Howard Lyman: One of the my favourite Institute for Integrative Nutrition speakers so far.

Have you heard of Howard Lyman? He is the American cattle ranger turned vegan who famously, along with Oprah (yes, that one!), was sued by The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association back in 1996. This came about following his appearance on the Oprah show, on which the Lady herself claimed that she would never eat another burger. This is his (highly entertaining!!) story.

(Ps. the quality on this video isn’t the best but it’s definitely worth a listen…..promise!)


Dr. Weils 4-7-8 Breathing Technique Demonstration


Recently, as part of my Health Coaching training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, we had a lecture with Dr. Andrew Weil. He showed us this breathing technique, & I’ve been doing it religiously ever since. It’s too good not to share!

A little taste of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition

What are you doing this weekend?

I do not intend to leave my house & I’m so excited about it!!

The IIN conference is live from New York City, & I will be streaming all weekend. For any of you interested in experiencing the Institute for Integrative Nutrition for yourself, this is your chance. It’s a wonderful opportunity to hear from the schools founder, Joshua Rosenthal, as well as some of the major players in the world of Health & Wellness. Dr Oz & Dr Lissa Rankin, anyone? Functional medicines Dr Mark Hyman? Don’t even get me started on the internet Rock Stars that are Marie Forleo & Mastin Kipp. I literally can not wait!

IIN have invited us to share this experience with family & friends, so I urge you now to sign up for this amazing event  below. Do NOT miss this golden opportunity!

Sign up here

What then?

If you love what you see (which you will!) & would like to hear more about the school, drop me a line & I can invite you to a  FREE Q&A session happening on May 22nd at 7pm (Gmt). During this call, Coach Sharon will discuss the following:

· the top 5 most common misconceptions about health coaching
· the differences between Registered Dieticians and Health Coaches
· how health coaching has grown as a profession
· Plus, her insider tips for building a practice

This must be how Charlie felt!

Have I mentioned how excited I am?! I feel like Charlie when he found that golden ticket; except obviously (ahem!) I’m a trainee Health Coach & neither Willie Wonka nor his chocolate factory hold any power over me!

New York City on the other hand………

Next year for sure!!

To Climb, Or Not To Climb?


This is the sign that awaits me on a cold, wet & extremely windy saturday morning at the foot of Mount Brandon, one of Ireland’s tallest mountains. Beginning to read it, my mind floods with the memories of my last foray, my muscles remembering the aftermath! To say I am intimidated is the clichéd under statement of the century. What have I let myself in for, and why exactly am I here?

The Institute for Integrative Nutrition is unique, in that it teaches the importance of Primary Foods. These are all the things that nourish us, but that are not food in the traditional sense. Holistic Health Coaches believe that optimal wellness grows from having balance in all areas of life, and not just the diet. Physical activity is considered primary food & it is also something I have struggled with my whole life. I am the girl who happily stood on the side lines, and who always had a note to excuse herself from P.E!

Standing here now, I recall IIN’s introductory lecture;

This will be a life changing year“.

I know that personal growth and self discovery are an essential part of this, and so I challenge myself to look at that sign with fresh perspective. It occurs to me that in truth, the mountain exists primarily in my mind, and that it is the power of my mind that will conquer it. Here is what I imagine the aforementioned sign to have become…..

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Unfortunately on this occasion we did not reach the summit. Our group deemed it too dangerous, as the strong wind experienced on the ground had turned into a gale at the start of our final ascent. Despite the poor weather conditions, we were blessed with some beautiful views of the surrounding countryside stretching out to meet the Atlantic Ocean. We left Mount Brandon wet, muddy and wind beaten but far from defeated. I know I have conquered a life long limiting belief, and already I am dreaming of the finer weather to come, that will find me once again standing at the base of Mount Brandon preparing to climb.

(Am I the only one who thinks that the original sign seems to suggest that you should bring stout, as in the alcoholic type, on your hike? It seems to me that there is misplaced  “coma”, although I’ve never heard of “stout boots”. Perhaps there is truth in the old adage “Guinness is good for you”! LOL)