12 November 2010

Nutrition and transitioning

I spent last weekend and early this week at the American Dietetic Association's annual conference in Boston where I facilitated a workshop on vegetarian nutrition. I usually don't talk about my professional world here, but I'm in the process of transitioning to a new blog that combines both. Links for that coming soon, but I've already started using this: twitter.com/truelovehealth. One of my tweets included this photo of dietitians in line for free soda at the expo:



Yes, you read that correctly. Dietitians getting free soda at a nutrition conference. This is the world I work in. We have a long way to go. Fortunately my 'Corporate influence = huge problem" post was picked up and re-tweeted by a number of people who feel similarly. The photo has been viewed nearly 600 times.

This is the sort of topic that makes me nervous professionally. Will this affect my work with the ADA? At the end of the conference they posted a thank you to all of the twitter users at the conference and my name was not listed....
Anyway. If you don't stay true to your own ethics what are you left with?

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5 comments:

Jeanie Aurora said...

great photo!

Lisa said...

When I see the word "transitioning" I think "gender reassignment"- I was so glad to read that you're not on the way to becoming Mattina, but of course I'd support you through your journey if that were the case. Hope your time wherever you are this week is rad. See ya on the twitter and maybe in person someday too.
LA

Anonymous said...

I totally get what you're saying...I'm a vegan RD as well. I guess I'm not too surprised at what happened to you. Anyway, I applaud you..keep up the good work!

Trophy Wife said...

Love that you are willing to stand up about this adn I agree, the medical community has a long way to go when it comes to nutrition. People like you help.

Matt Ruscigno said...

@Anon and @Trophy Wife, thanks for the support! I really do appreciate it. It was tough as a student to sit through all of this and as a practicing professional it's nice to know others are out there.

@Lisa good to know I've your support no matter what I do!