds and could barely move. Food had become his comfort and drug in life. He was on a ton of different medications and had no zest for living anymore. He became helpless.

But there was one thing he had that my dad didn’t have: the chance to regain his health.

The Importance of Having a Support Network

Whenever you undertake something new in your life – whether it’s weight loss, a career change, a big move, or anything else that takes you out of your comfort zone and is intended to change your life for the better – it’s important to surround yourself with positive, supportive people throughout the process.

You may have heard the saying, “You’re the average of the five people you hang out with most.” Research shows that your environment can have a profound effect on you and having a strong support network in place can actually make you more likely to achieve your goals since it influences your thinking and self-esteem.

So how do you find these positive, supportive people? Some may be right in front of you and others you may need to seek out.

IIN Rallies In Support of GMO Labeling [Video]

Do you know what’s in your food? At Integrative Nutrition we believe that everyone has a right to make informed decisions about what we are putting in our bodies. That’s why we support labeling foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

This past weekend, IIN founder Joshua Rosenthal and students, alumni, and staff rallied in support of the March Against Monsanto. Together the IIN community and millions of people worldwide raised awareness about the harm GMOs are causing to the environment and our health. “It’s crazy that so many countries in the world outlaw GMOs and here in the progressive United States we don’t even know what has it and what doesn’t,” said Joshua Rosenthal.

A Very Successful “No Kid Hungry” Benefit Event

This Monday night, September 30, marked the third annual benefit dinner for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign in Portland, Oregon at Irving Street Kitchen. Over one hundred people attended to show their support for the campaign, including several local chefs and actor/singer Rita Wilson. Integrative Nutrition was very proud to sponsor and attend the event this year to help end hunger for children in America, a cause that aligns with our mission to spread health and happiness worldwide.

Vegetarian Dinner: Quinoa Cakes with Eggplant Ragu

The end of summer is upon us, which means the farmers markets are starting to look a little purple. Eggplants in every shape and size are sprouting up in all the farm stands, begging to be picked from the bunch and brought home for a delicious vegetarian dish. Most of the time eggplants tend to make their dinnertime debut fried in breadcrumbs and smothered in cheese, but eggplants don’t need to contribute to an unhealthy meal. In fact, they are much better served in a dish that highlights their hearty flavor! We love this recipe for Quinoa Cakes with Eggplant Ragu. It’s a vegetarian dish that is sure to please even your most carnivorous dinner guest!

Quinoa Cakes with Eggplant and Tomato Ragu

Kimberly Ashton Brings Healthy Change to Shanghai

Prior to enrolling at Integrative Nutrition, Kimberly Ashton was working in corporate events management and marketing communications.

Although a successful career allowed her to collaborate on projects ranging from the Beijing Olympics to the Shanghai World Expo, Kimberly aspired to use her communication skills to raise awareness about the importance of good health and proper nutrition. She began to research holistic health programs and realized that IIN could offer her exactly what she needed to achieve her dream career.

Learn how the Health Coach Training Program inspired Kimberly to co-found Shanghai’s first health food store and create a business that promotes the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

“Perfect” Broccoli: Healthy or Profit-Driven?

Though many aspects of the field of nutrition are still mired in controversy, there’s one piece of advice that virtually all researchers and experts agree upon: eat more leafy green vegetables. Greens are rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants, and consuming them daily can dramatically reduce the risk for obesity, heart disease, and even cancer.

Yet according to a 2010 report from the Centers for Disease Control, only 26% of American adults eat vegetables three or more times a day – that includes lettuce on a hamburger – and only 17% of dinners include a salad.

Why is there such a strong aversion to vegetables? The reasons are complex, but many people find fresh produce to be costly, inconvenient, and unpalatable. Though vegetables may be the healthiest choice, for many people, they are also the least attractive.   

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