I’m a fan of a good meme, I must admit it probably defines a lot of the online experience of many a millennial. As expected, my absolute favourite memes are the ones that incorporate that dietitian humour (also shout out to Dietitian Humor on Facebook for all their funnies).
So here’s a collection of my favourites, for all my fellow students, practising dietitians or if you just want to know what we laugh at online.
Of course, these are all just for a laugh, just like any job there are funny and/or frustrating parts about it that doesn’t mean I don’t love my future profession.
Let’s get the simple things right first… yep, there is no “c”. We have to study dietetics to be a dietitian. It takes practice to say, but you’ll get it!
Please don’t call us nutritionists, they mean different things – see my post here.
And yes, it takes 4-5 years to be a dietitian, so naturally, we get a bit ticked off when people say they’re a “wellness guru” or “nutrition expert” with one of those online courses.
Often what those people tend to advise looks a little like this.
It’s pretty awkward when you get the low albumin referral because it’s not an objective indicator of malnutrition, and you complete your assessment and your patient is just FINE.
When patients are actually malnourished and you’re up on the ward searching for samples, this is what usually happens.
We’ve all had some of those unpleasant experiences on placement at least once…
When you hear patients telling you they’ve gone gluten free, dairy free, sugar free (a.k.a FUN free) without clinical indication. Believe it or not, we actually LOVE food, this doesn’t impress me.
When you’re trying to check the teeth situation so you can order the right texture diet for the patient and you get these ones.
What is up with excessive unnecessary food packaging?
And when you’re at personal social gatherings and someone asks you about Dr. Oz, or Keto-Peto or some other celebrity that has no dietetic qualifications.
Hope you enjoyed, if you find anymore amusing nutrition/dietetic memes, feel free to send them my way!