About me...

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I founded Strategic Nutrition Design because I believe that delicious, nourishing food is not only one of life's simple pleasures, it’s also a basic necessity - the foundation on which we may build rich, productive lives filled with joy and purpose. 

I have been a Dietitian for nearly 20 years and an eater for much longer.  I've seen food trends come and go and like countless others have been a victim of the 66 billion dollar diet industry that has created fear and frustration around food, weight and body image.  My personal experience has been the foundation of my professional path. 

My mission is to make it easier for us all to choose better, for ourselves and our planet. 


That means helping brands build good products that will improve our food environment.  Our country is in a health crisis with easy access to inexpensive, processed foods that are making us sick. The ways these foods are produced is also putting immense strain on the environment.  This highlights the opportunity for anyone in the business of food to take an active role in changing the foodscape. 


That means making nourishing food that's over the top delicious, more accessible - because we all have the right to healthy, great tasting food.  


It also means respecting that what's right for me, isn't necessarily what's right for you - that we all come with our own blueprint and respond to food in different ways. 


Lastly, it means promoting healthy, balanced messages about food and nutrition, giving people the information they need to make the right personal choices. 

Here's what her colleagues are saying...

"Alison Acerra is a superstar. She is highly motivated, takes initiative, is easy to work with and keeps looking to learn new skills. She's among the very best project managers I've ever worked with in my career and didn't miss a single deadline in her time working with me. If you get a chance to work with Alison, grab it with both hands."

-Deepak Sekar,

Founder, CEO Chowbotics

Professional Background

Alison recently worked as VP Nutrition for Chowbotics, a robotics company revolutionizing fresh, healthy food. Prior, she served as National Director of Nutrition Strategy at Guckenheimer, one of the top foodservice management companies in the U.S. In her role, she defined and directed the Nutrition Strategy that helped position the company as an industry leader in health and wellness.  She began her career as a clinical dietitian and moved on as Culinary Nutritionist at Bon Appetit at Google before transitioning to Apple as a Corporate Wellness Dietitian.

Alison has been called upon to speak to a variety of professional organizations including HR groups, physicians, allied health professionals and Silicon Valley employees. She has also co-authored Diabetes Cookbook for Dummies, 2nd edition and served as a workgroup contributor to the Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense Clinical Practice Guideline For Screening and Management of Overweight and Obesity.  She proudly serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Nourishment Concept at the International Well Building Institute as well as a Medical Advisory Board Member at MedShadow, a consumer advocacy non-profit that seeks to edcuate consumers on the impacts of lifestyle and medicine on health and wellbeing.