BECOME A CERTIFIED HOLISTIC HEALTH COACH
In 2015 I studied at The Institute For Integrative Nutrition, also known as IIN; it changed my life and kickstarted this beautiful self love journey that I find myself on now. Plus it has allowed me to go out an help others in their own struggles, something that I am so incredibly passionate about.
Have you played with the idea of becoming a health coach yourself? Then keep reading to receive:
〰 The complete IIN Curriculum Guide
〰 A free sample class to check out how the curriculum is set up
〰 Details about special tuition savings
WHAT IS THE INSTITUTE FOR INTEGRATIVE NUTRITION?
IIN is the world's largest nutrition school that offers a year-long online program designed for people who are passionate about health and wellness. You could be interested in learning more about nutrition for your own personal benefits, launching a new and exciting career or adding to your existing degrees in health and fitness. Either way, IIN will empower you to transform your life and put you on the path to achieving your personal and professional goals.
What is a health coach?
We are spending more money than ever on our health care systems and yet, according to the World Health Organisation, the top three causes of death are dietary related illnesses – heart diseases, stroke and pulmonary diseases. At the same time there’s an all time high of depression, stress, anxiety, mental illnesses and things like eating disorders are on the rise all around the world.
And so, there is a massive demand for a new kind of health professionals – in comes the Health Coach.
I like to think of it as a health support mentor, someone that educates and supports people in their journey to build health new habits and create sustainable lifestyle changes. In the gym you have a PT to hold you accountable to your workouts, so why not have someone do the same in the kitchen and in your overall goal of living a healthy life?
During the studies, health coaches acquire a broad understanding of many different dietary theories and tools to mentor people who seek to improve their overall health and wellbeing. IIN has a strong focus on the idea that health isn’t just what you eat, but recognises that things like relationships, work, exercise and spirituality all play a huge part in our health. Duh, right?! Well, its a pretty revolutionary viewpoint compared to traditional nutrition and our disease-treatment-focused health care system. IIN also strongly supports the idea of bio-individuality, being that one size does not fit all. Another way I like to explain a Health Coach to someone is essentially a life coach with an emphasis on food, self care and general healthy lifestyle choices.
What a Health Coach is NOT is a nutritionist or someone who is qualified to prescribe any medications nor take the place of a GP or any other form of psychological or psychiatric counsellor or Dr. A Health Coach is NOT supposed to replace any of the above, rather it is there to support and complement other health care professionals.
Healthy relationships and communication, a fulfilling career, regular physical activity, and a spiritual awareness are all essential forms of nourishment. You can eat all the kale in the world, but if your primary foods aren't taken care of, your physical and mental health suffers as a result. But when these “primary foods” are balanced, what you eat becomes secondary.
The concept of bio-individuality is the idea that each of us has unique food and lifestyle needs; one person’s food is another person’s poison.
By eating foods that are good for you, you will naturally have less room and desire for unhealthy foods. Simply put, you will “crowd out” the unhealthy food in your diet. The same goes for your habits - by creating a personal "Self Care Tool Kit" you will slowly crowd out any self-destructive behaviours.
Cravings are there for a reason and shouldn't be ignored. When you learn how to deconstruct your cravings and understand what they’re really trying to tell you, you will be able to reclaim a sense of balance and harmony.
I loved the set up of the curriculum! It's broken down into weekly modules, which allows you to consume the content in small digestible bits. I was working part-time while doing IIN and also invested a lot of time into my blog, and still had enough time to do IIN on the side. I probably spent around 5-7 hours a week in total on the course. I know of people who do IIN while working full-time with kids and I know of people who don’t work at all and do the course; either way it’s totally doable.
It teaches over 150 different dietary theories while combining coaching techniques with in depth business training so that you leave with the greatest chance of creating a successful life as a Health Coach. The unique nutrition theory takes into account your relationships, work, exercise and spirituality as well as what you eat to build optimum health within. Tbh, that has to be one of the best parts of IIN! It introduces you to so many different diets and ways of thinking, without prejudice, so that you are able to truly form your own opinion and experiment first hand on your body to discover what lifestyle suits you best.
HOW ARE THE TEACHERS?
About half of the program is taught by Joshua Rosenthal, the founder and director of IIN. Then there’s many amazing speakers including leading doctors, PhDs, researchers and authorities who are at the forefront of the health and wellness field. The list current includes Mark Hyman, Deepak Chopra, Arianna Huffington + Gabrielle Bernstein just to name a few.
This was another highlight of the program for me; learning from so many different people who all have very different, and oftentimes opposing view points, really encourages you to question everything and always keep an open mind.
What kind of career paths can you take after graduating from IIN?
People do all kinds of different things. Obviously working as health coach (online, face to face, group coaching) is one of them, but it doesn’t have to stop there. In my intake, there were a few people who were also qualified PT’s or yoga teachers and combined their knowledge to offer an even more holistic approach to their clients. Some others went into Corporate Health Coaching, some started their own catering or restaurant business, others developed e-books/recipe books, and many more that dove into the health/wellness blogging scene. In certain countries like the US where health coaching is more recognised, you might even be able to secure a job alongside a medical doctor who wishes to provide nutritional guidance to patients. Quite some people who enrolled in IIN already have prior qualifications within the health profession and are looking to to expand their knowledge towards a more integrative and holistic approach. On the flip side, I know of many people who had no prior education or did IIN purely for personal reasons such as bettering their own health or that of their family, and have zero interest in pursuing a career in the field. Personally, I think that IIN is great whether you are looking to build a career in the field or just want to work on bettering yourself and your health.
Studying at IIN completely changed my life. Initially, I just wanted to continue my healing journey from an eating disorder. I ended up doing exactly that PLUS creating a heart centred business helping other women heal themselves too. I connected with hundreds of like-minded souls and made friendships that I will have for the rest of my life, with people all around the world. Without IIN, I would never have created the life that I am living now. To find out more about my personal experience, read up here and here.
Being transparent with you guys is one of my biggest priorities, so I’ll be straight up with you – I receive a small commission for every person who signs up and mentions that I have referred them. So while I officially am an ambassador for the program, I don’t shy away from saying things how they are and what I did or did not like about the program.
I actually got referred through an ambassador myself – at the time when I was researching different program options, I stumbled across an alumni group that organised monthly meet ups in Geneva, so I messaged them and asked if I could join and ask them some questions. They welcomed me with opens arms and, well, the rest is history as they say! At the end of the day, I think it comes down to which career and/or personal path you want to go down and it needs to feel right for YOU. I’ve shared my opinion, now the decision is yours.