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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

Foolproof Formula for a Healthy, Satisfying Green Smoothie

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 4/8/19 3:00 PM

Full of fiber and packed with nutrition, green smoothies are a staple in any health-conscious diet. Making this delicious drink is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  • 1 cup of fruit
  • 2 cups of liquid
  • 3 cups of greens

Step One: Choose Your Liquid Base

To ensure even blending, add two cups of liquid to your blender first. Be mindful of the sugar content of liquid bases, and feel free to choose more than one!

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Recipe of the Week, Recipe, Holistic wellness, Healthy Eating, healthy living, Green Smoothie

The Pesticides in Your Produce: Stay Informed, Wash Well & Shop Local

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 3/28/19 3:00 PM

Every year, the EWG (Environmental Working Group) analyzes the chemical residue on fruits and vegetables widely available in the average grocery store. Their report notes things such as the average number of pesticides found on a single sample and the maximum number of particles detected.

Here are their findings for 2019:

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Holistic wellness, Healthy Eating, organic, healthy living, healthy lifestyle, Organic Produce, Natural Lifestyle

Probiotics, Dairy Alternatives, Juicing & More! Nutrition Webinar Replays

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

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts has been celebrating National Nutrition Month by inviting you in to our teaching kitchen for informative Facebook Live sessions with Becca Briley, Lead Admissions Coordinator, and Janet Lee, Online & On Campus Holistic Nutrition Instructor.

In case you missed the Facebook Live Videos, enjoy these replays below, and check out the next opportunity to join us on March 26th at 5PM (AZ) for a discussion about eating right for your blood type!

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Healthy Eating, healthy living, healthy lifestyle, Holistic Education, Nutrition Classes, Videos

Why So S.A.D?: Facts About The Standard American Diet (There’s Good News, Too!)

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

It’s no secret: Our society is saturated with unhealthy, unbalanced options for food. In fact, many households spend over three-thousand dollars--or 10% of the average income--eating out per year; the United States fast food industry is forecasted to make 223 billion dollars by 2020.

The Standard American Diet (S.A.D) is causing an epidemic of diabetes, cancer, heart disease and a slew of other ailments to affect ourselves, friends, family and loved ones. According to the U.S Department of Health & Human Services and the Center for Disease Control:

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Holistic wellness, Healthy Eating, healthy living, Nutrition Coach, Plant-based Foods, Plant-based-diet

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