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.
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 and “healthy diets”, 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 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 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 run 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 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. Soon after, 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 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