Nutrition

A Day in the Life of a Dietitian

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As of today, I’ve officially been a Registered Dietitian for one year. So, I thought I’d share with you a little bit about what a dietitian does and give you a little insight on how I do my best to live a healthy, balanced life.

I’m going to walk you through one of my typical days. I’ll talk about what I eat, when I work out, and what I do in my job.

I've officially been a Registered Dietitian for one year, so I'm sharing what I do as a dietitian and how I do my best to live a healthy, balanced life. Click through for some of my favorite tools for staying healthy. Kaitlyn @ SimplifyingNutrition.com

My typical day

Before Work

5:30 am: Wake up and drink coffee.

We recently bought this programmable coffee maker, so when I roll out of bed, my coffee is just waiting there for me. It’s the little things in life that really make a difference 🙂

5:50 am: 10-minute workout.

I started doing these quick workouts last fall; you can check out why I love them so much here. Oh and don’t forget to download your free 10-minute workout workbook. (These are the exact workouts I do each morning!)

6:00 am: Get ready for work and eat breakfast.

I love breakfast. My husband, Alex, usually gets up and makes breakfast for us, but on busier days, we have overnight oatmeal. I love these Ball mason jars for my food prepping!

7:00 am: Off to work.

I bring my coffee along to sip on during my drive. Coffee makes my 50-minute commute so much better!

At Work

8:00 am: Work starts.

I work at a WIC clinic, which is a nutrition education program for women, infants, and children. Throughout the day, I see clients, helping them set health goals for themselves and their kids and talking about healthy eating during pregnancy, breastfeeding, infant feeding, and child nutrition. There’s certain charting and documentation that I have to do for each client as well.

What I love about my job is that I get to follow up with clients at their next appointment.

10:30 am: Morning snack.

I usually need a snack before lunch. I’ll have a piece of fruit or cereal and chai tea. Until lunch, I continue to see clients, finish charting, or make phone calls.

12:00 pm: Lunch time.

I usually have leftovers for lunch. Our dinners our planned so that there are leftovers for the next day. We got this awesome set of glass tupperware and it’s such a lifesaver! I don’t have to worry about putting it in the microwave and we don’t use nearly as many Ziploc bags as we used to.

12:30 pm: Get outside for a walk.

If the weather is nice, I’ll go on a walk with a coworker. It’s nice to get outside during the day. Otherwise, I’ll respond to personal emails, chat with people in my private Facebook group, or I’ll read a book. I truly enjoy reading, but it always seems to fall at the end of my priority list.

1:00 pm: Back to work.

I continue to see clients all afternoon as I did in the morning. I’m constantly drinking water throughout the day. I keep a cup with a straw at my desk for easy drinking — I go through 60 oz of water each day!

4:00 pm: Afternoon snack.

I’ll have sliced veggies with hummus (make your own in 5-minute hummus with this recipe). For veggies, I’ve been enjoying bell pepper and cucumber, lately.

5:00 pm: Off work and heading home.

I've officially been a Registered Dietitian for one year, so I'm sharing what I do as a dietitian and how I do my best to live a healthy, balanced life.

After Work

6:00 pm: Dinner.

Alex is a great cook and usually has dinner just about ready by the time I get home (I’m a lucky lady!). We plan our meals, go grocery shopping, and food prep on the weekends to make dinners during the week hassle-free. Check out my 4-step approach to meal planning and make sure to download your free meal planning guide!

7:00 pm: Blog work.

After dinner, I’ll spend some time on Facebook and Pinterest, and responding to emails.

8:00 pm: Wine and dessert.

I like to end my night with a glass of wine. Our “dessert” is usually a bowl of cereal, but if I have a sweet tooth, I’ll go for a piece of dark chocolate. I purposefully don’t keep much else in the house so that I’m not tempted by other tasty treats. We usually watch TV or read a book before we go to bed.

9:30 pm: Bedtime.

I like to get my full 8 hours every night 🙂

There you have it – my typical day as a dietitian. I do the majority of my blog work on the weekends, and during the work week I just spend time on social media. This also allows me time to exercise, get good rest, and enjoy time with my husband (and two crazy cats) each day.

Share with me in the comments: What’s similar or different about your typical day? If you’re a blogger and have a post about a day in the life of you, put the link – I’d love to check it out!

8 thoughts on “A Day in the Life of a Dietitian

  1. Hi,
    Looks like our snacks and meals are similar, especially the foot out of bed and straight to the coffee !! ?
    I have slacked a little on the 10 minute workouts. I have although focused on eating slower and enjoying my meals instead of rushing. (Mindful eating)
    My job is very busy, Im the administrative supervisor and I train throughout the day, in addition to my own workload.
    I try to take walks on my breaks, especially when I’m in a fit bit challange! These peeps in these challenges don’t mess around!!!
    The only meal I have a little problem with are my dinners. Depending on what time I work out, I try not to eat past 6:30. Really the ideal time would be between 5:30 – 6:00. But then I get the munchies at 7:00-7:30 !! I can say since I’ve been in this group I have been really good about choosing late night snacks. The only thing I need to work on still is quantity, I need to realize when I’m full and stop. I’m still over eating. I’ll get it !!
    I wish you great success Kaitlyn! And thank you for your help.

    1. I love getting updates on how you’re doing Felicia! Don’t worry too much about eating in the evening. I would avoid eating immediately before bed, but anything an hour or more before bed should be just fine. If you work a late night snack into your day, then you’ll be able to balance out your calories, so that you’re not over-eating. And then you won’t feel like you have to restrict yourself or go hungry after dinner.

  2. Hi, you know what would be fun! If we took turns picking short work out challenges to do for the week. There’s a lit on facebook. I seem to do well with live videos. What do you think?

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