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Academy Module – Diets

Leave the Diet Wars behind.

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MODULE OVERVIEW

What’s covered in this module?

TREATMENT PARADIGMS

Moving away from what is ‘best’ and instead identifying what are the rate limiting factor in each unique case and the changes most likely to resolve it.

SUPPLEMENTS

Whether diet alone is enough depends on the diet and the needs of the individual in question. Practical overview of when specific support may be called for and the options we have in this area.

SPORTS NUTRITION

The impact of nutrition, both macro- and micro-nutrient, on performance. Breakdown of the matching recommendations to the needs of both the individual, the sport and the training load. Focus on supplements before, during and after events.

EXCLUSION DIETS

The when and the why, with a lowdown of the considerations used when deciding if the juice is worth the squeeze. Exploration of food chemicals, underlying mechanisms behind these problems and comparison against alternatives.

KETOGENIC DIETS

Exploration of the value and practical uses of Heart Rate Variability testing, as a central part of multiple metrics. How to use multiple metrics (from ‘functional’ markers to further lab tests) to monitor responses in real-time.

CASE STUDIES

Granular breakdown of real-life challenges, trajectories and successes. Narratives that link rationale to outcomes, bringing to life the knowledge delivered over the weekend.

Core Aims

What will I take away from this module?

Fundamentals to immediately enhance every aspect of your clinical practice.

The Right Questions

There are no hands-outs or ready-made protocols that stand up to real-world needs. But the right questions bring the answers to us, every time.

A Working Model

Forget rolling the dice on great-sounding interventions that you hope will make the difference. Come away with a validated model that provides structure, clarity and confidence.

Actual Understanding

Mechanistic understanding of how each intervention achieves its effects. No more paint-by-numbers, instead an approach that can methodically identify the relevant pathway and, thus, a coherent solution.

MODULE DETAILS

Friday 6th and Saturday 7th January

10am – 6pm

Wesley Hotel, London (Euston)

Course Agenda

FRIDAY
10am – 10.15am: Welcome
10.15am – 12: Dogma & Diet Wars, Part One

An introductory dive into the polarized world of dietary recommendations. Holds up existing approaches against the blueprint laid out by evolution, while exploring the evidence base (both in the scientific literature, as well as the frontline) for low fat vs high carb, organic vs ‘conventional’, grains vs paleo, protein requirements, alcohol intake and common dietary plans.

12 – 12.30pm: Lunch
12.30pm – 2pm: Dogma & Diet Wars, Part Two

Second half of this talk, looking at further key discussion points, such as using supplements vs ‘healing with wholefoods’ and practical limitations when applying such ideas, plus discussing what science has to say about the concept of ‘a calorie is a calorie is a calorie’. Covers testing options to aid in selecting appropriate diet (with focus on special needs for any given approach, alongside red flags that may make such an approach unsuitable). Also looks at potential problems with such diets, realistic options to overcome them and options for monitoring progress.

2pm – 3:30pm: Exclusion Diets

A lowdown on the issues we see with handling food chemicals like oxalates, lectins, histamines, etc, as well as allergens. Explores what we can expect from the exclusion of these triggers, as well as consideration of the mechanisms behind such problems and what alternative options we have available.

3:30pm – 4pm: Break
4pm – 5:30pm: Case Studies

Two case studies that saw the use of the principles discussed above, focusing on the questioning process, the usage of data, the real-world challenges and frontline responses.

5:30pm – 6pm: Q & A
SATURDAY
10am – 10.15am: Welcome back
10.15am – 12: Ketogenic diet

Healthy or Hype? Few areas of discussion evoke arguments as readily as that of ketosis. A review of the mechanisms, the circumstances where such mechanisms can be deployed and where use of a ketogenic may be unhelpful. Also an appraisal of all the regular statements we hear about ketosis (both positive and negative).

12 – 12.30pm: Lunch
12.30pm – 1.30pm: Sports Nutrition

Differences between the needs of athletes vs the general population, macronutrient splits for different sports and training volumes, periodizing carb intake, pre-peri-post supplementation around events and supplements.

1.30pm – 2:30pm: Testing

Functional testing options, contextualizing results and tracking between tests.

2.30pm – 3:30pm: Diets: Scientific Literature vs Frontline Responses

We are forever being told that eating this way is associated with better outcomes. This talk considers why such claims are useful for generating hypotheses and nothing else, how to extract useful takeaways from the literature but also why the current paradigm (Evidenced-Based Medicine, aka ‘average response medicine’) is so limited when it comes to constructing suitable diet plans for real people.

3:30pm – 4pm: Break
4pm – 5:30pm: Case Studies

Two more case studies that saw the use of the principles discussed above, focusing on the questioning process, the usage of data, the real-world challenges and frontline responses.

5:30pm – 6pm: Q & A
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