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WHEN FOOD IS MEDICINE!

The Story of Harmony Nutrition



Abby Jellinek-Johnson, MS, RDN, LD is changing how people relate to food…one patient at a time.


Abby is clearly well qualified and certified, but it’s not her certifications that make her successful; it’s her passion.  She started her career in the health and fitness field as a certified personal trainer, graduating from Indiana University with a degree in Kinesiology. Her passion for health and wellness led her to pursue a career as a dietitian completing her Master’s Degree in Dietetics from Georgia State.  After working for large healthcare organizations, Abby decided to create a space where patients could have no-rush appointments to take their time discussing their health journey with their provider.  “Providing holistic healthcare takes time. You really have to get to know the patient as a complete person”, said Abby. Registered dietitians practice holistic dietetics and ask detailed questions about a person’s wellness journey and health concerns.  They take time to learn the patient’s environment and past experiences getting to the root of the issue.


“This is exactly the difference that Harmony Nutrition provides. This is why I opened Harmony Nutrition in 2018.”


INSURANCE? YES!


Abby says, “In addition to providing exceptional care, it was also important to me to make such care accessible to all. This is why I made sure we could also accept insurance.”  Allowing patients to use their insurance benefits allows access to top notch nutrition care eliminates any potential financial barrier for people who want to improve their health. “We are so proud to provide care to an economically diverse group of patients.”


FOOD AS MEDICINE


Harmony Nutrition, based out of Alpharetta, is founded on the principle that a body in harmony performs at its best. Harmony  Nutrition takes a holistic approach to nutrition and embodies a unique approach to food as medicine by offering multiple specialties under one roof:  food allergies, autoimmune conditions, weight management, eating disorders, sports performance, bariatric nutrition, diabetes, gut health, cardiovascular disease, and pediatrics. Symptoms can manifest as general fatigue, migraines, joint pain, gastrointestinal issues, depression, weight loss resistance, and so much more.


You might be thinking…what does your diet have to do with things like migraines and depression. A LOT! Let a registered holistic dietician review your current diet and identify areas of opportunity for the following conditions and more, such as food allergies, autoimmune conditions, weight management, eating disorders, sports performance, bariatric nutrition, diabetes, gut health, cardiovascular disease, and pediatrics.


MIGRAINES


Migraines may often be alleviated by identifying and eliminating certain food triggers. Common triggers include caffeine, certain food additives, and tyramine-rich foods such as aged cheeses and meats. Striving to eat a well-balanced diet that works to stabilize blood sugar levels, can potentially reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. Staying adequately hydrated is also crucial for managing migraines. 

CONDITIONS WITH INFLAMMATION

Diet can play a role in managing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and joint pain by potentially alleviating symptoms or reducing inflammation. Including more anti-inflammatory foods such as fatty fish (like salmon), nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, along with spices such as turmeric and ginger, may be beneficial for reducing joint pain. 


BODY IMAGE AND YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD


A person’s diet is a reflection of numerous factors including upbringing, home environment, past traumas, perceived or medically necessary dietary restrictions along with individual coping mechanisms that have developed over time.The dietitians at Harmony focus on sustainable, workable dietary solutions that are driven by the patient’s individual story. Taking a “health first” approach encourages patients to prioritize physical and mental health over precise weight or body image goals.


OPTIMAL HEALTH AT HARMONY NUTRITION


Diet is NOT One Size Fits All.  Harmony Nutrition is one of the few functional and holistic dietary practices serving adults and children in Georgia that accepts insurance. Nutrition visits are often covered 100% by most major insurance carriers. This helps to eliminate financial barriers for all patients seeking a dietary approach to optimal health.


Schedule your appointment today to attain YOUR OPTIMAL HEALTH!

By: Abby Jellinek-Johnson

Harmony Nutrition

Edited by: Tracie Morse

North Atlanta FitLife


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