It’s cold and flu season, and it seems like their are coughs and sniffles everywhere. We asked our community on our "Are You IIN?" fan page to share their tips and tricks for keeping their immune systems strong.
Believe or not, the holidays are nearly upon us! To help make the season as warm, wonderful, and delicious as possible, we’re gathering your favorite healthy holiday recipes, which we will share on our blog in mid-November.
For a while now, Integrative Nutrition has been compiling healthy restaurants and things to do. We started with the New York City area, and now we’re branching out! Our latest post showcased some healthy options in New Jersey, and this week we’ll bring you the best of Boston!
October is the best month for Vegetarian Awareness Month because the seasonal vegetables are so delicious! Pumpkins, apples, butternut squash, beets, grapes, sweet potatoes… we’re hungry just thinking about them!
Vegetarianism isn’t for everyone, but if it’s been on your mind as something you might try, here are a few small steps you can take to explore your meat-free options:
1. Try one vegetarian meal a week. Check out Meatless Monday, a movement to encourage people to go vegetarian just one day of the week to improve the health of individuals and the planet.
2. Try the meat substitutes, but don’t think of them that way. While products from brands like Boca and Morningstar Farms can be used similarly to ground beef or chicken strips, your more likely to be satisfied with your dish if you think of these ingredients as a category to themselves. That way, you don’t think of it as depriving yourself of meat, but adding a new interesting ingredient.
3. Go for a new cuisine. Many traditional ethnic cuisines feature an array of vegetarian options, including (but definitely not limited to) Indian, Mexican, Thai, Japanese, Ethiopian, and Italian. Don’t think for a second you must go to a vegetarian restaurant in order to eat out!
4. Enjoy the novelty. Meat is always there for you if you want it, so have fun trying new foods and flavor combinations!
Last year when I had my annual visit to see my General Practitioner, my main problem was low energy and just being really, really tired. I would go up the one flight of steps in my home and would become exhausted! I remember asking my husband if he had done something to the stairs. J Since making changes with my lifestyle, my food, my physical activity, etc, my energy level is great, I sleep very well and I am awake, bright eyed and bushy tail each morning. I have also dropped a dress size! And guess who noticed and wants what I am having? Yes, my Doctor, and we had our first session yesterday…..it went great!
— Yasmin Binns, Health Coach Training Program, Graduated March 2011
Fall is a great time to focus on health and wellness, and enter a fun contest to win fantastic prizes! Who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt? But this one has a twist – it will be held virtually, via Twitter! Find out more…
“A few weeks into starting IIN I could sense it was going to be a great experience in my life. A few months in, I saw it was a life changing experience. After the conference this weekend, and graduation less than three months, I see it is an ongoing way of life as I am inspired and grateful to be part of the IIN “family.” AND, I came home to find that my workshop for October is going to be FULL! Thank you, Joshua Rosenthal and IIN.”— Lana, current student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
This weekend, Integrative Nutrition hosted Fall IINto Action, a two-day conference that brought thousands of people from all over the globe to New York City for the world’s largest Health Coaching conference.
Check out photos from our Smile Booth, where people could dress up and take photos with the Integrative Nutrition swirl!
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Suffering from the mid-afternoon slump? You need a pick-me-up! Our community over at our Are You IIN? Facebook page shared their favorite snacks to get them through the drowsy hours from 2 to 5. Not surprisingly, the most popular answer was…
BANANAS! They’re great fuel food since they contain glucose that will break down quickly for fast energy, as well as fructose that releases energy more slowly to keep you trucking through the afternoon. Since both of these sugars are in their simplest form, it won’t even cost your body much effort to break them down!
This fiber-packed snack is also a great source of iron and potassium! Deficiencies of these two minerals are linked to tiredness, muscle cramping, and a whole host of problems you don’t want to deal with at 4 in the afternoon. That afternoon banana might be just what you need to boost your intake and fight fatigue!
Oh! And we forgot to mention - bananas are delicious. Our community likes them sprinkled with granola or flax seed or cinnamon, or spread with nut butter. Of course, this easy-to-find snack is also delectable all on its own - so get peelin’!
Yesterday was National Celiac Awareness Day. Since so many people are affected by Celiac Disease, we decided to extend the day of recognition, by putting together a guide of some of our favorite resources, including restaurants, books, products and more to help de-mystify the gluten-free diet. Check them out here!
We asked our community on our Are You IIN? Facebook page to share their favorite ingredient to mix into a smoothie. While it’s hard to go wrong with a delicious banana or berry smoothie, we’d like to feature some of the more unusual picks!