Course 15 | Holistic Nutrition

Apply critical thinking to the vast amount of food information and misinformation so that you can confidently go forth and make informed decisions as it relates to your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.


Length: 4.5 hours

Instructor: Cordelia McFadyen | Holistic Nutritionist, Gut Expert

This course is within the following program:

  • Community Herbalist Program

    Full Certificate Program

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Meet your course instructor

Cordelia McFadyen | Holistic Nutritionist, Gut Expert

Cordelia McFadyen, a.k.a. your nutritional translator, is owner and Board-Certified Holistic Nutritionist at Inspired Living Nutrition Inc. After suffering for years from unknown food sensitivities and actively working her way back to strong health through proper nutrition, she was inspired and determined to take her education further so that she could help empower others back to great health. Cordelia believes there is more than enough food information “out there” for people to learn from however the key is not in the information available, but how to apply it to your unique nutritional needs. This is where she applies some of her favorite goal crushing techniques to help you learn the new healthy habits that will reveal the best you. Cordelia also loves to talk so you can find her spreading her love of all things delicious and nutritious online and at special events throughout Canada. A strong advocate for the holistic nutrition industry she currently serves as Dean for the School of Holistic Nutrition at Pacific Rim College, as a proud Board Member for the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (HNCB) and as the Western Canadian representative for the Canadian Action for Nutrition (CAN) which is facilitated by the Canadian professional organization Canadian Association of Natural Nutrition Practitioners (CANNP). Apart from touting the benefits of kale and lemon water to anyone who will listen, she is an avid outdoorswoman who enjoys long hikes, canoeing, crabbing, reading, dancing with friends and tending to her garden. In her free time, she can be found walking her awesome Chihuahua Juno and writing about herself in the third person.

Course description

This course introduces health-oriented students to the fundamentals of holistic nutrition and its importance as a trifecta of the mind, body, and spirit connection.

Have you ever felt disconnected from yourself and what’s happening inside of your body? Students begin this course by learning the essentials as it relates to the body systems involved in optimal health with special attention being placed on the gut microbiome, immunity, and hormone considerations. These lessons help equip you with the language and knowledge needed to better understand how unique your health truly is.

Expanding on a solid foundation, students continue to increase their holistic nutrition knowledge by learning how to identify what a macro- and micronutrient is, what going organic may mean, and just how important proper hydration really is.  

Have you ever felt that health and nutrition were more than just the food you found on your plate? If you have then you’re going to love learning about the importance of how proper sleep hygiene, movement, and mindfulness are also key factors to consider when looking to support one’s own level of good health.

We couldn’t call this course complete without curating some practical discussion as it relates to one’s own kitchen, physical location, and those popular diets that seem to cycle in and out of popularity. To round it all out, we spend some tasty time together learning how to create a nutrient-dense plate that will nourish you on all levels. Gluten-free, dairy-free, and plant-based options are included. Bon Appetit!

Upon completion of this course, you will have the ability to:

  • Understand what holistic nutrition is, and isn’t
  • Understand what body systems are most relevant to a holistic nutrition approach
  • Understand how to identify common food sensitivities
  • Learn how to support happy hormones through non-food avenues
  • Understand the difference between a macro- and micronutrient
  • Understand what a whole food is and what organic means
  • Identify quality water sources and why hydration is critical to supporting good health
  • Learn tips to create a powerful sleep routine
  • Understand the connection between movement and health goals
  • Learn why language is important when dealing with health matters
  • Identify key ways to implement healthy habits for life
  • Learn to build a proper meal with considerations of micro- and macronutrients
  • Feel equipped with tools for food selection, shopping, and food storage
  • Understand various diet options to help you to find one that works best for you

Lesson plan

Section I | Welcome

1. Introduction

2. Course outline

Section II | Body systems

3. Digestive system: the microbiome

4. Digestive system: food sensitivities & allergies

5. Digestive system: bowel movements

6. Immune system: first line of defense

7. Immune system: helpful foods

8. Endocrine system

9. Endocrine system: natural beauty

Section III | The fundamentals of nutrition

10. Macronutrients: carbohydrates

11. Macronutrients: proteins

12. Macronutrients: fats

13. Macronutrients: daily ranges

14. Macronutrients: digestion of macronutrients

15. Macronutrients: food source considerations

16. Micronutrients: vitamins & minerals

17. Antioxidants

18. Supplementation

19. Supplement fillers

20. Drug & nutrient depletions

21. Hydration

22. Diuretic food & herbs

22. Water sources, quality, and hydration

Section IV | Taking it home

23. Best practices in the kitchen

24. A visit to the market – what to ask the farmer

25. Diet choices

26. Antioxidants

27. Breakfast preparation: Chia Seed Jar

28. Breakfast preparation: Overnight Oats

29. Breakfast preparation: Egg Cups

30. Lunch preparation: Zucchini Noodles

31. Breakfast preparation: Green Dip

32. Dinner preparation: Roast Chicken & Veggies

Section V | Conclusion

32. Full course review