It’s hard to believe I started my ninth week of school at IIN today — time is flyin’! I’ve been meaning to “check in” with you all about my school/give a bit of an update to any readers that are interested… so here we are.
If you’re a new reader and are wondering what the heck I am talking about, I enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition last fall and officially started my journey to become a certified holistic health coach on January 13, 2014.
I am really enjoying my education thus far. No regrets.
Since starting the curriculum just two months ago, we have already covered a great deal of information — from raw foods and veganism to discovering our personality types and learning about what it takes to become an entrepreneur (eeek, scary!).
Two weeks ago, we had our first Coach Call, and our second call is this Thursday. My coach (who is all the way in Australia!) is awesome, and it’s definitely nice to hear the voices of my classmates who are munching through the curriculum on the same timeline. (There are several start dates and thousands of students!)
While we have been introduced to various dietary theories and have learned about budgeting and time management, the one thing that has been drilled into my brain already is the idea of primary nutrition.
This is a concept developed by the founder, Joshua Rosenthal, of IIN that is present in nearly every module throughout the program. While, yes, we certainly study food at IIN, it isn’t all about sprouting quinoa and swirling spirulina smoothies. Food is secondary nutrition.
So, what is primary food?
Primary foods feed us, but they don’t come on a plate.
Primary food includes: a) an inspiring, fulfilling career, b) regular and enjoyable exercise, c) honest and open relationships, and d) a meaningful spiritual practice (whatever this means to you).
“The more primary foods we receive, the less we depend on secondary food.”
Naturally, as I eat my way through the various courses (pun intended), it allows me to think of my own nutrition — both primary and secondary — and notice what areas are strong and what areas may need a little more Vitamin L (another IIN specific concept).
I am excited to share more of my IIN experience with you. For now, I hope you enjoyed this snack-sized update.
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