Theresa “Sam” Houghton


As Chief Nerd at The Modern Health Nerd, Theresa “Sam” Houghton helps plant-based, better-for-you and functional CPG and DTC brands understand their customers and create better content. She’s also a huge nerd for all things plant-based from food to cooking to nutrition.

Sam has been plant-based since 2009 and holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. She is also an honors graduate of the Nutrition Consultant program at Bauman College.

Her writing appears regularly on and The Upside by VitaCost and has been featured on Green Queen Media. She has been a guest on several podcasts and YouTube shows, including UnchainedTV’s Lunch Break LIVE, Vegan Visibility with Kathleen Gage, Chef AJ Live, Pandemic Punditry and Let’s Eat with Mark Samuel. When she’s not writing or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, cook tasty plant-based food, hang out at farmers markets and knit crazy socks.



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The Whole Food Plant-Based Diet Starter Guide

This plant based diet book for beginners outlines everything you need to know about eating whole food plant based—and addresses some of the biggest concerns, errors and myths that can hold you back from making the switch.

In The Whole Food Plant-Based Diet Starter Guide, you’ll get the inside scoop on:

  • Foods you can eat (and why they’re good for you)
  • Foods to reduce or avoid
  • Health benefits of eating whole plant foods
  • Plant-based shopping (with a starter list!)
  • Transition and cooking tips
  • How to find plant-based options at restaurants
  • The Great Plant Based Oil Debate!
  • And, of course, protein (had to, right?)


The Modern Health Nerd Podcast

The modern food system is broken and our health is terrible. What can we do to fix it?

The Modern Health Nerd Podcast brings together movers, shakers and innovators from across the food and health spectrum for fascinating conversations that examine what individuals and companies are doing to transform what we eat and how we live.