Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Another Diploma? Sano School of Culinary Medicine

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to combine my love of science with my passion for nutrition and health.

Studying dentistry is obviously a very demanding occupation. After qualifying a few years ago, I continued to further my education by completing several dental courses, a PG Cert last year, a diploma this year and now an MSc.

I therefore haven't really had the time, money or motivation to be studying anything else amongst working full time, trying to keep fit and eat well.. until now.

I have looked into studying nutrition and/or fitness for a couple of years, however, many courses required a lot of time to attend various lectures and seminars and were also extremely costly. Furthermore, I struggled to find a course that was completely suited to me and geared towards my learning goals.

I didn't want to be taught the basics of nutrition. I didn't even really want to be a nutritionist. I just wanted to get a greater understanding of how the science behind the food we put into our bodies can affect our health. And of course, in this day and age with so much litigation around, I wanted to have the peace of mind that any opinion I give will soon be backed up by a much greater understanding of nutrition. This is when I discovered the diploma in Applied Nutrition at Sano School of Culinary Medicine.

Several aspects of this course were absolute musts for me:

Sano is accredited by the FNTP and a member of the CMA. All modules you complete and all assignments submitted are marked by qualified nutritional therapists.

All the information provided by Sano is evidence based and up to date. They provide the latest research surrounding nutritional science, which prompts you to apply it to your day to day lifestyle in a bid to make healthier choices.

Having spent thousands on education over the last few years and knowing I have got another few thousand to spend on my masters, cost was a huge factor for me. IMO, Sano provides such an affordable diploma for what you get out of it.

I don't have the time or want to put in the time travelling to study again. I have done that and am continuing to do that enough already! Online means it's there for you as and when you're ready to learn. Because it's something I'm so passionate about doing, I actually find myself wanting to sit down and do some studying in an evening. It's enjoyable to be able to dip in and out of it with no time frames or deadlines pressurising me to do so.

How am I finding it so far?

I've just completed the first module, which was Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome. I won't lie, as someone who has studied science for a long time (I sometimes think too long), it does go back to the very basics. It's like being in a GCSE or A-Level biology class. Learning about cells and metabolic pathways again. Learning about the origins of different diseases.

However, it's actually things I haven't thought about for years! It's written in a very simplistic manner because it's designed for people of all backgrounds with varying levels of knowledge. So for me, it's really easy to breeze through and has proven to be very easy going, enjoyable learning! It's exactly the thing I was looking for - easily applicable science to every day nutritional problems and understanding what we can do about it through food.

At the end of the module you have to design menus specific to the module theory, detailing how it relates to the management and prevention of the particular disease discussed. I find this so enjoyable and interesting and it's amazing to finally be combining my two passions!

So in essence, I am loving my experience of the diploma in Applied Nutrition so far. Sano have been kind enough to allow my readers to receive a discount if they also sign up to the diploma by using the code jessstudent at the checkout.

Once I've completed the diploma, I'll be sure to feed back to you on how I've found it. I can't promise time frames for this - as I said I'll be doing it as and when I can! But I'm excited to finally have a qualification in something I love doing and look forward to sharing the journey with you.

Jess x



  1. HI Jess, Have you finished? and how did you find it? I am thinking of doing the same Thanks

    1. Hey Josie, I still haven’t finished it yet! I’m on the third module now but it’s taking a bit of a back seat as I need to complete my dental masters before the deadline! That’s one of the great things about it though, it’s easy to start and stop. Finding it really good actually and it’s great to have all the extra knowledge before designing recipes! Let me know if you have any other questions :-)


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