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Demystifying Healthy Eating

Posted by Diana DeWolfe on 9/16/21 4:00 PM

We've all been there.  We want to eat healthier, so we do a quick Google search to get some tips and suddenly become overwhelmed by the amount of data returned. Results range from diets promising quick and easy results - low carb, low fat, high fat, carnivore, keto, plant-based - to food subscriptions to buy, ads for nutritional and fitness services, and a few websites promising to unlock the secrets to healthy eating but leave you with very little and often conflicting information. It's frustrating, often resulting in giving up and continuing old habits or taking advice from a friend of a friend who happens to know all about the latest diet craze; you hop on board excited about the promised results. Disappointment settles in quickly. Why isn't the diet working?

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Holistic Nutrition, SWIHA, Nutrition, Farmers Market, Holistic wellness, SOUL Food, SAD diet, Diet, Gluten-free, Food Allergies, Holistic Education, Standard American Diet, Self-Healing, continuing education, Holistic Modalities, Wellness Practitioner

Fresh, Easy, Homemade Chips, Salsa, & Guac for Summer Time

Posted by Jade Marvin on 8/5/21 4:00 PM

You have guac to be kidding me!

You guac my world!

Rock out with your guac out!

Alright, this is getting ‘guacward’- enough with the guac puns - let’s get to the recipe!

It’s a hot summer day by the pool, you are hanging out with friends and family, and one of the best snacks to have...chips, salsa, and guac (oh my!). Not only are these recipes easy to follow, they are also super delicious and savory as well. Shout out to SWIHA’s Holistic Nutrition Instructor and chef, Janet Lee, for providing these flavorsome recipes.

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, SWIHA, Whole Foods, Recipe, Nutrition, health coach, Nutrition Coach, Culinary School, Raw Foods, Clean Eating, Wellness Coach, Holistic Education, Nutrition Specialist, Comfort Foods, Health and Wellness

Raw Vegan Apple Cinnamon Torte:  A Nutritious and Nostalgic Treat

Posted by Jade Marvin on 7/8/21 4:00 PM

For many people, food can be a source of comfort and connection. Comfort food is food that provides consolation or a feeling of well-being and can be associated with childhood or home cooking. This recipe is one for the books and will create a sense of tranquility while making your mouth water at the same time!

A big thank you to Southwest Institute of Healing Arts Holistic Nutrition Instructor, Janet Lee, for providing this delectable recipe. Chef Janet Lee exclaims, “This recipe is easy to assemble and is a crowd-pleaser with the way it presents itself. A fantastic mix of sweet, tart, and very delicious!

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, SWIHA, Whole Foods, Recipe, Nutrition, Healthy Eating, Nutrition Coach, Culinary School, Raw Foods, Clean Eating, Holistic Education, Nutrition Specialist, Comfort Foods, Health and Wellness, Apple Crumble

Phone Eats First : Delicious Vegan Chocolate Cream Pie

Posted by Jade Marvin on 6/10/21 4:00 PM

Have you ever stopped to take a picture of your food before eating it? And it just looked so good that you couldn't eat it?! That is how this yummy dessert will make you feel. Eating vegan has never been more delectable! This Vegan Chocolate Cream Pie will make your mouth water and your tummy rumble.

This recipe is really simple to make, doesn’t take a lot of time, and is for everyone to enjoy! Read the recipe and fun facts below to impress yourself and your future guests!

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, SWIHA, Whole Foods, Recipe, Nutrition, Healthy Eating, Vegan, Nutrition Coach, Culinary School, Raw Foods, Clean Eating, Nutrition Specialist

Why Urban Farming is the Future of Agriculture and an In-Demand Skillset

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 4/1/21 4:00 PM

Urban Farming encompasses a vast array of interests: growing produce for personal consumption, involvement in a community garden or even with the intention of selling product at a local farmer's market. You may have a modest dream of a salsa garden on your patio, or loftier aspirations of creating a homestead with multiple plots. Whatever your ‘green goals’ may be, Urban Farming connects you back to the basics and gives you an enhanced appreciation of the magic of nature and how food is grown.

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Urban Farming, Farmers Market, sustainability, Organic Produce

Your Diet is Influencing Your Emotions: Exploring the Gut-Brain Axis

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 3/25/21 4:00 PM

We all have days where we’re in an inexplicable funk and can’t seem to shake it; nothing out of the ordinary is happening externally yet we feel unmotivated, sad, foggy or simply just blah. In recent years, scientific research into the connection between our brains and our bellies has suggested that these moods may not be as random as they seem.

In 2015, the National Center for Biotechnology Information concluded that: “Insights into the gut-brain crosstalk have revealed a complex communication system that not only ensures the proper maintenance of gastrointestinal homeostasis, but is likely to have multiple effects on affect, motivation, and higher cognitive functions.

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Mind Body Wellness, Healthy Eating, healthy living, Standard American Diet, Gut-Brain Axis

Maximize Micronutrients With Rainbow Superfood Salad

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 3/11/21 4:00 PM

Diversifying food choices is essential for keeping our gut’s microbiome healthy. When our digestion is performing optimally, our bodies can absorb the maximum amount of nutrients from the foods we consume, thereby improving the performance of all of the systems that keep us healthy!

There is also mounting evidence showing that what we eat affects physical health and mental health. A great way to keep our mind, body and spirit happy is by consuming a rainbow...in the form of a salad, of course!

This dish is able to be completely tailored to your personal preference. Read the guide below for suggestions on creating your own Rainbow Superfood Salad!

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Topics: Motivational Monday, Holistic Nutrition, Recipe, Healthy Eating, Vegan, healthy lifestyle

Stuffed Squash Recipe: A Healthy, Customizable Meal for All Dietary Types

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 2/25/21 4:00 PM

Squash is a dietary staple for many cultures around the world. From its more common cousins, such as the zucchini and spaghetti squash, to the more obscure varieties such as the kabocha and zephyr squashes, these herbaceous vines are both delectable and nutritious! Today, we’ll be looking at basic squash preparation and ideas for stuffing them to create a complete and satisfying meal.

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Topics: Vegetarian, Holistic Nutrition, Recipe, Healthy Eating Tips, Vegan, Plant-based Foods

Emerald Martin on Becoming an Herbalist & Finding Her Purpose

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 8/20/20 4:00 PM

My life has changed in ways I would've never expected,” Emerald Martin, founder and owner of Green Vibes Wellness tells us, “I had no idea what I was getting into.”

Emerald’s company has been thriving since 2019, a testament to her transformative approach towards Herbalism and Holistic Health. Green Vibes Wellness offers services including one-on-one coaching/health review sessions and a variety of herbal remedies custom-made for each individual client.

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Topics: Great Graduates, western herbalism, Holistic Nutrition, holistic entrepreneur, Associates Degree

Your Questions About Becoming a Holistic Nutrition Wellness Practitioner – Answered!

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 8/13/20 4:00 PM

In a world where there is so much uncertainty and stress, it is easy to forget the power we still have in managing our own sense of wellbeing. This is why creating a program that is truly holistic in nature has been incredibly important to us! When we treat a fellow human being as already whole, they can connect with the part them that knows what they need—this is how people create lasting change.

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Topics: wellness, Holistic Nutrition, Mindfulness, health, Swiha Online, Wellness Coach, Health Coaching Program

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