~Imagine waking up to a life free from chronic pain caused by lupus, fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel, gout, neuropathy, or back pain, or from other pain that has kept you from living life to its fullest. The right food combinations will restore your cells and energy, making you feel excited about life again.~  

"Finding a New Normal with Your Chronic Pain"

Defining your new normal with chronic pain means you deserve to be selfish! Chef A'Donna will show you how to properly grieve the life you had before your condition, shut out the outside world, and show compassion for yourself. She will give you her top tips for effectively monitoring your chronic pain so that you can be your own best advocate at the doctor’s office. She will also help you create your safe zones inside and outside the kitchen. Includes a cooking demo with fresh foods curated with your chronic pain in mind and designed to fuel your new body. 

Talk: 20 minutes

Culinary Medicine Demo: 35 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes 

"Are You Really Cheating Yourself with Your Cheat Meal?"

Cheat meals can taste like pieces of heaven! However, what you don't realize is that even a small bite of your favorite food can wreak havoc on your body. Chef A'Donna will discuss the impact that the perception of cheat meals has had on us, how your favorite food is preventing your body from healing, how to cheat the right way, and how to recover from a cheat meal. Includes a cooking demo that offers easy substitutions you can create to enjoy your favorite meal without inducing a flare-up of your condition. 

Talk: 15 minutes

Culinary Medicine Demo: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

"Stress Management 101"

Every day, stress consumes us. Our bodies are in a constant state of stress due to everything from the foods we eat to the air we inhale. In addition, our minds face constant stress from chronic pain, the influence of the media, and the relationships in our lives. Chef A'Donna will teach you methods of controlling stress – methods that are easy to implement into your daily life. Includes a cooking demo tailored to invoke a sense of peace and relaxation.

Talk: 20 minutes

Culinary Medicine Demo: 30 minutes

Total: 50 minutes

"An Intro to Alternative Healing Methods"

The world of alternative healing methods is vast. Many ancient and new-age remedies are proving to be extremely effective; some are emotional and some are physical. Chef A'Donna will provide an overview of alternative healing methods. She will also help you determine when to consider alternative healing methods and which method – or combination of methods – is right for you. Includes a cooking demo connected to one of the healing models explored. 

Talk: 30 minutes

Culinary Medicine Demo: 30 minutes

Total: 1 hour 

*General Venue Requirements

-Hands-free microphone (lavalier or countryman)

-Camera to project the chef’s expert actions onto your screen/monitor for easy audience viewing

-Two - 6 foot tables 

-Access to a power source

*Your event may require more or less. Complete requirements will be determined during the booking process.