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Pros and Cons of Being a Registered Dietitian. Dietitians come in many formssome choose a clinical path, while others choose a culinary path. Some go into private practice, where others work for gyms. In 2019, we’re seeing many dietitians turn to media, namely social media for their main source of income. Once you pass that exam and.

To become a registered dietitian nutritionist, a path of higher education is a must as well as a dietetic internship from an ACEND-accredited program, and passing the national registration examination. The pathway listed below is a common route many traditional students take, but it is not the only path to become an RDN. The 5 Steps.

Being a dietitian comes with a lot of prerequisites. While you may find entry level positions with only a bachelor’s degree, you’ll have more options and make more money with an advanced education. Unfortunately, this can take many years and a lot of money to complete. After college you also have to undergo supervised training, followed by. So I wanted to dedicate this post to the six things I’ve learned about Dietitians that I think you might find surprising!

Caveat–these are generalizations about Registered Dietitians. These are my observations, but I understand that not each fact is true for all RDs. 1) Registered Dietitians and Nutritionists are not the same thing. A registered dietitian working in public health can expect to earn less than the average salary, around $49,000 annually. These jobs are with local correctional facilities, public schools or social services.

Public health dietitians help local governments and school districts meet federal nutritional requirements. Specialized Food Services. Registered dietitians complain that they are paid less than nurses and other members of their health care teams, despite having extensive scientific education and training in their niche.

Dissatisfaction with salaries is, in turn, connected with complaints that they have few opportunities for advancement and that they are seen as less important than nurses, doctors, pharmacists and other. It’s been 25 years since dietitians could claim that no dietitian had ever been successfully sued for malpractice – and in that quarter of a century, the risks have only increased. Since only 3% of all medical malpractice claims go to trial, it’s important to pay attention to your overall malpractice threat level. Dietitians need to complete 75 hours of continuing education units (CEUs) every five years in order to maintain their credentials, and companies like Coca-Cola, General Mills, and McDonald’s offer continuing education courses that are approved by the board!

Nonsense. Reason #3 The problem isn’t just in Minnesota. Take a look at 3 surprising foods that registered dietitian Jessica Lehmann says truly “make you feel better.” 1) Seafood Full of super fats like omega-3’s to keep brain tissue healthy. A4: A Registered Dietitian can help you figure out how to personalize your diet.

There are a lot of wonderful resources on healthy diabetic diets but if the diet doesn’t match your preferences, routine, work schedule, food allergies, family needs, etc, then the diet is not healthy FOR YOU. A Registered Dietitian can also help fine tune your diet.

List of related literature:

Registered dietitians and dietetic technicians can earn 48 pre-approved continuing education credits from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics by successfully completing the multiple choice questions included in the book.

“Medical Nutrition and Disease: A Case-Based Approach” by Lisa Hark, Darwin Deen, Gail Morrison
from Medical Nutrition and Disease: A Case-Based Approach
by Lisa Hark, Darwin Deen, Gail Morrison
Wiley, 2014

• The challenge prepared me for my current position as a nutritionist and consultant.

“Encyclopedia of Dairy Sciences” by John W. Fuquay, Paul L. H. McSweeney, Patrick F. Fox
from Encyclopedia of Dairy Sciences
by John W. Fuquay, Paul L. H. McSweeney, Patrick F. Fox
Elsevier Science, 2011

See also accredited practising dietitian.

“Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions Australian & New Zealand Edition eBook” by Peter Harris, Sue Nagy, Nicholas Vardaxis
from Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions Australian & New Zealand Edition eBook
by Peter Harris, Sue Nagy, Nicholas Vardaxis
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2014

Not only did I get hands-on experience working as a dietitian, I had two incredible dietitian mentors to learn from, one of which was Lisa Burgoon.

“Practical Applications in Sports Nutrition” by Heather Hedrick Fink, Lisa A. Burgoon, Alan E. Mikesky
from Practical Applications in Sports Nutrition
by Heather Hedrick Fink, Lisa A. Burgoon, Alan E. Mikesky
Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2006

The dietitian plays an essential role in relating to both patients and staff, taking a complete nutritional history from the patients upon admission, and after that not discussing treatment directly with the patients until their weight is in the maintenance range.

“Handbook of Treatment for Eating Disorders” by David M. Garner, Paul E. Garfinkel
from Handbook of Treatment for Eating Disorders
by David M. Garner, Paul E. Garfinkel
Guilford Publications, 1997

Working as a registered dietitian in the weight-loss industry, I’ve never met someone capable of following a strict meal plan long term.

“Glycemic Index Diet For Dummies” by Meri Reffetto
from Glycemic Index Diet For Dummies
by Meri Reffetto
Wiley, 2014

Two degrees and certification as a registered dietitian later, I’ve dedicated my life to helping people eat more plant-based foods in a way that is healthy and satisfying.

“Plant-Based Sports Nutrition: Expert Fueling Strategies for Training, Recovery, and Performance” by D. Enette Larson-Meyer, Matt Ruscigno
from Plant-Based Sports Nutrition: Expert Fueling Strategies for Training, Recovery, and Performance
by D. Enette Larson-Meyer, Matt Ruscigno
Human Kinetics, 2019

Not only did I get hands-on experience working as a dietitian, I had two incredible dietitian mentors to learn from, one of whom was Lisa Burgoon.

“Practical Applications In Sports Nutrition BOOK ALONE” by Heather Fink, Alan Mikesky, Lisa Burgoon
from Practical Applications In Sports Nutrition BOOK ALONE
by Heather Fink, Alan Mikesky, Lisa Burgoon
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2011

Most of the nutritionists with whom I’ve talked regard the current standards as minimal and relatively easily satisfied.

“Free for All: Fixing School Food in America” by Janet Poppendieck
from Free for All: Fixing School Food in America
by Janet Poppendieck
University of California Press, 2010

Registered dietitians must: • Complete at least a bachelor’s degree and course work approved by ADA’s Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education.

“Discovering Nutrition” by Paul M. Insel, R. Elaine Turner, Don Ross
from Discovering Nutrition
by Paul M. Insel, R. Elaine Turner, Don Ross
Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2006

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  • I’m currently in my pre major stage to become a dietitian and this video is spot on. There truly is a TON of science, however I am finding that I love Anatomy and Physiology as I can relate it to nutrition in so many ways. Our first lecture was about basic chemistry and I was thrown off a bit. Then I realized how much it all applies and works together as the semester went on. It is so fascinating. All the late hours will be worth it!

  • I’m thinking of changing career to become a nutritionist. Ive just started studying, so this provided me with real insight into how a career might develop. Thanks so much.

  • Can you please do a video about advice for someone that wants to do a career change and become an RD? I studied marketing in my undergrad and really thinking about going back to school but have to take 5-6 science prerequisites before getting into the actual program. It’s a huge commitment but I want to know if it’s possible to make a career change like this at 25 years old! Do I get another Bachelors or just go for a MPH with a Dietetic concentration? Need advice! ��✨

  • I love this so much! I’m an aspiring Dietician currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Food Science program with a goal of entering the Dietetics Specialization program in the fall of 2021 �� you are so inspiring!! My name is Allison too. I was meant to find this video lol, thank you for this!!

  • omg I love this!
    Im currently in my third year in an undergraduate program for nutrition and foods!
    Its my dream to be an RD so Thankyou for making this!

  • Yep! In my program only about 5% of dietetics grads actually ended up applying to get into an internship and only three of us ended up getting in my year. So many of my fellow classmates wanted to do nutrition cause they thought it was “cool” and once they realized how hard it was they didnt end up going through with the RD

  • I’m a 2nd year nutrition student and I feel so insecure about not being a good dietitian, but I feel better after watching this. I have to remember I still have 4 years of school left

  • Currently in my second year doing a coordinated program and finishing my clinical rotations this week! Loved this video, all sooo accurate

  • future RD here:) I just got accepted to a DI and I can’t wait to start! you are totally right about saying that this credential RD is not easy to get, I did not know what I was getting into when I went into dietetics but I am so thankful that I was able to get through all the chem classes! This video is great, definitely helpful for those looking into the dietetics field!

  • Hey fellow RD!! Haha! J-hole!! Hilarious! There’s a ton of gross shit when it comes to being a Dietitian though. You gotta LOVE literally talking about shit. I talk about patient’s bowel movements on a daily basis. Love the video! Call me your newest subscriber!

  • I wasn’t able to match into an internship (despite the crazy amount of time I put into volunteering) and I am unsure of what to do with my free time. I would love to volunteer/intern with you! I watch your videos every day:)

  • I am from Turkey and planning to go through this path to become a RD in canada or united states and don’t know where to start at all:/ which universities are the best about nutrition sciences? open for any kind of suggestions… (currently in highschool)

  • I want to be a nutritionist but I am really nervous, can someone who is in this field tell me at hat age do you actually become a nutritionist and what qualifications do you need to start the job.?

  • How was it going through your internship and field experience with an eating disorder? Did it have a positive effect, was it triggering, is it something you ever talked to mentors or pees about? I am nervous about it since those experiences will be coming up for me and i relapsed.

  • thanks so much for this vid!!!! there is such a lack of dietetics related content on this platform and I love to see other fellow RD2Be’s sharing info.:)

  • I’ve been an RD for a year now. Finished grad school last year and live in Houston. I definitely agree with everything you said in this video, but there are a few other things potential future RD’s should know. This is a long one but I’ll put a TLDR at the bottom:)

    1. Be willing to be considered “less than” in a given hospital setting. Many health professionals don’t understand what an RD is or what we do. Be prepared to fight for respect and be a champion for the field of dietetics. This job is not for the faint of heart. Yes plenty of hospitals respect the RD and give you a lot of liberty to work to your full potential but so many (several I’ve worked at) others do not allow you to do much more than offer a patient a Boost or Ensure when working in the clinical setting. Yes you will get to calculate tube feeds but many doctors and pharmacists will fight you tooth and claw because they think they know better.

    2. You mentioned being prepared to go into debt for your education but i don’t feel you hit the reality of it hard enough. My education in Houston costed just under $80,000. That’s $40,000 for undergrad, $20,000 for grad school (which is mandatory), and $8,000 tuition for my internship (yes YOU have to pay for the internship which is my next point).

    3. The internship. Oooooooooooooh the internship. RD’s commonly refer this as the worst period of your life. So you got your bachelor’s degree and maybe even got a master’s or are entering grad school. Now you get to spend HUNDREDS of $$$ on application related fees and hours upon hours of time applying for internships in a draconian process that is so complicated, you will have to take an undergrad course that takes a full semester just for them to teach you how to apply (yes it’s that complicated and ridiculous). If you are one of the lucky lucky few (my program gets hundreds of applications per internship cycle and picks a whopping 10 students) congratulations! You have been selected to pay a disgusting amount of money in tuition and then work UNPAID for 30-60 hours per week for anywhere from 7 months to 2 years. For example, my program (which is one of the cheapest in the US and costs $8,000) was 50 hours per week for 7 months. Not only are you not being paid for any of this work, but you are actively missing out on the money you would earn if you were working a normal job during this time.

    4. The RD exam. Before you get those fancy letters (“RD”) after your name, be willing to study and study and then study some more. I know what you might be thinking. I’ve done undergrad, an internship, and grad school. I am an expert on all things nutrition and this exam should be a breeze. Well…guess what??? The exam has very little to do with nutrition and almost nothing AT ALL with being an RD. The exam is focused on critical thinking questions and is primarily management/business practices or very veeeeeeeeery subjective situational questions.

    5. The job market. Registered Dietitians are in great need. What’s the problem? The profession is not well understood by those outside of it and jobs in this field are relatively scarce UNLESS you are willing to travel or move. Again I live in Houston. According to Indeed.com there are around 60 jobs available for registered dietitians here at the time of posting this.That’s 60 jobs in a city that churns out about 50 new RD’s per year. Be prepared to sell yourself VERY HARD if you want to snag a job in this market. There are many opportunities and really rewarding jobs in this field, but many require relocating (i.e. you have to move to where the jobs are).

    5. On the topic of being willing to never stop learning. That is a big one! And I think you conveyed it very well. It’s also worth noting that many states will charge you a yearly or bi-annual licensing fee as a way to milk more money out of you. In addition to that you aren’t required but “strongly encouraged” to pay dues to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics yearly to maintain good standing. The Academy does offer some resources but I have not used the majority of them for anything outside of school. Add in that many required continuing education credits are ones you have to pay for plus if you have any advanced credentials above the RD those will have separate yearly fees of some sort as well.

    It’s very hard to become an RD and takes a lot A LOT of school and time and tuition money. It is very expensive. It’s tough job market out there and you will continually have to pay fees to maintain your credential and always be learning new things. Don’t do it unless you feel very very very passionate about putting aside your own ideologies and using your education to help those who truly are in need.

  • Loved to hear about your journey! I just finished my undergraduate studies on Nutrition & Dietetics and I’m a little bit nervous about everything that’s coming now hahaha. I have a question for you, do you know what a Dietitian graduated in another country need to do to become a Registered Dietitian in Canada and work there? Or where I can find information about it? I’m reaaally interested in moving out of my country and Canada would be a dream came true for me.

  • Thank you! I stumbled onto your channel a few days after applying to university again! I’m almost 31 and deciding to go back and chase a BS in Nutrition!

  • This is awesome. I love how everything worked out for you and you’re doing what you love. I just have one question. Do you for you. Did you have to complete a dietetic internship after you graduated from university and then pass the RD exam and get your license to practice, in order to become a dietitian? I’m from the US and that’s the main way we are required to legally become and practice as a dietitian. So how does it work for your country? Is it where you can be considered a dietitian as long as you compete your 4 year degree? Thanks in advance.

  • Congratulations Lyndi! It was such a great video, looking forward to continuing to watch many great things coming from you as always xx So inspiring!

  • Such an inspiring nutritionist and dietician! I’m currently in my final year of nutrition and appreciate your tips and videos so much. Thank you for sharing!

  • Great job Lyndi! So many young Nutrition graduates are really confused so its great to see people like you stepping up to help gve them a sense of direction

  • I want to be a dietitian so bad but I dont have any accredited schools near me. But i agree with all of these and you have to really be passionate about it

  • I’m an RD2B! Going through undergrad right now and I can’t finish my classes for transfer because of covid (they’re all of the lab-based science classes) I can’t wait to transfer and finish my undergrad so I wish I could do that sooner but this break is giving me lots of ideas for what I can do with my degree after I’m registered

  • I’m a 23 year old Australian and about to start my bachelor of nutrition science. Same thing trying to find myself and have struggled with eating disorder and worked closely with dieticians and nutritionists, so taking the plunge myself to hopefully help others in the future.
    Really excited for the course.

  • What if everyone listened to this podcast, as a start, and used the information to improve the lives of their loved ones, and insisted changes be implemented in their communities and state and federal governments? Our improvement in mental and physical health, economy, environment, love and caring for each other would skyrocket! Nuggets of wisdom are throughout the podcast.

  • Hi Abbey I adore you so much and you are just amazing! I am currently studying BSc in food and nutrition in Hong Kong, it’s a two year part-time program. Coming from a non-science background, it’s really not easy to get into this field. I find reading research paper especially challenging that I always keep reading the same sentences for many times without knowing what the heck I am reading. Could you do I video on how to read research paper and how to distinguish if it is a valid and trustworthy one? Thanks a lot! Love you!

  • As a former Public Health Nurse who worked in health promotion disease prevention programs on Indian Reservations most of my career. What we are witnessing in the US is the disempowering learned helplessness that plagued my people for over 200 years due to unhealthy food sources. Yes, the paradigms for treating 21st century man made created health problems needs to move away from 17th century applications of ideas. Working on a Master’s Degree in Consciousness Transformation because as you know Nurses and Doctors are suffering as collateral damaging in this battlefield with little light shed on these issues. My own health crisis induced by an archaic workplace model created a perfect storm of prescription induced iatrogenic effects my physicians and surgeons could not even bring me out of. After fifteen years and self education and inherent knowledge of integrative wholistic care I sought treatment for many of my neurological issues from an integrated Indian Health clinic that saved my life that managed care almost took from me. Thank you for your work.

  • Great to hear your journey as a fellow U.S. Registered Dietitian. I was also President of my student dietetic program and having learning how to use those skills in my career now. Love you channels content and about your growing family.

  • Thank-you. Again, the Torch passes from God Himself and Our Savior Jesus Christ for being in health and prospering and love to all the champions of the past 100 years and now yourselves. Thank-you.

  • The years are scaring me to becoming a dietitian because I feel like it’s going to feel like forever. I need help learning about how to deal with the years behind it

  • Yeah, I thought that it’s an easy major but it’s not ���� I’m not lazy when it comes to study but it needs a lot of studying. Plus, I’m not a social person but I like people a lot, I’m shy but I like to help people and when anyone asks me anything my shyness goes away and I try my best to help them. So yeah

  • My niche is gut bacteria how certain things can destroy the good bacteria and cause other problems and etc. nice video though thanks

  • Kids environemnts of artificial blue light and nnemf’s/radiation is destroying them as well and a lack of time spent in nature. Vaccines are destroying them too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VRpk6DPjmY&t=167s

  • It’s awesome to see how passionate you are about your field and how much you care about people! Honestly, I don’t know much about nutrition and dietetics and I kind of thought most nutritionists/dieticians were kind of phony. Though, as a science graduate myself I do know that the science behind diet is absolutely insane!

  • love your page! i’m also a nutrition student! just subbed ❤️ would love to know how you grew your page? i just started mine a few months ago!

  • I love this video Lyndi, i am currently studying Nutrition & Dietetic medicine and this video is inspiring, honest and helpful. Your insights are what I needed to hear at this point in my studies, thank you so much:)

  • I am a dietetics student, and I have to say that you have been a major inspiration to me as I was starting up. I love how straightforward you are with presenting research and working with people’s individual needs. I can’t imagine how scary it must have been to just go for the blogging career! This video came at a great time, I will be reaching out to you about internships in the future!

  • I’ve already graduated undergrad. I’m 30. I honestly can’t think of a career more perfect for me than becoming a dietitian. It requires going back to school and starting much later than my counterparts. But this video has both overwhelmed me and given me hope. I can do this. I will do this.

  • Hello! I am applying for the DDEPT and MScFN Internship stream tomorrow!!! I would love to intern with you. Let me know how I can best get in contact with you. Kindly, Anjoli Vanderkuur

  • So I next year I’m going to school to be an RD but I’m not sure about job availability.. besides hospitals are there many job opportunities?

  • Abbey this was so helpful to watch…seriously! I graduated in 2018 with my BS in dietetics and have been working for the WIC program for a bit over a year and a half now. I’m so ready to go for my internship but I’m so nervous as well and I think I have a bad case of paralysis by analysis!!! ugh. Nutrition is my passion and I know this is what I want to do. I’m hoping to be able to connect with dietitians more and build a strong network as you said. I would love to gain some more insight into how you run your business because I would like to be involved in media as well! If there’s any way we can connect, please let me know! Love your videos <3

  • Dr Hyman check out Farmers Footprint! Dr Zach Bush is working like you to change regenerate farming and this is a grass roots project. Check them out!

  • Hey Abbey! Can you do a review of Sweet Potato Soul’s recent What I Eat in a Day video? She’s vegan, a breastfeeding mom, and feeding her baby a vegan diet. I’d be interested to hear your take on it.

  • Yay! This is awesome Lyndi! I’m not a nutrition or dietetics student, but I’m definitely in the marketing headspace so i found so many of the things you shared really helpful and relatable. I’m also working with my sister, who is an APD, on a podcast and we have been narrowing down our niche so it’s encouraging to hear this is what you did too! All the best x

  • This was incredibly uplifting and educational! Thank you so much Lyndi, I’ve been tossing with the idea of studying a bachelor degree in nutrition and dietetics and this video is exactly what I needed to see right now! I’ve constantly heard, “That career won’t get you anywhere or make you any money” Which has definitely hindered my decision and I’ve hesitated for a year thinking maybe they’re right, I won’t be successful. All I want to do is help people live happy, healthy lives, and as I’ve struggled with my own nutrition issues, this is something I’ve always thought about pursuing. Just yesterday I submitted my application to study this degree! I’m so happy I stumbled upon you and am eager to continue to watch you blossom in your career! You’re a blessing, thank you again ��

  • God can I related to the early 20s crisis. I’m 30 now, but my early 20s were such a shock for me. I had almost an opposite experience to you. I started off in astrophysics/math at university and realized that was not at all what I wanted. 10 years later I’m realizing my passions are psychology, public health, and nutrition. Your 20s are such a strange time where everything you think you know about the real world gets turned upside down and you grow and change so drastically.

  • I am having the “is it too late for me” moment, and I’m only 24 �� Went to college right out of high school and wasn’t ready. Now that I’m out, I wish I could redo my bachelor’s degree. I picked environmental studies as my major and went to UC Santa Barbara. Great major, but I want an education I can really expand from. I figured out a lot during those four years. However, now I feel STUCK.
    Is it too late for me to strive to become a registered dietician?
    …pls send help��

  • Thank you for this video!! SO informative. I have 2 semesters left as a Dietetics Undergrad. I’ve been making my own volunteer opportunities by educating schools about nutrition. If you have any other volunteer opportunities I would love to be apart of it in some way!:)

  • In Germany becoming a dietitian is not as highly socially respected as in America and Canada and I think that’s a real shame. Especially hearing how freaking hard it seems to be to become a dietitian. It was really exciting hearing about your experience and success! So inspiring!

  • Hi Mallory, thank you so much for doing these videos. I am officially going into my senior year and will be apply to DI programs this winter, in hopes of getting matched in April. What do you feel set you apart from other applicants? Was it your volunteer hours? Work experience? Etc.

  • Loved this so much, so many great tips and things nutrition students/graduates will definitely be able to relate to! I just completed my bachelor degree in nutrition last year and have recently got a job at a nutrition clinic doing front line support just to get my foot in the door and be in the industry.. best place to learn as much as I can ��

  • As a senior citizen living on social security and $84 a month of food stamps my diet is supplemented by a food bank that distributed canned food loaded with msg, high fructose corn syrup and sugar!

    Then I had the misfortune of sitting at a red light and a woman on her phone crashed into me there. We are both insured by State Farm Insurance. I was diagnosed with migraines, concussion, a broken tooth and lumbar spine injury. ( despite wearing a seat belt).

    My doctor refuses to recommend vitamins and minerals. He ordered a home health aide after the crash but State Farm refused to pay for anything! Not prescriptions, or supplements.

    I read Concussion Workbook by a neurologist from the library and took it to my doctor who refused to prescribe the list from it.

    I went from genius IQ to a second grader after this injury. I have gotten lost driving on familiar routes. I could not tolerate the prescribed drugs. It has been hell.

    I sacrificed the groceries and bought the recommended topical glutathione with sod from the book. $80 on my income is a huge chunk of my income, yet the subtle improvement is amazing.

    Is there any way you could do a scan and force State Farm auto insurance to pay the bill? I was found to be zero percent at fault in the accident.

    Please help me, I beg you! Prior to the accident I had interviewed for a job with AmeriServe doing college admissions, but the injuries negated my application. (I had 12 years experience prior to the accident.) I need my life back! [email protected] hotmail.com

  • You see it a lot with occupational therapy and physiotherapy too. It’s often hard sciences and gross work you don’t have to enjoy every part of it, but you do need to be able to enjoy the bulk of it and know your shit.

  • I am a student in the dietetic program in university of Houston and I have one more year to prepare myself to graduate and find an internship so this was very helpful because this next step can be anxiety provoking! This journey really does require a lot of dedication and time! I wish I was in Canada to apply as your intern �� thank you for your videos!!

  • Great points! Especially the second one. Reminds me of a friend who is an SLP. She said other people dropped out because they were unwilling to help trans people work on speaking to match the gender they are transitioning too. We got to be willing to work with & care for all people.

  • In my opinion, these things are allowed in our food 1. because money is more important than health, and 2. because human life doesn’t matter to big industry. And they feed this stuff to their own families! Disgusting and heartbreaking.:(

  • Those tube feeds are gross! The patients stool after having that stuff is….I’d rather not say. It’s amazing I’ve heard RN say “I didn’t get a degree to wipe patients butt. That’s nursing aide work, not Nurse work.” Sometimes it makes me sad people work in these hands on fields and don’t have empathy for people. My love of helping others gets me through some of those toxic work situations.

  • Hi Abbey! I am a third year Dietetics student at the University of Georgia and would love to get in contact with you and get more advice like this and possibly hear about your internship opportunities as well! Thanks!

  • Heyy… I’m from India…
    I’ve done my masters program in Clinical nutrition and dietetics… I’m moving to Canada with my husband soon… Would love to know from you more on what I should do to begin my career in Canada…
    Waiting for your response

  • Thank you for sharing your experience. �� I am currently in New Zealand’s university to study human nutrition and I will graduate soon. I may continue to study dietitian. I hope I can work in this industry like you in the future.

  • This is such an informative video, I’ve just started studying Nutrition and this is really inspiring to watch. Thank you for sharing:)

  • I love your story on becoming a dietitian! I currently in my first year of undergrad striving to become a dietitian as well. Do you have any other social media? I would to be able to keep in touch some how!! Marissa

  • Hi, I just came across with your channel, I’m studying nutrition, as you said it’s a new career at least for my country so it’s a little bit difficult, I don’t really know how future is going to be like but you are such a great inspiration, I really like your tips and the way you present yourself, I’m looking forward for more of your advice and I was wondering if you can recommend me some textbooks
    Keep going and thank you so much
    God bless you����‍♀️

  • Ok, several months goes by, this is back when I first started eating healthy. My wife would call me a rabbit. One evening as I’m walking my dog, I got a wonderful sensation. It was so profound that I had to stop, and connect with it. That sensation over time grew and grew and today. It’s massive, and I get to live with it all day long, which is telling me that I’m doing everything right.
    Another thing, she wanted to know. Where am I getting all this energy, stamina in bed, my libido is through the roof. At the time, I didn’t have the knowledge to explain it to her. Once, I did have it. She came out and said. I can’t do that. Just as my oldest son, who I have been counseling for four years, pretty much said the same thing. Its easier said than done.
    So, unless, your group, family, friends, co-workers are on the same page and passive activities are the same like watching good family themed movies, and shows, and listening to healthy minded, great moral conversations. Its very difficult for people to change, even when they know their life depends on it.
    So, many people I have talked to want to change for serious health reasons, but, they will eventually fall back to their old way. Look at it like this. I would tell Rita, Look, I can walk passed the packages of cookies on the shelves, I can walk passed the donuts, I can walk passed the ice cream. But, when you bring it home. Something changes and I will eat it.
    How many people really care about their mental and physical health? I care so much about mine, that she and I ended up getting a divorce. I changed and held on to it and she didn’t want to change, and I wasn’t going to allow her to bring me down with her. Rita and her entire family, as it is with millions in America are choosing to live a lifestyle that’s more about socializing around unhealthy activities.

  • OK, here is a teachable moment for you nutritionists and would be nutritionists.
    At some point, you are going to have to learn about real nutrition. I’m not talking about what most nutritionists believe, but the actual TRUTH about nutrition.
    What most nutritionists will tell you, is that to be healthy you need to eat a well balanced, low fat, moderate calorie diet that is low in saturated fat, high in polyunsaturated vegetable oils, lean meats, plenty of fruits, vegetables, grains and cereals.
    The only problem with this standard advice is that it is nothing but BULLSHIT.
    First of all, almost all people under 40 years old don’t understand nutrition anyway. It takes FAILING on the recommended diet to understand that you have been lied to.
    Young people usually have healthy bodies no matter what they eat. They can eat tons of sugar, toxic seed oils and tons of bread and still be thin and feel great.
    I know this because the person I just described was ME!
    At a certain age, most people who eat the SAD (Standard American Diet) diet get sick and fat at some point in their lives. That’s when they start to understand that the nutritionists have given them bad advice about diet and don’t really know what they are talking about.
    The only way to really understand nutrition is to question the government and medical industry’s advice and see nutrition more from an evolutionary point of view.
    However, it takes wisdom and experience to understand the truth about nutrition.
    Some people never get there.
    Don’t be one of them.

  • I LOVE that your facts are FACTS!! I think some times your long winded but others like it. Nevertheless, your details are what I live for!


  • Can you briefly share your thoughts on undergrad education for food studies vs nutrition and dietetics? Do you know anyone who focused on food systems/cultural impact of food? Do you think it’s possible to begin an undergrad in one and then transition into the other?

  • Stepped into the field now. I am Studying part time and working full time in an accounting firm (I’ve got a major in business) now, which is a torture. Biochemistry and physiology are so difficult but you can’t scare me off.

  • Thank you for your informed advice. I am studying to be come a dietician now and have a long road to go. I do care about people, I do want to learn the material so that I know it, and I hope to be able to practice what I preach with clients. Still gonna take me a while to get my courses and internship done but I am excited for a career change. Thanks for the honest reality check.

  • Hi! What’s your opinion on discussing shadowing experiences in a personal statement? For example, seeing a doctor treat a patient a certain way that really stood out to you

  • I just found you and i am so grateful!! I am a binge eater. Grew up overweight and now 52 and lost 45 pounds with weight watchers. Now I am on maintenance for 1 year but having hard time maintaining and started binge eating cookies sweets etc. you have helped me so much in thinking intuitively.

  • Abbey, could you check out Dr. Dray? She’s a vegan dermatologist. Here is a “what I eat in a day” video of hers…… https://youtu.be/oAOJgUlntwM

  • Hi! I was wondering what levels of education you went through to become a registered dietitian? I don’t know if that was phrased correctly, I am going into high school and am interested! Also, I really enjoyed the video:)

  • This is such great info! I want to add anyone interested in this journey. It has apparently now changed to 7 years, if you do not have a degree in sciences. I am just beginning my Dietician Technician path, to then become an RD. And they extended the schooling (for your masters) 6 years, then with 9 month internship. ❤️ (this is in the USA)

  • I resonate with your journey so much. I’m currently a nutrition and sociology undergraduate student (4th year) who is on an accredited dietetic program track. I’m feeling super discouraged and unmotivated to continue dietetics because I just don’t feel like I’m ready for it/good enough to be a dietician. This is the year I am suppose to apply to a MS/internship program. I entered university prepared to become a dietician and integrate culinary arts and ethnic foods into this field. Now that the time has come, it’s really daunting. Your video really inspired me to look past these negative thoughts and trust myself to keep going. thank you <3 I would love to become an intern with you or just speak with you if the opportunity arises.

  • Fyi, all programs in Quebec also include the internship placement as part of the program. It’s also designed to break up the internship in different levels and sites in order to get the students to get a good handle on the different areas of practice. Another huge plus is that there is no competency exam to pass once you have your diploma. The only thing stopping you from joining the order is the fee and perhaps a French competency test if the person is from our of province and wants to practice in Quebec. However, RDs who want to practice elsewhere in Canada but we’re schooled in QC can get a temporary license from the order and switch to another order without doing the Canada wide exam (as far as I know).

  • I’ve always had the dream of opening my own business and doing something along the lines of nutrition but right now I’m deciding between vet school and becoming a dietician I wonder if I could become a dietitian and open up a spin studio or something ��

  • I wan’t to know how to be a dietitian because I have anxiety on what foods I should eat.Thankfully I’m over that phase but I’d really like to know what I can do as a sophomore to really get a head start on what I need to know.I’d like to make videos about this health stuff someday on my YouTube channel

  • I’m confused. Don’t foods offgas when composted? Don’t get me wrong, i compost as much as possible as I look at how much the individual chemicals in foods are worth, but to suggest that composting is somehow better than landfills because of offgassing seems like a focus on the wrong benefits.

  • Wow, I really enjoyed watching this and really appreciate all the information you gave! I graduated 6 years ago and still haven’t gotten an internship… still working on it though because I know it’s my passion. I’m in California. It was crazy to hear that with your grades and extracurricular activities you didn’t even get your first match! I’m so happy I just found your channel and thank you for being such a great source of reliable knowledge here on YouTube where so many bloggers can misinform or mislead. So excited to keep watching your videos! Thank you!

  • Gosh!! I needed this! Thank you!!! I know all about the 20’s crisis…. Feeling like I’m in the midst of it rn. 22 now23 this year, went into university dead set on dietetics, while still working on my basics I switched to business and since I cannot stop thinking about nutrition. I love food and every aspect about it. Especially the nutrition part, I even have a food insta to talk about it all!!! My family and myself have major food related health issues and I received my scholarships due to my essays speaking about wanting to make changes within that etc… anywho. I don’t know any other dieticians to ask questions. Thank you so much

  • Thank you so much for all this information. At the age of 32 i am now persuing a degree in this career field and attending the ROTC program so i can become an air force officer.

  • I am an incoming college freshman and I am really into nutrition, while I fnid that there is not many colleges provide nutrition major for undergraduate students, so I am wondering what major should I choose? biochemistry? Global health?

  • Currently getting my Masters in Nutrition Science! Planning to do my internship after I complete my Masters program. I love your channel ❤️

  • Hey Abbey, I’m currently an undergrad studying nutrition and exercise physiology at Washington State University. I would love to get more information about internships with you!

  • This was a great video, and thank you for sharing your story through school. I can certainly relate to the “more creative” side than the science side, so that part of the program is really…staring straight at me as i research schools. Absolutely love your vibe and definitely checking out your channel for your content. I am not in school…yet, but I am starting to search for nutritionist/dietitians to start following that field on social media. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • You are very inspiring. �� I have some basic nutrition exams coming up this month so listening to you feels very educational. Thank you for that!

  • Oh Lyndi I love this. I remember when we met a long time ago and we were both taking this same journey. I think the key to future nutritionist is… get out there become a practitioner and be at the coal face with people who want to create a wellbeing transformation. From there and with experience you can then become insta or a social voice. Keep being you xxx Michele

  • Really needed this you have no idea! I just graduated from a nutrition science and media and communications double degree and am feeling so so lost!

  • Abbey, thank you for this video. I had my 20s crisis at the age of 29!! A couple years ago and I was in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Operations at a very well known French high fashion house. I decided to leave the job and pursue a career in dietetics and one of my nutrition professors actually had one of your videos in our coursesthe one where you talk about Canada’s 2019 New Food Guide. Instantly, I fell in love with you and have been following you video by video since. It is so much workthe chemistry, biology, all of the labs, all of my math that goes into this and then all of the experience that we needI am now a dietary aide! working through… so yes, I can confirm that it is a lot of work and it is absolutely not like all of the RHNs out there. Oh boy, I can’t even get started when people consider it the same thing!
    Anyway, I love you so much, love your content. You’re so so inspiring, words cannot express.

  • I’m getting ready to apply full time into an online RD program and I work a full time job in pharmacy. Any tips for meal prepping? I want to stay on a balanced diet while juggling work, school, weightlifting, chores, and family time. I’ve considered a program like Freshly but it can be a bit costly, I’ve tried Hello Fresh, also costly compared to home prepped food, and doesn’t save me time. Any advice is much appreciated.

  • I appreciate you for being transparent and honest. Im a personal trainer and been looking into being a dietitian as well because its something that I love!

  • Thank you for this video!!! It was so insightful and helpful! I’m currently in my first year as a Applied Human Nutrition student on the path to becoming a RD. I was wondering if you could possibly make a second video, detailing more about your co-OP experience and what you learnt, what you were exposed to, the challenges throughout the co-OP and what you did to prepare for the final exam to get your accreditation, what to expect type things!!!

  • Thank you for the important information! Why don’t you make short videos about the effect of food(how it causes most chronic diseases….) so more people will watch and share them.��

  • In the United States, becoming a RDN also sucks. Things are changing now, and I hope for the better. This was my second career. I wouldn’t change a thing, but the journey was so challenging. I did a coordinated program. No internship pooling, but didactic and internship were clustered into the same years. Ahhh! Now that I’m in retail dietetics, my eyes are open to a lot of the policy changes and societal changes that are needed in food and nutrition industry. We have a long way to go! Thank you for all you do Abbey!

  • Your journey was so interesting and inspiring to listen to; thank you so much for sharing! Like you, I am the first in my family to have a degree and career heavily based on the sciences. I am halfway through my dietetic internship, and am finally figuring out what I’d like to specialize in as a (future) dietitian.

  • HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Same here! I am currently doing my Dietetic Internship right now but I started just like you, kind of. Started college undeclared, told myself I would never do anything involving science because it’s just not my THING haha! Settled on child development, didn’t like it much, took physiology and nutrition 101 and felllll in loveeeee……..hahaha <3:)

  • omg i wish i watched this video earlier. i graduated from nutrition in 2018 & was so discouraged as there was literally zero jobs; especially with no practical skills covered on the course. lool i’m
    still quitting to change careers to cardio rehab tho. this is really helpful for struggling graduates, thank you!

  • Hi Abbey! I am a Dietetic students and would LOVE the opportunity to intern for you and get more experience. Can you send me more information please?!

  • Lyndi, what a fantastic video. I am thinking about embarking on a nutrition career beginning with studying, after 13 years in education! So I am basically starting from square one! I just bought your book and absolutely love it. I’ve used it every night and it brings joy to my cooking again. Thanks you so much and keep the content coming. It’s truthful and it’s real and it’s appreciated.

  • How do I as an uneducated citizen learn as much about food and food truth without going to college. I’m just a average mom trying to distinguish misinformation and learn the truth

  • Hey! Thanks so much for this video. Super inspiring. Not too many videos explaining the process on YouTube!

    My gpa is great and I have over a year of relevant clinical work experience but no volunteer hours!
    Do you think it’s easier to get into a grad program compared to a stand alone internship?

  • Thanks so much for your advice and sharing your pathway. Do you think that it lends more credibility or would be useful when aiming for a media/internet career that after qualifying as a RD to have a few years in practice? I mean like in paid employment, working with patients or is just having the academic qualifications enough?

  • GIRL!!!! You are the best. I have been a registered dietitian for longer than I care to think about. You hit the nail on the head with this vlog. I am retired now and still will NOT let my RD go. I burned out on the whole thing several years ago but so much work (blood sweat and tears for real) goes into getting your RD and keeping your RD that I think I will still have it when I am 90. And yes yes yes to the friends you make as an intern and even as you progress in your career. We all share in the struggle and it makes for such a strong bond. Thanks for doing this.

  • I would like to get into nutricional coaching (since I don’t really have de time or resources to get into a 4 year bachelor, and I feel like there must be a niche for approachable health guides, other than more expensive and problem solving dietitians). But I don’t want to become the next insta fit girl.. It makes me think the market it saturated… So having an early 30s crisis, I do want to be smart about changing my path. It’s depressing..

  • I loved this!! In another life, I would have been a dietician, I think. For now, though, I just sit back and love on your content!

  • I LOVE watching your videos and the content you provide. I am currently studying Dietetics. Going into my senior year, I am getting nervous about the internship process. This video helped clarify some things! So, thank you!

    Also, I recently discovered intuitive eating and I am loving the process so far. I have so much more freedom around food. I already eat as healthy as I can, consuming mostly whole foods. I’m finding it challenging to find a balance with intuitive eating while resistance training and aiming to build more lean muscle. I love my body, I do, its just that I also love feeling strong and would like to define my muscles! I want to stay away from counting macros because I have had an obsessive mindset in the past with that! So, if you have any good tips on how to incorporate intuitive eating while striving for muscle gain, that would be amazing! Thanks!!

  • Hi Abbey, I’m currently having a 20’s crisis. Graduated from undergrad, last class I took was physiology and discovered I love this and want to become RD. What do you recommend for someone who has done nothing in nutrition or dietetics programs or volunteering during their undergrad?

  • Can you do a video on college recipes? I only have microwave and fridge and am struggling to eat in a way were I feel satisfied, and am getting all the things my body needs.

  • That nursing and dietitian thing about being a people person was spot on. My god I have met some nurses with nasty rotten attitudes working in psych wards. Can’t think of a worst place to encounter someone like that. When it comes to nurses especially if you’re not a people person you basically don’t have any business trying to work in that kind of field. That’s how much it disgusts me, the individuals I’ve come across

  • Dietetics student here!:) Thank you so much for this wonderful video! I love hearing your perspective and advice. These are awesome tips for increasing your competitiveness for internships.

  • Dr. Mark Hyman keep talking in till Health Food isn’t a niche, but the norm. And Food is medicine. A friend of mine said, ” only rich white people care about health food. I think I was talking Almond butter.

  • Hi Abbey! I would love to get in touch with you regarding internship opportunities and/or volunteer opportunities you may have. Thank you so much!

  • Totally agree with these haha. I also had many people who started as a nutrition/dietetics major and then were shocked when they had to take organic chem, microbiology, biochem, etc. They didn’t make it.

    I obtained my 75 credits just by becoming NASM certified and going to 1 day conference ��

    I would also add don’t be a dietitian if you can’t handle people making comments about your food choices because we know that never ends hahah

  • Why have you or anyone become who you are? Its because of those who accept you. And guess what? They’re just like you. Welcome to the niche. Take my niece, when, as I started to meet her friends, they were just like her. All of them over weight. When, I got to know people who were friends I knew 40 years ago, guess what? They’re health is terrible and they all live in circles, or niches.
    I’ve only been here a few months and without spreading what I know, just based on how I look and what I can do physically, “physically” My long ago friends are wanting to get to where I am, which really, is how we were over 40 years ago. Full of energy, going to and doing things. “actions speaks much louder than words”
    When, I first came back to my hometown. My plan was to open a pizza business. I’ve delayed that for a few months and now, I’m leaning towards opening a Mongolian restaurant, loaded with veggies and lean meats.
    When, I got here. I went through the only grocery store here. ITs not different from a store I went through back in California, which was in a Black community. Which was, dinner will be ready in 20 minutes or less. Lunch in 3 minutes. The smallest section in the stores are the vegetable sections!!!
    Back in 2010, I was way over weight and couldn’t lose the weight and not healthy. On top of research on the human brain which started back in ’93, I started researching how to get healthy. My research lead me to this, How to get my gut healthy. And guess what? Once, I got my gut healthy, I begin t lose weight and it happened the right way, an once or two a day. Sure it took a couple of years. But, I have been able to keep my weight at where it was in high school.
    And guess what, my blood pressure dropped drastically, and I haven’t used medication for five years. I am med-free. Between cycling and running, I do around 150 miles a month. I eat a great breakfast, a great lunch, and when I get home. I have a super fruit and veggie smoothie for dinner. I drink a little over a gallon of water a day, more if its hot that day.
    One more thing, I see it as a very serious problem. People are not able to turn off their mind. How can they eat right, get enough sleep, and feel like exercising, when they are constantly, consistently running their mind? I know the reasons why therapist aren’t able to help their patients/clients. Its because, they too live in a bubble. They watch the news, they get into politics, they watch movies, they engage in negative conversations.
    When, I offered my therapy services for free, I got great results with people who for decades weren’t able to. I don’t watch movies, I don’t watch the news, or get into politics, or negative conversations. I have removed all negative activities from my life. Which is how i lived for almost 40 years. Through my 40s, I became like the people around me. “I like that” I don’t like that” and so on.
    What people fail to understand, the first(I’m going to say) 3 years and nine months, set up their brain to function one way. Once, they can get back to that way. They will discover the right way to live and all kinds of cool things will happen. -american monk

  • Hi Abbey! I’m a first-year Food and Nutrition student hoping to become a dietitian and found your video really helpful! I would love to volunteer with you over the summer!

  • Hi Abby! I love your videos. Nutrition has always fascinated me. I just got into the only dietetics program offered in my US state! Have any tips about how to get A+? Congrats on all your success:)

  • Okay, I have to ask…. What eyeshadow are you wearing, because it’s amazing?!
    When I was in middle school, I did a whole project about gluten and how it was going to be the next tofu ��. If you know how to separate it, you can actually do a ton with it. Of course that was waaaay before most people knew about gluten intolerance and before Atkins.

  • Omg that’s literally what grad school is… being able to apply what you learn, not just regurgitate it.. I’m so happy that I’ve worked in a hospital for a while now and I actually enjoyed it! Always love your videos on dietitians!!

  • Ohhh my gosh this is so crazily relatable! I dropped all science subjects in Year 11/12 too because I was certain I was going to be a journalist and chose the arty subjects! After two years of studying journalism at University with one year left, it’s like a part of me completely changed and I was eager to do nutrition and dietetics because I looked back and realised all of my assessment pieces I chose to write about were all food/health related and I found myself thinking more about that than journalism. It’s so funny how you said it’s like you never used the left side of your brain because that’s exactly what I’m feeling now! I’m about to go into my first year of the nutrition/dietetics degree and am freaking out but this video made me feel better, thank you!!

  • They do the same in Alberta, where you do dietetics with an internship. You need to be pretty competitive to get in because once you are in dietetics you are guaranteed internships

  • Abbey! I am so grateful you made this vid!!! thank you dearly for sharing your journey and several extremely helpful resources. I just completed my undergrad after 8.5 years. It is not a nutrition degree, I definitely do not have the grades, but you helped me name two classes that encompass my greatest interests in regards to nutrition which are nutrition pathophysiology and nutrition for disease states! Is there a way for me to redeem myself to even possibly think about pursuing become a registered dietician?