Nutritionists like me have a difficult mission. We need to teach people how to eat just to stay healthy and fit. We have to inspire our clients to give up their unhealthy eating habits and replace them with better ones. Unfortunately, food cravings, friends and living in a family who doesn’t care about healthy eating can make it very hard to change these habits. How can you change, when your spouse eats at midnight and fills the fridge with unhealthy but mouth-watering stuff? Well, at this point just for a change, let me share with you how I usually deal with my daily life. It always gives me enough reasons to see that I made the right choice.
A typical day in the life of a nutritionist starts with research. Sometimes, you have to wake up at 5 am, in order to catch up with the news in this area of interest. You need to learn about new studies, as soon as they get published. This is how you can apply them in your work, so that your patients can benefit from science and knowledge. Reading such information may take one or two hours a day.
Once you are done, you have to take care of your email messages and other administrative chores. This might take you another hour or so, depending on the volume of correspondence you have to deal with.
Later on, you have to see the patients you’ve scheduled for the day. You need to listen to them, to assess their situation, and perhaps to send them to do some blood tests. Most probably, you won’t be able to give them advice on the spot, as the medical history and the results of the blood tests can influence your diagnosis and your recommendations.
On top of all these, you have to file the information on each patient, so that you can keep track of their progress. This may seem easy, but it is a lot of work. It takes time to write down all these things, so you have to be prepared to work late hours more often than not.
A nutritionist wouldn’t allow anyone else in the household to do the grocery shopping and to cook for them. This means you usually have to go shopping yourself, with a list of foods you need, so that you can cook the healthy stuff you and your family are going to eat. This may take you several hours, but it should be a pleasure, as it is the activity that takes advantage of all your knowledge and of the years spent learning and reading medical and scientific studies.
At Special Events
Last but not the least, and this is by far my favorite, nutritionists are invited to speak in workshops, seminars and special events. This implies some travel and a lot of preparation, but it is beautiful and inspiring to have such opportunities to share your knowledge with the world. Besides, it comes very handy for good professional reputation.
This is how a day in the life of a Melbourne nutritionist looks like. Most of the time, we live on a relatively tight schedule, so we have to be well organized, in order to be able to accomplish everything we want in 24 hours. But then, we also take value on an 8 hour of sleep or more to get us fueled properly in doing the things that we love doing the most.