Summer travel is upon us and the first stop on my list was Washington DC. Marriott hotels’ Autograph Collection invited me to visit, so I obviously agreed to join the ride. My spots from this trip are mostly courtesy of my Instagram community. While I didn’t get a chance to try many of the places on my list, I trust the judgement of my followers!…
This is a contributor post on TheWholeTara from Ben of The Eat Down.
These little beauties can take as little as 30 minutes to put together and they’re healthier than your average brownie. What’s more is that they don’t require baking. Just like traditional brownies, they are rich and chewy. If this is your first attempt at no-bake brownies, then you might never look back.
Whether it’s cookie dough protein balls or pistachio truffles, I love how the internet has found a way to make so many traditionally heavy recipes, new and improved no-bake recipes.
First thing’s first — There are major differences between a nutritionist, health coach and Registered Dietitian. Neither a nutritionist nor a health coach are equivalent to a Registered Dietitian. In order to decide if becoming a Registered Dietitian is right for you, it’s important to understand the basis of distinction between each of these titles and the training required to earn your title.
A Registered Dietitian, abbreviated ‘RD’, is a state licensed professional accredited by the CDR. RDs are qualified to provide nutrition counseling, work in clinical settings (hospitals, nursing homes, etc.), and advise the general population on nutrition guidelines. RDs undergo two years of DPD (didactic programs in dietetics) coursework and 1200 hours of supervised dietetic practice to be eligible to sit for the RD exam. Once a dietitian passes the exam, he/she becomes a state-licensed healthcare professional.
What’s the difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian?
Are they the same thing?
No, no, no! A dietitian is a nutritionist, but a nutritionist is not a dietitian. A nutritionist is anyone who has studied nutrition in some capacity. That could be a paid course or even reading a book on nutrition. There is no formal regulation on the term nutritionist, yet. Us dietitians are hoping for a change, so consumers aren’t misled.
What is a health coach?
How do I become one?
A health coach is also not a dietitian. A health coach might call themselves a nutritionist, but it essentially means nothing as it relates to a dietitian. A health coach is someone who takes a course, there are a few, and at the end is rewarded a piece of paper that reads Certified Health Coach. It’s not an official certification. It’s a private organization who put those words together and dubbed themselves as a verification program.
While I don’t believe a health coach has the proper skill, knowledge, or training to see clients, I do think there’s added value to the continuing education and scope of knowledge the program covers in addition to a RD license or nutrition degree. If you are interested in becoming a health coach, you can click this link for my discount. Fun fact: I was the youngest person to join the IIN health coaching program at the time (17!) — close to when they first began back in 2012.
How do I become a Registered Dietitian?
Step #1: Enroll in a DPD program. Here is a list of approved programs. You can do this in your undergrad or as a Master’s. The program you choose must be a DPD program, so you are eligible to apply for your dietetic internship and take the exam after.
Step #2: Apply for a Dietetic Internship. Once you receive your verification statement from the DPD coursework program, you are eligible to start applying to different internship programs. This is a 1200-hour unpaid program with four rotations: Clinical, Food Service, Community, and Elective. It varies by programs. I attended a distance program, which meant I had to find my own preceptors. There are so many options, see dietetic internship programs here.
Step #3: Take the RD exam. Once you complete the internship, you can apply for your exam. This will require a lot of studying. I recommend you begin studying halfway through your internship. You can take the exam multiple times, but must wait 45 days in between test taking. Once you pass, you’re off to the races!
There are so many options available to you once you obtain your license. A few career paths include working clinically (this is where many people start their career), at a private practice counseling patients (usually best after one year of clinical), or working at a private brand as an in-house RD (think brands like Kind Snacks or Siggi’s yogurt). The opportunities are endless and the field is growing. People will never tire of food and becoming the best possible versions of themselves from the inside out.
I’m here to answer any questions you have. Good luck on your journey.
I escaped to Charleston, South Carolina this weekend to explore and wanted to share some of my favorite spots with you. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did! xx…
By now, it should be no secret to you that I travel often. Very, very often. While it used to give me shivers down my spine and a pit in my stomach, I’ve since learned to love it so much that I’d much rather be 30,000 feet above ground than riding in a car. Now that I’m a nutritionist (and so close to becoming a Registered Dietitian), I get questions left and right about how I manage stay healthy while traveling so much….
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of DanoneWave. The opinions and text are all mine.
When I was younger and pasta was just pasta, I used to love fettuccine alfredo. So long it was creamy, buttery, and delicious, it had my name all over it. Fast forward to current times where eating a good old fashioned noodle is treachery and having a pasta sauce made out of actual cream and butter is a prohibition, I created a recipe for Vegan & Flour Free Zucchini Pasta Alfredo. That’s right. No flour, no gluten, no noodles, no sugar, no milk, no cream, no butter, and definitely no carbs. I’m half making fun of the way the nutrition world works these days, and half buying into it.
I can’t decide which is the better half. Moving on….
It’s 2018 and just like kale, matcha, and avocado had their time, cauliflower is ready to take center stage. I was skeptical at first, health-wise aside, I ‘d rarely choose pizza first, or even last, on a menu. However, in the past few months as I’ve observed up and coming recipe posts and the health world’s renewed interest in (cauliflower) pizza, I too chose to join in. After my own secret affair with pizza to try and discover the perfect balance between crunch and doughy, cheesy and saucy, it’s safe to say we have a winner….
Disclaimer: My No Bake Gingerbread Protein Truffles may cause your home to smell like a fragrant combination of fresh-baked pumpkin pie and a sweet blend of cloves and cinnamon with a hint of amber.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, comes the sneaky temptations that make their way into every holiday affair. Between the hors d’oeuvres, saucy side dishes, and larger than usual portions, it can feel almost impossible to stick to any sort of eating regimen. My personal trick is to save where you can because chances are if you set too many restrictions on yourself before going into the meal, you’ll throw all of your rules away before the turkey is even sliced.
This Vegan Sunday French Toast is the breakfast (or brunch!) of your dreams. It’s really the easiest thing to make and is dairy free, egg free, and extra impressive. I tried to make this recipe as streamlined as possible. There are only four steps and all are fool-proof. 🙂
Things that all Sundays should consist of:
Breakfast in bed
Sunlight peaking in through the curtains
& this healthy Vegan French Toast, of course!