Institue for Integrative Nutrition
a honest review
From the moment I began my health and wellness journey, I started to feel an internal shift of wanting to learn more, do more, and help as many people as I could on their own wellness journey. Becoming a personal trainer didn’t seem to be the right fit or working at a company that produces pre-packaged meals. I knew that there was something out there for me, but I couldn’t put my finger on it until I received an email from a friend who had become a health coach.
At the bottom of her newsletter it said, do you want to be a health coach?
I replied: YES!
This was what I had been looking for, a way to expand my health and wellness knowledge beyond what worked for me in my personal journey, with a bit more know how than simply saying “I learned this from google or I saw this on pinterest.”
In July of 2012, I signed up for a year long — intense health coaching certification program with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. To say it was intense would be an understatement. Some of the modules (lessons) I could identify with easily and other’s felt completely over my head.
The entire course is laid out well and you can go at your own pace — to an extent (every so many weeks there are tests you need to take, but other than that you can go at your own speed.) The modules were also balanced between health education and business/marketing information. Coming from my photography background and having an understanding of social media, web design, etc I felt that the modules based around those topics were a little redundant for me. However, coming into this with no prior knowledge I would have been more than grateful and I did pick up a few tips here and there.
The community surrounding IIN is phenomenal and one of my favorite aspects of the entire program is having a community of healthy minded individuals who are looking to shake things up and create a ripple effect.
The one of con’s to the program that I personally experienced is that I felt a lot of other coaches and several modules being based around a plant based lifestyle. Which lead me to feel that my success as a coach would be based on following suit. I found myself attempting to adapt to living a plant bsed lifestyle to “fit -in”. While the school does talk about bio-individuality, I still felt like a fish out of water when it came to my now paleo based lifestyle.
In saying that, I do believe that it is important to know yourself and stick with what works for you and the clients that you are looking to attract.
If I could do it all over again, I would. I love the knowledge that I received and the community that I have surrounded myself with. There is no one way to go about coaching and even for some it isn’t about coaching at all, it is simply a way for them to live the healthiest life that they possibly can. I know that I have not only continued to change my life, but the health and wellbeing for my husband, my parents, and my friends. To me that is the greatest outcome anyone could ask for.
If you have specific questions regarding the Institute for Integrative Nutrition please do not hesitate to leave a comment or send me an email.