I'm studying computer science right now (2 years ago I liked mathematics and wanted a cool career, so I decided computer science would probably be best), but after a year of paleo I'm starting to hate computers more and more. They are just boring. I also find myself listening to podcasts while I should be studying, and I actually spend a lot of time writing things down, looking stuff up, experimenting, ...
When going to the libray at school I can't help but reading biology text books instead of what I really should be reading : computer science stuff. This is my third year at the university, but I'm suddenly considering different studies. Maybe even in a different country.
Have you considered studying biology, nutrition, ... as a result of your health journey?
I worked for 18 years with great pay and excellent benefits and had a stable job and a comfortable environment. My boss loved me. But I started hating what I was doing, my heart was not in it. So I quit and now I am going back to school.
There is no amount of money in the world that would compensate for doing something you no longer love. I am a different person now that I used to be before. You absolutely have to love what you do.
I am not going into nutrition though. It is going to be too boring for me to deal with food all the time.
Do what makes you happy.
Same here. Currently doing my masters degree in computer science. But maybe this will some day get me a good job to pay tons of high quality food :-).
I often sneak into biology/anatomy/psychology lectures at the university and spend every minute of my free time listening to podcasts and read paleo books etc.
Just make sure to get vitamin d unless you're programming your laptop at the park ;)
All in all: considered to study biology yes, but there's also the chance to combine computer science and medicine/biology later, so I'll stick with computer science.
Well, I'm in an RD program because of this stuff. But I HAD to keep my stats minor, because I couldn't completely abandon math (my first love...). Plus, stats will be very useful for graduate studies! I honestly don't think it has to be completely one or the other, and people shouldn't be afraid to play around with their degrees. You can get a minor, a double minor, a double major, honors etc. I started off in honors microbiology and biochemistry, decided it wasn't what I wanted to do forever, transferred to dietetics, decided I wasn't happy ONLY doing dietetics, picked up a stats minor and boom, long degree but in the end it'll be worth it. I have dietetics friends minoring in computer science, food science, biology etc, it pretty much only adds 1 year at most to your degree. If you are interested in it, I'd recommend dietetics as your route because "nutritionist" is a totally ungoverned word- you can go to a holistic school of nutrition and be competing with people who completed one online course, and still not be taken seriously by any scientist or medical professional you come into contact with.
Hey man, I've been playing around with this idea for a little while as well. I used to work in a corporate job before I realised it was shit for my life and health. I am now studying massage therapy and becoming more and more inquisitive about the biology, health and nutrition. I think I would enjoy learning about nutrition, but currently in Australia (not sure where u are from) it is an unregulated industry, so basically anyone can legally call themselves a nutritionist or a dietician regardless of their qualifications, therefore the problem of being able to find work and make a profitable career out of it is limited.
Secondly, I'm not sure what sort of nutrition would be taught in uni, I'd hate to get started on the course only to discover they are teaching CW and SAD philosophy. I just wouldn't be able to see the course through. I'd be more inclined if they taught more the science and biology side of things but I really don't know what to expect, which is why I'm hesitant.
Maybe someone on here has sat through a degree in nutrition and dietetics.
I used to be a community pharmacist (for 15 years). I lost my job and now there isn't any way that I would want to go back to that...I can't even tell you in how many ways! Since starting paleo about 8 months ago I've read a lot of books and blogs and think my calling is in nutrition. I am so impressed with how much a lot of you hackers know (!!!) and hopefully someday I will be able to share what I know too. Only problems are finding a suitable program and being a much older student. If I wait too long I'll be retirement age and won't be able to find a job. However, I believe you are never too old to learn.
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