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Heart Shaped Waffles

Steph Haber (she/they)
Registered Dietitian,
Licensed Nutritionist

Owner, Native New Yorker, Cat & Rabbit Mom
 

Phone: 617-396-7349

Email: steph@ahavanutrition.com

 

Alma Mater: Syracuse University

Areas of Interest: C-PTSD/PTSD, Self-Compassion, Body Neutrality, Nutrition Education, Gastroenterology, Disordered Eating, ADHD, Budget-Friendly/Time Efficient Nourishment 

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My Approach

Hi! My name is Steph and I'm the owner of Ahava Nutrition. You might be wondering why/what is Ahava. The word Ahava means "love" in Hebrew, which connects to my goal for all of my clients- to find peace with food through self-compassion. This means eating what you want without guilt, shame, digestive issues, and/or fear of how it'll affect your body. I am a trauma-informed provider, Health at Every Size informed, take a non-diet and non-weight focused approach, and welcome those of all genders, sexualities, races, religions, and neurodivergence.

We've all been there, bloated and defeated, searching for the nearest bathroom, skipping out on our favorite foods, and suffering in silence. Gastrointestinal issues are an invisible illness that too many people get used to living with daily. I take all digestive issues seriously and will never tell you it is "all in your head." Together, we will determine the best lifestyle interventions for you to feel better (because once you do, you'll never want to go back!). 

Our relationship with food and our bodies can also be affected by the messages we learn growing up. Living in a household focused on dieting, maintaining appearances, and eating only "good" foods are a few examples of experiences that can cause us to become anxious about our food choices later on in life. This anxiety can take us away from the present moment by focusing on calories, nutrition labels, and what we will eat next. Our diet-focused culture doesn't make this any easier. Together, we will explore the foundation of your learned beliefs, establish new thoughts and feelings about food, and practice self-love through intentional nourishment.   

 

My approach involves teaching self-compassion, working with your team, and giving you the tools to make food more efficient and accessible in your life. 

Professional Experience

Dear Nutrition
 

Monte Nido Eating Disorder of Boston
 

Franciscan Children's Hospital
 

Pediatric Dietitian conducted nutrition assessments and implemented principles of medical nutrition therapy for infants and children with special healthcare needs, such as Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, CP, Epilepsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Feeding Intolerance. Recommending appropriated formulas and nutrition interventions to promote optimal growth and development. 

Registered Dietitian in a private practice that specialized in eating disorders and digestive disorders. Provided individual nutrition counseling to children and adults. Ordered and monitored nutrition-related lab values. Created and personalized meal plans while accommodating dietary restrictions. Collaborated with outpatient teams to provide patient-centered care. Adjusted tube feed and parenteral nutrition formulas. 

Clinical dietitian, promoted to Lead Clinical Dietitian overseeing the nutrition for patients in both the PHP and IOP levels of care. Facilitated weekly nutrition groups. Created meal plans and performed nutrition assessments. Worked with client's families and healthcare team to support recovery. 

West Virginia University Hospital
 

Dietetic Intern completing over 1,400 hours of supervised practice at a 690-bed Magnet acute care facility. Conducted nutrition assessments for floor and ICU patients with various disease states: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, liver disease, kidney disease, T1 and T2 diabetes, cystic fibrosis, heart disease, cancer, and failure to thrive. 

Registered Dietitian working in an inpatient facility for individuals recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. Create and lead nutrition groups. Provide nutrition counseling for eating disorders, liver disease, gastrointestinal issues, and diabetes. Collaborate with foodservice staff to develop menu and snack items. Ensure client's dietary needs are met. 

Department of Mental Health - Recovery from Addictions Program

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