So because of have become, shall we say obsessed, with learning more and more about what I am putting into my body, and knowing there are people out there that are macrobiotic counselors, I was thinking about becoming a kind of vegan counselor or maybe a nutritionist/dietitian with a special interest in veganism...is that even a thing??? hahaha I feel like there are so many people out there looking for guidance (i mean look at this website!!) and I know I'm looking for cooking classes or some hands on instruction that there has to be other people out there like me...And I know that Alicia created this website because she would have wanted this kind of help and network for herself so she created one hoping there were others that felt the same. I think I'm at the perfect place in my life having just graduated with a BA in Psychology, and am looking into schools in the UK for grad school...I figure I can use my psych background and then nutrition degree to help people transition into a new and healthier lifestyle...
As my perfect audience, I'm really curious to know what you all think :)
I think this is awesome. I'm in school for nutrition as well and also a recovering anorexic. I wish I had a nutritionist who specialized in this instead of hearing from everyone I need 6 dairys a day and meat. Its frustrating and sometimes i feel so alone and confused as I want to be healthy. I think u should go for it.
Hi Heather, i'm looking to study nutrition in the UK at the end of this year or next year. I'm about to start an anatomy and physiology course and a chemistry course as i didn't do science A levels and i need this to get on the course i'm looking at. I want to go to the Institute of Optimum Nutrition in Richmond, it was founded by Patrick Holford and is where Ian Marber (aka the Food Doctor) studied. Their terms start in October. Here is the website: http://www.ion.ac.uk/ I think its a great idea, the diet and food industry is growing, yet so is the obesity rate, people are starting to realise they need to go "back to basics" and adopt a healthy lifestyle but people don't know where to start, most people are confused and hear so much conflicting information so there is definitely a need for guidance counsellors in this area.
I have actually been day dreaming about this very thing a lot lately! I think it would be an amazing job! I have been obsessing about learning more about being vegan since I found Alicia's book a little over a month ago. It would be the greatest feeling to be doing something you feel so passionate about and to be helping people change their lives in the process! I think you should definitely go for it! Unfortunately, I am not so sure there is a school for that here in Nashville, TN. :( Good luck!!!! :)
I am enrolled with Integrative Nutrition to become a health counselor. Let me know if you're interested in more information on the program. Many of the classes have a vegan focus, so I'm getting good info on helping people to live their healthiest lives. There are also classes on macrobiotics. The school founder, Joshua Rosenthal, studied with Mishio Kushi and is a certified macrobiotics counselor himself.
FYI, Integrative Nutrition has a distance learning program and works with students around the world.
Hi everyone! I am a Registered Dietitian (brand new to this site) and a current MPH student, so I thought I could lend a little insight into the nutritionist vs dietitian discussion. Both RDs and nutritionists have a degree in Nutrition, however RD's also complete a comprehensive internship and an exam to gain licensure. Obtaining "RD" status allows us to work in more areas and to bill through insurance companies, as well as giving us more reputability in the healthcare industry. Personally, I learned the majority of my skills during my internship rather than during my undergraduate education and I am now able to focus my MPH on my personal goals (sustainable living, pediatrics and developmental delay). I think there is definitely a need for more nutrition professionals who are interested in sustainable food systems and a plant-based diet! Let me know if you have any questions!
Wow thank you all for the encouragement and help. I'm definitely interested in the distance learning Intergrative Nutrition degree...They unfortunately don't say how much I'd need for tuition which is discouraging...But this could really help me obtain 2 degrees at the same time, one in counseling and one in Nutrition so I can focus on combining the 2 in my own way...
Hi Landree! Yes, MPH stands for Masters in Public Health. Mine has a nutrition emphasis. I'm doing a new online program through the University of Massachusetts, so I can take classes and work full-time without having to relocate or pay out-of-state tuition. It's great so far!
Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Intergrative Nutrition degree, health counselor, OMG these all sound so great! I don't even know where to being!! Heather, studying in the UK would be awesome, what have you found so far?? Sierra, Integrative Nutrition sounds really cool, how are you liking it so far??