Today is the day!
If you're a fellow CNE, you'll know this mantra well.
It's a line from Academy of Culinary Nutrition (ACN) founder Meghan Telpner's official creed, and it's become something of a battle cry for those in the program.
Today's the day:
To dare to live life differently,
To say yes to your heart,
To chase your dreams,
To make things happen, and
To infuse it all with a whole lot of love, community, and integrity.
When I first stumbled upon Meghan's blog, I was finishing up my training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN).
I was in search of deliciously nourishing real-food recipes, and oh-my-goodness did I find them! Meghan's are still some of my all-time faves!
The last year and a half had been an adventure in learning to eat to live.
Changing the way I ate had given me my health and my life back and catapulted me onto a new path that felt so right I could hardly stand it. But something was missing.
I wanted to feel confidently comfortable in the kitchen, learn to create awesome recipes, and take a deep dive into the world of food for healing.
So when I saw the announcement about the debut of an online Culinary Nutrition Expert (CNE) program, it was an immediate yes(!) for me.
I knew, in my gut and my heart, that I had to do it.
What I didn't know was how incredible it was going to be, how it would challenge and transform me, or that I'd meet some of my best friends there.
It remains one of the best programs I've ever completed.
And here, my friends, are just a few of the reasons why:
1 - IT'S THE REAL DEAL
Meghan and team are committed to providing a rigorous, professional level, high quality, potentially life-changing experience. No fluff. They deliver on everything they promise and more.
It's not easy. It requires dedication, time management, and organization. It assumes you are passionate about the study of culinary nutrition and challenges you to rise to the occasion and make the very most of your time in the program.
When you receive your congratulatory letter and official certification at the conclusion of the course, you'll know that you earned that baby, and it will feel darn good.
2 - SERIOUS CULINARY NUTRITION KNOW-HOW
Research, shared learning, and hands-on experience make for a powerful combination!
You'll be asked to develop your own unique food philosophy, read the best culinary nutrition books out there, watch inspiring documentaries, create condition-focused recipes and meal plans, plan and teach a cooking class or workshop, and prepare amazing meals in your kitchen every week.
By the end of the program, you'll have developed a comfort level in the kitchen like you'd never imagined.
3 - CUTTING EDGE TECH, ONLINE PRESENCE, AND VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE
This ain't your grandma's cooking school!
The small-but-mighty ACN team has gone to great lengths to provide a high quality, visually appealing, professional level experience.
You'll find beautiful images, awesome videos, and smoothly integrated tech. Whether you're an experienced online learner or brand new to the concept, you'll receive the support, guidance, and resources you need to succeed.
The Academy is also well represented across the various social media platforms and committed to staying current and connected, which is something I appreciate and admire as an entrepreneur with my own online presence.
4 - STELLAR SUPPORT
You're so not alone here.
You'll find an amazing community (more on that in a moment) in your fellow CNE students and alums.
You'll also get to connect in real time with Meghan and your classmates on the weekly live call!
You'll find an incredible support and beautiful soul in Ashley, the Academy's Director of Outreach and Customer Happiness.
And, of course, you'll have your Program Coach (it could even be me!), who will offer valuable feedback and support throughout the program.
5 - THE CNE FAM
Saved the best for last!
The friends I've made as a result of doing this CNE program are the absolute best thing about it! They are co-creators, inspiration, motivation, expert resources, colleagues, business partners, team members, and so much more to me.
There is something so extremely empowering to be said about finding your tribe, your peeps.
Intentionally connecting with likeminded people, especially when you're in the natural health world, can be one of the most transformative things a person can do for themselves. It's a gift of shared enthusiasm, feeling understood, and finding the support and encouragement you've been looking for.
Here are just a few of the beautiful people I've been fortunate enough to meet (and snap a photo of) in person! So many of my CNE buddies have become dear friends, and I can't wait to meet them in person!
I'm often asked to share my CNE experience with folks who've been thinking it over and seriously considering the program. I hope this post helps!
Today, I use what I learned in the CNE program without even thinking about it. It's become second nature, a part of what I do in all areas of my life and work. My clients, customers, family, friends, and team members have all been touched by what I learned at the Academy of Culinary Nutrition.
I love connecting with you, learning a bit about you, and answering any specific questions you might have. If you're local, let's grab a cuppa tea and chat. If not, a virtual tea date works for me!
Feel free to reach out anytime. Perhaps today's the day?!