As I’ve mentioned in a few posts, I am currently in the process of pursuing a master’s degree in Nutrition to one day become a Registered Dietitian.
But first… what is a Registered Dietitian?
According to EatRight.org “A registered dietitian nutritionist is a food and nutrition expert who has met academic and professional requirements including: Earned a bachelor’s degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.”
Basically a Registered Dietitian is the most accredited certification that you can get, as approved by national standards. There are a lot of online “nutritionist” certifications, but an RD is the only certification that is recognized by state and government-funded jobs, like hospitals and public health departments
Because I have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and not Nutrition, the process of becoming an RD becomes a little more complicated. With an undergrad degree in nutrition you can immediately apply for a Dietetic Internship, a 10 month to year program working in different nutrition settings with a certification exam at the end, but since I don’t have that, I have to go a little different route. In order to gain enough experience to then apply for an internship, I have to enroll in a Masters program to complete the required nutrition curriculum.
Fortunately I’ve already taken a lot of the prerequisites for nutrition because of my bio degree, but still have a few left to take. I’ve been taking some at the local community college and have been loving it. Hello $40/unit. It’s like a dream.
Sweet Potato Curry from Pinch of Yum
I love food.
My initial pull towards nutrition was my love for food. I grew up in a home where food was always the center. My family loves to cook together and loves to entertain people. It was through my parents love for hospitality and food that sparked my interest in showing people how to eat the best that they can for their bodies. For me, cooking is like home, it grounds me, calms me down and makes me feel content. I love sharing meals with others and the process of cooking with loved ones.
Who says healthy can’t include homemade chocolate soufflés? Not me.
I love it. I love talking about it. Reading about it. Telling people about it. Teaching people about it. I can’t get enough. What I love about it most is how much the field is constantly changing. There’s new research being done EVERY day which is so exciting. Nutrition and health topics have gained a lot of recognition lately and I think that’s great. More interest means more funding and a healthier society. I want to become a Registered Dietitian so that I can be equipped with the best and most information possible so that I can go on to help others. There is a lot of misinformation floating around out there and I want to do my best to correct it. I want to spend my life showing others the steps they can take towards healthier and happier lifestyles, through proper nutrition, stress management and overall wellness. I can’t think of a better way to do this than to pursue my Masters in Nutrition.
I have already applied to several programs that I’m waiting to hear back from, and I have a few left to apply to. The waiting game is HARD. It’s definitely teaching me how to be patient and to keep on pursuing my goals everyday. That means contacting professors, professionals, talking to current RD-to-be students and volunteering at my local food bank (which has been such a surprising blessing to be a part of). I’m planning on doing a “Tips on Applying to Graduate Programs in Nutrition” post soon, so that I can hopefully answer a few questions for those of you that may be thinking about becoming an RD.
Have a lovely day!