Our Nutrition Philosophy

The Healthy U approach believes that small changes amount to long term success. It is our goal to empower you with the skills that will foster a lifetime of health & wellbeing

 

We've taken 'restart' out of our vocabulary because it is amazing what can be achieved with simple changes to your lifestyle routine.

 

Healthy U is committed to establishing a healthy foundation to begin your weight management journey, gradually integrating more advanced lifestyle changes to support meaningful, sustained change. Our range of virtual programming, 1:1 dietitian services, and kitchen essentials supports both small foundational and advanced lifestyle changes. We're dedicated to all stages of your weight management journey.

We recognize that there is no one size fits all approach, and instead we work with our clients using a flexible range of services that best fit the needs, goals and preferences of our clients.

Services include nutritional assessments, group or individual counselling, coaching visits, cooking classes, tailored recipes and meal plans and more! 

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Small foundational changes that make a big impact,

  • Eat meals and snacks at the right times throughout the day

  • Substitute healthy ingredients from your existing menu

  • Balance meals and snacks with multiple food groups

  • Guide healthier choices leveraging your food labels

  • Create a healthy grocery store routine

Then introduce advanced lifestyle changes, evolving with your weight management journey! 

  • Develop culinary and behavioural skills that encourage homemade meals

  • Tailor meal planning and food literacy to specific health needs

  • Identify healthy food choices outside the home

  • Learn and consume healthy portions

  • Implement clinical recommendations

Our Founder

Alissa Steinberg RD CDE MHSc

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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 nutrit-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”!

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.