I graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in May 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences. I had applied for the dietetic internship (required to obtain my RD license) in February, but I had been denied. 🙁 So I stayed the summer in State College working at my local Panera Bread when I got an email forwarded to me from one of my college professors inviting me to reapply for a brand new dietetic internship that would be online based. At that point I had nothing to lose so I sent in my resume not expecting to hear anything back.
About two weeks later I received an email and I was in! That feeling was probably one of the proudest moments of my life. I finished out the summer in State College and then went on for the next 10 months to complete my internship, which gave me a broad range of experience in clinical, food service, and community nutrition. Lots of eye opening experiences.
I started applying for jobs a good three months before my internship was over, and landed a job two weeks after graduation. I now work as a consultant dietitian with a company who specializes in long term care. I spend my days analyzing pressure wounds, weight losses, therapeutic diets and food preferences, monitoring my tube fed residents, making nutritional recommendations to the doctors and trying not to rip my hair out! Just kidding, sort of 🙂
Nutrition aside, I love finding recipes on Pinterest, reading on my Kindle, running outside (no treadmills!), Netflix marathons, a good debate, and wine (dietitians drink too!).
I find great satisfaction in debunking diet myths and counteracting the numerous nutrition fads that come out on a daily basis…because lets face it, every time we turn around theres a new “solution ” for weight loss and more often than not, they’re lacking scientific sustenance.
Totally open to suggestions for upcoming posts . Hope to talk to you soon!
~Rachael RD, LDN
P.S. here’s another one of my favorite thing – Chia seeds! I’ll talk more about them in another post