Success Stories from our Alumni

Jen Bruce

Thank you so much for everything! Learning from you has changed my life and  my entire outlook on addiction and mental health. I’m questioning everything I knew up until this past year. Your personal story and that of your daughter’s is so touching and inspiring! Thank you for sharing you story with me.

Amy Zanders

This is such a powerful method for giving mental health and addiction clients tools that they can apply right away. What an honor to change lives with the information I have learned in the level one training with the AAMHN. Giving people hope, and making a difference is why I do what I do, and I love having these tools at my fingertips that make me better at my job! 

Jen Bruce

Thank you! My rustiness showed up in my aminos….I know we use those first to stabilize and repair while digging deeper.

Also, upon review, I don’t have handouts for nutrition and pharmacuetical treatments for anorexia and bulimia. In the slides it only covers symptoms. Am Imissing some things? If so can you resend them?

Thank you so much for everything! Learning from you has changed my life and  my entire outlook on addiction and mental health. I’m questioning everything I knew up until this past year. Your personal story and that of your daughter’s is so touching and inspiring! Thank you for sharing you story with me.

I also just graduated the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a health coach with another certification in gut health. I am graduating Andrea Nakayama s program in a few months and now am certified in Himalayan yoga, wisdom and meditation. 

AA saved my life, but the above gave me a quality of life that I was told over and over wasn’t possible for me. I am able to work preventatively with my daughter and have medical records for her to see all because of what I have learned from you and me being able to apply it to what happened to me and my my family members. My gratitude is beyond words for this.

I am going on line and creating a monthly membership with a meal planner, shopping lists, time and money saving tips, and cooking classes for people in recovery looking to take it to the next level and in an effort to reach more people at an affordable cost. The only way to get this information out is from the ground up, big pharma will never sell this. My primary goal with the rest of my career is to get as many people informed and of and inspired by the importance of nutrition in recovery as possible! 

 I am creating transformational courses for people to work through the four R’s in a supportive group where they can learn their biotype and learn how to heal themselves through diet, supplements, breath/yoga/meditation as well as education and wisdom to help people correct their thinking. I will be encorperating all of the primary food (balanced lifestyle practices) I learned at IIN. 

I will be using my website as an informational platform and blog with tons of free content for people as well.

I never planned on going public with my addiction story, but after learning everything I have this last year, I know it would be wrong for me not to share what I now know with anyone who will listen. If somebody would have informed me earlier, I wonder what my life may have looked like (no regrets!).

As part of this, I am creating a podcast library from experts in the field to help widen people’s perspective of addiction, treatment and recovery. Would you be open to recording one with me sometime?

Amy Zanders

Reach Forward Life Coaching

Eating Right for Addiction

I recently had an opportunity to meet a resident at the women’s home I work at. She is not my regular client but I have known her to have many health problems and major mental health issues that she’s heavily medicated for. She has been in and out of treatment programs for over a decade and was shocked to hear that there were opportunities to address her addiction nutritionally. She recently experienced a “minor emergency “scare that made her realize she needed to consider meeting with me.

Her complaints were:

  • Her medications for mental health are “not working “ for her
  • She has been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder and told her that there’s no treatment for it other than more medication to mask her symptoms. 
  • She has other health issues that have escalated to the point that she’s realized that maintaining her sobriety is now a life-and-death issue.

She’s been gutting her way through the intense pull of addiction to drugs and alcohol for years but now knowing that sobriety for her is “do or die” had put her into a place where she felt hopeless.

As we discussed her eating habits, I was able to explain to her why her starve/binge eating habits and junk food diet was negatively impacting her mental health as well as likely the root problem as to why her medication doesn’t seem to be working. After a little over an hour conversing about the basics of how to eat to support her recovery, she had a new sense of hope, and a clear strategy to move forward. 

I heard from her accountability coach the next morning about how motivated she is now in her recovery and optimistic for her health just within that hour of our initial visit. 

This is such a powerful method for giving mental health and addiction clients tools that they can apply right away. What an honor to change lives with the information I have learned in the level one training with the AAMHN. Giving people hope, and making a difference is why I do what I do, and I love having these tools at my fingertips that make me better at my job!