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I'm Hanna Rifkin, a Registered Dietitian (RD) and Certified Lifestyle Coach.


After coming to grips with the fact that I would not become a Spanish or Italian translator (I have a B.A. in Italian),  I needed another plan.  I moved into sales and found myself naturally selling anything food related. I appreciated the human connection and learning about the olive oil or CSA box I was selling, but I craved more. 

Then, my Mom directed me to a job post seeking a Registered Dietitian.  I hadn't actually heard of this title before but knew the research would be worth it. I returned to school - and 5 years later - came out a Registered Dietitian.  

My first job was in kidney dialysis at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital - there I guided patients based on their health and social status to find most realistic and best choice for that patient.  It was rewarding to get to know the patients.  I work now as a procurement supervisor at UCSF Medical Center, so I'm closer to the food side of nutrition.  I appreciate that I've had exposure to the opposite ends in the spectrum of this field (patient care vs. food production).  

 

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philosophy


You are an individual and I want to empower you via Motivational Interviewing.  Let's communicate via Skype, Google chat or Facetime.

philosophy


You are an individual and I want to empower you via Motivational Interviewing.  Let's communicate via Skype, Google chat or Facetime.

You are interesting.

Science is interesting.  

Food tastes good.

Now throw in more puzzle pieces which make you who you are, and there's a project that when given the right mix of listening, advising, asking and supporting, will yield you meeting your better self.  Comparing yourself to others harnesses negativity and ultimately is not fruitful.  Compare yourself only to yourself, and we will find your best. My philosophy is that everyone has the capacity to improve, and it's my job to find that motivation, and offer ideas, knowledge, and listening to get there.
 

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what's in a name


names are nice.  apples and oranges have fiber, vitamins, minerals, water and can be easily carried in your backpack. My CD is called apples and oranges (though I don't post about it on this website) and I mention the fruit in a song I wrote called "every other day".  also, apples have good texture and crunch and can be used in salads, and other creative culinary adventures.

what's in a name


names are nice.  apples and oranges have fiber, vitamins, minerals, water and can be easily carried in your backpack. My CD is called apples and oranges (though I don't post about it on this website) and I mention the fruit in a song I wrote called "every other day".  also, apples have good texture and crunch and can be used in salads, and other creative culinary adventures.

On this website, you'll read general nutrition information and ideas.  However, when I sit one-on-one with a client, it is my job to see what makes you unique and tailor the plan to you.  We all have a head, heart, nose and ears, but in reality, we are all different.  Comparing yourself to someone else would be like comparing apples to oranges.  I won't do that.


Since I was a little girl, I've kept an apple or an orange in my bag.  When I wanted a snack . . . a distraction, there it was.  I often carried an extra apple or orange so I could share. 

From a health aspect, apples and oranges are high in fiber, have relatively good storage capacity, and span across many cultures and classes of people.  Have you had an apple or an orange today?


fruit juice versus whole fruit.  Apple juice and orange juice compared to apples and oranges are worlds apart nutritionally, and it's my dream job to educate on this topic.  In the next paragraph, I'll compare juice to whole fruit (and I'll use apples). 

After pressing loads of apples in a factory, on one side falls the juice and on the other side falls the pulp.  Pulp contains : fiber, vitamins, minerals, glucose and water.  Based on those components, you can understand that pulp is good for you.  However, the pulp isn't very pretty and also makes it challenging to produce a consistent product.  It isn't valuable because it won't sell product.  The pulp is thrown away.  As mentioned before, the pulp has many health benefits.
 

Now back to the juice part (see previous paragraph).  Fresh juice contains: vitamins, minerals, water, and glucose. To protect you from any possible bacteria, the factory will boil or pasteurize the juice.  This is a great way to rid of possibly harmful bacteria, but it also destroys the vitamins and other healthy components. So, now with the boiling and fiber tossing, the juice is not what it once was.  By the time the juice gets to you, the majority of good is no longer accessible to your body. In fact, the company may now even choose to add vitamins which were created in a science lab.  How backwards is that?

Recommendation   Avoid Juice

Instead, Carry ➞  Water + an Apple or an Orange      

 

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what is a dietitian


my coworkers all spell it dietician, which is incorrect.  It can be confusing to understand what a dietitian does and how they compare to a nutritionist.

what is a dietitian


my coworkers all spell it dietician, which is incorrect.  It can be confusing to understand what a dietitian does and how they compare to a nutritionist.

  1. We work with a person to educate, encourage and help that person decide on changes that will suit their lifestyle, personality and goals.  We encourage sustainable changes; changes that will continue without the dietitian. 

  2. When I had the opportunity to teach in 55 classrooms in one school district (lesson was on sugar sweetened beverages), I asked the students "Has anyone heard of a dietitian?"  For the most part, 1 in 10 students had heard of a dietitian.  There aren't many of us, and in my experience, the job isn't commonly understood.  I went back to school at age 28 to become a dietitian -  because - I had not heard the word dietitian until age 28 (my Mom tipped me off on a job, and that got the ball rolling). 

  3. Maybe you have considered changing your career.  Maybe you want to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).


puzzle pieces to become a dietitan


MS or BS in "Dietetics" or "Nutritional Sciences" at accredited university

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 1200 hour accredited internship

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 Comprehensive Exam

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 REGISTERED DIETITIAN (RD)


Overview of Courses at University (will vary slightly within programs)

Psychology

Anatomy

Physiology

Microbiology

General Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

Biochemistry

Nutritional Biochemistry

Human Metabolism

Medical Nutrition Therapy

Food Service and Food Safety

Food Science

Community Nutrition


Potential Work Settings

Hospital, counseling patients and creating care plans with interdisciplinary team

Hospital, managing dietitians

Clinic, specializing in diabetes, dialysis, eating disorders, gastrointestinal, etc.

Eldercare home

Kitchen of a hospital, planning menus and supervising employees

Kitchen of a school district, planning menus, ordering food, managing staff

Startup.  in 2017, People are willing to pay for quality food and healthy resource tools

Food laboratory

Research lab or with cohort

Weight loss clinic

High end gym

Private practice

Copywriter for a magazine

Copywriter doing marketing and social media


As of recent, the title has changed from Registered Dietitian (RD) to Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

Based on experience, I noticed the word dietitian doesn't resonate with people.  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics added nutritionist to better qualify, since many people are familiar with the word.  It is ultimately the choice of that dietitian whether to add the descriptor nutrition in the title.  I generally use RD, but I could always change to RDN. 

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Extras


Extras


Organic chemistry at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) was one of my favorite courses.  I drew this to illustrate how chemistry binds us all together.

Alkene Waves

A Chlorophyll Tree

Diethyl Ether Birds

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