Fancy getting the lowdown on WFPB nutrition? I mean, the actual scientific nitty gritty?
Well, whether you’ve just heard about this plant-based thing and are wondering if it’s for you, or, have been doing it a while but want to double-down on the facts and figures (you know – for Q & A time!), let me tell you a little more about my experience with the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate offered by the Center for Nutrition Studies.
Here we go!
Ok, while I had been 90% plant-based for quite a while post reading The China Study, it was my completion of the Certificate that really pushed me that last mile – which, in my case, meant weaning myself off the last of a few “crutch” transition foods.
How so? Well, after 6 weeks of in-depth study, the beauty of this program is that, by its design, you not only become fully equipped to successfully navigate this dietary choice, but are also given the peace of mind not to second guess it.
Since finishing, I’ve been asked by so many people, “what’s the course actually like?,” and, “will I learn much more over and above what’s already online?”
The short answer is a resounding, YES! The course is incredibly information rich, and definitely worth every penny. Broken into 3 different classes, each spanning a 2 week period, the modules go something like this:
1. “Nutrition and Society”…
…which details how powerful nutrition can be in the creation and restoration of health, along with the influence of current food policy on our diet, and, the sobering impact of food production on the environment.
A huge highlight for me here was the unbelievably comprehensive breakdown of the macronutrients. Anyone here just a tad confused about carbs? Thought so! Well, happy to say, this will be ZERO of an issue after this awesome straightening out session!
Yup, already passing the bread…
2. “Diseases of Affluence”…
…which goes deeper into the China Study and the minutiae of its execution. This section really underpins its validity – not that we needed any more convincing – but in doing so, you are left unquestioning as regards the power of a WFPB diet to not only reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes, but also, in some instances, reverse their progression.
3. “Applying the Whole Food Plant-Based Lifestyle”…
…which is really the “How To” on bypassing – pardon the pun – the above chronic diseases. Beginning with behavior change, and how to approach this fairly critical obstacle, I think the follow-up section which examines the other “healthy” routes out there i.e. paleo, low carb, gluten-free, is just excellent in that it busts through the various myths surrounding them, and thus provides a fitting perspective from which to weigh up what’s truly the best option.
While this section is jam-packed with guidance – covering pregnancy, raising a PB family, and grocery shopping, for example – I think my highlights here include the instruction on how to read food labels properly, and the section on athletics, which discusses performance, supplement use, etc.
So, will you be “in the know” as regards plant-based nutrition after all this? ABSOLUTELY.
And the best of it all is that the syllabus is more than manageable time-wise. It requires between 4 to 6 hours per week, which is plenty to cover your reading, watch the video presentations (all given by leading PB experts), and complete the assignments.
What’s really great, though, is the fact that all of the material is downloadable. So, if you find you’re in a crunch and need to breeze through some of the lectures, you won’t miss out in having this world-class PB toolbox to delve into at your leisure.
Overall, I think there’s something for everyone here, whether you’re just investigating PB life, or are already committed to it, there’s still plenty to learn. My 2 cents? Head on over to the Center for Nutrition Studies…and GET ON IT!