Alissa Rumsey, MS, RD, CDN, CSCS
I love to eat.
I mean really love it. Fresh-baked bread. Creamy, soft, farmer’s cheese. A red, ripe tomato. Chocolate chip cookies that melt in your mouth. Handmade pasta topped with truffle butter. A juicy steak right off the grill. I believe your diet should be defined by what you eat—not what you can’t.
This wasn’t always the case. Growing up as an athlete, I never gave a thought about what foods I put in my mouth—and I had the diet of a typical teenager. That all changed when I stopped playing sports and began to pack on the pounds. I struggled with what to do, eventually fixating on calories, grams of fat, and the amount of food I was eating. I became obsessive about food. I was unhappy, unbalanced, and no longer myself.
Everything changed when I took a course in biology. Reading a chapter on digestion, I had an “ah-hah” moment as I learned how what you eat affects everything in your body. This discovery also encouraged me to begin working out at a local gym. For the first time since I started “dieting,” I suddenly felt leaner, stronger, and more fit—and I was eating more than I ever had! The experience spurred me to go on to study nutrition and exercise science, and I haven’t looked back since.
As a busy New Yorker and lover of all things food, I know how difficult it can be to find a balance between health, work, family, travel, and your social life. I aim to help you feel empowered to overcome your obstacles and become the best, healthiest version of yourself. I believe in the importance of whole, colorful, real foods—foods that taste good and nourish your body. I incorporate balance and mindfulness training into my coaching sessions, helping you reconnect with the feeling of eating a delicious meal without depriving yourself. I experience great joy and excitement around food. I want you to experience it, too. My goal is to positively transform lives, as I have transformed my own.
Yours in food & health,
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Alissa Rumsey MS, RD, CDN, CSCS is a nationally recognized and award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist, certified strength and conditioning specialist and the owner of Alissa Rumsey Nutrition and Wellness. Alissa believes that long-term health and well-being comes from ditching diets, meal plans and food rules and learning to cultivate a healthy relationship with food and your body. Through her writing, speaking and one-on-one client work, she helps people who are frustrated with dieting rediscover the joy of eating and develop long-term, sustainable lifestyle habits.
As a freelance writer, speaker, and spokesperson, she partners with like-minded brands and organizations to craft effective nutrition messaging and curate online content. Alissa has spoken at events and professional meetings around the country including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE), Today’s Dietitian Symposium, the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Conference and Expo, the Florida Food and Nutrition Symposium, the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting and Expo, New York State Nutrition Education Network, and the Greater New York Dietetics Association’s Annual Health and Wellness Conference.
Alissa’s expertise is regularly featured on television, online, and in print—she is renowned for her ability to make the science of nutrition accessible. As a past spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, she represented a national association of over 100,000 Registered Dietitians and nutrition professionals. She is a monthly contributor to US News and World Report and has appeared in over 100 media outlets including NBC Nightly News, CNN, CBS News, ABC News, Prevention, Health Magazine, SELF and Women’s Health. In 2017 she received the Media Excellence award from the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Alissa earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Dietetics and Exercise Science from the University of Delaware and a Master’s of Science degree in Health Communications from Boston University.
In her spare time, Alissa can be found traveling to far-off countries, and, as a self-proclaimed “foodie,” exploring the expansive New York City food and restaurant scene.
Alissa’s qualifications and accolades include:
- Media Excellence Award from the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2017)
- Former Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2014-2017)
- Active member of the Greater New York Dietetic Association and the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association
- Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist in the state of New York
- “Dietetic Intern of the Year” by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2008)
Alissa also works with people being fed through feeding tubes – visit Blenderized Diet Consulting for more information.