Nutrition: an introduction

Course Dates: 06/05/23 - 13/05/23
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Online
Would you like to explore the relationship between diet and wellbeing? This is an introductory course aimed at giving you a good overview of healthy nutrition and current nutritional trends. You will discover the impact of food on your health and wellbeing, and explore ways to improve your general nutrition.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00

Course Code: FNR03

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Sat, day, 06 May - 13 May '23

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course is for beginners to explore positive steps you can take to improve health and energy, through improving your nutrition. It will examine factors involved in a good diet, and ways to improve your wellbeing by making small changes in your diet. You will also obtain clarification on differing views of nutrition, explore meal planning, portion sizes, food related allergies, and much more. The class also provides an arena for discussing current ideas on controversial topics such as soya, antinutrients and probiotics.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- The important factors involved in a healthy diet
- The reasons for the recommended number of portions of fruit and vegetables
- What role do antioxidants play in your nutrition?
- What can you eat to help overcome stress?
-Differing views of nutrition
- Benefits/negative effects of a variety of foods
- Common supplements and their uses
- Probiotics: Do they really work?
- The effects of caffeine, soya and aspartame
- Common allergies caused by certain foods
- Meal planning.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Obtain clarification on differing views of nutrition
Identify factors involved in developing a healthy diet
Recognise benefits/negative effects of a variety of foods
Gain an insight into the use of supplements
Gain clarification on the use of probiotics
Demonstrate basic meal planning.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is at an introductory level. You should be able to write lists, locate information using handouts, books, and the internet, listen and identify main points and participate in group discussions.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Through talk by tutor, discussion, and group work. Some handouts will be given, along with in-class worksheets. There is no work outside of class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?


When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Try one of the other nutrition related courses from the Health and Lifestyle programme at City Lit.

Ellie Holly

Ellie Holly has been practising herbal medicine and nutritional therapy for almost twenty years. She is highly qualified and experienced at treating patients with a wide range of health issues. She has been devising, writing and delivering nutrition courses to adults for over ten years. Ellie is passionate about using her knowledge to educate and enlighten people with energy and enthusiasm so that they are empowered to make positive changes in their diets and lifestyles. To find out more about Ellie, the courses she teaches and her work seeing patients in private practise, please visit her website:

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.