Welcome! I’m Elisa.
I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) based in Upstate New York. My nutrition counseling services are available across the USA via phone or video.
My passion for nutrition is rooted in my fascination with the power of food. We’re not at the mercy of our genetics or our environment. With our daily dietary choices, we are able to play an active and critical role in our own health. This is so empowering! And all the more important, because so many parents feel exhausted, lost and powerless.
I understand because I’ve walked this road before – with two people I love dearly.
Do you ever feel:
- afraid that things won’t get better
These are the words of Adriana, an autism mom.
Adriana is my aunt. She’s like a sister to me. This is how she felt caring for her son Lawrence.
Her exact words. Maybe you can relate.
Of course, I wanted to help. So I did what I do best, I started researching and learning. Everything I found, I shared with her.
We came up with a plan to improve Lawrence’s diet, making small, consistent changes that added up to big results.
Lawrence was my first client and he is my first reason for this work. He was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 years old. I remember watching him at meals, eating only white foods – American cheese, crackers, yogurt, white bread. He had frequent meltdowns, would not tolerate being touched, seldom made eye contact and often seemed to be in another world. I knew his diet wasn’t meeting his nutritional needs. What I did not know was that the effects of an improved diet were so far reaching. I saw how diet improved his autism symptoms, most notably his disposition. He was more calm, less spacey and less irritable. He could look at me and would hold my hand. I saw fewer signs of pain and digestive upset. This experience opened my eyes to the power of diet and spurred me to educate myself further. I realized there is such a need for nutrition services and yet, there are so few dietitians working in this specialty. I wanted to help fill this gap. This is what led me to nutrition therapy for children with autism.
Finally, I’d like to note that in addition to being a dietitian, I am also a mother. I can assure you that the very nutritional therapies I recommend are ones I would pursue for my own child.
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I understand how the stresses and demands of caring for your child can push nutrition to the back burner.
But I can help you prioritize it.
I know the time, energy and sleepless nights that go into researching your child’s symptoms and how diet can be related. I completely understand that drive to find answers for your child. Working with me, you can reclaim those precious hours and have peace of mind knowing you have an outlet for your questions. It is my job and my joy to research these topics and provide you with reliable answers and guidance that you can trust.
You may be thinking, “You can give me the most perfect diet on the planet, there is no way my picky eater is going to eat any of it.”
Picky eating can seem like a lost cause, impossible to overcome. But there are so many ways to address it
and we can work on it together, one step at a time.