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 goals. I thrive on building solid, supportive relationships, creating do-able goals and guiding you towards the finish line in a healthy way.
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 due in 2018 (fingers crossed).
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 a form of self-care. 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 fur-child, a rescue boxer. You may run into me ordering healthy menu items at Atlanta restaurants (Upbeet on the weekly), examining fresh produce at Saturday morning farmers markets and supporting the organic and local movement.