Sustainable food choices: Nurturing human health and the planet

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  • Are you beginning to question the environmental implications of some of your personal food choices or recommendations to clients?
  • Would you like to understand and discuss the key issues in more detail?
  • Would you like to be able to develop sustainability ‘packages’ for clients?
  • New course with Christine Bailey

This CPD course...

  • is delivered: As an online on-demand-video from a live course 
  • nutritional therapists, nutritionists, dieticians, naturopaths,  other health care providers  and final year nutrition students interested in applying  functional medicine approaches to health and well-being (i.e. exploring how nutrients, other foods and lifestyle factors influence the function of the body and how to apply findings in a person–centred manner that recognises individuals’ unique differences)
  • is with: Christine Bailey
  • spans: 5 hours recording time
  • provides: BANT CPD 5 hours, NNA 5 hours 

The problem with today’s farming practices

Current intensive agricultural and aquaculture systems have implications for our health, for animal welfare, species protection and the environment. They can deplete our soils and waters causing food to lack nutrients and they do not prioritise animal welfare nor food quality. Agricultural practices alone contribute to 30% of total greenhouse gas emissions in the UK.   

The rise of ultra processed foods and the decline in nutritional status

 65% of all calories consumed per day by UK adults are from ultra-processed or processed foods. Pricing, taste, convenience and a lack of understanding regarding how to use ingredients have all influenced this pattern, leaving consumers eating foods that have low nutrient density and further affect the environment given intensive manufacturing and packaging requirements. Likely in part as a consequence of the rise in processed foods and the demise of our soils and seas, UK National Dietary Surveys show that many people are failing to meet recommended daily intakes for key nutrients, vitamins and minerals. 63% of adults in the UK are either obese or overweight and 28% of children; 4.8m in the UK have diabetes and 7m cardiovascular disease.   

Exploring sustainable food choices and diets and incorporating these approaches into your work

Sustainable eating and dietary choices has been little explored to date by many who work in nutrition and lifestyle medicine and there are a whole host of issues that need to be explored and understood in terms of how food quality, farming, welfare and environmental issues relate and impact on each other. Whilst most guidance suggests that increasing the intake of plants in the diet is better for individual health and the environment, clear guidelines are lacking and personal preferences also need to be considered. Animal products will continue to play an important role to differing extents in many people’s diets, yet what do more sustainable animal based food choices really look like? 

This course aims to look at what sustainable eating and purchasing decisions might look like in balancing the health of individuals with the health of the planet. It will equip practitioners with a more thorough understanding of the issues and be able to develop bespoke ‘sustainability packages’ to new or current clients. It will look at sustainable diets based on national and international reports, recommendations and research and will discuss the spectrum of plant based eating and practical tips to help making eating more plant based meals appealing and simple whilst still ensuring nutrition needs are met. It will also consider how to make more sustainable food choices for those who eat meat, fish or dairy and how best to support those who wish to follow vegan diets to ensure nutritional sufficiency, particularly in the important years of childhood and adolescence. 

ION's courses have a strong reputation for providing evidence- informed education. This course has been structured and designed based on best practice in delivering an effective and interactive online learning experience.    



What will I learn?

By the end of the recording you will be able to: 

  • Critique international definitions of sustainable eating and international and national recommendations for sustainable eating and identify where there is clarity /consistency and where there is lack of consensus and clarity 
  • Discuss options for sustainable  food production practices and methods to assess climate footprint labelling 
  • Critique a spectrum of plant-based eating approaches ranging from those that include meat/fish and/or dairy products to vegan approaches and explain their sustainability, health benefits and possible nutrition shortfalls. 
  •  Devise practical nutrition and supplementation recommendations to optimise nutrition and sustainability across a spectrum of plant- based eating approaches. 


What will be covered?

Session 1
What is sustainable eating and what are sustainable food choices? 

  • Review of key national and international papers and statements   
  • Impact of international policies on UK food and agricultural strategies and responses from food action and consumer groups.   
  • Reflection exercise  
  • Q and A 

Session 2
Sustainable food systems in the UK

  • Sustainable land use and food production 
  • Climate footprint labelling – is it accurate and useful? 
  • Reflection exercise 
  • Practical suggestions and resources available for individuals and practitioners  
  • Q and A 

Session 3
Plant based eating models and benefits 

  • Identifying a sustainable spectrum of plant based diets, including those incorporating meat/fish and/or dairy and plant- only based diets. 
  • Review of latest research into health benefits of increasing plants in the diet  
  • Reflection exercise  
  • Nutritional considerations linked to national dietary surveys 
  • Q and A 

Session 4
Practical recommendations for moving towards plant based diets 

  • Practical recommendations for supporting clients wishing to include more plant based foods  and meal planning  
  • Reflection exercise on food choices and decisions 
  • Understanding key nutrients needed on a vegan diet: Food sources and supplement recommendations.  Specific requirements and considerations in certain age groups including children and teenagers. 
  • Q and A 

Who is leading the course?

Christine Bailey MSc MIFM MBANT  

Christine is an award-winning nutritionist, chef and author of over 14 recipe and health books. She regularly appears in the media and runs a successful practice in Berkshire and London where she has supported many older clients.  She lectures on nutrition at BSc and MSc level and presents at national conferences and events on a wide range of health and nutrition topics. Christine runs a range of cookery days on healthy eating and how best to implement specific dietary approaches. 

How will I be taught?

This is an edited recording of a live course. It contains presentations interspersed with anonymised case study data, individual exercises and recorded Q&A sessions.

How much does it cost and what’s included?

The course price is £89.00. 

  • PDF of presentation  
  • Approx. 5 hours edited recording 
  • Viewing access for a least 90 days. You can access the course up to 10 times. 
  • BANT CPD 5 hours, NNA 5 hours 

Important information

About this on-demand recording

  • The speaker is not present on this recording and you will not be able to ask them questions but you will be able to see the recorded Q and A sessions.
  • This course was recorded in March 2022. All recordings are removed approximately one year after they are recorded so that we can ensure our courses contain up to date information. You will be able to access the course for at least 90 days and view it up to 10 times before the materials are taken down.

External TED video within this course

  • This course features the replay of an 18 minute TED video. Due to licensing restrictions ION is unable to embed this in the on-demand version of the course.
  • You will be notified about the video at the appropriate point in the webinar, with instructions on how to view the video. In case you cannot view it for whatever reason, it is available at: (Let the environment guide our development | Johan Rockstrom)
  • ION is not responsible for access to the video in the event it is taken down by the channel hosts (TED). ION will regrettably not be able to  be able to provide alternate viewing options if this should occur.

How do I book?

  • Please check you have read ION’s FAQs including our cancellation and refund policy before booking
  • Click the "BOOK" button at the top or bottom of this page - you will be taken to our webinar platform 'Big Marker.' 
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Registration links and materials

  • You will be automatically sent a link to the course when you register. Please do not share this with anyone. This is set up to only allow entry to the first user that clicks it. Further links cannot be generated. 
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  • To download the course materials, click the HANDOUTS button in the video player (situated between the VOLUME and QUESTIONS buttons).  


  • Participation in an ION CPD course forms part of a practitioner's or individual's ongoing learning. It does not qualify a non-clinically trained practitioner or individual to work in a clinical setting. Individual’s boundaries of safe work, advice or practice are primarily determined by their formal qualifications and related personal insurance. 
  • This on-demand recording is recognised by BANT and the NNA for 5 hrs CPD  
  • Non BANT or NNA registered practitioners may use this course for their CPD depending on the requirements and guidance of their professional body. 

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