Wholesome Nutrition COURSE

The 12 Steps to Wholesome Nutrition course is a no-nonsense educational approach to food, nutrition and lifestyle. It is not a ‘diet’, but a powerful transition into a cleaner, healthier way of eating for the rest of your life. With a strong focus on your genetic uniqueness, we will guide you towards self-empowerment, as opposed to being reliant on a particular product or programme.

Participants under our guidance will have access to a full spectrum of nutritious foods without unnecessary restrictions. Your experience will change the way you think about and relate to food and your daily living, and it is entirely unique to you. Undertaking this course will represent a sizeable step forwards towards a state of personal health, fitness and vitality.

Wholesome Nutrition, written by Ian and co-author Rachel Jesson, is the ‘textbook’ for the course - the course will shadow and expand on the chapters of the book.

 Per 'step', you will receive:

- A one-hour live presentation, including Q & A
- A recipe with video demonstration and a PDF handout
- A 30-40 min webinar of an expert discussing a relevant theme
- A PDF worksheet that consolidates your learning for that step

Additionally, South African participants will receive a free copy of Wholesome Nutrition. On completion of the course, you will receive a 12 Steps to Wholesome Nutrition certificate from the Nutritional Institute.

This course was originally a live event in Johannesburg, which will be completed on the 26th April 2017. The course will immediately be consolidated into an on-line programme, meaning that you can gain access to it from anywhere in the world. 


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The course will begin with a brief look at historical patterns of eating and understanding that food consumed depended on where you lived and hence your ethnic origins.

Discussion of the main messages of Dr Roger Williams, who was the modern father of the concept Biochemical Individuality.

Nutrigenomics and it’s modern impact on self understanding of nutritional and health needs that are unique to you.

Within a dietary perspective, we’ll ask you where you lie on the low-carb high-fat to low-fat high-carb continuum (the shades of grey as we call it), plus what your unique health requirements might be. Genetic testing will be an optional extra at this stage.


GUEST SPEAKER - Dr Daniel Meyersfeld from DNAlysis Biotechnology genetics lab in Johannesburg. Dr Meyersfeld will be offering all attendees a 1/2 price DNADiet plus DNAHealth test package on the evening. 

WEBINAR - Dr Yael Joffe from the CTG Centre for Translational Genomics in Cape Town. Her topic will be Individuality and Genetics

- We’ll look at the dusty old paradigm of calories in vs. calories out and explain how the human body has no respect for such a simple model and how in many cases, it just does not work.

- We’ll then go into all the various aspects of physiology that can influence weight management, including: hormone balance (such as insulin, oestrogen, stress and thyroid hormones); detoxification (including the role of toxicity); exercise choices; sleep and genetic influences.

- With knowledge from day 1 and day 2, we’ll guide you towards one of two dietary strategies: detoxification or blood sugar regulation.

GUEST SPEAKER - A client of Ian's who successfully reversed himself out of debilitating autoimmune symptomatology by careful attention to his nutrition.

WEBINAR - Dr Debbie Smith from Point of Origin, who is a homeopath and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner.

- An explanation of bad fats, where they come from, what negative effect they have on your body and how to avoid them.
- An explanation of good and essential fats, where they come from and ideas on how to incorporate them into your diet.
- Balancing omega 3 and 6 fats to buffer inflammation in the body.
- High fat versus high carb diets for sports.
- Using this new fat information to tweak your diet that you set up at step 2.

- An explanation of bad carbs, where they come from, what negative effect they have on your body and how to avoid them.
- A review of insulin resistance and diabetes and the relationship with carbs in the diet.
- Examples of good quality foods that are high in carbs and an explanation of their role in your diet.
- Glycemic index and glycemic load as an aid to understand the sugary effect of a food on your body.
- Using this new carb information to tweak your diet that you set up at step 2.

- An explanation of all the important jobs that protein does in your body and why it is of primary importance.
- Examples of good quality foods that are high in protein.
- A discussion of meat eating versus vegetarianism or veganism.
- Required protein quantities for healthy eating and for sports.
- Protein supplements - friend or foe?
- Using this new protein information to tweak your diet that you set up at step 2.

- An explanation of food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities.
- A modern day trend among health conscious: gluten free. But is it necessary?
- Dairy - should adult humans be consuming it, its effects on our health, and fermented alternatives.
- Digestive health - understanding the relationship between gut health and immune health and how it can cause us to react to fairly innocuous foods.
- Identifying food irritations through elimination-challenge testing or lab testing, which would be an optional extra at this stage.
- Food substitution ideas and further tweaking of your diet.

- An explanation of commercial farming versus organic farming in all its various forms.
- Local is lekker - reasons why local is so much better for us and our environment.
- Where to buy local organic, seasonal produce in South Africa.
- The Brix charts for identifying produce with high levels of nutrient density.
- Identifying toxic chemicals in our food and understanding their impact on our health.
- After the knowledge you have just received, you will obviously be encouraged to upgrade your food sourcing.

- This step consists of an exploration of several dietary approaches that exist today, with a strong discussion of pros and cons of each approach.
- There will be a matching webinar that allows you to share your dietary experiences for the benefit of the group.
- The ultimate outcome of this discussion is to expand your understanding of your own self, so that you can make very informed decisions in the future around which dietary books you may buy and be influenced by.
- You will be recommended to add some principles from one of the favoured popular diets into your own eating patterns.

- A review of typical South African lifestyle patterns that may impede our health and weight-management, with stress as the central focus.
- The benefits of exercise, exercise as an absolute health requirement, plus some balanced exercise suggestions.
- The negative health ramifications of excessive exercise.
- Balancing fight-or-flight responses with relax and repair restoration, and discussion of the yin-yang concept.
- The role of sleep in a healthy body and mind.
- You will be asked to construct an exercise and lifestyle programme for yourself, which you can review with a class member the next week.

- Behavioural changes, such as eating better food and exercising more or less, requires a psychological shift, often away from cultural habituation.
- The forgotten arts of intuition is a sense worth reigniting, because our body knows what it needs to eat even if our mind does not.
- Mindfulness practices around your eating, especially when it comes to improving digestion and being more successful with your weight management goals.
- The limitations of science and how understand might alter our understanding of food.
- Your ‘homework’ for this step will be to practice the Natural Slender Eating Strategy at least once/day and to reflect on what you learn

- Nutrition supplements – do we really need them while eating a healthy balanced diet?
- Genetic imbalances and individual nutrient needs, as opposed to what science might tell us we need.
- Supplement quality - selection of good quality supplements, plus types of supplements: traditional vitamins and minerals versus food extracted superfoods.
- Health scenarios that might lead you to using supplements.
- Use a questionnaire to come up with your unique nutrient needs based on your current health symptoms.

- Principles of healthy behaviours, reviewing the main points from previous steps – eating, lifestyle and exercise.
- A discussion of what life changes are required to move towards vibrant health.
- Meal and snack ideas, with recipe suggestions.
- Notes on how to adjust these ideas based on individual health, genetic, ethical and exercise needs.
- Finalise a food diary for yourself based on all that you’ve learned and submit it to your tutor for comment.

Ian Craig