Hey!! So glad you stopped by my corner of the internet!
My name is Clara, and I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist currently based in Asheville, NC that is passionate about informing, empowering, and encouraging women and men to build a healthy relationship with food, nourish their body, and feel comfortable in their skin. I do this predominantly by sharing nutritious and simple recipes that use wholesome, good-for-you ingredients, along with providing some of my own personal tips and tricks.
My goal is to get nutrition information that is easy-to-understand and employ into the hands of anyone and everyone looking to enjoy their life (and their food!) to the greatest extent. Therefore, I created this blog to serve as an outlet to share recipes and ideas with people like YOU. I hope you like what you see!
a little history
It’s weird, but I can still remember the exact day that I became aware of the vast world of nutrition – February 8, 2009. It sounds pretty dumb, but I remember waking up and feeling “off” after having eaten what seemed like a whole sleeve of Oreos with some friends the night before. I knew I could treat my body better than that, and it was then that I set out to do just that.
What initially started as a simple quest to fill my diet with healthier snacks and meals eventually lead to a genuine interest in and passion for the whole world of health and nutrition. I loved seeing the positive results of eating healthier, from (admittedly) losing some weight, feeling more energized and alert, and just knowing that I was taking better care of my body. Soon enough, I started having friends come to me for nutrition advice and requesting meal plans, but 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 – nutrition. Don’t get me wrong, disease prevention is GREAT, and I do place a lot of value on it, but I was much more interested in the nutrition side of prevention.
After some serious prayer, consideration, scouring the UGA website of majors, 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 as a junior in freshman Gen Chem) and I was off course to graduate on time with my friends, but I knew the long term benefits far outweighed what I was going through in the short term. And hey, what’s so bad about an extra football season in the SEC?? I jumped right into classes, and two and a half years later I was done!
I graduated from UGA in 2014 with a degree in dietetics and minor in public health before accepting a job as a WIC nutritionist shortly after. After just 5 short months working for WIC, I began a 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. That same month, I began working as a clinical dietitian at a local hospital. Aside from my full-time position, I also run my Instagram account @foodfitnessandfaith, where I’m able to spread even more knowledge and tips to make healthy eating more attainable and enjoyable for the everyday person. It wasn’t an easy road by any means, and certainly wasn’t ideal, but in the end I look back with gratefulness at the opportunities, setbacks, and lessons learned that led me to where I am today.
“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