IIN Alumni and Graduate Success Stories
From transforming clients' lives in one-on-one and group coaching to helping people achieve their fitness goals through yoga and pilates, or reaching entrepreneurial fame with one of the most talked about food delivery services, our graduates do it all – and they totally rock at it! Check out what some of our most successful graduates do in the featured stories below.
Best-Selling Ayurveda Author.
Host of the Highest Self Podcast.
Ancient Soul in a Modern Body.
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Author + Entrepreneur.
Founder of Mujer Holística.
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Before becoming a Health Coach I felt like I was living without a purpose, I had a lot of anxiety and I was in automatic mode, just going through life without meaning. I desired a change, but had no idea how to begin. Then, in 2011, I found IIN and my life changed completely. I now live a life of purpose, with passion and surrounded by beautiful people. I would not be where I am had I not enrolled in IIN and pursued my career as a Health Coach.
I am the founder of one of the biggest Spanish speaking wellness platforms, Mujer Holística, where I inspire women to connect with their spirituality and to live a life of abundance. Every day, my work reaches millions of women around the world and my books are bestsellers in multiple countries. But the best part of my work is not the external success or recognition. It is the women I get to share my journey with each day, the amazing community that Mujer Holística holds space for. I feel so blessed to be able to impact the world in a positive way, doing the work that I love.
My career as a Health Coach also allows me to work online and travel the world as a nomad, working remotely from places like Bali, Portugal or Costa Rica, something that seemed impossible before IIN. I truly believe that you can create the reality that you live in. My journey as a Health Coach has given me endless blessings and has allowed me to live an amazing life. I share IIN =with everyone I know because I believe this program can transform many lives, not only mine.
Former BMX Athlete.
Brain Tumor Survivor.
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I’m a former professional BMX athlete, motivational speaker, and holistic health coach who’s fought four brain tumors. My passion and motivation for living the best life stems from the discovery of a genetic predisposition to accumulating tumors, a realization that sparked an investigative journey into researching the health, performance, and longevity of the human brain. As a result, I follow a ketogenic diet, and since adopting this lifestyle paradigm, the growth of my tumors has ceased leaving me feeling better and more fulfilled than ever before!
I launched a health coaching business to inspire and help others to improve their brain health so they can transform into the most successful versions of themselves. I’ve also teamed up with the Athlete Recovery Fund to raise awareness and funds for a nonprofit BMX/wellness event called the Brainy BMX Stunt Shows, which focuses on raising direct funds for direct patient care through education, sport, and inspiration.
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Five years ago, I left a thriving life and career in New York City to explore the world. I sold all my things, bought a one-way ticket to India and traveled. I studied with masters of yoga, meditation, Buddhism, movement therapy and more. I realized I wanted to immerse myself in this community.
A year later I moved to Denver with no community and no way to meet people. I saw an opportunity and started an event company called YogaDates (“Dating With A Twist”). Word spread quickly and events sold out regularly. Most importantly, people finally had a place to meet mindful singles in a fun, community-driven and inspiring environment.
People want connection with those who share their values and support their lifestyle. What I consistently heard from YogaDates’ customers was how difficult it was to find these connections. So many of them were thankful for the service that we provided. It became clear to me that the mission behind YogaDates was part of a larger movement towards mindfulness and mindful living—and single people who live healthy, conscious lifestyles struggle to find and interact with other like-minded singles. This was the seed from which my dating site MeetMindful was born.
Certified Holistic Health Coach.
Natural Foods Chef.
Founder and CEO of Miami Wellness Club®.
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Chris is an author, athlete, activist, photographer, model, teacher, motivational speaker, holistic Health Coach, natural foods chef, and the founder and CEO of Miami Wellness Club (MWC), south Florida’s premier guide to healthy living.™ Born and raised in Miami, Florida, he travels the world educating, inspiring, and empowering people to become rich in mind, body, and spirit, forever. His personal journey of loss and overcoming adversity serves as the foundation for his life’s work. Prior to founding MWC, Chris worked in the accounting and wealth management industries serving the needs of affluent clientele. Feeling inspired to flip the script from simply accumulating monetary riches in favor of uncovering the true and everlasting wealth within – our health – he left to pursue a new and revolutionary path. Sharing his unique and integrated perspective, Chris currently writes, speaks, and coaches on the topics of health, wellness, spirituality, and personal transformation, in both English and Spanish. His passion for elevating the lives of others is truly next-level. Chris has lived internationally in the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Peru, Spain, and Cuba, and values spending time with loved ones, connecting with god, and experiencing his healthiest life each day.
In 2005, I lost my 47-year-old mother to a rare form of liver cancer. My family and I were devastated and disheartened about the limited options we’d been given for her “healing,” and the dead-end road we were forced to travel in trying to achieve it. This unexpected and life-altering event planted the seed for what is now my life’s work. I became committed to finding true answers to her illness. Doing something positive with this new reality awakened to the alternative solutions that existed all along and inspired by the power of the human body, MWC was created for you to experience optimal wellness while becoming rich in mind, body, and spirit. We’ve spent the last fifteen years exploring the globe compiling the most effective information to solve our society’s biggest challenges. In turn, we uncovered a burning desire to get to the bottom of our perennial birthright, our health. Through this process, our pain became our purpose, and now we’re here to share the most profound gift we’ve learned thus far: the truth. Health is truly our greatest wealth because it enables us to experience life with more joy and longevity. In adopting a conscious and active lifestyle, everything changes! We’re here to make this knowledge more accessible than ever by empowering you with the necessary tools to unleash your best self. MWC is a community rooted in love, where all are welcome and connected, no matter the circumstances. Our tribe in south Florida and beyond is completely committed to your transformation because we truly want to see you thrive in every aspect of your life. We’re thankful and grateful to be on this adventure with you and are here to guide you every step of the way. The life of your dreams starts now: Join the club!
VP turned Yogi.
Detox to Retox.
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Prior to enrolling at Integrative Nutrition, I worked on the Wall Street trading floor at Morgan Stanley. As a serious athlete, I always scoffed at yoga’s hippie ineffectiveness, but initially tried it as a way to diversify my 60 miles of running a week. I quickly got addicted, and after few years of daily practice and study, I began teaching friends yoga and meditation for free.
Soon, colleagues and friends began asking for nutritional help. Then it hit me - there was not a lens for wellness that was effective and realistic, one that understood working hard and playing hard, as well as the extreme stress of office life and modern living. I decided to quit my job to start I.AM.YOU., the first ever 360 degree lens for wellness based on yoga, nourishment, mindset, and music and wrote a Best Selling book with Penguin Randomhouse, RETOX. I have since exited the business, and I am now consulting wellness businesses and entrepreneurs full time.
We all have different bodies that change throughout the phases of life. Integrative Nutrition allowed me the freedom to learn about various nutritional theories and apply them as I saw fit for my clients and myself. Integrative Nutrition gave me the confidence to stand by the decision my body was telling me to make. IIN is about the freedom of doing what works for you.
Professional Food Blogger.
Recovering from M.E.
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My life changed overnight 10 years ago. I was an athlete pursuing a career in professional golf but was suddenly struck down with an illness that left me bed-bound for two years and housebound for the next four years. I discovered a passion for food and nutrition throughout my housebound stage and decided to start my blog, Healthy Living James. I also decided to study with IIN to further my knowledge and use that to better my recipes and health. Now I am a full-time food blogger working with incredible brands and doing a job I absolutely love.
Creating quick and easy gluten-, dairy-, egg- and refined sugar–free recipes, most of which are plant-based, and sharing them online to a worldwide audience. My passion is inspiring others to cook more from home with simple ingredients.
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Being a woman in Venezuela, the most beauty-obsessed country in the world is challenging. The pressure to conform to an impossible standard of beauty was, and is, incredible. I tried every diet on the planet, every pill on the market, and every trick in the books. I was on the verge of an eating disorder and very confused about my emotional state and body image.
It was not until I stopped obsessing over my weight and focused on my wellbeing that I understood what worked for me. After working in a clinical environment studying patient’s actions and reactions, I realized that people's bodies, metabolism and habits are different in many ways. The Institute for Integrative Nutrition taught me that the one-size-fits all dietary approach simply doesn’t work. Knowing this inspired me to create "YourDietMethod".
My mission is to assist and teach people proper nutrition suited for their lives so they never need to diet again. I want girls to be comfortable with themselves, no matter what their environment is. I want women to feel sexy, no matter what their body type is. I want to inspire people to become the healthiest version of themselves.
Holistic Career Coach, YouTuber, and Speaker.
Pancreas Tumor Survivor.
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I reached a point of exhaustion and burnout in my career. I knew there had to be a bigger purpose for my career and I was obsessed with health and wellness, but I didn’t know how to make the career change nor what job I could do.
When I discovered IIN through graduates who wrote the wellness books I was reading, I felt I found my ticket to making that career change. In addition to IIN having the only program I found with really engaging TED Talk–style lessons on health, they had some of the most renowned teachers in the industry and provided training on how to start a health coaching practice so I could change careers and follow my passion.
Not long after I graduated and opened my practice, I was diagnosed with a rare tumor on my pancreas and had major surgery to remove the tumor and multiple digestive organs. The surgery came with risks of lifelong complications. I used everything I learned at IIN about bio-individuality and healing, and as a result, I not only healed myself, but I’ve had no tumor recurrence, a healthy pregnancy and baby, and I’m as healthy as I could be.
I now work as a holistic career coach, where I help women discover their gifts, fulfill their purpose, and create a joyful life. Learning about primary food at IIN helped me see how our health, happiness, and fulfilment aren’t just influenced by nutrition; they’re also influenced by our career, spirituality, and how we take care of our mind and body. This has been the biggest inspiration for my teachings, and through my YouTube videos, online courses, and public speaking, my work has reached over 1.5 million people and I feel so lucky to do what I do.
Junkie for the Outdoors.
Founder + CEO of Purely Elizabeth.
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IIN definitely changed the course of my life. Before attending the program, I worked for a handbag company in NYC and probably would have stayed the course in that industry. IIN gave me the confidence and belief that I was in control of my life and could go after my dreams. There is no doubt that I would not have started Purely Elizabeth, had I not had my experience at IIN.
I am now the founder and CEO of Purely Elizabeth, an all-natural and organic food company. I started the company in October 2009. We focus on using the most innovative, nutrient-dense ingredients on the market like chia, quinoa, amaranth, kaniwa, coconut sugar and coconut oil, while making the products taste absolutely delicious. We recently released the first Probiotic Granola on the market and a Grain-Free Granola! The past seven years since starting Purely Elizabeth has truly been life changing on so many levels.
I love that the industry we are in truly has an effect on people’s lives. It’s pretty rewarding to hear feedback that our products have helped customers live a healthier lifestyle. It’s also amazing to be surrounded by such like-minded individuals. The industry is filled with passionate people who are happy in what they are doing.
Former Investment Banker.
Wellness Consultant and Health Coach.
Champion for Women’s Empowerment.
Founder, Ishani Vellodi Wellness.
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Enrolling in IIN marked a major (and unexpected) turning point in my life! I had spent years allowing myself to get so wound up in my career and day-to-day life that focusing on myself just wasn’t a priority. Though I achieved goal after goal, it somehow seemed as though I was just always trying to keep up...and my body was struggling to keep up with what I was putting it through.
That’s when my interest in wellness began, out of pure necessity, to try to break the cycle I was in. Yet, along with the exponential shifts in my health and perspective from the simple changes I was making came a true sense of empowerment unlike anything I had experienced before! There was no question in my mind that I not only had to learn more but had to find a way to help others find that same sense of empowerment; investing in IIN is what helped me make that dream a reality.
Now, years later, I’ve traded my career in finance for spending 100% of my time encouraging women to reframe the way they look at their health and prioritize their mental and physical well-being. I consult with clients across geographies to assist them in developing their own individualized brands of wellness by taking small, progressive steps to optimize their lifestyles and find their equilibrium.
I also work with women’s groups, speak in corporate settings, create healthy yet delicious recipes, write for several platforms (including my own!), and am always looking for new and interesting ways to convince more women that, no matter what your various existing roles and responsibilities, there’s always a way to make wellness accessible...and that it’s always worth making that investment!
Medical Doctor and Lifestyle Medicine Specialist.
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Before IIN, I was a full time medical doctor (subspecialty ultrasound and interventional radiologist). I was extremely busy, married with 4 sons and wasn’t looking for another career. However, I was looking for a better way to fulfill my mission to help people live their healthiest and happiest lives. I was keenly aware of the role stress and emotions play and knew this was a key component in lasting health and happiness.
Since enrolling in IIN my life has changed in such a positive way. I began speaking and doing group workshops for communities, corporations, schools, clinics, hospitals and medical conferences. I became Chair of Public Health shortly after graduating and appeared on breakfast television.
I’ve blended my medical background and IIN coaching to work as a lifestyle medicine specialist. I speak to audiences and coach both groups and 1:1, globally. I love the connection with people. As a traditionally trained MD, I am fascinated by the power of the mind and mind:body medicine.
Stress and Anxiety Terminator.
Health and Lifestyle Strategist.
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Through much of my early-mid 20s, I struggled with IBS exacerbated by chronic stress. My doctor gave me a diagnosis while drinking directly from a 2-liter bottle of Diet Coke and offered me a couple of prescriptions. Not ready to go the prescription route, I hit the New York Public Library and took classes to figure out what I could do to eliminate the need to triangulate the closest bathroom everywhere I went. Teeny change after teeny change, I got healthier and happier. Others noticed and wanted to know what I did.
I filled up my professional toolbox in a big way at IIN. I knew that we are all individuals, so what helped me turn my health around wouldn't necessarily work for others. The curriculum offers a multitude of lenses to critically think about foundational health and wellness. The training also taught me a lot about listening - deep listening - from a place of really seeking to understand and connect. It taught me how impactful that can be for clients and the successful women - from astronauts to change agents to artists - I interview on my podcast, Le vital corps Salon.
Of course, there are always challenges to being a small business owner, but this work allows me to create a vital corps of healthy, assertive go-getters in the world. What could be better than that?
Autoimmune Disease Champion.
Blogger, YouTuber and Social Media Influencer.
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A few years before I pursued my IIN certification I was diagnosed with four autoimmune diseases. In my quest to reverse those symptoms and take control of my health, I completely revamped my diet and lifestyle by adopting a whole foods, gluten-free diet and prioritizing self-care, sleep and stress-reduction. One year after doing so, most of my autoimmune symptoms vanished. I pursued health coaching as a way to help others like me and inspire them with a back-to-basics "downshifted" approach - whole foods + healthy living.
I am now a full time blogger, YouTuber and social media influencer. I focus on wholesome gluten-free food and inspire others to take life "down a notch". There is no “one path” when it comes to health coaching and inspiring others - it's all about creating the business that works best for you.
Gut Health Guru.
Health Coach + Author.
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Right after graduating from IIN, I created a successful health coaching practice and cooking show to teach others how to truly nourish their bodies. Almost 10 years later, I still wake up every morning energized and excited to see clients, shoot videos, and appear on national television as the go-to wellness expert.
I’m a health coach and offer a mix of online and live programs. I work with clients doing 1-on-1 coaching, have group coaching programs, and go at your own pace online health coaching courses. I work with a select number of brands and companies as a wellness expert or spokesperson. I’m also an author - my first book, Go With Your Gut, was published in 2016 and my second book, Thin From Within, came out in February 2018.
My approach looks at all areas of your life. Your body wants you to feel good, and the best way to reach your natural weight is to keep your gut flora happy while balancing the other parts of life that “weigh” you down. Together, these two forces will have you looking and feeling fabulous.
Co-Creator of Sakara Life.
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I used to feel like food was the enemy. It always made me feel guilty, stressed (counting every calorie), bloated or tired. I knew my relationship with food needed an overhaul, so I went to Integrative Nutrition and paired up with my bff to create a food system that would help both of us finally feel like the best version of ourselves again.
Eating the Sakara way helped me realize that food is medicine. It's there to nourish us so that we can glow from the inside out. We decided to turn our mess into our mission and share our life-changing food with the world! We deliver everything totally ready-to-eat right to your door, so that there is zero stress involved in eating healthy. Now we also offer some of our amazing superfood salad dressings, snacks and Beauty Water on our site as well!