About Hälsa Nutrition

Our philosophy

It’s pretty simple…Hälsa Nutrition doesn’t believe in diets but in forming a healthy relationship with food and eating…and we teach you what it means and how to do it. 

meet the founder, maria!

I’m a family oriented Registered Dietitian who has been in love with nutrition and cooking for the longest time. Being an athlete in my teen years and attending a boarding school where girls constantly counted calories and worried about weight, I found myself steeped in disordered eating. 

When I realized how important eating well was, I pursued a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition at Cornell University and later a Master's at Tufts University. From there my passion for happy, sustainable eating habits grew…and that’s what led to founding Hälsa Nutrition.

Because I know, firsthand, the risks of elimination diets, restricted eating, and the dieting cycle itself…I crafted an approach for women that eliminates all of that. I also understand the struggles that come with feeding kids. You’ll leave sessions inspired to cook more, detached from diet mentality, and on a road to real food freedom. 
 

By helping you learn to listen and trust your body, you will become an intuitive eater and you’ll be able to apply these principles to your family…so you’re:
 

  • at peace knowing you’re raising happy, healthy children
  • not constantly stressed about what to cook or painfully bored eating the same recipes
  • more energetic 
  • no longer experiencing guilt after meals or snacks  

And because I believe nutrition should be fun and spark joy, I’ll teach you a few Nordic traditions along the way like Nordic-inspired recipes or adding candles, magazines, and blankets to your home for more hygge.
 

We’re a good fit if:

  • You need real support and tangible change
  • You want to ditch draining diets and learn more about intuitive eating principles
  • You want to improve your relationship with food and gain a positive body image
  • You’re a mom wondering how to raise good eaters and you want to meet their nutritional needs
  • You have a teen struggling with athletic energy and you want to optimize their nutrition 
  • You want to see your overall mental health improve
  • You want evidenced based info from a registered dietitian that will accept people of all sizes, forget weight stigma, and promote a flexible, individualized eating plan based on hunger, nutritional needs, and pleasure, rather than eating that’s focused on weight control and restriction

WORK WITH MARIA

SEE WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING!

I have always bounced around between the latest “fad” diets and ways of eating. Sitting down with Maria made me realize that this isn’t necessary and that eating sensibly while borrowing a few “lessons learned” from each of my experiments, was the way to go. She was able to give me, and our family, a number of helpful tips and tricks to take the stress out of meal planning and preparation. The recipes that she provides on her blog are delicious, simple and have changed our way of eating and snacking forever.

- Kim P.

Contacted Maria to help our family with our food choices and to assist with healthy, gluten-free on-the-go snacks for my husband who travels. Maria was a pleasure to work with. She met with all of us, got a good sense of our food likes and lifestyle. She emailed me promptly with suggestions, helped to set up a food journal and menu planning. She also provided me with great websites, including her own that had easy and healthy recipes. Maria was incredibly supportive and instrumental in helping us overhaul our diet. 

- Andi O.

I used to feel guilty after eating certain foods and sometimes felt the need to do extra exercise to compensate for my eating. After working with Maria and learning about intuitive eating, I feel like my relationship with food is so much better. I now give myself unconditional permission to eat what I want and how much I want. It feels really liberating and has helped me look at health and my body in a whole new way.

- Sophie S.

My daughter and I feel much more confident in how to develop a healthy vegan diet for her because of your assistance!

- Kimberly H.

Dive into the fun stuff!

  • I’m a mom to two teenage boys
  • Hälsa means "health" in Swedish; I was born in Sweden and still visit often
  • I enjoy hiking, yoga, and cross-country skiing
  • You’ll often catch me on the couch with a cup of chamomile tea in hand by 8pm and shortly after, in bed with good book 
  • I love a clean house 
  • The way to my heart is an outdoor picnic (or "fika") with the people I love

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