Release the Kraken
In May, I will begin a certification program to become a Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). I spent a lot of time looking at different programs and different options. Should I do a masters in nutrition? Is it really worth all the time and money just to have arguments with the professors about grains? My conclusion was that I know a decent amount already, I still have plenty to learn, but since what I believe to be healthy nutrition advice differs from what would be taught in a traditional university setting, I felt it best to seek a credential from an alternative source, and that is where I found IIN.
I spoke to several people about this program prior to enrolling (both alums and current students), and while I know I won't agree with everything the curriculum will teach me, it's still much more in line with my way of thinking than a Registered Dietician-focused program. Because I'm fairly certain that I would get kicked out of class on the day they talk about the USDA Food Pyramid, just like I almost got kicked out of a nutrition presentation at my office yesterday. But that is another story for another day. (I will say this though: my coworkers were much more interested in hearing what I had to say about nutrition and what foods to eat than what the presenter had to say. In hindsight, I was being a little rude and completely highjacked the conversation, but bad information was being presented and the people need to know.)
ANYWAY. In June, I will also be attending the Crossfit Level 1 trainer's certification and a fitness and health blogger conference. I have been following Crossfit for several years now and it's almost comical that it has taken me this long to Just F*cking Do It! The conference is just a little added bonus to meet other bloggers in the community and treat it as a learning experience. And it is also an early birthday gift from my awesome motivational speaker wife.