Hello, my name is Lisa Lindey.
I have always been obsessed with health and nutrition. Even when I was young I would read my mom's Redbook and Women's Day and rip out recipes and workouts. I had a big photo album that I would put them in and then organize them for reference. This was obviously pre-Pinterest.
Deciding to become vegan further fueled my fire to learn more about nutrition. Trust me, you tell someone you are a vegan be prepared to answer a million questions about protein, iron, and B-12. I wanted to be able to back up my decisions with facts and science and to be able to quiet people with a quick answer.
I started working as a hair stylist about 13 years ago. I loved working directly with people and helping them look their best. It was so satisfying seeing people's face light up or day changed because of what I did for them.
As the years went on, and I talked with my clients, I realized that their lifestyle and dietary choices had more of an impact on their appearance then any shampoo I could sell them. Basically if you eat crap and treat your body like shit, eventually it's gonna show.
Slowly the conversation went from hair products to what they where eating, if they where drinking enough water, and working out. I was in heaven when a client would come back and tell me that they tried out my advice and it worked.
I eventually signed up with the Institute of Intergrative Nutrition. I was still working full time in a busy Brooklyn salon and needed something I could do in my free time. I loved the program. They really do have an amazing line up of educators (hello Gabrielle Bernstein, Deepak Chopra, Ariana Huffington!). At IIN they focus on primary foods: relationships, spirituality, career, and physical activity. It was amazing to find a program that aligns in the same beliefs I have as far as what it means to be healthy.
The program also showed me how to be a business woman. I had no idea what a LLC was or how to market myself when I first started.
Even though I graduated in 2015, I still attend their webinars and participate in the Immersion Class. One of the awesome things about IIN is the support you have while in school and after you graduate.
If you are thinking about a career change or just want to check out IIN, I've included some links to the curriculum guide. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments!