Studying to be an RD comes with a good bit of assumptions. And I’m sure it will be no different once I really am an RD!
Things people think…
- I’m judging them (refer to meme below)
- I eat: perfect, clean, organic, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free or some other specific way
- I work in a cafeteria and/or tell people what diet they need to go on all day long
Here’s the thing… dietitians are just like all other humans – awesome and unique in their own ways! Yes some eat gluten-free, some choose to eat vegan, some prefer organic options and some (like me) have no restrictions on what they choose to eat and consume everything and anything.
We work in a variety of settings from hospitals to food service to media to grocery stores. We have done a specific number of hours in a variety of settings and taken a national exam to gain our license to practice.
So what does this dietitian eat on any given day? Well, since you asked…
Breakfast – loving me some french toast as of late..
Usually need some sort of snack mid-morning to keep me going, like nuts or a piece of fruit
Lunch is usually something quick from the cafeteria (like a massive salad with basically everything on the salad bar) or a sandwich. If it’s a weekend it’s still usually something quick or leftovers thrown together in some concoction!
Afternoon snacks are, well, always necessary and usually add up to be about the size of another meal. But that’s just me! I find my body works best if I fuel in smaller increments, but more frequently (ok… very frequently!) You may find 3 larger meals works better for you. I’m not into relativism but in this case: you do you!
Supper (or dinner for those readers not from the Midwest) is the meal I usually put more time and energy into. Cooking has recently become one of the biggest stress-relievers in my life. It’s a great time to think back on the day and everything wonderful that happened as well as all the ways you grew or new things you learned!
Stirring to me is down-dog for yogis I guess
Supper is usually a combo of a few different types of cooked veggies, a protein (usually beef if we’re gonna be honest) and a grain or another starchy veg
Late night snacking.
I cannot go to bed without my bedtime snack… call me 6 years old I guess! Anyways, these are basically the same snacks as any other time of the day.
Hope that helps paint the picture of an RD(to be) as a real person who just loves helping others live and love a balanced, healthy life 🙂