My name is Jennifer Hnat (pronounced "not") and my passion for health and optimal nutrition began in high school when I recognized the solid connection between food, mood and energy. Honestly it started when I switched from my favorite breakfast of Toaster Strudel to fresh fruit. Instead of crashing by 10am I had energy to stay awake in class. That experiment connected the nutrition dots and jump-started my personal health journey.
My ultimate goal from day one of going back to school was to open a private practice and make a change in the world, one bite at a time. I know this might sound corny, but it's true. This desire and dedication to bring health, motivation and well-being stems from my life-long experience. I can relate to where you are at, the struggles of where to start and what to do. My passion is working one-on-one with people towards their long-term wellness goals. I thrive on building solid, supportive relationships, creating do-able goals and guiding you towards the finish line in a healthy and non-judgmental way.
Additionally I am active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Dietitians in Functional and Integrative Medicine, Nutrition Entrepreneurs), Greater Atlanta Dietetic Association, American Diabetes Association and The Center for Mindful Eating. After working with the concept of mindful and intuitive eating to delete prior diet behaviors, beliefs, habits and patterns while cultivating a healthier relationship with food, I became a facilitator for the Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating program with Michelle May M.D. Now I practice and teach mindful and intuitive eating skills to help others who struggle with establishing a healthy and sustainable relationship with food and their body. This has positively shifted the trajectory of the work I do with clients on a profound and significant level. My only regret is that I wish I had embraced this innate concept sooner! I have created two versions of my Nutrition Atlanta 30-day Mindful Eating Challenge that I present to local businesses, fitness facilities and private clients. One for the traditional client and one for bariatric patients pre- and post-surgery. I hope you join me for one of these amazing challenges!
I strongly believe that dietetics and nutrition are cornerstones for improving the State of the World. My mentor invited me to attend the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, where I learned about cutting-edge chronic disease and well-being solutions. My very adventurous long-term goal would be to lecture on innovative nutrition interventions to address dietary-related health issues during the WEF Annual Meeting. Dream big, right?! Until then, I am writing a nutrition book and hope to publish that soon.
My favorite activities include many forms of yoga, pilates, strength training, cycling classes, biking the Beltline, and snowboarding(!). I preach what I practice and incorporate some form of physical activity on a daily basis as an essential form of loving self-care (I actually love to move my body). I also enjoy creating healthy, plant-based meals (and posting inspiring photos/recipes on Instagram here), supporting local, organic farms, reading, traveling and experiencing new cultures and cuisines, as well as spending time with my spouse and our adopted boxer fur-child. You may run into me ordering my fave menu items at Atlanta restaurants (like Upbeet on the weekly), examining fresh produce at Saturday morning farmers markets while supporting local organic farms. Don't be afraid to introduce yourself and say hello! I love to meet others who are on the road to self-care and wellness.