The Black Friday deal that changed my life

I like to joke that today (not yesterday!) is my favorite holiday. Sure, I love shopping as much as the next girl (or guy!), but really what makes today special is the tradition of spending time with my family.

Black Friday also holds a place in my heart as it was this day 5 years ago that I made an investment that completely changed my life.

Five years ago I decided to enroll in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's (IIN) Health Coach Training Program. I can honestly say that this decision is one of the best investments I've made to date, not just because it led me to a more fulfilling and FUN career but also because it started me down a path of self development and connection


Every year on Black Friday IIN has one of the biggest savings offers of the year - when you enroll in the program this weekend not only will you save $1,000 on tuition, but you'll also receive up to $800 in additional bonuses (gift cards, a tablet, and more!)

Black Friday BONUS Offer:

  • $1,000 tuition savings when paid in full

  • $200 Amazon Gift Card

  • $100 Thrive Market Gift Card + 1 year Thrive Market Membership

  • A tablet device!

  • Reserved seating at a LIVE Integrative Nutrition Conference  

  • $100 donated to a charity of choice

  • PLUS: If you enroll as my referral you'll also receive a bonus 1:1 coaching session with me ($297 value)

If you've been on the fence about the program for awhile, NOW is the time to act. And if this is the first time you're hearing about IIN, I'll link some blogs posts and resources below for you to explore the program and experience more to get a sense if it's something for you.

Learn more about IIN:


In keeping with tradition, I'm going shopping today. However, I will plan to check my email periodically throughout the day. If you have any questions about my IIN experience, shoot me an email and I'll get back to you ASAP.

You can also give the IIN admissions team a call - they are super helpful and can talk you through the program, experience and answer the more technical questions (on tuition and payment options, etc).

To learn more or enroll, call the IIN admissions team at (844) 780-3300 (US) or (212) 730-5433 (International). Make sure to tell them Emily Nachazel sent you so you get all the bonuses - both from them and from me!

I'm surprised I wrote this (but not really)

OMG you guys - I can't believe what I'm going to share with you today. It's probably the funniest thing I've read in awhile, and I WROTE IT!

This past Saturday, I received an email from my mom with the subject "Look what I found." She had just emailed me about discovering a computer charger while cleaning out my childhood room, so I figured this email was about something similar.

I was wrong - she hadn't found a missing electronic or once loved Beanie Baby (remember those??); she had found an essay I wrote in 5th or 6th grade about what I wanted to be when I grew up.

I read the two pages and immediately had to call her while I simultaneously forwarded the essay to a few of my closest friends. I could not believe what I had written and ultimately, what I had predicted, so long ago.

I'm sharing the original essay here, because it's just too funny and awesome not to, PLUS a limited time savings offer on the program that allowed me to live out my childhood dream.

Note: We believe the prompt for this paper was for me to write about my "dream job/life" as if I were 35 and looking back on the journey and obstacles that led me there.

Here she is:

What's most interesting to me is that I don't remember dreaming of having a career in food until much later in life (mid twenties). I guess I suppressed this desire in favor of more "reasonable" careers - for a while I wanted to be a lawyer, and then a math teacher, and finally I settled on probably THE most reasonable career: accounting.  There's nothing wrong with this path, except that it wasn't my passion.

I feel so fortunate that today I am living the life I always dreamed of (although still working on the house, husband and kids... but hey, I'm not even 30 yet!).

Everyday I get to wake up and do what I LOVE - I develop good-for-you recipes, research and write about the latest healthy restaurants and wellness trends. I work for another health coach who mentors and inspires me, and I honestly learn something new every day. I get to help our clients and community beat belly bloat, drop limiting beliefs and generally live their best lives. I live in one of the best cities in the world, although I do need to escape it every so often, and I DO since I'm able to do my work from just about anywhere.

Finding my way to this career that I'm passionate about all started when I enrolled in The Institute for Integrative Nutrition's Health Coach Training Program. As I've shared before, this program gave me both the tools AND the confidence I needed to leave my corporate job and pursue this "life of my dreams."

As I child, I thought that becoming a chef was the only career path available to me to follow my love of food. The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) taught me that there are SO many more options than just that.


Here are just a few examples of jobs held by my friends & fellow IIN grads:

  • Michelle is a health coach, personal trainer AND run coach. Part of her "job" is running with her clients - how cool??

  • Sasha teaches yoga and leads yoga retreats from Upstate New York to Costa Rica to Palm Springs. She hosts "Mindful Mornings" which are a combination of yoga, meditation and breakfast to help busy New Yorkers start the day right.

  • Amy runs a corporate wellness biz - she speaks at companies and teaches employees how to snack smarter, squeeze in exercise and still feel good despite long hours.

  • Leslie helps her clients eat healthier by meal prepping for them. She also co-founded a company called Holistic Happening that hosts fun wellness events all around NYC!

  • Erika was one of the key founders of a wildly successful boutique fitness company in Washington, DC. She now works with entrepreneurs and small businesses on their financial wellness.


Other health coaches have gone on to start healthy snack companies, open juice and wellness cafes and become best selling authors; they've been featured on TV and reality shows, in fashion magazines and all over healthy living blogs.



Check out this post for more stories from IIN grads and ideas for WHAT you can do as a health coach: Careers of IIN Graduates

If ANY of this sounds of interest to you, I encourage you to check out IIN's Health Coach Training Program. You can sample a class for free using the link below and get a "taste" for what it's like to be a student.

IIN Sample Class (a taste for what it's like to be a student)

IIN Curriculum Guide (what's included in the training!)

MY IIN Story (how the program gave me the confidence to leave my corporate job!)

PLUS, I've partnered with IIN to offer YOU some juicy extras if you mention my name (Emily Nachazel) when you enroll:

  • You'll receive $$$ off tuition (email me for the specific details)

  • You'll also receive a private mentoring session with me. I'll help you clarify what you want to do with the IIN training (or how you want to apply it to your life), and help you put that into action.

Email me for specific details, or if you have ANY questions on the program or my experience. I'm more than happy to hop on the phone and help you decide if this is the right fit for you.

Email me at if you have ANY questions. You can also chat directly with the IIN Admissions team (they ROCK!) by calling (877) 733-1520.



Remember to mention my name to receive that special savings when you enroll!

Careers of IIN Graduates

When I started writing THIS post about my nutrition school, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I knew I wanted to include some of the AWESOME things my colleagues have done since graduating from IIN's Health Coach Training Program. Yes, many people go on to work as health coaches, but there are SO many other ways this training can be applied, both professionally and personally.

In this blog post I'm going to introduce you to some of my fellow IIN grads and how they've used what they learned at IIN to transform their careers, their families and their lives.

If reading these stories spark something inside of you, even just the "I want to learn more" thought, I encourage you to check out this FREE sample class from IIN: Institute for Integrative Nutrition Sample Class.

There's a special savings going on right now. All you have to do is mention my name (Emily Nachazel!) when you enroll and you'll save some big $$$ + receive a mentoring session with me (see details at the end of this post).

Before I get into the stories, I want to take a minute to introduce myself.

Not the most "professional" photo but I think this captures my spirit ;)

Not the most "professional" photo but I think this captures my spirit ;)

For those of you who don't know me, I'm Emily (hi and welcome to my blog!!!). I'm an IIN Health Coach, Yoga Instructor and self-proclaimed wellness NERD based in Brooklyn, NY. I graduated from IIN in 2014 at the same time as I quit my corporate job in public accounting. Since then, I've worn A LOT of different hats: I've coached clients one-on-one; I've run group programs; I've taught yoga in studios, at offices and privately at home; I've facilitated yoga challenges; I've dabbled in corporate wellness and even done some business coaching. I've also been that girl handing out samples at Whole Foods and worked as an assistant to a coach I deeply admire. I knew I wanted to work in the wellness world, but it took me experimenting in all these different arenas to find my current career path that I truly love.

Right now, my main job is working for another health coach (HEY ROBYN!!) - I help run her business and coach clients under her brand. I love this role because it meshes my business background with my love for all things health and wellness. I also enjoy being a part of a team, learning from someone who inspires me, and the steady paycheck. On the side, I write this blog! I develop good-for-you recipes, research and write about the latest healthy restaurants and wellness trends. I live in one of the best cities in the world, although I do need to escape it every so often, and I DO since I'm able to do my work from just about anywhere.

Now I'd like to introduce you to my friends, fellow IIN grads and overall AWESOME people:

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SASHA NELSON // @sashayogawellness /


When I first found Integrative Nutrition, I was not completely convinced that I would wind up coaching - I actually worked for the school in admissions for a few months before deciding to try the program. After telling a few friends I had received the certification, I began getting a few requests asking what services I offered based on what I had learned, and so I fell into a few clients - no more than two at a time - shortly after graduating. I had also just started teaching yoga, and found it to be wonderfully complementary under the umbrella of health and wellness - as many teachers and coaches often do. I used my knowledge and tools from both IIN and teacher training in my mindfulness practices on and off the mat in my personal life, from asana to cooking, and covered overlapping topics like compassion and bio-diversity in both my teaching and coaching. The business skills I learned from my M.F.A. program for Fashion Merchandising at Academy of Art University - where I studied sustainability in fashion - and also from IIN's specific business in wellness platform still help me to stay organized as I continue to grow and develop. I feel supported and encouraged to stay active in my community through events, newsletters and blog posts, group and private classes, networking and exploring various opportunities to share my love for this work. I have recently begun hosting Mindful Mornings with my friend and fellow teacher, Aditi Shah, where we bridge the gap between mindfulness practices and how they relate to food, yoga, meditation, self-care and community. I still take clients and consistently notice the crossover from yoga to wellness in one-on-one sessions. I am curious and excited to keep evolving, learning, and spreading the health - thanks to the teachings of yoga and the spark that Integrative Nutrition helped to ignite.

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MICHELLE CADY // @michellefitvista /


I used my education at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to start my own health coaching business, I named FitVista in 2015. During my year at IIN, I also trained and got certified as a Personal Trainer at Equinox gyms in New York City and added personal training and running coaching to my repertoire of skills and education. Now my business represents many elements wellness and I work virtually with driven private clients to optimize their Nutrition, Fitness and Wellness over personalized six month health coaching programs. Over 70% of my business is 1-1 private health coaching, and the rest is a legacy training and running clients and ad-hoc wellness projects. I highly recommend diversified revenue streams for your business and brand as you start out! I'm building out my corporate wellness business with select partners this Fall 2017 and also writing my first book through IIN's Launch Your Dream Book Graduate level Course. Since I'm a nut about education (and rave about IIN's program!), I'm also taking their graduate level Hormone Health Course this Fall. When I can, I blog, write for the media on stress and self-care and post on Instagram at @michellefitvista.


LESLIE MCDONALD // @balanced_life_leslie /


I graduated from IIN in March 2017 but did not follow the traditional health coach route (i.e. working with individual health coaching clients).  Instead, I created businesses that allow me to bring together the community and share my love for cooking, fitness and spirituality.  I co-founded Holistic Happening, where my partner at I host interactive wellness events in NYC that combine fitness and food.  The goal is to show people that wellness is accessible and fun!  Events feature a 45-minute yoga class followed by an anti-inflammatory meal (made by me!) that is shared at a communal table.  We provide all of the recipes for the dishes so people can go home and make these nourishing and healing foods on their own. 

My second job that I started after IIN is meal prepping for others.  For me, meal prepping has been a key to success when staying healthy because it allows me to live my life without worrying about what I'm going to eat.  I have been meal prepping for myself for years and only with the help of IIN did I see it as a possible career. 

Finally, I share what I’m eating and doing daily to take care of myself on Instagram. What started as an outlet for me to connect with other like minded individuals now is a big part of my brand and business! Companies reach out to me to review their products or services. It feels like a dream that I actually get paid for simply sharing about things I love.


BLAIR BADENHOP // @blairbadenhop /


For the past 3 years, I've been running a fulltime business as a copywriter and brand strategist for health coaches and wellness entrepreneurs. I absolutely LOVE helping my clients nail down their unique value, message, target audience, and overall brand identity. I believe that the only way for entrepreneurs to differentiate themselves in the industry is to really tap into and own their unique set of experiences, qualities, and interests. And getting that clarity and focus from the beginning is oh-so important! My health coaching education at IIN definitely helped me find this pathway to branding and marketing. I've always been a writer and have a marketing background, so while I was health coaching part-time, I was also building this consulting business. Which then grew into a copywriting and brand strategy business.


ERIKA ELKO // @emelko


After graduating from IIN, I gained the confidence to leave a corporate job and went to work for [solidcore] - a boutique fitness startup based in Washington, DC. I started as the Director of Business Development and brought both my background in health and wellness and my business knowledge to the team and quickly moved my way up as the company's first VP of Finance and Operations - it was a perfect fit for me since I went to school for Accounting and Operations Management. The role showed me how I could combine my passion for all things health and fitness with my business training. After I helped grow the business from one studio to over 15, I was ready to branch out in a new industry to help diversify my small business knowledge and get experience in other fields.

Now, in addition to my "day job" in accounting, I do consulting work for a number of start ups in the wellness world. I really enjoy having my hand in a little bit of everything because no two clients are ever the same and it keeps me on my toes. Best of all, I continue to learn myself about new industries and the dynamics of many small businesses and enjoy the challenge of finding solutions that work for my clients.


AMY JAROSKY // @healthyvices /


Having worked at a large hedge fund for over ten years, I fully understand the many stressors of corporate life. When I left my job and enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I knew I wanted to help professional men and women balance a healthy diet and lifestyle while climbing the corporate ladder. IIN has provided me with the tools (and confidence!) to speak at large companies and reach thousands of hardworking employees. By presenting healthy snack ideas, desk exercises, short office meditations, etc., professionals can incorporate easy, practical tips into their busy routines so they can perform their best at the office. Corporate wellness is an incredibly rewarding niche and I feel blessed to be able to spread my message.

STEPHANIE KIRYLYCH // @stephaniekirlych /


I'm working full-time as the director of academic advising at UNH Manchester and part-time in my coaching practice Spirited Well-being. I never imagined being able to bring my IIN training and love all of things holistic health into my full-time job but it's been so natural. Along with supporting my students in their academic experiences, I teach them mindfulness, healthy habits, strategies for managing stress, and use the circle of life activity. I also incorporate health and wellness into the way I run my department. We focus on self-care in our staff meetings, hold my staff accountable on their health goals and teach yoga we can do at our desks. While my ultimate goal is to transition my business to full-time, I am grateful that I found a way to merge my passion with my current day job!


Interested in learning more about IIN?

If ANY of these stories sparked an interest in you, I encourage you to learn more about IIN's Health Coach Training Program. You can sample a class for free using the link below and get a "taste" for what it's like to be a student.:

PLUS, I've partnered with IIN to offer YOU an incredible savings on tuition if you mention my name (Emily Nachazel) when you enroll you'll receive up to $1,500 off tuition (email me for the specific details)

You'll also receive a private mentoring session with me. I'll help you clarify what you want to do with the IIN training (or how you want to apply it to your life), and help you put that into action.

Call the IIN Admissions team (they ROCK!) directly for more details about the program and to enroll at (877) 733-1520. You’re also welcome to contact me if you have additional questions about my experience.


Remember to mention my name when you enroll to receive the special savings on tuition!