3 Reasons Why Every Person Should Take a Nutrition Class
Are you confused if you need to count macros, go keto, or do the latest cleanse? Then an introductory nutrition class is for you. In an applied nutrition course, you learn about your body's basic needs and how to satisfy them with science-based nutrition practices.
One of the most basic is an applied nutrition course, and it’s definitely a great place to start if you’re looking for general information to improve your health or if you’re looking to make a career out of nutrition or exercise science. Today, I’m breaking down three reasons EVERY person should take a nutrition class.
1. Unlike theoretical science, you use your knowledge every day.
When it comes down to it, one of the biggest contributors to our health and well-being is the quality of the food we eat. Understanding which foods promote our health and longevity gives us the power to affect our health at least three times a day. That’s a minimum of 1,095 opportunities to use nutrition knowledge every year! I can’t say that I use theoretical physics three times a day, that’s for sure.
When you take an applied nutrition course, every eating experience becomes an opportunity to apply what you’ve learned. You also become an informed consumer at the grocery store, which is pretty empowering considering the food we eat not only affects our health but the health of the planet we live on. Being informed gives you the power to effect positive change with your wallet. Every purchase you make tells large food companies what you stand for when it comes to your food. Taking a nutrition class gives you the information you need to confidently make those choices.
2. Learning how to fuel your body is important for everyone.
If you’ve ever struggled with your weight, understanding how your metabolism works can be one of the most confusing things in the world. It doesn’t help that the internet is filled with blogs, articles, and videos making false claims about how our bodies work when it comes to food. It’s really hard to find accurate information about metabolism online. This is why I always recommend taking a university-level class. It’s the only way you’ll know for sure the information you’re learning is accurate and up-to-date.
Nutrition classes discuss how your body uses the nutrients in food to fuel our activities, and it’s how we rebuild and maintain all our body systems. You get to learn how different macronutrients (carbs, fats, and protein) all work together to keep your body systems working, including ideal ranges for those macronutrients. You also learn how changing the amount of food you eat can promote weight gain or weight loss.
Understanding how our bodies use food is important for EVERYONE! If we’re living and breathing, we need to take in fuel to keep ourselves alive. Understanding how best to fuel our bodies is an aspect of your health and well-being you can control. Taking a nutrition class allows you to make educated decisions at every meal, and when it comes to your health, that’s pretty empowering.
3. When you learn how to help your own body, you may find the need to help others.
My first venture into nutrition was an introductory class I took at the local community college. I was an undecided major and unsure of the educational and career choices I wanted to make. I needed a science credit to complete a general studies associate degree, and I had spent most of my life struggling with my weight and body. I figured I could kill two birds with one stone, getting my associate degree and learning what to eat, by taking the nutrition course. I signed up, and the rest is history. It only took one nutrition class for me to decide to go full steam ahead into the nutrition field.
Within the course of a semester, it was clear to me that I was passionate about nutrition. I wanted to help others live their healthiest lives using food and exercise. I went from an undecided junior college student to having a clear career path. I went on to complete a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science, and a doctoral degree, all in the nutrition and exercise field. That first nutrition class put me on the career path of my dreams, and I will forever be grateful for that course.
Looking for a class? Start Online!
When I first dipped my toes into learning about nutrition, I took an online course. I worked full time and sitting in a classroom wasn’t a feasible option. As it turned out, that one online course changed my life, and now, I have a Ph.D. in Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Wellness. I also teach a nutrition course online, and I love being able to interact with students all over the country.
Concordia University, St. Paul offers an applied nutrition and a metabolism course as part of their online bachelor’s and online master’s in exercise science degrees. So, if you’re interested in nutrition and want to progress to a full degree, their online degree offerings are a great place to start.
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*This post is a sponsored collaboration with Concordia University, St. Paul. As always, all opinions are my own.