Hi hello and welcome to Redefining Real Food! This website has been a long time coming as I initially cultivated this idea almost two years ago. Fast forward to now and I have *finally* stopped doubting myself and decided to just DO IT! My passion for nutrition started at a young age. When most of my friends were watching Boy Meets World and Lizzy McGuire (shout out to 90’s kids), I was busy watching The Food Network. I was fascinated by the process of chopping, boiling, dicing, baking, roasting, and tossing ingredients together to make these beautiful and delicious looking meals. It wasn’t until college that I found a path to use my passion for food and nutrition as a career. I spent 4 years of college studying the human body from anatomy and physiology to organic chemistry to food science to biochemistry. I learned about nutrition from the molecular and cellular level to better understand how food works once it enters our body and is used for energy. I now work in an acute care hospital as a Registered Dietitian where I see patients who are very sick with a variety of health conditions, many being preventable through diet and lifestyle. I wanted to create this website as a platform to share my passion for nutrition with you all and make eating real food simple and less-intimidating than what we are constantly told. If you think eating well is too expensive, takes too much time, or seems impossible for your lifestyle, I am here to tell you that it IS possible.

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I initially came up with the name Redefining Real Food as I wanted an appropriate platform to share my knowledge for food and nutrition and translate it in a way that is easy to understand and can be achievable for your lifestyle. My philosophy is simple, focus on eating REAL foods.

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Many people have come to me asking what to eat or what the best diet is for them to follow. I am here to tell you that there is no one-size-fits-all nutrition regimen nor is there one magic cure-all diet. My goal is to give you credible, science-based nutrition information and provide you with the tools to go forward in making choices that have the potential to make you feel your absolute best. I invite you to join me as we redefine the meaning of real food and how to fit that knowledge into your individual lifestyle.

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Want to work with me? I offer one-on-one nutrition coaching to help you achieve your goals specific to your needs. Check out my ‘Work With Me’ page and let’s connect! I also invite you to subscribe to my email list where I send out monthly newsletters with nutrition articles, tips, and exclusive happenings in the Redefining Real Food world (More on this coming soon). I can’t wait to hear from you!

Xx Mary Claire

 

CREDENTIALS: I attended The University of Georgia where I earned a Bachelor's of Science (BS) degree in Dietetics. Following my undergraduate degree, I completed my dietetic internship (1,200 supervised practice hours) combined Master's Degree program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham where I earned a Master's Degree (MS) in Nutrition Science. I then passed my Registered Dietitian (RD) exam in September 2016 and now work in an acute care hospital in Atlanta, GA.

 

 

All photos by the talented Amy Beth Strang