Diploma in Nutrition Course

The Course Modules

1. Introduction

  • The job of the nutritionist: what one does
  • Skills needed
  • Potential client groups
  • What makes a healthy diet
  • Understanding food labels
  • Understanding RDAs (Recommended Daily Allowances)
  • Superfoods: Introduction

2. Digestion and Anatomy for the Nutritionist

  • The digestive system
  • Functions of mouth, stomach, small intestine, large intestine
  • What happens at each stage
  • Role of liver and gall bladder
  • Superfoods: Probiotic foods - yoghurt and kefir

3. Keeping up your Energy with Carbohydrates

  • Types of carbohydrate
  • Simple carbohydrates
  • Complex carbohydrates
  • Sources
  • Role in diet
  • Common problems associated with them
  • Fibre and water
  • Superfoods: Oats and sweet potatoes

4. Using Proteins for Growing and Repairing our Bodies

  • Definition
  • Amino acids: essential and non-essential
  • Sources of protein
  • Role in diet
  • Common problems associated with them
  • Superfoods: Quinoa and eggs

5. Fats: Storing energy - or Trouble?

  • Types of fats
  • Saturated
  • Polyunsaturated
  • Mono-unsaturated
  • Sources of fats
  • Role in diet
  • Problems associated with fats
  • Superfoods: Nuts, seeds and oily fish

6. Vitamins and Minerals: Giving us Great Skin and Hair, Protecting us, and more besides.

  • Vitamin A: Role, sources and problems
  • Vitamin B group: Role, sources and problems
  • Vitamin C: Role, sources and problems
  • Vitamin D: Role, sources and problems
  • Vitamin E: Role, sources and problems
  • Iron: Role, sources and problems
  • Calcium: Role, sources and problems
  • Zinc, calcium, phosphorous: role sources and problems
  • Superfoods: Green vegetables

7. Improving Children's Nutrition

  • Babies
  • Toddlers
  • School-aged children
  • Common concerns
  • Nutrition and illness
  • Superfoods: Fruits - citrus and apples

8. Boostng Teenagers' Nutrition

  • Changing needs
  • Snacking
  • Common concerns
  • Self image/body image
  • Superfoods: Dairy and seaweed

9. Common Nutrition Problems with Adults

  • Common problems
  • Diets to help deal with stress, fatigue, and sleep problems
  • Special nutritional requirements of women
  • Nutritional needs for adults
  • How to use diet to promote a healthy immune system
  • Superfoods: Liquid superfoods - green tea and water

10. Nutrition in Later Years

  • Changing needs as metabolism alters
  • Common problems
  • Menopause
  • Osteoporosis
  • Late-onset diabetes
  • Eating for a healthy heart
  • Superfoods: Soy, chickpeas and lentils

11. Employing Nutrition in Weight Loss

  • Mechanics of weight loss
  • Understanding principles of popular diets
  • Calorie controlled
  • Atkins
  • Food-combining
  • GI
  • Role of exercise and fitness
  • Formulating diet to meet clients’ needs
  • Superfoods: Cinnamon and berries

12. Specialist Diets

  • Medical issues and ethics
  • Vegetarian diets
  • Vegan diets
  • Restrictive diets
  • Organic diets
  • Superfoods: Mushrooms and yeasts

13. Dealing with Allergies and Intolerances

  • Identifying the problem
  • Testing for allergies and intolerances
  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free
  • Other intolerances
  • Diets for diabetes
  • Superfoods: Buckwheat and foods containing quercetin

14. Sports Nutrition

  • Essentials of sports nutrition
  • Training diet
  • Immediate pre-competition nutrition
  • In-competition nutrition
  • Post contest nutrition
  • Food supplements
  • Hydration
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Injury and recovery
  • Superfoods: Turmeric and ginger

15. Dealing with Clients

  • Pre-consultation forms and the first consultation
  • Goal setting
  • Instructing a client on keeping a food diary
  • Maintaining accurate records

16. Marketing your Business

  • Identifying different client groups
  • Understanding the possible specialisations in the field
  • Marketing your business

17. Setting up your Nutrition Practice

  • A place to work
  • Setting up a clinic
  • A nutritional advisor’s equipment
  • Other aspects to consider
  • Setting up your business on a small budget
  • Putting together a business plan
  • Paying tax
  • Indemnity insurance
  • What to charge
  • How to keep financial records in four easy steps

18. Professional Development

  • Creating a professional development plan
  • How to discover your professional potential
  • How to prepare a Skills Gap Analysis

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