One of my favorite things about my health coaching education at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition is that it didn’t end after the year I was actually in classes. I’m currently enrolled in a 6-month follow-up course from IIN called “Immersion,” which focuses on business-building and coaching techniques. I’m in several incredibly active and supportive Facebook groups, participate in a few monthly group calls with fellow IIN grads, talk to my peer coach from IIN every other week, and keep in touch with several other graduates to share our ideas and experiences. (picture source)
But despite all that, one of the best things about IIN’s continuing education is the IIN Live conferences. I’ve attended two conferences live (one in New York City last year, which actually made me bite the bullet and start my blog, and one in California a few years ago, when I first met Clare and was totally starstruck – ha!). Each conference hosts an impressive line-up of powerful experts in the field of health and nutrition, as well as inspirational speakers who share their vision and motivate the audience. And the best news is that if you can’t make the live conferences, IIN offers live streaming for graduates! (picture source – hope you don’t mind me borrowing!)
Yesterday, while running errands, eating lunch, and cleaning the house, I listened to the first day of this year’s IIN Live conference, and was blown away. It’s impossible to communicate even a fraction of the information I learned in one blog post, so instead I’ll share my top 10 inspirational quotes from yesterday’s conference. Enjoy!
- Dream big: “Be the career that you want in the future right this second” and “Your dreams are inside you because you are meant to achieve them” –Nitika Chopra (picture source)
- Slow down and sleep more: “We live in a world that has forgotten what rest is … we are literally restless” and “We need to renegotiate our relationship with sleep. We need to fall back in love with it” –Dr. Rubin Naiman, PhD. He also mentioned that women are twice as likely to eat due to sleepiness than men. I wish I couldn’t relate to that! (picture source)
- Believe in the power of health coaching: “Health coaches are agents of love in disguise” –Dr. Mark Hyman, MD. I think that this applies to anyone trying to help others get healthier. Let’s go out and change the world! (picture source)
- Eat less sugar: “Sugar is 8 times more addicting than cocaine”-Dr. Mark Hyman. He also mentioned these scary facts:
- The average American eats 146 pounds of flour and 152 pounds of sugar per year!
- American kids are eating 34 teaspoons of sugar per day
- Teenage diabetes and pre-diabetes increased from 9% to 23% from 2000 to 2008
- There is a 60% increased risk of obesity in kids who drink one soda per day, and an 80% increased risk of Type 2 diabetes in women who drink 1 soda per day
- Recognize the power of your food: “Food is information, it’s not just calories” -Dr. Mark Hyman. He talked about how certain calories make your fat cells “hungry,” and how visceral fat “wants” to grow, which I found very interesting. His point was that the classic calorie restrictive diet is not the right approach! This reminded me of Friday’s post, where we discussed how the food you eat impacts stress, not just your waistline.
- You can always get better: “Whether you’re eating quinoa or Swedish Fish, you can always take your health up a notch” –Keri Glassman, RD. YES! I’m all about continuous self-improvement, no matter where your starting place.(picture source)
- Drink more water: “Obese people who drank 2 cups of water before each meal over a 3 month period lost 5 pounds more than those who didn’t … and 1 year later, they had kept off more weight” -Keri Glassman. You know how important I think water is … I’ve talked about the importance of water, and the importance of drinking throughout the day, rather than just after your workout.
- Take charge of your health: “The healthcare system is actually a sick care system today. We deserve to take our health into our own hands” –Joshua Rosenthal (picture source)
- Create your idea of success and respect others’ ideas: “Don’t let the world dictate your definition of success” and “Whose idea of success are you prescribing to right now?” and “In any given moment, the most important thing you can do is recognize the truth of who others are” –Marie Forleo (picture source)
- You can find the time: “If you find yourself saying ‘I don’t have time to get to the gym’ or ‘I don’t have time to eat right,’ I want you to start calling bullsh** on yourself … you always find a way for that which is important for you” -Marie Forleo
Doesn’t this sound amazing? If you’ve ever considered an education at IIN, I’d love to talk to you about it (and hook you up with the frequent discounts they offer to those referred by alumni!). I can’t wait for Day #2 of the conference today!
So tell me in the comments … Which one of these quotes spoke to you the most?