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Digital Seminar

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

Cindi Lockhart, RDN, LD, IFNCP |  Vanessa Ruiz, ND, RN-BSN
Approx. 18 Hours
Sep 22, 2022
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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.

Watch 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, purchase 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 seminar 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 for professional requirements.


CE Information Coming Soon

Continuing education credit information is coming soon for this non-interactive self-study package.

CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements. 

There may be an additional fee for CE certificates. Please contact our Customer Service at 1-800-844-8260 for more details. 

**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


Cindi Lockhart, RDN, LD, IFNCP's Profile

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Lockhart Wellness Solutions, LLC

Cindi Lockhart, RDN, LD, IFNCP, is board-certified as an integrative and functional nutrition practitioner with over 30 years in professional practice. She has trained nutrition, fitness, and medical practitioners throughout most of her career, yet maintains a personal practice with clients/patients as she believes that the only way she can effectively educate an inspire other practitioners, is through her own practical experience with clients. In addition to educating on how Food is Medicine, Cindi also specializes in coaching clients and practitioners on the importance of managing stress, optimizing sleep, proper exercise and movement, and reducing exposure to environmental toxins. Cindi has extensive expertise in women’s health issues, thyroid dysfunction, immunity and gut health.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Cindi Lockhart is the owner and founder of Lockhart Wellness Solutions, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Cindi Lockhart is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dietitians in Integrative & Functional Medicine, the Institute for Functional Medicine, and the Integrative & Functional Nutrition Academy.

Vanessa Ruiz, ND, RN-BSN's Profile

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Vanessa Ruiz, ND, RN-BSN, is a naturopathic physician and registered nurse. After experiencing health issues stemming from a burnout as a nurse, she began studying integrative ways to help herself heal. Her interest in integrative health led her to becoming a naturopathic physician with a focus on mental health, trauma and complex PTSD. She earned her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine at Southwest College in Tempe, Arizona.

She has been featured in the "A Created Life: A Journey to Empowerment" documentary and "Shoutout Arizona" for her ground-breaking work in mental health. She is a public speaker on the topic of functional medicine and mental health, teaching behavioral health professionals nationally and internationally. In addition to her clinical practice, she is the founder of Nurses for Natural health, an organization dedicated to empowering and educating Nurses about natural health and burnout recovery.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Vanessa Ruiz has an employment relationship with Enliven Mental Health Clinic. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. Dr. Ruiz serves on the advisory board for Evergreen Certifications. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Vanessa Ruiz has no relevant non-financial relationships.


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  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 how to assess a patient’s nutritional status and when to refer out to a nutrition professional. 
  13. Determine common nutritional risks and articulate action steps to help optimize a patient’s nutritional state. 
  14. Determine a holistic approach to optimizing hormones such as thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, insulin, testosterone and cortisol. 
  15. Assess the general function of the gut via digestion, intestinal permeability, and microbiome as well as the estrogen specific estrabalome. 
  16. Differentiate the components of a SAD (standard american diet) compared to an anti-inflammatory diet and the benefits of food quality over quantity. 
  17. Evaluate the role of food and nutrition in mood disorders such as Anxiety and Depression. 
  18. 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


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