I started school at the Institute of Integrated Nutrition (IIN) this month. I have wanted to enroll in this program for some time but have always been too busy or didn’t feel comfortable spending the money. I had a burst of motivation a couple weeks ago and enrolled. Really excited! It’s a 12 month online program with a health coach certification at the end. I didn’t sign up to be a health coach, I wanted to be more informative on the blog, and feel and be better.
I’ve started the fundamental modules before the courses begin in a couple weeks and what I’ve realized right away is this is not only going to be about food and exercise. Good health is more then that. IIN’s theory is nutrition is part of being healthy, but so are relationships, exercise, career, and spirituality. Joshua Rosenthal, founder of IIN, asked the question if someone who goes home and binges would still binge if they came home to a warm hug and someone saying “I love you”. Probably not. After some thought, this theory makes sense. And after some more thought, this is my life! I eat healthy, lots of paleo meals, stay away from processed foods, lots of vegetables and meat from the farmers market. I workout 4-5 times a week. But this is where my good health stops. I don’t feel healthy, I’m tired, stressed, and anxious most of the time.
After accepting not being healthy and feeling disappointed since I do try hard to be, I’ve been overwhelmed by all of the things that make me not healthy. My days are a scrambled mix of working part-time, this blog, designing lucky envelopes, driving my kids to activities, hosting play dates, seeing my friends, connecting with my husband. This might be similar to your life but for me, it’s too much.
I have to find a way to good health. I’m very much looking forward to this 12 month journey with IIN.
The Dumpling Mama xo