Monday Profile: Starkville resident pursuing passion for nutrition

Jaclyn Dunkerton suggests she owes her work at Starkville Diet to an unlikely source.

When Dunkerton arrived to the Russell Street company for an job interview right after setting up college at Mississippi Point out College in the tumble 2018 semester, she mentioned her past jobs for proprietor Wendy Taylor. One particular of them — a summer months gig at a seafood restaurant named Tacky Jack’s in Gulf Shores, Alabama — stuck in Taylor’s thoughts.

“She was like, ‘I’m going to hire the woman who labored at Tacky Jack’s,’” Dunkerton reported.

Through that, if nothing at all else, Dunkerton acquired the career. She was a single of four personnel who all started out collectively shortly immediately after the business opened in August 2018 and who, in time, became shut mates. Dunkerton’s 3 coworkers ended up all section of her wedding ceremony in July 2020.

“They had been just kind of mastering, also,” Dunkerton explained of her first times on the work. “That was in all probability the neatest detail: that we all bought to master collectively.”

Now, she’s the “last one particular standing” of the 4 at Starkville Nourishment — virtually three many years immediately after she started.
“I’ve been in this article the full time that they’ve been open up, so I’ve been in a position to aid kind of mature this with them, which has been tremendous fun,” Dunkerton claimed.

Dunkerton was named a manager a calendar year into her tenure and is at this time closely associated in the day-to-day functions of the organization. She handles a wide variety of points, like buying, stocking and arranging advantage times for the group.

Starkville Nutrition specializes in reduced-carb, reduced-sugar protein shakes and zero-sugar, 24-calorie loaded teas as perfectly as serving specialty beverages that are primarily combos of the two. Dunkerton said new customers who come in and try the concoctions generally surprise what they’ve been lacking out on.

“I have so a lot of individuals who come in and they ended up massive coffee drinkers, and then they commence consuming these and they do not really feel as weighed down,” she said. “It has pure factors to enable your brain aim. It is just natural clear electricity that really makes a big variance in folks in contrast to coffee or Crimson Bull or stuff like that.”

In most conditions, all those who like what they get from Starkville Nourishment arrive again at minimum as soon as or 2 times a 7 days.

Which is just what Dunkerton needs to see, she claimed.

“I appreciate how people definitely do see a adjust and see little items you can do for your system and get treatment of it,” she explained. “It’s awesome every time they experience cozy with us. They like observing our smiling faces when they appear in. We form of help inspire them to want to choose treatment of their bodies and to just be the healthiest you probable.”

Dunkerton knows all about that. When she was 20, physicians imagined she experienced Crohn’s ailment and place her on a restrictive eating plan approach, slicing out dairy, fried food and superior-fiber food items to find out what was causing complications.

Eventually, she was identified with irritable bowel syndrome rather.

“I actually assumed at just one level I wished to be a dietician for the reason that I have carried out a ton of research with my intestine,” Dunkerton stated.

As an alternative, everyday living has taken her on a distinct route. After her 1st yr at MSU, Dunkerton dropped out in order to function two work opportunities: her situation at Starkville Nutrition and yet another position as a traveling secretary for horse reveals.

Her husband Thomas is however at MSU, ending his last 12 months of faculty. When he graduates in May perhaps, they’ll return to Laurel to dwell on a farm.

But Dunkerton is much from accomplished with her time at Starkville Nutrition. She’ll occur up from time to time to examine on the shop and said she’d be fascinated in comparable do the job down the street.

Even if that does not come to go, she’ll nonetheless keep linked with the store where a few yrs in the past she identified a house.

“I’m just satisfied I’ll nonetheless have my hand in this 1,” Dunkerton claimed.

Theo DeRosa stories on Mississippi Point out sports activities for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @Theo_DeRosa.