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Is Your Diet Killing You?

Is Your Diet Killing You?

If you’re like most Americans, then chances are it probably is.

Overcoming nutrition-related medical challenges requires changing lifestyle and eating habits so that diet and exercise come together in manageable, achievable steps. This is why working with a medical nutritional counselor is an important piece of the medical-treatment puzzle.

Brooke Jackson, MSN-RN, CNS is a medical nutritional counselor who specializes in creating custom nutrition and lifestyle plans designed to meet patients where they are and how they live.

Her practice is currently accepting new clients. She will work one-on-one with you to create a nutrition plan based on your current weight, your food preferences, and your cooking abilities. Every aspect of the nutrition plan is catered to you.

Her services are meant for clients who have nutrition-related illnesses or simply their quality of life is impaired by their weight, with patients often weighing 200-300 (or more) pounds.

“I create healthy diets that specifically meet them where they are currently,” usually targeting small and attainable goals. She said, “I have found that low-calorie diets are simply not sustainable and therefore they do not work.”

Brooke says, “To truly overcome nutrition-related illnesses, clients need to pursue a holistic lifestyle where diet, exercise, and other key factors come together.”

Her new business as a private practitioner helps clients achieve their weight loss goals. “Part of my job has always been helping patients with nutrition related issues, and now I am bringing that aspect public by accepting clients privately and creating custom diets utilizing a holistic approach.”

Nutrition-Related illness

Nutrition-related illnesses account for over half of the top ten causes of death. According to the CDC, these are:

·           Heart disease: 696,962

·           Cancer: 602,350

·           COVID-19: 350,831

·           Accidents (unintentional injuries): 200,955

·           Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 160,264

·           Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 152,657

·           Alzheimer’s disease: 134,242

·           Diabetes: 102,188

·           Influenza and pneumonia: 53,544

·           Kidney disease: 52,547

This means you are probably personally capable of reducing and/or eliminating, or at least stabilizing, chronic conditions that plague us today—most of them being tied tightly to obesity.

“What you put in your mouth, how you move your body and how you live your life are infinitely more important, or at least as important as your medical treatment.”

 About Brooke

Originally from Michigan, Brooke relocated to Georgia in 2014 to pursue further opportunities as a Nurse. When she isn’t working, she is an avid traveler, having visited more than two dozen countries. For local relaxation, she enjoys a nice sunset, biking the coastal towns and escaping to the mountains in Asheville.

Brooke says she received very little training in nursing school or beyond that would help guide patients in a holistic fashion and she desperately wanted to, which compelled her to enroll at Cornell University in their Nutrition Sciences programs.

She also has a Master’s in Nursing Education and is a practicing Registered Nurse which gives her a unique trifecta of having medical, education and nutrition sciences to back her.

Brooke offers one-on-one counseling with diet customization and will work with clients remotely or locally. She is dedicated to helping clients achieve their weight loss and healthier living goals with manageable changes that will last a lifetime. Step-by-step, she is with her clients on their journey to a healthy life.

A nutritional consultation lasts approximately one hour and includes the following:

·           Completion of a food diary.

·           Complete personalized intake nutrition form.

·           Laboratory data review and recommendations.

·           Creation of customized plan.

·           Schedule follow-up for implementation.

Visit to schedule your consultation today.