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Hi! I am struggling with an issue. I have been in college for five years and I am almost technically a sophomore. I am not getting any younger, and, I know, blah blah, you're never too old to do school, whatever. But, I have to decide on a major since I am getting near completing my basic courses. I am super into nutrition and the body, etc. and I am very interested in becoming a Registered dietician or Nutritionist. My question is, can I handle this as a vegan? Am I constantly going to be forced to examine the issue with other people? Am I gonna be offended and strongly disagree with the standardized information out there? Help! I would love to do this as a career, but how can I not practice what I preach to patients? On a personal level, I do not mind meat eaters, but I know I cannot preach veganism or anything. Has anyone been through this? Any help would be apreciated. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":love:">
 

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u should check out this site shes a vegan dietician:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.veg.onestop.net/" target="_blank">http://www.veg.onestop.net/</a>
 

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I was seriously considering nutritional science when I was in college but decided on something else. I was wondering the same things as you are at that time. What I found is that there are actually pretty many veg*n dieticians out there. Plus, with all the studies and papers backing up how good a well-balanced veg*n diet is, I really don't think you would be on the out in your field.<br><br><br><br>
True, you can't preach veganism to your patients, but you *can* recommend a more vegan based diet for them if they would be unwilling to go all the way. I think you would do a world of good this way. My father has been through two bypass surgeries and was told the usual crap that doctors feed people. The advice helped to change his diet for the better, but I can't help but feel that if he would have had someone like Dr. Ornish treat him the first time around that he would never have had to go through the second surgery.<br><br><br><br>
Go for it if it's what you feel is for you. Whatever field you go into, there will always be information that they give to you that you disagree with. You'll just have to filter out the good from the bad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Good luck!
 

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Virginia Messina has an RD and an MPH. She runs the site <b>VegRD</b>. Check it out at:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://vegrd.vegan.com/" target="_blank">http://vegrd.vegan.com/</a>
 

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'nother one: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.nutrispeak.com/" target="_blank">http://www.nutrispeak.com/</a>
 

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...besides, I think the info you'll learn will be pretty much veg friendly. I mean science is quite clear that veggies etc. are healthy and meat is unhealthy. I'd be interested what they say about milk, though... But largely you should hear the same things as, for instance, here. Cholesterol bad, saturated fat bad, only animal products have cholesterol, etc...<br><br><br><br>
I would be VERY surprised if they would teach the FDA food pyramid or anything close to it.<br><br><br><br>
It's not like veg*nism is a cult.... It's based on sound science - in contrast to the S.A.D.
 

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Thanks guys for the advice. I think I am gonna talk to a counselor at school and see what it takes...It seems natural since many people who are close to me are coming to me for advice on what they should be eating to be healthier. My boss, who just had quintuple bypass surgery was a huge fried food and meat eater. Now I have him trying(and liking) things like tempeh salad. Big step for him, so maybe now I can spread the veggie love to the rest of the world. (and get paid for it) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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We need more people like you. Where do the vegans go for nutritional advice when there are omnit nutritionists/dieticians out there that disagree with their lifestyle? I work as a nutritionist at a health food store and plan to open my own with my husband that will be enitrely vegan. I'm sure that you will have some people tell you that the diet changes you are suggesting are only because you are veg.........but the perfect response is saying that it's WHY you're veg. You know it's the healthiest thing to do, so of course you would suggest it to them and why you do it yourself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Good luck to you!
 

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i really really want to go into this field but my concern is the many chem/bio classes and the many dissections involved.
 

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You don't have to participate in the dissections.<br><br><br><br>
If you don't want to take all the chem and bio classes, then this field may not be as interesting to you as you think it is. If you really, really want to have a career in nutrition, then all the required courses for a degree are essential to your mastery of the subject and I would think that you'd be eager to study them.<br><br><br><br>
Granted, the intro classes are duller than watching water evaporate.
 
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