Updated: Mar 7, 2019
Hi! As your Dietitian Friend I’m all about delivering science-based nutrition in a super fun way!
Hi! As your Dietitian Friend I’m all about delivering science-based nutrition in a super fun way! And what is that… ‘science-based’? Well, it means I have the education and the knowledge to give sound nutrition advice. That’s what makes me a Registered Dietitian. You may, however, be more familiar with another term, “nutritionist”. I am one of those too. But I will let you in in a secret here... anyone can call themselves a nutritionist!
So, let’s dive into the details...
Registered Dietitian (RD) and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
Both RD and RDN can be words for the same person. Adding the N is really just a way to make the term relatable to the general population. Most people know what a Nutritionist is, but not everyone has heard of a Registered Dietitian.
What it takes to become a registered dietitian?
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition
This includes 2 years of chemistry classes, y’all! NOT EASY.
Completion of a dietetic internship
This is 1,200 hours of unpaid work in the field of nutrition. Rotations include wellness, food service, clinical and more. Wherever a dietitian could work - you work there.
Pass the national board exam
Again, not easy. Most people study for 6-10 weeks and about ¼ of people don’t pass their first time.
Every 5 year cycle, RDs need to have 75-hours of continuing education logged. This is a way to ensure we stay on top of research and continue to learn about new developments in the field.
Any Gabby-go-getter with a blog or YouTube series can call themselves a “nutritionist.” The same goes for “wellness expert” or “enthusiast” of any sort. With all of this being said, I am so glad you have found me!
EVERYONE needs a dietitian friend and I am stoked to be yours! Allow me to help you on your wellness journey and feel free to reach out anytime - I can’t wait to hear from you!
-Lindsey, Your Dietitian Friend