Existing Student ONLY.
The “Personalisation of Bread” module the other half of The Diploma. The Diploma is made up of 2 modules. Bake for Health and Personlisation of Bread.
- Enhanced Learning Path: By adding this module, students enrolled in certificate courses can upgrade their learning experience to attain The Sourdough School Diploma qualification.
- Focused on Health and Baking: This module delves deeply into how different types of bread can be tailored to support various health conditions, aligning with the BALM (Baking as Lifestyle Medicine) philosophy.
- Exclusively available for students enrolled in courses where the certificate is included.
- Ideal for those who have completed or are currently enrolled in certificate-level courses and wish to advance their learning, or for student who have booked the 4 day workshop and wish to upgrade to the diploma.
- Gain an in-depth understanding of how to personalise bread recipes for health benefits.
- Develop skills in modifying bread-making techniques to cater to specific dietary needs and health conditions.
- Expand knowledge on the role of bread in managing and supporting health, particularly in areas such as digestive health, mental well-being, chronic illness management, and more
‘Vanessa’s work on sourdough and the gut microbiome is changing the way we think of food, health and baking.’– Professor Tim Spector, Founder of Zoe
Student interview – Dr Ed Copley
How can you personalise bread?
The “Personalisation of Bread” module at The Sourdough School is a vital component of our comprehensive approach to baking as lifestyle medicine. It’s designed to address a variety of health concerns through the therapeutic and nutritional aspects of bread making. Here’s an explanation of how this module can support health in various clinical areas:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS):
- The topic focuses on bread recipes that are gentle on the digestive system, incorporating ingredients that are known to be beneficial for IBS sufferers.
- Cardiovascular Diseases:
- Incorporates heart-healthy ingredients and baking methods that align with dietary guidelines for cardiovascular health.
- Chronic Constipation:
- Emphasises high-fibre bread recipes that can aid in improving digestive health.
- Social Isolation Symptoms:
- Baking serves as a communal and therapeutic activity, helping alleviate feelings of isolation.
- High-Stress Levels:
- The calming process of baking, combined with specific recipes, can help manage stress and support mental well-being.
- Mood Disorders (Depression and Anxiety):
- Focuses on the therapeutic aspects of baking as a mindfulness practice, which can be beneficial for mood regulation.
- Blood Glucose Dysregulation:
- The module offers recipes and techniques for bread that help in managing blood sugar levels.
- Obesity or Weight Management Issues:
- Teaches baking methods and recipes that align with healthy weight management plans.
- Anxiety from Situational Challenges:
- Baking as a focused and creative activity can offer relief from various life stresses, including parenting and caregiving challenges.
- Other Medical or Psychosocial Conditions:
- The BALM approach is versatile and can be adapted to support various conditions where diet and lifestyle interventions are beneficial.
- Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Early-Stage Dementia:
- Engaging in baking activities can stimulate cognitive functions and provide a sense of accomplishment.
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or Fibromyalgia:
- The module includes anti-inflammatory recipes and baking as a therapeutic activity.
- Recovery from Addiction:
- Baking serves as a mindful practice that supports the recovery process.
- Sleep Disorders:
- Baking activities, combined with dietary management, can contribute to better sleep routines.
- Cancer Care and Bowel Cancer Risk:
- Offers recipes rich in fibre and nutrients beneficial for cancer patients and those at risk of bowel cancer.
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD):
- Focuses on recipes that adhere to guidelines on wholegrain introduction and gluten fermentation to reduce inflammation.
- Engage with medical and baking experts in live sessions.
- Use baking as a therapeutic activity to support health and well-being.
- Access to a supportive, friendly community.
- Tools and resources to actively engage in health journeyOur Diploma Students are trained to prescribe BALM clinically. The BALM Protocol is the framework for the way the Sourdough Club teaches people to approach baking. By inviting their patients to join the club, they learn to bake nourishing bread that enhances mental and physical and mental health as a social prescription.
To understand the licensing and how practitioners can access and the extensive resources offered to graduates as they become part of the systems change. Notably, each licence enables medical professionals to prescribe patient vouchers worth over £10,000 subsidised by The Sourdough Club social discount vouchers, reducing monthly membership to less than the cost of the average supermarket sandwich.
We highly recommend that you download THE FULL COURSE PROSPECTUS before enrolling on the course.
‘Vanessa’s approach to baking nourishes both the gut and the mind.’
– Dr Michael Mosley
‘This is a journey. And these aren’t just courses. Kimbell wants to change the bread we eat, one loaf at a time. She’s the real deal: a total inspiration.’
– Diana Henry, the Telegraph.
Upgrade to The Sourdough School Diploma in Baking as Preventative Healthcare and Lifestyle Medicine || 100% Online
£29.99 / month for 24 months + £1,250.00 registration fee
- COURSE STARTS: 28th September 2023
- DURATION: 1 year – (but you can graduate up to 2 years after the start date)
- REGISTRATION FEE: £2499
- TUITION FEES £49.99 per month for 24 months – ( Please note that your payments start from when you enrol, not from when you start the course)
- DURATION: 2 academic years – Each year is 3 10 week terms
- Hours: Live sessions on Thursday Evenings 2 hours + Baking tasks
- LOCATION: Online
- WHY? Prescribe evidence-based Lifestyle social prescription courses to your patients.
- HIGHLIGHTS: Case studies and baking the theory at the weekend. Weekly live tutorials keep you engaged.
- START DATE: 28th September 2023
- The diploma has two modules: BALM Theory, and BALM Practical
Healthcare professionals: GPs, dieticians, physiotherapists and frontline staff who are then able to use bread making as a social prescription in their practices.
Bakers: who wish to dive deep into the knowledge and understanding of how the bread they bake impacts human health.
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- Additional information
- Key learning objectives
- What will I learn?
- A recording about how the course is taught and who this course appeals to?
- How will I be able to use the knowledge?
- Why is bread integral to health and wellbeing?
- What is an Advanced Diploma?
- Your last lesson on the course...
- What others say about Vanessa & the course
- Do you offer any further professional support services?
- Do I need to buy anything before I start the Baking as Lifestyle Medicine Module?
|Optional In Person Workshop
Standard (online only), With Workshop 17th – 21st April 2023, With Workshop 12th – 16th June 2023, With Workshop 17th – 21st July 2023
Key learning objectives
By participating in this course you will:
- Learn how mass-produced, poor-quality bread and baked goods negatively impact health.
- Understand the mechanisms of how long, slow fermentation transforms your bread and discover how the Sourdough School Bread Protocol results in significant positive benefits to both the gut microbiome and mental health.
- Bake the knowledge. Each week throughout the course, you will apply the scientific reading from the syllabus to make your bread and accompanying recipes.
- Gain a unique insight into the impact of the Bread Protocol on your Gut microbiome and physical and mental health. You will test your biome at the beginning of the course and again in late January; when you get your results back, you will have a feedback session with the Research and Medical Directors and discover how you have responded.
- Appraise Sourdough School Case studies that demonstrate improvement of physical and mental health outcomes.
- Apply the knowledge and change your clinical practice: medical professionals may apply for a practitioner’s license on completion of the course, which will enable them to socially prescribe any of The Sourdough School prescription courses to their patients.
- Positively impact community health: our prescription courses are about sharing bread. The Bake 2, Give 1 principle encourages people to connect to each other and this helps alleviate loneliness and social isolation.
- VOUCHER: Attendees will be able to claim a £1000 voucher for the in-person Workshops (valid for 12 months & non-transferable)
What will I learn?
Your course is about understanding the relationship between bread and gut health, and we apply nutritional, medical and lifestyle evidence to teach you how to bake bread to optimise health.
The course is an interactive learning programme run by Vanessa Kimbell at The Sourdough School, and the syllabus is a living syllabus which, while self-guided, is highly interactive. The course is made up of both live and pre-recorded lectures, guided learning, live tutorials with Q&A and interesting tasks, plus two very active forums: the Baking Forum and the Nutrition & Digestibility Forum. We encourage alumni to stay engaged in the forums to support other students.
The course is taught by some of the world’s leading experts and includes recipes, studies, supporting materials and a regular Sourdough Baking Clinic.
- The syllabus covers topics such as Bread and the Impact on the Gut Microbiome, Bread and Balancing Blood Sugar, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS), Bread and Mental Health, Wheat Allergies, and Bread and Obesity.
- You will also learn extensively about the gut microbiome and how to bake to nourish both your physical and mental health.
- You will be applying the theory of how you make bread to optimise health by baking delicious sourdough breads that tie in with the topics being explored.
- The syllabus includes simple sourdough recipes, including sourdough pasta, basic sourdough cakes, focaccia, baguettes and open-crumb boules.
- You will gain an understanding of the mechanisms of sourdough and why it is both more digestible and more nutritious than other kinds of bread.
- You will be awarded a certificate at the end of the diploma following an open written test and completion of the recipes on the course.
- You will also learn to eat symbiotically and discover how to accompany your bakes with probiotics. We apply the science of nourishing the gut through simple, delicious and affordable recipes, such as fresh fruit compote, cultured butter and more.
- You can also book and attend a five-day in-person workshop at the Sourdough School. This workshop will give you the opportunity to consolidate your knowledge with Vanessa and the team.
A recording about how the course is taught and who this course appeals to?
This year’s students include a wide range of people, including GPs, bakers, healthcare professionals, farmers and nutritionists: indeed, pretty much anyone who is interested in understanding why and how their bread can be healthier.
It particularly appeals to healthcare professionals as they will later be able to prescribe our prescription courses to their patients.
How will I be able to use the knowledge?
This course will significantly improve your understanding of the nutritional value of wholegrain, the importance of diversity and the mechanisms of sourdough, as well as how to transform the national value of bread. This knowledge is a game-changer when it comes to baking for health and product development for your customers.
For doctors and practising healthcare professionals:
Upon graduating, you will be able to apply for our Practitioners’ Prescription.
Students who qualify (and are healthcare practitioners) may apply for a Practitioners’ Prescription, which will mean that you are able to prescribe your patients/clients a 3-month sourdough bread-making course as a lifestyle prescription, free of charge. This means you can use your knowledge in your everyday work and deliver the benefits of our most nutritious bread to the people that need it most in your practice. A variety of Prescription Courses will be available.
Why is bread integral to health and wellbeing?
This course is about understanding the impact of the bread we eat every day on our physical and mental health. We focus on the impact of bread on health, and in particular on the gut microbiome. We also focus on understanding how the mechanisms of sourdough positively transform bread.
Bread can harm or heal. Bread and baked goods make up the top three out of four of the largest proportion of our daily calorie consumption. It is impossible to ignore the impact of bread and baked goods on our health and wellness, and yet bread is possibly the most misunderstood of our most basic foods. It can be simultaneously the best of foods and the worst of foods.
What is an Advanced Diploma?
If you choose to do the Advanced Diploma, then in addition to the online course, you will book and attend a five-day in-person workshop at the Sourdough School. This workshop will give you the opportunity to consolidate your knowledge with Vanessa and the team.
Your last lesson on the course...
Part of the course is being a member of our Sourdough Club, and in the very last lesson of your course, we will set a task for you to continue your learning by supporting and sharing your knowledge with someone you are connected to.
So we invite you to stay as a member of The Sourdough Club for another year, and we also gift a membership code to you which you can then give to a young baker, who you will nominate as the final step in your syllabus. This means you can keep baking and learning from your course, while also virtually supporting a young baker from anywhere in the world through the Club and the forum – because our connection to each other is the real secret of why sourdough is good for us.
What others say about Vanessa & the course
Perhaps the best people to hear from are our students.
‘Food is medicine, but very few doctors are trained in nutrition. Vanessa (and the team at the Sourdough School) have an ability to translate the “art” of bread making into a language that crosses the divide between art and science. She links pathways from different disciplines to demonstrate that the way in which we eat bread will impact both the body and mind. No doctor has ever been able to explain digestion in such a graphic manner.
This allows bakers and scientists to interrelate around the central theme of the gut microbiome. It is lifestyle medicine at its best! It engages you fully in a process that is achievable, whilst giving you an insight into digestion and its effect on health. This is a real-world application course, where you will learn how you can use our most basic food to help optimise your health and prevent disease. It doesn’t stop there; your Practitioner’s Prescription Licence empowers you to prescribe short baking courses to your patients free of charge as a lifestyle prescription, which is central to the Sourdough School Systems Change Programme.’
Annie Elliot GP 2021/22 Student on the Nutrition & Digestibility of Bread Diploma
Do you offer any further professional support services?
We are also able to offer further consultancy to help with communications as well as research, product development and licensing to bakeries to produce bread and baked goods for both The Diversity Bread, and Botanical Blend Flour. Please click here for details.