Dietetic Internships 101

A cool group of amazing people.

Sodexo Distance Dietetics Internship Class of 2015. A cool group of amazing people.

A friend recently asked me if I had any advice for her about procuring a dietetic internship. I thought this would be a great blog topic. There are many things to know and be aware of when trying to land an internship of any kind, and dietetics is no different, and is just as difficult. Roughly only about 50% of students land one, so obviously your chances are 50-50. How do you get one of these prize, coveted spots? What does it take? I am absolutely no expert on the topic, but I did end up miraculously landing one, so I will tell you what I focused on and maybe it will help you.

1. Volunteer: Internships and graduate schools love to see philanthropic work on your resume. And I am not talking about working in a soup kitchen for a day. Regular, steady volunteer work looks great on your resume. Make sure the work has something to do with dietetics, like Project Angel Food, Meals on Wheels, volunteering in an outpatient dietitian’s practice. Get real-world unpaid experience and you will stand out from the crowd.

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6 Reasons Your “Diet” Isn’t Working

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Have you been struggling to lose weight? Have you “plateaued” or do you find it impossible to lose any weight at all? There are many reasons why your “diet” isn’t working, and mainly it can be because you are dieting, restricting, and putting your body into starvation mode. These 6 tips will help get you rev your metabolism back into shape, and hopefully, put “dieting” into perspective.

  1. Skipping Meals? Do you wait as long as possible to eat? Skipping breakfast entirely? Starting the day with only a cup of water and some lemon, or do you just go old school and stick with a cup of Joe? Skipping meals can completely derail your weight loss efforts. The longer you wait to eat, the more you put your body into a starvation mode, and the only thing you are doing is slowing your metabolism down. Studies have also shown that skipping breakfast actually helps you to gain weight. Often this is because you tend to eat more and more later in the day and can really pack on the calories at night, when you probably should be eating the lightest. Start your day with a bang and try some steel cut oats, fruit, and perhaps one or two hard-boiled eggs. Your metabolism will thank you.

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Debunking Gluten-Free Myths

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What is Gluten Exactly?

Gluten is a general name for proteins found in wheat, which assist with dough elasticity, making dough pliable. Essentially, it is the glue that holds the product together. Eliminating gluten from products involves using other starches such as corn and potato starch and using alternative gluten-free grains like amaranth.

Who is the Gluten-Free Diet For?

For those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, going gluten-free is a must. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder characterized by damage to the lining of the small intestine, which prevents the absorption of nutrients from food. Gluten from wheat, barley, rye, and oats causes the damage. Those with celiac disease suffer from painful gas, diarrhea, bloating, stomach pain, weight loss, skin inflammation, malabsorption, and eventual malnutrition. The only “cure” for celiac disease is a lifelong avoidance of gluten in the diet. Those with gluten sensitivities find that eating gluten gives them diarrhea or constipation and leaves them feeling gassy, bloated, puffy, tired, and generally out of sorts. These people have sensitivity to gluten and eliminating gluten from the diet often relieves these symptoms.

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