I’ve never felt more alive as I have since starting my course at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN).
In a Nutshell
There is a lot of confusion in the field of nutrition thanks to the countless diet plans and misleading marketing messages out there. Most of which are focused on weight loss — causing most of us to grow up believing that eating healthily was purely for vanity reasons.
But eating well goes so much deeper than the fat and skinny. In fact, a wide variety of nutritious whole foods are the ultimate oil to enable the magnificent machine that is our body to operate at an optimum level.
IIN is a twelve-month online course, based out of New York City. Joshua Rosenthal, founder and primary teacher, has an admirable approach to wellbeing and has round up some of the world’s best thought-leaders to take part in the curriculum, including some of my favourites like Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil, David Wolfe, Annemarie Colbin, and Harville Hendrix.
You’ll come out of the program with the title of health coach, but that does not mean you will have all the answers — nor does it mean you need to. It’s more about changing your own life and then using that experience to coach others. You don’t need to recite dietary theories inside out, or recall the intricate science behind our digestive system (unless you want to, of course), it’s more about helping people clean up their lives and guiding them in the right direction to figure out their own answers — because ultimately nobody in this world knows what your body needs more than you do.
The most unexpected bonus from this course is that it’s not just about food. It’s a life-changing experience shining the light on health and happiness in a holistic sense. They teach many dietary theories but they also focus on what they call “Primary Foods” such as lifestyle, relationships, creativity, even spirituality – complete holistic wellbeing.
Not only did IIN open up a whole new way of thinking, but also a whole new world of friendships with an online community of like-minded people. Thanks to joining an Aussie-specific facebook group for my class enrolment I have made some lifelong friends in my hometown that I will be forever grateful for.
The best way I can describe the breakdown of the course is ½ holistic nutrition, ¼ business marketing and ¼ coaching skills.
I have a business degree with a major in marketing, so I skipped right by most of the business modules as it was pretty ABC stuff for me; but for those who do not have this background, these modules are invaluable to provide you with a basic understanding of how to get your business off the ground.
Major points of interest:
- You will understand the amount of dietary theories in existence are endless. We are constantly inundated with new diet books, new research, new fads. We are all bio-individual and no one way of eating is considered as the best diet for everyone. You’ll learn how to tackle this.
- You’ll learn how to understand misleading advertising and grasp a better understanding of how corporate agendas influence the mainstream messages we receive.
- You’ll learn to reconnect with our own body as a vehicle — an incredible organism that we need to take care of by listening to our instincts.
- You’ll learn a bunch of different fascinating theories about the mind and the monstrous impact our lifestyle has on our health — perhaps even more so than the food we eat.
- You’ll learn listening skills and how to ask the right questions to guide others to figure out their own answers and how to help transform people’s perception of food and health.
- You’ll learn basic marketing and entrepreneurial concepts to get your health coaching business off the ground.
Don’t Pay Full Price
Before I signed up I was overwhelmed in deciding whether the course was for me or not. I felt like many people’s opinions were really pushy and sales pitchy which was turning me off — this is because people who refer others get a commission, but you also get a decent discount.
That is half of my motivation behind writing this post — of course I would love to earn some of my investment back from IIN, but I’m not going to hide that. I don’t feel I need to as I would never recommend something I don’t love. So I’m proud to “sell” this.
At the moment (as of May 2014), if you mention my name as a referrer for the “Ambassador Savings Offer” you will receive a large amount off your tuition fee. I’m not allowed to publish the amount so please write to me if you want to find out how much or if you want me to keep you updated on any other spontaneous specials they often run. Or, if you’re ready to go now, you can just contact IIN directly at any time to sign up and mention the “Ambassador Savings Offer” with my name for a discount.
There have been a handful of friends I’ve advised to not enrol as they were too far advanced in their wellbeing studies with a decent network of likeminded mentors already, along with an innate entrepreneurial mind. If that sounds like you, then this course is likely too basic for you. Again, feel free to contact me if you aren’t sure.
However, for many of us, I believe the education provided by IIN is a necessity. If you’ve only just started to discover the wonders of wellbeing and you’re eager to learn more, be introduced to some of the world’s greatest leaders in health, would love to meet other likeminded people and/or are dabbling in the idea of taking some kind of health-oriented career (not necessarily a health coach, I have not gone down that path) then this course is for you. I still feel like my investment was worth it despite skipping over a large portion of the content (the business modules as explained above).
The information shared in this course is so vital it should be part of every standard education system — not elective study for later in life.
Please ask away if you have any questions, or click here to read up more information about what it’s like to be a health coach.
Otherwise, if you’re ready to sign up now and you feel in any way that I have helped you make your choice, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be forever grateful if you let her know I sent you!
P.S. For a free excerpt from Joshua Rosenthal’s Integrative Nutrition book (which will give you a great sample of what is taught in the course) click on the book below: