People often write to me because they learned that I attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
They pepper me with questions. They want to know if the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) was any good, how it helped me, what kinds of practical training it provided, etc. They want to know if this is the right school for them.
So, I decided to create a blog post about the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to answer the multitude of queries that come in. (Another two just came in this week.)
Here goes. Before I begin, my short answer to your question about whether or not you should go is this: Yes!: Attending IIN was an absolutely fabulous experience. I loved it and I wholeheartedly recommend that you sign up right now!
Here's why: If you attend IIN, you get so much. For instance:
1) You have the opportunity to attend lectures by world-renowned speakers -- big names like Deepak Chopra, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Joe Mercola, plus you learn from experts in self care,
dancing, eating disorders -- you name it, you get it! (Learn about the stupendous speakers here.) This, for me, was the clincher that made me sign up for the school. These lecturers are amazing!
2) You get to meet hundreds of people from all over the country -- and even the world. What's really exciting is that you're all on the same wave length -- you're all into eating healthfully, making a difference and becoming a better person. By attending IIN, it's sort of like joining one big, health-minded, optimistic family. Whenever you meet anyone from IIN, you instantly bond. (Meet graduates here and notable alumni.)
3) The curriculum is all encompassing. For instance, you learn about a variety of dietary theories, from Atkins to macrobiotics. (What other nutrition school does this? None of which I'm aware. Sure, as with any school or program, you may not agree or relate to everything you learn. But that's perfectly OK. For instance, I disagree with the sweetener recommendations. But I can live with that, because that's just one very tiny piece of what this wonderful school teaches. What's that expression? Why throw out the baby with the bath water? You will love all this instruction on conflicting theories! So cool!)
4) You get educated about the value and importance of what founder/director Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd calls "primary food." (I was pleased to learn that IIN was promoting this, because this is something that I'd been advocating for years myself.)
5) You get to meet the most wonderful new friends. That's such a wonderful, unexpected plus of the whole experience. These fellow students are such great people!! I can't rave about them enough. And even when you graduate, you can still connect with them. (For instance, today, one IIN grad who I met at an alumni party wrote to me to say that she may be able to make it to my lecture at Whole Foods in San Francisco next week. And another IIN grad, who also attended the school before me, recently wrote to me to invite me to come to Houston to talk about sugar shock.)
6) You are constantly inspired and motivated. How can you not be when you're surrounded by these incredibly sweet, dedicated, empowering people?
7) You get much, much more than a nutrition education. You get a whole experience. For instance, you do fun, interactive exercises while in class. You attend meetings and study groups in your area. Etc. You learn about yourself as a person.
8) You get lots of practical training in building your health-counseling career, which to my knowledge, no other nutrition program does to this extent. (They teach you some really wonderful skills and techniques.)
9) You can connect with classmates through the wonderful online community. On the "OC," as we call it, you also can get questions answered, find out about upcoming programs, read articles, etc. (I spent a lot of time on the OC while atttending IIN, because I was writing my book SUGAR SHOCK! during this time.) You can even participate in an alumni OC after you graduate.
10) You're welcomed and helped by warm, welcoming, hard-working, professional staff members. (Believe you me, they have one incredibly challenging job to do!)
11) Everything almost always runs smoothly. (They really do pull off major logistical miracles.)
I could go on and on but suffice it to say, that I wholeheartedly recommend the school.
To conclude, IIN offers a lot more than just a nutrition education -- it's a whole expansive, nourishing,
So what are you waiting for? Learn more about this groundbreaking school now. Or, better yet, sign up now. (Yes, I liked it that much!) You can reach them in several ways:
I hope this answers your questions about the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. If you have more questions, feel free to contact me.
Please make sure to mention that Connie Bennett, author of SUGAR SHOCK!, sent you. And tell these wonderful people that I said hi.