Thursday, May 02, 2013
Since I haven't been updating here much, I don't think I've posted about my decision to become a registered dietitian. If you don't already know, I'm currently in school for my Master's in Public Health Nutrition. I have gone back and forth the last 2 years trying to decide if I want to also get my RD or not and I finally decided to do it. About 50% of jobs for MPHs require an RD as well, but even for the ones that don't, someone with both degrees will be more competitive and I live in a city with a lot of RDs. So a few weeks ago, I came out of denial and realized that in the long run, it's the best decision.
One reason I was hesitant was that I really don't agree with a lot of what RDs are taught to advocate, as well as the fact that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is sponsored by corporations like McDonald's and Coca Cola. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I discovered Dietitian Cassie (http://www.dietitiancassie.co
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One thing she talks a lot about is PFC (protein, fat, and carb) and having a balance of each at every meal/snack. I couldn't help but think of that and laugh today when I looked inside the box lunch that was served at my major's end of year celebration: grilled veggie sandwich on a whole wheat roll, fruit salad, pasta salad, and a giant sugar cookie. So carb, carb, carb, carb.
I ate the fruit salad and was going to just eat the veggies from the sandwich, but I didn't want to get any weird looks or questions, so I ended up bringing it home. I took the insides, put it on paleo bread, added some roasted turkey, and enjoyed a nice, balanced lunch.
Oh yeah, paleo bread? My local co-op just started carrying it. They have two varieties, almond and coconut. They were out of coconut, so I've only tried almond, but I'm loving it. I don't plan on buying it all the time (it's expensive and I try to limit paleo-fied foods), but it will definitely be a treat every once and a while. The nutrition facts on it are pretty great (1 slice has 60 calories, 3g fat, 6g carb, and 7g protein). I can't wait to try making grilled cheese!