Are you following a vegan, vegetarian, or other plant-based diet? Then this course is for you!
Plant-based diets are arguably the healthiest diets to follow. But only if they're done right!
I have analyzed the diets of many plant-based eaters and I always find that they lack several vitamins and minerals, which are essential components to health and wellness. There is so much talk about "Macros" -- but what about "Micros?" Micronutrients are equally important and leaving them out of the equation won't help you achieve and sustain your health goals.
In this course, you will learn the tools and skills you need to:
Here is what will be covered in this course:
Enroll today for a healthier tomorrow!
Learn how to: use the Food Tracker tool to enter your daily food log and generate and interpret your nutrient analysis report. If you are having technical issues with the Food Tracker tool, consult the user guide in the resources section below.
Learn how to use the USDA Super Tracker to enter in your food log. You will also learn how to generate and interpret your nutrient analysis report.
Learn how to use the Super Tracker "Add Recipes" function to save you time when entering your food log.
Learn three best practices for accurately tracking your diet so that your nutrient analysis report is as accurate as possible.
Track your diet for three consecutive days, enter all foods and beverages into the Food Tracker, and generate your nutrient analysis report. **Remember to select the correct range of dates when analyzing your diet.
Identify which nutrients you fall below the recommended level by looking at the "status" column on your report. Nutrients marked "Under" will be the nutrients you will focus on for the remainder of the course. Please submit these nutrients by completing the survey found in the link below.
Introduction to Food Group serving sizes and using the "Healthy Plate" as a model for your meals.
Learn what appropriate portion sizes look like within each food group. I'll also answer some commonly asked questions about protein, dairy and gluten.
Learn which foods contain specific minerals and the role that minerals play in the body. I'll also expand on those minerals that are typically difficult to get as a plant based eater.
Learn which foods contain specific vitamins and the role that vitamins play in the body. I'll also expand on those vitamins that are typically difficult to get as a plant based eater.
Learn how to put it altogether. How do all these foods and nutrients fit on the plate to allow you to meet your nutrient needs?
Now it's your turn to create a sample day that meets all your nutrient needs.
Congratulations! You finished the course.
Ashley holds a Master's Degree in Nutrition from Florida State University and has worked as a Registered and Licensed Dietitian for five years providing nutrition assessments and interventions for a wide variety of populations. She has worked as a clinical dietitian in pediatric and kidney transplant nutrition, as a research dietitian, and more recently, as a campus dietitian and Nutrition Instructor at a university. She also manages her own nutrition website called The Fresh Beet. Her areas of expertise are providing medical nutrition therapy and nutrition education to help prevent, treat, and reverse diet related disease.