Holistic and Integrative Nutrition Training 2024 integrates various principles, theories, and practices from traditional medicine (Ayurveda) and modern science to give us a comprehensive understanding of nutrition and its impact on health.
Ayurveda emphasizes the balance of mind, body, and spirit for optimal health. It focuses on individualized approaches to nutrition based on the doṣas (unique energetic constitution) and the specific needs of one’s body type. Ayurveda considers factors such as taste, temperature, and qualities of food to create a well-rounded diet plan.
In contrast, Western science approaches nutrition from a scientific perspective, examining the physiological effects of nutrients on the body and their impact on health outcomes. It emphasizes evidence-based research, analyzing the macro and micronutrient content of food, and understanding their functions within the body.
However, no single dietary or nutritional approach is universally applicable. A multi-dimensional approach is needed to address the complex factors influencing an individual’s health and well-being. In this program, we combine the two approaches by taking into account the Ayurvedic principles of balance and individuality and the scientific knowledge of nutrients and their effects.
1. Basics of nutrition, integrated with Ayurvedic assessment. To comprehend the basics of nutrition, it is essential to understand the macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) required by the body and the concept of energy balance.
2. Incorporating the principles of Ayurveda into nutritional assessment and recommendations. Ayurveda categorises individuals into different doṣas (vata, pitta, and kapha) and emphasises the balance of these doṣas for optimal health. By considering an individual’s doṣa and specific needs, an Ayurvedic assessment can provide personalised dietary recommendations.
3. Deficiencies and their impact on health. Nutrient deficiencies can lead to various health issues. For example, inadequate intake of iron can cause anemia, while insufficient vitamin D can lead to weak bones and immune system dysfunction. Understanding the symptoms and consequences of nutrient deficiencies helps in identifying and addressing them effectively.
4. Milk and wheat allergies. Milk and wheat are commonly included in our food. However, certain people may be sensitive, allergic, or intolerant to these foods. Ayurveda considers the qualities of foods and their effects on the diff erent doṣas, which can provide insights into whether milk or wheat is suitable for an individual.
5. Sleep and food connection. Poor sleep can affect appetite-regulating hormones, leading to imbalances in hunger and fullness cues. Additionally, certain foods and nutrients, such as tryptophan and magnesium, can promote better sleep quality. Establishing healthy sleep habits and consuming sleep-supportive foods can contribute to improved overall well-being.
6. Therapeutic diets with case studies and strategies to identify the root cause. We will discuss diets for managing acidity, bloating, constipation, migraine, menstrual challenges, diabetes, and weight.
Who can benefit from this program?
- Anyone from the healing sector seeking to uplift their practice by providing holistic solutions to their clients
- Doctors keen to heal with food
- Yoga teachers and vaidyas
- Fitness trainers, wellness coaches
- Budding nutritionists
- Individuals interested in practical nutrition for their own wellness
About the trainer
Sandhya Gowtham is a Chennai-based holistic nutritionist who blends traditional Indian wisdom with modern science. She guides her clients on sustainable eating habits without resorting to quick fixes or crash diets. She holds a master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics.
After getting married and having children, Sandhya became curious about the secrets of long-lasting health. She found that people, who were over the age of 80 and healthy, followed clear routines and ate less chemically treated and processed food compared to younger generations. This inspired her to explore organic farming, sustainable living, yoga, and Ayurveda.
With this collective wisdom, Sandhya began helping friends with remedies, which led her to start “Wellness with Sandhya” in January 2019. She now offers workshops, health talks, and personalized diet consultations.
She is a Reiki master and an avid practitioner of yoga.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes on alternate Saturday mornings. Recordings will be provided for a limited time. But we encourage you to attend live as many sessions as possible so that you can participate in reflective sessions, case studies, and discussions.
Apart from these sessions, Sandhya will meet each of the participants for a personalized diet consultation.
Dates of the sessions:
2, 16, and 30 March
13 and 27 April
11 and 25 May
8 and 22 June
Session time: 11 am – 1.30 pm IST
Fee: Rs 30,000 for Indian participants;
USD 550 for international participants.
On course completion, we can provide a certificate at an additional cost of Rs 500 for Indian participants and USD 10 for international participants. Please mail us your request for the certificate within a month of course completion.