Stephanie Clarke

Stephanie 2012

Hi there! I’m Stephanie. A mom and registered dietitian who loves eating and cooking delicious food with friends and family while balancing that with good health. I co-founded C&J Nutrition in 2006 in the hopes of helping make healthy eating a natural and fun part of people’s lifestyles. This website and blog is a way to share our nutrition insight, latest recipes, and personal stories of how we aim to balance mindful eating and exercise with all the other things that try to get in the way!

My interest in nutrition started early, as I wanted to understand more about how eating affected my performance as a gymnast. I spent many hours training each week and wanted to maximize that effort in every way.  I ate lots of veggies, pasta, and Powerbars, along with fat-free everything! The less fat it had the better. Things have evolved a LOT since then, both with what we know about nutrition through science and with my approach towards eating healthfully to fuel myself and advising clients on how to do the same. I was fortunate to end up with a scholarship to do gymnastics in college, and that’s where I got to pursue nutrition more formally, eventually getting a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Rhode Island. It’s also where I really started experimenting a more with cooking on my own….which brings me to my love of food.

I grew up in a family of six that valued a home-cooked meal, enjoyed together (when our crazy schedules allowed!) Many of my favorite childhood memories are around the dinner table with my mom, dad, and 3 younger sisters. My mom cooked the most delicious homemade meals just about every day of the week.  We always had a variety of foods and while different taste preferences were respected, she was never a short order cook. I was always appreciative of the good food–– but now more than ever. I’m still in awe of how she did it all, especially now that I’m a mom and realize how tough it can be to find that balance.

I met Willow, the other co-founder of C&J Nutrition, when I started the graduate school program at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. We instantly connected and I new we’d be good friends that first day we met (we still are 12 years later!) We were both in the combined Dietetic Internship and Masters program in Nutrition Communications, which meant we worked and studied together a lot. We learned that we had the same vision for what we eventually wanted from a career in nutrition and food, as well as desire to eventually own a business. We’ve been in business together for 10 years now!

What I love most about what I do is being able spread messages that inspire people to want to feel as good as they can through food, and how to achieve that. C&J Nutrition helps spread these messages by reaching millions through magazine and news articles, smaller groups through our corporate wellness programming, and individuals in our 1:1 counseling practice.

I call a Maryland suburb, just outside of DC, home, and live with my hubby Jason, daughter Juliette, and my white cat, Yogurt. In addition to food, I love running, yoga, group fitness, and am enjoying the perks of suburban living most via my first organic vegetable garden.