Elizabeth Somer, M.A., is a registered dietitian who has carved a unique professional niche as one of the few, if not only, dietitians who is well-versed in nutrition research. For twenty-five years, she has kept abreast of the current research, packaging that information into easy-to-read books, magazine articles, lectures, continuing education seminars, and practical news for the media. Ms. Somer has written nine books: The 10 Habits That Mess Up a Woman's Diet (McGraw-Hill, 2006), Age-Proof Your Body (McGraw Hill, 2006), The Food & Mood Cookbook (Owl Books, 2004), The Origin Diet (Owl Books, 2002), Food & Mood (Henry Holt 1995, second edition Owl Books, 1999), Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy (Henry Holt, 1996, second edition Owl Books, 2002), Nutrition for Women (Henry Holt, 1993, second edition Owl Books, 2003), and The Essential Guide to Vitamins and Minerals(HarperCollins 1990, second edition 1995). Ms. Somer also co-authored The Nutrition Desk Reference (McGraw-Hill, 1996), which is in its third edition.
For the past twenty-five years Ms. Somer has served first as Editor of the Nutrition Report and now as Editor-in-Chief of Nutrition Alert!, newsletters that abstract the current nutrition research from more than 6,000 journals. She is a Contributing Editor to Shape magazine, Advisory Board Member to Healing Lifestyles, Nutrition Advisor to Prevention magazine, and has written more than 300 articles in numerous national magazines, including American Health, Better Health and Living, Better Homes & Gardens, Cooking Light, Cosmopolitan, Eating Well, Fast and Healthy, Fit Pregnancy, First for Women, Fitness, Food & Wine, Healthy Living, Living Fit, Mature Outlook, McCalls, Men’s Fitness, Muscle and Fitness, Prevention, Real Simple, Redbook, Self, Sesame Street Parents Magazine, Shape, Walking Magazine, Women's Sports and Fitness, and Working Woman. Her regular column appears in MediZine magazine. Ms. Somer has won numerous awards and scholarships, including the National Mature Media Merit Award for her article titled "Beat the Clock," which appeared in Living Fit magazine.
Ms. Somer received her bachelor's degree in Foods and Nutrition from Oregon State University and her master's degree in Community Health from Ohio State University. She has completed doctoral work at the University of Oregon, and has taught college-level courses at Ohio State, Western Oregon University, Linfield College in Oregon, and University of California at San Diego's Extension Program. She currently teaches nutrition at Willamette University in Salem, OR.
Ms. Somer lives in the countryside overlooking Mt. Hood and the Cascade Mountains outside Salem, Oregon. She has two beautiful children. In her spare time, she loves to cook, bicycle, snowshoe, hike, exercise, travel, read, and garden.