About

ALISON ELLIS, RD, MSc.

Education

  • BA Geography 
  • MSc. Kinesiology
  • BSc. Food, Nutrition and Health majoring in Dietetics (graduated with honours)
  • Completed dietetics internship with Island Health
  • Completed sport nutrition internship with UBC Thunderbirds
  • Member of Dietitians of Canada and the Sport Nutrition Network
  • Co-author on over 10 peer-reviewed articles and two book chapters

Hello, & Welcome!

My name is Ali, and I am a registered dietitian who is passionate about all things sport. Physical activity and competitive sports have always been an integral part of my life. Throughout my time competing, I was always intrigued by the different factors that impact performance. This curiosity led me to pursue a Master’s degree in Kinesiology focusing on mental performance followed by a career in behaviour change research for over ten years. As my interest in this area continued to grow, I returned to school for a Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition and Health specializing in dietetics, with the goal of combining these areas to work in sport nutrition. 

Having competed in a variety of sports, I often reflect on my own nutrition habits and wish I had better understood the connection between food and athletic performance. I often struggled with recovery and fatigue, not connecting the huge role nutrition played. During my time as a university golfer, I didn’t understand just how important nutrition was in order to meet the unique demands of a 4-5 hour round of golf, often leading to a loss of focus in the middle of a round. These experiences have all contributed to my desire to explore, to learn, and to continue to reflect on how nutrition can make a difference.

I’ve also experienced what it is like to go from being a competitive athlete in a structured environment, to no longer competing and feeling lost, especially with regards to nutrition. Transitioning from competitive sport can be a very challenging time, and ensuring athletes are eating to support their health and new goals, is an area in which I am passionate about helping others.

I believe nutrition goes beyond just sport. The importance of cultivating a positive relationship with food is paramount, and one’s health should always be at the forefront. 

My core beliefs as a dietitian supporting your athletic goals include:

  • An athlete’s health is at the forefront of every nutrition intervention
  • Every athlete is unique and has unique fueling needs
  • The importance of taking a holistic approach that encompasses all factors that contribute to one’s health and specific nutrition goals
  • The importance of ongoing education and staying up-to-date with sport nutrition research
  • Empowering athletes to find nutrition strategies that best support them 

To help you achieve your optimal nutrition, I will:

  • Explore with you your personal health, and work with the science of nutrition combined with your own inner wisdom to determine a plan that works best with your body
  • Explore your athletic goals and empower you to develop strategies that support your goals
  • Explore with you your psychology – your own challenges and thought processes that may be holding you back. We will challenge these and create changes by shifting your mindset
  • Work with evidenced-based behaviour change strategies. Identify goals, and how to break those down into manageable daily actions that create sustainable long-term habits