I have been using my Precision Nutrition textbook to prepare for teaching nutrition education to rural villages in South Africa. I chose PN to get my nutrition coaching certification because they dive deep into the physiology of nutrition with the understanding that nothing is the same for all bodies. This is a well-rounded curriculum. Getting rid of the bias is not a small task though.
It’s interesting to re-frame this science-based text for people in a developing country. The book assumes people are trying to make the decision between organic vs conventional, paleo vs intermittent fasting, weightlifting vs cardio. I doubt the people in the Dikgale villages are making these decisions on the regular.
I love how easily PN explains the functions of all organs in our digestive system, how energy transformation happens in our bodies, and has detailed chapters on macronutrients down to the cellular level. I can teach why it’s important to eat vitamins and minerals from whole food sources and how production methods can vary the nutrient content of food (and how to increase it when growing your own!). They break information down and explain well so that people without a biology background can understand. This is what I am bringing with me to South Africa. The parts about getting lean and lifting heavy? Not unless someone asks about it.