I am sure you all remember that about 3-ish months ago, I decided to quit my bachelors study in Nutrition (where I was studying to become an R.D.) in lieu of setting up shop for myself and instead focus all my time and energy on writing articles, eBooks and immerse myself in holistic health. Well guess what? I am going back to school!
But don’t worry, it’s not what you might think…
This time around, I have found a school that does teach the things I believe are imperative for good health and shares my norms and values when it comes to healthcare. Friends: meet the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Integrative Nutrition is not just a school. We are a movement. The school is part of the movement. “
The Institute for Integrative Nutrition is the world’s largest nutrition school and renown for being the only school, world-wide, that teaches health from a whole-body (read: holistic) perspective, while integrating nutrition science and coaching skills. The Institute is affiliated with the prestigious State University of New York (SUNY) and it’s alumni do a great and successful job around the globe of making this world a healthier one.
Founded in New York 20 years ago by Joshua Rosenthal the school is now looking at almost 2000 students per year. When the school’s popularity began to explode outside the U.S. too, IIN decided to start offering their course completely digital as well. Aspiring health coaches from all over the world can now complete the 12 month course via video lectures, interactive webinars and virtual classrooms, all coming to you from your complementary iPad.
This is the future of nutrition.”
IIN’s curriculum is extensive and unique, covering concepts like bio-individuality (there is no one perfect diet for everyone!), the food-mood connection, primary foods and covering over 100 different dietary theories including raw food, ayurveda, macrobiotics, paleo, etc. IIN has its own food pyramid and has world-renown guest lecturers including Deepak Chopra, David Wolfe, Joel Fuhrman, Neal Barnard, Davic Katz, Mark Bittman and many more.
I was f***** excited when I first heard about IIN some months ago because I knew this was the school for me. I am standing my ground when it comes to the nutritional nitty-gritty, but when it comes to primary nutrition, I have a thing or two to learn (especially in regards to coaching others with this!). The course is not cheap by any means but so worth it, and I was thrilled to find myself accepted (so far the only Dutch person in the class of 2012!).
IIN’s food pyramid
I was ecstatic when I saw this (and I hadn’t even had my chocolate fix for the day, go figure).
The governments food pyramid/myplate/schijf van 5 have always been my biggest pet peeve (besides people pronouncing it ‘supposably’, of course) but IIN has done an amazing job pointing out the key factors to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. I especially love they have left out any reference to portion size or daily servings. The biggest mistake you can make when it comes to nutrition is overgeneralizing the amount of food people should eat. (The only critique I have to this pyramid is the notion ‘oils’. Oils aren’t essential to a healthy diet, fats are).
As far as connecting with other students goes, there is a study forum that is buzzing with activity and a lovely IIN europe study group on facebook that will conduct weekly Skype meetings. Or, you can fly your ass out to Long Beach, L.A for the IIN mega conference in March! Which, naturally, I will. Any excuse to hop on a plane and visit an exotic (err, and warm. It has to be warm.) location, right? David Wolfe, here I come (I’m having fantasies of us having a snazzy rendez-vous where we are high on chocolate smoothies and bathe in cacao nibs. What?!).
So there you have it guys. The missing link between my nutrition knowledge, my own personal journey from SAD to RAW, and desire to coach and motivate others to set and achieve health and wellness goals.
And if all else fails, I could always become an IIN spokes-person, apparently. Geesh.