Should I Become a Nutritionist?

The fields of health and nutrition are blossoming in unique and exciting ways. There’s been a strong shift in our culture around food awareness, even greater than the fat-free diet that swept through the 1980’s. We want to live longer, healthier lives, avoid disease and feel happy with the bodies we’ve been given. And yet, there’s still a mountain of work to be done in educating people about the simplest of nutritional concepts.

There are more dietary theories being promoted through the media, medical journals, and so-called gurus on the Internet, than ever before.  Perhaps this is why you’re even considering becoming a nutritionist. Or perhaps it makes you wonder if there’s anything new in Nutrition worth talking about? Because you feel intrinsically that this desire you have to help educate and heal others is not only noble, but also, a popular one. The amount of people seeking work in the Nutrition field has increased nearly 25% in the last three years alone!

Should I Become a Certified Nutritionist?

These days, while they may have very similar sounding titles, the nutritionist and the dietitian are actually very separate professions. 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. It really depends on what you feel pulled to do in your life.

Here at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, we attract students with completely varied backgrounds in the fields of nutrition, fitness or psychology. So, there’s a very important question you need to ask yourself: What’s my goal?

Do you desire to understand how food works in the body? To discover how macronutrients break down, or how minerals do their work — do you see yourself doing biochemistry, or studying the physics of nutritional science? Maybe you see clinical research or public policy as your end-goal.

Do you desire to understand how the body works in relationship to food? How mood and stress, toxic nutritional beliefs, weight and body image, disordered eating, digestion, fatigue, and immunity all play a role in personal health? Maybe you see you see yourself working directly with people to guide and support their own discovery of dynamic wellness as your end goal.

The beauty is, there’s no wrong answer. It just depends on which path is truly right for you.

Our training program requires a very different approach than a 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 be successful in this field, whether they’re adding to their studies in clinical nutrition, their work as a health coach, or even if they’re entirely new to the world of eating psychology. 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 we want to invite you to come learn with us. At the Institute, you’ll be trained in modalities that can carry you into a future for nutritional healing in new and profound ways. You won’t be restricted to the basic principles of science and diet that so many programs rely. Instead, your education will expand into the realms of psychology, holistic analysis, and progressive guidance. We believe this field requires a deeper understanding than is usually offered to its professionals. Our programs are available through an Online Distance Learning platform, allowing you to grow as a practitioner from the comfort of your own home.

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How  Much Do Nutritionists Make?

This is a practical question and needs some consideration. 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. This is why it’s so important to have a cutting-edge educational experience that can set you apart in this growing marketplace.

What is Mind Body Nutrition?

Here at The Institute for the Psychology of Eating, we focus on groundbreaking work in the new and innovative field of Mind Body Nutrition™, allowing our students to more fully understand the person with whom they’re working. Not every licensed nutritionist in the world is concerned with Dynamic Eating Psychology  – some of them believe the science of nutrition alone is enough to advise people on food and the effects it has on their health. This is often the work of Dieticians. 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.

Our nervous systems are not fully autonomous from our respiratory systems, and neither is nutrition completely autonomous from psychology, in the end. The way we think about ourselves — the ways in which we mentally reward or punish ourselves — has a great deal to do with how our body works. Choosing to enter this field requires a healthy amount of education and training in both the science of nutrition and the psychology of eating. Here, at The Institute for the Psychology of Eating, you’ll be given professional instruction on the inviolable relationship between the mind and the body, and the heart of the Eater.

Going Beyond Nutrition

What we’re offering at The Institute for the Psychology of Eating is a program devoted to more than just 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 completely unique education in the powers of nutritional healing and the effects even your thoughts can have on your body. We’re not your average nutritionist school. You’ll learn the basics of nutrition, of course, but you should expect to move a step beyond the science into the world of the mind and emotions. With this holistic education and sound proficiencies, you’ll be a force for good in the nutrition community, skillfully helping those who don’t yet understand how to help themselves. With your training, you will 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

While you don’t need a college degree to join us here at The Institute, there are still some important requirements. Ask Yourself:

  • Am I truly willing?
  • Am I fully capable?
  • Am I wholly enthusiastic?
  • Am I ready?

If this is a field of work that inspires you, or if you’re already in the field and want a more holistic approach to your training and your practice, we invite you to contact The Institute for the Psychology of Eating today. We’re happy to provide more information and answer all your questions!

We can’t wait to hear from you.

Warm Regards,
The Institute for the Psychology of Eating

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  • Cynthia Patterson

    I would like some information about your online distance learning Psychology Coach certification.

    • KarnaN

      Hi Cynthia,

      My name is Karna Nau and I am the Director of Student Relations here at The Institute for the Psychology of Eating. Thank you for your interest in out Eating Psychology Coach Certification Training. As per your request I have included pertinent program information in this comment. After reading the provided information, please do not hesitate to reach out should any questions arise or if you would like to speak with an enrollment advisor. You can either call us at 303-440-7642 or email info@psychologyofeating.com.

      Enrollment information:

      Enrollment for the 2013-2014 Eating Psychology Coach Certification Training is officially open by application only.

      Here’s the application link: https://ipe.infusionsoft.com/app/form/7829b922f64c3139d6a945dc378fc60e

      Some Details About IPE’s Eating Psychology Coach Certification Training

      Our Eating Psychology Coach Certification Training is a powerful, information rich, 250 hour program that certifies you as an Eating Psychology Coach and provides an unprecedented professional training that will leave you with a strong skill-set and the confidence to work with the most commonly seen eating concerns – weight, body image, overeating, binge eating, digestion, fatigue, immunity, mood and much more. We now offer this training in a distance learning format that you can take from anywhere in the world.

      Key highlights of the Training:

      Convenient distance learning format
      A powerful blend of videos, audio, voice-over slide shows, handouts, and notes.
      Maps, tools, skills, and protocols that will help you navigate the challenge of eating issues
      A unique combination of nutritional science and psychology
      Enjoy a style of teaching that’s inspiring, grounded, and results oriented
      Grow a new career – Become a Certified Eating Psychology Coach
      Learn to help others by transforming your own relationship with food
      Develop confidence to work with clients
      Create a community of support with fellow students
      Be part of a new movement in Health and Transformation
      Enjoy a Training and Career that fits your lifestyle – that you can launch anywhere in the world

      Some exciting additional features include:

      Live teleclasses each month with Marc David or a guest faculty.
      Free admission to a special live event in May 2014 – The Future of Healing
      A Bonus Nutrition Module designed by Hawthorn University
      A Bonus Business Coaching Module to help you launch your practice

      Find more information about our Training on our website:
      http://psychologyofeating.com/nutritionist-certification/

      Find the complete schedule here:
      http://psychologyofeating.com/nutritionist-certification/schedule/

      If you are interested in learning more about our Curriculum please visit:
      http://psychologyofeating.com/nutritionist-certification/holistic-psychology-curriculum/

      The regular tuition for our Professional Eating Psychology Coach Certification Training is $6950.
      Find our payment plans on our website at: http://psychologyofeating.com/nutritionist-certification/tuition/

      Again, we are now accepting admission to the training in 2013. Early enrollment is open, and admission is by application only. If you are interested, please apply at the following link: https://ipe.infusionsoft.com/app/form/7829b922f64c3139d6a945dc378fc60e

      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 below. It’s a great way to get a better sense of the work we do here at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.
      http://psychologyofeating.com/free-video-gift/

      Lastly, if you have further questions, I highly recommend setting up a time to speak with one of our admission advisors. If you would like to connect with someone on our staff, please email me a few times and dates when you are available, your timezone, and the best number for us to reach you. I will get back to you with a time to connect.

      I hope this information was helpful, and we look forward to hearing from you.

      Warm regards,

      Karna Nau
      Director of Student Relations
      karna@psychologyofeating.com
      Work # 303-440-7642

      http://www.psychologyofeating.com
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      • Ann Smith

        I am also interested in this program. I will be done with my BS in Health Science this fall. Does your program certify me in any state, where ever I live?

        Thank you for information!

        Warm regards,

        Ann

        • Lindsay Young

          Hi Ann!

          This is Lindsay from Student Services here at The Institute for the Psychology of Eating. Thank you for your interest in our Eating Psychology Coach Certification Training.
          I’d be happy to answer your questions:

          We offer a powerful, information rich, 250-hour program that provides an unprecedented professional training, which will leave you with a strong skill-set and the confidence to work with the most commonly seen eating concerns – weight, body image, overeating, binge eating, digestion, fatigue, immunity, mood and much more.

          As this is a diploma course, upon graduation, The Institute will certify you as an Eating Psychology Coach for the Psychology of Eating. With this certification you are able to practice from anywhere in the world. We have students from South Africa, Australia, Poland, Iceland, Middle East, Sweden, Mexico, Spain, Belgium and many other countries across the globe.

          The field of Mind Body Nutrition and Eating Psychology are rapidly growing, and since we are the only Institution in the world that teaches this material, you will receive a cutting-edge educational experience that will be very unique in the marketplace.

          In fact, many of our students have previous training as Registered Dieticians, Nutritionists, Health Coaches, Naturopaths, Psychologists, Fitness trainers, Medical Doctors and more. So even as your completing your studies in Nutrition, this will provide you a unique understanding and profound edge in your contribution to this important field of work. We consider the Training here at IPE to be more an advanced course.

          The Institute for the Psychology of Eating is the only school in the world focusing on this study of Mind Body Nutrition. This approach to nutritional metabolism addresses how digestion, assimilation, calorie burning, and all the nutritive functions of the body are powerfully impacted by stress, relaxation, breathing, pleasure, thoughts, feelings, rhythm, personal story, and so much more. This unique approach in Dynamic Eating Psychology goes far beyond the common nutrition conversation called, “eat this; don’t eat that”, instead, it examines how the relationship between who we are and what we bring to the table profoundly impacts the metabolism of a meal.

          We’d love for you to have more information about the Training and the work we do here at the Institute. Below you will find the following:

          · Our new 2013 IPE School Catalog
          · A link to our application
          · Important information about our Certification Training

          Here is our very informative school catalog that you can download and print at home. I think you will find it very helpful. To get your copy, click here:

          Key highlights of the Training:

          · Convenient distance learning format
          · A powerful blend of videos, audio, voice-over slide shows, handouts, and notes.
          · Maps, tools, skills, and protocols that will help you navigate the challenge of eating issues
          · A unique combination of nutritional science and psychology
          · Enjoy a style of teaching that’s inspiring, grounded, and results oriented
          · Grow a new career – Become a Certified Eating Psychology Coach
          · Learn to help others by transforming your own relationship with food
          · Develop confidence to work with clients
          · Create a community of support with fellow students
          · Be part of a new movement in Health and Transformation
          · Enjoy a Training and Career that fits your lifestyle – that you can launch anywhere in the world

          Some exciting additional features include:

          · Live teleclasses each month with Marc David or a guest faculty.
          · Free admission to a special live event in May 2014 – The Future of Healing
          · A Bonus Nutrition Module designed by Hawthorn University
          · A Bonus Business Coaching Module to help you launch your practice. Learn more here

          You can find our more information about our Training here

          You can find the complete schedule here:

          If you are interested in learning more about our Curriculum please click here:

          To see student testimonials, go here.

          And click here to learn more about Tuition and our payment plans.

          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 by clicking 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.

          I hope this information was helpful!

          Warm Regards,
          Lindsay Young
          Student Services
          info@psychologyofeating.com
          http://www.psychologyofeating.com

About The Author
Emily Rosen
Chief Operating Officer

Emily Rosen is the Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, where she oversees business development strategies, student affairs, marketing and public relations in addition to her role as Senior Teacher. With an extensive and varied background in nutritional science, counseling, natural foods, the culinary arts, conscious sex education, mind body practices, business management and marketing, Emily brings a unique skill-set to her role at the Institute. She has also been a long-term director and administrator for Weight Loss Camps and Programs serving teens and adults and has held the position of Executive Chef at various retreat centers. Her passion for health and transformation has provided her the opportunity to teach, counsel, manage, and be at the forefront of the new wave of professionals who are changing the way we understand the science and psychology of eating and sexuality. Emily is also co -founder of the Institute for Conscious Sexuality and Relationship.