by Sean Croxton
I wish I had a time machine.
If I did, one of the first years I would venture back in time to is the year 1999.
Front row of my university Nutrition 101 class.
After reading many hundreds of diet and nutrition books since college, as well as interviewing the best of the best health experts on the planet, I imagine I would either have a really hard time sitting through an entire hour of dietary misinformation, or I’d be “that guy” constantly raising my hand to question every word coming out of the professor’s mouth.
It would go something like this…
Uh, professor, how does an old school food like beef cause a brand new disease?
Did you really just say that soy is a health food?
What do you mean genetically engineered foods are perfectly safe?
Low-fat milk. Really?
Wait, so you’re telling me to take the yolks OUT of my eggs?
I’d probably land myself in the Dean’s office pretty swiftly. How dare I openly question a tenured professor!
Maybe this time machine thing isn’t such a great idea after all.
So, THIS is the bind that I find myself in when I get emails from readers asking whether or not they should pursue a degree in nutrition.
My typical answer goes something like this…
Well…that’s a tough one. First off, college is FUN — easily the best six years (yeah, SIX years!) of my life. But, I’ll be totally honest with you. While my nutrition courses provided me with a basic fundamental foundation to build upon, I’d say that at least half of the information I learned was wrong. And according to the present-day students who have contacted me, it’s still wrong.
So, to answer your question — I don’t think anyone should miss out on the college experience. But if you’re going to major in nutrition, be ready to sit through a lot of bull. Just grin and bear it. Do what you need to do to get your degree.
I hope that helps.
Typically, I get a follow-up email asking if there are any courses I recommend for those just looking to get a solid foundation of basic nutritional principles.
Another tough question.
I have a lot of friends who rave about the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). I actually may do the coursework myself at some point. The only drawback for a lot of people is the cost, as it will set you back about $5K or so.
As you know, I’m also a huge fan of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN). But FDN is intended for those who have some background in health and nutrition — trainers, chiropractors, acupuncturists, etc.
The truth is that I haven’t really had a course to recommend to my readers seeking an affordable curriculum that will teach the fundamentals of nutrition from the ground up.
That is, until now.
A little over a year ago, my good friend and holistic nutritionist Yuri Elkaim emailed me to let me know that he was knee-deep in scientific literature, as he was putting together his own online nutrition university.
I’ve known Yuri for a good while now. He and I have a very similar approach to the online health world. We’re all about Just Eating Real Food (JERF) and we take pride in the quality of the products we put out to our readers.
When I finally got to take a look at Yuri’s Super Nutrition Academy course, I was thoroughly impressed. I kept thinking to myself…
Where the heck was this when I needed it 15 years ago!?
Then I finally realized that this is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I actually have a course that I can recommend to those wanting to learn the basics of nutrition and health without taking out school loans to do it.
(By the way, I’m STILL paying off my school loans. Kinda sad when I had to unlearn much of what I paid for.)
A few weeks ago, Yuri and I got together to record a FREE one-hour webinar, in which Professor Elkaim drops some serious truth bombs, including…
* Why nutritional information overload so often leads to frustration, isolation, and powerlessness.
* How Big Pharma and the FDA collude to ensure that most marketing messages from television, news, and magazines only serve to confuse the public on matters of health.
* What the scientific literature REALLY says regarding how much protein we should consume per day.
* How eating less fat made us fatter.
* Why your doctor is wrong about your cholesterol scores.
* The startling link between education and health status.
* The 3 components of a habit…and how to create new habits.
You guys know me. I’m as picky as it gets when it comes to recommending products and courses. I’ve never once steered you wrong.
I spent a day reviewing Super Nutrition Academy, taking notes as I went through the first two modules on carbohydrates and protein. And although I’ve been in this health game for quite a few years now, Yuri taught me a few things that I didn’t already know.
If you’re on an advanced level already, you probably don’t need this course. Instead, try the ones I mentioned above. But if you’re a newbie or an intermediate health seeker, I highly recommend it.
I give it The Underground Wellness Seal of Approval.
Check out the webinar to learn how you can get a special UW-friends-only discount on Super Nutrition Academy.
Let me know what you think!
Headed out of town. See you Monday!
Wonderful! Will this include a “supplements 101” tutorial? I’m on board with the paleo thing and understand some of the basics there, but don’t understand the rest yet.
Hi Sean, I am very interested in signing up for the nutrition course. I listened to the podcast but it keeps stopping so I have thus far been unable to obtain the discount for your subscribers? I found you only a little while ago but I have to tell you I so enjoy all of your “stuff” and am greatful for and appreciate your efforts. I just ordered a number of books you recommended the other day.mI have little idea how it works but I hope you got some sort of credit for that! I am just now really learning about blogging etc. I think one of the first reasons I really noticed you is because I am originally from San Diego. Looking forward to hearing from you 🙂
Hi Virginia! Thanks for watching the webinar. The price on the SNA website is special discounted rate for my subscribers. There is no discount code.
Thanks for ordering books as well! Yep, I make a few pennies from your purchases. They add up! 🙂
Is there a certification at the end of this course or is it just for general learning?
Great webinar! I’m one that knows what’s bad for me, but my habits have been terrible, and I’ve reverted to eating trashy lately. I really needed this refresher! Thanks!
I thought Yuri was a raw vegan guru? I’m totally confused now.
I signed up because you endorsed it, but I am having a lot of trouble with this stuff.. Some I agree with, but he is, at this time going against many things I know to be true about nutrition. Downplaying (in this first module) protein and fat.. most important thing for me to eat is greens? seriously?
Is the link for the discounted price time-sensitive? I don’t want to impulse purchase, but it sounds like just the right educational supplement I’ve been searching for. I’d like to think about it a day or two if possible though.
Thank you very much!
It’s great to see PROPER nutrition courses are available now – I can’t wait for the day when this is the only type of nutrition taught. Let’s hope we aren’t waiting too long…
As a former business major, and current s&c coach/personal trainer, and avid REAL nutrition seeker. I find myself in a similar situation to you, I did not waste my education dollars on nutritional BS, instead I wasted them on Business BS, but regardless now here I sit looking for ways and programs to “legitimize” and “legally allow” me to be passing along all the great nutrition info I get from you and many other REAL peeps. Anyway since you say you get a lot of questions from students, I was wondering if you have heard of Bastyr Univeristy, main campus in Seattle, WA, but has just started a second campus in La Jolla, CA 😀 Anyway it’s a very holistic school that offers nutrition programs. Just thought you might like to take a look since you do get so many questions from prospective students.
Hannah, did you join the Batyr program? I am also looking for a good school, live in OC but would drive to La Jolla if they offered a mixed campus/Internet program. Any comments greatly appreciated:-)