Elsa Chu, RD.,

Registered Dietitian

Location: Plateau Mont Royal or Virtual

Elsa Chu, RD.,

Registered Dietitian

Location: Plateau Mont Royal or Virtual

Approach Inspired By

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Intuitive Eating
Health at Every Size®

Specialties

Eating Disorder Recovery
Sports Nutrition
Meal Management and Planning
Wellness and Prevention

The Registered Dietitians at Sööma use therapeutic approaches to inform their nutrition interventions within their scope of practice. Learn more about how we incorporate various therapeutic styles in our nutrition counseling.

Elsa is a registered dietitian with a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University and is part of the Ordre des diététistes nutritionnistes du Québec (ODNQ)Always an engaged and active listener as a child, she used her skills to cultivate strong relationships in her life and grew to love being of service to those she was close to. She comes from a Chinese and French background, so food has always had a significant emotional and cultural importance to her. Intrigued by how our bodies and minds are affected by the different food choices we make – she decided to specialize in nutrition as a way to explore that relationship.

 

Elsa started working as a dietitian in private practice in 2017 after graduating. Over the years, she saw that much of her clientele had the mindset of temporary weight loss. She developed a practice using behavioral psychology and motivational interviewing to help people implement and sustain lifestyle changes. Elsa’s strength in bonding with her clients and forming strong relationships was fulfilling, but often felt like the practice of prescribing weight loss was misaligned with what she valued. Today, she uses her background in private practice to empathize, motivate and empower clients to lead lives that are more in line with their own values.  

 

Elsa is an elite competitive ultimate frisbee player, currently playing with the Quebec provincial women’s team. She has competed at multiple national and world championships. Elsa has a great interest in sports nutrition, and has worked with many athletes and several sports organizations to share her knowledge. She strives to help athletes construct lives that allow body acceptance and food flexibility to coexist with the pursuit of excellence through their sport. 

 

Elsa uses active listening to form strong client relationships, and helps clients access their own power to better achieve their goals. She has a talent for simplifying complicated topics into simple analogies, accompanied with visual aids and practical tools that are personalized for each unique lifestyle. Elsa is bilingual in French and English and provides insurance receipts.

Elsa is a registered dietitian with a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University and is part of the Ordre des diététistes nutritionnistes du Québec (ODNQ). She comes from a Chinese and French background, so food has always had a significant emotional and cultural importance to her. Intrigued by how our bodies and minds are affected by the different food choices we make – she decided to specialize in nutrition as a way to explore that relationship.

 

Elsa started working as a dietitian in private practice in 2017 after graduating. Over the years, she saw that much of her clientele had the mindset of temporary weight loss. She cultivated a practice using behavioral psychology and motivational interviewing to help people implement and sustain lifestyle changes. Elsa felt most fulfilled when she connected with her clients, but often felt like the practice of weight loss was misaligned with what she valued. She gradually became more and more interested in Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size® as a way to approach nutrition and lifestyle habits. She hopes to bring her empathy, compassion and consultation style to a new population of people working to repair their relationship to food.

 

Elsa is an elite competitive ultimate frisbee player, currently playing with the Quebec provincial women’s team. She has competed at multiple national and world championships. Elsa has a great interest in sports nutrition, how athletes can be chronically under-fueled, and practical ways to use nutrition for performance. She has worked with many athletes and several sports organizations to share her knowledge.

 

Elsa works with her clients to make them feel empowered in their relationship with food and their bodies. She uses gentle guidance to help find practical solutions for their nutrition questions that also fit within their lifestyle and values. Elsa is bilingual in French and English and provides insurance receipts.

Outside of work you can find me:

  • Competing and training for ultimate frisbee
  • Spending time with my cat (AKA the love of my life)

One of my favorite quotes:

“It was my life – like all lives, mysterious and irrevocable and sacred. So very close, so very present, so very belonging to me. How wild it was, to let it be.”

Cheryl Strayed “Wild

Organizations that I've collaborated with