Hello, and welcome! My name is Clara Norfleet, and I’m the face behind Food Fitness & Faith. I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist currently based in Asheville, NC that has a love for all things healthy and delicious. I believe that healthy eating is a realistic endeavor that everyone is capable of achieving, and I’m passionate about equipping others with the necessary tools and knowledge needed to prove just how approachable, attainable, and appetizing healthy eating can be. I do this predominantly by sharing easy, nutritious and simple recipes that use wholesome, good-for-you ingredients, along with highlighting tips and tricks that I utilize in my own healthy eating ventures. I love sharing my passion for nutrition, so I created this blog as an outlet to share recipes and ideas with people like YOU.
MY BACKGROUND? I graduated from UGA in December 2014 with a degree in dietetics and public health before accepting a job as a WIC nutritionist that following January. After just 5 short months working for WIC, I began my 10-month long dietetic internship through Western Carolina University in Asheville, North Carolina. I graduated in May of 2016, and passed my Registration Exam just one month later.
WHERE AM I NOW? After passing my exam, I began working as a “PRN”, or “as needed”, Clinical Dietitian at a local hospital. 3 months later, a full time position opened at the same facility, and that’s where I am now.
BUT WAIT. WHAT GOT YOU INTERESTED IN NUTRITION? It’s weird, but I can still remember the exact day that I opened my eyes to the world of nutrition, and that was February 8, 2009. It sounds pretty dumb, but I remember I woke up feeling disgusted after having eaten what seemed like a whole sleeve of Oreos. What initially started as a quest to fill my diet with healthier snacks and meals eventually lead to a genuine interest in and passion for health and nutrition. I loved seeing the positive results of eating healthier, from losing some weight, to feeling more energized and alert, to just knowing that I was taking care of my body. Despite my friends coming to me for nutrition advice and requesting meal plans and “healthy diets”, I never considered a career in nutrition. Like, I actually had no idea that was a real career field. Sure I had heard of a nutritionist before, but at this point in time nutrition was just a hobby. I entered UGA as an Exercise Science major, mainly because I didn’t know what else I wanted to do. I later switched to Health Promotion, but still felt unsatisfied in the coursework. I just wasn’t tapping in to what I truly enjoyed learning about – nutrition. Don’t get me wrong, disease prevention is GREAT, and I do place a lot of value on it, but I was just much more interested in the nutrition side of prevention.
After some serious soul-searching, scouring the UGA bulletin website of majors, praying, and kicking myself for dropping Gen Chem freshman year, I bit the bullet and changed my major to Dietetics going into my junior year at UGA. The science courses were daunting (even with being a junior in freshman Gen Chem) and I was off course to graduate on time with my friends, but I knew I would benefit in the long run. And hey, what’s so bad about an extra football season in the SEC?
Fast forward to December 2014 and I graduated! I completed the Dietetics major and even transferred my Health Promotion courses towards a minor in Public Health. I landed a job as a WIC Nutritionist that started two weeks after I graduated, where every day offered a new learning experience. After five months of employment, I hung up my scrubs and Nutritionist name badge to begin preparing for my move to Asheville where I am now.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20