What's this taster all about?
Our aim with this taster is to give you an idea of the type and detail of content within our courses. We have included small extracts from different parts of the courses. They are snippets taken out of context and are for you to experience the feel of the content rather than to gain nutrition knowledge.
What detail is included?
The material is detailed. Below you can see the lessons and topics included in the Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolic Syndrome nutrition module. Each topic is discussed in depth but divided into small digestible chunks of information.
What does the written material look like?
Below is an extract of information we teach when explaining the role of fatty acids in the prevention and management of diabetes and insulin resistance. We use diagrams to aid explanations where possible. The diagram here may look a little complicated but once you have worked through all the course material in sequence it will make perfect sense.
The diagram aids in understanding how different foods are either pro or anti-inflammatory and the nutrients needed to support the conversion to different forms of omega 3/6 fatty acids and the resulting impact on health.
All of our written material is presented in small digestible chunks and bookmarked for you to know where you are with your studying when you return.
Extract from Section 6.7 : The Balancing of Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids
You can see from the diagram that the metabolism of omega 6 and omega 3 compete for the same pathways. In other words, they require the same enzymes and nutrients for conversion. Therefore eating plant-based omega 3 sources may not give you much benefit in respect of producing anti-inflammatory compounds but it will to some degree help stop the production of the inflammatory prostaglandins on the omega 6 pathway.
The essential fatty acids are the metabolic precursors to prostaglandins. EPA and DHA are actually metabolised to form series 3 prostaglandins (EPA more so). These are the ones that are the most potently anti-inflammatory, and an increase in their production can influence inflammatory events very quickly indeed. Consuming good quantities of omega 3 fatty acids encourages our body to produce more of the anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. The benefits of omega 3 on heart health are well documented and have been studied widely for at least 20 years. However, in recent years we have found that omega 3 intake benefits other aspects of the metabolic disease storm that we are weathering.
Animations to reinforce learning
We have included here a few seconds of our animation which explains physiology and insulin resistance.
There are animations within each of the nutrition modules helping reinforce your learning.
Practical assignments to bring the theory of nutritional science into the kitchen are included within each nutrition module. Students love this part of the course. They get in the kitchen and experiment creating recipes to support health using the knowledge they have learnt. Below is an example of a recipe developed by one of our students together with their explanations given as to why they used the ingredients. We also profile students recipes within the main pages of our website to showcase their work and knowledge and enable them to build their own brand awareness.
Don't worry if you're not an amazing cook or recipe creator. You don't need to be! Its about understanding how to take a meal or recipe and swap out ingredients to make it healthier and support specific areas of health. Of course, if you love creating your own recipes from scratch we love seeing all the pictures and discussions that students often post within our Sano Student Community.
All assignments are marked by qualified Nutritionists and plenty of constructive feedback given. Below is an extract from one of our student's assignments.
Student Assignment Extract
Learning nutritional science is important but equally so is being aware of what industry experts are talking about and what is happening in the wellness industry. For those studying to be a Nutrition Coach or Nutrition for Medics we provide you with a variety of industry experts all discussing different areas of health and wellness, what they are working on, how they see the future and their top tips. The video below brings you a few tiny extracts from a handful of industry experts.
Some of the courses include Sano Cooking School (not included within the Diploma in Applied Nutrition). This consists of a series of videos to which you can cook along and further develop your knowledge in making meals healthier.
If you are a Nutrition Coach student this is valuable learning to prepare yourself for giving your own cooking demonstrations, filming and TV work if that's a route you choose to go!
Each video comes along with a recipe card which can be downloaded.
Below is a sample recipe card which is included alongside the instructional video from Chicken Tikka Masala