I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where I learned innovative nutrition and health coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories; from Ayurveda, gluten-free, and Paleo, to raw, vegan, and macrobiotics, and everything in between.
It went far beyond a standard education in calories, fats, proteins, carbohydrates and macro and micro nutrients: There was a strong focus on the distinct relationship between "Primary Food" (Relationships, Exercise, Career and Spirituality) and "Secondary Food" (what you eat and drink). All the kale and brussel sprouts in the world won't heal you if you are in a toxic relationship, aren't sleeping, hate your job, or are not regularly moving your body.
Another core concept taught was bioindividuality: one man's food is another man's poison. This is why there are so many diets out there and there is not one diet that will work for everyone.
I studied breathing and meditation techniques, exercise modalities, and learned that sleep and self-care are of paramount importance to our health.
We learned about the pros and cons of organic versus conventional food, GMO versus Non-GMO, and all the research on the effects of sugar on our overall health.
We also studied the politics of the food industry and it's impact on our current healthcare situation.
The depth and breadth of learning all the ways we can heal or harm our bodies with food was honestly staggering.