About Carolyn

  • Registered Dietitian
  • Nutrition Expert
  • Television Nutritionist
  • Cookbook Author
  • Food and Travel Journalist
  • Food & Lifestyle Writer
  • Newspaper columnist
  • Food & Nutrition Writer
  • TV Personality/Host/Emcee
  • Recipe & Menu Developer
  • Nutrition Speaker/Moderator
  • Food Blogger

Noted nutrition expert, award winning food journalist and television personality CAROLYN O’NEIL, MS, RD shares her refreshing food philosophy- “The More You Know, The More You Can Eat!”

She is a registered dietitian and award-winning author and journalist who reported on food and travel at CNN for nearly 20 years.

Carolyn’s newest cookbook, on healthy Southern foods, is Slim Down South: Eating Well and Living Healthy in the Land of Biscuits and Bacon!  published in December 2013 by Oxmoor House. It’s a Southern Living’s first healthy Southern cookbook!


Over 120 fabulous and figure friendly recipes with beautiful photography and a 14 day Slim Down Eating Plan. Southern and Healthy? You bet your biscuits!!!

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Carolyn is also the co-author of The Dish on Eating Healthy and Being Fabulous! (Simon & Schuster, Atria Books) – Winner “Best Health and Nutrition Book” at the World Food Media awards.

Carolyn has written a weekly column for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Healthy Eating Out” for ten years, contributes to WebMD as a nutrition expert and famously appears on the Food Network as “The Lady of the Refrigerator” a recurring nutrition expert on Alton Brown’s hit Food Network program Good Eats.

Her blogs is ONeil on Eating 

A celebrated food writer, specializing in dining out, Carolyn is a contributor to The Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Magazine, the Atlantan Magazine, a Modern Luxury publication and Best Self Atlanta Magazine.

Carolyn is the Health & Nutrition Editor for Healthy Travel Magazine.

As a journalist specializing in food and nutrition Carolyn is a contributor and called upon as a nutrition expert for quotes in many national magazines including including Self, Shape, Cooking Light, Redbook, Family Circle and WebMD Magazine. Carolyn O’Neil served as an adjunct professor of Journalism at Emory University. Oh did I mention that I’m The Lady of the Refrigerator on Alton Brown’s Good Eats?


Carolyn’s CNN reporting on food and health earned three James Beard Foundation Awards.


She is a member of the James Beard Who’s Who in Food and Beverage.

She also serves as a judge for the prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards in the broadcast media category.

The American Heart Association, The American Society for Nutrition, The Institute of Food Technologists, The American Dietetic Association and The National Restaurant Association have presented O’Neil with awards for food and nutrition education.

Carolyn O’Neil has a master’s degree in Nutrition with a specialization in Communication from Boston University  and an undergraduate degree in Foods and Nutrition with a minor in English from Florida State University. She completed her Dietetic Internship at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, San Diego. Carolyn lives in Atlanta and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Contact Information:

Carolyn O’Neil, MS RDN LD

Atlanta, GA

404-705-8374 office
404-790-9109 mobile


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