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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

Vegan Nacho ‘Cheese’ That  Even Picky Eaters Will Go ‘Nuts’ For!

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 7/9/20 4:00 PM

If you’re someone trying to eliminate animal products from your diet or avoid dairy, you may find yourself occasionally missing some summertime staples – Janet Lee, raw food chef and Holistic Nutrition instructor at SWIHA is here to help you! With her creative kitchen skills and years of dedication to a raw, plant-based diet, she shared this recipe on #WellnessWednesday in a live video on SWIHA’s Facebook, which you can replay below!

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Recipe, healthy living, Vegan, Holistic Nutrition Coach, Raw Vegan, Holistic Recipes

New Online Program: Become a Holistic Health & Wellness Coach!

Posted by Shelley Tom on 6/25/20 4:00 PM

Just as taking a program at SWIHA is transformational, so is creating one. And, it starts from the same place—identifying a need!

The impetus for this program came from noticing an important clarity that emerged from our current Holistic Nutrition and Wellness Practitioner program (HNWP). 

The HNWP is an excellent program which aligns with National Association for Nutritional Professionals (NANP).  As a result, the program is heavily saturated in holistic nutrition and science education.

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Mindfulness, Online Education, Community Announcements, New Program

Probiotic Coconut Yogurt: A Simple, Dairy-Free Recipe!

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 6/18/20 4:00 PM

Many people are opting to remove dairy from their diet, opening their eyes to the many alternatives and getting creative with ways to recreate traditionally dairy-based items! Janet Lee, a raw food chef and SWIHA Holistic Nutrition instructor, recently shared on a Facebook Live video for #WellnessWednesday two ways to make delicious and nutritious coconut yogurt.

Coconuts have numerous health benefits – they contain fiber, manganese, copper, iron and medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), supporting your heart and bones, healthy weight loss, as well as having many essential electrolytes to prevent fatigue. When you add probiotics to the mix for gut health, you have a treat that is yummy and supportive of your total wellness.

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Recipe of the Week, Vegan, Raw Foods, Raw Vegan, Healthy Recipes

Melissa Richardson Grew Her Massage Practice into a Wellness Center

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 5/7/20 4:00 PM

At Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, we dedicate ourselves daily to our mission of inspiring individuals to discover their gifts and graces and support them as they share their talents with the world in a loving and profitable way. It was this idea that resonated with SWIHA graduate, Melissa Richardson:  “I didn't want to work for anyone else,” she says, “I wanted to make my own way and chart my own course. I had my own ideas of how I wanted to participate and give to the world.”

Melissa is a licensed Massage Therapist in Buffalo, New York. She loves what she does and one day realized that, while she was making a difference for her clients, she felt she was only helping them temporarily and in a physical way.

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Topics: Great Graduates, Holistic Nutrition, Massage Therapy, Mind Body Wellness, Swiha Online

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