Going back to School and Calling Guest Bloggers

Courtesy of Ana Morales

 

I wanted to let everyone know that I signed up to attend the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.  It was a tough decision.  Not because I don’t have time or the energy or interest to do this but because it involves money.  All the money in the bank actually.  But if there is anything I have learned in the last few years of my life, where I’ve improved a lot of the ways I do things and changed many of my circumstances for the better, it’s to act today, instead of wait for tomorrow.  Tomorrow has a funny way of turning into never, you know?

When my kids were born I experienced something like an epiphany because they were healthy and I feared they wouldn’t be.  So two weeks after a painful c-section I thought, “I need to share what I’ve gone through right away!”  And in particular, I felt I needed to share the hope I felt after having healthy babies with type 1 diabetes.  I wanted others to feel that hope for themselves and know that I was doing ok despite many really difficult years and that if they were going through a difficult time, it didn’t mean they couldn’t overcome it.  It saddened me to think of other women out there to be as worried as I had been and to feel so helpless as I had felt.  I’ve learned we’re not helpless at all.

So my husband recognized my passion in this area and when I said I’d love to do this program in a few years he said, “Why don’t you do it now?”  All sorts of excuses popped up in my mind like the fact that my kids take up a lot of my time and energy (as they should) and my husband works long hours and in a field that doesn’t always provide steady work.  Alex is very, very practical with our expenses and yet I guess he knows that I find the topic of nutrition and health one I never tire of.  Truth is, I was interested in the body’s relationship with food as a child before I had diabetes.  Diabetes helped that interest grow and my first two years of college even focused on science, only I couldn’t decide between nutrition and sports medicine.

This program recognizes that there are different ways of eating that work for different people and it takes into consideration the emotional and psychological influences in our lives and how that affects our bodies.  This program focuses on a holistic approach to nutrition and exercise and I totally appreciate that idea!  I feel very aligned with the idea of learning how to coach people in a way that let’s them do all the deciding about what’s best for them and helping them pinpoint their motivations so they can leverage those for energy in their lives.  I love helping people with their health because I know it’s everything and I don’t take mine for granted and I look forward to learning so much more this next year. I can’t wait to share what I learn with you all and see what you think!  I learn so much from you and I thank you for that.

Wish me luck!  I’ll be documenting my journey with this program on the blog.  I’ll have my own health coach and I’m eager to see how the techniques used to coach someone can positively impact their lives.  I’ll let you know how it goes :)

I also want to open up the blog to more writers.  So if you want to guest post some time, contact me at sysy@thegirlsguidetodiabetes.com.  You don’t have to be a pro blogger or anything.  You don’t even have to be female.  Plenty of men read this blog, simply glancing over all the pink.  You can be a caretaker of someone with diabetes.  The type of diabetes doesn’t matter, either.  What I don’t want is copywriting.    Thanks :)

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Good Luck, Sysy. I am thrilled about your decision to attend the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and look forward to hearing about your journey that I am sure will transform your life and the lives of countless others. As you well know, we share the belief that when met with life challenges we must take a proactive, holistic approach that enhances the body and spirit through proper nutrition, exercise, mindfulness techniques…. Each of us have “specific needs” based on our genetic and health profile… We cannot treat each individual the same as we all are unique… So happy for you. Hugs, Ellen

This course sounds like a totally perfect fit for you, and I know you will go on to help many people with all that you learn. I am eager to follow your blogs and learn along with you. It’s time for more courses like this!

All the best to you…I think it will be well worth it!

~Jane

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