Monday, May 7, 2018

Want A Career In Health & Wellness? Here's How I Got My Start

I get a heck of a lotta questions about my transition into the wellness world.

Everything from how I got started to how I made the transition from my previous career. So, I thought I'd share this post with y'all to answer some of your questions!

I am a Fempreneur. A Lifestyle Expert, Holistic Nutritionist, Health Coach, Yoga Teacher, Speaker, Writer, Ambassador, and Spiritual Soul.
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Around 9 years ago I reached a breaking point

I was stuck. My life was NOT where I wanted it to be. Cue quarter-life crisis. I was over almost EVERYTHING. OVERworked, OVERweight, OVERtired, OVERstressed, OVERacne, OVER chronic upper respiratory illnesses, OVER digestive problems, OVER-caffeinated, OVER-boozed, OVER-sugared, OVER-fried, OVER-milked... The list goes on, but I don't want to OVERbore you!

Cue The Institute For Integrative Nutrition. A life-changing experience for me. My Butterfly Experience if you will. Throughout the program, I felt myself metamorphosing from a capsizing caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. Flawless, no, but far better off than I was before IIN.

My quest to de-funk myself led me down the path to The Institute For Integrative Nutrition. 

At IIN I learned about a holistic approach to health. Focusing on food as well as other facets of my life, including exercise, relationships, spirituality, career, and interests. Day by day I learned how to heal myself and realized that I wanted to help others do the same. So, upon my graduation in 2010, I birthed my business, Tatiana's Health & Wellness (since re-branded to "Healthylicious Bliss") followed by my award-nominated blog, Healthylicious Bliss™, in 2011.

Since then, I was invited to be a Guest Lecturer at The Institute For Integrative Nutrition for the students in the September 2013 class. I shared my 4-pronged business approach along with my 2 nuggets of advice for their IIN experience. 

There have been many wrong turns, roadblocks, and u-turns along the way as I continue to build my business, but I wouldn't change anything, because it's all gotten me to where I am today.  
Feel free to email me at with any questions! If you want to check it out, you can attend a sample class online here

Here are some of the FAQs I get:

What is the Institute For Integrative Nutrition (IIN)?

The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) is a holistic nutrition program and the world's largest nutrition school. Founded in 1992 by the inimitable Joshua Rosenthal, it's an unparalleled program combing nutrition, health, wellness, lifestyle and business classes in order to begin a career in the wellness world. It's not a traditional nutritionist/dietitian degree. This is a holistic program that encompasses a mind, body, and spirit approach to health and wellness, focusing on the individual.

Is it online?

Yes, the program is ALL online so you can take it from anywhere in the world! 

How long does it take?

It takes 1 year.  

How much time do you need to dedicate to it?

When I took the program I was working in a full-time job and attended classes on the weekends in-person, (I was part of the last LIVE class). So, if you're working, it's definitely doable! The great thing about it being a digital program is that you can listen to classes while commuting, on your lunch break, cooking etc. 

How much does it cost? 

Email me at and I'll hook you up with the numbers and tuition savings info (as an IIN Ambassador I can offer special perks to you).  

Does the school focus on a specific dietary theory? 

No, you will learn about over 100 different dietary theories. Because no one diet works for everyone, this is an invaluable approach to diet and overall health. I have tried various diets over the years and now ascribe myself to the Flexitarian Diet (no milk). During the program, you too can try out different diets to figure out what works best for you.

What kinds of jobs do people pursue upon graduation?

Graduates participate in a wide array of careers ranging from coaching (1-on-1 and group), writing books, hosting talk shows, creating apps and products, opening restaurants, yoga studios, working at wellness centers and hospitals and more!

What are the benefits you received from attending IIN?

Well, I always say that it was one of the BEST things I've done in my life, so far! For starters, I helped myself out of some harrowing health handicaps by improving my own health and lifestyle with the education and tools I learned. I made a career change from full-time event planner to fempreneur and lifestyle expert. I created my wellness baby, Healthylicious Bliss™, now a blog and business (originally called Tatiana's Health & Wellness). I joined an incredibly supportive and enriching community of IIN students, teachers, and graduates, met and connected with some of my best friends, business partners, and mentors. And I get to rock the ripple effect of health and wellness by sharing my IIN journey with YOU!

Here's an Info Kit.

If you're ready to enroll or if you still have questions, email me directly at to get my tuition discount and any other bonuses I may be able to offer. Or just contact the school directly here and mention my name, Tatiana Ridley. 

Are you IIN?! 

XoXo Tatiana

P.S. Happy National Teacher's Day (and Week) to all of my IIN teachers including some of my faves: Dr. Weil, David 'Avocado' Wolfe, Dr. Oz, Dr. Hyman, Dr. Douillard, and so many more.