Here, we firmly believe that you are what you eat. We know this because we’ve seen it firsthand. We’ve also seen what the power of nutrition education can achieve for health.
Our core education program, The Food Matters Nutrition Certification Program, first launched in November 2020 to hundreds of students around the globe. Over 10 core modules, our nutrition coach graduates learn the fundamentals of holistic nutrition and natural health, directly from some of the world’s leading industry experts.
Food Matters Institute is the home of our program, one of the foremost places to study nutrition online. There are many things that set us apart, but the most important is our mission and philosophy.
At Food Matters Institute, our mission is to share this life-saving message with as many people as possible. Since our first film, FOOD MATTERS, in 2008, we have been inspiring millions around the world to use the powerful science of nutrition to take back their health. We know now that the best way to do this is by empowering education and inspiring conversations.
There is big money in pharmaceuticals and processed foods. And the research is commissioned and funded by the companies that stand to benefit from them. So the people conducting the studies have a vested interest in a positive outcome.
This was one of the first things we discovered about the conventional approach to health and nutrition - almost anyone can be bought, for the right price. And unfortunately, this has completely changed the education industry. From being independent and sharing lifesaving information to peddling more of the needs of big businesses.
One analysis found that only 26% of U.S. medical schools have one mandatory nutrition course. Further studies have found that those completing medical degrees only complete an average of four days of nutrition training. This is unthinkable.
For all its brilliant achievements, modern medicine is still very much pathology orientated. Doctors and surgeons are trained to find the disease, rather than the myriad factors that could have contributed to its manifestation. They’re trained to use drugs, surgery, and laboratory techniques.
But this one-size-fits-all, and heavily regulated approach is neglecting healthcare as we know it. And at a time when we’ve collectively never been sicker. We’re paying insurance companies and healthcare providers more, and losing more autonomy over our bodies in return. It’s a scary, slippery slope.
It’s not good enough. It has to end. It’s time to go back to our roots, and this is where our philosophy comes in. We know that chronic illness doesn’t just appear out of nowhere; it’s a build-up of health and lifestyle factors that lead to diseases like diabetes, arthritis, hormone imbalances, and even cancer. We know that our bodies have an innate capacity to heal and a powerful immune system, without needing any outside intervention. But because of society’s reliance on medicine, we’re losing our ancestral knowledge and intuition when it comes to healing. And it's a goal of ours to bring that understanding and knowledge back.
This certification program is about helping you to help yourself, using a holistic and natural approach. With ancient, natural, and organic foods, herbs, and remedies alongside expert-led knowledge of how to use them, you’ll finish this program with the power and confidence to completely transform your health and your life, and the ability to help others to do the same.
Food Matters Institute is more than just an education provider. We exist to serve our students and nutrition coach graduates. Because of the flexible nature of studying nutrition online, our classes are filled with people across the world, of different ages and often different study schedules, with one common goal - to learn how to use nutrition to heal.
Whether our students are wanting to embark on a career in clinical nutrition, or simply want to learn the knowledge that is needed to free themselves and their loved ones from disease, our online nutrition program works for them.
We’re James & Laurentine, the founders of Food Matters Institute, and our journey into nutrition began with James’ father Roy. There was a time where Roy (although you wouldn’t believe it now) was struggling with chronic fatigue syndrome. He was on a cocktail of six different medications and he was severely depressed. But the more he relied on medical support, the worse he became.
That was when we first decided to study nutrition online.
It was a long time ago now, but we were inspired by some of the leading minds in the nutrition industry - and they were showing us cutting-edge research that all pointed back to one thing. You are what you eat.
With Roy’s health in the condition it was, we couldn’t make him wade through the research himself. But we figured we could probably get him to watch a film on it. So we sold our life belongings and traveled the world, interviewing the experts who we had been learning from, before returning home to Australia and presenting the film to Roy. And that was the pivotal moment that his life changed around.
Once we had him interested, we conducted a fridge audit, quite literally tossing processed, packaged, and chemical-laden food from James’ family home into the garbage. Roy’s health began to slowly improve and he started to trust the process.
Eventually, he decided he wanted to kick his medication for good - despite his doctors’ orders. The most shocking part was, without the medication, Roy’s health continued to improve. The medication that he was on was having all kinds of disastrous effects on his health.
In fact, it was only recently that Roy felt confident to share that some of his medication had given him suicidal thoughts. That was terrifying. He couldn’t believe the pharmaceutical and medical industries would knowingly produce and sell a product that could potentially cause people to physically harm themselves. Almost immediately, he went from believing in the medical profession to believing in the age-old adage, “you are what you eat”, and within 3 months he had lost 50lbs and was back to his happy self.
We knew if this knowledge had such a profound impact on Roy’s life, it would for others around the world too. Soon after showing it to our families, we launched it to the world, and since its 2008 release, FOOD MATTERS has now been watched by millions of people, picked up by major television and streaming networks, and inspired the lifestyle shifts of thousands of people just like Roy.
Roy, James’ father, is diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. He was bedridden, depressed, and on a cocktail of seven different medications. We knew something had to change. This is where the Food Matters journey began.
James and Laurentine graduate as Nutritional Consultants from Global College of Natural Medicine.
The Food Matters film is released worldwide. This film was the culmination of years of study, expert interviews, and travels around the world to seek life-changing advice on healing the body naturally. The Food Matters original film explores the current state of our health and the billion-dollar healthcare industry.
Our first ever Food Matters Recipe Book is published.
Hungry For Change is released online, to a global audience of more than 1 million people. In Hungry For Change, we faced the billion-dollar diet industry head-on. This film exposed shocking secrets about the diet, weight loss, and food industry that you don't want you to know about, and the real truth behind food labeling - 'fat-free', 'diet', and 'low-fat'.
In March we launch a world-first, Food Matters TV - the online streaming platform for natural health and nutrition. After the success of releasing our films, independent filmmakers continued to approach us for advice and we saw there was a need for a dedicated platform to connect the knowledge of filmmakers with the wider community.
Our second Food Matters Recipe Book is published.
The Food Matters Foundation is our way of giving back at a grassroots level. We have been lucky enough to live in a beautiful tropical island community and it’s important to be able to show our gratitude. Most recently, Food Matters Foundation (along with generous donors), funded the Nambanga Arts & Handicraft School in Pango, Vanuatu, which provides education and employment to the local community.
Transcendence Season 1 is released. Transcendence emerged out of a desire to go deeper than we had gone before. Our studies and research had shown that nutrition was just the beginning; holistic health was a complete mind-body experience. Encouraged by the grand-slam champion Novak Djokovic, this docu-series was released on FMTV in November 2018.
Food Matters Podcast launches, featuring the latest and greatest interviews with people from the world of health, wellness, mind-body, spirit, and transformation. Start listening here.
Transcendence Season 2 is released. While filming Transcendence we found the first five episodes only just scratched the surface, and our community continued to ask us more. Transcendence 2 began with the question; if we can’t go backward, how do we go forwards? The second series explores the power of herbal medicine, overcoming limiting beliefs, and healing modalities that can change the future of our health.
In late 2019, we announce the new home for our streaming channel, FMTV on Gaia. Gaia is a publicly listed company, a streaming service that specializes in holistic content. Together we joined forces to create the largest transformational streaming site in the world (with a conscious approach to content).
A vlog series Wild & Free - A Year on a Tropical Island is released.
The new era of guided programs begins. In the chaos of 2020, we knew that transformation was needed now more than ever. This inspired the release of our signature guided programs, the 7 Day Juice Detox and the 21 Day Clean Eating Program, which serve our global community with nutrition, guidance, and the skills they need to take back control of their own health.
The Food Matters Nutrition Certification Program opens its doors. Education has always been at the heart of Food Matters, through our films, books, and programs, and in November 2020 we gave our community to formalize that knowledge. The Food Matters Nutrition Certification Program is one of the most transformative nutrition coach training programs that has seen more than 3,800 students since inception.
Being John Robbins is our latest film project. It tells the story of John Robbins, the man who walked away from inheriting an ice-cream conglomerate after discovering the impact this diet was having on the masses. His best-selling book, Diet For A New America, is considered a staple.
Food Matters Institute is formed. The institute is home to one of the core values of Food Matters, education. We know that knowledge is the greatest tool for transformation, and by continuing to share this life-changing message with more people, we’re making a lasting contribution to the world.
The Food Matters Cookbook is published with Hay House as a simple gluten, free guide to transforming your health, one meal at a time. Containing 125+ gluten-free recipes, this cookbook shares the principles behind Food Matters, helping you to achieve optimal health.
The Wellcademy Business Course launches as the world’s first school for online business education. Wellcademy was created to empower people and give them the skills they need to start or grow a purpose-led wellness business.
We have since produced more titles, including Hungry for Change, Transcendence 1 & 2, and Being John Robbins. In 2014, we created FMTV, an online streaming platform with a desire to create a space where people could watch content like ours, and film creators could share their work. In late 2019, we announced a new home for FMTV on Gaia, where it currently sits to create the largest transformational streaming network in the world. We have also published countless books, funded multiple philanthropic projects through the Food Matters Foundation, and most recently, created guided nutrition programs to help our community heal.
Education has always been at the core of everything we do. We know that when people are informed with the right knowledge, they are empowered to make decisions that concern them and begin to take back their health. And that’s what we find the most inspiring of all.
In good health,
Founders of Food Matters & Filmmakers of Transcendence 1 & 2, Food Matters & Hungry For Change.
The Food Matters Nutrition Certification Program is recognized by the International Approval and Registration Centre (IARC) which acts as quality control assurance, meaning our program has been assessed by an independent third body and has the systems and processes in place to ensure a high standard education course.
Our program is also an approved training provider under the International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT). This means that upon completion of the Food Matters Nutrition Certification Program, you are eligible to receive credibility, membership, and insurance from IICT to practice as a certified nutrition coach.