Health & Nutrition News

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.   

31 Days of Juices and Smoothies: Are You IIN?

As we move into the heart of the summer season, our bodies crave light, colorful fruits and vegetables and refreshing beverages. What’s better for a hot day in July than a healthy juice or smoothie? Not only are they delicious and satisfying, but they also provide nutrients that support our health and prevent illness.

That’s why here at Integrative Nutrition, we’re committing to one juice or smoothie each day for the entire month of July. This is a great way to ensure a daily intake of fruits and vegetables; plus, having a fun challenge makes it easier to stick to a healthy routine!

We want to get our community involved. Will you join us? You can enjoy your daily juice or smoothie as a meal or a snack, and there are no specific requirements for what goes into the mix. All you need is a juicer or a blender! Check out our favorite recipes and resources below for inspiration, and be sure to take photos along the way. Share with us on social media by tagging @NutritionSchool on Twitter and Instagram. We’ll share our favorite shots and recipes!

Integrative Nutrition Reviews: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

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!

Two years ago, Joe Cross released Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, an award-winning documentary that chronicled the Australian filmmaker’s health transformation. Tipping the scale at 310 pounds and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease called chronic urticaria, Cross was obese, heavily dependent on medication, and headed towards more dangerous chronic illnesses. In other words, he found himself fat, sick, and nearly dead.

Committed to regaining his health, Cross flew to the United States and embarked on 60-day juice fast. Journeying on a 3,000-mile road trip with a juicer and generator in his car, Cross gave up his junk food habit and drank nothing but fresh vegetable and fruit juice for two months. The results were dramatic: he reached a healthy weight, healed his autoimmune disorder, and was able to stop taking medication simply by adopting healthier diet and lifestyle choices.

Integrative Nutrition Gives Back to Celebrate Earth Day

I founded Integrative Nutrition over twenty years ago with the mission to make the world a healthier, happier place. When people are healthy and happy, they can achieve more and enhance the lives of people around them. They have the energy to give back, do work that inspires them, and educate others to be healthy and happy. This process of paying it forward spreads a ripple effect of health and happiness around the world.

That’s why at Integrative Nutrition, we invest in our community and donate to charities that are doing great work. When we support each other, together we can truly make a difference.

In April, more than 200 new students enrolled in our Health Coach Training Program in response to our Earth Day giving charitable donation drive. Thanks to our passionate community, we donated over $10,000 to Earth Day Network’s healthy schools initiative. This movement is dedicated to bringing attention to the connection between school environments, student health, and academic success.

Integrative Nutrition Reviews: Women Food and God

Eating disorders are life-threatening illnesses that impact millions of people every year. They include anorexia (self-starvation and excessive weight loss), bulimia (cycling between binge eating and purging), binge eating disorder (recurring binging), and even atypical disorders such as orthorexia (obsession with a specific way of eating).

In recognition of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, we are reviewing the work of Integrative Nutrition visiting teacher Geneen Roth, a pioneer in helping heal emotional eating for thousands of women.

In her teaching and books, Roth says that she’s gained and lost over a thousand pounds from years of fad dieting and then breaking her restrictive eating patterns. One day, she decided to just stop dieting, yo-yoing between being dangerously underweight and dangerously overweight, and just eat whatever she wanted by making conscious choices and asking her body what it wanted. Once she started trusting her body, she found her ideal size without effort.

Why We Give Back: Season of Giving

If you are healthy and happy, you have more energy to do what you love. Your enthusiasm for life is radiant, and it inspires others. You can help lift others around you by teaching them what you know.

The gift of having more in life is that you have more to give.

That’s what we strive to do at Integrative Nutrition. As much as we can, we reinvest into our community by giving more support and advanced training to our students and graduates. And we support charities doing great work that complements our mission of making the world a better place.

Integrative Nutrition Reviews: Gabrielle Bernstein’s May Cause Miracles

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!

For many who are focused on making New Year’s resolutions happen, it’s around this time that the once steely-willed resolvers start to falter, especially when it comes to the less tangible goals such as love and happiness. While it can seem easier to accomplish the material goals of bigger, better, and more, how do you accomplish inner peace?

The truth is that the more you look outside yourself for happiness, the less satisfied you feel. Happiness is an inner game, but creating that sense of peace can be easier said than done.

Enter May Cause Miracles, a 40-day guidebook to creating happiness by becoming more “miracle minded.” The third book and New York Times bestseller by life coach and author Gabrielle Bernstein is a guided journey to help readers cultivate inner peace and happiness.

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