I figured new website, new introduction. If you read the about me section you can definitely get an idea of who I am as a dietitian. I wanted to take the time and really have you guys get to know me, so I had my intern Taylor come up with a few questions that people usually ask Dietitians; here are my answers :)
1. How would you explain the difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian?
I get this question A LOT. A nutritionist is usually someone who just has a Bachelors degree in nutrition or a certification from a course they took or maybe a program. A dietitian on the other hand has the bachelors degree from a didactic program. Once you have your bachelors you move on to your dietetic internship which focuses on providing you with the experience and course work to take the RD exam. The internship is almost a year long and once you have finished it you sit for your boards, kind of like a nurse or doctor does. Once you pass the RD exam, you become a Registered Dietitian and in order to maintain your credentials you must complete education credits every 5 years.
2. What is a common misconception people have about what you do?
I think a lot of people think I am the food police or am going to judge what they eat. But I would never. I really just want to educate you and have you learn how to make healthier choices without restricting or dieting. Life revolves around food, you should enjoy it.
3.Why did you decide to pursue a career in nutrition?
I started off Pre-Med at PennState University, and took an introductory class in nutrition and fell in love. I really wanted to manage disease through food. I also realized there was a gap when it came to nutrition and culture. I wanted to have people learn to love their cultural foods and still be healthy.
4. What excites you most about the profession?
I love being able to take away the fear from eating. There is so much bad information on the internet, with no scientific evidence behind it that truly SCARES people. I strive to educate and take that fear away. I want to help you become healthier and really not worry about whether a food is good for you or not. I want you to go to a restaurant and ENJOY your meal. I want to teach you those tools.
5. Could everyone benefit from visiting you?
I think so, there is always a question to ask, and I will always give you a direct answer. I also think people sometimes just need a cheerleader to cheer them along on their journey to health. I can do that.
6. What interests you most about health and nutrition?
I think how food just plays such a huge role in disease management and prevention is fascinating, and I want to teach people how to use nutrition and be the best they can be.
7. What is most rewarding about what you do?
When I have someone just be so excited about the progress they have made by just changing one small thing, you can't change everything in one day. SO taking small steps towards health and seeing results is very rewarding.
8. What else would you like people to know about your career?
We are people too :) We are not perfect when it comes to food, and quite frankly you will not be perfect either and that is OK. Being healthy is a lifestyle not a 2 month thing. SO my goal is to teach you that. You will have good days and bad days, I do too. And that is OK!
9. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
This is a hard one!!!! I love pizza BUT I will go with pasta on this one because you can make A LOT of different healthy meals with it.