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.
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), and is an approved training provider with the International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT). This means our graduates qualify for membership and insurance through IICT under the Nutrition Consultant modality.