I had a great time this past weekend at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's conference, Fall IINto Action. Since January, I have been training to be a health coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition through their distance learning program, so it was great to see the lecturers in person at the conference! In addition, I enjoyed meeting fellow IIN students and graduates, who came from the U.S.A. and all over the world to attend the conference for the weekend.
Speakers we heard from included Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. David L. Katz, Dr. Mark Hyman, Pierre Dukan, Sally Fallon Morell, Dr. Deepak Chopra, and Kathy Freston. And of course, Joshua Rosenthal, founder of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Here, I will share highlights of some of the lectures of the conference:
On Saturday, Sally Fallon Morel of the Weston Price Foundation addressed some of the discrepancies in the United States Department of Agriculture, including the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 that they helped to develop. The dietary guidelines were "developed to meet nutrition needs...Though they have not been specifically tested for health benefits..." (source: page 50 in this document). In addition, Sally Fallon spoke about several benefits of raw milk. For example, raw milk contains components that help to strengthen the immune system. In addition, raw milk is easier to digest than pasteurized milk: in one study, over 80% of individuals who had been advised by health care professionals that they were lactose intolerant were able to digest raw milk without a problem. I am exited to be attending the Weston Price Foundation's 12th Annual Wise Traditions Conference this November, so look forward to hearing more about the Weston Price Foundation then!
Dr. Joel Fuhrman talked about the rise in infectious diseases, due to numerous causes such as the overuse of antibiotics and increased travel. In order to maximize our immune function, we need to increase our intake of macronutrients. How to do this? One way is to eat GOMBS:
- G- greens
- O- onions
- M- mushrooms
- B- beans and berries
- S- seeds
Learn more by checking out his book, Super Immunity.
On Sunday, Dr. David Katz told us that the masters of our medical destinies are our feet, forks, and fingers. Dr. Katz also discussed some of the programs that he is involved with to improve nutrition and physical activity in schools and at home: ABC for Fitness (Activity Bursts in the Classroom), A-B-E for Fitness (Activity Bursts Everywhere), and Nutrition Detectives, a program for elementary school children that shows them "5 clues" to reading food labels, helping them to identify and choose healthful foods.
Finally, Dr. Deepak Chopra spoke about well-being, consciousness, awareness, and more. Ten questions that he recommended that we ask ourselves everyday, in order to help us to identify with ourselves and our purpose include:
- Who am I?
- What do I want?
- What is or what would be a peak experience to me?
- What's my life purpose?
- What kind of contribution do I want to make to the society and the world?
- What does a meaningful relationship mean to me?
- How do I contribute to relationships?
- What are my unique skills and talents and how do I use them to serve the world?
- Who are my heroes in history, mythology, and religion?
- What's my story?
Again, it was great to hear from such a diverse set of speakers, who each had different philosophies on nutrition and health. The diverse range of nutrition theories presented relates to IIN's theory of bio-individuality: that no one diet works for everyone, because we all are different. Interested in learning more about the Institute for Integrative Nutrition? Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, and you can also read more about IIN at their website here. In addition, I offer free initial health consultations if you are interested in working with a health coach to meet your health goals. More information about my health coaching services can be found on my other site, http://www.annabelleho.com.
Eat happy and eat healthy, and I hope you are enjoying the farmers markets while local produce is still in season! :)