My Experience With IIN
Some of the most common questions that I get regarding Health Coaching is about the school that I went through to get to where I am. I went to school at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition – an online-based Nutrition and Holistic Wellness school that set me up for success in a scary career-transitioning phase of my life. I did a lot of research on different programs that were out there, which can be overwhelming solely due to the amount of different programs that are promising similar things. Just going off what they all market on their websites wasn’t doing it for me – so I tried to talk to someone that had gone through the program and could provide a more personal experience.
If I hadn’t enjoyed my experience at IIN, I would not waste my time with a blog post about it. I whole-heartedly recommend this school as it allowed me the flexibility I needed, and also filled me with so much knowledge and re-confirmed my interest and passion for this subject.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do you need any prior learning experience in order to enroll in IIN?
No. The only pre-requisites for enrolling in IIN is drive, passion, and determination to be a part of the movement that’s making a difference in the world and the way we eat. Whether its a transformative personal experience or career change, if you fulfill the aforementioned qualifications, you’ll find success within this program. I was a Public Health major at the University of Minnesota, but having this degree only confirmed my interests, it didn’t leverage me into the program by any means.
Why did you choose IIN over all of the other options out there?
One thing that stuck out to me about this program was that it assisted in the business aspects of setting up your own coaching practice – which personally for me seemed very daunting. It provides you with marketing materials, legal documents, and a website setup. Although I chose to create my own website, the offer for a website is on the table. I was drawn to a lot of the lecturers that IIN had for some of their modules, as I’ve read books by them, seen them speak live, read their articles online, etc. IIN was the one name that continued to pop up when talking to various people about their experiences in different schools.
Can I do IIN while working a full-time job?
Yes. Your hours would be long, but it’s definitely doable. I wanted to choose a school that was online so I would be able to have flexibility to work and build a side business, all while tuning into classes and completing school work and exams. This option allowed me to listen to lectures at my own pace, as long as I was ready for the 4 quarterly exams that take place.
What was the biggest surprise throughout the course?
They didn’t seem to market this as much as I’d expect them to, but I loved that they focused on a holistic approach to wellness, instead of just honing in on that the food you put into your body is all that matters in order to be healthy. It teaches Primary Food and Secondary Food. Secondary Food is nutrition. Primary Food is physical activity, relationships, career, and spirituality. Being unhealthy in your primary food makes it almost impossible to be considered healthy. It discusses that lacking fulfillment in one of those primary food areas may be the root cause of disordered, unmindful, or unhealthy eating habits. This was always something that I believed in, so it was really great to dive deeper into that understanding.
What is your favorite theory that IIN teaches and stands by?
BIO-INDIVIDUALITY. One person’s medicine could be another person’s poison. To assume the fact that everyone should be eating the same or following the same diet is completely wrong. What may work for me, may cause inflammation and bloating to someone else. Finding what works for YOUR body and what makes YOU feel good both physically and mentally is how you should determine what you should be eating – not how your friends and family are eating. Please be conscious when noticing other people’s dietary patterns or requests, you have no idea how their body reacts to certain foods.
If you’re interested in learning more about my experience with IIN, or thinking about pulling the trigger on taking the step to change yours and other’s lives, sign up for further information here. As an ambassador of the program, if you apply using that link I get a prize! So as a thank you I’ll take you to coffee and tell you all you want to know about my experience with the program and get you as ready as I can for your upcoming journey!
I hope this answered some questions you have, leave a comment if you have any other questions and I can include them in this post!