Hi, I’m so glad you’re here! I’m totally grabbing you by the hand right now, like we’re old pals catching up. I’m Dawn Viola, CEC, HNE, a holistic health and nutrition educator, and certified executive chef with a focus on real food, from-scratch, clean eating, food as medicine — I call it Honest Food.
I help families and individuals, from all over the world, transform their health through food and cooking in a few different ways:
- Wellness programs that help you and your family transition from processed food to clean, real and Honest food
- Group and Individual Cooking lessons online or at one of the many beautiful commercial kitchen spaces throughout Central Florida (where This Honest Food is located).
- Free resources, like eBooks; real food recipes; and natural living tips.
My journey to wellness
In a nutshell, I started my career in marketing doing neat things like making documentaries for Disney, copywriting and graphic design. That all changed when I discovered I had the most bizarre combination of food allergies to legumes (beans, soy, peanuts, gums) and some tree nuts, and some melons, and other weird things that flipped my world upside down. I suddenly had to cook everything from scratch (seriously!), so I enrolled in culinary school to learn everything I could about food and cooking, combined careers (marketing and food), became an executive chef, won a bunch of cooking awards, wrote recipes for cool places like Food Network, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, and Applegate Farm, helped write a handful of cookbooks for a few (semi) famous chefs who weren’t such great writers (ghost writing), worked as a culinary and nutrition instructor and motivational speaker for Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, enrolled in graduate school for a master’s degree in holistic health and nutrition education, and that pretty much brings us to present day.
Honest Food is our way of life
My family and I are crazy about organic, farm-to-table, farmer’s markets, and supporting locally-grown and locally-made. We have a small but mighty home garden where we grow herbs, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, radishes, lettuce, microgreens, kale, and the occasional carrot and pepper, without a single pesticide. Although we have super busy schedules between work and school and activities, we’ve figured out a system that keeps our health and Honest Food way of life at the top of our priority list. I’m excited to share this with you and help you get there, too.
Why is Honest food important for you and your family?
Food changes everything. Honest food has the power to prevent, heal, and even reverse disease; it has the power to make our minds sharper, our bodies happier, our moods better, our sleep more restful, our aches and pains diminish (migraines and joint pain included). It gives us glowing skin, balanced hormones, and promotes fewer wrinkles. It makes weight loss and fitness easier. It strengthens our immune system so we’re not constantly battling colds and flu, and it does this for any age, at any age.
Processed, prepared, convenience, and fast foods do the opposite, causing disease from chronic inflammation, lowering our immune system and triggering seasonal allergies, food allergies, behavioral and concentration problems, and myriad autoimmune diseases like eczema, arthritis, heart disease, cancer, candida, and Crohn’s, just to name a few.
Remarkably though, even if you’ve spent a lifetime up to this point eating processed, prepared, convenience, and fast foods (like I did), your body and mind can begin to repair itself the minute you start eating clean, real, Honest food.
Let’s get you on that path to better health through better food! Head over to the Shop, and choose the path that’s right for you and your family. And please reach out directly to me via email if you have questions about anything – I’m just an email away!
What’s with the date on the logo?
February 14, 2007 is the date that set me on my own path to wellness; the date that led to the discovery of food allergies I’ve had my entire life but no one could diagnose until I was thirty-something; the date my life, my career, and my purpose changed. The heart is for the Valentine date on the logo, which also has a special family meaning, and the color green is for vegetables — you should eat more of them.