I made it! One year ago I became a Registered Dietitian and two months later I was working for a long term care facility in Tryon and Rutherfordton, NC.
For anyone that knows me well knows I lost both my grandfathers in the same year, who were near and dear to my heart, and ever since I have had a love for the elderly. Well, I took that love right out of becoming credentialed and into practice. I am extremely happy to have taken this opportunity as it has induced my love for elderly even more!
However, working in conventional nutrition has showed me that my calling is truly for preventative and functional nutrition rather than trying to maintain or correct any issues via nutrition supplements. Diet education towards an elderly patient who has been living their life the same way and eating what they desire for the past 20-30 years is extremely hard.
In the past year I have become settled in the Spartanburg area and in my job, of which I was then granted the opportunity to work at four facilities, the most facilities handled by any RD in the franchise. It's been tough management, but I thank God for my organization skills :)
In the past four months I have begun studying functional nutrition, which has opened my eyes to a whole new way of helping people by getting to the root cause of issues rather than just trying to fix a symptom and move on. I am excited to continue to pursue this side of nutrition and learn as much as I can and seeing where it takes me.
When I completed my RD exam, I ran home saying, "I am done studying forever!!!" and my dad immediately said, "oh, you'll never be done." Boy was he right, it's like studying is implanted within me. I love to learn for not only myself, but to help teach others to live a healthy life if ways they may not know about. I love being able to answer challenging questions off the top of my head, but the only way to answer them correctly is through reading journal articles, practicing and taking online courses. I am not that genetically smart you guys ;)
Anyway, moral of the story is that my dad was right, if you want to be the best you can be you will never want to stop studying or continuing your education. Second moral, is that you may think you will love or were born to do one job, but it may not be what is meant for you; however, the only way to know or find your niche is through practice and work!
I am a licensed registered dietitian who is more than excited to share my past six years of knowledge & experiences with you. I aspire to help people live a healthier, happier life in an enjoyable way, and I hope this blog will help you get there! Join me in my journey as I pursue my Beautifull Profit. Be Full. Be Fit. Be Your Own Beautifull Profit. Enjoy!