Real food, simply prepared, cooked from scratch, clean eating, food as medicine — I call it Honest Food.
Hello there, I’m Dawn Viola, a chef, culinary nutrition expert, and founder of This Honest Food. I help people who want to make smarter food choices ditch processed food, upgrade their fridge and pantry, cook easy-healthy meals at home, and transform their health through better food.
Whether you’re managing diabetes, heart disease, cancer, autoimmunity, or simply interested in healthy cooking, This Honest Food is a judgement-free zone where we create healthy versions of your favorite foods, explore healthy cooking techniques, talk about foods that heal and how to better manage those that don’t, and connect with like-minded, clean eating kindred spirits.
Every health journey begins with food, because food changes everything.
Using food to heal my body and reverse the damage caused from years of misdiagnosed food allergies, I made a pledge to myself (which you can read here) to make one small healthy change, every day; to crowd out processed foods and make whole, nourishing foods a priority; to be more adventurous in the kitchen; to make smoothies my official drink, and to eat more vegetables. These changes allowed my body to work smarter, not harder, and I immediately began to heal from the inside out. You can read more about my food allergies and my fight with food here, and at the Orlando Sentinel.
One small change, every day, is all it takes to make a big impact on your health and well being. Explore the Blog and Free Resources, and discover how easy it is to crowd out processed foods, cook from scratch, and start making a positive impact.
As you take a look around, you’ll find a variety of helpful ways you can ditch processed food, too:
- Wellness programs that help you understand how food plays a significant role in preventing and managing disease. (coming soon!)
- Instagram Cooking Stories that show you how simple (and delicious) from-scratch cooking can be.
- Free resources, like eBooks, real food recipes, and natural living tips.
I have a Master’s degree in Health and Nutrition Education, am a classically trained chef, a former Le Cordon Bleu culinary and nutrition instructor, and a published author/food writer. I also have a background in marketing, and film production.
In addition to developing and testing recipes for my blog, I often partner with organizations and brands who share my same honest food philosophy. I also often compete in professional cooking competitions. The most fun I’ve ever had at a competition was when I appeared on Food Network. I spent two days filming Cooks vs. Cons, and won the grand prize. You can read more about my Food Network adventure here, and can catch reruns of the episode on Amazon.