Hey, loves! I’m blogging to you via classroom a la microbiology. Shh, don’t tell Dr. M! Just kidding – we’re on a break! Anywho, today is an 11-hour day, as I am going straight from class to the clinic until 7:00 p.m.
Today was another quick workout. I was up at 5:30 a.m. and busted through ZWOW #9. It took me roughly 12 minutes to complete and, when I was done, I felt strong, energized, and accomplished! I’ve really been loving short, effective workouts lately. I don’t exercise more than 40 minutes on most days but I really push myself to the point of fatigue. That’s when we see change – and when I feel most accomplished!
After my workout, I got ready and hit the road for school in my favorite Oakley OVERTIME shades! Seriously, these are the best sunglasses on the planet. They’re so comfy and stay put when you workout outdoors!
After almost two hours of class, I took a snack break and took out my current favorite snack bar.
Most bars don’t tide me over on their own, so I often pair them with some veggies or a piece of fruit to satisfy me until my next meal. This Pulsin bar (I get mine at Whole Foods) is the very first one that keeps me satisfied for up to 3 hours! I credit this to the solid fat/protein/fiber distribution. There is 12 grams of fat, 10 grams of protein, and 4.5 grams of fiber in each bar. Win!
Eventually, my tummy started rumbling for some lunch.
Today’s meal was so fantastic! I crumbled a black bean burger on top of a bed of baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, and Annie’s Lemon-Chive dressing. A side of cajun-cayenne spiced sweet potato wedges rounded out the meal. With all the sweet potatoes I eat, I’m surprised that I haven’t turned into one yet!
I’ve done it, folks! I finally got a smart phone with Instagram capabilities! My former smartphone was a T-Mobile Comet, an Android device. The operating system was God-awful. It was so bad that I couldn’t text Matty anymore. I could text everyone else except for the most important person in my life. Great, huh? My applications would freeze on a daily basis, too, which made it really difficult to communicate for blogging and FitFluential purposes.
Well, no more!
All of the photos you see in today’s post are courtesy of my Instagram account. So, if you have an Instagram, follow me at fortheloveofkale. I’m so excited to jump on the Instagram wagon! I love making memories through pictures, so you can bet your booty I’ll be updating frequently.
So, You Want a Career in Nutrition?
I have been getting a few questions lately regarding nutrition career paths. Many of you are interested in pursuing a job in the nutrition field but aren’t sure whether you want to get your RD. I figured it would be a good time to discuss the difference between a nutritionist and an RD and sort of clear the air for those of you who are curious.
A registered dietitian (RD) typically goes through five years of an undergraduate college career before completing a lengthy, unpaid internship in a hospital (I believe it is 1200+ hours) and then taking the RD exam. There are many benefits to becoming an RD. Namely, more options in the job market and a better salary.
That being said, it is a very difficult and long process. I’m a very optimistic person – it’s a part of me – but major in any area of the medical field can be very mentally taxing. However, if you are sort of floating around and have no clue what you want to do in the nutrition field, I recommend getting your RD. It will certainly “cover” you in the sense that you will be able to more easily pursue the career of your choice. Regardless, you’ll be getting a high-quality education!
After interning at a hospital two summers ago, I knew the clinical setting was not for me. I respect it very much and appreciate its necessity but I really did not enjoy the experience. Having said that, I knew that, with my blog and my minor in journalism, I could expand my horizons. I have lots of goals and plans for the future and that really excites me!
The truth is anyone can call themselves a nutritionist. This term is not regulated and you do not need to have a degree in order to call yourself a nutritionist. I call myself a nutritionist because I graduated with a B.S. in nutrition and am currently providing nutrition and dietary counseling to the patients at the clinic where I work. If you earn a B.S. in nutrition, you can work at any of the following places:
weight loss clinic (what I am doing now)
non-profit organizations (such as WIC, Cooking Matters, or a food pantry)
foodservice operations (schools, restaurants)
food companies (marketing and sales is a possibility, as well as nutrient analysis)
gyms or fitness studioss (harder to come by but they’re out there!)
various writing jobs (some require your RD)
Now, going into school, I knew that I did not want to work in a hospital so I didn’t feel the need to get my RD. I debated about going to for my RD but I didn’t like the idea of simply doing so for the sake of a “title.” (See this post for more on that). However, because you don’t have that RD credential attached to your name, being a nutritionist can be less lucrative than being an RD. You can become a licensed nutritionist in your state, which can give you more credibility and, potentially, more money in the future. I do plan to eventually get licensed in Massachusetts but the money portion isn’t my number one concern.
Ask Yourself Some Questions
Here are some questions you can ask yourself before taking the plunge. It all depends on what YOU want!
What is my goal?
What is my passion?
What are my strengths?
What are my weaknesses?
After you answer those questions, make a list of pros and cons. Figure out what is most important to you and follow that. I definitely chose the path that is more difficult in the long run because it all rests on me. I have to make it happen – but I know that I have the self-motivation and knowledge to do that. You can too! If you have any questions feel free to email me at email@example.com. I’m always here for you!