Vegetables Nutritional Cooking Ellen Petrsino registered dietitian nutritionist about page

Your diet should fit your life, not the other way around. I will help you sift through the noise and guide you towards long-term success.

Years ago when I was motivated to revamp my diet, I did what we all do: I went online.  Overwhelmed by an avalanche of contradictory information around nutrition and health, I didn't know what or whom to trust.  That's why I became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

Today, I want to use my evidence-based training to help you transform your conversation about food from what you "can't have" to what you should eat more often – whole, minimally-processed foods, especially plants. Why more plants?

When we sift through the noise, what remains is a large body of evidence, collected over many years, showing that people who include at least 75% plants on their plate have a decreased risk of chronic disease.  That is the foundation. What does it look like? Well, that’s the beginning of a wonderful conversation about food. There are many ways to fill a plant-focused plate - Paleo, vegetarian, flexitarian, vegan, gluten-free, or dairy-free. I am here to guide you.  Central to my approach is the belief that food is more than a calorie, a protein, a carb, or a fat. Food is nourishment, food is medicine, and let’s not forget, food is comfort.


Together we will explore the roles of food in your life, what should be on your shopping list, and what you should cook for your family -- to build a healthy, sustainable path forward.

Academic Degrees

B.S., Food and Nutrition, College of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, New Jersey

M.S. Non-Profit Management, New School, New York, New York


Registered Dietitian Nutritionist


Member, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Community Partner, Living Plate Nutrition Education and Counseling Center

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Amanda S., Age 22

Client Success Stories 

Working with Ellen has totally changed my relationship with food. I can now eat the things I want and maintain the body I want without feeling guilty. She helped me see that it’s all about finding the balance and what works for you! Through our working together I have exceeded my weight loss goal and have now lost 25 lbs! If I can do it, you can too! Read More