Kali Alrutz MPH, RD, LDN is a Registered Dietitian who is passionate about aiding her clients in their health and wellness journey. She offers nutrition counseling via online therapy or in person at the South Hills Counseling location.
Kali’s interest in nutrition began when she was in high school competing in sports. At that time, she realized the one important thing about nutrition related to performance: food is fuel. And not only fuel for performance, but fuel for your mind and spirit. Kali has a background in nutrition counseling and medical nutrition therapy and offers a personalized approach to guiding her clients. She utilizes motivational interviewing techniques, a client-centered counseling style, aimed at focusing on behavior change by helping her clients to explore and resolve irresolution.
Kali’s training includes a wide variety of food and nutrition-related concerns, working with adolescents and adults alike, and specializes in the following areas:
- Weight management
- Thyroid health
- Digestive health, including specific dietary needs (gluten free, vegetarian/vegan, food sensitivities)
- Metabolic syndrome, including high blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels
- Gestational diabetes
- Personalized menu planning
Kali is a former wellness counselor and has also taught cooking classes, as well as many group-educational classes related to pre-diabetes, diabetes, and cardiac rehabilitation. She is passionate about incorporating physical activity and nutrition to improve overall health and well-being.
Kali attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics. She received her master’s degree in public health from West Virginia University, where she graduated with a focus in public health policy, management, and leadership. This allowed her to take her nutrition background and apply it to public health principles related to overall population health.
Kali lives in Canonsburg with her husband and their two corgis. She enjoys cooking, exercising, reading, and traveling to visit friends and family in cities around the US.
How to Get Started
Kali is looking forward to helping you achieve your goals. Whether it is something you have been wanting to do for a while, or recently decided to seek professional assistance, she is here for you. With personalized nutrition therapy, guidance, and support to help you throughout your journey to better health and overall wellness, Kali will be there every step of the way to help you succeed.
Kali provides in-person therapy in our South Hills location. If you’re interested in working with Kali, you can reach us at 412-322-2129 or contact us here.
“Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently”-Marie Forleo. By creating and establishing attainable goals, together with dedication and determination to developing a routine that will work for you, you can create a lifestyle change. One that will become natural and maintainable.
Blogs Written by Our Registered Dietitian
Gut Health and Mental Health, What’s the Link?
by Counseling and Wellness Center of PittsburghNovember 10, 2022 anti-inflammatory diet, anxiety, depression, dietician, dietitian, dietitian nutritionist, dietitian nutritionist near me, gut health, gut health and mental health, healthy eating, healthy food, intuitive eating, keto diet, mental health, nutrition, Nutrition Counseling, Nutritionist, registered dietitian, registered licensed dietitian0 comments
In more recent years, studies have been emerging that focus on the possible connection between gut health and mental health disorders, including anxiety and depression. The microbiome makes up all microorganisms in the human body. The microbiota encompasses all the microorganisms in a particular location, such as the GI tract. These together are developed while in the womb. During...Learn More
4 Dietitian Tips for Body Positive Weight Management
by Counseling and Wellness Center of PittsburghSeptember 29, 2022 body positive, body positivity, dietician, dietitian, dietitian nutritionist, dietitian nutritionist near me, healthy eating, healthy food, intuitive eating, keto diet, nutrition, Nutrition Counseling, Nutritionist, registered dietitian, registered licensed dietitian, weight management0 comments
In more recent years, society has progressed towards a body positive mindset, inclusivity and loving your body at any size. In turn, the question surrounding food and nutrition is transitioning to “what can my body do,” instead of a detrimental focus on the number on a scale. With this shift, the focus on nutrition and a weight management mindset of restriction is also changing....Learn More
Questions to Ask a Dietitian
by Counseling and Wellness Center of PittsburghAugust 18, 2022 dietician, dietitian, dietitian nutritionist, dietitian nutritionist near me, healthy eating, healthy food, keto diet, ketogenic diet, Nutrition Counseling, Nutritionist, registered dietitian, registered licensed dietitian0 comments
When it comes to healthy eating, we all have questions to ask a dietitian—conflicting information is everywhere. Our Registered Dietitian answers some common questions about diet and nutrition. Q: Is vegetarian (or keto, or…) the best way to eat? A: There’s not one best way to eat. We are all unique, and some individuals may have various medical...Learn More
5 Healthy New Year Goals
by Counseling and Wellness Center of PittsburghDecember 27, 2021 goals, healthy eating, healthy food, new years resolution, personal growth, registered dietitian, registered licensed dietitian, resolutions, self care0 comments
The New Year is here! While we have all been on a whirlwind trip these past 2 years with a global pandemic, it is time to focus on the new normal, including setting sustainable New Year Goals. In doing so, we need to make sure the goals we set for ourselves in this new year can be sustainable for years to come. Here are some resolutions to help you not only improve your health, but...Learn More
A Registered Dietitian’s Healthy Eating Tips for the Holidays
by Counseling and Wellness Center of PittsburghNovember 18, 2021 dietician, dietitian, dietitian nutritionist, dietitian nutritionist near me, healthy eating, healthy food, healthy holiday, holidays, holidays stress reduction0 comments
The holidays have arrived— the time of year when we get together with family and friends to celebrate! Since many holiday festivities center around food, this time of year can be challenging for those attempting to eat healthy. However, going into the holidays with a plan and knowing what choices to make will help alleviate this added stress. Read on for a registered dietitian’s...Learn More
5 Foods to Ease Seasonal Affective Disorder
by Counseling and Wellness Center of PittsburghNovember 11, 2021 dietician, dietitian, dietitian nutritionist, dietitian nutritionist near me, food for depression, food for mood, healthy eating, healthy food, nutrition, Nutrition Counseling, Nutritionist, SAD, seasonal affective disorder, seasonal depression0 comments
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), better known as seasonal depression, can be defined as a reduction in brain chemicals that help regulate mood, potentially resulting in periods of depression during certain times of year. Research shows that people with seasonal depression may have reduced serotonin, which helps regulate mood, and possibly too much melatonin, which helps maintain the...Learn More
6 Ways Your Food Choices Can Help Lower Stress and Support Mental Health
by Counseling and Wellness Center of PittsburghOctober 21, 2021 Certified Nutritionist, dietician, dietitian, dietitian nutritionist, dietitian nutritionist near me, food for anxiety, food for depression, food for mood, healthy eating, healthy food, nutrition, Nutrition Counseling, Nutritionist, registered dietitian, registered licensed dietitian0 comments
There are no magic foods for boosting your mood. But when Registered Dietitian Kali Alrutz works with patients at the Counseling and Wellness Center of Pittsburgh, she often begins by telling them that a healthy diet can really help support their mental health, as well as their physical health. Kidsburgh asked Alrutz for advice on how Pittsburgh families can use healthy food and drink to help...Learn More
What are the benefits of a high fat diet?
by Counseling and Wellness Center of PittsburghSeptember 16, 2018 benefits of high fat diet, blue cross blue shield, counseling wellness, dietician0 comments
What are the benefits of a high fat diet? Liz Mckinney, CNS, LDN continues to examine the big fat myth and share some more information and sample mean plan to incorporate the dietary changes of a high fat diet into your busy lifestyle. Our last blog post caused quite a stir and we want to be sure that our readers understand the differences between ‘good fats’ and ‘bad...Learn More
Pittsburgh Nutritionist Counseling
by Counseling and Wellness Center of PittsburghJanuary 9, 2018 Certified Nutritionist, dietitian, Emotional Health, integrative health, integrative medicine, Nutrition Counseling, Nutritionist, registered dietitian, registered licensed dietitian, wellness pittsburgh0 comments
Please see the bios of our certified and licensed nutritionist to learn more about the unique styles and specialties of our in house registered nutrition specialist! Kali Alrutz MPH, RD, LDN Learn more about the locations and specialists who are here to help you in each of our counseling centers! Counseling and Wellness Center of Pittsburgh Counseling and Wellness Center of...Learn More