Title: Freelance Contributor

Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Education: B.S. in Food and Nutrition, M.Ed. in Exercise Physiology and Ph.D. in Health Education, University of Alabama

Expertise: Nutrition, diet and food trends, anti-inflammatory eating and living, nutritional psychiatry and mental wellness, quick & easy Recipes, healthy living
- Author of two popular cookbooks
- James Beard Journalism Award winner


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 complex science into simple, concise bits of information and tips. Her work is regularly featured in print and online for lifestyle brands and media outlets such as EatingWell, Real Simple, Cooking Light and Allrecipes. The topics are related to food, nutrition and healthy living, and they range from inflammation to mental health. She also creates quick, healthy recipes that you can't wait to eat!

- Practicing registered dietitian, content creator, researcher and spokesperson in the food, nutrition, culinary and health worlds
- 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'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, an instant hit. The cookbook's success cemented her 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 co-launched the Happy Eating podcast. The podcast explores the effects that diet and lifestyle have on brain health and mental wellness through interviews and candid but light-hearted conversations.

About EatingWell

EatingWell, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, has been publishing award-winning journalism about food, nutrition and sustainability since 1990. Our mission is to share flavor-packed recipes from around the world, celebrating fresh ingredients and the farmers, artisans and chefs who bring them to our table. Through science-backed nutrition advice and smart stories about sustainability, we help readers live their best lives. Learn more about us and our editorial process.

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