Friday, June 24, 2011
Wow, it's been like three years since I last posted! Lots has happened in the meantime. I have just completed my Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition (BSN) degree complete with dietetic practicum. Unfortunately I did not get matched for an internship this past Spring so I will be applying again in 2012. For anyone who is unfamiliar with the process for becoming an RD (registered dietitian) you have to have a minimum of a BSN and have completed a CADE (Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education) accredited program in dietetics and also have completed a dietetic internship. The internship lasts anywhere form 9 months to more than two years depending on whether it is stand alone or in conjunction with a masters program. The cost for an internship varies widely and is generally in the thousands to tens of thousands. Most will require relocating for the length of the internship. All of this and the salary for an RD is generally around $30/hour. People who choose to follow this path are genuinely inspired to help others achieve/maintain health and wellness and avoid chronic disease. Needless to say the program has been intense. Did I forget to mention there is also a requirement for 300 hours of volunteer work? Anyhow I finally have some time to devote to my own health and school has left me with 10 pounds of stress chub to lose. My reduction program of choice is the McDougall diet because it is a whole food, plant based diet that does not require calorie restriction. I invite you all along for the ride :).