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Elizabeth Somer, RD, MA

Author, Media Personality, Nutrition Expert

Elizabeth Somer, MA, is a registered dietitian who has carved a unique professional niche as a dietitian well-versed in nutrition research. For the past 25 years, she has read more than 100 studies a month, packaging that information into her newsletter Nutrition Alert, easy-to-read books, magazine articles, lectures, continuing education seminars, spokesperson projects, and practical news for the media.

Elizabeth is a frequent guest on NBC’s Today show, a monthly guest since 1995 on AM Northwest (Portland, OR), and was Nutrition Correspondent for NBC’s Later Today from 1999 to 2000 and for Good Morning America (ABC) from 1996 to 1999. She appears regularly on other national television programs, including the WB’s Daily Buzz, Lifetime Live, The Mauri Povich Show, the CBS Morning Show and The View. Her one-hour special on Age-Proof Your Body aired nationwide on Public Television in 2001.

She is the author of several books, including her most recent, Eat Your Way to Sexy (Harlequin 2011). Others are Eat Your Way to Happiness (Harlequin non-fiction 2009), The Ten Habits that Mess Up A Woman’s Diet (McGraw-Hill, 2006), The Food & Mood Cookbook (Owl Books, 2004), as well as Nutrition for Women, 2nd edition, Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy, 2nd edition, The Origin Diet, Food & Mood, Age-Proof Your Body, The Essential Guide to Vitamins and Minerals, and co-author of The Nutrition Desk Reference. She is an advisory board member to Shape Magazine, nutrition advisor for Prevention Magazine , past contributing editor to Eating Well Magazine, and has written more than 300 articles in national magazines from Shape, Men’s Fitness, McCalls, and Self to Redbook, Prevention, Cosmopolitan, Fitness, and Better Homes & Gardens. Her regular columns appear in MediZine and Healing Lifestyles magazine.

Her books receive high praise and are respected by the general public, the media, and nutrition experts as resources that are accurate, dependable, and filled with useful and practical information. Elizabeth 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.

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Age-Proof Your Body!

Elizabeth Somer, M.A.,R.D. will share the easy diet, fitness, and supplement guidelines that add health to your years and years to your health. She will describe three dietary habits that help a person stay young and healthy at any age, from 20 to 120; explain how every age-related problem – from heart disease and cancer to cataracts, wrinkles, and memory loss – can be avoided with a few simple changes in how you eat, think, and move; and help participants develop personal plans for how to eat, when to exercise, and with what nutrients to supplement to stay youthful no matter what your age. Also discussed will be how to improve your immunity, reduce your risk for most age-related diseases, protect your vision, increase your endurance and strength, and bring passion to everyday living.


The Real Simple Diet: How To Eat Well in a Fast-Paced World

What are American’s eating? The latest stats are out and you might be surprised. Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D. will share the current research on what we are eating, how nutritional deficits affect health today and in the future, the underlying whys of nutrition, and simple and painless (almost) tips for making small changes in how we eat and supplement. She will describe two trends in the American diet that contribute to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and other degenerative disorders; explain the link between antioxidants and cognition and age-related memory loss; help participants decipher the latest controversies regarding grains and carbohydrates, good versus bad fats, and soy (does it or doesn’t it help lower breast cancer risk?). Also discussed will be the nutrients needed to prevent osteoporosis, the influence of evolution on our dietary requirements and hazards today, and how to plan the best supplement program for your needs.


The Truth About Women’s Hearts: Preventing, Treating and Reversing Heart Disease with Diet and Exercise

Can you change the bed linens as easily as you used to, without stopping to rest in the middle because you get short of breath? What about mopping the floor or carrying large bags of groceries into the house? Can you do all the household chores you used to do? Can you fit into the jeans you wore in your 20s? The answers to questions like that can potentially tell a lot about whether you have heart disease or whether your already-diagnosed heart disease has worsened. In this presentation, Elizabeth discusses the signs and symptoms of heart disease in women (those symptoms are very different from men!), as well as risk factors and how to tell if you are at risk. Then, the latest research on what to eat, what to avoid, what supplements might lower your risk, and simple painless steps to lower your risk will be discussed. Answers to your questions will be presented, such as does sugar affect heart disease risk, what about the new low-carb diets – do they raise or lower risk, what four nutrients can you not do without and what foods supply them, and what are the 7 heart-healthy diet guidelines that could reduce your risk by up to 50%?


The Feel Good Diet

Don’t you wish there was a happy pill that boosted your spirits when you felt out of sorts? Made you laugh when you were grumpy? Or warmed your heart just when you were ready to bite your honey’s head off? Well, it’s not a pill, but there is something as convenient as your refrigerator that could do the trick. How you feel has a lot to do with what you eat (or didn’t eat). A wealth of new research shows that certain foods can tweak your brain chemistry and help you stay happy, energized, and even calm. This presentation will present the latest on how to eat to feel and think your best.


Women’s Nutrition: The Latest Research

Nine out of ten women think they are eating reasonably well. Most are fooling themselves. Elizabeth Somer, M.A.,R.D. will discuss the latest information on women’s eating habits, the top nutritional concerns, the Healthy Woman’s Diet, responsible supplementation, and how to decipher women’s nutrition news.


Vitamins, Minerals, and Phytochemicals: Is Food Enough?

Elizabeth Somer, M.A.,R.D. will present the latest research on how optimal intake of vitamins such as the antioxidants, minerals such as iron and magnesium, and the thousands of phytochemicals in plants can aid in the prevention of chronic disease, boost immunity, extend the healthy middle years, and improve memory.


Managing Cholesterol without Drugs

You can lower cholesterol without medication by making a few simple changes in what you eat and how much you move. This presentation addresses the latest diet and supplement advice for managing cholesterol, including new supplements and diet habits as powerful as the latest statin medications in reigning in blood lipids and lowering risk for heart disease.


The Skinny on Supplements

What’s the best time of day to take a multiple supplement? I’ve heard it’s best to take calcium at night, is this true? Are natural supplements the best? Should I take time-released vitamins? Are there advantages of taking individual supplements over a multiple tablet? When I’m under a lot of pressure, should I take a stress-formulated supplement? If I eat pretty well, do I even need to take supplements? What about as I age, will I need additional or different supplements? This presentation provides answers to the most commonly asked questions on vitamin and mineral supplements, and dispels myths and presents facts on the latest supplements for weight loss, cholesterol control, memory, and anti-aging.

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