This was a very good starter course. It provided a large amount of information, but the way it was presented was conducive to remembering it quickly. It presented a would-be new-to-nutrition reader with the basics without bogging them down in too much scientific detail. This made it easy to learn. Everything down to the graphics and style made it user friendly.
I was very pleased to Jamie Oliver's TED talk making it in to the nutrition starter course. I feel strongly that his message speaks honestly about our responsibilities as adults for our and our children's health. The amount of added sugar in supposedly "healthy" foods is nothing short of shocking. He helps people, everyday men and women, see that the realm of nutrition is important and approachable, and that so many metabolism related diseases are preventable.
As a very mild criticism, there was an implication in the text that fat is not good for you. It does, accurately, say that fat is an essential nutrient, but it also goes on to suggest that low fat foods and low fat diets are of benefit to weight loss and health. I have recently read a considerable amount of new research suggesting that this is not the case and that higher levels of healthy, naturally occurring dietary fats (not hydrogenated/processed etc.) are better for us, for reducing LDL cholesterol and improving mental wellbeing and cognitive function as well as lowering liver triglyceride levels. I feel like these sections should be reflected on and updated as required. It is clear, however, that the authors are very knowledgeable about their subject.
I enjoyed taking the polls, interactive tasks are always great to get people involved, and it's certainly a good tactic to educate people about this subject. I felt engaged and invested in my task.
Other than that, the statistics cited about obesity were nothing short of shocking. An incredible number of people are ill, simply because of the food they eat. We need more people educated about food, nutrition and well-being in order to stop the obesity epidemic in its tracks. It kills thousands in the UK and Ireland every year. We have to do more. Hopefully, courses like this will help.
For my own part, I was diagnosed as insulin resistant when I was a teenager. However, I never paid attention as I didn't know much about the condition, only knowing I would feel sleeping after eating, especially sugary foods. In university, it got worse, as my levels of alcohol consumption rose, as too my diet of processed and "quick" foods. During this time, I packed on stones in weight and developed extreme anxiety and became increasingly depressed. I always had a good idea of what a healthy diet SHOULD look like. In general, I thought my diet wasn't bad, I cooked a lot of my own meals and drank water etc. When I finally decided to take control and began researching nutrition several years ago, I was absolutely shocked at the damage so many perceived "healthy" foods were doing to my body. In the last year I have been on a mission to take control of my health. I can only say that it's working. Packing my diet full of fresh vegetables, good fats and protein has given me a new lease of life. Everyone has commented on it. I am happier than ever.
This has inspired me, given me a drive, to share what I have learned with other people. I am starting off small, talking under the radar to my family, friends and coworkers. But I want to do more. I want to be qualified so that I can help more people. I want them to know that they can take back control of their life. Enjoy life again, not just accept it as it is.
I believe food is our medicine, first and foremost, for both body and mind. I hope I can share that message.