It’s Official!

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So, first, this: I am now officially a Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (CDN).  Finally!  Jess, MS, RD, CDN.

Notice that Kitchen Lady is not listed as a credential. Wondering what the f*** a CDN is?  You’re not alone. As explained here, a CDN “integrates and applies principles derived from nutrition, biochemistry, physiology, food management, and behavioral and social sciences to achieve and maintain people’s health.”

Warning to other RDs applying for CDN certification: it can take months for all the documents to be processed. Sometimes it doesn’t, though. My intern partner had his approved within a few weeks—not typical. I actually had an alert set for next week on my phone to check up on my paperwork, so this was a nice surprise! I’m having dinner with my dad tonight, so it’ll be nice to have a reason to celebrate.

The next little mountain I want to climb is attaining my CDE to become a Certified Diabetes Educator. This will involve a little more work/logged practice hours and an exam, but it’s something I really want to pursue. When it comes to our ambitions, Sagittarians aren’t really into the whole concept of “no.” Unless we decide we want to say “yes” to something different.

Then there’s this lab coat selfie I took this morning at my friend Laura’s request:IMG_3354I’m always a little fried by the time I get to Friday. Heh, Fry-Day. Yeah, I went there.

Hope you have a great weekend ahead! I’m going to a diabetes lecture tomorrow morning and then getting my hair cut before celebrating a former classmate’s birthday. And hopefully shaking this late-summer “maybe it is a cold.”

What are you most looking forward to this weekend? 

9 thoughts on “It’s Official!

    1reddiva83 said:
    September 20, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Yeah congrats

      Jess responded:
      September 20, 2013 at 7:15 pm


    raechel said:
    September 20, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Congratulations!!! And you are working that lab coat, lady.

      Jess responded:
      September 20, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Haha thanks! : )

    sarahnotsoplainandtall said:
    September 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Congrats! What an amazing accomplishment!! I just started following you, but I look forward to tracking your progress towards your next certification!

      Jess responded:
      September 21, 2013 at 1:31 am

      Thank you! And welcome 🙂

    Big Pockets, Big Pocket Gadgets | Keeping It Real Food said:
    September 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    […] starting off Tuesday with a little spring in my step thanks to my new $5.79 pocket gadget. At my lab coat pockets are bigger than the ones in my skinny corduroy leggings. As I was laughing with a coworker […]

    eyechow said:
    September 25, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Congratulations!! 🙂

      Jess responded:
      September 25, 2013 at 6:47 pm


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