After struggling foooooooooorever to find a blog name I finally decided on Mom RD for two reasons. First, from here on out I’ll always be a mom and second, I’ll always be an RD. Perfect, a blog name that I like and makes sense to me. But let’s clear up exactly what an RD is and why I’m very proud to have those letters behind my name.
I struggled in college to find what I was really passionate about. I had thoughts of becoming a doctor until I realized that it just wasn’t for me. So with a degree in biochemistry and chemistry, I made the next logical step and went to graduate school. Anything to put off growing up and getting a real job. Again, I struggled in graduate school with finding something I really enjoyed doing. In fact, I knew without a doubt that becoming a Ph.D. research scientist was the last thing I wanted to do. I started my weight loss journey during graduate school and it was the eye opening experience I needed to change my career path. I knew I wanted to be apart of the health and wellness field. So, I made a brave decision to finish my graduate program with a Master’s degree and then go back to undergrad to pursue my degree in nutrition/dietetics. Being a 28 year old undergrad was interesting but I made it through. I completed my dietetic internship in 2012 and then passed the registration exam allowing myself to put the letters RD behind my name.
RD means registered dietitian, a nutrition expert. Sometimes you might see RDN which means registered dietitian nutritionist but it’s essentially the same thing. However, anyone that claims they are a nutritionist may not be a registered dietitian. In fact, anyone can call themselves a nutritionist even if they’ve taken a few courses in college or have a certification from an online class. The important distinction is the amount of schooling an RD has as compared to a nutritionist. An RD has a 4 year degree in nutrition and has also completed a dietetic internship which is essential to pass the registered dietitian exam. The internship is essentially supervised practice that allows the student to be exposed to all areas dietetic practice. RDs can work in hospitals caring for patients that are malnourished because of disease where they ensure nutritional needs are met through special diets, tube feeding and nutrition through the veins. They can work in food service where often times the RD is the kitchen manager responsible for the entire operation. Other non-traditional roles can be in the community working for WIC (Women’s infants and children) as well as public health departments. You might find an RD at your local wellness center or gym facility as working out and eating right are concurrent goals.
After I finished my internship, I began working one on one with individuals with specific wellness goals most frequently the goal of losing weight. I also had the chance to work with athletes and determining their best fueling strategies for performance and recovery. There’s no better job satisfaction than when a client reached a goal no matter how small or big especially knowing that I helped them reach that goal.
5 Reasons why you should consult with an RD
- You’re trying to lose weight and the scale isn’t moving. An RD can evaluate what you’re currently doing to reach this goal and give you recommendations to meet your needs and promote weight loss. Only your RD, and not your personal trainer or group fitness instructor can legally give nutrition recommendations. Besides, would you trust someone telling you what to eat with only a few college courses or would you trust the nutrition expert?
- You have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and/or high blood sugar. Food is a huge factor in these traits progressing to cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and diabetes. Small changes in your diet can create marked improvement in these values.
- You’re confused about the latest food headline. Are eggs good for you or bad for you? Should you use coconut oil or olive oil? These types of questions can be answered by the expert. RDs are trained in being able to translate the latest scientific research to be able to make sound recommendations. And that’s what makes our work stand out from other “nutritionist.” Recommendations from an RD are based in the latest scientific evidence.
- You’re trying to get pregnant, are pregnant or are a lactating mother. At this point, you’re either trying to create another life, you’re actually growing another life or your body is making nourishment for another life. Talk about a tall order for a woman’s body. You need specialized recommendations to ensure you are meeting your needs as well as the life you are responsible for. There is no other point in a woman’s life where nutrition is so vital. So instead of trying to figure it out on your own, ask an RD!
- You’re trying to excel at a physical sport. Food is fuel and your body performs it best when it’s fueled properly for running a marathon, competing in an Ironman or training for a figure competition. And one size does not fit all. An RD can come up with an individualized fueling strategy for your training and race or game day.
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