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Jessica Bardzinski Helps Mamas Create Magic Through Intentional Eating

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 8/8/19 3:00 PM

At Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, we see the power and potential in every soul, and Jessica Bardzinski is a shining example of pure determination!

“Before SWIHA, I was a stay at home mom. I had two children in two years,” Jessica shares, “I felt like I was lost in the trenches of life. I felt there was something more but didn't know where to turn.”

Jessica initially came to SWIHA to study nutrition, after her daughter had health problems that  doctors couldn’t seem to explain. “I had been reading everything I could get my hands on about the American food supply and SAD (Standard American Diet),” she says, “I wanted to learn more and get a degree to share with other mamas all this valuable information I had been learning.”

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Topics: Great Graduates, Life Coaching, Holistic Nutrition, Associates Degree

Maximize Micronutrients With a Rainbow Superfood Salad

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 7/29/19 3:00 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

Carol Gardner is Using Her Nutrition Knowledge to Bring Health and Awareness

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 7/25/19 3:00 PM

In 2013, Carol Gardner was in hospice care from a lifelong battle with lupus and a twenty year battle with a rare form of Multiple Sclerosis. It was a fight she was determined to win, and says: “I researched nutrition on my own and created a meal plan that reversed the damage caused by both illnesses.”

Two years later, she decided to enroll in SWIHA’s Holistic Nutrition Wellness Practitioner diploma program to learn more about nutrition for herself. Carol tells us: “Dee McCaffrey's course convinced me that I could help others with this newfound knowledge.” Carol says that the greatest lessons she learned in her program were how to write articles, how to speak with clients, and the vast amount of nutrition information she gained.

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Topics: Great Graduates, Holistic Nutrition, Diploma Program, HNWP

Environmentally Friendly Foods For a Low Impact Diet

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 7/22/19 3:00 PM

There are many aspects to consider when choosing an eco-conscious lifestyle, and one of the most simple changes you can make is with your diet! The carbon footprint and water usage of our foods is often overlooked, however the U.S agriculture industry emits almost six-hundred million metric tons per year and accounts for eighty-percent of our nation’s water usage annually.

Today we’ll explore some options that are nutritious, delicious and gentle on the environment!

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Urban Farming, sustainability, conscious living

Naturally Sweet: A Guide to White Sugar Alternatives for Baking

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 6/13/19 3:00 PM

Many health-conscious eaters seek to eliminate most added sugars from their diet. However, sometimes you need a sweet treat! Today, we’ll be looking at substitutes for refined, white sugar and how to use them in baked goods.

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Natural Lifestyle, Conscious Eating, Eating Healthy, Holistic Recipes

Vegan, Gluten-Free Pizza Crust: A Three Ingredient Base To Make Your Own

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 6/10/19 3:00 PM

It’s likely you know someone who’s chosen to follow a gluten-free diet, whether it’s due to Celiac’s disease, a wheat sensitivity or just in an effort to live a little healthier. There are many reasons to consider reducing or removing gluten from your menu, including:

  • Wheat is a common allergy, and a sensitivity to it may go undetected for years.
  • Gluten rapidly converts to glucose in the body, which can spike insulin levels.
  • Wheat has little-to-no nutritional value, due to it’s highly processed nature.
  • Gluten may reduce the production of digestive enzymes needed for nutrient absorption.

Today, we’ll be looking at how to make a universally-loved food gluten-free and vegan: Pizza!

This recipe can be modified in many ways to fulfill any craving. It’ll surely be love at first bite!

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Healthy Eating, Vegan, Plant-based Foods, Gluten-free

What Kind of ‘Water’ Hydrates the Best? Educate Yourself About Popular Options

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 6/3/19 3:00 PM

We’ve all seen the numerous water options available in stores now, touting various health benefits and promising to deliver results with regular consumption. How do they stack up to just plain, old water? And should you shell out the extra cash? Today, we look at some popular options and dive in to the science of their benefits.

Alkaline Water

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Topics: Motivational Monday, Holistic Nutrition, healthy lifestyle, Wellness Education

Alexa Moody is Proud to Be Plant-Based and Helping Others to Health

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 5/23/19 3:00 PM

When Alexa Moody arrived at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts she describes herself as “on fire with changes” and eager to share her journey to help others.

“I had made dramatic changes in my life,” explains Alexa, “Especially with my food choices, which dramatically changed my health. I wanted to share this with the world and needed an outlet.”

She once struggled with numerous weight-related health issues such as acid reflux, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and diabetes. Within months of committing to her health, Alexa eliminated her need for medications for these conditions! Today, Alexa has successfully lost 188lbs through a nutrition-focused diet and committing to an active lifestyle.

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Topics: Great Graduates, Holistic Nutrition, healthy lifestyle, Diploma Program, Plant-based-diet

Amanda Martin Lives Her Best Life as a Virtual Wellness Coach

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 4/25/19 3:00 PM

“How blessed am I?!” exclaims Amanda Martin, “I'm excited to wake up every day knowing that I get to assist clients with their personal journeys of discovery.”

Amanda recently graduated from the 100-Hour Life Coaching program at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and is currently working on completing her Reiki certificate. She says that since stepping in to her power as a Wellness Coach, she has found her life’s true passion: being an active partner for those on their journey to uncovering their best selves.

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Topics: Great Graduates, Life Coaching, Holistic Nutrition, health coach, Virtual Coach

From Engineer to Mindful Lifestyle Coach: Harsha Bipin Shares Her Joy

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 4/18/19 3:00 PM

At Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, we actively encourage our students to work through their fears and hesitations around entrepreneurship. Harsha Bipin, a Mind-Body Wellness Practitioner graduate, is a brilliant example of what can happen when you take a leap of faith in yourself!

 “My previous life was of a software engineer,” Harsha explains, “it had a lot to do with me and the needs of my immediate family.”

“I joined SWIHA while I was on a maternity break, hoping to just do the Holistic Nutrition program to learn more about eating right. I had faced a huge positive shift in my life by changing my eating habits, and I knew there was more to learn.”

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Topics: Great Graduates, Holistic Nutrition, Mindfulness, yoga nidra, yoga

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