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Certificate in Wholefood & Plant-Based Nutrition

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Wholefood and plant-based living is rapidly growing around the globe. People are keen to discover the benefits not only for a healthy lifestyle but also for the environment.

Knowledge is empowerment and since 1973, Nature Care College has been encouraging people to learn as much as they can about living a wholesome life to nourish, balance and increase energy for a healthy mind & body.

Many of us have been aware of the benefits of eating less meat and filling our plates with a variety of colourful, seasonal vegetables and fruits. There is increasing and compelling evidence that processed foods and animal products, even in moderation, are leading the cause of modern disease. In 2017, the Word Health Organisation released a landmark report denouncing processed meats as group 1 carcinogens.

Wholefood and plant-based sources of nutrients tend to be low in saturated fat, high in fibre and rich in antioxidants. Research indicates such diets decrease the incidence of dietary disease-related conditions including diabetes, heart disease, cancer and autoimmune disease.

A plant-based diet has enormous benefits to human health, the environment and sustainability. Leading nutritional and dietetic associations in the US, Australia and around the world regard plant-based diets as complete. It is their and other scientific institutions' opinions that a well-planned, plant-based diet is rich in protein, iron, calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals, making it appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle.

Learn why it is never too late to transition into a wholefood plant-based diet. Learn how the dietary intake of wholefoods (foods taken from "the source" such as vegetables, fruits and legumes) retain the beneficial phytonutrients, (often removed in processed food) lead to significant benefits in health.

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" - Aristotle

Who is this course for?

The Certificate in Wholefood Plant-Based Nutrition is extremely valuable for anyone:

  • Interested in the health benefits of wholefood and plant -based foods, preventative health and restoring health and wellbeing through food and beverages.
  • Thinking about switching or transitioning to a diet rich in plant-based wholefoods
  • It is a course beneficial for health practitioners of various modalities as it will enhance your knowledge base to improve your client outcomes

Cooking Demonstrations

In the subject ‘Wholefood and Plant Based Nutrition’ inspiring practical demonstrations will be accompanied with the specific nutritional benefits of each ingredient via video presented by your Nature Care trainer.

About the Facilitators

Your Trainers at Nature Care are professionals who are passionate about their fields of expertise. They bring a wealth of knowledge, clinical expertise and industry experience to provide you with an exciting, engaging and relevant educational experience.


Duration: This course may be completed in one term, or extended over two terms 

Intakes: February, June & September

Commences: Next intake 22 February 


Study Options – study anywhere, any time!

Providing work-life balance with flexibility & making learning accessible for everyone is the key to all our study programs.

All subjects have a scheduled class time. You can choose to attend the class live in our virtual classroom OR watch the recording and review the course content at your leisure in line with your own weekly study schedule. You have the flexibility of choosing your preferred study option each week, and you can even do both!

Each class recording is available for the whole duration of term to optimise your learning experience. Nature Care’s virtual classroom is accessed through the colleges secure online Student Portal which you can access day and night 7 days a week.  



“Andrea is a 10 out of 10 trainer. She is so knowledgeable there is not one single question she does not have an answer for. I think we all can agree that, aside from her knowledge and experience, Andrea teaches from her heart. She is just lovely and compassionate, and such a patient teacher. Any course taught by Andrea, I have signed up and will sign up for the ones I haven't.

I really enjoyed the combination of theory and hands-on practical cooking classes. it was such fun way of learning.” - Sansan


Food as Medicine

Description: Food as Medicine explores the healing potential of foods, beverages and dietary patterns using the best knowledge from both traditional and scientific sources. In this unit of study you will learn how to recommend wholesome foods and beverages based on seasonally available ingredients that delight the senses whilst providing specific phytochemicals and nutrients. You will also learn how to communicate knowledge of nutritional medicine philosophy, principles and practices

Learning Hours: Learning hours are inclusive of all supervised and prescribed activities throughout the duration of this unit of study. These may include lectures, on-line tasks, forums, assessments, prescribed reading, research, assignments and activities.

This unit is assessed by:

  • Two on-line quizzes

Pre-requisites: Nil

Co-requisites: Nil

Food Production, Environment & Farming Methods

Description:  This short informative subject covers historical & population specific influences of food production, environmental effects, biodiversity, food processing practices and food waste, conventional farming methods versus organic, biodynamic farming, pesticide & fungicide use on specific fruits and vegetables in Australia & landfill issues.

This unit is assessed by:

  • Four on-line quizzes

Pre-requisites: Nil

Co-requisites: Nil

Wholefood Plant-Based Nutrition

Description: You will learn how eating a wholefood plant-based diet plays a crucial role in preventing and reversing diseases. The beneficial effect of a wholefood diet on diseases affecting the liver, kidneys, lung, heart, blood, digestive system & bowel.

Specific diseases such as, IBS, Alzheimer’s, Type 2 Diabetes, Food Allergies and cancer are looked at as well as immune boosting foods such as nitrates and phosphorous. You will also explore research in Health Creation /Disease Prevention and Gut Health.

This unit is assessed by:

  • One online quiz

Pre-requisites: Nil

Co-requisites: Food as Medicine

Psychology Of Food

Description: Psychology of Food enables you to understand the basic concepts of how different foods affect our psycho-physiology – our moods, our behaviour, our choices in life. Understand how cravings act on the brain. Begin to understand the vast area of eating disorders. Learn which foods make us happy and why. 

  • Topics covered include:
  • Comfort Foods
  • Cravings & Food Addictions
  • Sugar & the Brain
  • Satiety Hormones
  • Food-based Opioids
  • Therapeutic Foods

This unit is assessed by:

  • One on-line quiz

Pre-requisites: Nil
Co-requisites: Nil

You enrol and pay on a term by term basis.

Year 1 Fees:

Term 1 : $745.00

Term 2 : $530.00

Get 5% Discount

If you pay each terms fees upfront prior to the start of term you are eligble to receive a 5% discount. So take another 5% off each terms fees published above.



"I really enjoyed it! I'm still reading the course books now, it really opened my eyes to how the body processes food and how different foods make it function, which I wasn't really aware of before. I also liked that the assignments were based on your own life in a lot of ways, so you were forced to look at your diet and reflect on what you've learned..."

Alexandra Ishigaki

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