It’s been five weeks since I started school with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN)! Time is flying, and yet there is still so much to cover. I thought it would be fun to do a monthly update on how it’s going and what I’m learning.
If you’re new here and wondering what I’m talking about, I enrolled in IIN in July and am working on becoming a certified integrative health coach. I am loving the program so far! I only wish I could do it all day, every day.
This first month has been primarily introductory, covering IIN’s nutrition theory and establishing the need for health coaches. We’ve also been challenged to evaluate our own wellness, similar I imagine to the way I will work with my future clients. This has been the challenging part – digging deep and taking inventory of your wellness is not an easy task, but incredibly rewarding!
One of my concerns going into the program was that it would promote one dietary theory and go against what I have come to be true for myself – all foods fit, it’s just about listening to your body (intuitive eating). As I’ve progressed into the program, I am more assured that IIN’s nutrition theory is a perfect fit. Not only that, but it’s sustainable and will stand the test of time.
Instead of touting one dietary theory (i.e. paleo, Whole30, Atkins, etc.), IIN stands by the concept of Bio-individuality. While dietary theories include a list of what you should and shouldn’t do, Bio-individuality is based on the concept that everyone has their own unique needs. One person’s food is another person’s poison. It means tuning into what works best for you.
For example, I can eating gluten, but my sister with an autoimmune disease feels much better without it. It may take some trial and error to figure out what works for you, but this process is incredibly empowering. You become the expert and can take ownership of your health.
Bio-individuality is based on so many factors, and your needs will change throughout your lifetime. Factors such as age, gender, movement, culture, season, and career affect what and how much foods work best for you.
My journey with intuitive eating started this process for me, but since starting IIN, I’m digging deeper and getting curious about what bio-individuality means for me. Honestly, I’ve been a little wary to experiment with my diet because as I entered recovery and intuitive eating I was completely anti any diet/health claims, however I want to come into this process with curiosity and openness. Maybe I will learn something new about myself in this process. Thanks for following along with me on this journey.
I’ve had a couple people approach me who are interested in IIN. If you are curious about becoming a health coach or just going through the program, I can give you a discount! Let me know if you want more info!