May 8, 2017
It is never too late to learn something new. I am a firm believer in life long learning and have completed many degrees, diplomas, certificates and courses over the years, everything from a Bachelors of Science in Agriculture to Spanish classes. Some were for work and some for pleasure. During my almost 40 year journey to whole food plant based eating, I have done a lot of research on my own, but now I have completed a certificate program in Plant Based Nutrition.
These days it is easy to look for information on any subject you can imagine – Google can provide an answer to any question. Anyone can post information on the world wide web – but is it accurate, is it true??? Its hard to know. That is why I was so excited to get the opportunity to take the Plant Based Nutrition Certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and Cornell University (eCornell).
I watched lectures from over 25 experts, as they presented the scientific research supporting a plant based diet. We learned about the environmental impact of animal agriculture (and modern agricultural practices in general), GMO’s, food policy and politics, macro and micro nutrients and how they work in the body, the effect of diet and nutrition on the diseases of affluence (heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity), and the physiology around making changes in your lifestyle.
It was wonderful to finally understand why we should be eliminating refined oils (including olive oil, coconut oil and other so called ‘healthy oils’) from our diets, and how much protein do we need. I have so much good information to pass on. I look forward to presenting some of what I learned in future posts and classes.
The T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies also has a website with great articles and information you can trust. Visit them at http://nutritionstudies.org/ One article I highly recommend is The Whole Food Plant-Based Diet Guide.