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The Living Light Culinary Institute has teamed up with Rick and Karin Dina, D.C. to offer a comprehensive series of courses on the science of raw food nutrition. These courses in Fort Bragg, California, cover hot topics in raw food nutrition including raw vegan sources of iron, calcium, protein, vitamin B12, and essential fatty acids, as well as blood sugar regulation, pH balance, food changes from cooking, anti-inflammatory nutrition, weight management, anti-aging, longevity, and much more.

Rick and Karin Dina, D.C. are known for their ability to make complex scientific concepts entertaining and easily understandable for the non-scientific person. They also provide greater clarity, depth, and perspective for those with a science or nutrition background. This is a great course for chefs, health educators, or anyone else who wants to have the knowledge base to achieve optimum health by gaining a greater understanding of scientifically-based raw food nutrition.


Science of Raw Food Nutrition™ I

Living Light has teamed up with nutrition curriculum developers Drs. Rick and Karin Dina, D.C. to offer a comprehensive course on the science of raw food nutrition. Rick and Karin Dina are known for their ability to make complex scientific concepts understandable for the non-scientific person. They also provide greater clarity, depth, and perspective for those with a science or nutrition background. This is a great course for chefs, health educators, clinicians, and those who want a knowledge base to achieve optimal health with a greater understanding of scientifically-based raw food nutrition.

This course will provide answers to common questions about raw food, vegan, vegetarian and plant-based diets and is presented in a fun and easy to understand format. You will leave this course empowered with knowledge and understanding to successfully incorporate raw and living foods into your daily diet. In addition to the information packed classes, this course includes time for answering questions after each class, as well as a final question and answer session at the conclusion of the program. All participants will receive a comprehensive notebook including lecture notes, charts, graphs and other essential information on raw food nutrition. There is no prerequisite for this class. This two-day course is a prerequisite for the Science of Raw Food Nutrition II—a five-day comprehensive raw food nutrition course—the Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition Health Educator Certification™ and the Advanced Raw Food Nutrition Health Educator Certification™.

What You Will Learn

  • Successful weight management
  • Blood sugar regulation from a dietary perspective
  • Acid/alkaline balance
  • Food changes from cooking
  • Anti-inflammatory nutrition
  • Anti-aging and longevity
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Zinc
  • Protein
  • Vitamin B12
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Antioxidants and phytonutrients
  • Cleansing for health and vitality

Most importantly, we discuss how to integrate all of this information into a successful diet and healthy lifestyle program! This course is available in Fort Bragg, California and as an online course.

Prerequisite: None. This course is one of the required courses for eight culinary and nutrition educator certification programs: Raw Culinary Arts Associate Chef and Instructor Training Certification™, Pastry Arts-Unbaked Certification, Advanced Pastry Arts-Unbaked! Certification, Advanced Raw Culinary Arts Instructor Certification™,Gourmet Raw Food Chef Certification™, Raw Culinary Arts Professional Chef Certification™, Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition Health Educator Certification™, and Advanced Raw Food Nutrition Health Educator Certification™.

Tuition: $375

Required Text: No required text. All class materials included.

Additional Information: This is a lecture course with no additional required items. You may bring a laptop for note-taking. There is no meal service on this class day.

You may receive a discount for this class if you register for any of our training packages which include this course or any culinary or nutrition certification series.

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Science of Raw Food Nutrition™ II

Has the Science of Raw Food Nutrition course left you with a passion and desire to go further? Science of Raw Food Nutrition II will take your raw food nutrition knowledge and understanding to an entirely new level. This course builds on the knowledge base learned in SRFN I and introduces many new topics that are essential to understanding the big picture of raw and living food nutrition. Students of this course will leave with a holistic view on how the human body works and how food nourishes and affects our whole being. The information learned in this course is an invaluable resource for health educators, or anyone else who really wants to “know their stuff,” both personally and professionally. This comprehensive five-day Science of Raw Food Nutrition II course covers essential information on raw food, living food, vegan and plant-based diets and is a prerequisite for the two-day Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition Educator Certification™ Course immediately following.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Understanding human digestion, absorption and assimilation of nutrients.
  • Statistics in U.S. healthcare - we have the most costly healthcare system in the world, but are plagued by many diseases. Why? We will explore this question and more.
  • The quick fix approach vs. long-term change. How do health outcomes differ?
  • A history of the raw and living foods movement: Natural hygiene and the Hippocrates/Ann Wigmore program contrasted with popular diet programs.
  • Evolution within the raw food movement and growing national/international popularity.
  • Personal responsibility and health achievement.
  • Major studies in support of plant-based diets.
  • Evaluation of the health promoting properties of different foods.
  • Making sense of food labels.
  • Women's health and plant-based diets, soy, and xenoestrogens.
  • Candida perspectives.
  • Enzyme theory and enzyme science.
  • Food combining theory and practical applications.
  • Essentials for success with raw foods.
  • The history of human food choices.
  • Grains.
  • Organically grown produce - a scientific perspective.
  • Nutrition from whole natural plant foods vs. supplements.
  • More about essential fatty acids.
  • Philosophy vs. science - the benefits and limitations of both.
  • Comparison and contrast of different approaches to raw food nutrition - low fat raw, higher fat raw, the importance of greens, and much more.
  • Avoidance of common pitfalls in raw food - designing a health program for success.
  • Raw food exaggerations and raw food facts.
  • More about the effects of heating on food.
  • The benefits of sprouting and greens.
  • Antioxidants and phytonutrients.
  • Nutrient synergy.
  • Lighter eating for more energy.
  • Healthy weight control.
  • Raw superfoods, an objective and scientific look.
  • Attitude and psychological considerations for healthy eating.
  • Sleep and optimal health.
  • Comparison of different types of fasts and cleanses.
  • Food choices and ecological sustainability.
  • Menu planning for various health challenges: Blood sugar challenges, elevated cholesterol, autoimmune challenges, elevated blood pressure, weight control challenges, fatigue, digestive challenges.
  • And more...

Prerequisite: Science of Raw Food Nutrition I.

This course is one of the required courses for Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition Health Educator Certification™Advanced Raw Food Nutrition Health Educator Certification™, and Raw Culinary Arts Professional Chef Certification™.

You may receive a discount for this class if you register for any of our training packages which include this course or any culinary or nutrition certification series.

"A high level of information delivered by qualified instructors. I can’t think of anything that could be improved, and the comprehensive folders were an unexpected bonus. Rick and Karin Dina’s integrity and intelligence were refreshing."

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Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition Educator Certification™

The Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition Educator Certification™ Course is a two-day course immediately following Science of Raw Food Nutrition Level II that prepares students to present fundamental raw food nutrition information with authority, accuracy and confidence. It is highly recommended for health educators and raw food chefs who plan to teach the benefits of raw and living foods in an articulate and easy to understand manner.

In this class, students will learn how to utilize information learned in both Science of Raw Food Nutrition I and II to deliver an interesting and comprehensible presentation that is appropriate for a variety of audiences.

All participants will receive a CD containing two turn-key PowerPoint presentations on the benefits of raw and living food nutrition. The first is a 20-minute introductory presentation designed to be a free talk to invite participants to attend the second, more comprehensive 2-hour raw food nutrition class. This class is designed to be presented on its own, or in conjunction with culinary demonstrations.

The Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition Educator Certification™ Course will also cover techniques on searching for and objectively evaluating raw food and vegan nutrition information. This will give students the tools to continue learning in a clear and accurate manner long after this course is over.

This course includes:

CDs / Resources

  • A professional 20-minute PowerPoint introductory presentation.
  • A professional 2-hour PowerPoint comprehensive presentation.
  • A bonus PowerPoint presentation on how to make a healthful green smoothie!
  • Handouts for the 20-minute and 2-hour presentations to give to your class participants.
  • Recommended reading and resources.

Coaching/Presenting

  • Answers to commonly asked questions about raw food and vegan nutrition. Easy short answers to use in conversation, question/answer sessions, etc.
  • Creating a professional image and establishing credibility.
  • Tips on putting together a lecture and event.
  • Tips for choosing appropriate topics for raw and living food lectures.
  • Managing challenging audience members and questions with ease.

Nutrition Research

  • How to effectively search for scientifically-based nutrition and general health information.
  • Critical Thinking - Evaluation of nutrition literature and peer-reviewed scientific journal articles.
  • Beyond the Headlines: Making sense of seemingly conflicting opinions in the popular media, especially in reference to certain dietary plans.

Even if you have no previous science or nutrition background and/or have never spoken in front of an audience, you will learn how to speak confidently about the benefits of raw food nutrition once you have completed this class.

Prerequisite: Science of Raw Food Nutrition I and II.

This course is one of the required courses for Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition Health Educator Certification™Advanced Raw Food Nutrition Health Educator Certification™, and Raw Culinary Arts Professional Chef Certification™.

You may receive a discount for this class if you register for any of our training packages which include this course or any culinary or nutrition certification series.

"I thoroughly enjoyed this class. I’ve absorbed an amazing amount of information, but the Drs. Dina delivered it in a very efficient and accessible way, so I never felt swamped. They willingly made themselves available for questions and no question was too unimportant for them to answer. Many thanks!"

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Science of Raw Food Nutrition™ III

You asked for it, you got it! At the enthusiastic request of students who have completed our Science of Raw Food Nutrition I and II courses, we have created this level III curriculum for people who want to continue their learning and deepen their understanding of raw plant-based nutrition. Just like SRFN I and II, this class is based on peer-reviewed science and presented in a format both solid enough for those with a science background, yet accessible enough for the rest of us. Best of all, it covers a variety of fascinating hot topics in raw food nutrition! If you’d like to gain a stronger grasp of how your body works, and the important role that food plays in this process, SRFN III offers a fabulous opportunity to take your knowledge of raw food nutrition to the next level.

“Hot Topics” to be covered in Science of Raw Food Nutrition III:

  • Supplements – what are they, what do they do and do we actually need them?
  • Survey of superfoods – what are they, what do they do and do we actually need them? Are they as “super” as marketers say they are? This is a continuation of the superfoods covered in Science of Raw Food Nutrition II.
  • Survey of sweeteners – what are the various sweeteners used by raw food enthusiasts and the population in general? Are they good for us and what are healthy alternatives?
  • Nutrient differences between raw and cooked foods – do we lose nutrients or do some become more bioavailable with cooking? (continued from SRFN II)
  • Evaluating research and cultivating critical thinking skills
  • Food and mood – is there a connection?
  • Advanced topics in weight loss and metabolism. Do hormones play a role? How do diet, activity level, stress, sleep, etc. affect weight loss/gain?
  • Digestive health – the effect of various foods, stress/emotional state, probiotics (what are they and do they work?)
  • How our body utilizes carbohydrates, protein and fat
  • Sea vegetables
  • Raw food challenges, pitfalls and solutions
  • Different types of oils – what are they, are they really healthy and do we need them?
  • Nutrient analysis of popular raw food staples (continued from Science II)
  • Wimpy versus hefty – what popular raw foods are nutrient powerhouses and which are wimpy? Is it necessary to spend a lot of money to be healthy?
  • The raw health continuum – where do different raw foods fall on the scale of health?
  • The importance of fiber for intestinal health
  • Summary of raw food / plant-based diet research

Gaining a stronger grasp of how one’s body works and the important role that food plays in the process:

  • Calories from our food provide energy to keep the essential processes in our body working properly and give us energy to move around and accomplish our activities of daily life.
  • The nutrients (vitamins, minerals, protein, fat, etc.) in our food are the building blocks for all of the organs and tissues in our body and assist our body in life-sustaining biochemical processes.
  • Dietary fiber, such as in raw plant foods, may contribute to helping one feel full and satisfied on less calories than if one was to consume foods with less fiber, such as processed foods. Additionally, dietary fiber may assist in slowing the absorption of cholesterol from the intestines, possibly helping keep blood cholesterol at appropriate levels. Dietary fiber also helps keep one “regular”.

Prerequisite: Science of Raw Food Nutrition I and II.

This course is one of the required courses for Advanced Raw Food Nutrition Health Educator Certification™ and Raw Culinary Arts Professional Chef Certification™.

You may receive a discount for this class if you register for any of our training packages which include this course or any culinary or nutrition certification series.

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Advanced Raw Food Nutrition Educator Certification™

Where do you get your ________? How many times have you been asked a question like this, only to be stumped without a quick, convincing, and well-conceived answer? If you are a presenter, how many times have you given a great presentation, only to lose credibility at the end when audience members challenge you with queries you can’t properly address? Do you want to learn concise, well-developed answers to numerous frequently asked questions about raw food and health, so you come across as poised and confident in the eyes of your audience? Even if you have no interest in public speaking, knowing how to adeptly navigate such questions can be handy for responding to inquisitive family members, friends, co-workers, and others.

This course integrates and refines the information learned in SRFN I, II, III, as well as our Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition Educator Certification course, focusing on helping participants develop confidence and finesse in fielding those tough inquiries. We will provide you with several helpful tools for honing your skills as a credible raw food nutrition educator, including in-class practice, individual feedback, and a CD containing lecture notes and a PowerPoint presentation. You will come away from this course prepared to deliver concise, scientifically sound answers to many of the most common questions about raw food nutrition.

This course includes:

CDs / Resources

  • A professional PowerPoint presentation in PC format focusing on commonly asked questions and with concise, scientifically sound answers
  • Handouts for the presentation to give to your class participants
  • References for the presentation, questions and answers
  • Recommended reading and resources

Coaching/Presenting

  • Easy short answers to use in conversation, question/answer sessions, etc.
  • More tips for creating a professional image and establishing credibility
  • Choosing appropriate topics for raw and living food lectures
  • In-class practice and individual feedback on presentation
  • Evaluating and choosing credible sources of nutrition information
  • Presenting within your scope of knowledge

Prerequisite: Science of Raw Food Nutrition levels I, II, III and the Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition Educator Certification Course.

This course is one of the required courses for Advanced Raw Food Nutrition Health Educator Certification™ and Raw Culinary Arts Professional Chef Certification™.

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You may receive a discount for this class if you register for any of our training packages which include this course or any culinary or nutrition certification series.


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