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 you heal autoimmune disease naturally through a whole body, food-as-medicine approach in a few different ways:
- Wellness programs that help you prevent, manage, heal, and reverse damage caused by food allergies, type II diabetes, heart disease, cancer, obesity, and autoimmune disease.
- Group and Individual Cooking lessons that show you how simple (and delicious) holistic cooking can be.
- Free resources, like eBooks; real food recipes; and natural living tips when you sign up for my newsletter.
My journey to wellness
I started my career in marketing, doing neat things like making documentaries for Disney, copywriting and graphic design. All of that changed about a decade ago when I discovered I had the most bizarre combination of food allergies to legumes (beans, soy, peanuts, gums), some tree nuts, a few melons, and a handful of other unexpected foods that flipped my world upside down. I suddenly had to cook everything from scratch – literally – so, I enrolled in culinary school to learn as much as I could about food, cooking, nutrition, and food allergies. As I started cooking from scratch and eating clean that first week of school, I realized the path to good health begins with food, and that healthy cooking is actually pretty simple when someone shows you how.
After graduating at the top of my culinary class, I enrolled in graduate school for a Master’s Degree in Holistic Health and Nutrition Education, worked as freelance food writer and recipe developer, an executive chef, and a culinary and nutrition instructor for Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. In 2016 I launched This Honest Food as a way to help others naturally heal from their autoimmune disease, just like I did, using a whole-body, food-as-medicine approach to better health. We’ll be opening our first teaching kitchen in the fall of 2017.
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.
The path to good health is simple, and whether you’re experiencing chronic health problems from food allergies like me, or you’ve been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease like Rheumatoid Arthritis or Crohn’s, or a lifestyle disease like Heart Disease or Diabetes, healing starts with food, always.
The programs I’ve developed are based on the holistic techniques and honest foods that helped me heal the damage from years of eating processed foods I thought were healthy, and years of being misdiagnosed by conventional medicine.
Healing with food takes effort, it requires cooking from scratch and eating clean, and it also means questioning conventional medicine, mainstream media, and digging deeper. Your health is in your hands. You can do this, and I’m here to help.
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 please reach out 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.