Meet Sharon

sharon-palmer-headshotSharon has created an award-winning profession based on combining her two great loves: food and writing. As a registered dietitian with 16 years of health care experience, she channels her nutrition experience into writing features covering health, wellness, nutrition, and cuisine. Sharon is also a passionate writer about food and environmental issues, having published a number of features on plant-based diets, hunger, agriculture, local and organic foods, eco-friendly culinary practices, sustainability, food safety, and food security.
Over 950 of Sharon’s features have been published in a variety of publications, including Better Homes & Gardens and Prevention. Her books include The Plant-Powered Diet: The Lifelong Eating Plan for Achieving Optimal Health Beginning Today and Plant-Powered for Life: Eat Your Way to Lasting Health with 52 Simple Steps & 125 Delicious Recipes. Sharon is the editor of the acclaimed health newsletter, Environmental Nutrition and nutrition editor for Today’s Dietitian. She writes every day for her popular, award-winning Plant-Powered Blog. In addition, Sharon is a nutrition advisor for the Oldways Vegetarian Network and serves as a judge for the James Beard Journalism Awards and the Books for a Better Life Awards. She was the proud recipient of the Loma Linda University Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2013.

Living in the chaparral hills overlooking Los Angeles with her husband and two sons, Sharon enjoys tending to her own organic garden, visiting the local farmers market every week, and cooking for friends and family.

Sharon’s Philosophy

The key to health—for people and the planet—is becoming increasingly clear. We need to make a sure-footed return to eating a whole, plant-based diet. Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian or omnivore, it’s completely in your power to eat a diet that focuses on a symphony of minimally processed plant foods, including whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices. In fact, most traditional, cultural diets around the globe, from Peru to Africa, are plant-based. In the United States, we have strayed away from our healthy plant-based eating style to the typical American diet, which we know is linked with early death, obesity, and disease. Best of all, meals based on global flavors, crunchy grains, earthy legumes, and a rainbow of fruits and vegetables are downright delicious!

My love of plant-foods really started as a child. I was lucky enough to grow up in the woodsy Northwest at a plant-based dinner table long before people used that term. Now that I’ve settled in California with my own family, I’ve started my own food traditions that revolve around plant foods; I love visiting my local farmer’s market each week, whizzing up homemade fruit smoothies in the summer, and stirring a bubbling pot of vegetable soup in the winter.

To learn more about my plant-powered philosophy, you can read my article Plant-Based Eating, The Path to a Healthy, Sustainable Diet from Live Better Magazine.

Sharon’s Services

Sharon Palmer is available for the following services:

  • Freelance food and nutrition writing for newspapers, magazines, websites and blogs
  • Writing and editing
  • Author and contributor for non-fiction books related to food, nutrition, and cooking
  • Original recipe development with nutritional analysis
  • Speaking on nutrition, cooking and wellness in a variety of settings
  • Culinary demonstrations and cooking classes
  • Expert on nutrition for the media, including print, radio and television
  • Specific expertise in plant-based nutrition, including Mediterranean, Vegetarian and Vegan diets

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Sarah Achleithner

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Sarah is the Marketing and Website Manager for the Plant-Powered Dietitian. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2012 with her B.S. in nutritional dietetics, and has since worked in both a hospital and fitness environment. She has a passion for helping others improve their lifestyles, and does so through nutrition counseling and health seminars. Sarah is also an active runner and enjoys training for half marathons and upcoming races. When she isn’t at the gym, you can find her having coffee dates with friends, cooking delicious foods, traveling, or reading a good book. Sarah lives with her husband and cat in Northern Nevada.

Sharon Palmer’s Plant-Powered Book Series

With these handy guides, anyone can forge new eating habits, cook delicious food, live a more sustainable lifestyle, and enjoy a vibrant plant-powered life—one tasty step at a time!

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“I have never seen anyone do a better job of getting to the essence of complex nutrition science issues and communicating them in a common sense fashion that is easy to follow.”

Rodger Wasson

President, Wasson Idea Farming

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