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A Better Burger? The Trouble with Imitation Meat (And a Vegan Recipe to Replace It!)

Posted by Staff on 7/30/18 1:55 PM

Last week, we introduced you to three simple, fast methods for making homemade condiments for your vegan cookout. This week, we’re going to show you how to swap out your traditional burger for a better, meatless option that honors the principles of holistic nutrition.

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Recipe, Vegan, Raw Vegan

3 Vegan Condiment Recipes to Complete Your Summer BBQ

Posted by Staff on 7/23/18 1:01 PM

Picture this: your vegan veggie burger is sizzling on the grill. Your buns, purchased fresh from a local bakery, are toasted and ready to go. Crisp lettuce and juicy tomatoes are standing by, waiting to be layered on top. You go to the fridge to retrieve your condiments, only to recoil in horror once you turn over the plastic bottles and inspect their labels… What the heck is food dye doing in your hot sauce? And since when does your vegan ranch dressing have so much sugar?

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Topics: Vegetarian, Holistic Nutrition, Recipe, Vegan

Drop that Bacon! An Easy Ovo-Vegetarian Shakshouka to Satisfy You in the A.M.

Posted by Staff on 7/10/18 12:16 PM

We all know what the classic American breakfast looks like: eggs fried sunny side-up, a pile of crispy bacon, a side of hash browns, and white toast smothered in butter or jam. For those with extra big appetites, a plate of pancakes drowning in goopy syrup might just be served alongside it. Toss in a cup (or two!) of cream- or milk-laden, super sweetened coffee, and the meal is made complete. 

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Whole Foods, Recipe

Drink Your Veggies: 3 Green Smoothie Recipes for Raw Food Beginners

Posted by Staff on 7/3/18 2:00 PM

In the 1990s, Victoria Boutenko and her family found themselves in deteriorating health. Victoria was coping with the same heart arrhythmia which had killed her father, as well as severely swollen legs and mounting obesity. Igor, her husband, was suffering from progressive hyperthyroidism, chronic rheumatoid arthritis, and facing down a prognosis that he would die within a matter of months if his thyroid gland was not removed. Their children, Valya and Sergai, were respectively born with asthma and juvenile type 1 diabetes.

“After crying through an entire night, I decided that we had to take different action if we wanted get different results,” to Victoria explains on her website. “That was when we started to try various healing modalities and eventually arrived at the idea of becoming raw foodists…

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Recipe, Green Smoothie

Vegan Ginger Carrot Soup: A Dish Best Served Cold!

Posted by Staff on 6/11/18 2:00 PM

Many of us will agree that one of the best parts of Winter is getting to cozy up to a nice bowl of soup on a chilly evening. So, it’s too bad that it is far too hot to enjoy such a dinner on a summer night, right? Wrong!

A Lighter, Cooler Soup—And Diet!

If you have a craving for soup, yet don’t want to overheat or overindulge, look no further than The Plant-Based Diet Meal Plan: A 3-Week Kickstart Guide to Eat and Live Your Best. This tome—which is part instructional guide on the merits of becoming a vegan and part cookbook—was penned by Heather Nicholds Rhn, a Certified Holistic Nutritionist whose self-described mission is to help “newly minted vegans (or veg-curious) fully nourish their bodies so they have the energy to enjoy their lives.”

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Recipe, IHAP

Playing It by Ear: Nickole Swensen on the Marvels of Auriculotherapy

Posted by Staff on 5/3/18 2:00 PM

Sometimes, the journey leads us to a destination we never could have expected. For Nickole Swensen, it was that unanticipated curve in the path that led her to her true purpose: a life of healing, though certainly not as she had planned it...

“I originally went to SWIHA to study holistic nutrition,” Nickole confides. “I was fascinated with the way food impacts our bodies and wanted to share my love of food with future clients. I was really interested in learning more about ways to heal and help others that would use all the elements—mind, body, and spirit.”

Yet, it was in the midst of her nutritional studies in SWIHA’s Mind-Body Wellness program that Nickole learned about auriculotherapy for the first time. Immediately, she was hooked. “I found it amazingly powerful, so I started using it on myself and my family,” she says. “The energy and knowledge that instructor Cheryl Speen brought to my auriculotherapy class was unbelievable. I actually loved her class so much that I took it twice—just for fun!”

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Holistic Healing, cancer, mind-body wellness practitioner, Auriculotherapy, Acupuncture

Carrie Guthrie-Gray: Hatha Gongster Goddess and Future Death Midwife

Posted by Staff on 4/19/18 2:00 PM

Before SWIHA, Carrie Guthrie-Gray was doing a job that would frighten most people to death: drawing blood. As a phlebotomist working for the same company for 15 years, she had great pay, great bonuses, and paid time off. Yet, despite the nobility of performing a service that is critical to the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions, Carrie found herself bored by performing the same task day-in and day-out with little variation.

“When working in the medical field, you are only allowed to spend a certain amount of time with each patient,” Carrie reflects. “It was like moving cattle. I was unable to connect with people, or if I did connect with someone, I had to usher them out of the room shortly after. When I worked in the oncology department, there were many occasions when I was the first person that the patient saw after being diagnosed with cancer, and they would literally start bawling in my chair. I wanted to spend more time with them. I wanted to listen and hold space for them, yet I wasn’t able to do it in that setting. It broke my heart. It was draining the life out of me to be so pulled to hold space, yet not allowed to do so.”

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Topics: hatha gong, western herbalism, Holistic Nutrition, Yoga Teacher Training, Holistic wellness, cancer, Alternative healing

Facing the Facts: The Difference Between a Dietician Nutritionist, and Holistic Nutrition Coach

Posted by Blithe Parsons on 4/9/18 2:00 PM

Let’s face it: when it comes to eating well, a discussion of the “right” diet and “best” lifestyle is always on the table. Every day, we are bombarded with information (and misinformation!) about what to eat, how to eat, and when to eat. So, when we get confused, who do we turn to? The experts, of course!

Yet, what exactly does it mean to be an “expert” in the field of nutrition? Do you need two different degrees and a decade of schooling to be able to talk to others about eating healthier? When you’re facing down your next meal, who can you ask for solid advice? 

Below we’ll look at the differences between the three most popular nutrition careers: a dietician, a nutritionist, and a holistic nutrition coach. Whether you’re looking for assistance from one of the above or looking to become one of the above, it’s important to know the educational requirements, job duties, and strengths of each!

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Nutrition, Nutritionist, Dietition, Holistic Nutrition Coach, Sports Nutrition

Tuning In: How Leah Baguet Transformed from Mathematician to Workplace Yoga Star!

Posted by Staff on 4/5/18 2:00 PM


Like so many graduates, Leah Baguet’s path to holistic wellness began with a journey. She was surrounded by stress at her job, working through a series of medical challenges, and coping with the premature death of a close family member.

So, what makes Leah’s journey so different? Well, it was a literal one!

“I realized that life is just too short,” Leah shares. “I decided to quit my full-time job and travel the world with my husband. Upon returning, I didn’t want to go back to the regular hustle and bustle of a 9 to 5 job. That’s when SWIHA came into my life.”

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Topics: Vegetarian, Holistic Nutrition, yoga, 200 Hour Yoga Training, Yoga Teacher Training, Work Yoga

So, You Don't Know Jack about Jackfruit?

Posted by JD Cowdell on 4/2/18 2:00 PM

Odds are that unless you have been eating a plant-based diet for an extended period of time, you have probably never heard of Jackfruit. Don’t worry—you are not alone! The good news is that this multifaceted member of the breadfruit family is becoming increasingly well-loved in American households and can serve as a great alternative to meat if you’re looking to try out vegetarian and vegan-friendly options in your S.O.U.L. foods or holistic nutrition diet!

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Topics: Vegetarian, Holistic Nutrition, Recipe, Holistic health, Vegan, Jackfruit, Alternative Living, Meatless

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