Nutrition Philosophy

The Healthy U approach believes in small changes to achieve long term success. It is amazing what you can achieve by making simple changes to your lifestyle routine, instead of completely restarting. Healthy U helps you master a healthy foundation to begin and then gradually integrates more advanced lifestyle changes. Our top priority is to empower you with the skills that allow you to succeed over a lifetime. With our range of unique services, Healthy U can help support both small and advanced changes.

Small foundational changes include:

  • Eating meals and snacks at the right times throughout the day
  • Substituting healthy ingredients from your existing menu
  • Balancing meals and snacks with multiple food groups
  • Using food labels to guide healthier choices
  • Creating a healthy grocery store routine

Advanced lifestyle changes include:

  • Develop culinary and behavioural skills that encourage homemade meals
  • Meal planning and food literacy tailored to specific health needs
  • Identify healthy food choices outside the home
  • Learn and consume healthy portions
  • Implement clinical recommendations

Alissa Steinberg RD CDE MHSc

FOUNDER
Alissa Steinberg is a Registered Dietitian who is passionate about improving health through nutrition and food-related behaviours. For over 10 years, Alissa has provided care for people of all ages using an evidence-based and client-centred approach. Alissa has worked at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) for over eight years as a clinical dietitian, and received sound clinical training through the completion of the Graduate Dietetic Internship at St. Michael’s Hospital, and a Master of Health Science in Nutrition Communication at Ryerson University. Alissa’s dedication to the prevention and management of chronic illnesses prompted her to become a Certified Diabetes Educator, and specialize in Motivational Interviewing counselling techniques to optimize health behaviour changes. Through her extensive and rewarding work experience, Alissa has become an expert in the following clinical areas including (but not limited to):

  • Ages 50+ nutritional considerations
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Binge eating / binge eating disorders
  • Fatty liver / non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol)
  • Hyperphagia management (Prader-Willi Syndrome)
  • Hypertension
  • Introduction of solid foods in infants / toddler & preschooler nutrition
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Meal planning
  • Menopausal nutritional management
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Osteopenia / osteoporosis
  • Picky eating / sub-optimal growth / energy boosting
  • Prenatal nutrition
  • Pre-diabetes
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Vegetarianism
  • Weight management (children, adolescents and adults)

Alissa utilizes motivational interviewing principles in her care in order to ensure the client is driving the health behaviour change, and that her care plans are tailored to the needs of each client. Alissa constantly goes above and beyond for her clients and “thinks outside the box” to develop effective and sustainable care plans.

In addition to her clinical work, Alissa has pursued research and education endeavours to enhance her knowledge base and strengthen the quality of her work. Alissa completed a Master of Health Sciences in Nutrition Communication at Ryerson University, and continues authoring published research studies at SickKids. She also holds a position within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, where she develops and facilitates innovative nutrition curriculum for medical students.

Alissa is registered with the College of Dietitians of Ontario.

Christine Ngo MPH (c) BASc BSc

NUTRITION COACH & CONTENT MANAGER

Christine has a previous Bachelor’s of Science degree in the Honours Life Sciences Program from McMaster University where she got to expand her curiosity on traditional science principles all while discovering her interest in nutrition.  This year, she graduated from Ryerson University in the Nutrition and Food Program and will be pursuing her interests in becoming a registered dietitian through attaining her Master of Public Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Christine believes that having a positive relationship with food is the cornerstone to managing diseases and achieving a healthy lifestyle. She hopes to educate others on how to optimize the pleasures of eating with self-care, while also building a sustainable environment where we can all thrive in a community.

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