My clever friend Colleen is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor. She graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC a couple of years ago. At IIN, she studied alongside people from all over the world, and learned from teachers like Mehmet Oz, Deepak Chopra, Barry Sears, and Andrew Weil.

Integrative Nutrition is a thriving school and community dedicated to providing cutting-edge nutrition education, so that we can all live healthier, happier and more fulfilling lives…We are the only nutrition school incorporating all of the different dietary theories…We teach more than 100 different dietary theories and address the fundamental concepts, issues and ethics of eating in a modern world. From their web site

If you’ve ever wanted to change your diet and how you feel for the better, a one-on-one health counselor might be just the thing. You can start with a free consultation. Here’s Colleen’s website, and here’s how one of her “graduate” clients describes the program:

Colleen’s knowledge and passion about holistic nutrition is extraordinary – I am grateful to her (every single day) for the changes that have come about for me. I began the program to support a weakened immune system. I discovered a whole new approach to eating that has allowed me to stay in remission, lose weight, and live with more vitality, joy and gratitude.

Elizabeth C.
Minneapolis, MN

Colleen will help you discover what approach works best for you at this point in your life. Because no one diet works for everyone, she guides people as they find the food and lifestyle choices that best support them. She helps you to make gradual, lifelong changes.

Colleen was the first person to tell me about quinoa. What a fantastic food! (Now one of my favorites.) And here’s another I would never have thought of trying…introduced to our family by Colleen during Spring Break last week. They’re going into my regular smoothie rotation this summer for sure.

Buy a young coconut.

Cut the top off until you see the round part.

See? Round part.

Take the corner of a chef's knife and crack open the top of the cocount.

Lift the lid and see all of the coconut water inside. This is SO good and SO good for you.

Insert straw and drink!

She said to Google coconut water to find out just how good it is for you. So, I did. And here’s what I found. For starters: It’s low in carbs, low in sugars, and 99% fat free.  It boosts your immune system, raises your metabolism, cleanses your digestive tract and controls diabetes.

Here’s what they look like when you buy them. Colleen said she got hers at one of the Asian markets on Nicollet.

Oh, and one more thing. Isn’t that such a cute photo of her (above)? I asked her if we will all look that cute while we drink coconut milk. Apparently there are no guarantees. Sigh. If you want a girl this cute drinking from a coconut at your house, you’ll have to hire her as your health counselor, ask her out on a date, or be lucky enough to have her as a friend.

Like me.