Vegan diets are the way of the future. Many people might be considering or have recently chosen to become vegan for health, environmental and/or ethical reasons. While refraining from eating or using animal products is a step in a compassionate direction, it does not guarantee good nutrition. In fact, did you know that you could be vegan without actually eating a single serving of fresh fruit or vegetables? Eating plant-based food is very important, however, what is done to the plants before they are consumed is equally important from a health perspective.
In this course, you will learn science-based reasons why a whole food, plant-based (WFPB) diet is the superior choice for optimum nutrition and for the reversal of many diseases. In addition, you will learn strategies to transition and maintain a healthy plant-based diet with the aid of lots of vegan recipes. Upon completion of this course, you will have a strong foundation in nutrition counselling, so that you can educate your clients and formulate meal plans to meet their specific needs and challenges.
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The key to a nutritionally sound vegan diet is variety. A healthy and varied vegan diet includes fruits, vegetables, plenty of leafy greens, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes.
Major topics covered:
- Plant-based, Wholefood Nutrition
- Scientific Nutrition
- Food as Medicine
- Holistic Anatomy
- Politics of Food Systems
- Natural Remedies for Nutritional Healing
- Nutrition Counselling
This vegan nutrition course is designed for those people who have recently converted to being vegan and would like to learn more about the what, how, and why of veganism. Or for those who wish to make a living as a certified Vegan Nutrition Consultant.
With the knowledge gained from this course you will be able to educate your clients and family on how to incorporate nutritious, balanced foods into a realistic diet plan to help them reach their health goals, whether it’s permanent weight loss, more energy and/or improved body function. In addition, this program will also provide information on how to make appropriate lifestyle changes to reduce the incidence of developing disease and increase overall quality of life.
Catherine Carr is a graduate of our vegan nutrition course. She is a publisher, counsellor, personal trainer and now a vegan nutrition coach.
You can check out her website for delicious vegan recipes, inspiration and advice at http://gentlyvegan.com.au/
Price: AUD $795 (Not including textbooks)
Duration: 9 months to complete
Correspondence Course: Self-paced with access to instructor tutor
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can I start my studies at any time?
Yes, you can enrol and start your studies at any time, as this is an online nutrition course and there is no classroom attendance. Currently this is a textbook based only course; we do not have video content or any additional components.
2. How many hours a week will I have to study to complete the course?
This vegan nutrition course is designed to be completed at your own pace and in your own space, so it depends if you prefer to fast-track your studies and graduate sooner or if you want to take your time, so you can focus on work or family commitments.
3. How much do the textbooks costs?
The prices will vary since some students prefer to buy paperback copies (verses hardback), used books or kindle editions. The approximate cost of all the textbooks when purchased new is $300.
4. What is the difference between the Vegan Nutrition Diploma Course and the Wholefood Nutrition Diploma Course?
The Vegan Nutrition Course emphasizes plant-based nutrition from mostly a Western, scientific perspective whereas the Wholefood Nutrition Course also includes an Eastern approach to healthy eating according to Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine principles (ie. the energetics of food and food combinations according to your constitution)
5. Are there any exams or just assignments?
There are assignments that correspond with each textbook and no exams. You may refer to your notes and books to assist you with your assignments. These assignments are designed to be simple and concise, and to ensure that you have read and properly understood the information before you counsel others.
6. What happens if I don’t pass one of my assignments with an 85% grade or higher?
Then you will be issued a different assignment and be allowed to retake it at an additional cost of $30. Though none of our students have had to have an assignment reissued for this course.
7. Are you strict about completing this course in 9 months?
No, we understand that circumstances changes and unanticipated events may arise, so you can have an extension if you need more time to complete this course. Nine months is an estimate of how long it would take to complete the course if you study for a few hours each week. Many students do find that once they start studying
8. Upon graduation, will I be a fully certified and recognized nutrition consultant?
Yes, this is a privately accredited nutrition course and not a government accredited nutrition course. Upon graduation you will receive a diploma, be able to start your new career as a nutritional consultant or counselor immediately.
In Australia, professional nutritional practice is not regulated by the government so you will be able to use the title nutritionist.
9. Can I get insurance and start my vegan nutrition counseling business when I get this diploma?
Yes, after completing this course and obtaining your diploma you will be qualified to get insurance before you start your nutrition practice. There are several options on where to get your standard Malpractice and General Liability Insurance, one of the companies that we recommend is JUA Underwriting Agency Pty Limited due to its affordability (www.jua.com.au).
10. What should I charge as a wholefood vegan nutrition consultant when I am just starting?
As a vegan nutrition consultant, you will be able to set your own hourly rate. How much you how much money you want to earn. The average nutrition consultant charges anywhere between $30 and $150 per hour. The main factors to consider before you set your price point is the location of your practice (Are you in a rural area, suburbs or city? Or will it be based online like over Skype?), demand, the services you offer, and any packages or discounts you decided to give.
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This is an exciting and versatile nutrition course that can be used as a stand alone course or combined with our other distance learning courses to make you a more holistically minded health practitioner. The Vegan Nutrition course is one of five sections of our Holistic Naturopathy Diploma course. Completing the Vegan Nutrition course will also give you credit if you want to go on to complete our Naturopathic program.