Last night I finished my education and became a Certified Nutrition Specialist. I’m really sad that the classes are over. I have never enjoyed school so much before and now understand why people will work so hard to gain more education in fields they love. I feel I have only scratched the surface in the vast world of holistic nutrition and I’m not quite sure where to continue learning more. Oh, I know, there’s BOOKS on this subject. Lots of ’em even. Here’s a secret…my brain has a negative absorption rate when I read text books. That’s right, I think sometimes I actually become dumber by reading them. It’s just not my thing. So I’m a little mystified by how I’m going to retain and develop my knowledge base of this subject. The cool thing is that SWIHA lets you take any of their classes over again for free once you’ve paid for the first round. I’m seriously considering doing it all over again.
So, I’m certified. Great. What does that mean, you ask? Well, it means that when I get a client that asks me for a diet plan I can put one together for them…and possibly be sued for it. Only Dietitians and Nutritionists can develop dietary prescriptions and give you supplements. I wasn’t into going the traditional route with this stuff so what I can do is suggest a plan for you. “No, Susie, I can’t tell you to eat liver to fulfill your Vitamin A requirements, but if it were me, that’s what I would try.” (wink wink, nudge nudge)
Actually, at this point I don’t feel confident enough to even make those kind of meal plans for people. My education gave me very good theory on the types of changes to make for a healthier lifestyle, but I still feel sketchy on the specifics. I really hope to find a way to continue gaining knowledge. It’s really a fascinating field and the possibilities for positive lifestyle changes using the information I learn are endless!