To be an exceptional nutritionist, one must become acquainted with the body and mind as a whole. At The Institute for the Psychology of Eating, we emphasize the innate bonds between the two, allowing our nutritionists to more fully understand the person with whom they’re working. Not every licensed nutritionist in the world is concerned with the psychology of eating–some of them believe the science of nutrition alone is enough to advise people on food and the effects it has on their health.
But the body is an integrated whole–everything is connected. It’s no longer helpful, in fact, to assume that major systems within us operate independently. The nervous system is not fully autonomous from the respiratory, after all, and neither is nutrition completely autonomous from psychology.
The way we think about ourselves–they ways in which we mentally reward or punish ourselves—has a great deal to do with how our body works.
Becoming a true nutritionist, therefore, requires a healthy amount of education and training in both the science of nutrition and the psychology of eating. At The Institute, you’ll be given professional instruction on the inviolable relationship between the mind and the body, and be prepared for treating each of your many future clients as a whole being.
First – What Is a Nutritionist?
Before we discuss what you need to do to become a certified nutrition consultant, we should first answer the question that many of you may be turning over: what exactly is a nutritionist?
Nutrition, of course, is the banner label given to the study of food, and the ways in which it can sustain or harm our physiologies. So it follows that a nutritionist is a person who analyzes, interprets, understands, and clarifies nutritional information to a patient or client.
Many people don’t think twice about the effect of certain substances on their bodies. They eat whatever might be in front of them–or, rather, whatever sounds the most appealing–and ignore the consequences.
As every nutritionist knows, what you eat directly affects the way your body functions. Eating the right foods is of the utmost importance, but rather than creating a list of “do’s and don’ts” for your diet, The Institute for the Psychology of Eating focuses on the whys behind what you consume.
We can tell you the consequences of eating unhealthy foods – like an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease, but that doesn’t always help change behavior patterns.
The Institute regards a nutritionist as one who analyzes, interprets, studies, teaches, counsels, and clarifies the results and motivations of taking in food-related sustenance. The ideal nutrition specialist will, then, be a student of both the science of dietetics and the psychology of eating.
Requirements to Become a Certified Nutritionist
They may have very similar sounding titles, but the nutritionist and the dietitian are actually quite separate professionals. While the dietitian has some pretty rigorous education requirements to meet before practicing, the nutritionist isn’t held down by the same restricting regulations.
Anyone can be a nutritionist.
This doesn’t mean, however, that just anyone should. The Institute for the Psychology of Eating attracts many students with varied backgrounds in nutrition. Our training program requires much more than a simple Bachelor’s degree or supervised internship; it requires a certain mind set, an inner desire, and an innate ability to understand how the brain and body work together.
It takes a certain kind of person to become a successful nutritionist, or health coach, or eating psychology coach. If you’re unsure whether or not you fit the bill, see if you can relate to any of the following criteria:
- You recognize that pain in others can be associated with weight gain, self-image, and a general need for nutritional understanding
- You want to help others in a holistic manner, treating the mind, body, and soul as one
- You can visualize your own success in teaching people the path to emotional and bodily happiness through sustenance
- You are motivated to step outside the box of traditional science and into alternative methods
If you recognize these traits within yourself, then it may be time to train with the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.
At The Institute, you’ll be trained in programs that carry you into the future of nutritional healing. You won’t be restricted to the basic principles of science and diet that many programs rely on. Instead, your education will expand into the realms of psychology, holistic analysis, and progressive guidance.
The Institute’s programs are available as distance learning courses, allowing you to grow as a practitioner from the comforts of your own home.
Another question you might have at this early stage is a more practical one: how much do nutritionists make? The world of nutrition is a broad one, encompassing a variety of specialties– sports nutrition, pediatric nutrition, holistic nutrition, and more–so the salary range is quite expansive. Depending on where you practice and with whom you work, your salary can vary greatly. Generally speaking, a nutritionist salary averages from $40,000 to $60,000 annually, though it’s capable of being much higher than that.
While you don’t need a college degree to join The Institute’s training program, there are still some important requirements. The questions you must ask yourself: Are you truly willing? Are you fully capable? Are you wholly enthusiastic? Are you ready? If so, we can’t wait to hear from you.
How to Become a Nutritionist and Beyond
As has certainly become apparent, The Institute for the Psychology of Eating is more than a program devoted to the science of nutrition. We are a holistic organization that very strongly believes in the interconnectedness of mind and body. When you train with us, you’ll be receiving a complete education in the powers of nutritional healing and the effects negative thoughts can have on the body.
We’re not your average nutritionist school.
At The Institute you’ll learn the basics of nutrition and then move a step beyond that science and into the world of the mind and emotions.
With this holistic education under your belt, you’ll be a force for good in the nutrition community, ably helping those who don’t understand how to help themselves. With the Institute’s training, you’ll also:
- Become more confident in your role
- Supplement your traditional nutrition education
- Expand your practice to include holistic methods
- Become a generally better and more well-rounded nutritionist or dietitian
If becoming a nutritionist is something that appeals to you, or if you’re already in the field and want a more holistic approach to your training and your practice, contact The Institute for the Psychology of Eating today. We’re happy to provide more information and answer all your questions!
Our Professional Eating Psychology Coach Certification Training is a powerful, information rich, 250 hour program that certifies you as an Eating Psychology Coach. It’s delivered in an online distance learning format that’s accessible from anywhere in the world. This one-of-a-kind training will leave you with a strong skill-set and the confidence to work with the most compelling eating concerns of our times. These include weight loss, body image, over eating, binge eating, and nutrition-linked health concerns such as digestion, fatigue, mood, immunity, and more. The Class of 2013 is enrolling now!
If you haven’t had a chance to check out our FREE information packed video series called The Dynamic Eating Psychology Breakthrough you can sign up for it here. It’s a great way to get a better sense of the work we do here at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.
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