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in 10 weeks
with the Power of Real Food
Diane & Liz teach real food nutrition in their signature style, breaking down complicated subjects into actionable steps that provide a roadmap to better health.
The Balanced Bites Master Class is the first workshop of its kind to harness the knowledge and experience of two award-winning, best-selling authors and holistic nutritionists, into a fun, engaging, laugh-while-you-learn online workshop.
You’ll be guided step-by-step through the fundamentals of real food nutrition, the myths and truths of our current dietary landscape, and the foundations of supporting overall wellness. Through a combination of multimedia-based video modules, worksheets, daily journaling, and a supportive online community, you’ll uncover amazing insights for yourself and clients, and develop real, actionable steps for a balanced lifestyle and thriving practice.
We Know What You're Thinking… But I've tried everything! I've been struggling for years!
Can this Master Class really help me?
Well, as holistic nutritionists, we know for sure that there's huge power in approaching this stuff from the ground up. It's how we built our own nutrition practices, and how we've helped clients get back on track for years!
If you're struggling with cravings, unpredictable digestion, or just plain feeling confused about what to eat, you're in the right place.
If you've been looking for a community of like-minded, health-conscious folks who “get it,” and who aren't trying to create crazy, dogmatic world surrounding nutrition choices (white rice might just be okay for you!), you're in the right place.
If you're tired of feeling like you're floating out there on your own, without the guidance you need and a plan you can follow, step-by-step, to get to the root of what's going on with your health, you're in the right place.
Are you setting yourself up for success at every meal?
Did you know that HOW you eat might be just as important as WHAT you eat?
Have you looked at the balance of what's on your plate and how that makes you feel?
Do you have consistent and stable energy throughout the day?
Has your athletic performance reached its full potential?
Are you sleeping soundly and peacefully through the night?
Do you know the full impact stress can have on your health?
We're betting you've said no to at least one of these questions, and they're critical to figuring out what's going on with your health.
Here’s the thing, after years of working with clients 1-on-1 and teaching seminars around the country, we know exactly how frustrating this journey can be, and how isolating it can feel!
We know that you're often fighting this “battle” on your own, without the help or support of your spouse or family. And, if your family is supportive, well, we know that it's still not always enough.
You need a supportive community of people who are just like you — in it to figure out what's going on with their bodies using a natural, balanced approach.
The Balanced Bites Master Class takes the essence of our full-day seminar, and dives deeper into the most common struggles with a completely guided, 10-week, online class that will transform how you think about — and how you manage — your health.
We've traveled the country teaching our live seminars, and answered tough questions from our listeners on the Balanced Bites podcast. Now, we are sharing our knowledge with everyone in an engaging and organized format. The Balanced Bites Master Class combines hundreds of hours of expertise with a personal transformation program that will help you implement lasting changes. All from the comfort of your living room!
Even with the freedom to study in a way that's comfortable for you,
you won't be alone.
We will check in with you through the private Master Class community, where you will also have the opportunity connect and share tips with other people just like you!
No one likes feeling stuck in one place, especially when it comes to your health.
Maybe you're trapped in an old routine that's not working for you, feeling overstressed and undernourished. Maybe you're finding yourself turning on another episode of Real Housewives, because it seems easier than getting started with a new, healthful habit. Maybe you're just sick and tired of being sick and tired, and have no idea how to start the healing process.
The Balanced Bites Master Class was made just for you.
We know how you’re feeling, because we’ve been there, too.
But you know what?
If nothing changes, then… nothing changes.
It’s up to you to take the first step toward making a real, positive change, and the Balanced Bites Master Class is here to help you every step of the way, by presenting you with the tools to empower yourself in a well-balanced, simple and engaging way!
You Might be Thinking…
I have your books and I’ve been listening to the podcast for years – in fact, I’ve listened to every episode,
what else could you possibly tell me that I haven’t already read or heard?
We are so excited you’ve already “spent” so much time with us, but in the Balanced Bites Master Class, we will help you take your nutrition knowledge to the next level providing a new perspective and tools you can use to make lasting change.
From Diane’s easy-to-understand, practical explanations about complex nutrition topics, to Liz’s unique ability to present the how and why behind common nutrition myths, the Balanced Bites Master Class offers you the most well-rounded and comprehensive nutrition class possible and offers actionable steps to apply the lessons to your own life.
In addition, you will be surrounded and supported by others on the same journey – a powerful community of real food enthusiasts seeking knowledge to improve their health.
You confidently enter the grocery store equipped with the knowledge of how to choose the most nutrient-dense foods. And you actually want to make great choices.
You are out to dinner with your family, enjoying an amazing meal full of foods you know will help you feel and look your best, without fear of digestive upset, guilt, or that “fell off the wagon” feeling.
You look in the mirror and see a body that looks well-nourished, less inflamed, and maybe even a few pounds lighter.
You no longer stress about being “consistent” or “staying on track” because your nutrition and lifestyle choices are simply a part of who you are and how you live.
You find it easy and comfortable to discuss your new lifestyle with friends and family when they approach you with questions or comments.
The Balanced Bites Master Class can help you get there!
The Balanced Bites Master Class is the most comprehensive workshop on nutrition and wellness available.
We walk you step-by-step through the history of how our government arrived at the standard nutrition recommendations, as well as the myths & truths about good nutrition, in an easy-to-digest, fun and engaging format. You’ll feel like you are listening to an extra episode of The Balanced Bites Podcast each week…but so much better!
You could spend what feels like forever trying to tie all the puzzle pieces together on your own. In fact, you may have already tried to do so.
But with the Master Class, you’re not alone. We’re here to empower you with the information you need to connect the dots, so you can consistently make the best choices possible. Plus, you’ll be welcomed into our Master Class community, full of other real food-conscious people, all seeking optimal health. You'll find your nutrition template, your lifestyle groove, and your health tribe.
The Balanced Bites Master Class is the first course of its kind that:
BUT DON'T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT…
What others are saying about learning from Liz & Diane:
Diane and Liz are two of the clearest and most sensible voices in the Paleo nutrition community. I always recommend their work to my patients because I appreciate the balanced and practical approach. They have a knack for explaining difficult concepts in simple terms, and teach with humor and a fresh perspectiveChris Kresser
“What I love most about the Balanced Bites Master Class is that Diane and Liz turn complex information into easy to understand “Bite size pieces” so you are able to first observe them in your own life and second make small incremental healthy changes that build upon each other over time! “Rachele Conboy
“Even though i have my bachelors in nutrition and have been working in the field for almost 7 years, it amazed me how much I learned from this Master Class. I was particularly interested in the modules that picked apart the truths and myths behind specific studies that lead us to the “research based” guidelines we are supposed to follow today. I signed up for this class to seek out the truth behind food and the misconceptions of today's world. I have been eating primal for years, but couldn't give my exact reasonings why to others. This class has given me the knowledge and confidence I needed to promote my lifestyle and why it works for me and why it can help others as well. Thank you Liz and Diane!”Melissa Lauren
“Are you an athlete? Do you suffer from digestive distress? Have you been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition? Maybe you just want to live a long life and look good naked! Whatever your goals, Diane & Liz do the heavy-lifting by condensing the science and a lot of practical how-tos into bite-sized pieces you can apply to your own life. “Robb Wolf, New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Solution and former research biochemist
“Separating facts from myths can be a full-time job when you are trying to figure out what to eat. Not only do Diane and Liz explain nutrition concepts like digestions, blood sugar regulation, and the effects of stress on the body, to name a few, they also help to debunk the myths that don't seem to die regardless of the current research. “Amy Welker
“After many years of taking nutrition classes, both in college and in post-graduate studies, I’ve never had it broken down in easy and applicable terms. Then after taking Diane’s seminar over the weekend, I learned more in four hours than in four years, but I could apply her information the next day. Yes, nutrition can be very complicated, and that’s why people give up. But by taking a one-class seminar, Diane broke down nutrition so it’s understandable and most importantly, very applicable. I highly recommend her class for any reason and for any walk of life… I can’t wait till I take the next course.”Dr. Thomas J. Ebalo, Chiropractor in Davenport, IA – QuadCity CrossFit workshop attendee
“Diane clearly understands the science behind diet and can answer any questions about what to eat, what not to eat, and why. Our athletes reported that they learned a ton of new information and were energized and motivated to clean up their diets after listening to Diane speak. In addition, Diane’s blog and website have also proven to be an invaluable resource to our athletes as they navigate a new dimension of healthy eating. If you are looking for a well-educated, articulate nutritionist who is a living example of why this stuff works, Diane is your woman.”Juliet Starrett, Owner, San Francisco CrossFit
“No matter what I put into words, I can’t really explain the benefits of learning what she has to teach. Diane is very knowledgeable and passionate about what she does and that comes across after about 2 minutes of listening to her talk about nutrition. She presents everything is a very simple and well organized format. I have read up a lot on Paleo and have been eating this way for a few months now, but no matter how much you think you know, there is much more to learn.”Anthony K., Wilmington, DE workshop attendee – CrossFit GameShape
Meet Your Instructors
Diane Sanfilippo is the New York Times bestselling author of Practical Paleo, The 21-Day Sugar Detox, The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook and, co-author of Mediterranean Paleo Cooking. She is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and creator of the popular health blog, BalancedBites.com.
Together, Diane and Liz have served thousands of folks through their award-winning, top-rated weekly podcast, The Balanced Bites Podcast, and traveled the country teaching the basics of whole food nutrition and optimal health to thousands nationwide through the Balanced Bites seminar.
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A Closer Look at the Curriculum
What you'll learn in this lesson:
- You'll Meet Diane and Liz
We provide a detailed look at our backgrounds, certifications and personal journeys with real food.
Download the course materials and piece together your own health story based on our prompts and cues.
What is Real Food? History, Psychological Factors, and What Influences our Decisions
What you'll learn in this lesson:
- The factors of influence and awareness that inform our decision making
- Our historical health blunders, the human dietary timeline and a new paradigm for healthy eating
In Part One, Diane explains the factors of influence and awareness that inform our decision making, and defines what real food is – and isn’t. In Part Two, Liz dives deep into our historical health blunders, looks at the human dietary timeline and sets a new paradigm for healthy eating.
Discover how you are influenced in the context of nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle and set goals to reach a higher level of awareness in this space. You’ll also create your own human dietary timeline focusing on major changes and/or shifts in several areas of your life. Practitioners will be introduced to a case study client who will remain a focus for the rest of the class.
The Skinny on Fat & Cholesterol
What you'll learn in this lesson:
- The history behind current views of fat and cholesterol
- The molecular structure of fats, what to include and what to avoid
- Why do we need fat? Cholesterol's impact on hormones, and how to interpret your Cholesterol tests
In Part One, Liz looks at the history and context behind current beliefs surrounding fat and cholesterol. In Part Two, Diane explains the molecular structure of fats, what to include and what to avoid. In Part Three, Diane explains why we need fat, cholesterol and hormones, and how to interpret your standard cholesterol panel.
Create your heart disease prevention plan, decipher your cholesterol panel from a functional perspective, and use our handy guides to clean-out your kitchen’s unhealthy fats and oils. Practitioners will discuss how to easily communicate the myths of fats and cholesterol modeling soundbites from the module content, our books, and each other.
All About Protein
What you'll learn in this lesson:
- Busting protein myths, and why the right protein is critical for your body.
Liz looks at the history and context behind current views on protein, busts the China Study and other protein myths, explains the importance of protein in the body, and the difference between well-sourced and factory farmed animal products.
Find a local farm for quality sourced proteins and create a strategy for prioritizing quality proteins based on your budget. Practitioners dive deeper into specific amino acids, plus identify and justify changes the case study client’s can make to improve protein intake.
Good Carbs, Bad Carbs & The Low-down on Fiber
What you'll learn in this lesson:
- Breaking down carbohydrates, busting fiber myths, and the difference between fiber from grains and vegetables.
Diane explains the difference between good carbs and bad carbs, how carbs work in your body, how to figure out the right amount of carbs for you, and the roles of vegetables, grains and anti-nutrients.
Discover how many carbohydrates you need to eat in a day based on your lifestyle factors, put “bad carbs vs good carbs” into action based on your current carb choices, and analyze your current carbohydrate and fiber intake. All forms of fiber are the spotlight focus for practitioners, digging into the relation between blood sugar and digestive distress.
Blood Sugar Regulation & Sweeteners
What you'll learn in this lesson:
- Understanding insulin, insulin resistance, glucagon dominance, and the insulin-cortisol loop.
Diane explains insulin, insulin resistance, glucagon dominance, and the insulin-cortisol loop. She compares two meals to show their nutritional and physiological impact, and looks at sweeteners and how sugar depletes mineral stores.
Evaluate how balanced your plate is (or isn’t!) using a variety of methods, plus use our guides to evaluate packaged foods in your home based on “pass or fail” system (and brainstorm swaps for those that don’t pass the test!) Practitioners complete and discuss case studies and scenarios of common, yet complex, blood sugar issues.
How your Digestion Should Work, and What to do if it's Not!
What you'll learn in this lesson:
- How digestion works, and how to optimize it
- When digestion goes wrong
In Part One, Liz explains how digestion works, what can suppress digestion, and how to optimize it. In Part Two, Liz takes a closer look at what can go wrong with digestion, including stomach acid, reflux, heartburn and GERD, the gallbladder, digestive enzymes, leaky gut and issues with the large intestine. In Part Three, Diane explains poop, and how what you see in the toilet can help you figure out what’s going wrong with your digestion
Devise your plan for enjoying your meals in parasympathetic mode, become a master of chewing, and judge what’s in your toilet bowl! (Yes – Diane’s famous Practical Paleo “Poop Pageant” is making an appearance!) An added (but optional) bonus: take the HCl challenge! Practitioners focus on their case study client and recommendations to support her digestion, but also discuss how to approach common client complaints in relation to digestion through a series of guided points.
Inflammation, Stress, Sleep & Hormonal Balance
What you'll learn in this lesson:
- Defining inflammation and its role in disease, adjusting lifestyle factors to meet your health
Diane digs deep into inflammation, what it means and how it appears in your body, the role of inflammation in disease, chronic inflammation, and how lifestyle factors like sleep and stress can impact hormones.
Assess your body’s signs of inflammation, create a feasible and healthy sleep schedule, and dig into all of the factors contributing to your “stress beaker.” Practitioners discuss 3 changes their case study client can make to decrease inflammation, but also consider client scenarios addressing stress management, inflammation and children behavior, and how to support clients beyond just diet.
Superfoods & Supplements
What you'll learn in this lesson:
- Nutrient deficiencies and symptoms, supporting optimal health, fertility and skin care
- Specifics for autoimmunity, athletic training, and fat loss
In Part One, Liz explains nutrient deficiencies, the surprising ways that they can appear in the body, and the superfoods and supplements that support optimal health, fertility and skin care. In Part Two, Diane looks at specific ways to support autoimmunity, athletic training, and fat lossCheck the nutrient density of your “standard diet,” plus devise a plan for adding in superfoods and more nutrients. Evaluate your body’s signs of nutrient deficiencies and brainstorm lists of foods to incorporate. Practitioners develop helpful local resources for their clients and provide final recommendations for the case study client.
We've worked with thousands of people, just like you, and we know their struggles.
For a fraction of the cost of 1-on-1 consultations with just one practitioner, you get the benefit of the experience and knowledge of TWO holistic practitioners, not to mention the supportive network of the Master Class community, and the relationships you'll build together with others going through the program.
It's Time to Stop
Time to stop wondering if you are “doing the right thing” in regards to your health and nutrition.
Time to stop spinning your wheels and feeling more confused with every “health” article you read.
Time to stop leaving your health at the bottom of the list..
We’ve got you covered! The Balanced Bites Master Class is your very best resource for revealing the whole truth about what good nutrition really means, how it impacts the body, and how you can use that knowledge to build the lifestyle that’s best for you.
It's Time to Start
Time to start learning the foundations of good health.
Time to start gaining traction and growing your audience.
Time to start putting your health first.
You don’t have to feel isolated or unsupported. You don’t have to feel frustrated, overwhelmed, or paralyzed trying to sift through all of the conflicting nutrition information out there.
We Are Here to Help
Not only do you get the benefit of our combined years of experience working with 1-on-1 clients, teaching seminars, and answering questions for the Balanced Bites Podcast (5 years and counting!), you also get the opportunity to be a part of an incredibly supportive community of practitioners who are improving lives just like you.
We saw the need for a robust, engaging, foundational nutrition course — and the Balanced Bites Master Class is it!
The Balanced Bites Master Class
Priority access to all 9 Modules with videos, worksheets, journals, and more
Start With Engaging and Informative Videos
Diane and Liz deliver the content in each module through a combination of visual and audio learning, taking turns to guide you from topic to topic, all supported by graphics that are insightful, fun, and chock-full of great information. Together, you’ll get down to the real bones of what good nutrition is, where it actually comes from, and how you can get yourself to a more healthful, confident, and balanced place.
Complete Actionable Worksheets
Each module contains a worksheet which allows you to dive deeper into the topic content. A fill-in-the-blank section helps you follow along and soak in the important material from each module’s videos. The worksheets also contain activities and exercises to put the information into practice, including a personal health history timeline, heart disease prevention plan, formula for figuring how many carbs you need in a day, step-by-step guide to evaluate your pantry, and way more!
Use the Journal to Stay on Track
The Balanced Bites Master Class Journal is a daily tool you can use to keep yourself motivated and on track. With spaces to log your food, movement, sleep, and how you feel, you’ll have a running record of your progress every day of the class.
Find Support from the Master Class Community
In our private Facebook groups, you’ll connect with other members of the Balanced Bites Master Class to discuss the week’s module material and share your personal successes and challenges. This is also the place to get to know one another on a more intimate level. And, it’s a great space for us to easily interact with you!
Change Your Life
Throughout the 10 weeks, you will become empowered with knowledge to truly know your food, why you are eating it, it’s nutritional value, and how it affects you. You’ll be able to apply the tools to your own health.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Balanced Bites Master Class is a series of 9 modules, released over the course of 10 weeks (one module is paced over two weeks due to its length).
Each week, a new video module is added to your login area (along with with accompanying audio and PDF downloads) that will dive deep into the history, science, and myths behind a topic.
After watching the module, you will complete a workbook that applies the lessons to your personal goals. Next, you'll set an intention for the week and log progress in your personal journal (supplied as a printable PDF that may also be completed digitally using Adobe Acrobat).
The Balanced Bites Master Class Facebook Group will offer discussion prompts moderated by our team of certified practitioners, and each week you will have a chance for your questions to be answered by Diane & Liz on a live call.
You will keep access to the modules, videos, downloads, and all of the information with your membership so you can login and review the materials at any time.
While we don't have an exact date scheduled yet, we anticipate the next enrollment will be approximately 1 year from now.
You'll be applying the information you learn in the class to your everyday life, so there may be some time spent outside of your study time here and there as well.
We run the course live over 10 weeks, but you are also welcome to self-pace as you need to. You will keep access to the materials after the live course timeframe ends.
If you simply want to learn the information for your own benefit, but aren't interested (or aren't sure if you're interested) in client case study examples and application, handouts and worksheets to provide to your clients, and a practitioners-only community, then the student track is for you. If you take the student track and decide after the fact that you want to upgrade to the practitioner track, we plan to have this option available at a later date, but we aren't able to guarantee that option for this enrollment and study period.
If you are currently a health practitioner, you may be interested in our Practitioner course to boost the foundation of what you teach in your practice as well as qualify you for CEUs if you are a graduate of the Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA).
There are no scholarships available at this time.
Master Class Refund Policy
We know you’re going to absolutely love what we’ve created for you, but, if you somehow don’t feel you're learning something that you can apply to your own life for self-improvement, here’s what you need to do to receive a refund within the first 30 days of the course:
1. Notify us by sending an email to [email protected] with the reason that you are requesting the refund so that we can help you through the process.
2. Provide proof that you have completed Modules 1-3.
This can be done by submitting your fill-in-the-blank answers for each lesson as well as scanned copies of the workbooks (we do not need to see your personal Master Class journal pages).
3. Remove yourself from the Master Class Facebook groups
4. Unsubscribe from the Master Class email list
Once these steps have been completed, we will process your refund.
The course begins on January 20, 2017. Refund requests after February 19, 2017 will not be accepted.