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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

3 Holistic Ways to Boost Healthy Digestion

Posted by Jade Marvin on 3/10/22 4:00 PM

Digestive problems can be a really uncomfortable situation, and there are several possible causes from diet to stress. An unhealthy diet, food intolerances, an underlying medical issue and more can lead to more common digestive issues. On average, it takes anywhere from 10 hours to three days for our food to move through our entire system. If you’re noticing bloating, an unsettled stomach, or sluggishness - this could be your sign that your digestive system needs a little TLC. Oftentimes, symptoms can go away on their own, however, there are some things you can do to help ease your discomfort and aid healthy digestion. Let’s dive into some expert-backed ways to support healthy digestion!

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Holistic Nutrition, SWIHA, Recipe, Nutrition, Arizona, Tempe, National Nutrition Month, Healthy Digestion, Fiber-Rich-Foods, Yoga Flow, Mint Tea

Happy National Peanut Cluster Day! Let’s Get Coo Coo for Goo Goo Clusters

Posted by Jade Marvin on 3/8/22 4:00 PM

Happy National Peanut Cluster Day!! Here’s to another calendar holiday you didn’t know you needed in your life. What’s not to love? Peanuts? Chocolate!? Give it to me! Peanut Clusters are the perfect combination of salty and sweet. The first retail peanut clusters were introduced in 1912 and were called the ‘Goo Goo Cluster’. Peanut Clusters were so popular with soldiers that they were even shipped weekly during World War II to those fighting the front lines. So, on this glorious holiday that mixes everyone's two favorite things: peanuts and chocolate - we must celebrate with a delicious recipe!

Peanut Clusters are relatively super easy to make! This can be a delectable dessert that's ready in minutes. You basically melt the chocolate, add the peanuts, stir them together, and then let them harden! Here is an exact recipe below:

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Holistic Nutrition, SWIHA, Recipe, Holistic wellness, Holistic health, Arizona, Tempe, Holistic Nutrition Wellness Practitioner, National Nutrition Month, National Peanut Cluster Day

5 Wellness Tips to Kick Start National Nutrition Month

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

Chew your way into a healthy lifestyle this National Nutrition Month! What better way to launch yourself into the spring season than by motivating yourself to have a healthier lifestyle? National Nutrition Month was first celebrated in March of 1973, for only one week. The purpose was to deliver nutrition education to the public while also promoting the profession of dieticians. As interest in Nutrition grew, the week expanded into a month-long celebration in 1980! With this growing awareness of Nutrition, and the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating habits, National Nutrition month can be exactly the call to action you need to get started on your health journey! Every year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics establishes a theme for National Nutrition Month, this year the theme is “Celebrate a World of Flavors” - meant to embrace global cultures, cuisines, and inclusion.

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Holistic Nutrition, SWIHA, Recipe of the Week, Recipe, Nutrition, Holistic wellness, Healthy Eating, healthy living, Gluten-free, Holistic Health and Wellness, Vegan Recipe, Nation Nutrition Month, Wellness Wednesday, Gluten-Free Recipe

4 Daily Routines to Boost Energy & Creativity: SWIHA Student Blog Series

Posted by Kayley Sexton on 2/22/22 4:00 PM

If you are lacking in the area of energy, brain function, fatigue, creativity, focus, and immunity, I have a routine with food in combination with supplements that have significantly helped me. I take these with a meal daily. I may take these with my first or second meal, depending on what my day looks like. If you're more prone to the mid-day slump, this may be better to start at noon rather than in the morning. You may even want to repeat this routine twice a day. It’s really simple and you’re probably already doing one of these things… Let me show you how to pair these daily items the most efficiently.

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Holistic Nutrition, SWIHA, Nutrition, Holistic wellness, Arizona, Tempe, Energy, Gut Microbiome, Biohacking, Creativity, Caffeine, Coffee, Red Light Therapy

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