Recently, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics authorized registered dietitians to use the title of nutritionist after their credentials. So, when you see a dietitian, it might look something like this: Sarah Pflugradt, RDN, LD. It gets confusing to know who to ask for advice when so many terms are thrown at you. To be honest, most dietitians would get offended if called a nutritionist. That’s because anyone, absolutely anyone, can call themselves a nutritionist. There are no laws that say you can’t be a nutritionist. That is precisely why I went back to school to get my RD credential. I wanted to be legit. You see, the registered dietitian credential is legally protected, I love that!
I am constantly learning. Each research article and advanced coursework gives me more for my “toolbox” and helps me become a better RD. I recently finished a course called Micronutrients. We only studied approximately 1/3 of the book and I can’t believe how much I learned. Really, it’s information that I should have learned in undergrad course work, but there’s no time. They cram so much into a dietetics undergrad program, I literally don’t remember having any time off – although that could have been the billion other things I had going on at the same time.
I digress – this course was amazing. I say that, because with each nutrient, I learned something new and I also thought about how everyone else should know this information, not just me. It’s invaluable. Do you know why magnesium is important and why certain levels are sodium are recommended. I bet you think you know, but maybe not. Do you know the toxic levels of fluoride? Probably not, and that is why poison control is so busy with frantic mothers whose children ate toothpaste – yes, I was one of them.
It’s been almost a year since I started this awesome project called Salubrious RD and I need another mission. Last year was the vegetarian summer, which I am extremely tempted to go again. Consequently, my youngest child still prefers veggies over meat – I’m not complaining, really. We must have caught him at a developing stage for taste. And I have still yet to post a recipe with meat, I just don’t think they are as creative as vegetarian recipes.
So, my project for this summer is education. I want everyone to know what those vitamins and minerals mean on their food label and why they are important. Which ones you might be getting too much of (sodium, phosphorus) and those that you might need more of (selenium, vitamin D) and which ones you may have never heard of.
I always love a good challenge, so stay tuned for some learning this summer…