Gillian Marsollier, R.Ac., C.C.I.I.Chinese Dietary Therapy
Have you ever heard that it’s good for you to eat in moderation? Or that food can be cooling, or warming? Foods and food groups have their own specific temperature, flavour, and action, as well as affinities for certain organs. Chinese Dietary Therapy is a branch of Chinese Medicine that uses food as preventative and curative therapy. With a contemporary lens this course, led by Gillian Marsollier, explores the ancient foundational theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Chinese Dietary Therapy. Once the qualities of different foods are understood, dietary therapy can be applied to very specific disorders.
Food is medicine, and an integral part of most natural therapies is nutrition—also referred to as ‘food cures’. Since food is one of our primary sources of energy, it has a great potential to influence our health. To most effectively utilize the power of food, we must understand its nature and function.
Gillian Marsollier has been a Registered Acupuncturist in British Columbia since 2001 and an instructor of acupuncture for more than 15 years. This course is suitable for both practitioners and the public. Whether you’re an acupuncturist, nutritionist, other healthcare provider, or are just taking this for general interest to help you and your family, this course will help you achieve therapeutic results through diet.
*Please note that many of the associations listed under ‘CEUs/PDAs’ do not formally pre-approve online courses for credits, and thus require the student to track their own online course hours to submit for approval for their annual CEU/PDA requirements.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Understand the basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
- Apply the TCM base knowledge to anyone.
Understand how to strengthen digestive energy in TCM and why it is so important.
Recognize which food groups will help various constitutions, and apply Chinese nutritional concepts.
Apply dietary advice to match thermal and energetic imbalances, and commonly seen conditions.
Learn how to create balanced and healing recipes.
Listen to actual clinical case studies to understand how to apply this knowledge therapeutically.
Course Outline / Lesson Plan
- Welcome To The Course
This is where you’ll meet Gillian. She is your instructor for your Chinese Dietary course and she has 20+ years of experience with helping heal patients with diet. Here she will do an overview of what you will learn in this course.
- Chinese Dietary Guidebook
We aren’t messing around here. This guidebook is over 90-pages and will be dog-eared in no time! It’s an invaluable resource!
- Course Outline
From TCM foundations to understanding the digestive system and its needs, to recipes and case studies. These are just a few topics that we will cover, and this unit will fill you in on the whole deal.
- Foundations Introduction
This unit is the cornerstone of anyone looking to understand not only the energetics of the body, but also the energetics of everything. Gillian covers some fascinating groundwork to get you going in the course.
This isn’t just a symbol that you wear as jewellery! This is the root of duality and the reason that we see imbalances in the first place. Some deep thoughts will be discussed in this unit.
- Qi, Blood, Body Fluids
This is a necessary unit to understand if you are going to choose the correct foods for healing. Here Gillian will begin to teach you how the body can be in, and out of balance.
- The 8 Principles = Part I
What are these principles and why are they so key to choosing the correct foods for healing? This is what Gillian explores in this section.
- The 8 Principles = Part II
- You Jade Screen
A beautiful name for a common aspect of our well being. We’re sure you’ve heard of it, but here we’ll examine a different viewpoint.
- Thermal Natures Of Food
Did you know that lamb is considered hot and that spinach is very cold? Here Gillian will walk you through cold, cool, neutral, warm and hot foods. By this she doesn’t mean actual temperature; but rather the energetics of the food. This is a key aspect in TCM Dietary and is what helps to make this style of nutrition so powerful.
- The 5 Flavours – Introduction
Why does it matter if the nature of the food is bitter, pungent, salty, sweet or sour? Gillian explores the reasons and teaches you how to apply these concepts to individual constitution.
- The 5 Flavours – Part I
Did you know that the spicy flavour moves phlegm? Or that salty moistens? Learn the reasons in this unit.
- The 5 Flavours – Part II
Here you’ll learn how the most over-used flavour creates imbalance, and how the most under-used flavour can treat common conditions.
- Seasonal Eating – Part I
Did you know that salad in winter is not always beneficial, and sometimes a hot soup in summer is? These aren’t hard and fast rules, but here you’ll learn the key point to understand.
- Seasonal Eating – Part II
- Eating To Support Your Daily Rhythm
Certain times of day call for different kinds of food if you want to stay healthy. Here, Gillian will go over what these are.
- Diet For Each Generation
Each generation has their own nutritional needs. Gillian covers this in terms of food energetics.
- The 5 Elements
You may have heard about these, but do you know how they relate to your body energetics?
- Understanding The Healing Crisis
It sounds like an oxymoron, but it is a common happening that you must be able to recognize in yourself or others.
- Food Diary Challenge
Gillian calls on you to challenge yourself by writing down your diet for a week with your symptoms. After you complete the course, you can analyze your diet and you’ll know how to change it to find higher health!
- Spleen And Stomach Function
The spleen seems like a funny word until you hear about how powerful it is in TCM. This unit covers how TCM examines these two organs.
- How To Recognize Digestive Imbalance
In TCM, they say that there is no point in adjusting food for a patient if the digestion isn’t strong. Otherwise, the ‘perfect’ diet will not be absorbed.
- Balancing The Digestive System With Food
Gillian helps you to begin your investigation here. First, strengthen the digestion (if needed) using diet; second, match the diet to their individual constitution to improve their overall health.
- General TCM Patterns
In TCM, we see everyone as in a dynamic state of being. Different energies in different amounts. In this section, Gillian explores all the main energies so you can see where you fit in.
Here you will learn about how TCM views common sweeteners. We will also analyze the energetics in detail.
The same can be applied to salt. Here Gillian covers how TCM views salt, including a deeper look at the energetics of it.
- Common Condiments and Caffeine
Uh-oh. The Caffeine word. How does TCM view it? And what about ketchup?
Here you’ll learn why these are so important in a daily diet, who they benefit most, and the different types that you need to balance.
You’ve all heard about these foods by now. Here Gillian dives into the facts of gluten and wheat.
- Dairy And Dairy Products
Dairy is incredibly good for some, and incredibly detrimental to others. We’ll talk about dairy types and why there’s a difference.
- Energetic Properties Of General Food Groups
Knowing your food group energetics will get you 90% of the way there because individual foods within a group don’t have huge differences. Once you learn this, you can make big changes.
- Introduction + Root Vegetables
For this and the next 9 units, Gillian will be at the grocery store so you can get a visual lesson on how to shop and understand the energetics of your most common foods at the grocery.
- Cooler Vegetables
- Cold Vegetables + Peppers
- Common Chinese Vegetables
- Nuts And Seeds
- The Anatomy Of A Recipe
Here you will learn about the structure of using a recipe therapeutically. Amazingly, it’s very similar to creating an herbal formula.
- Creating Your Own Recipes
It is time to build your own recipes for healing and test yourself.
- Creating Your Own Recipes – Answer Key
How did you do? Did you see the imbalances in the previous unit?
- Diet For Common Conditions – Part I
A mix of classical and modern recipes, these 4 units will take you through common ailments from A-Z including high blood pressure, skin issues, diabetes and many more. These are useful and easy recipes, so listen closely.
- Diet For Common Conditions – Part II
- Diet For Common Conditions – Part III
- Diet For Common Conditions – Part IV
There is a way to unleash the energy in your food in a powerful way, and that is through fermentation. Learn how to make some common fermented products from many different cultures.
- Cultured Dairy Products
If you cannot eat dairy, there is a possibility that you can eat cultured dairy. Have a closer look in this unit.
- Soaking Pulses And Grains
Similar to fermentation, this is a great way to start unleashing the energetic properties of these foods.
- What Diet Therapy Really Looks Like
Once you’ve learned all this information, you’re probably very excited to help others. Here we’ll look at the reality of using diet as therapy.
- Modifying Diets In The Clinic
Not all patients are going to be happy about a diet change! Learn some hints and tricks to helping patients with compliancy.
- Modifying Diets At Home
So, how do you cook for a few people and individualize diet? Is it possible?
- Case 1: Diabetes, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure
These next few units are a deep analysis of actual clinical patient situations, diet changes, and results. This is where you’ll see all the knowledge come into play!
- Case 2: Severe Allergies
- Case 3: Edema And Exhaustion
- Case 4: Common Cold
- Case 5: Fatigue, Depression, Dry Skin
- Case 6: Post-Surgery Vomiting
- Case 7: Fruitarian
- 2 Key Charts To Laminate
These charts will be your greatest reference tools once you’ve completed this course!
- Shi Liao Overview (Advanced Chinese Nutrition)
Your next step in diet therapy will be to analyze each individual food as you would an herb. Remember that understanding the food group is most of the work, but here we’ll take a look at what part II has in store.
HOW LONG CAN YOU OWN THIS COURSE?
Lifetime access to watch as many times as you need. Start when you want. Watch when you want.
WHO CAN TAKE THIS COURSE?
“It makes a difference when you can eat healthy and with confidence. I’ve been overwhelmed with all the different health foods and diets that are being marketed to us these days. Chinese Dietary Therapy teaches simplicity in food and cooking so you can truly feel good about what you eat and confident that it is the right food for you. I look forward to using this technique with clients in the future and especially in my own kitchen.”
“I am very happy with this course and positively surprised by the quantity and quality of the materials. It is a very extensive, interestingly explained and well-arranged course. In fact, it is a good price offer and a desire to supplement my knowledge so that I can support the treatment process of my patients.”
“I really enjoyed this course! It provides in-depth information on how to heal patients via food and TCM. Gillian explains very well, so that you don’t even feel you’re studying. I can only recommend this course to anyone wanting to help themselves or their family or wanting to add this to their practice.”
“What a fantastic course! Extremely well organized and presented, with useful reference materials and an excellent textbook. As an RHN without acupuncture/other TCM training this was an exciting new way of looking at how foods heal.”
“What else to say but WOW. Gillian is an amazing teacher. SO generous and ‘Enthuse’ like she says. Dynamic, she breakdown the information to make it even more ‘digestible’ …
Already had a good knowledge of that amazing branch of TCM (Nutrition) but this class brought lots of new ways of seeing it and new informations as well. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this class to whoever wants to understand what is going on in our plates or to help others do the same. Thanks for those 12 hours who are so valuable.”
“…this was an excellent course with a wealth of valuable information. The guidebook alone is phenomenal.”
“Gillian’s ability to relay this information is nothing short of brilliant! Her enthusiasm is contagious, and her sharing of clinical experiences invaluable. SO well worth the time as she has condensed years of learning into hours, in a way that is not overwhelming and nearly immediately usable.”
“I took a similar class years ago with a different instructor and hands down Gillian rocked this class!!
Her enthusiasm and knowledge keep you motivated and craving to keep learning more and more and more.”
“Gillian is an excellent teacher! She explains everything in a way that is easily understood and she relates things to real life. She is also funny and makes the information enjoyable.”
“I don’t have a background in TCM, but found this to be a thorough, informative look at Chinese Dietary Therapy – easy to follow and comprehensive. Thank you!”
“I always have studied nutrition and find it most challenging with all the variety. I now understand my constitution and what foods I was craving for what reasons. Food has gone through so much modification since the 80’s that this course is a MUST for those looking for answers to reclaim their wellness from within. I see so many people eating raw food and suffering from malnutrition, tiredness, fatigue and even exhaustion, knowing your body constitution is so important to eat the right food for your uniqueness. Excellent Course!“
“Fantastic, very educational, well organized, very interesting and professional. I wanted to optimize clinical results with patients using food therapy with TCM acupuncture. Also, Gillian Marsollier is an amazing teacher! I always enjoy and learn so much from her. She is always a pleasure to learn from.”
“It was awesome! Loved it! Love the way Gillian teaches and the info was so great. I find nutrition so interesting, but I didn’t feel overly comfortable with just my course from university. The charts are great and the food examples. Along with some western med added in so my patients can understand it from both sides. “
“I was delighted to find a topic within Chinese Medicine that suits my personal health goals and that I could delve into more deeply. I continue to strive to heal myself as I have various food sensitivities and dietary issues. Chinese Dietary therapy, particularly as is presented in this course, seems so balanced and makes so much sense for me. I loved how they were organized into segments that were easy to follow, review, and digest:)…each component offered me some sort of “aha moment.” I literally found myself audibly verbalizing my agreement with or light bulb understanding of a concept within each segment. The Chinese Dietary Therapy course is extremely thorough, well presented, and approachable. I so look forward to incorporating this wonderfully balanced information into my professional practice as well as my personal life.“
“Fantastic! Gillian is a whiz bang teacher! I thought it was steeped with clinical jewels. I highly recommend it to anyone.Thanks for deepening my understanding Gillian and thank you for the ever so useful theory reminders.”