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START YOUR JOURNEY TO A CAREER IN NUTRITION CONSULTING AND HEALTH COACHING WITH THIS FOUNDATIONAL 3-COURSE PROGRAM FROM THE HEALTH COACH COLLABORATIVE!
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This 42-hour introductory program is completed online and includes textbook learning, videos, assignments, activities, and quizzes to help you apply the transformational knowledge you are learning.
Use this knowledge to further your personal quest for optimal health and wellness, or to incorporate basic nutrition consulting into your existing fitness, health, or wellness practice.
This online program was created by top industry experts from MedeXN and the Holistic Nutrition Hub for the Health Coach Collaborative.
This foundational 35-hour three-course program is part of the Natural Nutrition Coach Certification Program.
These courses are also available individually. Click the images to learn more!
Frances Morrison is an online Personal and Group Trainer, Yoga Instructor, Massage Practitioner and a Natural Nutrition Coach.
“As soon as I began learning, I implemented the information and knowledge that I took from the course directly to my clients and friends….everything from meal planning, to life coaching, relationships, goal creation and methods on how to achieve their goals.”
” I would highly recommend the NNC program to anyone in the health and wellness industry, as well as those who are not. I believe absolutely everyone can benefit from taking this course.”
Frances Morrison – @morrisonfitforlife
The Natural Nutrition Essentials Certificate program is comprised of the first three courses from the Natural Nutrition Coach Certificate program. Students are introduced to the principles of natural nutrition, digestion, and menu planning, and gain insight into the various roles a Natural Nutrition Coach performs.
These three foundational courses will set you on a path of eating healthier, while you discover how food and specific nutrients, and food-based ingredients directly influence your health. We also introduce the Holistic Nutrition Hub and assessment tools you can use immediately.
Students receive free access to the nutrition assessment forms and consulting tools available on the Holistic Nutrition Hub, saving you time and helping easily manage all aspects of working with clients. During the program, students also have 3 months of free access to Meal Garden, a meal-planning app that will help you create amazing meal plans for your clients!
NNC Course Code: Nutrition 1.1
The Foundations in Natural Nutrition course provides a framework for the study of nutrition and is an introduction to the principles of a natural food diet as they relate to health and well-being.
The macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) are explored in detail: their functions, metabolism, absorption, deficiency symptoms, and association with health and disease.
Other naturally occurring compounds in plants and animals that may have beneficial effects on human health are examined, including phytochemicals, zoochemicals, and adaptogens, as well as anti-nutrients (including phytates, oxalates, and tannins), and the importance of water.
The course also introduces various assessment tools you can use to streamline your nutrition consulting practice.
An introduction to the principles and philosophy of natural nutrition
The energy-yielding nutrients and their structure, synthesis, and classifications – carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids
Balancing blood glucose levels
Added vs. natural sugars
Gluten and when a gluten-free diet is relevant
The essential fatty acids, trans fats, and seed oils
Guidelines for cooking with fats and oils
Detailed descriptions of each vitamin and mineral, their functions, the foods they are found in, and how they can benefit health
Other beneficial nutrients and non-nutrients
Why hydration is so important
And much more…
Click on the text covers below to access a flipbook sample!
The course also provides protocols for using vitamins and minerals that may help correct health imbalances and a detailed guide to choosing high-quality dietary supplements. This invaluable information provides you with clear guidelines for when it’s appropriate to recommend specific nutrients, as well as dosage ranges and possible contraindications.
The macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) are explored in detail: their functions, metabolism, absorption, deficiency symptoms, and association with health and disease. Other naturally occurring compounds in plants and animals that may have beneficial effects on human health are examined, including phytochemicals, zoochemicals, and adaptogens, as well as anti-nutrients (including phytates, oxalates, and tannins), and the importance of water. The course also introduces various assessment tools you can use to streamline your nutrition consulting practice.
Students will develop a foundational understanding of the science of nutrition, the principles of natural nutrition, and the macronutrients and micronutrients. They will learn the impact of diet and nutrition on the human body and how food can support health. Students will know how to maintain and evaluate a food journal.
NNC Course Code: Nutrition 1.3
Digestion is the cornerstone of health. Imbalances within the digestive system may result in poor nutrient absorption, and long-term malabsorption can initiate chronic health problems.
This course explains the components and functions of the digestive system and why problems can so easily arise within this system, leading to constipation, heartburn, indigestion, or chronic illnesses of the digestive tract. Imbalances within the gut microbiome can greatly impact physical and mental health.
Students also learn how these concerns may be influenced by dietary, behavioral, and supplemental interventions.
With over 100 pages this course textbook includes fully referenced protocols based on our Four Pillars approach for common digestive disorders, including acid reflux, constipation, leaky gut syndrome, dysbiosis and candida, SIBO, inflammatory bowel disease, and irritable bowel syndrome. The practical guide includes done-for-you meal plans and an at-a-glance reference chart itemizing the do’s and don’t’s for each condition.
The process of digestion throughout the entire digestive system
A detailed explanation of the types of digestive enzymes and how they can be used
Diseases of the small and large intestines
Improving regularity and what normal bowel movements look like
Relief for constipation and diarrhea
Colon and liver cleansing and detoxification techniques
The many roles of the microbiome and how your gut impacts physical and mental health
Detailed explanations of probiotics and prebiotics and how they can influence health
DIY instructions for fermenting vegetables at home
Explicit protocols for major digestive conditions
The psycho-spiritual meaning of digestive problems
And much more…
Digestion is the cornerstone of health. Imbalances within the digestive system may result in poor nutrient absorption, and long-term malabsorption can initiate chronic health problems. This course explains the components and functions of the digestive system and its accessory organs and why problems can so easily arise within this system, leading to constipation, heartburn, indigestion, or chronic illnesses of the digestive tract. Candida and other imbalances within the gut microbiome can greatly impact physical and mental health. You will also learn how these concerns may be influenced by dietary, behavioral, and supplemental interventions.
Students will develop a foundational understanding of the process of digestion, the symptoms of common digestive diseases, and dietary interventions and protocols that may help alleviate symptoms. The many roles and functions of the microbiome are explained in detail to encourage an appreciation for its far-reaching influence on the human body.
NNC Course Code: Nutrition 1.5
This course teaches practical meal planning and menu design to prepare you to work with (and offer additional services to) clients. You will learn how to apply natural nutrition principles to create a menu that maximizes nutrients and incorporates individual health needs and tastes, while also considering time and budget restraints.
Topics covered in this course include healthy food preparation and practices (including soaking, sprouting, and fermentation), grocery shopping, portion sizes, mindful eating, and meal/menu planning for shift workers. Learn how to guide your clients to decipher food labels and labeling terms, recognize food additives, and understand the benefits of eating local, seasonal, organic, and non-GMO foods. You will also learn how to overcome barriers to healthy eating: time limitations, feeding picky eaters, eating outside the home and at work, healthy snacking, and breaking unhealthy eating habits.
Each person has their own specific nutritional needs. An important responsibility of a Natural Nutrition Coach is to identify which eating style is ideal for a client, to determine which nutrients they may require in greater amounts, and to educate and support their client to make eating decisions based on their body’s needs.
This course teaches practical meal planning and menu design to prepare you to work with clients based on their eating preferences, lifestyle, and current health status. Where do you start when your client is a vegan bodybuilder with nut allergies? Or a child with diabetes who won’t eat vegetables?
You will learn how to apply natural nutrition principles to create a healthy, balanced menu that addresses specific health needs and tastes while considering time and budgetary limits.
How to read and interpret food labels
Which food additives to avoid and why
The benefits of eating seasonal, organic, non-GMO food
Organizing and planning a healthy menu for the entire week
Healthy food preparation and practices, including instructions for soaking and sprouting
Cooking methods to prevent nutrient losses
How to overcome barriers to healthy eating, including time and budget constraints, picky eaters, and more
Specialty diets, diet trends, and menu planning for clients following these diets
Preparing a weekly grocery list
PLUS: Receive 3 months of free access to the Meal Garden meal planning app
You’ll receive a variety of useful tools and resources, including grocery and healthy snacking lists to share with clients, and access to Holistic Nutrition Hub’s Meal Planner, Recipe Builder, and other time-saving meal planning applications like MealGarden!
Throughout the course are activities, exercises, and quizzes, and at the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to practice putting your knowledge to use by preparing a menu for a family member or friend! The assignment will be reviewed and returned with helpful feedback to ensure you’re on the right track.
The Meal Planning for Your Clients course teaches practical meal planning and menu design to prepare you to work with (and offer additional services to) clients. Learn how to apply natural nutrition principles to create a menu that maximizes nutrients and incorporates individual health needs and tastes, while also considering time and budget restraints. Topics include healthy food preparation and practices (including soaking, sprouting, and fermentation), grocery shopping, portion sizes, mindful eating, and meal/menu planning for shift workers. Learn how to guide your clients to decipher food labels and labeling terms, recognize food additives, and understand the benefits of eating local, seasonal, organic, and non-GMO foods. Learn how to overcome barriers to healthy eating: time limitations, feeding picky eaters, eating outside the home and at work, healthy snacking, and breaking unhealthy eating habits.
Students will learn the components of required food labels, the terms, and methods involved in organic and processed food production, and how to recognize whether a food is organic, contains additives, or genetically modified ingredients. Students will develop a foundational understanding of the process of meal planning, and how to work with clients to establish a practical, healthy, and balanced menu they will be inclined to follow.
During the Natural Nutrition Essentials Certificate Program, you will be introduced to the Holistic Nutrition Hub’s Consulting Platform. Each form, assessment, or tool that you are introduced to will help you go out into the world of coaching! On top of having some very powerful features, the HUB also ensures that you have professional documents that can be sent and used with clients.
Many of the courses will have a relevant form to review with a walk-through video on how to use it. You will then be required to complete an activity with that specific form so that you can integrate them with your nutrition knowledge and business seamlessly. We want all our Coaches to have the best chance at getting started in the industry and this is just one of the many ways we ensure you have the resources you need to be successful!
With the Natural Nutrition Essentials Certificate program, you receive a 6-month free trial with access to all the consulting tools, resources, and assessments that you will need to run a business is included.
Weekly Meal Planner
Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency Assessment
Nutrient Recommendation Tool
Food, Mood, and Symptom Journal
Client Recommendation Tool
In-depth walkthroughs on how to relevant forms and assessments with clients
Access to webinar series that will help you start and create your ideal business
Professional, brandable documents that can be sent to your clients online saving you time and creating a seamless process with clients
Owner: Time For Your Fitness – Creator of the Healthy YOU Program
ACE Health Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer, CETI Cancer Exercise Trainer, Natural Nutrition Coach
I have taken other nutrition courses for CEC’s and had some basic information provided about nutrition with my Health Coaching certification. The NNC program has given me more detailed knowledge about nutrition and I now feel confident to give my clients advise about their particular digestive concerns/disorders as well as their energy levels and mood as it relates to their diet. I really appreciate the handouts that are provided for me to share with my clients. I have more confidence now when talking to clients about nutrition as a result of completing this course. I highly recommend this course!
Have you ever had a client who despite doing all the right things, didn’t make the progress that they hoped for? In many cases, we know that losing weight or achieving a health goal is more than just about the diet, and we recognize that.
This unique 3-course program will provide you with a better understanding of the additional factors that you may want to consider; imbalances in the body as well as psycho-spiritual factors.
It’s why we have developed this unique program which has a focus beyond nutrition and looks at whole-body health, with a special focus on healthy digestion. You will come away with a better understanding of what additional factors you may want to consider; and help your clients achieve the results that they want and deserve, bringing you more referrals!
While other nutrition courses designed for Fitness Professionals are mainly focused on weight loss, our program focuses on whole-body health and how to coach your client to achieve long-lasting change. In this introductory program, you’ll explore a new perspective—that food is a source of life- and health-sustaining nutrients, and that its purpose is to nourish all physical and mental aspects of your (and your client’s) health. There is a special focus on healthy digestion, as we know that it is a key factor for overall health. This is not a program that promotes one type of diet over another. This course is designed to teach you the principles of healthy eating and individualized nutrition and provides practical guidelines for developing a unique nutrition plan that works for your clients, especially those with a compromised digestive system.
PREREQUISITE: No prerequisites are required for this certificate
The average time to complete the program ranges from 30 to 35 hours plus additional time to complete the required case study. The Natural Nutrition Essentials program includes 3 courses – Foundations in Natural Nutrition, Digestive Health and the Microbiome and Meal Planning for Your Clients, and their accompanying videos, activities, and quizzes.
We recommend that you aim to finish the program within 3 to 6 months so that you get full use of the Holistic Nutrition Hub assessment tools and the meal planning app from Meal Garden. The Meal Planning app is activated when you begin the Meal Planning for Your Clients course, so you are able to use it for your case study and with clients for 3 months for free!
Once you have purchased the program you have lifetime access to the course material.
This is an intermediate-level course that is designed to take your knowledge of natural nutrition to the next level. The Natural Nutrition Essentials Certificate program can be a stand-alone certificate and is also the introductory program to the full Natural Nutrition Coach program.
The Foundations of Natural Nutrition is the first course in the Natural Nutrition Essentials program and is a prerequisite for all other courses in our full Natural Nutrition Coach program.
All assignments and quizzes must be passed with a grade of 80% or more.
Whether you take this program to benefit your own personal health (or those of a loved one) or for professional reasons, you will reap the benefits. Professionally, the program is an adjunct to any existing career in fitness or health. The knowledge you learn will add substance and additional earnings to your practice, expanding your practice and increasing your clientele. Personally, the information learned will transform the way you eat and process food, leading to a greater awareness of your mind-body connection and improvements in health.
Yes, we have a private Facebook group where you can ask questions and you can reach out to the authors via email.
Yes, after the successful completion of each course you receive a certificate of completion, and a separate one with be sent to you upon the successful completion of all three courses of the program–Natural Nutrition Essentials Certificate.
We can provide you with a petition letter to submit to your organization.
The Natural Nutrition Essentials Program is recognized by Canfitpro for continuing education.
We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee on all our courses provided you have not progressed more than 25% through the course.
However, as this is a program, any course completed within the program will not be refunded. For example, if you complete the Foundations in Natural Nutrition, you will only be eligible for a refund for Meal Planning for Your Clients and Digestive Health & the Microbiome courses.
Experience and enjoy the bounty of health benefits a natural foods diet can bring to their life!
Learn which food and ingredient combinations and eating styles may best suit their body and their lifestyle.
Understand nutrition basics and make choices that are right for them and their health and fitness goals.
Plan their menus and recreate their recipes to include more nutrient-dense ingredients.
Achieve the health and wellness goals they desire!
Staying within our Scope of Practice is important
Note that a Natural Nutrition Essentials Certificate course does not allow you to:
Diagnose and treat disease
Prescribe medical treatments or blood tests
Make unproven health claims, or
Misrepresent your training or represent yourself as a Registered Dietitian (or equivalent).
Prescribe diets (Prescribing a diet is only within the scope of a Registered Dietician)
As a consultant or Coach, you can make recommendations; the client has the final decision on whether or not to implement your recommendations.
Co-Author, B.A., NNC, R.H.N.
Lisa Tsakos is a nationally recognized nutritional consultant and educator specializing in weight management and corporate nutrition programs.
Since graduating from CSNN in 1996, Lisa has been involved in corporate wellness, presenting her nutrition seminars to hundreds of organizations around the globe. Her Nu-Vitality (Healthy!) Weight Program has guided employees at businesses across Canada to lose thousands of pounds. Her clients have included the Toronto Police Service, Telus Mobility, the University Health Network and many more.
Lisa has taught nutrition at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN), Centennial College, the Transformational Arts College and the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Additionally, she has taught natural food cooking workshops and authored two books including The Weight Battlefield before co-writing Unjunk Your Junk Food: Healthy Alternatives to Conventional Snacks (Simon & Schuster, December 2011) and the Label Lessons E-book series.
Co-Author, MBA, NNC, R.H.N. CCP, PT, CES
Heather Creamer is a Natural Nutrition Coach who loves what she does! She is a breast cancer survivor, who through her own journey after surgery and treatment, found a renewed passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle, and has transitioned that passion into helping her clients to achieve their own health and fitness goals, with a Specialty practice in Cancer Exercise. She understands the need and the opportunity for Nutrition and Health Coaches and Medical Fitness Exercise Specialists in all fields of Practice.
In addition to being a Natural Nutrition Coach, she is also a Personal Trainer, Cancer Exercise Specialist, Certified Coach Practitioner and a graduate of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and has several specialty certifications including the Brain Health Trainer. Heather also earned an MBA from the Sobeys School of Business at St Mary’s University and has a Master’s Certificate in Project Management.
Heather is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of MedeXN Fitness Institute (www.medexn.com), an online provider of Advanced Qualifications and Specialty Programs, in the field of Medical Fitness Exercise and Nutrition, providing continuing education for Health and Fitness Professionals.
Co-Author, NNC, R.H.N.
I started my nutrition journey much like many of you reading this probably have. I was inspired by my small garden and some minor health issues (eczema, fatigue, headaches etc.) to dig into nutrition and see if it could help manage my symptoms. The more I dove into the garden and nutrition – the more I realized that I was on to something. With small changes recommended by health professionals in these areas of expertise I saw improvements in my health within a few weeks!
Since graduation, I have gone on to instruct the Eco-Nutrition program at CSNN, I mentor and coach new holistic practitioners in their business journey, study plants and their uses constantly & hope to continue sharing my continued passion for our field. It is so much more than just nutrition!
The Holistic Nutrition Hub is my main business which I co-created with my husband, Sean, back in 2017. Through this we have helped others start their journey as entrepreneurs in the nutrition “world”.
I am excited to share our work through the nutrition programs that we have created here are the Health Coach Collaborative!