Coaching Dietary Strategies Course 1

How to Coach a Plant-Based Diet

A plant-based nutrition course, designed to help you understand the evidence-based benefits and trade-offs of plant-based eating, and put a practical, nutritious plant-forward plan into action.

  • Learn the truth about plant-based eating—including the pros and cons no one else is talking about
  • Help your clients get started or transition to plant-based eating with a handy nutrition calculator, meal plans, and other tools
  • Explore the value of being a diet-agnostic coach to better understand your clients and build stronger relationships with them
  • Earn continuing education credits (CECs)


Nutrition professionals who want to further develop their coaching skills—along with those who simply want a deeper dive into this topic.


This course is entirely self-paced, and the material can be covered in detail in about 9-12 total hours.

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Whether for health reasons, climate change, or animal welfare, stats show the plant-based population continues to spike.

As a coach, you work with a diversity of people with various likes, dislikes, beliefs, and tolerances—clients who look to you to help them navigate their food choices as they work towards their goals.

To feel confident coaching clients interested in exploring or expanding their plant-based eating, it’s important for you to…

  • Examine some of the “deep health” factors that shape people’s experiences with, and inclination towards, plant-based options.
  • Understand that plant-based eating is a varied spectrum of dietary patterns and choices that includes, welcomes, and emphasizes plant foods as important components.
  • Share evidence-based options that aren’t focused only on nutrition, philosophy, politics, or “being right”… but that affect your clients’ whole lives, and how they want to live them.

How to Coach a Plant-Based Diet is everything we know about coaching around how to eat a plant-forward diet that works for your clients’ bodies, health, and lives.

What you’ll learn in How to Coach a
Plant-Based Diet

The role vitamins, nutrients, and protein play and how they work for and against people who follow a plant-based diet.

How to create plant-based meal plans using our food lists and easy red-yellow-green food spectrums and assessments.

How to balance macros and micronutrients with our handy Micronutrient Deficiencies Reference Guide.

Unbiased information to help balance concerns around sustainability, animal welfare, agriculture, and health goals.

What all successful nutrition plans have in common, whether your client is a raw vegan-in-training, a whole-hearted carnivore, or just testing out a plant-forward way of life.

Real-world scenarios involving diverse people and complex issues based on common plant-based “problems” PN has seen while coaching over 100,000 clients.

How the course works

How to Coach a Plant-Based Diet is a self-paced, digital course that’s broken down into three carefully crafted units that cover both the science and practical application of plant-based eating. Here’s an overview of what’s covered in each unit:

Unit 1:
The science of plant-based eating

Estimated learning time: 3-4 hrs

Get an introduction to the science of plant-based eating, including: 

  • What defines “plant-based diets”
  • Why plants are good for us and the environment… or not
  • What role animal products might play
  • Whether a plant-based diet is more sustainable 

Unit 2:
Exploring plant-based eating options

Estimated learning time: 3-4 hrs

You’ll explore all the options for plant-based eating. This unit looks at what defines “good” nutrition, the value of coaching on a continuum, and options for moving along the plant-based eating spectrum.

Given there’s no single “best diet” and real life is complex, you’ll learn how to follow the evidence of your clients’ experiences to help them reach their nutrition goals.

Unit 3:
Plant-based eating in practice

Estimated learning time: 3-4 hrs

We’ll walk through the 6-step PN coaching process to show you how to build a client’s action plan for exploring and/or becoming more plant-based. This unit looks at “deep health” factors to consider for your plant-based coaching recommendations. You’ll also get tips and strategies to help clients from the “plant curious” to the “plant committed”.

Give your plant-based clients the expert advice they’re looking for

Practical information and specific how-to instructions so you never feel confused about how to help your plant-based clients again.


What’s included in How to Coach a Plant-Based Diet?

30+ downloadable resources.

Get exclusive access to the coaching resources we use with clients at PN, like our Deep Health questionnaire, food and eating journals, Micronutrient Deficiency reference guide, and more. Includes PN’s Plant-Based Eating, Professional Nutrition Calculator.

Tools & assessments to determine plant-based readiness.

Including forms to help you assess if a plant-based diet is a fit for your client (or you), measure how well any dietary plan (including plant-based eating) is working, and adjust depending on what happens.

Apply this towards an Advanced Certificate in Coaching Dietary Strategies.

This is one of three required courses for the Specialist in Coaching Dietary Strategies Certificate. Take any course as standalone, or all three to earn the certificate and showcase your expertise.

Insider’s Expert Discussion.

Listen in as our PN experts discuss their personal experiences with plant-based eating, as well as some of the considerations shaping this Specialized Course.

Study at your own pace, anywhere.

All of the course materials are delivered digitally, so you can work through the course at your own speed, from anywhere in the world.

Use this course to earn CECs.

How to Coach a Plant-Based Diet qualifies for continuing education credits with the following organizations: ACE, AFAA, CPTN, NASM, ISSA, NBHWC, REPs NZ and UKIHCA.

Why learn with Precision Nutrition?

Here are just a few reasons…

We’re the originators of behavior-change for nutrition coaching, and since 2005 we’ve used the tools, science, and systems in our courses to help over 100,000 people transform their health and fitness. (No other nutrition company in the world can say this.) That means everything you’ll learn has been proven in the real world, with real people.

We are the experts that other experts come to for help. Precision Nutrition advises organizations around the world, coaches elite athletes and sports teams, and has been featured in leading publications. There’s a reason over 2 million people come to our website every single month.

We’re the home of the world’s #1 nutrition coaching certification, with over 150,000 health and fitness professionals choosing to get certified by us.

Science-backed and peer-reviewed. Our coaching method was recently validated in 3 peer-reviewed studies. This means everything you’ll learn is backed by science.

Bottom line: If you want to learn how to coach nutrition from the best in the field, you’ve come to the right place.


Get instant access to the How to Coach a Plant-Based Diet digital course materials for only $349. You’ll get everything you need on the science and practical application of plant-based eating, so you can confidently help your clients choose their best plant-based path.

How to Coach a Plant-Based Diet
$ 349 USD

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How to Coach a Plant-Based Diet
$ 349 USD

45-day money-back guarantee.

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Give your plant-based clients the expert advice they’re looking for

Practical information and specific how-to instructions so you never feel confused about how to help your plant-based clients again.