Mediterranean Diet Workshop

Implementing nutrition into an evidence-based practice

Evidence update and practical tools

Are you okay with giving nutrition recommendations without context, a plan, or the support your patient needs to be successful?

You believe that food is medicine, but don’t know how to support your patients to transform their nutrition

How do you inspire change without making people MORE stressed out about what they’re eating (or not eating)

​You feel unsure about the evidence, so your emphasis on nutrition ends up being lukewarm or left to chance

We have a chance to deeply impact a patient's nutrition, but as a profession, we’ve created more confusion than clarity. 

Does nutrition feel like an uphill climb where you continuously myth-bust the latest fad diet? 

  • As clinicians, we’re not immune to the constant influx of nutrition information. Is paleo the right answer? Should your patients be avoiding nightshades? It can feel like a race against time to figure out what’s true, what isn’t and what works. And how to answer your patient questions with confidence and clarity. 

Have you cobbled together multiple links, handouts and recipe books, but still feel like there’s a missing piece in putting theory into practice? 

  • Recipe books and shopping lists look pretty, but are totally inadequate when it comes to creating real behaviour change in your patients. 

Do you get blank stares from patients when you hand them nutrition handouts? 

  • ​It can feel defeating for both patient and practitioner to implement nutrition if you don't know where you're going or how to measure progress

Did your nutrition education even mention research? 
Does your delivery method feel completely outdated?

  •  Your patients are following all sorts of self prescribed diets. They have 100s of questions about the latest social media nutrition trends. Your training has not equipped you to talk about nutrition effectively. 

I had no idea that getting into the kitchen with my Patients would fundamentally change how I taught, talked and thought about nutrition. 

I felt very out of place amongst my classmates on the topic of nutrition during my naturopathic training. I almost accepted a position in culinary school instead of naturopathic school. Good food was core to my person. But, in naturopathic school the focus was on “bad” foods, cleanses, and elimination of what people shouldn’t eat. For the most part, 

I kept quiet about my apprehensions, put my head down and invested in my culinary skills. It helped me manage my school stress too! 

After graduation, I was eager to incorporate nutrition into my practice. But after many conversations about food, I realized the following trends:
  • People were scared to follow my recommendations because it violated some food rule they had just read about from the latest celebrity doctor
  • People didn’t have the cooking skills to make the recipe or plan simple meals
  •  People were paralyzed by the fear of doing it wrong 
And I felt a constant knot in my stomach that maybe I had it all wrong. Maybe legumes were the worst. And bullet coffee was the next miracle elixir. 

The stakes felt so high! Yet, I knew that food could be enjoyable, pleasurable and actually fun. I became determined to cut through the noise and start to change the narrative around the current nutrition conversation. Away from fear and restriction to something exciting and tasty. 

So I took a leap and studied the Mediterranean Diet in depth. As a doctor, as a cook, and as an eater. 

Dr. Antonella Aguilera-Ruiz, ND

This became the backbone of my signature series called Dr and the Chef where I took nutrition education out of the office and into the kitchen. 

I logged many hours compiling the evidence for the Mediterranean diet across medical diagnoses. And the research was outstanding and clear: The Med Diet was clearly a healthy eating pattern. Yet, we did not spend a single minute on it in school.

 To be honest, my blood boiled. Here we are playing whack-a-mole with fad diets while we have an incredible body of research and intervention trials on the Mediterranean diet.  Why is no one is naming the elephant in the room? 

AND, this way of eating is delicious, celebratory and can travel with someone for the longevity of their life? 

I know as a profession we can raise the bar on our nutritional research and delivery of care.

We can move the needle in having constructive conversations that allow people to support their health and eat well. 

What if you could guide your patients through one of the healthiest eating patterns easily and effectively? 

What If You felt confident fielding their questions WITHOUT

Wasted Time

The methodology section of studies has some real gems that can transform your clinical practice. The “how” in this case is as important as the “what.” You could spend tons of hours reading them and dissecting the roadmap that gets people results. 

Luckily, you won’t have to. 
I've read them for you. 

Wasted Money

Food is a HUGE topic. Quite often the missing part of the conversation is how a doctor actually implements research into their treatment plans. 

What system works? More CE isn’t always the answer. We need to transform your knowledge into practical skills to up level yourself and your patients. 

Frustration Etc.

 It can be hard to navigate conversations around food if you feel unsure of the promise or peril of your recommendations. Being good at nutrition means staying up to date about the role nutrition plays in your patient’s overall strategy. 

We have the time in our patient visits to have important conversations around nutrition compared to our conventional counterparts. But, what if that conversation was grounded in solid evidence and also created an easy to follow stepwise plan forward? 

Familiarity Breeds Comfort

Not everyone reads cookbooks like novels. But, being well versed in the Mediterranean Diet requires knowing how all the pieces work together. You being adaptable allows you to transfer this skill set to your patients too. First, though, you need a good in depth tutorial. 

Patterns over Perfection

What is pretty clear from the data is that there is no single “perfect“ diet. We’re talking about patterns that can be quite achievable if framed correctly. 

Separate the Wheat From the Shaft

Nutrition is a muddled conversation because it often blends opinion, with plausibility and also has major economic and social factors. You’ll leave feeling confident in the evidence we have, what we don’t have and how to bridge the different roles food plays in our lives. 


The Mediterranean Diet 
& Mental Health


Almost every medical condition benefits from the Mediterranean diet. Yet, practitioners have likely had little training in this eating pattern. Let’s change that. 

This workshop will leave you confident in using food as part of your treatment plan and also create a system to effectively deliver this treatment protocol. 

We’ll hone into the evidence that is mounting in nutritional psychiatry and then look at the wider scope and breadth of the Mediterranean diet with a focus on bringing this diet to life in your practice. 

WHAT’S INSIDE this course:

First Course: Food & Mood

By seeing the intervention trials used in mental health, you’ll learn how to set up even your most challenging patients for success. You’ll learn the evidence for nutrition in mental healthcare. You’ll understand your role within an integrative care team and what you can offer with confidence. 

You will learn create:

  • The dietary patterns that create risk around mental health
  • The dietary pattern that improves depression scores
  • ​How to talk about specialty diets and their role in mental health

Main Course: The Roadmap

It’s one thing to know nutrition, it’s another to successfully guide these changes in your patients. Lucky for us, there are common themes that can be applied directly to clinical practice to create a methodology. 

We’ll also take a look at the broad landscape and compare/contrast many of the other patterns covered in The Confident Clinician club, so you can tailor your recommendations to your specific patient. 

You will learn create:

  • The role of groups in implementing a new diet
  • The curriculum that takes your patients from confused in the kitchen to empowered cooks
  • The key milestones you need to cover so that your patients can be most successful
  • ​Facilitating behaviour change around nutrition

Dessert: Dr and the Chef

Get an introduction to culinary medicine: combining the joy of cooking with the science of medicine. We can learn so much from sitting in our patients’ shoes. We’ll end with a demo, so you can experience what it’s like to receive nutrition education in this way.

You will learn create:

  • You’ll get a sample recipe and prep list 
  • Cook along during the session and ask questions

You'll Learn

  • How to assess a food journal
  • How to create a step wise nutrition plan
  • The key principles that make up the Med diet
  • ​Servings, frequency for each food category
  • ​The condition specific variations on the Med diet
  • ​Resources for basic culinary education support

You'll Leave With

  • How to assess a food journal
  • How to create a step wise nutrition plan
  • The key principles that make up the Med diet
  • ​Servings, frequency for each food category
  • ​The condition specific variations on the Med diet
  • ​Resources for basic culinary education support
  • EMR templates
  • Patient Resource Templates: Yes, people still need recipes and inspiration. You’ll get the tried and true handouts to share with patients, so you can edit, brand and plug into practice immediately. 
  • Sample Med Diet 15 Minute Video Tutorial + Script
  • EMR templates
  • Patient Resource Templates: Yes, people still need recipes and inspiration. You’ll get the tried and true handouts to share with patients, so you can edit, brand and plug into practice immediately. 
  • Sample Med Diet 15 Minute Video Tutorial + Script

Training you to support your patients’ in achieving better health outcomes using evidence based nutrition


  • 5.5 Hours of course content from Dr. Antonella
  • EMR Templates and Handouts to implement right away
  • Sample Med Diet 15 minute video tutorial + script


With every topic we've covered over the last 2 years, nutritionally we circle back to the same concept in every presentation. Patients who eat a Mediterranean diet have better health outcomes, disease reduction and improved symptomology. Dr. Antonella Aguilera Ruiz, ND combines her love of food, community and olive oil with the research on Mediterranean diet outcomes to beautifully support practitioners who want to better educate their patients while instilling a love for cooking and food. 

This practical workshop will reconnect you to one of the reasons you chose Naturopathic care, and will show you how to support your patients with the Med diet in a way that improves health outcomes. I can't think of someone better than Antonella to help us rediscover our love of food and nutritional science.

Dr. Jordan Robertson, ND
CEO, Founder of the Confident Clinician


What if my focus isn’t mental health? 
While we will do a review of the evidence for diet and mental health, the roadmap to teaching this pattern of eating has a common pattern regardless of diagnosis. We’ll also compare and contrast across specific diets like the PREDIMED, MIND diet and those used in pregnancy, PCOS and arthritis, so you know how to plug and play regardless of condition. 
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We don't offer refunds for our digital products. Once you have access to the course dashboard you have instant access to all of my digital products.

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