Full Course Description

3-Day: Functional Nutrition Certification: Using Food as Medicine for Optimizing Health & Wellness

It can be intimidating when patients start asking you for guidance on nutrition. You may find yourself asking, “I’m not a dietitian. What kind of advice can I offer within my scope of practice?”

Plus, with so much misinformation out there, how do you navigate what’s right and what’s not? You deserve evidence-based information that clears the confusion and helps you help your patients.

Join us as we break down today’s best nutrition science into strategies that are simple to share and easy to apply in the real world. You’ll learn safe, effective, and affordable evidencebased nutrition approaches that will help your patients achieve optimal health and wellness while preventing and treating common medical conditions:

  • Which diet plan is best?
  • Which supplements are most important?
  • What is the impact of gut health?
  • What are specific tactics to use for diabetes, hypothyroidism, depression, insomnia, chronic pain, autoimmunity, and others?

Help your patients expertly navigate diet culture and achieve their goals. We’ve helped thousands of professionals just like you become a trusted resource - don’t miss this opportunity to learn life changing strategies for nutritional program design.

Best of all, you’ll be eligible to become a Certified Functional Nutrition Informed Professional (CFNIP) through Evergreen Certifications, a $99 value, for no additional charge!

Don’t wait, register today!

- Cindi Lockhart, RDN, LD, IFNCP and Vanessa Ruiz, ND, RN-BSN


  • No hidden fees – PESI pays for your application fee (a $99 value)*!
  • Simply complete this live event and the post-event evaluation included in this training, and your application to be a Certified Functional Nutrition Informed Professional through Evergreen Certifications is complete.*

Attendees will receive documentation of CFNIP designation from Evergreen Certifications 4 to 6 weeks following the program.

*Professional standards apply. Visit www.evergreencertifications.com/cfnip for professional requirements.

Program Information


  1. Assess the general function of the gut via digestion, intestinal permeability, and microbiome and its impact on weight, immunity, and metabolic health. 
  2. Determine how to assess a patient’s nutritional status and when to refer out to a nutrition professional. 
  3. Determine the prevalence of and what entails disrupted sleep, stress management, and alignment to circadian rhythms. 
  4. Investigate the health benefits and risks of adequate sleep and mindfulness, as well as the importance of aligning one’s lifestyle habits to natural circadian rhythms. 
  5. Determine the criteria and role of functional foods in nutrition.  
  6. Determine how the lifestyle factors affect hormone balance – standard American diet, obesity, too much or too little exercise, chronic stress, inadequate sleep, and environmental toxins. 
  7. Investigate the myriad of food reactions: allergies, sensitivities and reactions as well as how to manage them.  
  8. Determine how oxidative stress and inflammation drive dysfunction and chronic disease. 
  9. Determine how one's nutrition and lifestyle habits impact overall health and wellness via driving or lowering inflammation and oxidative stress. 
  10. Differentiate the pros and cons of various popular diets and when best to utilize them. 
  11. Inspect how food acts as medicine with specific medical conditions.  
  12. Determine common nutritional risks and articulate action steps to help optimize a patient’s nutritional state. 
  13. Determine a holistic approach to optimizing hormones such as thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, insulin, testosterone and cortisol. 
  14. Assess the general function of the gut via digestion, intestinal permeability, and microbiome as well as the estrogen specific estrabalome. 
  15. Differentiate the components of a SAD (standard american diet) compared to an anti-inflammatory diet and the benefits of food quality over quantity. 
  16. Evaluate the role of food and nutrition in mood disorders such as Anxiety and Depression. 
  17. Determine a prioritized approach to optimizing gut function and hormone balance via the 5R gut repair protocol.


Principles to Maximize Your Patient’s Nutrition

  • Food as medicine
  • Foundations: oxidative stress & inflammation & blood sugar regulation
  • Stress, the Autonomic Nervous System & the impact of nutritional status
  • Mindful Eating
  • Diet recalls – diary vs 24 hour
  • Macros and micros
    • What’s the skinny on fats?
    • To carb or not to carb?
    • Protein – high or low?
  • Nutrient balance and easy visuals for portions
  • Quality of food – processed, whole, organic
  • Navigating food labels, nutrition facts & ingredients
  • Beverages & sweeteners
  • Food reactions- allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances – N of 1
    • Elimination diet process
  • Functional and superfoods
  • Supplements
  • Q&A
Gut Health & Why That Matters
  • Digestion, absorption and impact of enzymes
  • Acidity & hypochlorhydria – abuse of PPI’s and antacids
  • Healthy elimination – Bristol scale
    • What is constipation these days??
  • Cravings – what the body is saying
  • Health of tongue as reflection of gut health
  • Intestinal barrier and leaky gut
    • Zonulin & wheat/gluten sensitivity to celiac
  • Microbiome – the power of bacteria – estrabalome – impact of antibiotics
    • Modulator of inflammation
  • 5R protocol to heal the gut
  • Prebiotics & probiotics
  • Case Study with open discussion
  • Q&A
Diet Wars – There is no “one size fits all” in nutrition!
  • SAD – components vs Anti-Inflammatory diet – comparison chart
  • Nutrigenomics
  • Mediterranean – the gold standard
  • Paleo / DASH
  • Keto
  • Vegan + different types of vegetarian diets
  • Elimination diets
  • Intermittent fasting, time restricted eating & fasting mimicking diets
  • Case Study with open discussion
  • Q&A
Food as Medicine in Special Populations
  • Diabetes & metabolic syndrome
  • Adrenal function – physiologic stress & recovery
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Sex hormone imbalances
  • Anxiety & depression
  • Food & mood
    • Blood/brain barrier & inflammation
  • Insomnia & fatigue
  • Chronic pain & fibromyalgia
  • Autoimmunity & IBD
  • Osteoarthritis
Resources for Ongoing Education
  • Case reviews with guided nutrition and lifestyle plan
  • Red flags, limitations and when to refer out
  • Q&A

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Therapy Directors
  • Chiropractors
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Physicians
  • Dietitians
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Personal Trainers
  • Other Rehab and Healthcare Professionals

Copyright : 04/27/2023

Mindfulness, Sleep, & Circadian Rhythms – How They Optimize Physical & Cognitive Recovery

If you aren’t asking your clients about their sleep, you are missing a big piece of the puzzle that could be slowing your clients’ progress. In this session, you will arm yourself with tools you can easily integrate and immediately apply to your next session. Learn strategies for naturally managing stress and improving sleep without the use of addictive medications. Snap clients out of their sleep-depriving habits with behavior changing exercises that will put them more in alignment with circadian rhythms.  

Program Information


  1. Distinguish the prevalence of and what entails disrupted sleep, stress management, and alignment to circadian rhythms.
  2. Articulate the health benefits (including improving physical recovery) and risks of adequate sleep and mindfulness, as well as the importance of aligning one’s lifestyle habits to natural circadian rhythms.
  3. Determine a customized and systemized approach to optimizing sleep, stress management, and circadian rhythms.


Alignment to Circadian Rhythms

  • Sleep
    • Insomnia and disrupted sleep patterns
    • Sleep stages: Repair time
    • Recommended sleep patterns
  • Stress Management
    • Stressor vs response to stress
    • Recommendations for stress management
    • Mindfulness
  • Circadian Rhythms
    • Master and peripheral clocks
    • Circadian rhythm disruption
    • Health risks of misalignment 
    • Recommendation for aligning circadian clocks

Whole System Approach: Optimize Sleep, Stress Management and Circadian Rhythms

  • Client Assessment
    • Sleep habits & quality
    • Stress levels and intentional practice
    • Current alignment to circadian rhythms
  • Lifestyle Program
    • Sleep hygiene
    • Mindfulness training: The different tactics
    • Circadian alignment
  • Customized & Systemized Approach
    • Individual needs vs gaps
    • Readiness to change
    • Where to start
    • How to progress
    • Case study

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech/Language Pathologist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Massage therapists
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Exercise physiologist

Copyright : 08/01/2020