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500 Hour Online Holistic Nutrition Certification Training & Health Coach Overview
Our holistic nutrition & health coaching curriculum is designed to help you counsel individuals to make better lifestyle choices when it comes to nutrition. Our core belief is that food is medicine. Our program is holistic in nature—it considers the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of health along with the physical body. The program draws nutrition concepts from yoga, Ayurveda and Western medicine. Upon graduation students are certified by KCFitnessLink and can register for board registration with the American Association of Drugless Practioners (AADP). Students may also be eligible for membership with the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) with documented work hours and successfully passing a national board exam.
Our approach: our program is non-dogmatic –it DOES NOT focus on one particular approach (e.g. vegan, raw, etc); rather we focus on several important considerations to help you counsel your clients as a health coach in ways that meets their philosophy on food, spirituality, the environment and cultural demands. The concepts include:
- Using the latest evidence-based information to guide choices. Even some “holistic” techniques are unproven and are guided by sensationalism (e.g. that red meat rots in the stomach)
- Understand trends and knowing when to change your opinion when research and latest news provides new insights into nutrition theory
- Getting great nutrition from buying local, farm-raised whole foods
- Reducing consumption of genetically modified foods (GMOs)
- The importance of nutrition WITH physical activity and mind-body practices
- Understanding how to read research, analyze research design and discover errors and biases in conclusions (who funded the study? sample size?)
- Learning where to find non-biased nutrition information from non-profits, peer reviewed journals and sources without connections to some government agencies, product companies and big agribusiness/food manufacturers
- Educating consumers in a particularly challenging environment of conflicting information (e.g. high fat vs. low fat theories, dairy vs. no dairy, meat vs. vegetarianism)
- Learning to navigate the cons of Western medicine and pharma business (e.g. the cholesterol myth)
- How to ensure nutrient adequacy on restricted diets (vegan, Paleo, vegetarian, etc) and enjoy food!
- Understanding nutritional claims from product manufacturers
- Shifting away from processed foods (the middle aisles of most grocery stores)
500 Hour Online Holistic Nutrition Certification Training Curriculum
Online Holistic Nutrition Certification Course Content:
- 120 Hour Holistic Nutrition 1 and 2
- 120 Hour Anatomy I and II
- 60 Hour Pathology
- 60 Hour Ayurveda: The Science of Life
- 60 Hour Business and Ethics
- 60 Hour Holistic Nutrition 3: Clinical, Community and Sports Nutrition
- 60 Hour Lifestyle Health Coaching
- 10 hours of community service
Online Holistic Nutrition Certification Training Course Content:
The program is a 500-hour course of study involving study in nutrition basics, dietary based counseling and prevention for dietary-based medical conditions.
- Anatomy and physiology
- Macro and micronutrients
- Nutrition in relationship to the 11 body systems
- Nutrition disorders
- Popular diets reviewed, nutrition assessment and planning
- Herbalism and supplementation
- Survey of current research and trends
- Sports nutrition considerations
Frequently Asked Questions about the Online Holistic Nutrition Certification
- What is the difference between this online honlistic utrition certification and a degree program in nutrition or dietetics? Certification implies meeting minimal requirements to act within a profession. A degree program is usually longer 2-4 years for associates/undergraduate and 2-4 additional years for Master’s and PhD programs. Many western degree programs don’t address holistic nutrition topics nor do they draw from Traditional medical systems. A person studying a 4 year dietetics program may never study Ayurveda concepts or Traditional Chinese Medicine. Nutritionists need at least a certification to practice. Regulations vary from state to state. Applicants with specialized training, an advanced degree, or certifications beyond the particular State’s minimum requirement should enjoy the best job opportunities. A dietician is usually clinically oriented, providing nutritional services to patients in hospitals, nursing care facilities, and other health institutions. A holistic nutritionist combines complementary nutrition practices with traditional Western nutrition concepts. Some of the four year programs approach nutrition with an old-school dogma, unwilling to change their approach as nutrition theory changes. Holistic nutritionist can move beyond dogmatic approaches and offer what is best for their clients.
- What does a holistic nutritionist do? A holistic nutritionist and health coach counsels individuals to make better lifestyle choices around nutrition. They help determine total caloric intake and needs for macro- and micro-nutrients. A nutritionist might identify daily rituals, foods, supplements and nutritional deficiencies and excesses. A nutritionist might help plan meals, timing, and assist with food preparation, grocery shopping and lists and kitchen management. Another major role of a health coach is educating clients on the value of food and how food is a natural medicine.
- Where can I work after the online holistic nutrition certification training? Where you work may depend on your interests. Many decide to start their own nutrition-based, health coach practice practice or meal plan service. Others pursue employments at gyms, wellness centers, community health centers, chiropractic offices and holistic health centers offering a variety of services. Many also choose to work at holistic nutrition restaurants and retail chains like Whole Foods. Others choose sales careers focusing on distributions and sales of supplements and nutrition-related products. Many choose to specialize or focus on niche markets and services (e.g. obesity, women, mom’s, eating disorders, etc).
- What is Ayurveda? Ayurved literally means the science of life. It is the traditional medical system of India that emphasizes dietary intake the balance the major elements (air, space, earth, water and fire) within an individual. It is thought that good health comes with the body is in balance. Balance is achieved through diet, lifestyle, cleansing techniques, physical activity and spiritual balance.
- What is the job outlook and what does a holistic nutritionist earn? Employment of dietitians and nutritionists is expected to increase 9 percent during the 2008-18 projection decade, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job growth will result from an increasing emphasis on disease prevention and health coaching through improved dietary habits. A growing and aging population will boost demand for nutritional counseling and treatment in hospitals, residential care facilities, schools, prisons, community health programs, and home healthcare agencies. Public interest in nutrition and increased emphasis on health education and prudent lifestyles also will spur demand, especially in food service management. Median annual wages of dietitians and nutritionists were $50,590 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $41,060 and $61,790. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,460, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $73,410. Retrieved here.
- How long will it take to complete the online holistic nutrition certification? The program can be completed in just under one year, including a practicum.
- Are continuing education units required? Yes, Both KCFitnessLink and NANP requires 10 hours of CEUs annually. Each year, applicants must re-apply for certification proving continuing education.
- What materials are used in the training? Recommended and required reading materials can be found in our online store.
- What is your position stance on raw diets? Raw food diets have historically been an important part of the nutrition of multiple cultures. Many cultures included both cooked foods and raw foods as a part of their nutrition. The nutrient value and absorption of nutrients is best for some foods when they are cooked. In addition, others with weak digestive systems, Ayurvedic vata disorders, colitis and IBS may not be able to handle raw foods. Raw products that are fermented are especially useful in the diet. Foods cooked at too high of heat can create toxins that cause cancer, slow digestions and increase the immune response. Some methods of cooking are better than others. For example slow roasting in general is better than microwaving.
- What is your position stance on vegan diets? Vegan diets can positively put emphasis on nutrient-dense, whole foods. Spiritually it can also lead to a transforming spiritual/mental state. From a completely health standpoint, it may not be ideal. Vegan diets may rely too heavily on soy, a popular source of dietary protein that happens to be a high source of GMOs and chemicals that lead to thyroid dysfunction. Too much reliance on un-sprouted/un-soaked grains which can cause increases in phytic acid which can block nutrient absorption in the body. Finally, the diet can lead to an over-reliance of carbohydrates without consideration for glycemic index and insulin response. Going vegan is a personal decision and with a little consideration for quality protein sources, vitamin B supplementation and the insulin response the diet can be healthy and fulfilling.
- What is your stance on high-protein/high fat diets? Nutrition experts for the last 40-50 years have stressed moderate protein and low-fat diets. This is where holistic nutritionists and conventionally trained nutritionists/registered dietitians can disagree. Our stance is that high fat diets have been a part of multiple cultures, even those recently reported to live the longest because of diet and social factors. High fat and protein diets have been demonized; however the latest research shows the importance o f good fats for maintaining cell membranes, transport of fat soluble vitamins and hormones. Higher protein diets have shown to be associated with reduced negative cardiovascular markers, increased sense of satiety and easier weight management. Overall, we believe the importance of fat and protein in moderating insulin response in the body is crucial for maintaining weight and reducing risks of inflammatory-based conditions. Some fats are better than others (e.g. harmful fats include some polyunsaturated fats and transfats).
Online Holistic Nutrition Certification Training & Health Coach Links
- Weston A. Price Foundation: a nonprofit, tax-exempt nutrition education foundation that delivers nutrition education, research and policy analysis
- Coconut Resource Center: is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating the public and medical community about the many benefits of coconut and palm products.
- Himalaya-Ayurvedic products, research and herb finder
- The New York Times Fitness and Nutrition: Recipes, health tracking tools, articles, research roundups.
- Science Daily: Nutrition research summaries and daily news roundup
- The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM): the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.
- MedlinePlus Dietary Supplements: trusted nutritinal information on dietary supplements.
- The Wellbeing Journal: publishes cogent news about natural alternative and complementary medicine, including holistic nutrition for cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, Alzheimers
- Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition: open access journal focusing on the acute and chronic effects of sports nutrition and supplementation strategies on body composition, physical performance and metabolism.
- The Open Nutrition Journal: peer-reviewed, open access nutrition journal
- Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism: peer-reviewed, open access nutrition journal that publishes original research articles, review articles, and clinical studies in all areas of nutrition and metabolism.
- Natural News: is a non-profit collection of public education websites covering holistic nutrition topics that empower individuals to make positive changes in their health, environmental sensitivity, consumer choices and informed skepticism
- Whats on my food?: an online food database of known toxins and carcinogens to education and protect people and the environment.
- Orthonut: Daily news on nutrition and healthy living in easy-to-digest formats
- National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP): The NANP is a non-profit business league representing and advocating on behalf holistic nutrition certification training programs and professionals. NANP members are nutrition professionals working in a variety of settings who are recognized for their knowledge and expertise in the area of whole foods nutrition and the safe and effective use of dietary supplements.
- Consumer Lab: independent test of nutrition products, claims and reviews
- The Nutrition Portal: extensive online nutrition portal of resources and nutrition information
- Non-GMO Project: a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and building non-GMO products and sources and educating consumers.
- Cornucopia: The Cornucopia Institute engages in educational activities supporting the ecological principles and economic wisdom underlying sustainable and organic agriculture.
- Mercola: A source of natural health news.
- Food and Water Watch: A non-profit dedicated to ensuring that the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced.