Licensed Dietitian &

Nutrition, health, and wellness is a holistic journey.

I focus on the fundamental change that addresses your top priorities.

I take a biological system-focused approach. What does that mean? Basically it means putting the body back into balance by identifying disparity. The steps we take address different systems in the body. We’ll look at cellular health, inflammation, gut, liver, brain health, and hormone balance.

My fundamental approach includes:

  • Dietary Analysis: knowledge, meal pattern and timing, eating style and environment, culinary, energy/calories, macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, and fats), micronutrients, fiber, phytonutrients, fluids/beverages, dietary supplements, medications, and other influencing factors.
  • Nutrition Assessment: includes history & lifestyle, anthropometrics & vitals, nutrition-focused physical (signs & symptoms), diet & food habits, supporting clinical data, ongoing support, nutrition care, and collaboration
  • Exercise and movement
  • Stress reduction management
  • Sleep and mindset
  • Analysis of biomarkers
  • Food journals


Taft has been active all of his life, playing a variety of sports that also included strength training, yoga, Pilates, and cardiovascular exercise. His life has always been about being outside and in nature. He grew up in Bent Creek and loved spending time getting out in the forest. Taft also was in the scouts and this is where his interest blossomed for being in the forest and he also learned many valuable life skills as well. His scout troop went camping throughout the year as well as backpacking sections of the Appalachian Trail. His journey of being outdoors, learning about nutrition and strength training has provided him a fulfilling life that he loves to share with others.

When Taft discovered that he could become a Registered Dietitian professionally, he went to school to get a bachelor of science degree in nutrition and dietetics. Afterward, he passed a national exam and then became a Registered Dietitian.  

His career began working at local gyms in Asheville, North Carolina and after going to school for nutrition he started working at the Buncombe County Health Department. With a nutrition and fitness background, Taft progressed in his career to become a Fitness Director at the Biltmore Forest Country Club. From there, he worked at Mission Hospital Weight Management Center before venturing out on his own in private practice. He continues to learn about what works optimally for each individual in regards to digestion, absorption, and the metabolism of nutrients.

Taft’s holistic approach to nutrition, exercise and movement, stress, sleep, and the mindset helps him create personalized plans for his clients he works with. He also believes in empowering his clients to make the healthiest choices for themselves.

Taft is currently a registered Dietitian, Integrative and Functional Nutritionist, and a Certified LEAP MRT Therapist. In the past, he has been a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, among many other fitness and wellness certifications. To this day Taft continues to learn about biochemistry and how the body can optimally function.


Taft Draper RD, LDN, CLT is a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, Taft graduated from Western Carolina University with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. He is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition, and Dietitian in Integrative and Functional Nutrition. In addition, Taft has a Certificate in Adult Weight Management and is a Certified Intrinsic Coach. For over 25 years he has been teaching clients about leading a healthy lifestyle, working with athletes on improving their performance, and successfully managing individuals’ weight. He has worked with many elite athletes and non-athletes helping each improve their health and optimizing performance.

Taft has worked in a wide variety of settings including:

  • Mission Health Weight Management
  • Mission Sports Medicine
  • Various wellness settings such as Bohemian Hotel, Barry Callebaut, Duke Energy, JPS PA, and North American Roofing.

He has presented on sports nutrition and weight management to:

  • UNCA Women’s Soccer Team
  • Western Carolina Nutrition Department
  • Various local high schools including Christ School, Carolina Day, and Asheville Christian Academy
  • IRS

Currently, he is working with Hendersonville ObGyn, Henderson County Wellness Clinic, and Crestview Recovery Center, as well as various worksite wellness programs.

  • I met with Taft to find a nutrition solution that would increase my energy levels and reduce my weight by approximately 20 lbs. I hike, kayak, cycle, and mountain bike and need lots of healthy fuel to power it. I followed his suggestions and within 8 weeks I achieved my weight loss goal, with a dramatic increase in energy. Listen to Taft’s advice and it will pay off. I feel fantastic now!!

  • Taft is excellent, I have lost 10lbs of body fat and gained 17 lbs of muscle in the 2 years that I have been seeing him. I am a avid cross fitter, mountain biker, and whitewater kayaker and everything has improved due to my nutrition! Thanks Taft.

  • My experience with Taft Draper has been nothing but successful. I came to see Taft with multiple chronic illnesses and what I found has been life changing. Taft introduced me to a new testing service that allows me to know what foods my body is sensitive to. By eating these sensitive foods my body continues to yo-yo. Once I got my results Taft was able to support me in starting a new diet that began calming my immune system down. I am currently 4 months into this diet and have reduced my symptoms by 90%. Taft has been a great support. Thank you for your services!

  • Taft Draper began helping me with anemia and IBS. Taft had guided me through changes to my nutrition to reduce the symptoms of IBS and enrich my nutrition to increase my iron intake/absorption. Taft’s expertise allows me to use the Mediator Release Test/Lifestyle Eating and Performance information to improve my life through better health.

  • My visit with Taft put me on the path to lose over 45 lbs. I now better understand how I process foods and how food affects my body.  With Taft’s help, I’ve become a healthier version of myself!

Contact Taft


Hendersonville ObGyn
27 Doctors Dr. Hendersonville NC 28792

Henderson County Wellness Clinic
100 N. King St. Ste 500 28792

Crestview Recovery Center
90 Ashland Ave Asheville NC 28801

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