Meal Planning & Coaching Skills

Learn How to Inspire Lasting Change & Client Success

Coaching Skills & Meal Planning Essentials

Tier 1, Term 4 of the Holistic Nutrition Coach Certification

Coaching Skill Building: Being educated is half the battle. The other element is knowing how to effectively coach your clients towards change.

You can tell your clients what to do until you are blue in the face, and layout all the healthy food choices in the world, but statistically less than half of them will follow your advice.

Frustrating odds to say the least!

This course provides you with the tools you need to help clients implement change.

After completing each individual nutrition course in the Holistic Nutrition Coach Certification or Holistic Nutritionist Program, you will receive a certificate of completion.

Once you complete all required courses in a program, you will receive a professional, officially stamped diploma in the mail listing your designation.

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  • Course Hours:  280
  • Credits:  35


Implementation is the Hardest Part

Professionals who have a skill combination that includes behavior change, nutrition coaching skills, and the in-depth nutrition-specific knowledge they need will be the ones to empower their clients with the motivation to transform their health.

Learn how to influence and inspire your clients to want to make the changes they need to make, and keep them for life!

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Arming You With Additional Tools:

The following sections are also covered and included in this course:

Holistic Food Preparation

Get the most out of what you eat. Learn how to prepare foods to retain the most nutrients, and tips to boost absorption.

This section also covers proper preparation of certain foods through soaking, sprouting or fermentation and how to not only preserve, but also enhance the nutritional value. Explore the benefits of enzymes, dehydrating foods, natural seasonings and flavorings to satisfy your taste buds, and more!



  • Business Forms
  • Meal Plan Examples
  • Scope of Practice Outline
  • Powerful info-graphics and handouts ready for download and use with your clients & on social media

Course Details

Our combination of mind/body/spirit teachings and holistic nutrition creates a powerful foundation to help transform your client’s relationship with food.   Upon completion of this course, you will have a solid understanding of how to coach a nutrition client and will be armed with the intake forms you need to ask the right questions.   You will also have a wealth of information on what makes a healthy kitchen, and how to guide your clients towards healthy eating.   Prerequisites for this course include Fundamentals of Integrative Nutrition, Principals of Holistic Health & Nutritional Medicine and Nutrition Sciences.

Term 4 Duration:

Term 4 should be completed within two months based on 10-14 hours per week of study time, but you may complete it sooner if you have more time available for learning.   You have a maximum of 12 months to complete the full Holistic Nutrition Coach program.

Included in Tuition:

  • Complete learning materials, study guides, and reference materials
  • Testing and exams
  • Full student support
  • Student account & access to Online Learning Portal
  • Online forums & live chat rooms to connect with other students
  • Certificate upon graduation



Successful completion of this course is based on a series of case six studies to demonstrate the student’s proficiency with in-depth assessment and analysis. Three case studies are based on scenarios presented by the school in which students are required to submit recommendations and provide feedback based on the parameters provided for each individual ‘client’.

The remaining three case studies are to be done with clients of your choosing – usually friends or family. Students are required to submit an in-depth outline of the intake process, interviewing method, coaching skills used, a copy of the forms/questionnaires used, and all dietary/lifestyle recommendations including a follow-up schedule, and plans for client adherence.

The case studies allow you to take everything you have learned in the Holistic Nutrition Coach Certification Program and use it in real-life scenarios while receiving valuable feedback from student advisers. It is a phenomenal learning tool and a great way to wrap up the program!

  • Is This Term For Me?
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  • FAQs
  • Meal Planning & Coaching skills is the 4th required academic term of the Holistic Nutrition & Health Coach and Holistic Nutritionist Diploma Program.

    Coaching Skills & Meal Planning Essentials can be enrolled in as a single term or as part of the programs.  It is a required term for both the Holistic Nutrition & Health Coach program and the Holistic Nutritionist program.   Prerequisites for this course include Fundamentals of Integrative Nutrition, Principals of Holistic Health & Nutritional Medicine and Nutrition Sciences.   

  • Other courses in the Holistic Nutrition Coach Diploma program include:



  • Upon completion of term 4, you can download and print a certificate of completion through your student account.  Upon completion of all the required academic terms in the Holistic Nutrition Coach and/or Holistic Nutritionist program, you will receive an official designation and stamped diploma in the mail.   Grads of the full program qualify for registration status and professional membership and liability insurance through various organizations including CAIN, the Health Coach Alliance (HCA), NANP and CEBHC.

  • How long is Term 4?

    Average completion is 2-3 months based on roughly 10-14 hours per week of study. Additional time taken for case studies varies per student.

    How much does Term 4 cost?

    $499 when enrolled in individually. You have the option of enrolling in each term separately or as a full program.

    Is there tax on the tuition?

    As a Revenue Canada recognized educational institution in Canada, we are tax-exempt which means you pay no tax on the tuition.

    Can I use my receipt against my taxes?

    Absolutely! You can use your receipt as a business expense to lower overall taxable income if you are in a complementary field or of your had paying clients during your studies. For further details please consult your accountant.

In Term 4 You Will Learn


  • Meal Planning
  • Engagement
  • Listening Skills
  • Goal Setting
  • Motivation
  • Supporting Change
  • Building Confidence
  • Strengthening Commitment
  • Understanding Your Client
  • Novice Coach Issues
  • Stages of Change
  • Effective Coaching Skills
  • Dietary Assessment
  • Lifestyle Assessment
  • Food Recall
  • Tools for Promoting Change



Method of Curriculum Delivery:

Upon registration of any of our programs and courses, you will receive a user id and password to your student account on our Online Learning Portal.   Your student account is mobile responsive allowing you to study on the go from anywhere in the world!

  • All learning materials for term 4 are viewable and downloadable within the student portal
  • All testing is conveniently submitted online
  • You have access to a global community of classmates via the online forums and live chat rooms

You can learn more about what to expect from online learning in our Prospective Students resource area.

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  • Individual Term Enrolment

    Single Term

    Coaching Skills & Meal Planning Essentials

  • Full Program Enrollment

    Holistic Nutrition & Health Coach Certification


    • Term 1: Fundamentals of Integrative Nutrition
    • Term 2: Principals of Holistic Health & Nutritional Medicine
    • Term 3: Nutrition Sciences
    • Term 4: Meal Planning & Coaching
    • Bonus Section: Business Blueprint


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Click the button to view the course details for Nutrition Sciences, which is the FINAL optional section in the the Holistic Nutrition & Health Coach Diploma program.  If you are moving on to the Holistic Nutritionist program, your next course will be Anatomy & Physiology.

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