My Review of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) Health Coach Certification Program

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I’m an official certified health coach y’all!

Could this be for you?

What is IIN?:

Ok so first of all I have to say that this experience and investment was amazing however it simply supported my Beachbody coaching career. I had already been a Beachbody coach part time for 3 years, had done a lot of my own research and I had already been helping others change their lives… while earning income and building up my social media presence. Beachbody coaching is FREE while a certification with IIN is going to be an investment. There is literally no guarantee you’ll make money with your certification, and while there is no guarantee you’ll earn money with Beachbody, its a hell of a lot easier. So do I recommend it? YES. But I recommend Beachbody first or in addition. ( Why not start making money ASAP to help you pay for tuition? ) I thoroughly enjoyed my year program with IIN and because I get several questions about it, I wanted to write a blog post to answer all the questions and give my friends the details, sample a class for free and chance to enroll for a discount!

Is IIN For You?:

  • Are you passionate about health and wellness?

  • Has your health journey healed you and therefore inspiring you to heal others?

  • Have you wanted to leave the corporate grind and have your own wellness-based business?

  • Do you want to be of service to others in the wellness industry?

  • Do you want to create a fulfilling new career doing something you love?

  • Do you long for career flexibility?

Do you get really nerdy about the latest superfood trend or the easiest way to get more greens into your diet? And would you love to make your passion for wellness your career?


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If you’re thinking about a career in wellness, then check this out…

IIN is opening up the entire first module of the Health Coach Training Program to give you a taste of what it’s all about!

WHY I LOVE IIN

  • It covers more than 100 dietary theories. You’ll study everything from macrobiotics to veganism. You’ll also be your own first client and discover what works best for you so that you can help others find their best fit.

  • World-renowned health experts teach at IIN. More than 100 of the best teachers in the world lead classes at IIN, including Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil, Dr. Oz and Mark Hyman, plus inspiring doctors and researchers who are leading the global shift toward wholesome health. They will help you explore what it means to live a holistic life!

  • You learn essential coaching & business skills. No other nutrition school on the planet will help you actually launch a business! You’ll learn how to define your target audience, attract clients, market your brand, sell your awesome services and create an authentic business model.

  • You can learn anytime, anywhere. You can access the Learning Center from your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

  • Incredible support & encouragement. When you attend IIN you can connect and engage with an amazing community who will help you stay motivated.

And since I’m a graduate of IIN, you can experience a FREE CLASS to learn what the program is all about about — just in time for the next class start date on December 10, 2018!

Have questions? I have answers!

THERE ARE PLENTY OF PROGRAMS TO CERTIFY PEOPLE AS HEALTH COACHES. WHY IIN?



IIN INCLUDES BUSINESS TRAINING!

One element I really love about IIN is that business training is included. They call it “your business in a box.” Even if you don’t think of yourself as an entrepreneur at all yet, this program can help you to develop a successful business.

As an IIN student, you’ll get all the marketing tools, business tools and support to help you build a practice — including a free website, business cards, forms and contracts.

I believe IIN is one of a kind. No other program has been around for 25 years and has more than 100 visiting teachers in health, wellness, business and marketing.

One other thing that I have to mention is their work in Washington. IIN is working tirelessly for the rights of Health Coaches and citizens of our country to ensure everyone has a right to good health.

WHAT DOES IIN COST?

Tuition for the Health Coach Training program is $5,995 and includes everything needed for the course. IIN also offers personalized zero interest payment plans to help you balance your finances as your pursue your dream of becoming a Health Coach. However, there are often enrollment sales!!



WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COST OF TUITION? IS THERE AN ADDITIONAL COST FOR MATERIALS?

All of your materials are included in the cost of tuition and are all online in digital form. Part of what IIN does is provide you everything you need in order to make your year with IIN as successful as possible.

You get:

  • Access to the Learning Center

  • Your own personalized website

  • Marketing material templates (like brochures and business cards) that you can customize for your business

  • Client materials to help you start your practice (like handouts and session outlines)

  • 5 online Fundamental Classes (they start right when you enroll)

  • Pre-course group calls and monthly course check-in calls. These calls are different from coaching circle calls and not mandatory or part of the graduation requirements. All calls are recorded and saved in the connect section of the Learning Center.

  • 24-hour access to the Learning Center and discussion forum where you can stay connected to the school and your peers

  • Group coaching circles with your own personal health coach

  • Access to your class Facebook group

  • The dietary theory spectrum

  • Exclusive community-building webinars



IS IIN ACCREDITED?

IIN is recognized by the New York State Department of Education and its course has been evaluated by the National College Credit Recommendation Service for up to 40 college credit equivalencies. IIN’s program can be used for credits toward a bachelor’s degree at many schools  across the country or toward a master’s degree at some schools as well.

IIN also has a special relationship with the IAHC, the International Association for Health Coaches, so after you graduate you can receive an additional certificate to formalize your credentials.



WHAT WILL I BE ABLE TO DO AT THE END OF THE HEALTH COACH TRAINING PROGRAM?

As a graduate you will be able to:

  • Recruit clients to your coaching practice

  • Determine life and health goals

  • Design action plans to achieve life and health goals

  • Assess progress in achieving life and health goals

  • Create practical applications of integrative health concepts

  • Teach IIN key concepts including primary food, secondary food, crowding out, self-care, mind-body connection, life balance and bio-individuality

  • Facilitate improvement in quality of life

Check out some of IIN’s successful graduates and what they’re doing as Integrative Nutrition Health Coaches!

They do everything:

  • One-on-one coaching

  • Group coaching

  • Write books

  • Launch online businesses

  • Appear on TV, radio and magazines

  • Host podcasts

  • Work as chefs

  • Work alongside functional medicine doctors, chiropractors and massage therapists

  • Start healthy food products



WHAT ARE THE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS?

  • Complete 6 Health Histories

  • Pass 2 out of 4 tests

  • Attend 4 of 6 Coaching Circle sessions with your own Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and small group of classmates



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HOW MUCH TIME DO I NEED TO DEDICATE TO THE COURSE?

The majority of IIN students are busy balancing work and family, so the curriculum is designed to fit into a busy schedule. New course information, broken into weekly modules, is released every week, totaling 40 modules. After every 10 modules there will be a test with a two-week window to complete, and during this time no new module will be released. New modules aren’t released during major holidays. Students spend between 5 and 8 hours per week on the course.

The Health Coach Training Program was built for busy people! You can access the program on a smartphone, desktop or tablet so you can learn anytime, anywhere!

WHAT IF I MISS A WEEK OR HAVE A VACATION PLANNED?

That’s okay! Modules will remain open and you can catch up if you need to take a week or two off.

WHAT ELEMENTS ARE COVERED IN THE BUSINESS PORTION OF IIN’S CURRICULUM? 

  • Effective time management and goal setting

  • Determining your target market

  • Business basics and entrepreneurship

  • Your elevator speech

  • Attracting ideal clients

  • Turning potential clients into paying clients

  • Marketing materials: business cards, newsletters, websites, press kits, testimonials

  • Teleclasses and online programs

  • Networking

  • Public speaking and workshops

  • Social media

  • Managing your finances

  • Corporate coaching and group programs

  • Referral building

  • Health coaching career options

  • 6-month program and session logistics

  • Branding

  • Balancing your home and work life



WHAT TOPICS ARE COVERED IN THE COACHING PORTION OF IIN’S PROGRAM?

You will learn HOW to coach — how to conduct initial Health History consultations and lead clients through a life-changing 6-month program.

Topics of the Coaching Skills Program include:

  • Ask key, high-mileage questions

  • Practice the art of beginner’s mind, active listening and mirroring

  • Set effective goals for yourself and your clients

  • Learn to hold your clients accountable for their progress

  • Meet clients where they are, not where you want them to be

  • Support clients suffering from body image issues and eating disorders

  • Coaching groups

  • Use online tools to build a virtual coaching practice

  • Communicate about diet, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle



HOW WILL I FIND CLIENTS?

You will learn how to develop a private practice during your year at IIN. When you finish the Health Coach Training Program you will be able to apply core skills in business, marketing, integrative health, holistic nutrition, coaching and personal development to establish, operate, market and sustain a health coaching practice.

Each course activity is an action step in the direction of developing your practice while transforming your own personal health.



I’M NOT SURE IF I’M READY TO ENROLL. WHAT’S A GOOD NEXT STEP?

Set up a call with an Admissions Representative by calling 877-733-1520 or email admissions@integrativenutrition.com and let them know Amber sent you! Even if you’re not ready to commit, they can discuss your goals in studying health and wellness.




THE WORLD NEEDS MORE HEALTH COACHES

Take a look at these stats and you’ll understand why the world needs more health coaches!

  • 70% of deaths are caused by chronic illness each year

  • Less than ⅛ of physician visits include any nutrition counseling

  • 1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure

  • Only 3% of our healthcare dollars are spent on preventing diseases

You can make the world a better place.

WHY I BELIEVE IIN IS THE BEST ONLINE HEALTH CERTIFICATION

  • The training teaches you how to launch your new career within a year.

  • They have some of the best health teachers in the world featured in their nutrition program.

  • In addition to becoming a educated health coach you’ll also learn coaching AND business skills — so you’ll actually know how to make money helping people.

  • You can learn/access anytime, anywhere because the course is totally digital!

  • Reviews: 9.1 TrustScore on Trustpilot.

  • The training offers incredible support, encouragement, & a network of like-minded people.


Take advantage of IIN’s free training. Register now for a free sample class to find out what the IIN is all about for yourself!

When you call 877-733-1520, they’ll talk you through your interest in health and wellness, your goals, and whether the Health Coach Training Program is right for you. Or you can fill out an application here.


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Don’t forget to drop a comment below! Share your own health journey and declare your readiness to turn your passion for health and wellness into an awesome career!



Shakeology and pregnancy!

SHAKEOLOGY + PREGNANCY?

First of all I have to say that you should always talk to your doctor and decide what's best for you and your body! I have been drinking Shakeology everyday for almost 4 years and it makes me feel amazing. It's SO MUCH MORE than a protein shake! Yes, it has protein but it also has probiotics, prebiotics, digestive enzymes, phytonutrients and 70+ superfoods. A lot of time protein shakes on the market are designed to help you gain muscle and the actual ingredients are poor. I love shakeology knowing that I'm not skimming on the quality. 

It also helps me with my energy and cravings! So it seems like a no brainer for me to continue. I know several other women who have continued to drink shakeology through multiple pregnancies and while breastfeeding. Some are even Rn's. I also know my body and know that is right for me and my baby. I also hope that anyone researching if Shakeology is right for them would have the same level of discretion for ALL things they are consuming whether pregnant or not. And while we are at it, think about what we are experiencing! Stress and rest are just as HUGE in our contributing to overall health and wellbeing. A lot of women think "eating for 2" means indulging in sweets and fast food. In reality we only need a couple extra hundred calories!

During my first pregnancy, I was younger but struggled more in my first trimester. I didn't have any exercise in my life and I didn't eat that great. I was SO TIRED. How was I supposed to start working out? It stressed me out. During this pregnancy I've had so much more energy and I'd like to thanks my starting health and shakeology for a hand in that. It hasn't been perfect though! For these first 10 weeks I have been struggling with eating any veggies. They sound DISGUSTING and although I don't have any actual "morning sickness" carbs and cheese just sound better. Having my daily shake and being able to blend in fruit, fresh veggies ( l love adding fresh spinach!) and healthy fats keeps me extra full and satisfied for hours. I also feel so good knowing I am getting healthy nutrients in while I navigate life through these food aversions. 

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I have always preferred the vegan favors. It's not that I'm vegan, I just like knowing I can avoid animal products and not have it compromise value, quality or ingredients. Another plus of sticking with the vegan formulas during pregnancy is that this formula does not have added vitamins. In addition to my daily shake I also take a daily prenatal vitamin including DHA ( for added healthy omega 3 fats) and a folate supplement. I also add collagen powder, XCT oil and Udo's 3-6-9 Omega oil blend. Learn more about the benefits of adding these extra fats here! Keep in mind these additions are good for you pregnant or not! 

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If you want to order some Shakeolgy or want to talk more about this send me an email through my site! Shop the flavors HERE!

Watch this video for a little bit more insight on how amazing shakeology is! 

PRE-WORKOUT AND PREGNANCY?

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While we are on the subject of supplements I will add that I also am still enjoying my pre workout energize on days I work out! I am trying to stick to under 200 mg a day of caffeine as suggested by American Pregnancy organization. I used to probably have about 500! LOL! I love coffee! I'm still enjoying coffee, but I've cut back. I have switched to decaf or "half cafs" ( Americano's with 2 shots of espresso - one regular and one decaf) or one small cup in the morning and then a full scoop Beachbody energize. I misread the container and thought it was 200mg for one scoop so for the first few weeks I was only having one scoop! Then someone brought it to my attention a full scoop was only 100. #duh 

Energize is a pre workout unlike many on the market. It is free of harsh chemicals and additives. It's also the only one I've seen that doesn't have a WARNING label on it about how you shouldn't take it for more than a certain amount of weeks. Wait, what? Scary! The ingredient list for energize is short and I was able to research each one feeling confident about ingesting it during pregnancy. Again, Please talk to your doctor before taking this while pregnant. I just feel good knowing that the caffeine is low and comes from natural green tea.

It's been really helpful at motivating me to get my workouts in as I struggle with feeling sluggish, tried and bigger. While I wait for this bump to debut, I feel like I'm walking around with cement boots on. I know it has to do with hormones and extra fluids but its also effecting my workouts. The pre workout really helps with this. 

You can order the big tub or a 10 pack sample pack HERE! 

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almost 11 weeks!

almost 11 weeks!

PREGNANT!

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Omg, I'm pregnant.

I found out right away. I took a test before I was even late on May 20th 2018. 

I always wanted to have a big family. I grew up with parents who were so on again off again and we moved so much. I was only an only child and I hated it. I longed for siblings. Finally my mom had my brother when I was 10 and my sister when I was 12. I loved having siblings, but the age gap was hard. I was more of an angsty teenage baby sitter who resented them! It made for great birth control as the experience made me DEF not want to become a teen mom. Now we are tight but I grew up feeling like an only child. I wanted to have children close enough in age to have each other to play with and grow with! I spent my 20's in unserious relationships which didn't bring me solid relationships or marriage or anything like that. When I got pregnant with Fisher at 29 years old, it wasn't planned. We tried to make it work, but we were just we not a good fit. We have co-parented since he was 6 months old. The years went by, I had relationships (even a marriage and divorce ) come and go and no babies on the horizon. I wanted a family, but I longed for a REAL relationship and mutually loving partnership MORE. I wanted a planned baby and a solid partner. Otherwise I could of had a baby anytime. I was happy with my life where I was at. It was that I longed for a FAMILY not just the baby. I had started to make peace with the fact that one son was maybe going to it for me. I was 37 and so focused on ME and growing into a better person that it just didn't seem like it was gonna happen. 

Then Jacob came back into the picture. I say, BACK in because Ive known him for years through mutual friends. We reunited earlier this year and started dating and moving pretty fast. It felt right so we went with it! We both have sons from previous relationships and talked about having another child together someday. I decided to get off my birth control as I had NO idea how long it could take. In my profession of hair and health coaching, I have talked in great detail to many many women over 30 who struggle with infertility. It's so sad! I know that even when two healthy people TRY, it can take months, sometimes years to happen! Not in our case. It happened immediately.  And now here we are! I am SO excited but also SCARED. I don't know if you are ever READY to be a parent. Even if you already have children! We still have debt to pay off, a house to save for and work to do but we also have a lot of love and know we can do this. 

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The boys are THRILLED! I told Fisher by asking him to read this sign that I made and he started crying out of happiness and Ripley who is 3 years old got a little confused and thought we were trying to make him STAY a baby. This ultrasound was at 6 weeks and it was just a tiny little blob but they were able to identify and show us the heart. 

So here we are today! 10 and 1/2 weeks and I am still striving to keep up with my health and fitness. My goal is so have a healthy pregnancy and delivery and a healthy baby!

8 and 9 weeks first bump pics! 

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8 weeks

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9 weeks 

9 weeks 

9 weeks! 

9 weeks!