Nutrition In Chaos 2017

Nutrition in Chaos 2017

Nutrition in chaos 2017

Happy 2017!

I am not sure how your 2016 went but there seemed to be both good times and bad times for everyone. One thing I am proud of that happened in 2016, was starting Nutrition in Chaos. As nervous as I was to start my own blog, it was something that I have been wanting to do. Since starting a couple of months ago, I have just been posting weekly blog posts. But after doing some planning and putting together my vision for Nutrition in Chaos, 2017 is going to be the year of bigger and better things!

What to Expect to See

Here are just a few things that will be coming to Nutrition in Chaos throughout the next couple of months.

  • More than one blog post a week
  • New Website Layout
  • Freebies!!
  • Newsletters
  • Blog Series on Half Marathon Training – It’s my first Half Marathon and I am sure there will be great lessons I learn from that I want you to avoid.
  • Nutrition Coaching Sessions with ME! I will be putting together coaching packages that will allow me to help you reach your goals on an individual level.
  • And so MUCH more

Got Ideas?!

Is there something you wish I could talk more about or something you would really like to see?! Let me know! I am here to help you create and live a healthy and happy lifestyle with a focus on nutrition. Fill out this survey and help me improve and grow Nutrition in Chaos.

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Nutrition in Chaos 2017 Healthy and Happy Year


RDN, RD, or Nutritionist: What is the difference?

RDN, RD, or NutritionistMany people do not realize there is a difference. Honestly, I did not either when I first started looking into the field of nutrition. However, there is a difference.


Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) & Registered Dietitian (RD)

RDNs are the food and nutrition experts. All RDNs must complete specific requirements set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

  • Complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. The degree must be earned from an accredited university or college in the US. Plus, the coursework must be accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
  • Complete an ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship. 1200 hours must be completed under supervision.
  • Pass the national examination.
  • Complete continuing professional education requirements to maintain RDN credentials.

A few years ago, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Board of Directors and the Commission on Dietetics Registration approved the usage of the RDN credential. By adding ‘nutritionist’ to the registered dietitian credential, it informs the public that RDNs can also be found in the wellness setting. For example, an RDN can provide general individual & group counseling, nutrition seminars, and cooking classes. During these instances, it is possible that an RDNs job title could be a nutritionist. (Confusing, I know.)

Most importantly, an RDN is also the only healthcare professional allowed to provide medical nutrition therapy. For this reason, you may see many RDNs employed in the hospital setting.


A nutritionist is someone that has a background in nutrition, whether if it was a course or a certification. Another way someone can be a nutritionist is if they believe they know enough to name themselves a nutritionist. Currently, the term “nutritionist” is an unregulated term. Which means there are no specific requirements set by a national organization to be a nutritionist.


  • RDNs are the food and nutrition experts that must complete certain requirements in order to obtain credentials.
  • RDNs are the only health professionals allowed to give medical nutrition therapy.
  • An RDN can be labeled as a nutritionist depending on the job description.
  • The term “nutritionist” is not regulated.
Interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian?
  • Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.
  • Contact me and I can provide more information and/or direct you in finding the information you are looking for.
  • Stay tuned for more posts about my journey as an RDN.


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: About Us Resources


My Nutrition Journey

Most Registered Dietitians have taken a journey in order to get to where they are today. I am no different and believe it is important to learn about my personal nutrition journey.

High School Swimming

My first interest in nutrition started when I was a high school swimmer. During a season filled with two-a-day practices, I found myself lacking energy to complete my practices. At first, I did not think much into it because I was a high school student lacking sleep due to my practice and homework schedule. But on nights that I got a significant amount of sleep I was still lacking energy. I decided looking to the internet for advice was the next best thing. After reading different articles, I learned that my poor nutrition was affecting my energy levels. Once realizing I need improvement with my diet and making changes, I began to see an improvement in my swimming and overall energy levels. At that moment I created a new interest of mine and decided I wanted to study nutrition in college.

Triathlon Training

I started my nutrition/dietetics career at Eastern Illinois University where I majored in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Dietetics. My classes consisted of many chemistry classes and food science classes. Science was never really a good subject for me and I found myself questioning my decisions to go into dietetics.

Flashback photo from triathlon

My sophomore year I decided to compete in a Triathlon over the summer. I started to have problems training again that related back to my nutrition. This time, I was not increasing my caloric intake as I increased my distance and duration of my workouts. Once again, I found myself looking to articles and sites on the internet to find my information. Except this time, I already had some background knowledge on nutrition and found many sources providing me with the wrong information. It was at that moment that I knew dietetics was the right field for me to be in. My failed attempt with nutrition and training became my motivation to continue my career path to become a Registered Dietitian.

My Journey Will Continue

After completing my degree at Eastern Illinois, I attended Dominican University. At Dominican, I completed my Dietetic Internship and earned my Master of Business Administration. Through tough times, I find myself reflecting on my past and being thankful for who I am today. In the future, I know there will be new hardships and moments I question my career path. But, I will never be able to forget how much nutrition helped me during moments I needed it the most. Something that I hope I can pass on to others who take a passion in nutrition as well.

The Start of Something New: Nutrition In Chaos

It’s time to start something new! For some time now, I have gone back and forth about starting a blog. Well, today I take the chance and go outside of my comfort zone.Life begins are end of comfort zone


Welcome to Nutrition in Chaos!

As being a recent graduate, I know how hard it can be to maintain proper nutrition and stay healthy. The past two years I have a been a dietetic intern during the day and an MBA student at night. Throughout my time as an intern/student, my nutrition and overall health took a turn for the worse. My stress levels were high and I was constantly on the go. But I know my chaotic life is just beginning as I enter the “real world” and take on whatever life throws my way.

I am not the only person that is busy in this world. I hear constantly from patients and clients that they just do not have time for nutrition and living a healthy life. I’ve been there and I currently am working on improving my life into a healthier lifestyle every day.

This is why I started Nutrition in Chaos.

As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I have been studying food and nutrition for over six years now and am always reading new research studies. I understand what it is like to run to one thing to another, especially in the business world. With my education and experiences, I want to be able to provide nutrition and lifestyle insight that can be achieved in a chaotic lifestyle.

My Goals for Nutrition in Chaos:

  • To educate and provide a better understanding of nutrition overall.
  • Provide tips that can be easily accomplished.
  • Inform the public on topics they want to hear about.
  • Introduce new ways to live a happier and healthier lifestyle.

As Nutrition in Chaos grows, I hope to build relationships with readers. If readers want to hear about certain topics, let me know. I love doing research and sharing my love for nutrition. Ultimately, I hope to build Nutrition in Chaos into a community filled with individuals seeking or adding to creating a healthier lifestyle in a chaotic world.