Now that I’ve pretty much completed the Natural Nutrition program at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (my last class was last Monday, but the final board exam isn’t until August 22nd), I thought it would be a good time to share my thoughts with you on what I thought of the program as a whole!
Ironically, I didn’t know about this program or the school, Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN), until the summer of 2013 despite living in London, one of the locations of a CSNN school. However, I am very thankful and fortunate that I came across this blog post, which led me to applying, enrolling, and studying at CSNN.
When I enrolled at CSNN, I had just completed my Bachelor of Science degree with specialization in Food and Nutrition at Brescia University College. Despite having 4 years of studying nutrition under my belt already, I felt that studying at CSNN and completing their Natural Nutrition program was the right fit for me!
And was I ever right, the Natural Nutrition program was definitely the right fit for me. It was like the missing piece to my puzzle.
I began studying at CSNN in September, attending class every morning 2 days per week, and ended class on June 30th. In addition to attending lectures, I also attended practicums, which are required for completing the program.
At CSNN there is an option between enrolling in the 1-year Natural Nutrition program or the 2-year. I chose the 1-year program as I already had a science background and previous university experience. The 1-year program is very fast paced. Even though lectures were held only two times per week, I was always studying as there were practicums to attend and exams were scheduled pretty much every second class or so.
There is also an option between taking class on site or through distance studies. I chose to study on site as I find the classroom setting very beneficial and felt as though I would be missing out on a lot if I were to study from a distance. I am happy with my decision as I truly believe I learnt a lot more from being in a classroom setting as my teachers always had additional information to add beyond what our textbooks read. I also met one of my best friends at CSNN and if it wasn’t for attending class, I would have never met such a wonderful person and lifelong friend such as her.
The Natural Nutrition program includes the following courses:
- Fundamentals of Nutrition
- Nutritional Symptomology I
- Nutritional Symptomology II
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Preventative Nutrition
- Body Mind Spirit: The Connection
- Fundamentals of Business
- Chemistry & Biochemistry
- Cellular Biology
- Pathology & Nutrition
- Nutrition Literature Research
- Lifecycle Nutrition: Pediatrics
- Lifecycle Nutrition: Sports
- Lifecycle Nutrition: Perspectives on Aging
- Alternative and Comparative Diets
I absolutely loved each and every course and despite already having a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition, I always felt like I was learning new information as the Natural Nutrition program has a very different perspective on healing than we focused on in my undergrad when studying dietetics. While studying holistic nutrition at CSNN, I truly felt like we were being taught that food is medicine. It was amazing and life changing.
My favourite course was Pathology & Nutrition, but, like I said, I truly did enjoy every single course.
I also really enjoyed the practicums offered throughout the year, as well. Some practicums focused on specific body systems and illnesses such as thyroid and adrenal health and cancer, while others focused on how to do certain things like make your own sauerkraut or create and market a successful business.
In addition to attending class and practicums, we are also required to complete 14 case studies on real people throughout the year. I think this is my favourite part of the entire program as this prepares you for real life clients.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this program and couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend my year. I feel as though I learnt more throughout this year at CSNN than I did throughout my 4 years doing my Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition.
I honestly only have good and positive things to say about my time studying at CSNN and the Natural Nutrition program itself; however, if it were up to me, the requirements and prerequisites to enroll into the program would be changed as I feel it was very beneficial to have 4 years of university experience and a degree prior to beginning and completing this program.
Even though I am technically done the Natural Nutrition program, I still have a lot of work ahead of me this summer. I will be busy studying for the final board exam and completing the rest of my case studies. I will be officially done August 22nd.
If you have any additional questions about my time at CSNN in the Natural Nutrition program feel free to leave a question in the comment section below or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!