Author Topic: Dieticians/Nutritionists  (Read 3277 times)

16goingon17

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Dieticians/Nutritionists
« on: June 24, 2007, 03:34:12 PM »
Good evening everyone!

For the last two years I've been wanting to become a dietician. I've still got lots to learn about the body and food's effect on it, but I also don't know much about what a dietician actually does. I know I want to be a consultant dietician with my own practice, but, again, I don't know what to expect with that. So, my questions are to everyone who's ever had an appointment or worked with a dietician, or just anyone who has an opinion :).

1. What kind of questions do you ask your dietician?

2. What do you like/dislike about your dietician?

3. How has your dietician helped you with your health?

I feel like so ignorant asking these questions, but how am I going to know these things if I don't ask? :)
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Offline Jlynn

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Re: Dieticians/Nutritionists
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2007, 03:47:10 PM »
I emailed my friend who is a dietician. I'll add her response after she answers :-)
"It becomes us to spend this life only as a journey toward Heaven....to
 which we should subordinate all other concerns of life.  Why should we
 labor for or set our hearts on anything else, but that which is our
 proper end and true happiness?" Jonathan Edwards

Offline Jlynn

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Re: Dieticians/Nutritionists
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2007, 08:47:50 PM »
Okay....here is what my friend responded too!  ;D

> 1. What kind of questions are dieticians asked, or
> what kind of problems do people come to them with?

There are 3 major areas that dieticians tend to work in, clinical
(working in the hospital with critically ill patients on nutrition
support to transitioning back to eating and then education before they
leave the hospital), foodservice (can be hospital, nursing home, or
restaurant/hotel--managing the business of foodservice by serving safe
food for people), and community (working with the public either one on
one through your own business or through government agencies or by
developing a program that would reach many of a targeted
 group--elderly,
children, women in your community).
>
> 2. What do you like/dislike about your dietician?
I haven't met a dietician I didn't like. :) 

Each dietician seems to
 have
gifts that make them effective with different areas, you just need to
find what you like and are good at and you can spend a lifetime
 studying
any one area of nutrition.  The information is abundant in every area.
>
> 3. How has your dietician helped you with your health?


Every person is different.  Dieticians are trained to look at the
 person
as a whole and their lifestyle and find what suggestions they can make
 to
work best for that individual.  One thing I have learned, though, is
 that
people are in charge of their own bodies and decisions that they make.
  I
can be responsible to them by making suggestions for a healthier
lifestyle but it really is up to them to make the changes. 
>
> I feel like so ignorant asking these questions, but
> how am I going to know these things if I don't ask?

Don't be so hard on yourself, everyone starts somewhere.  My suggestion
would be to ask away!  Here is a website that may help
  www.eatright.org
and I would also suggest to go talk to or shadow some RDs in different
areas, a good start is your closest college or university with a
 program
for registered dieticians.  Usually it is a RD that runs the program;
they are a wealth of information!
"It becomes us to spend this life only as a journey toward Heaven....to
 which we should subordinate all other concerns of life.  Why should we
 labor for or set our hearts on anything else, but that which is our
 proper end and true happiness?" Jonathan Edwards

16goingon17

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Re: Dieticians/Nutritionists
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2007, 04:18:42 AM »
Thank you Jlynn. And please thank your friend for me. I really enjoyed reading her email. I never thought of going to the university to ask my questions there. I'm going to look into that. Again, thank you. Does anyone else want to share their experience/opinion?

Offline healthygirl

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Re: Dieticians/Nutritionists
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2007, 12:35:44 AM »
I am currently taking prerequisites to enter a RD program when I get back to the States (my husband and I currently live in China).  I am planning to attend Eastern Michigan University mainly because it has the coordinated program I want and it's on line which lets me be flexible to go wherever my husband needs to be.  Also great about this school is that their on line tuition is the same as their in-state tuition which saves a lot of money! 

I like the Registered Dietitian route because part time jobs abound and that will be good if/when I am done raising my kids (I don't even have kids yet but I'm wanting to plan ahead!).  Also, I think they may have an easier time getting a job than a nutritionist because they complete a registration and pass an exam, etc.  There are programs you can do via homestudy that you can add to your RD credentials too.  I am finishing a holistic health practitioner certification program next month.

I would be interested in knowing what you decide to do!