Day one of the conference is behind us and can best be summarized as an amazing day with amazing people. There was so much amazing information in one day that I’m literally feeling a little buzzed. (Could be the Kombucha too.) The coolest thing about IIN conferences is that all the speakers are so different and unique in their approach to health and nutrition. You read that right. In fact, the whole school is based on the idea of bio-individuality; one person’s fuel is another person’s poison. One person may thrive on a raw and vegan diet while another may not be able to function. The best thing about holistic nutrition is that it’s not dogmatic. There are no menu plans because we’re all built differently and digest food differently. The key is experimenting with your body and what works best for you!
All the speakers today were sincerely amazing. They exuded such heartfelt passion. At one point I thought David Wolfe was going to leap outside his skin he was so passionate! He somehow mixes raw food with comedy and it’s EPIC! The beauty is that each of them knows health coaches and counselors are the future of our country. I’m looking forward to digging deeper into their work and piecing together some greats posts in the weeks to come.
Although each speaker brought their own unique experiences and research to the table, the one common theme among all of them was the dangers of sugar; especially high fructose corn syrup. This seemingly harmless staple of the American diet is 4x more addictive than cocaine! No wonder will power alone is not enough?! Sugar addiction is a very real thing. I know because I’ve lived it. The physiological effects are grossly underestimated and many health experts are calling it the greatest health threat to our society.
While the day was jam-packed with the latest research in the holistic health field, I find it’s important to never miss the underlying message that can be felt at every conference:
Health and happiness is our birthright. We have a choice each day to create a better life for ourselves. We can heal ourselves. Most importantly, primary food (food that nourishes our soul) is the missing ingredient in the lives of so many people around the world. Kale in your smoothie means nothing without self-love and a life that fulfills you.
Time for day two! While the meat and potatoes (or shall I say wild caught salmon and roasted asparagus?) of the weekend will be posted over the next few weeks, I hope these quick updates can allow you to feel the energy that is exuded at every Institute For Integrative Nutrition conference!