I am Belinda Kirkpatrick, an expert Naturopath, Nutritionist and Author and I have been in clinical practice for over 15 years. I have helped thousands of clients to live their best lives and understand what foods they should be eating for optimal health and wellness.
I have created this course to make the foundations of nutrition and healthy eating accessible for everyone and the information contained in this course gives you access to the same advice that I give my clients in clinic. If you follow these guidelines you will be setting yourself up to not only feel your best but also minimise negative symptoms and support your body to return to optimal health.
During this course you will be guided through seven daily modules with video, written content and activities. It is suitable for all ages and is a great way to ensure that you and your family are eating well and supporting your health.
Each day of the course only requires around 10-20 minutes of commitment from you and don’t worry if you fall behind, the great news is that you will have four weeks to complete the seven modules. Each day will open up another exciting module for you to explore.
Below is an outline of what you can expect from this practical and inspiring course:
Day 1 – What should we eating?
Today’s lesson will outline the importance of nutrition and you will be introduced to Belinda’s ‘Healthy Eating Mantra’. This simple mantra will making healthy eating super easy and following the mantra will help to make sure your meals are always balanced. We will learn about the 80/20 rule – we are not aiming to be ‘perfect’! Healthy eating suggestions are provided for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
Day 2 – ‘Protein and Something Fresh’
Day two is all about understanding the importance of protein and how to make sure you are getting enough. Don’t worry – it isn’t all just about meat and animal products, vegetarian options will also be discussed and encouraged. We will learn about the amount of veggies and salad we should be eating most days and also talk about the benefits of eating fruit.
Day 3 – Things to avoid/minimise
While we prefer to focus on the foods we should be eating instead of the foods we should be minimising, it is important to understand the effects of sugar, processed grains and caffeine. Do you know how much sugar you consume in a day and where it is hiding? Ever considered that your coffee could be depleting your energy instead of improving it? Find out all this and more!
Day 4 – Healthy Snacks and Pantry Detox Day
Snacking is an area where many people really struggle to make healthy choices. Today we will learn about healthy snacking options and how to make sure these snacks are on hand for when you need them! Today’s activity involves a pantry detox and is an excellent way to help you achieve your healthy eating goals – let’s set ourselves up for success and not just rely on willpower!
Day 5 – Water and hydration
Do you know how much water you should be drinking each day? The amount is individual for each person and today we will discuss how to calculate this amount for you personally. The health promoting benefits of different herbal teas will be outlined and the amount you need to be drinking for best results.
Day 6 – Clearing up food confusion
Healthy eating can be confusing! It sometimes feels like there is a new guru sprouting health advice on every corner. Fad diets and trends are often promoted by celebrities and leaves us wondering who to believe and confusion over which is the right one to follow. Today I will answering all the most common questions that I get asked in clinic about foods, brands and options. I will also be dispelling common food myths such as ‘Are coconut products good or bad?’, ‘Is soy healthy?’ and ‘Why do some people give up dairy?’.
Day 7 – Being prepared and meal planning tips
Our final day together begins with my top tips for being prepared and how to make a meal plan. I like to be prepared but with minimal extra time and effort so if that resonates with you, don’t miss this lesson! We will also be tweaking and seeing how we could improve on our original diet diary recall that you will have completed in the introduction session. We will then move to creating your own meal plan using the template provided.