The Holistic Performance Institute is proud to announce our partnership with The Sports Nutrition Association, a global provider of registration for qualified, credible sports nutrition practitioners.
Graduates of our Holistic & Performance Nutrition Coach program (sports nutritionist) will be eligible to apply for registration with the SNA at no additional cost.
Why become accredited?
Sports Nutrition is relatively unregulated, and the quality of practitioners can vary considerably. Accreditation provides your clients with the assurance that you are credible and qualified and can set you apart from unqualified practitioners. The Sports Nutrition Association also provides insurance for sports nutrition practitioners as part of its registration and ensures the highest quality of standards are applied in sports nutrition practice.
Before the establishment of the Sports Nutrition Association, there was no universal standard for ‘best-practice’ in sports and performance nutrition. Accreditation ensures that sports nutrition professionals have both ethical and practical guidelines to follow to ensure the continued prosperity and success of the profession.
Why have we aligned with the Sports Nutrition Association?
The mandate of the SNA is to ‘Ensure the sustainable prosperity of the Sports Nutrition profession.’ This is a vision we share, and we believe that the opportunity for accreditation and insurance through a legitimate, respected global body provides a valuable addition to our current offering.
Who are the Sports Nutrition Association?
The Sports Nutrition Association is the global regulatory body responsible for the standardisation of best practice in the Sports Nutrition profession.
The Global Body has satellite offices providing a fully insurable scope of practice for the Sports Nutrition Profession in the following countries/regions:
The SNA Global Advisory Board consists of experts from a variety of areas within sports nutrition and includes:
Why study with HPI?
By qualifying with the Holistic Performance Institute*, you are eligible to register with the Sports Nutrition Association and your registration is recognised in every country that the global body is established in, providing an internationally transferable seal of approval.
But not only that, HPN1 will prepare you for a career in performance nutrition by teaching you the science and application of performance nutrition AND the fundamentals of nutrition coaching and behaviour change.
But, if your focus is on health or clinical nutrition, our ‘Health Coaching Track’ will teach you in-depth concepts of health and nutrition coaching, and both HPN1 ‘tracks’ lead on to our Clinical Nutrition training, the Certified Holistic & Performance Nutritionist program.
Start your journey to becoming a qualified and accredited sports nutritionist today (recognition of prior learning and financial assistance packages available).
*Graduates of the HPN1 sports nutritionist track are eligible for registration with the SNA
Our intro guide to mushrooms outlines the current evidence and research backing the use of common medicinal supplemental mushrooms, such as; Lion's Mane, Cordyceps, Reishi, Chaga, Shiitake, and Turkey Tail...
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Bella Marinkovich, DipNut
The biggest challenge is not finding great nutrition information... It's having the strategies and tactics to actually apply the habits of health in order to achieve remarkable results...
Cliff Harvey PhD
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses a significant threat to public health and the global economy. In this article, Cliff looks into how we can best reduce our risks of transmission while also staying healthy...
Originally posted at www.cliffharvey.com
Immunity is a BIG topic right now due to the emergence of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus). The emergence of this new form of coronavirus also resulted in greater awareness of the public health implications of other seasonal illnesses like influenza, flu-like viruses, and the common cold (itself often caused by a form of coronavirus or rhinovirus) which result in significant numbers of hospitalisations and deaths every year.
Because there is a lot of concern (and quite rightly so) about the potential implications of COVID for public health, society, and the economy, there has been a lot of discussion online about how we might avoid the virus. This advice runs the gamut from sensible, through to ridiculous (ummm 5G causes COVID… yeah… OK…)
In a nutshell, when we’re talking about immunity, we’re referring to the actions of the immune system. This system is the body’s defence system (along with physical barriers like skin) and it protects us against pathogens (viruses, bacteria, protozoa, and fungi) that can cause disease.
Note: If you’re currently feeling unwell or have any unexplained symptoms, please contact your medical doctor!
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
How important is sleep? Are you getting in enough winks to perform your best? In this article, Clinical nutritionist Kirsten Beynon looks at where some of us are going wrong, the benefits of a good night's sleep on health - plus, 18 awesome (evidence-based) sleep hygiene tips!
Kirsten Beynon MSc, DipNut
We all know what it feels like to not have enough sleep for one night – cranky, unfocussed, sleepy, forgetful, accident-prone, poor physical performance and reaching for snacks that maybe aren’t our usual choices. It makes for a hard day, especially if you have to parent, work, learn, maintain relationships, drive, think or do anything that isn’t snoozing on the sofa being brought cups of tea.
When I was studying my Masters, the campus had a sleep research centre. We, as MSc students, were strongly discouraged from taking part in sleep studies, under threat of expulsion. The school recognised that sleep deprivation studies were not conducive to academic success (or keeping heads above water!). We occasionally heard tales of participants in sleep studies who were picked up by police for exhibiting strange behaviour and detained or ‘sectioned’ under the Mental Health Act until they had recovered.
Chronic poor sleep is a significant health burden. We’re talking about the big stuff – cancer, diabetes, poor immune health, increased risk of car accidents, weight gain, increased risk of heart disease and stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, depression and other psychiatric disorders, fertility problems and overall poorer quality of life. (1)
If overeating on the weekends has been sabotaging your progress there are a few changes you can make to prevent this...
Post by Emily White
Do you stick to your diet to a tee during the week, only to find yourself blowing out on the weekends? Despite your best intentions, you get home on a Friday evening, tired and hungry, and start reaching for the foods that you have been avoiding all week? Do the Friday night indulgences then set you up for a weekend of over consuming food and alcohol leaving you disappointed and annoyed come Monday morning?
This weekend overeating habit is all too common with one study showing that majority of individuals will lose weight during the week and gain in the weekends which leads to a viscous ‘yo-yo’ diet cycle.
If overeating on the weekends has been sabotaging your progress there are a few changes you can make to prevent this.
Emerging research has discovered a game changing strategy to fight jet lag: fasting before and during the flight...
Post by Emily White
As the mornings get colder in New Zealand and winter looms on the horizon, many of us are booking warm holidays to escape the grips of the Southern Hemisphere winter. However with long-haul travel comes the inevitable dreaded jet lag. When we travel to a new time zone, our circadian rhythms are slow to adjust and remain on their original biological schedule for several days. Some individuals try taking over-the-counter or prescription pills to improve symptoms while others rely on coffee and adrenaline to get them through. Emerging research has discovered a game changing strategy to fight jet lag: fasting before and during the flight.
The impact on health in jockeys due to demanding weight requirements in horse racing and nutritional strategies to help minimise the damage
Jockeys have a demanding and challenging role in which many do suffer the negative consequences of their choices and actions. While many practices employed to achieve a jockeys weight goals are common, they may not be necessary...
Post by Lee-Anne Wann
Here’s why this this latest trend is one that can offer you some serious health benefits.
By Emily White
This is pretty darn cool. I really dig the work of Brad Dieter PhD over at sciencedrivennutrition.com and so, I was honoured that he asked me to write this article after a brief discussion on Facebook about the merits of insulin status as a predictor of carb-tolerance.
Read the full article here
Post by Emily White
You have heard it time and time again; if you are trying to lose fat and boost your metabolism eating small meals 6 times a day and always having snacks on hand is far superior over the traditional 3 meals a day. Personally I have always stuck to the 3 meals a day- not because I thought weight-wise one was superior over the other but because the thought of having to think of and prepare 6 meals every single day just makes me want to take a nap. So apart from being increasingly inconvenient are there any benefits to eating more frequently throughout the day?
Post by Cliff Harvey
...and before you start accusing me of being 'a Paleo guy'. I'm not. I'm a freakin' spaceman, not a caveman... BUT...Humans have eaten very high-carbohydrate foods (especially high intakes of grains) for only a short time in their overall development. For many thousands of years’ humans survived as hunter-gatherers, eating predominantly meats, eggs, fish, birds, leaves, nuts, seeds, and smaller amounts of grains and legumes.
It's only in the past several thousand (an evolutionary ‘blink of the eye’) that we have shifted to a food environment in which grains dominate our food supply. It is even more recently that we began to eat the vast quantity of highly processed and refined food that make up the bulk of the modern diet.
Read the full article at Patreon
Post by Cliff Harvey
Most people think of ketogenic diets when they think ‘low carb’. Ketogenic diets are low enough in carbohydrate (and protein), and high enough in fat, to encourage the creation of ketone bodies. This creation of ketones resulting from diet is called ‘Nutritional Ketosis’.
Ketogenic diets have a range of applications, from rapid fat-loss, to improved fat use for fuel, and application for many health conditions but some people just don’t benefit from ketogenic diets and it’s likely that your genes determine to a large degree which type of lower-carb diet you should follow. Through trial and error, or by following the tips in The Carbohydrate Appropriate Diet, or Keto-Appropriate Diet Manifesto you can find your best diet.
Your diet should be the most satisfying and comforting that it can possibly be while also allowing you to achieve your physical and mental goals.
There is a place for high protein, low carb diets.
Read the full article at Patreon
1. Drink more water
Optimal hydration is key to staying on track. Without enough water we are unable to perform at our physical and mental best, and we may feel hungrier- the last thing you need when Christmas mince pies and ham are in easy reach!!
The human body turns over about 100ml an hour so we need at least two litres per day to remain hydrated.
2.Apple cider vinegar or lemon juice in the morning
Both Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and lemon juice are time honoured naturopathic remedies to promote digestion and detoxification. They are also highly alkaline promoting in the body. Perfect for times when you may be over indulging!
Article by Emily White
Snacking is something of great debate. Some say you should snack morning and afternoon to keep your blood sugar levels stable and cravings at bay, whilst others say you should ensure you are getting enough food and nutrients at your main meals that you don’t require snacks between meals. Which one is the correct?
By Amy Lynn, BNatMed
In 2012, physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide (1). It is pandemic and a strong causative factor of the major non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes. In children and adolescents, sedentary behavior and obesity were strongly correlated. In adults, sedentary behavior were strongly correlated with all-cause mortality, fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome (2). Among older adults, sedentary behavior is a strong element influencing the health of ageing adults and is being considered as a significant fall risk factor, such as drugs (3). Clearly, physical inactivity is one of the top four pillars of a noncommunicable disease strategy (1).
Post by Emily White
So you are sitting across from your friend at a cafe, glaring longingly at their BLT with fries whilst you reluctantly dig into your salmon salad. To make matters worse they are a stick insect while it feels you just need to smell a potato before the weight piles on. Sound familiar? Researchers are now suggesting that our genetic make up could actually play a role in this unfair travesty.
By HPN intern Amy Lynn
Teenage years are the period of life with the fastest rate of body growth. This is also the period of sexual maturation, which is accompanied by significant physiological changes. As a result, nutritional requirements of teenagers tend to be significantly different from those of adults (1). Due to accelerated growth, the teenage body yearns for elevated nutrition, although it’s the last thought a teen wishes to engage in. Unfortunately, today, we are seeing higher nutritional deficiencies in teens due to an over active, hyper driven society. Several health conditions such as loss of height, osteoporosis, and even delayed sexual maturation may present themselves in these delicate growing years (2). In addition, the increasing decision to undertake vegan or vegetarian based diets are increasing amongst teens, which then gives nutritional deficiencies another level of disconcertment, especially within the athletic group.
Article by HPN graduate Tammy Hume
Giving a bubba the best start to life is one of the best gifts that we can give our children.
Every parent wants their child to be as healthy as possible. But despite that, most of us simply just give little thought towards improving our health before conceiving a child. We often simply expect that regardless of how we have treated our bodies in the past that they will conceive a child with ease, grow and birth a healthy baby, which will in turn lead to a healthy child.
Post by Emily White
You see it all the time; people buy a plastic water bottle from the supermarket and reuse it for weeks on end. After all, it is ridiculous (both environmentally and economically) to buy a plastic water bottle, only to throw them out after one use. But how safe is it to reuse these bottles?
Article by Emily White
Meat and disease. Two things that are so often grouped together in the media. On the one hand, you have people touting that this is ridiculous, whilst others have embraced a vegetarian diet, never looking back.
So, the question remains, is meat a cause of disease?
Post by Emily White
Many people are of the belief that if you want to lose weight you simply need to cut your calories and increase your exercise (there needs to be more calories going out than coming in). Simple as that, you lose the weight you need and all is well. These people believe that this is the ONLY thing that matters.
Before we delve into this topic, it is worth addressing that the ‘calories in, calories out’ argument is incredibly important. It’s true, you need to be in a calorie deficit to lose weight, but that is an incredibly black and white way to look at it and does not address the enormous big picture that is at play when it comes to weight loss.
Post by Taryn van Meygaarden
Why did you choose HPN?
I wanted to do a nutrition course that was not the conventional moderate to high carbohydrate model. I asked Michelle Yandle for advice after following her on Facebook for maybe a year (she's awesome) and she recommended HPN. So I checked them out and loved the holistic evidence based approach
Would you recommend the HPN course to others? Why/ Why not?
Definitely! What stood out for me is the support. Such a great online community of friendly members with a wealth of knowledge from different fields.
Describe your ultimate day off
A run or the gym first thing. Then a morning at the beach or a park with family and the dogs, followed by a barbecue lunch (and dessert) or a child friendly cafe visit
What's next for you in the nutrition and health field?
Setting myself up as a nutrition coach and completing my personal training course! I am really passionate about motivating other women and helping other mums in particular to regain their confidence by meeting their health and wellness goals!
What is your favourite way to nourish your body and what is your biggest food weakness?
Eating lots of vegetables, fermented vegetables and avocados!!! My biggest food weakness is cheesecake in any form and raw slices, especially caramel ones...
What does your weekly fitness routine consist of?
I go to the gym 3-4 times a week and run 1-2 times a week
Favourite piece of nutritional advice?
Eat more veges!!!
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