NutriScope - Ketki Mungi

An Exciting Path to Health and Knowledge. Ketki Mungi's insights into the field of Dietitics.
Ketki Mungi, BSc in Nutrition And Dietetics, MSc Nutrition and Dietetics (Nutrigenomics Specialization)
Ketki Mungi, BSc in Nutrition And Dietetics, MSc Nutrition and Dietetics (Nutrigenomics Specialization)

Name: Ketki Mungi

Academic Qualification: BSc in Nutrition And Dietetics from S.N.D.T. College of Home Science (2017-2020), Pune, India

MSc Nutrition and Dietetics (Nutrigenomics Specialization) from Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences, Pune, India (2020-2022)

  1. Why did you choose this profession?

    I've always wanted to share my knowledge while also learning new things. So this was the best option. 

  2. How can one become a dietician in India? 

    - Complete your 11th and 12th grades in home science.

    - Complete a BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics or a related field.

    - Complete MSc in Nutrition and Dietetics or a similar postgraduate degree. 

  3. What training, knowledge, or abilities are required for this field?

    Communication skills and patience are the most important skills.

  4. What guidance would you provide a person thinking about this career?

    Do not fall for the shortcuts. They are not really useful.

  5. What do you want people to understand right now about a dietitian's job?

    It is a real job! Many people undervalue it because they believe that all we do is tell people what to eat and what not to.

  6. What is the most satisfying thing about your profession?

    The most satisfying aspect is talking to people, being social, and realizing that you can have a big impact on someone's life. 

  7. What does a regular workweek look like in your profession?

    I have a full-time job at a nutrition consultancy, which occupies my weekdays. But whenever I have some free time, I really enjoy reading research papers to keep myself occupied. I reserve the weekends for a chill day to unwind.

  8. What part of your job is the most difficult?

    To understand the complexities of certain nutrients and their interactions with the human body.

  9. We have heard that taking vacations during a patient-centered operation can be a little challenging. What are your views on it?

    It sure is challenging. Communicating with the organization you work for should help. If it does not, making the most of the time you have by doing the things you really love is the best option.

  10. Is consultation the only option available in this field, or are there other options?

    Absolutely not! It's a common myth that people only have the option of doing consultations. There are many ways you can work as a qualified dietitian. Some of my past and present roles are - medical writer, social media manager, content creator, content writer for articles, blogs, books, research and development of products, educator, etc.

  11. What is your opinion about the RD exam? Is it necessary to qualify for this exam to practice as a dietician in India, or is it just one choice?

    While the exam is not necessary for a person to work as a dietitian, it surely helps you gain credentials. I believe having authenticated credentials for all the dietitians with an undergrad and postgrad degree should be an obvious part of it. Just like medical doctors get their registration and license, dietitians who actually study the subject shall be given the registration without having to take a separate exam. This is the need of the hour. 

  12. Debunking Myths: Is this true? 

    You always eat healthily.

    No. I do maintain a balance between what we typically call healthy and unhealthy foods. I believe foods are not really unhealthy, but continuous food habits make them unhealthy.

    You never skip your workout.

    When I need to rest or am on my period, I tend to skip my workouts. However, it's crucial to avoid taking a lengthy break.

    You have always maintained a healthy work-life balance.

    Maintaining that involves both ups and downs. Understanding how to handle stress is the key to having a well-maintained personality.

    Healthy meals can never be tasty.

    Each meal of mine is absolutely tasty. Food is not just about nutrients but also about emotions and taste, and when you cook your meals in the right way, taste and health come together.

  13. What kind of diet did you eat while you were growing up? You always used to eat well, right?

    Homemade food all the way. In the past, eating any type of food from an outside source was considered a luxury. If we still view it that way today, I believe we can maintain a healthy balance.

  14. Do your friends and family members think you're comparing what they eat when you go out with them? Do they ask you for guidance or suggestions, or do you offer them?

    All the time. I always get these questions. While it feels proud to be reliable about it, but sometimes it can get too much overwhelming. 

  15. Do you feel burned out when surrounded by patients or clients most of the time?

    I don't feel burned out with the clients. I enjoy talking to them for hours.

  16. Would you suggest this career to someone else if their main goal is to make money in it?

    Only if their second goal is to learn more about nutrition and want to keep doing it.

  17. With so many slimming products or supplements coming on the market or people opting for crash diets over a balanced diet, do you feel like your industry is becoming more commercialized?

    Yes, it is. It's sad to know that people are fine with going for quick fixes no matter how much they cost, but a Rs. 500–1000 consultation fee looks expensive to some people.

  18. What should one be aware of before entering this profession?

    To know the possible education options too. You can study abroad if you are interested in some amazing and creative subjects related to nutrition.

  19. Lastly, what message would you like to give to future aspirants and the general audience?

    My message would be: "Please trust only qualified dietitians, don't be afraid to ask about our qualifications and yes, we are here to help you." 🙂