Diploma in Nutrition
Do you know how the body works? Before you can know and understand what food to put into the body to improve health, you have to know more about body basics. In this lesson, you will explore general healthy eating patterns and how they are related to health and disease. You will also delve into the inner workings of the digestive system and learn more about how these important organs work together to digest, absorb, and utilise the food you eat to keep you alive.
Feeling confused about carbs? In this lesson, you will learn more about macronutrients and how they contribute to energy intake, how carbohydrates are utilised in the body, and why it is so important to manage blood sugar levels. You will also learn how to easily identify healthier carbohydrate sources and get the low-down on low-carb diets, sugar, and sweeteners.
Be lean, mean, and eat your protein! Do you think more is better? In this lesson, discover why protein is such an important nutrient and how it is digested, what the protein requirements are for different age groups, as well as how to interpret these in terms of real food. You will learn more about various protein sources and distinguish fact from fiction when it comes to red and processed meat, soya, and fish. This lesson will be completed by delving into the hype surrounding high-protein diets.
The fatty truth. Fats still maintain some of their ‘bad rap’ from popular low-fat diets of the ’90s. In this lesson, you will dip a little deeper to understand why including fat in your diet is, in fact, important. Explore the different types of fats as well as the associated health risks and benefits of each, and learn the truth about coconut oil, low-fat products, and eggs. This lesson will be completed by learning how to make practical fat substitutions that will improve your general health and well-being.
Mighty micronutrients: small things pack a big punch! An adequate micronutrient status is vital for good health and so it is important to understand what these valuable nutrients are, where to find them, and what common deficiencies occur as a result of not having enough of them. In this lesson, you will learn more about phytonutrients and the invaluable role they play in bettering your health. Practically, you will also look at cooking methods that retain the most micronutrients, and how food processing changes the amount of micronutrients available in the food we eat.
Do you know that the first signs of dehydration are fatigue, irritability, and loss of concentration? In this lesson, you will unpack the ‘8 glasses of water a day’ recommendation, and learn more about all forms of hydration, including the pros and cons of each. You will also learn to dispel some popular hydration myths (is caffeine really dangerous to your health?), and at the end of this lesson, you will be a hydration expert.
Adopting Healthy Eating Behaviours
How do you know if you are ready to make a major lifestyle change? The first step is to understand your motivators and demotivators when it comes to healthy eating. In this lesson, you will delve into the psychology of changing your mindset and discover some great tools that you can use to move in the right direction. You will also look at the pros and cons of food tracking apps and learn which tools are best to help you make better choices and keep you on the healthiest path.
Body Measurements and Health
Module 1 ends with a lesson on body measurements and health. This will touch on body image and some concepts behind mindful eating. Explore when and where body measurements are appropriate, and unpack the evidence behind certain popular body composition methods and their validity.