This past weekend The Institute for Integrative Nutrition(IIN) gave its students and alumni a fabulously enlightening weekend conference at the Jacob Javitt’s Center in NYC.
I graduated from IIN in 2005 as a Holistic Health Coach, when the program was in-person in NYC, and am now an ambassador for the school. Now the school has gone online, making it more accessible to people globally. IIN isn’t just a school or a program, it’s a movement. It’s a movement to spread knowledge and empower this world to be a healthier place.
Graduates go on to heal themselves of ailments, raise the quality of their lives and others, develop health counseling practices, create national organizations, develop natural products like vegan chocolate, be a contestant on Top Chef, and on and on. Get the picture?
Joshua Rosenthal, the founder of IIN, asked me to give a short testimonial at this conference and of course, I happily accepted. I never inquired on the number of attendees, but I knew it would be big. So, I showed up in my Sunday Best at 10am and sat with my parents who came as my guests. The first dynamic speaker, grad and top chef, Andea Beaman, informed me and the crowd that there were 4,000 of us there that day! Whoah. I’ve never spoken to 400 people at once, never mind 4,000. But, I figured, just picture everyone naked or something like that, and I would be fine.
The next 2.5 hours were jam packed with three power house, internationally recognized top health experts: Dr. David Katz, Dr. Mark Hyman and Deepak Choprah. (I’ll post separate posts for each speaker.) I think everyone left for the lunch break buzzing from the talks on how each one of us can make a difference in this country’s health crisis.
Yes, there is a crisis. And it is a big, fat one. However, as Choprah says, “the answers come from the silence”. We all have a knowing and intuition how to increase the health of ourselves and others. It’s not rocket science.
Returning from the break I was led backstage with three other inspirational grads that all started their own healthy chocolate companies, NibMor and Gnosis. We all went on stage to share our stories of how IIN gave us the tools to be successful. I was relieved that I spoke without choking, stammering or blacking out! At the end of the day, I have to say, I fell in love all over again with IIN as well as my mission in life: to empower others to lead a healthy and happy life.
What’s your mission in life? And how can you fall in love with it again?
If you are looking to become a holistic health counselor or just love to learn about holistic health you can email me for more information on IIN.