Tapping into Your IIN Community for Resources and Support, Part II

April 13, 2020

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Our community is here for you every step of the way.

Over the past two weeks, we’ve seen a growing number of our community members and graduates delivering resources to support continued health throughout this unprecedented time. Whether it’s fitness initiatives, mindful habits, healthy recipes, or business advice, there is so much being done to give back.

Here’s a compilation of what our graduates have been up to:

Fitness

Physical exercise is crucial during times of high stress. Many members of our community are offering fitness resources as a means of providing community during a time of isolation for those struggling:

IIN grad Alexandra Shepherd is offering free yoga, meditation, and fitness classes via Zoom for any healthcare frontline workers, available during all hours of the day.

Sam Tackeff, cofounder of Ompractice, is using her platform to bring together multiple yoga studios and classes under one online umbrella. She has created a virtual home on her platform for teachers and students to connect and see one another. She has also provided many companies with private classes, aiming to bring coworkers together virtually when they can’t be in the office.

Marina Stirdivant, founder of Connect Studio Space, is donating 100% of the proceeds from her yoga classes to support Proportion Meal, an organization providing meals to frontline medical workers’ families.

Wellness and Mindfulness

Our efforts to stay mindful can transform our experience and outlook when dealing with uncertainty:

Paula D'Elía, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, author, and yoga teacher, is offering a free guided meditation to those having trouble sleeping during this time.

Deborah Lobart, IIN graduate and author of several mindfulness books, has provided a guide to staying calm throughout crisis. Some of her tips include limiting news and media exposure, journaling, and embracing self-care practices, like soaking in a calming Epsom salt bath.

IIN graduate Alysia Pope is offering free health coaching sessions to her community. She has also posted recipes using pantry staples, a guide to appreciating the silver lining through the pandemic, and a list of organizations providing help to those in need.

IIN graduate Emma Rubio has been offering guided meditations in Spanish on Instagram Live.

Food and Recipes

Food is medicine. It is the center and guiding factor that nourishes our bodies to perform every day, especially now!

Cooking instructor and holistic health counselor Pamela Saltzman has taken part in IIN’s “Stay IINside” series on Instagram, hosting live tutorials of her many healthy recipes. She is also offering a discount on her online classes with code SINGLE10 as well as $17/month subscriptions with code CLASSES17.

Health and wellness expert Imola Tóth has created a gluten-free quarantine cookbook with easy vegan and vegetarian recipes that can be made from staple pantry ingredients.

Liza Baker, host of the Simply: Health Coaching podcast, provides her take on simple meal planning throughout the pandemic. She explains the principles behind her cookbook Fl!p Your K!tchen, recommending using whole ingredients that come from nature, planning your week in advance, and cooking for more than one meal.

IIN visiting teacher Dr. Terry Wahls has shared the staple food items she has integrated into her family’s diet during the pandemic:

  • Liver (6 to 8 ounces per week)
  • Garlic, mushrooms, greens to cook down (kale, Swiss chard, collard greens)
  • Fermented foods, such as sauerkraut and kimchi
  • Grass-fed/grass-finished meats and organ meats
  • Dried black beans and rice

These foods include vitamin A, a key nutrient essential for the creation of immune cells, such as Th cells, T regulatory cells, and antibody-producing cells (B cells). Sufficient vitamin A and functioning immune cells help support a healthy gut and help our bodies fight potential infections.

Inspiration and Business

As many businesses shift online to stay in business, Health Coaches may need to make the same transition with their clients. The tools to build your online business are at your fingertips:

Dr. Beth Haggett, a professor at Saybrook University, one of IIN’s many educational partners, offers a guide to health coaching in the new virtual reality. It’s a two-day workshop that teaches Health Coaches how to communicate effectively with clients on an online platform.

If you're interested in becoming a Health Coach and want a sneak peek into what the business curriculum will teach you, check out more information about the Business Blueprint promotion we're offering.

You haven’t lost your community.

We encourage you to take advantage of these online resources and try to breathe through the uncertainty.

It’s quite normal to feel the effects of quarantine taking a toll on your mental health and productivity. There are going to be good and bad days throughout this process, and it’s important now more than ever to be kind and patient with yourself as you navigate your day-to-day.

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