Dear Dr. Cordain,
I am a CSU alum and have my BS in Health Promotion. I’ve since gone on and received a MS from SDSU in Exercise Physiology and I’ve been coaching triathletes in San Diego ever since. I’ve recently adopted the paleo diet, and I’d like to speak to this diet as a coach with credibility. I am not an RD, and I don’t have a specific nutrition background; only the coursework I’ve completed in the past.
I was wondering if you could recommend a program to pursue in order to become a more credible source on paleolithic eating? Is there a certification or degree program other than becoming an RD that could provide further knowledge and training?
I appreciate your time and assistance, and look forward to hearing from you soon.
Dr. Cordain’s Response:
I addressed this issue in one of my blogs a few months ago. If you search my blog, I believe I have addressed most of the important issues. Basically, no formal educational programs exist today with an emphasis in Paleo Diets. As far as I know, RD programs don’t even recognize Paleo’s existence. A few university anthropology departments offer courses in human nutrition from an evolutionary basis, but they are few and far between. Most people who have gained traction in the “Paleo” community have done so through writing books, scientific papers, speaking out on popular blogs, such as Robb Wolf’s, Mark Sisson’s, Paleo Hacks and others. Also, Paleo Magazine http://paleomagonline.com/regularly features many of the “players” in the Paleo community.
Hope this helps!
Loren Cordain, Ph.D., Professor