Hey, I’m Alison! I’m a registered dietitian board certified in oncology nutrition. I help people navigate their wellness journey through chronic illnesses such as cancer, autoimmune diseases, and infertility.
My approach is to focus on prevention and to empower others to take health into their own hands. While all my recommendations center on scientific evidence, overall, my motto is simple — eat more plants.
When I’m not buried in nutrition research or working with clients, you can typically find me exercising, spending time with my husband and two daughters, or developing new plant-based recipes in the kitchen. I am beyond excited you are here to join our Wholesome community!
Sadly, those with cancer and chronic diseases are often not informed by healthcare professionals that food and lifestyle choices can affect their symptoms and overall health. But even those who are rarely receive the knowledge or tools from their doctors to implement these changes effectively.
This was the story within our family, as well. Cancer and chronic disease was all too prevalent in my family. My twin sister was diagnosed with Lupus and we both have PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). My maternal grandmother passed away from lung cancer; my mom, paternal grandmother, and godmother all battled breast cancer; and my maternal grandfather passed from liver cancer.
As a former athlete, nutrition was always an interest of mine as a way of enhancing performance. But with all the illness in my family, I couldn’t help but wonder about the connection between nutrition, cancer, and chronic disease. It was this curiosity (and the support of my husband) that inspired me to go back to school for a second bachelors degree, studying dietetics, specifically oncology nutrition.
After graduation, I began working as an oncology dietitian for a cancer treatment center. I primarily helped patients make diet changes to simply relieve symptoms of chemo treatments. But I couldn’t give them the long-term survivorship nutritional guidance we both knew they needed.
In 2015, I founded Wholesome with the mission to provide the life-long, plant-based nutrition knowledge and tools that the doctors couldn’t to give. To teach people the healing powers of food. And how to implement plant-based nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices in practical ways to reduce their risk of cancer or chronic disease and manage disease impact.
Our family has seen tremendous health improvements after implementing these plant-based eating habits. My sister had struggled with Lupus since 2013, and within a few years of eating plant-based and other lifestyle changes, her disease is now in remission. I struggled with infertility due to PCOS and now, I believe largely due to my shift in nutrition to whole food plant-based, I have two beautiful girls.
I believe this is my life’s work. Seeing my students live happier, healthier lives after transitioning to plant-based fuels my incredible passion to help more people. And I hope to do the same for you.
In Good Health,
Alison Tierney, MS, RD, CD, CSO