The realization of becoming a dietitian is starting to formulate in my mind, yet it is still far from this day. I’ve been on cloud 9 the past few days as I have enjoyed the fact that I have been accepted in Purdue’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) to complete my supervised practice in 2015-2016! So, I need to complete my internship, study like a maniac for the RD exam and pass before I can say I made it. The thought excites me and motivates me to do all that I can to enrich my time as a dietetics student.
Since I’ve become interested in dietetics as a junior or senior in high school, I have learned a lot about the profession from various dietitians who are in the public spotlight. I realize these types of careers are rare and special, but it is neat to have role models and aspirations for the career based on the work of dietitians in the public eye. Four dietitians in particular have continued to inspire me throughout my education. I’ll start with the first ones who sparked my interest and then share the dietitian I aspire to be like someday in my practice.
Ellie Krieger, R.D.
Ellie Krieger was the first role model I sought in the field of dietetics. In high school I loved to watch Food Network-and still do, as time permits-and my favorite show was “Healthy Appetite” with Ellie Krieger, a registered dietitian from New York City. I loved that she so easily shared with her viewers how to make food healthy, delicious and affordable without scaring them away with weird ingredients and unflavorful tastes. Her easy-going personality and genuine warmth exemplifies the trustworthy and relatable qualities I’ll seek to own as a dietitian.
Joy Bauer, M.S., R.D., C.D.N.
Joy Bauer is a registered dietitian and the nutritionist for the Today Show. She has such a great attitude and her infectious energy inspired me from the beginning. She is also the nutritionist for the New York City Ballet, which would be such an amazing job to have! I can remember at one time in my life watching almost all of the ” Joy’s Diet S.O.S.” segments from the Today Show. Hearing her have all the answers made me want to be just like her someday. The way she is knowledgeable in so many areas of nutrition is a goal of mine so I can be a resource or a source for resources to others.
Kath Younger, R.D.
It’s the age of technology and everyone seems to have a blog these days. I became an avid blog reader in high school and have come to understand now that the public does need to be aware of the validity of each blog they come across. Amongst the multitude of nutrition blogs I kept up with, Kath Younger’s blog, Kath Eats Real Food, held particular weight because of her title as a registered dietitian. Being able to follow what an RD ate every day was so inspirational and such a good example to readers that dietitians are real people too. We don’t eat 100% perfect. And Kath makes it clear that a balanced diet is necessary and does not need to be lacking in ice cream or birthday cake. If you have followed the blog world of nutrition sites for a while, you know that there was and may still be an intense obsession with oatmeal. There are blogs devoted just to this fiber-filled, warm breakfast meal (like this one). Kath has quite the arsenal of oatmeal recipes as well and I think I made almost all of them throughout the latter years of my high school career. Did I mention her food photography is insane? She motivates me in my career goals as well as my stint as a blogger!
Julieanna Hever, M.S., R.D., C.P.T.
This last dietitian, Julieanna Hever, is the one who I aspire to be most like. As I’ve gained interest in plant-based nutrition, I naturally came across the work of Julienna Hever, THE Plant-Based Dietitian. The way she uses scientific evidence to promote a diet free of animal foods is fantastic and I love her fun-loving and encouraging demeanor. Her utter beauty is proof that her plant-based diet is fueling her from within. I recently become aware of the cooking videos she does with Chef AJ on youtube with their show “The Chef and the Dietitian.” You’ll find so many creative and nutritious recipes to keep your meals interesting, so check it out!
All four of these women have one thing in common-they are communicators of nutrition information to the public. I find this aspect of dietetics so rewarding and I hope to do something half as great as these ladies have done someday. Thank you Ellie, Joy, Kath and Julieanna! It would be a dream to meet all of you in the future!