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Spice Up Your Life! Super Seasonings With Major Health Benefits

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 3/11/19 3:00 PM

Herbs and spices have been an integral part of cuisines around the world since the days of hunter-gatherers; and not just for their taste! Early Egyptians, Indians and Greeks are just a few cultures who have documented the use of herbs and spices for medicinal purposes and passed down their knowledge from generation to generation.

In the present-day, modern science has uncovered some fascinating properties to these tasty additions, reaffirming some ancient knowledge and discovering new ways of thinking about what we put in to our meals. As the great thinker, Hippocrates, advised us: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

Today, we’ll be looking at some super seasonings and their studied health benefits!

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Topics: western herbalism, Holistic Nutrition, Alternative Medicine, Holistic wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Food

The Science Behind Trending Superfoods & How to Eat Them

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 3/4/19 3:00 PM

Superfoods are low-calorie, nutrient-dense and full of fiber foods which are high in antioxidants and help fight free radicals in your system. Many even contain essential fatty acids, like omega-3, -6, -9, and hard-to-find omega-7. While the idea of a ‘superfood’ is a modern concept, they are mostly ancient root vegetables, fruits, and even fungus and algae.

In honor of National Nutrition Month, we will be exploring some of the trending superfoods and how to incorporate them in to your diet. As an exciting bonus: all the foods on this list are vegan and gluten-free!

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Topics: Motivational Monday, Holisitc Nutrition, Holistic wellness, Healthy Eating, Certificate Programs

Struggling Self-Worth to Successful Entrepreneur: Taressa Riazzi Tells Us How

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 2/21/19 3:00 PM

“As cliche as it sounds, I truly cannot believe I get to do what I love each day,” Taressa Riazzi, Hypnotherapist and Life Coach, tell us.

It used to be a very different story for Taressa. Prior to her healing journey, she was struggling through a challenging time; doing her best to be a stay-at-home mom while battling significant depression and debilitating anxiety. After realizing that putting everyone’s needs ahead of her own was having a negative impact on her emotional landscape, she knew something had to change.

“I originally was drawn to Southwest Institute of Healing Arts for the nutrition program,” she tells us, “however, after I experienced hypnosis and saw the impact it had on me and those I worked with, I decided to primarily practice hypnosis and life coaching.

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Topics: Great Graduates, Life Coaching, holistic entrepreneur, Hypnotherapy, Holistic wellness

How Healers Emotionally Recharge After an Intense Experience

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 2/18/19 3:00 PM

At SWIHA, we know that pursuing any of the healing arts involves lots of growth and transformation and that personal healing must take place before a practitioner is able to facilitate the healing of others.

While it would be very convenient to only have to heal or grow just once in our lives, the process is constant and full of twists and turns. From intense classes during your education to emotional sessions when you step fully in to the role of Healer, you’ll always be called to expand and progress.

How exciting! And also: how exhausting!

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Topics: Great Graduates, Holistic wellness, healing arts, Empath, Healers

April Sanchez Answered Her Heart’s Call and Became an Empowering Life Coach

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/22/19 8:00 AM

Serendipitously, April Sanchez found her calling while working in...a call center!

She tells us: “After being promoted to a team manager, I had a team of customer service agents that I conducted daily coaching and motivation with. I began to learn about a gift that I never realized I had. The performance of my team excelled and each of the individuals on my team grew, both professionally and personally.”

April wanted to continue to grow in her career and took positions that she thought she’d enjoy and be challenged by. However, she craved more one-on-one time coaching and motivating others than the positions provided and began to feel unmotivated and purposeless with the work she was doing.

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Topics: Great Graduates, Life Coaching, Reiki, Holistic wellness, national life coaching month

Divine by Design: Stefanie Winzer Discovered Her Purpose as a Life Coach

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/20/19 8:00 AM

Stefanie has always been drawn down paths that lead to helping others. She considered many counselling and psychology programs, but none of them seemed to fully resonate with her vision of service. Then, in 2016, a thought popped in to Stefanie’s head: “What if I’m meant to be a Life Coach?”

Like most ideas that just ‘show up’, I ignored it,” she admits, “Call it destiny or the internet tracking bots: SWIHA started showing up in my [social media] feed. So, I surrendered, made the appointment and went in for a tour. I was all in, hook, line, and sinker!“

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Topics: Great Graduates, Life Coaching, Holistic wellness, national life coaching month, Women's Coaching

Get Out Of Your Own Way: Mitch Rustad Helps Others Break Negative Patterns and Find Happiness

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/9/19 8:00 AM

Mitch Rustad’s journey to becoming a Life Coach was a natural evolution of his passion for personal development and transformation. After a profound experience helping a close friend navigate a severe life crisis, he was inspired to take his interest a step further and pursue an education at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts.

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Topics: Great Graduates, Life Coaching, Holistic wellness, Holistic health, national life coaching month, Positive Thinking

A Recipe for Success: Janet Lee Serves Some Wisdom on Integrating Life Coaching and Nutrition

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/8/19 8:00 AM

My personal favorite quality of Janet Lee’s, a Holistic Nutrition instructor at SWIHA, is that she can make a heavenly cheesecake--and it’s all nutritious, raw vegan ingredients! A close contender is her ability to deliver her wisdom and knowledge in a relatable, engaging way. Each interaction, you’ll come away with a fascinating food fact or thinking: “Wow! I didn’t know I could do that with my veggie scraps.”

“I’ve always enjoyed hearing about people’s journeys,” she explains, “and I thought [Life Coaching] would be a nice compliment to my interest in nutrition coaching.”

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Topics: Life Coaching, Holistic Nutrition, Holistic wellness, national life coaching month, entrepreneurship, SWIHA Staff

The “Will” to Succeed: Business Mentor Will Zecco Gets Honest About Entrepreneurship

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/4/19 8:00 AM

Will Zecco’s favorite question to ask budding entrepreneurs is: What are you willing to do, become or give up to find success?

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Topics: Great Graduates, Life Coaching, holistic business, Holistic wellness, entrepreneurship

Health is the New Beauty: How Kelly St. Claire Merged Her Passions to Help Others

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 11/29/18 2:00 PM

Kelly St. Claire was enjoying her life as a mother of two with a successful career as a hairstylist when she suddenly felt as though something was missing from her life.

“I love beauty. However, my passion also lay in holistic and energetic healing,” Kelly explains, “I didn’t know the term ‘multi-passionate’ at the time. I just thought I was flighty and that in order to get into my holistic health work I’d have to leave my beauty work. I struggled with it for a long time.”

The urge to expand in to healing eventually led Kelly to take many holistic workshops in order to stretch her knowledge base and get inspired. That’s how she found Southwest Institute of Healing Arts!

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Topics: Great Graduates, Life Coaching, Holistic Nutrition, Hypnotherapy, Holistic wellness, Diploma

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