This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s™ live class event held in New York City. There is just something about being surrounded by hundreds of like-minded individuals that share the same passion as you – it is truly a humbling and inspiring experience. An experience that I can’t seem to stop thinking about.
Today was my first day back to work after the conference and I had a difficult time focusing. My mind is racing from all I learned this weekend and where I can take my health coaching career. It’s all I can think about and it’s all I want to do! The possibilities that have opened up for me through IIN are limitless and I’m excited for what the future holds.
The speakers, all of whom are well-known in the health, nutrition, and fitness industry, all had a different message for us attendees; however, there was one key point that all speakers addressed. EAT REAL, WHOLE FOODS.
Speakers like Andrea Beaman, who is a personal favorite of mine for the way she incorporates humor into her lectures, Mark Bittman, author and frequent Today Show quest, and John Douillard, Ayurveda and natural health expert (whose book The Three Season Diet I am almost finished with and love!), all strongly advised us to eat real, un-processed foods. They stressed that the more whole foods that we eat, especially fresh vegetables, the healthier and happier we will be.
Since this is the way I strive to live my life, and have experienced improvements in my own health and happiness over the past few years, this message really resonated with me. It also reassured me that what I am doing in my life – by purchasing the majority of my food from local farms – is great for not only my body, but the farmers, animals, and global environment as well.
One of my favorite lectures from the conference was from Daniel Amen and his lecture on Alzheimer’s disease and brain function. Amen’s lecture taught me a lot about the brain – which I will admit I don’t tend to think too much about, because like Amen said, we don’t think about it because we don’t see it like we do our weight, skin, hair, etc. A few informative pieces of information I gathered from Amen’s lecture are….
- Depression increases the risk for Alzheimer’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease begins to develop 30-50 years before any signs or symptoms appear
I plan on purchasing Amen’s new book, “Healing the Hardware of Your Soul” soon. I want to hear more of what he has to say! He has spent years doing research on the brain and is incredibly knowledgeable about the subject.
The next Institute for Integrative Nutrition™ conference will be held in New York City on October 20th and 21st. I cannot attend but I will be live streaming the event. If they open the event to the public, like they did this past weekend, I will make sure to share the link on this blog for those of you who are interested in watching from your home. I’m sure it will be just as informative as this past weekend! (Friends and family can always watch with me at my house!)
I’ll leave you with my favorite quote of the weekend: “Get still, get calm, and let your true self out.” – John Douillard
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