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Did any of you go to school to become a Registered Dietitian?

Commented on September 13, 2013
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I'm curious if anyone in the Paleo community attempted to become a Registered Dietitian.

I'm super fascinated by nutrition and dietetics, and enjoy helping people lose weight and improve their diet.

I'm wondering how it would go though, if I were to advocate Paleo ideas instead of 'conventional wisdom'.

Are the courses/tests focus on specific foods your 'supposed' to be eating (such as grains), or are they more sciencey, getting into the biology/chemistry of micronutrients/vitamins/minerals?

Would I survive with Paleo-type ideas going for a dietitian degree?

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on September 13, 2013
at 11:59 PM

I haven't learned anything yet that goes against the grains of paleo. NOT YET. I bet in future classes, though, it will be different. :]

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on September 13, 2013
at 10:50 PM

I know it's just starting, but have you already learned anything that you've really taken to heart that really goes against the grains of Paleo? Are they still teaching a lot of the BS dogma of the past 50 years that you have to silently reject to get by? Are they (teachers/curriculum) aware of the recent research and upside-down-ing of our understanding of diet and health? I'm VERY curious about how one would be educated today in this setting...

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on September 12, 2013
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There are at least two users on this forum that are in nutrition as careers: Amy B. and Aglaee the Paleo RD.

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on September 12, 2013
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Great question...I wanted to do the same thing. An ex-girlfriend, however, is going to school for nutrition and she constantly says I need to see a nutritionist

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at 02:43 PM

I'm curious about this too!

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I am in school as a freshman pursuing a nutrition degree. I've been into clean eating for 3 years, paleo for just one. From what I've learned from others and from shadowing and whatnot, much of it probably won't be paleo oriented. However, lots of it still is derived from legit sources ... I don't mind learning and accepting what I feel is right (making reasonable conclusions, reading studies that have well-tested hypotheses and experiments)... If I had to answer your second question, even though I haven't gone into my major classes yet, I think that they are more sciencey. I might be wrong though, but I expect the classes to be similiar to biology, which is VERY paleo oriented in my eyes. You will definitely survive. However, it is fine that you might not be the same as before after the classes... you're learning more and you have the power to reject and take in whatever you find most plausible.

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on September 13, 2013
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I know it's just starting, but have you already learned anything that you've really taken to heart that really goes against the grains of Paleo? Are they still teaching a lot of the BS dogma of the past 50 years that you have to silently reject to get by? Are they (teachers/curriculum) aware of the recent research and upside-down-ing of our understanding of diet and health? I'm VERY curious about how one would be educated today in this setting...

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