Education: University of Alabama
Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
Expertise: Nutrition, diet, and food trends, Anti-inflammatory eating and living, Nutritional psychiatry and mental wellness, Quick & easy recipes, Healthy living related to things such as diet, sleep, activity, stress management, and supplements

Carolyn Williams, Ph.D., RD, is a 2017 James Beard Journalism Award winner and a leading culinary nutrition expert who has developed a knack for breaking down complex science into simple, concise bits of information and tips. She writes for a variety of online and print publications on nutrition and health topics ranging from inflammation, current diet and food trends to the impact diet and lifestyle has on mental health.

• Practicing registered dietitian, content creator, researcher, and spokesperson in the food, nutrition, culinary, and health worlds with almost two decades of experience.
• Author of the cookbooks Meals That Heal: 100+ Anti-Inflammatory Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less (2019) and One-Pot Meals That Heal (Fall 2022)
• Creator and co-host of the podcast Happy Eating which focuses on the connection between diet and mental health.
• 2017 James Beard Journalism Award winner for her feature story on the impact diet may have on Alzheimer’s disease (“Brain Food”, Cooking Light magazine)
• Tenured college faculty member teaching nutrition, health promotion, and culinary art courses for 16 years.


Carolyn Williams, PhD, RD, is a leading culinary nutrition expert and 2017 James Beard Journalism Award winner who’s developed knack for breaking down complex science into quick reader-friendly tips. Her work is regularly featured in print and online for lifestyle brands and media outlets such as EatingWell, Real Simple, CookingLight, and Allrecipes. Topic include a variety of topics related to food, nutrition, and healthy living ranging from inflammation to fasting to mental health. She also creates quick, healthy recipes that you can’t wait to eat!

Carolyn’s realistic approach to anti-inflammatory cooking, eating, and living helped make her first anti-inflammatory cookbook, Meals That Heal: 100+ Everyday Anti-Inflammatory Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less (Tiller Press, 2019) an instant hit! The cookbook’s success also helped cement Carolyn’s position as a leading expert on anti-inflammatory eating and managing chronic inflammation through lifestyle, and she regularly speaks at conferences and events.

In 2021, Carolyn launched the Happy Eating podcast in 2021 alongside her co-host and co-creator, Brierley Horton, MS, RD. The podcast explores the impact that diet and lifestyle have on brain health and mental wellness through interviews and candid, but light-hearted conversations. Carolyn resides in Alabama along with her two children, Madeline (15 years) and Griffin (12 years) and is a tenured college professor at a local college teaching culinary arts and nutrition courses.


Carolyn graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Food and Nutrition. She later earned a Master of Education in Exercise Physiology and a Doctorate in Health Education. Her dissertation research examined how the eating habits and nutritional intake of adults changed with the birth of a first child.

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