Nutrition 4 Optimal Health
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Nutrition 4 Optimal Health

Learn nutrition to have longevity and wellness. With tips for vegans and vegetarains.
4.6 (11 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
53 students enrolled
Created by Angela Poch
Last updated 5/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 47 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will be more confident reading ingredient lists and nutritional labels.
  • You will understand the details of food nutrients and how they affect the body.
  • You will be able to demonstrate a healthy diet.
  • You will be able to provide for yourself all the nutrients like protein, calcium, and iron, from plant based foods.
  • You will be able to create a healthy vegan diet will all the nutrients you need.
  • You will be able to avoid the fads and diet extremes seen on the internet.
  • You will have tools needed to avoid the pitfalls of a restricted diet.
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  • A very basic understanding of biology is helpful, but not critical.
  • This course is detail oriented, if you don't like stats and numbers you may find the first part of the course difficult.

This course will give you a foundation in proper nutrition with a focus on optimal health using the last scientific research. It is aimed at anyone considering a healthy lifestyle, such as vegetarians, vegans, flexitarians, Mediterranean diet aficionados, or those looking at a career in health and wellness, such as a Nutritional Therapist or Wellness Coach.  This course is separate, yet a perquisite for our Nutritional Therapy course, which dives into how food affects our bodies and how to use that to fight disease.  You will benefit more from this course if you understand basic physiology, but it is not compulsory.    

Who is the target audience?
  • Those who have a basic understanding of healthy living but want to learn more about nutrition itself.
  • Those interested in the best health and wish to have optimal nutrition including vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores..
  • Those considering a career in nutrition.
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Curriculum For This Course
24 Lectures
4 Lectures 18:52

What is needed for good health. Exercise, diet, water, and much more. The interdependence of the human body’s major systems. Remember you need to read the resource sheets to get the most out of this course.  While the videos are a large part of this course, you will miss critical info if you don’t read all the downloads.  Disclaimer: This course is purely educational and is not a substitution for professional health advice.

Preview 04:17

Learn the common nutritional terms such as RDA, EAR, UL and what they mean for your health.

Preview 03:10

In this lesson you will leave understanding nutritional labels, ingredient lists, and the common perception myths. After this lesson you’ll be making better choices on what you buy.

Preview 06:27

How to determine what information is valid and reliable so you will be able to see false fads and food claims when browsing the internet or reading books. There is a glossary of common nutrition and scientific terms in the downloadable materials.

Preview 04:58

Quiz for Section 1
6 questions
Nutritional Details
11 Lectures 59:03

What are the various carbs, how much does the body need, and what about low carb diets?  Which sugars are bad for you and what is a disaccharide?

Carbohydrates - Sugar

In this lesson learn the different between simple and complex carbs and do they have anything to do with refined and unrefined? You will learn how much carbohydrates you really need and if you should try a low carb diet.

Carbohydrates - Starch

Why does the body need fiber and which is better soluble or insoluble fiber?

Carbohydrates - Fiber

Discover what kinds of proteins you need and if you should be concerned about complete proteins in your diet?


Saturated fat vs polyunsaturated fats. Omega 3 and 6. Sort through the confusion and learn how each of these affect the body.  Discover sources for each healthy fat and how to avoid the unhealthy ones and what that all means.

Fat - Omega 3, 6, 9 & Cholesterol

The two most common minerals to be deficient in, learn what foods are rich in iron and zinc and how your body can better absorb iron.

Minerals Starting With Iron & Zinc

Bone health and much more. What these nutrients do for the body and sources for them.

More Minerals - Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium

What they do for the body and what does water and fat soluble have to do with it? Plus learn the food sources for them.

Vitamins - Starting with B's

Learn why are these vitamins so important for optimal health and where do you get them from.

Vitamins A, C, E, K - the Antioxidants

The role of salt and potassium in your bodies every function. But how much is too much or not enough?

Couple More Minerals - Sodium & Potassium

What they are - zinc, copper, iodine, manganese, selenium, chromium, and more. What they do to keep the body healthy and sources for them.

Trace Minerals, B12 & Vitamin D

Quiz for Section 2
7 questions
What to Avoid & Problem Areas
3 Lectures 11:35

Learn how to avoid nutritional deficiencies when on a restricted diet and more about food allergies. The download is a big part of this particular lesson.

Nutritional Deficiencies & Food Allergies

What about pesticides and food additives? How much research is really out there on GMO's? What are the top 3 additives and why are they a problem?

Organic vs Toxic Chemicals - Finding Balance

How to avoid the internet fads that sounds so reasonable and even have some science behind them. Why are fad diets causing diseases that were almost eradicated years ago, and more.

Fads. Trends, and Extremes in Diet

Quiz for Section 3
4 questions
Beyond Food
3 Lectures 10:42

Just why exercise is so important to the human body and what does it have to do with nutrition?

Exercise Unlocks Nutrients

Water’s role in health including why the body needs so much, how much it does need, and external applications of water.


How does rest, recreation, and sleep affect your health and how can you get a better nights sleep.


Quiz for Section 4
3 questions
Putting It All Together
3 Lectures 09:25

Discovering how many calories you need and how to monitor them without a degree in mathematics and nutrition.

Calorie Intake & Menu Development

Summing it all up with some blue zone tips, serving sizes, and the 3 steps to a healthy plate.

Practical Application & Summary

Get all the resources for this course in one spot, plus the recommended reading and the sources of information we used in preparing this course.

Resources & Sources

Quiz for Section 5
3 questions
About the Instructor
Angela Poch
4.4 Average rating
126 Reviews
4,119 Students
8 Courses
Nutritionist, Life Coach & Director of

A graduate in Nutritional Counseling from the Total Health School of Nutrition in Calgary AB, Angela Poch is a certified Nutritionist and continues to research health on a regular basis to help others have better mental and physical health. She is currently working on her Bachelors of Science.  

Other credentials include: Certified Depression Recovery Program Director for over 10 years, Certificate in Lifestyle Matters programs, Member of Physician Committee for Responsible Medicine, Food Safe Certification, Life Coaching Diploma, REBT certificate, CBT certificate, worked in a restaurant as a cook for two years, has an Animal Science certificate, Member of the BC Conference Health Advisory Committee, Photography from NYIP, her Business Administration Certificate, and various other certificates on health and wellness. Angela has been on both sides of the filming and TV industry in several professional cooking and children's shows and is comfortable both behind and in front of the camera.

With over 35 years cooking experience, Angela Poch has researched healthful living for her family and friends, leading her to become first a vegetarian, strict vegetarian, then vegan (for approx 10 years), and is now a 'flexitarian" (2010 to current) where she liens heavily toward vegan but understands there are diet and other needs that can require animal products.  A flexitarian is also a proud supporter of any farm or ranch that does it’s best to raise humane and healthy animals.