‘Nutritionist’ is a descriptive term that isn’t regulated so choose carefully. As mentioned current ‘recognized’ nutritional training is based on government standards which isn’t serving us well. I am currently enrolled in an online program through Hawthorn University. They are working to become accredited which will bring value and recognition to their programs and degrees. They have different levels of training and may be a good place for you to start. Good luck!
Nutritional science is going backwards – Weeding through it with a fine tooth comb is what is necessary. Understanding what expected you to believe and knowing what is right is the what needs to be done with this industry. Paul Chek has figured it out so he is a great resource. However, NSCA-lift – still follows nutritional research which is heading in the wrong direction similar to nutritional programs and certifications.
In Defense of Food – Michael Pollan –> Great Read
Fuel the Movement,
There’s nothing that’s really recognized by clients except for a degree or even more importantly a registered dietitian. That’s probably more than you want. I’ve found that if you know enough then they believe you. It would be a good idea to take a couple courses at your local university or community college. After that read, read, read. You can’t read too much about nutrition. Read things you do and don’t agree with.