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Could $500 Change Your Life?

Many of Breeze’s readers have emailed with dozens of questions about nutrition and dietary advice, and while Breeze is not formally trained in nutrition or health education, creating a balanced diet that meets her nutritional needs is very important to her. In her writing and speaking, Breeze has always clarified that her particular dietary philosophy came from years of research and trial and error to address specific health concerns and goals, and is not meant to be seen as the right way or only way to practice a plant-based diet.

I, on the other hand, received training to become a Health Coach at Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I have worked with hundreds of transitioning veg*ns, guiding them through a whole foods approach to plant-based diets. While there were some things that remained true across the board for my clients (eat lots of leafy greens, minimize processed foods), each transition was unique to the individual. Some needed to address specific concerns like celiac or IBS or eczema, some wanted to lose or gain weight, and more than a few had were overly dependent on dairy and highly processed meat substitutes.

What I learned at Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), was that there is no, one-size-fits-all diet, even among veg*ns.

I invite you to consider a new career as a Health Coach, to use it as a tool to educate people about plant-based diets in an open, supportive, and nurturing capacity. There is so much myth-information surrounding diet out there, and we need more Health Coaches, folks like you, to help people navigate through the nonsense, especially transitioning veg*ns.

What’s great about a career in Health Coaching is that you can set your own hours and work how you want to – full-time, part-time, web or phone based, individuals or groups…IIN gives you all the tools you’ll need to create a successful, thriving practice.

And through May 30th, anyone who enrolls at IIN will receive a $500 scholarship*.

I am deeply grateful to Breeze for her dedication and commitment to the work that she’s doing, and was saddened to hear about her recent financial issues that are preventing her from continuing this work.

So, for every person who enrolls in IIN, I’ll donate $500 to Breeze’s fund.

I’m able to do this as a testament to the success one can have as a Health Coach, but I also wanted to incentivize you to create a new opportunity lasting health and well-being in your life.

*To take advantage of the scholarship, speak with an IIN Admissions counselor at 877 730 5444 or email Julia at coachjulia[at]integrativenutrition.com. You must ask for the scholarship under my name (Melissa Danielle) and enroll by May 30th in order to receive it.

After you’ve enrolled, come back to this post and leave me a comment.

Duke Postdoc: Human Animal Studies and the Question of Species

What a great opportunity at Duke University.
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WOMEN’S STUDIES POSTDOC: Feminist Studies and Human Animal Studies and the Question of Species

The Duke University Program in Women’s Studies invites applications for two postdoctoral fellows in Interdisciplinary Feminist Studies with a research focus in Human Animal Studies and the Question of Species. We seek candidates with interdisciplinary experience in Women’s Studies. We welcome empirical, textual, and theoretical specialization from a diverse array of academic fields, political and cultural contexts, and historical periods. Postdoctoral fellows will participate in a faculty-graduate seminar on these themes and are expected to be in residence for the academic year. Fellows will teach one course related to their scholarship. The fellowship includes a stipend, health insurance, and office space. Applicants should have the PhD in hand by May 2010. Applications (including all letters of recommendations) must be received by November 17, 2009. Send C.V., 5-page project proposal, writing sample (25 pages), 1-page course proposal (undergraduate), and 3 letters of recommendation to: Ranjana Khanna, Director, Women’s Studies, Box 90760, 210 East Duke Building, Durham NC, 27708. Our program information is available at http://www.duke.edu/womstud. Duke University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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