Dietitian and soon-to-be-dietitian interview

Dietitian and soon-to-be-dietitian interview

November 3, 2019 1 By William Morgan


Hey, this is Neily on Nutrition. I am live
today – haven’t been for the last week, but
I have an intern with me: Stephanie
Rackley from Texas A&M University. She’s
a Dietetic intern and has been with me
this week, and is also going to be with
me next week, and I’m really excited
because today is, what? National
Registered Dietitian Day, guys. And Stephanie is going to be one in a few
months – very excited about that. So,
Stephanie, what, what is it about
nutrition that got you interested in, why
do you want to be one of us? One of y’all – I
want to join the club. I really,
really want to be a registered dietitian
because I love all the way that
nutrition is coming, and it’s
becoming such a huge impact in everyday
life – whether you’re an athlete or
whoever you are, nutrition is so
important. So, I love the fact that it’s
becoming so popular in today’s society,
and I just really want to kind of break
down barriers of what people don’t know,
or what social media is kind of putting
out there as fads or trends, and really
clarify what is healthy, what’s not.
What true nutrition is – it’s a science,
it’s not, what? Opinion. It’s a science, not an
opinion – that’s right. That
quote is from Sally Hara, not, that’s not my
original quote. I will not take that, but,
but yeah, nutrition is a science, not
an opinion, and, and that’s, yeah, that’s a
thing, and we were talking about social
media and you were showing me your
Instagram account and, whoa – a lot of
stuff on there that is not science-based,
and it’s just in it. But it’s crazy how
many followers people get now. You
also have to be on your game. You have to,
you know, kind of beat back the waters and try to get your name out there by, you
know, trying to start your own social
media. So, what are we, you are a dietitian,
but you’re also an entrepreneur. Right. So,
what do you do in your everyday, kind of,
basis? Yeah, so you know, I am a – what I
do is I help people, mostly women, develop
a healthy relationship with food, so they
can end their diet cycle – forever. You
know, I like to work with women that, you
know, have tried everything, but realize
it’s not about, you know, getting that weight off,
that next best thing, because they don’t
work. I mean, the weight will come off, but
it’ll come back on. And so they’re
looking for longevity and behavior, you
know, change to get to – to be more healthy, to have the energy, and so forth.
So you were talking to me about like the real, kind of, in-thing with your generation is a
lot of the vegan stuff. And vegan is
okay. Right, oh yeah, absolutely. If you know how to do it.
Right, yeah. But a lot of these people, the
way that they’re photographing, you know,
it looks great, it looks beautiful, but
it’s just fruits and veggies. There’s no
whole grains. There’s no, there’s no
prototype. It’s lopsided. Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Definitely. So, it’s all science. Yeah, all
right. Well, good. What would you say to a wanna-be
registered dietitian? What advice
would you have to give to me? Well, a few
things. You know, first of all, it’s just get involved and, you know,
networking is so important. We should be,
right now, at a networking event at
Downtown Spice in the City, and I’ve, yeah,
but, you know, networking and, you know,
not saying no. I mean just saying yes to
all the opportunities that you have.
You’ll have opportunities they know
later on, but you, really, just putting
yourself out there, and I love the fact
that you have a blog. I mean, oh my gosh,
I never would have even thought about,
well, back when I was in school we didn’t know
what a blog – okay, internet wasn’t even around, kind of scary. But, you know, just
being out there i think. It’s just so
wonderful, and, you know, taking the
opportunities that you’re doing – I think
it’s wonderful. So, but yeah, stepping
up and being, you know, being a leader and in following the science and, you
know, being a good – role model? Yeah,
well, yeah, exactly, a role model – that
that would be a good one. And
also, you know, paying it forward. I think
that’s, that’s a good thing, too. I try to
pay it forward – a lot of, you know, people
that come to me and try to, you know, get
some help and, you know, talk to them
about the career and so forth. And, you
know, I remember when I decided to go
back to school – nutrition is a second
career for me, and when I told my mom
what I was gonna be doing and my first
semester back to school was anatomy,
physiology, micro-biology, chemistry, and
all with labs, plus nutrition. And she
said you’re taking what? You know, all
these sciences, and,
you know, I think people think that
nutrition is going to be, it’s gonna be
a blow-off, it’s gonna be so easy. Yeah, it’s not. It’s
about, you know, a good part of nutrition is
biochemistry as I talked about the other
day. I went back to school because, you
know, one day I would hear this, and I’m like, well, you know, from one supposed
expert, well, gosh that sounds really
good. And then the next day I would hear like
something that totally contradicted
what I just heard yesterday…like, well,
that sounds really good, too. And I didn’t
know what to believe. So I was like, “I’m gonna go back
to school and find out for myself, you
know, and what I realized too is that
nutrition is not so black and white.
There’s, there’s a lot of, you know, gray
there, and just because, you know, there’s – nutrition is ever evolving and the
science of it, it’s just,
constantly, we’re always learning
something new. So you can’t hold your hat
on that next, that research
article that just came out today that’s just
saying this, because you’ve gotta look at
everything else that followed. It’s a
form. It’s a state of never staying
comfortable. Yeah. We probably should get going to that event, though. I really
appreciate you hanging out with me –
absolutely, and doing this video. So, she’s Neily on Nutrition.
I’m Neily on Nutrition, that’s right! Did I say that? And this is Stephanie Rackley –
soon-to-be our d.d. registered dietitian nutritionist. Thanks
for watching Neily on Nutrition and we’ll
see you tomorrow in the next video.
Thanks. Bye bye.