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Follow Your Heart: SWIHA Graduates Can Accomplish Anything!

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 10/19/18 10:00 AM

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts is unique in countless ways. Spend a few minutes browsing our classes and programs, and you’ll see everything from crystal healing to raw food cooking and even canine massage! You’ll find no other accredited college quite like us.

Understandably, a common question we receive is: What can I do when I graduate?
The only truthful response is: What do you WANT to do?

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Topics: Great Graduates, holistic entrepreneur, Life Coaching, Massage Therapy, Holistic Nutrition, Reiki, Polarity

Opt for In-Season: The Most Nutritious Fall Produce

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 10/8/18 2:00 PM

Ahh...there’s a chill in the air, cider in our mugs and eager anticipation of the holiday season in our hearts!

Autumn is abundant; it’s when we reap the benefits of our hard summer’s work and give thanks for our blessings. Though, before you go overboard with the Halloween candy and turkey dinners, consider visiting your local farmer’s market and reaching for some of the delicious and nutritious foods in season this fall!

What to Shop For

The fall season brings a harvest of healthful and super tasty produce. From the entire cruciferous family (like cauliflower and cabbage) to root veggies (carrots, onions, sweet potatoes) to the iconic squash crew (such as pumpkins, zucchini, and butternut squash), there’s plenty of inspiration to be found.

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Topics: Motivational Monday, Holistic Nutrition, SOUL Nutrition, life coach, healthy lifestyle, Healthy Eating, SOUL Food, whole food

Celery Juice: Detoxify Your Body & Heal Your Gut

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 9/24/18 2:00 PM

This green elixir has been touted by health gurus and celebrities alike for its wide range of benefits and the ease at which you can incorporate it in to your morning routine. Today we’re taking a look at an oft-overlooked veggie: the humble celery.

Celery juice is powerhouse of antioxidants, phytonutrients and enzymes in a liquid form that can be easily consumed, bypassing the energy-consuming process of digestion. By drinking it first thing in the morning, many claim it’s given them better skin, more energy, and improved their gut health.

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Topics: Motivational Monday, Holistic Nutrition, Recipe, Healthy Desserts

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, Vegan, Raw Vegan, Recipe

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: Holistic Nutrition, Vegan, Vegetarian, Recipe

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

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

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