“Amazed by the depth and thoroughness of the education, how rich and well-rounded. Meeting people while doing all the Health Histories has been truly great! Lots of fun conversations and seeing how we’re more alike than different. Hi IIN’ers! This school is the best!”— Tricia, student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Dehydration The body doesn’t send the message that you are thirsty until you are on the verge of dehydration. Dehydration occurs as mild hunger, so the first thing to do when you get a strange craving is to drink a full glass of water.
Lifestyle Being dissatisfied with a relationship, having an inappropriate exercise routine (too much, too little or the wrong type), being bored, stressed, uninspired by a job or lacking a spiritual practice can all contribute to emotional eating. Eating can be used as a substitute for entertainment or to fill the void.
Yin/Yang Imbalance Certain foods have more yin qualities (expansive) while other foods have more yang qualities (contractive). Eating foods that are either extremely yin or extremely yang causes cravings in order to reestablish balance. For example, eating a diet too rich in sugar (yin) may cause a craving for meat (yang).
Inside Coming Out Oftentimes, cravings come from foods that we have recently eaten, foods eaten by our ancestors or foods from our childhood. A clever way to satisfy these cravings is to eat a healthier versions of one’s ancestral or childhood foods.
Seasonal Often the body craves foods that balance out the elements of the season. In the spring, people crave detoxifying foods like leafy greens or citrus foods. In the summer, people crave cooling foods like fruit, raw foods and ice cream, and in the fall people crave grounding foods like squash, onions and nuts. In winter many crave hot and heat- producing foods like meat, oil and fat. Other cravings, such as turkey, eggnog or sweets, can also be associated with the holiday season.
Lack of Nutrients If the body is getting an inadequate amount of nutrients, it will produce odd cravings. For example, inadequate mineral levels produce salt cravings, and overall inadequate nutrition produces cravings for non-nutritional forms of energy like caffeine.
Hormones When women experience menstruation, pregnancy or menopause, fluctuating testosterone and estrogen levels may cause unusual cravings.
De-evolution When things are going extremely well, sometimes a self-sabotage syndrome happens, where we suddenly crave foods that throw us off balance. We then have more cravings to balance ourselves. This often happens from low blood sugar and may result in strong mood swings.
“The best thing about working here is definitely the people that I work with. This is the most supportive, fun, like-minded and generous community that I have worked for! I cant say enough about how great IIN is!”— Brandon, 2010 Graduate, Health Coach, and Integrative Nutrition Employee
Wow, 2011 is whizzing by! The year has offered so much in the form of opportunity, change, and reflection. We thought we would give you the highlights of what has been and what is to come in 2011. Read more…
“I love that the school is truly a safe space with absolutely no judgment. I shared intimate struggles with students from all walks of life, from all backgrounds, race, cultures, sexual orientation, political views, and especially different religion and food beliefs. But we all shared one thing in common: we all came to learn about ourselves as a human race, with a need for health food to health and sustain us.”— Venus, 2009
We recently caught up with Jennifer Moore, a current student of our Healthy Coach Training Program. Jennifer is based out of the United Kingdom, and decided to quit her job in the financial field to pursue her passion of health and nutrition. She has made some amazing changes to her life; check out what Jennifer has to say about her Integrative Nutrition experience! Read more here.