I’m Going Back To School!

I’m excited to share with you guys that in January I am starting classes with the Institution of Integrated Nutrition (IIN). I signed up on Black Friday after talking with Brittany (Eating Bird Food), Kendall (On an Inhale), and Rebecca, the owner of The Ripe Stuff.  All are graduates of the program. After announcing on Twitter that it was official, I found a few more graduates in the blog world like Jess who I ran Reach The Beach with.

Why did I sign up? 

When I first started making YouTube videos, I knew fitness was something I felt passionately about so I got certified to be a personal trainer. I have realized however that when it comes to losing weight, it really is all about your diet. Exercise has many amazing benefits on it’s own, but if you are just doing it to lose weight and don’t eat right, you are never going to reach your goal weight. Not everyone likes to exercise, but everyone except for Jada Pinkett Smith enjoys food.

In college, I wanted to change my major to nutrition sophomore year. I took one class in chemistry and realized studying to be a TV reporter was much more interesting (and easier hah). I opted to enroll in IIN because I didn’t have to take the GRE, and I can take the classes online with local study groups. I also don’t agree with the FDA on many levels so to pay thousands of dollars to learn a plan I was not going to recommend seemed stupid. IIN focuses on many different dietary lifestyles like vegan, paleo, gluten-free, low carb, raw, etc. Their approach recognizes that not one size fits all. The courses show you how to coach clients towards living a healthier lifestyle. It also includes lessons that show you how to build and grow your business. I need this badly.

I may or may not coach clients using the information I learn but I like knowing I have the option. I’m most excited to share the knowledge in my YouTube videos to provide better content!

It’s only December 8th but I already 2 challenges for 2013, my first Sprint Triathlon on June 30th and going back to “school”. I’m very excited for what’s to come!

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