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How Living with Intention Saved Robyn Flynn-Kosar Through Her Journey with Cancer

Posted by Jade Marvin on 1/18/23 8:00 AM

Life Coaching and Holistic Nutrition graduate Robyn Flynn-Kosar took a life event that could have taken her life, and turned it around with the power of Nutrition & Intention. All Robyn’s life, she has put intention behind everything she does. Even when she makes mistakes, because she lives with intention, it allows her to be able to learn and be aware of the choices she has made. After being diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer, Robyn made the intentional decision to heal herself with the power of Nutrition!

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Holistic Nutrition, SWIHA, life coach, Nutrition, Arizona, Tempe, Intention, Holistic Health and Wellness Coach, National Be on Purpose Month 2023

2 Vegan Soup Recipes to Keep You Warm & Cozy This Fall

Posted by Jade Marvin on 11/17/22 4:00 PM

The best and only way to celebrate Fall is with a bowl of soup, right? During this season of the year, all we want to do is cozy up in a nice blanket and eat some soup. With the weather cooling down, it only feels right to try some new soup recipes! Chef and Coach, Janet Lee, states, “The holidays can often be a time of overeating, high stress, and expectations. If that has not worked well in the past; I invite you to lean into self-care, eat colorful foods, and look for the joy in it all!” To follow what Janet said, this is the perfect time to really take care of yourself and your body before the craziness of the holiday season. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts invites you to add these two delectable soups to your collection of fall soup recipes this year!

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Holistic Nutrition, SWIHA, Whole Foods, Recipe, Nutrition, Arizona, Tempe, Vegan Recipe, Holistic Health and Wellness Coaching, Holistic Health and Wellness Coach, Thanksgiving Recipes, Fall Soup, Fall Soup Recipes, Coaching Skills, Business Development

Jenny McGee uses Holistic Nutrition Coaching to Heal the Mind, Body & Spirit

Posted by Jade Marvin on 11/10/22 4:00 PM

I knew I wanted to be a part of the Holistic Wellness industry 12 years ago when I started a new job working at Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center in Tempe, Arizona. This was my first introduction to what holistic medicine was and what it meant to view the body as a "whole" rather than just the symptom. I quickly grew passionate and learned that whole food nutrition is a necessary part to bring the body into balance. In 2009, I became a massage therapist and practiced for 5 years. I was passionate about massage therapy and eager to learn more. Little did I know, I was led to dive deep into my passion for helping my clients.”

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Holistic Nutrition, Massage Therapy, holistic entrepreneur, Great Graduate, SWIHA, Urban Farming, Farmers Market, Holistic wellness, Arizona, Tempe, Holistic Healh and Wellness Coach, nutrition Practitioner

5 Ways to Overcome the Plague of Comparison

Posted by Jade Marvin on 9/29/22 4:00 PM

The reason you are not getting what you want is because you are focusing on what they got. Don’t get distracted by their results, focus on your process.” - Unknown

In a world of constant scrolling, scrolling, scrolling - it can be easy to come across an image or a piece of news that can throw you down the ‘comparison spiral’. This old, unwelcoming yet pervasive pattern of comparing yourself to others does not serve you. Living in a world plagued with comparison, as we are flooded with more information than we can handle; whether it’s social media or the news, our minds, often subconsciously, are running a mile a minute trying to process and analyze all the information we are viewing. Although social comparison is a part of our normal behavior strategy as humans, we don’t have to let it consume us to a level that affects our mental health. Learn these five strategies to help you overcome the plague of comparison.

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Holistic Nutrition, SWIHA, Whole Foods, Intuition, Meditation, energy healing, Arizona, Tempe, conscious community, Energy, Microbiome, Positive Affirmations, Nervous System, Life Journey, Self-help, Comparison, Mindful Meditation

From Chef to Health & Wellness Coach, Valerie Hahn Guides Others through Inner Transformations

Posted by Jade Marvin on 9/8/22 4:00 PM

What was your life like before SWIHA? What led you to SWIHA and to your particular program of study? Why are you passionate about this modality?

Before SWIHA, I was a Chef who worked long hours at a fine dining farm-to-table restaurant & was a hairstylist on the side. I love to cook and especially loved embracing the sustainability aspect of sourcing our ingredients and how everything connected full circle. Although I loved cooking, as many people know kitchens can be quite a challenging and sometimes toxic environment to be submerged in. At that point in my life, I was deeply depressed and longed to do something that felt more fulfilling to my soul. For me, this "cycle of depression" triggered an awakening of sorts. I began venturing my journey of "internal" personal development (outside my physical fitness) and sought out schools that spoke to my soul path. After studying myself and creating a boatload of interests, everything on my list pointed to holistic health and wellness. I discovered SWIHA at the beginning of my journey and finally answered the call to enroll 10 years later!

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Holistic Nutrition, holistic entrepreneur, SWIHA, Mindfulness, Intuition, Spirit, Holistic wellness, Arizona, Tempe, community, Holistic Education, conscious community, GRIT, Divine Timing, Holistic Health and Wellness Coaching, Holistic Health and Wellness Coach, Spiritual Wellbeing, Microbiome

From Dreams to Reality: How Rebecca Merrill Found the Courage to Go After Becoming a Health & Wellness Coach

Posted by Jade Marvin on 6/2/22 4:00 PM

Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality. Upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.” - Unknown

Sometimes, dreams can seem too big or scary to achieve. That the road and work will be long and hard, and sometimes even unachievable. Well, what if I told you the only thing standing in your way is you? Rebecca Merrill, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts Great Graduate of the Holistic Nutrition Wellness Practitioner Diploma program, didn’t let that stop her. Although the thoughts of not accomplishing her dreams and goals crossed her mind, she didn’t let that get in her way of living her true purpose of serving others in a meaningful way. Rebecca asserts, “Three years ago, I didn't think where I'm at now was possible. I'm proud of how far I've come and can't wait to see where this journey takes me next.”

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Holistic Nutrition, Great Graduate, SWIHA, Holistic wellness, balance, Arizona, Tempe, Nutrition Coach, Holistic Education, Holistic Nutrition Wellness Practitioner, Health and Wellness, Health and Wellness Coach

Kryss Huang Found Her Purpose in Serving Others with the Healing Power of Hypnotherapy

Posted by Jade Marvin on 4/21/22 4:00 PM

Holistic living means that your spiritual, relational, emotional, intellectual, physical, and financial lives are working together.”   - Tsh Oxenreider

Kryss Huang was not a stranger to living a holistic lifestyle when she came to SWIHA. This community was a home away from home, for Kryss. She explains, “I love SWIHA, SOY, and SWINA. I feel at home each time I go to any of these beautiful places.” Kryss had been living a holistic lifestyle for the majority of her life. It felt like a natural choice to pursue studies at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. About 10 years ago, Kryss actually attended the Western Herbalism and Nutrition programs and felt incredibly comfortable at SWIHA. Her life path eventually led her back to SWIHA to enroll in the Hypnotherapy program.

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, western herbalism, Hypnotherapist, Holistic Nutrition, SWIHA, Herbalism, Hypnosis, mind body spirit, Nutrition, Hypnotherapy, Arizona, Breathwork, Holistic Living, Tempe, SWIHA CommUNITY, Herbalist, Holistic Lifestyle

Wrap up National Nutrition Month with Foods that Boost Your Immune System

Posted by Jade Marvin on 3/31/22 4:00 PM

Do not let illness make you realize the value of health.” - Unknown

It is important to eat healthy now before you get sick! Don’t wait until you start feeling under the weather to make corrective changes in your diet. Can eating well really help your immune system? Why yes it can! We have all heard of eating soup and drinking tea while you are sick; however, there are many food changes you can make to help boost your immune system. Your immune system is your body’s line of defense, something you would surely want to make sure is working correctly and at its very optimum potential. As we wrap up National Nutrition Month, what better topic to touch on than eating foods to help boost your overall health and wellness?!

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Holistic Nutrition, SWIHA, Arizona, Tempe, Immune System, Webinars, Holistic Health and Wellness Coaching, Health & Wellness Coach, Micronutrients

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with This Lucky Green Smoothie Recipe!

Posted by Jade Marvin on 3/17/22 4:00 PM

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Let’s celebrate with a superfood green lemonade smoothie! This refreshing, potassium-rich, plant-based smoothie with banana, pineapple, ginger, and greens only requires 1 blender, 10 ingredients, and 10 minutes of your time! The smoothie produces the most vibrant blue-green color (perfect for the holiday, I know) and tastes sweet like lemonade. It’s a perfect quick meal, snack, afternoon pick-me-up, or if you are just feeling like you want to be transported to summer vacation mode!

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Holistic Nutrition, Recipe of the Week, Whole Foods, Recipe, SAD diet, Arizona, Tempe, Green Smoothie, National Nutrition Month, Smoothie Recipe, St. Patricks Day, SOUL Diet

5 Things You Most Likely Didn’t Know About Coffee

Posted by Jade Marvin on 3/15/22 4:00 PM

Coffee can help you live longer? This is how we brew it, people! Most start their mornings with a yawn…otherwise known as a silent scream for coffee. Specifically in the U.S. - people are IN LOVE with coffee. Roughly 62% of Americans drink coffee every day - coffee may as well just love us back. Research suggests that coffee may help reduce the risk of illnesses ranging from cancer to heart disease to Alzheimer’s. With coffee being super tasty, energizing, and a major source of antioxidants, what’s not to love?

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Holistic Nutrition, SWIHA, Recipe, Holistic wellness, Arizona, Tempe, Caffeine, Coffee, Coffee Lovers, Coffee Recipe

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