This month I’d like to take a moment to examine a school called Institute for Integrative Nutrition. The school explores over 100 different dietary theories and a huge point of focus is that each individual is an individual. Different methods work for different people and it’s important to examine your own biological and chemical makeup when finding the proper foods for you. The idea is that IIN provides a yearlong health coaching course and at the end the student receives a certificate, in addition to a plethora of information. To my understanding, the three main sections included in their teachings are:
- different nutrition theories and dietary information
- the ability to coach properly: to listen to what someone is really saying and identify what one actually needs
- the ability to market oneself as a health coach going forward
I strongly identify with the idea that each individual has his or her own makeup and it is important to cater to the individual to achieve optimal nutritional health. Another idea they bring up is interesting to me. This is the idea that nutrition is more than just the food on your plate or the food that enters your body. In order to effectively improve our diets, we have to improve the experiences that feed us on a daily basis and these include:
- daily human interactions- with our peers, co-workers or family
- exercise experiences
- experiences that cause us to challenge ourselves
- experiences that align with our personal beliefs of our identity
- experiences that make us feel like we have a purpose
If we feel satiated with our human relationships, satiated with our cardio and satiated with our spiritual beliefs as well as feeling like we are challenging ourselves and constantly growing, it is likely that we don’t focus all our energy on food for nourishment.
Joshua Rosenthal, the founder of IIN, recently published a book about this exact topic called “The Power of Primary Food” and I plan to check it out!