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My Journey to Becoming a Registered Dietitian: It’s Never Too Late to Take the First Step


Change is not easy. We all know that, but how do you go ahead and make a big transition without holding back?

I am an RD and I made my dreams possible by overcoming fear and apprehension and taking a daring first step to becoming a 50-year-old college student.

After I took that first step, things started to fall into place and I felt more in control.

Embracing change can be daunting, but it’s essential for personal growth and achieving your dreams.

In this blog, I’ll share my incredible journey from being a dedicated stay-at-home mom to becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD).

Your path to a healthier, more vibrant you begins here. Don’t miss out – take the first step towards a plant-forward, healthier future. Visit our website at to book your consultation now!

My Journey As a Stay-At-Home Mom

I am Shoba, a Registered Dietitian (RD) with a remarkable story of transformation.

When I moved to the USA and went to school, I studied to be a food technologist and my dream job was to work in an R&D department of a major food company.

Once I had my first child, my mom instincts took over, and I decided to stay home with my children rather than pursue my career dreams and goals.

I realized that with my husband’s busy job, one of us has to make the commitment to stay with our son. We were in NY city, and I had lined up a babysitter and was ready to start applying for jobs.

We realized that he was too precious, and the best thing for him would be for me to be a stay-at-home mom.

It wasn’t easy being on a single medical fellow salary in NY city with a newborn child.

We were always working hard to save money for emergency travel funds to India to visit our parents.

To this day, I think being a stay-at-home mom was the best decision I made with both my son and daughter. I was a passionate cook and volunteered at school and ballet events for my kids.

As years went by, I decided it was time to pursue my passion for nutrition.

How I Transitioned From Being a Stay-At-Home Mom to A Registered Dietitian

Clinical Dietetic Intern, Jan 2020

My food technology and nutrition interests were always there as a stay-at-home mom. I stayed up on current research and trends.

As years went by, I noticed that many of my friends and family members who were vegetarians were having issues with finding culturally appropriate nutrition care.

I wished I had become a dietitian instead of being a food technologist where I can put to use my multi generational vegetarian upbringing to use.

I reflected on that, and I told myself that it is never too late to change that. I told myself that I would give it a try and see if I could do it.

I reached out to Dr. Wanda Koszewski, Professor in the nutrition department at Winthrop University. The next thing I knew, I was in a global nutrition class with students the age of my first child.

I was very nervous, and it was scary to sit in front of a whiteboard as a student 20 years after graduating from graduate school.

Overnight, my life changed from that of a stay-at-home mom to a college student shopping for a backpack, folders, and textbooks.

How My Support System Made the Difference

Every step along the way, I told myself that I would drop out if it did not work out.

Thankfully, I was able to stay on track to finish the required courses, do the dietetic internship, and get ready to take the exams.

I had all the support and encouragement from my family, friends, faculty, and fellow students.

My daughter, who was in high school, and I would burn midnight oil studying for our exams.

My dad, who was beyond excited that I decided to go back to school, passed away within a month after I started school.

He was so happy with my decision, and that was one of the motivational factors that kept me going even during tough times.

Being a mom and years of multi-tasking helped me prepare for my RDN exams. I was planning a move from NC to FL while preparing for my exams.

Eventually, my daughter graduated from high school, and I passed my RDN exam.

It was finally worth all of the hard work, and I was glad that I never let my fear or apprehension hold me back from what I wanted.

Fast forward to today, I am a practicing plant-based registered dietitian

How a Plant-Based Dietitian Can Support You

If you are interested in working with a plant-based dietitian, you’re at the right place.

If you’re looking for nutrition support, you can benefit from my multigenerational plant-based knowledge, experience, and passion to help others.

I believe food is a powerful tool that can be your medicine for a healthy life.

My goal is to empower individuals to adopt a wholesome plant-forward approach to elevate and sustain their health.

Ready to embark on your journey towards a plant-based future? Visit now and reserve your spot for a virtual nutrition consultation – your first step towards a healthier, plant-powered lifestyle!

The Take Away: How I Overcame Fear and Became A Registered Dietitian

My journey from a stay-at-home mom to a registered dietitian wasn’t easy. It taught me that it’s never too late to pursue your dreams and that you are capable of doing anything you set your mind to.

With dedication, support, and passion, you can achieve remarkable change in your life. Don’t hesitate to take that first step towards a healthier, plant-based you.

Visit to learn more and reserve your spot for a virtual nutrition consultation.