Are you excited about the new year ahead?
I’m so so so excited to tell you that I’ve enrolled in the program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition here in NYC! My classes start January 10th. If you aren’t familiar with IIN, it has been a leader in holistic nutrition education since 1992. There’s quite an impressive list of medical and holistic health practitioners that visit as guest teachers. Here are a few I’m especially excited to learn from:
Sally Fallon, Founder of the Weston A. Price Foundation and author of Nourishing Traditions
Andrew Weil MD, director of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona
Mark Hyman MD, author of Ultraprevention and Ultrametabolism
Walter Willet MD, Chair of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health
It seems like I keep bumping into interesting people that are IIN graduates and they just rave about the program, which has slowly piqued my interest in attending.
Some of you may have noticed over the years that I’ve become more and more interested in not only eating gluten-free, but in eating a healthy gluten-free diet. In the beginning all I cared about was if something was gluten-free, especially 14 years ago when it was even more of a challenge to eat this way. And I have to confess, my biggest focus was on sugary treats. Don’t believe me? Uh, in the past I’ve been known to make a run to Buttercup
Bakery just to order a container of Devil Dog icing and eat it with spoonfuls of peanut butter – mmm it tasted just like an Abba Zabba!
I know, I know!!! That’s straight out of a fictional Sugarholics Anonymous brochure, right?! But eventually I
crashed. Yup. I’ll have to fill you in another time on all of the juicy details of how a crappy gluten-free
diet affected my health and what miracle lifted me up and changed my life. To sum it up for now, I had to change my focus from sweets and processed foods to healthier options, ones that truly nourish me. The transformation I experienced was so powerful, that my gluten-free journey took on a whole new twist. Of course I still indulge on occasion, don’t worry, I’m never going to become a total treat prohibitionist on ya. My focus, though, has changed and I now get extra excited about food that is not only delicious, but truly nourishing.
So, this is why I’m personally interested in learning all about holistic nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I think it will be fun to learn all about major dietary theories ranging from Ayurveda to The Zone, glean out the best parts, put my gluten-free spin on them, and then share the knowledge with others.
And I know many of you want further assistance with either adopting a gluten-free diet or managing other additional health issues. I’m committed to learning more about healing through nutrition and I think it will be fun to share what I learn with you.
So, get ready! 2011 promises some fun, nourishing and tasty times ahead!