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 has gained extensive clinical experience through her role as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) for over nine years, in the (a) out-patient weight management program (b) lipid clinic,  and (c) general pediatrics areas. Alissa is highly skilled in using Motivational Interviewing techniques while counselling clients, and works with them to develop simple, tailored and lasting nutrition care plans. Alissa’s dedication to excellence earned her the “Clinical and Education Award” in February 2019 on behalf of the Clinical Dietetics Department at SickKids. Alissa believes in providing up-to-date, evidence based recommendations, which led her to pursuing first-author publications in the areas of Energy Expenditure and Body Composition. In 2016, Alissa accepted a part-time position at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, as a part of the Nutritional Medical Education Advisory Committee (content development for the Foundations Curriculum) and co-lecturer for first year medical students (Lifestyle Medicine, Nutrition in Infancy and Beyond). In January 2021, Alissa decided to launch her full-time private practice services and nutrition-focused business endeavours, in hopes to offer wider support for clients of all ages, and various health needs. She is beyond passionate about what she does, and will ensure high quality care, as “your success, is her success”!

  • 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.

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