how to become a nutritionist

Dietitians are professionals who are well versed and knowledgeable in nutrition and the body. However it’s also important for dietitians to also be empathic and compassionate as well when it comes having a successful career. Those who don’t take the time to connect or bond with their clients will have a very hard time achieving success stories and will also find they have a very hard time getting along with the people they for.
Why should dietitians be empathetic and compassionate?
Dieticians needs to be empathic because they need to understand the journey that got the client to where they up to that point. There are many people who have an unhealthy relationship with food and use food as a means to comfort them during very stressful and difficult situations. Many clients are also very sensitive when they first come into a dietitian’s office because they are finally admitting they are doing something wrong and want to look for a solution.
What may seem easy for you or a person with a normal relationship with food can be very hard for someone who has a bad relationship with food. In the beginning you may need to hold their hand (figuratively) until they truly grasp the severity of their issues and put in the effort to fix their problems. You can’t just give your client a sheet of paper with a diet plan and expect them to figure out everything on their own.
It’s important to ask the “whys” and the “hows” to relate or know your client as best as possible. Yes you might have to spend more time with certain people but hard work pays off and hopefully all the effort you put in will end in success. Make sure that you organize enough time for each client you have since the last thing you want is to make the client feel rushed and unimportant. Every client and their health needs should be a priority to you regardless of how difficult they are to deal with.
There will be times where you will just not get along with a certain client. However, they are paying you for your services and you need to do the best you can to have them achieve success. Put aside your differences with your client and realize that them being there working with you is a cry for help to improve their lifestyle. There will just be times where your personalities may clash, just remember that doesn’t mean anything when it comes to reaching your ultimate objective of getting your client healthier.
Remember that despite all the information and knowledge you have, unless you are able to connect and work through a client’s issues, you will not be successful as a dietitian. It takes more than just putting together a food chard to achieve success. With compassion, empathy, and patience, you will find yourself getting through and helping even the most difficult of people out there.
Sources:
1. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-1031.00

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