Nutrition News: Organic Produce Found More Nutritious, Sleep Deprivation Hinders Weight Loss, and more…

That Stanford study on organic food that caused such a ruckus? Some researchers at Newcastle University in England found contrary evidence in a similar study - namely, that organic produce is more nutritious. (New York Times)

Missing out on a full night's sleep affects more than your energy and your immune system. Research reveals that our fat cells also become metabolically groggy, meaning that sleep deprivation can make losing weight even more difficult and may even contribute to obesity. (CNN)

Jared Koch, 2005 graduate and founder of Clean Plates, weighs in on our intimate, but dysfunctional relationship with food, as part of a new series, "Conscious Palate" for Take Part.

Food Day—It's Time to Eat Real!

One week from today – Wednesday, October 24th – marks the second annual celebration of Food Day. Here at Integrative Nutrition, we are proud to be a Food Day partner - and to encourage our community to get involved and eat real! Here is some background on the event - as well as suggestions for how you can get involved - from Food Day Campaign Manager, Lilia Smelkova.

Food Day is an annual, nationwide celebration and a movement towards more healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food. This year, there are more than 2,000 Food Day events all around the country, including festivals in Baltimore, New York City, and Savannah, and a conference on “The Future of Food: 2050” in Washington, DC.

You're Invited: See Integrative Nutrition LIVE (Again!)

Did you get a chance to join the live broadcast of our September conference?

We gathered in New York City with 800 students from 10 countries around the world, and for the first time ever, another 5,000 tuned in online!

It was an amazing weekend of energy and inspiration where we learned from Integrative Nutrition Founder and Primary Teacher Joshua Rosenthal; Ayurvedic expert John Douillard, DC; New York Times food writer Mark Bittman; medical ethics authority Bernie Siegel, MD; and other fantastic speakers.

Our second conference of the season is coming up this weekend and we want you to join us again via Live Stream!

Health Coach Stars on Hit TV Show “The Doctors”

While the curriculum at Integrative Nutrition teaches students how to launch an entrepreneurial health coaching business, our students come to the program with a number of different skills. These diverse backgrounds in healthcare, business, or even the performing arts have led our graduates to pursue dynamic, influential careers in a wide range of fields.

This week, we highlight the success of Melanie Woodrow, a television reporter and yoga teacher who used her IIN education to launch an exciting TV career in health and wellness. She recently became the investigative reporter for the hit show, The Doctors!

What led you to discover Integrative Nutrition?

I was working as a television reporter at a local news station and teaching yoga. The Health Coach Training Program was a way to bridge the gap between my love for all things related to health and wellness and my passion for investigative reporting.

Nutrition News: Why We All Should Care About Prop 37, How Likely You Are to Respond to Exercise, and More…

It's one thing to vote with our forks. It's another thing entirely for the food movement to turn actively political. But activist Michael Pollan says now is the time to show Big Agriculture that we mean business when it comes to labeling GMOs. Here's why we all should care about California's Proposition 37.

Research suggests that certain bodies are more responsive to the benefits of regular exercise, and now there's a genetic test. The test only measures physical fitness, however, and not the long-term psychological or health benefits that regular exercise can have for all of us. (TIME)

A sugar-sweetened beverage tax may be "the single most effective measure to reverse the obesity epidemic," according to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But if that doesn't convince you, here's more on the soda tax debate. (New York Times)

Integrative Nutrition Reviews: Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen

Welcome to the latest in our Integrative Nutrition Reviews series, where we consider books, movies, and other media related to health, food, and personal wellness. Want to suggest something for us to review? Post it in the comments!

We’ve all known someone who has been affected by cancer. Though there are many aspects of this terrible disease that still remain a tragic mystery, thankfully researchers now know that many forms of cancer can be prevented simply by eating whole foods, exercising regularly, and making healthy lifestyle choices. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a great time to learn and empower all of us to take charge of our own health and adopt habits conducive to a long, happy life.

But what if you or someone you love has already been diagnosed with the “Big C”?  Are there any ways you can take matters into your own hands? That’s exactly what Integrative Nutrition graduates Annette Ramke, Class of 2010, and Kendall Scott, Class of 2009, did when the they were diagnosed with cancer. Kendall is a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor diagnosed at age 27, and Annettte survived breast and ovarian cancer, with her first diagnosis at 36. Together they’ve just released Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen, an inspiring cookbook and guide designed to help people not only survive, but thrive, during cancer – from diagnosis through intense treatment and beyond.

Health Coaching Goes Global

As our international community grows, our graduates are increasingly addressing the needs of different countries and cultures. Dr. Marion Alvarez, class of 2011, is an outstanding example of a cross-cultural Health Coach, striving to not only serve her local Los Angeles clients, but also the people of her home country, Mexico.

What were you doing prior to enrolling at Integrative Nutrition?

I went to medical school in Mexico and, after graduation, decided to become a surgeon. So I moved to Los Angeles to prepare for the medical board examinations, took the exams, and successfully passed them all. But before applying for my US residency, I decided to move back to Mexico for a while, where I completed a fellowship in aesthetic medicine (cosmetic dermatology) and opened a medical office. Things were going well, and I had a lot of patients, but something was missing...

IINsider’s Digest: Kale Gets Steamy, Stretching Sustainable Food Dollars, and more…

Kale is getting steamy, and not just in the kitchen! A brain-foods expert and a professional chef teamed up to create this saucy spinoff of the infamous 50 Shades, to introduce "kale virgins" everywhere to its impressive range of health benefits. (Well + Good)

Speaking of kale, Clean Plates (founded by 2005 grad Jared Koch) continues its collaboration with Whole Living, interviewing sustainable chef John Marsh about his favorite ways to cook the healthful leafy green.

At last weekend’s live conference, guest lecturer (and 1998 grad) Andrea Beaman inspired us to invest in our health. With a few savvy tips, healthy eating can come at a surprisingly moderate price. In her book, Long Way on a Little, Shannon Hayes talks about stretching those sustainable food dollars, and making the most of the scraps. (Grist)

Live from New York: Our Latest Conference

It’s four days later, and we’re still buzzing with the excitement of this weekend’s live conference! It’s been amazing to experience the energy and wisdom of our international community, including that of our live conference bloggers. These six outstanding students and graduates were chosen for their social media savvy, as well as their passion for health and wellness. Get IINspired by their perspective, and then share your thoughts on our Live Events Facebook Page!

Jackie Damboragian on The Power of Community
It was a day of inspiration, and a reminder of what a strong and vibrant community Integrative Nutrition we have at IIN. To be in a room with like-minded people who have the same goal: to help people live healthier lives, is incredibly powerful. I’ve been to a few live conferences and each one brings new motivation, inspiration, curiosity and admiration.

Elizabeth Dennison gets to the Root of the Problem
Thousands of like-minded people who share a similar vision of creating health and happiness in their communities came together for the IIN Live Conference in New York City. To lead this amazing group of visionaries, there was a fabulous unit of well-known and talented leaders in the wellness field. While each speaker was remarkable in presenting his or her unique message to the crowd, there seemed to be an underlying theme:
It’s time to get real with life, to change your focus, your mindset, and create the life you love, nourishing yourself from the inside out.

How to Stop Procrastinating and Achieve Goals Faster

Are you putting off an important task to read this blog? If so, you’re not alone. Procrastination is a common behavior of putting off doing important tasks for something less urgent or important.

Why do we do it?

According to the Science of Procrastination, this very common behavior occurs because, in our minds, we have a tendency to overestimate or underestimate the value of a reward depending on how soon we’ll get it. In other words, the further away the reward, the more you discount its value.

Even if you have all kinds of good intentions, and you’re motivated because of a change of season, a new year, or a new outlook on life, you still might delay working toward what you want. 

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