My career journey: From a Dietitian to Olympic Nutritionist

Published: October 9, 2021 at 6:49 am

Leading sports nutritionist Rohini Raman shares her career journey this week. She hopes it will inspire other women to not give up at any age and stage of their life.

About this series: We all appreciate the importance of a higher income but increasing our income is not easy. It requires time, effort, sacrifice, dedication and opportunities. In these articles, we showcase inspirational stories about people who have increased their income, their station in life via self-improvement, upskilling or side-hustles.

This idea started when I had asked members of Facebook, Asan Ideas for Wealth, to share real-life stories of how they or someone they knew increased their income by upskilling, self-growth (personal development), or side-hustles.

Many of the accounts were quite extraordinary. These are the stories published earlier:

We have similar stories lined in the coming weeks. If you have increased your income and changed your station in life, please share it with our community. It will inspire and motivate many. Contact us at freefincal {AT} Gmail {DOT} com with a short outline to take it forward. It can be published anonymously if you prefer.

Get free money management solutions delivered to your mailbox! Subscribe to get posts via email!

    🔥Enjoy massive discounts on our robo-advisory tool & courses! 🔥

    I started my career at the age of 23, in 1995 when I had just completed my post-graduation in Food Science & Nutrition from Mumbai and returned to Hyderabad.

    The route was to become a dietitian in a hospital. Dietetics hadn’t picked up then, and hardly anyone knew what a dietitian was”. I was offered around 1500/- to 2000/- as a monthly salary.

    Nope, I couldn’t settle for that less for the kind of efforts that I had put into my studies. So I went on to join a Community nutrition program, a joint collaboration between the Govt of India and the US. I enjoyed travel to remote places and also working with the tribals all across India.

    I had to leave after 3 years as my husband got an MD seat in CMC Vellore. Fortunately, CMC had a community nutrition wing and it added to my experience in a hospital known for its excellent patient care.

    Again my husband had to relocate to Hyderabad and I had to tag along. At the crossroads of a career, I completed my maternity obligations for the next 6 years. Fortunately, I got a call from a pharmaceutical company in their technical department and went on to serve for the next few years, all the time running around with the pressures of handling home and the job. It was difficult for the husband to pitch in as he was just starting his career as a doctor and had to devote his 24 hrs to patient care.

    After realizing that I was not able to handle this burden of home and a corporate career and family pressure, I took a break for almost 4 years. The wellness and fitness market was just picking up and was trending.

    Meanwhile, I contemplated earning from home, I completed my registered Dietitian exam for practising dietitians. Unfortunately in India, it is not mandatory. It is a pretty difficult exam to get through as it requires hours of studying for a whole year and a special internship period and is looked upon prestigiously in our dietitians & nutritionist circles.

    Due credit to my husband here as he was my source of knowledge. A gold medalist on his own merit,  more than sitting with books, I learnt tremendously from him on practical patient management sometimes involving tiring discussions on disorders and diseases.

    Simultaneously, I completed my degree in Sports Nutrition from the International Olympic Committee and again involving long hours of study. I enrolled in a PhD program as well.

    I can’t forget the days where I used to take up family responsibilities and children studies during the daytime and sit through the night and also working part-time in hospitals earning paltry amounts trying to learn learn and learn. Learning was fine but when do I earn?

    That’s when the journey started. Besides the degrees, I started diet consultations on the side and slowly my clientele improved. From 2-3 clients a day to a day where I had to say no to a few clients because I was too full to give adequate attention.

    In 2017, got an opportunity with Tata High-Performance Centre in Jamshedpur and Sports Authority of India as a Sports Nutritionist for the Elite athletes. Amidst snide remarks of why you have to relocate, why do you have to earn at a remote place, kids will be neglected, I took it up.

    Working alone as a female in a largely male-dominated field of sports was not easy either. The remarks also indicated on “why should a woman earn, when a man is well settled and looking after you?”,  “Isn’t your current earning enough to manage your immediate needs? Why do you need more?”

    Intriguing! Is money the only driving force? With the inspiration of my dad and my pillar at all stages of my life and a few extremely sensible and well-meaning friends, I took up the assignment.

    Having worked for three years with the core team for the 2021 Olympics, and taking up consultations for elite athletes in private academies, I have now come to a stage where I have started freelancing.

    So many wellness and fitness people jumping on the bandwagon. But it does not deter me. At 49, I have my hard-earned degrees & my experience in place and the confidence to start on my own.

    Among the very few qualified and experienced sports nutritionists in India, today I am extremely proud of my achievements. And thanks to the Facebook group “Asan Ideas for Wealth”, I have filed IT returns on my own for the first time this year.

    Do share this article with your friends using the buttons below.

    🔥Enjoy massive discounts on our courses and robo-advisory tool! 🔥
    Use our Robo-advisory Excel Tool for a start-to-finish financial plan! More than 1000 investors and advisors use this!
    New Tool! => Track your mutual funds and stocks investments with this Google Sheet!
    • Follow us on Google News.
    • Do you have a comment about the above article? Reach out to us on Twitter: @freefincal or @pattufreefincal
    • Join our YouTube Community and explore more than 1000 videos!
    • Have a question? Subscribe to our newsletter with this form.
    • Hit 'reply' to any email from us! We do not offer personalized investment advice. We can write a detailed article without mentioning your name if you have a generic question.

    Get free money management solutions delivered to your mailbox! Subscribe to get posts via email!

      Explore the site! Search among our 2000+ articles for information and insight!

      About The Author

      Pattabiraman editor freefincalDr M. Pattabiraman(PhD) is the founder, managing editor and primary author of freefincal. He is an associate professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He has over nine years of experience publishing news analysis, research and financial product development. Connect with him via Twitter or Linkedin, or YouTube. Pattabiraman has co-authored three print books: (1) You can be rich too with goal-based investing (CNBC TV18) for DIY investors. (2) Gamechanger for young earners. (3) Chinchu Gets a Superpower! for kids. He has also written seven other free e-books on various money management topics. He is a patron and co-founder of “Fee-only India,” an organisation promoting unbiased, commission-free investment advice.
      Our flagship course! Learn to manage your portfolio like a pro to achieve your goals regardless of market conditions! More than 3000 investors and advisors are part of our exclusive community! Get clarity on how to plan for your goals and achieve the necessary corpus no matter what the market condition is!! Watch the first lecture for free!  One-time payment! No recurring fees! Life-long access to videos! Reduce fear, uncertainty and doubt while investing! Learn how to plan for your goals before and after retirement with confidence.
      Our new course!  Increase your income by getting people to pay for your skills! More than 700 salaried employees, entrepreneurs and financial advisors are part of our exclusive community! Learn how to get people to pay for your skills! Whether you are a professional or small business owner who wants more clients via online visibility or a salaried person wanting a side income or passive income, we will show you how to achieve this by showcasing your skills and building a community that trusts you and pays you! (watch 1st lecture for free). One-time payment! No recurring fees! Life-long access to videos!   
      Our new book for kids: “Chinchu gets a superpower!” is now available!
      Both boy and girl version covers of Chinchu gets a superpower
      Both boy and girl version covers of Chinchu gets a superpower.
      Most investor problems can be traced to a lack of informed decision-making. We have all made bad decisions and money mistakes when we started earning and spent years undoing these mistakes. Why should our children go through the same pain? What is this book about? As parents, what would it be if we had to groom one ability in our children that is key not only to money management and investing but to any aspect of life? My answer: Sound Decision Making. So in this book, we meet Chinchu, who is about to turn 10. What he wants for his birthday and how his parents plan for it and teach him several key ideas of decision making and money management is the narrative. What readers say!
      Feedback from a young reader after reading Chinchu gets a Superpower (small version)
      Feedback from a young reader after reading Chinchu gets a Superpower!
      Must-read book even for adults! This is something that every parent should teach their kids right from their young age. The importance of money management and decision making based on their wants and needs. Very nicely written in simple terms. - Arun.
      Buy the book: Chinchu gets a superpower for your child!
      How to profit from content writing: Our new ebook for those interested in getting side income via content writing. It is available at a 50% discount for Rs. 500 only!
      Want to check if the market is overvalued or undervalued? Use our market valuation tool (it will work with any index!), or you buy the new Tactical Buy/Sell timing tool!
      We publish monthly mutual fund screeners and momentum, low volatility stock screeners.
      About freefincal & its content policy Freefincal is a News Media Organization dedicated to providing original analysis, reports, reviews and insights on mutual funds, stocks, investing, retirement and personal finance developments. We do so without conflict of interest and bias. Follow us on Google News. Freefincal serves more than three million readers a year (5 million page views) with articles based only on factual information and detailed analysis by its authors. All statements made will be verified from credible and knowledgeable sources before publication. Freefincal does not publish any paid articles, promotions, PR, satire or opinions without data. All opinions presented will only be inferences backed by verifiable, reproducible evidence/data. Contact information: letters {at} freefincal {dot} com (sponsored posts or paid collaborations will not be entertained)
      Connect with us on social media
      Our publications

      You Can Be Rich Too with Goal-Based Investing

      You can be rich too with goal based investingPublished by CNBC TV18, this book is meant to help you ask the right questions and seek the correct answers, and since it comes with nine online calculators, you can also create custom solutions for your lifestyle! Get it now.
      Gamechanger: Forget Startups, Join Corporate & Still Live the Rich Life You Want Gamechanger: Forget Start-ups, Join Corporate and Still Live the Rich Life you wantThis book is meant for young earners to get their basics right from day one! It will also help you travel to exotic places at a low cost! Get it or gift it to a young earner.

      Your Ultimate Guide to Travel

      Travel-Training-Kit-Cover-new This is an in-depth dive analysis into vacation planning, finding cheap flights, budget accommodation, what to do when travelling, and how travelling slowly is better financially and psychologically with links to the web pages and hand-holding at every step. Get the pdf for Rs 300 (instant download)