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Alissa Cohen is a leading authority on whole health and vibrant living. An internationally recognized author, speaker, and educator, Alissa has been living a holistic lifestyle and teaching others how to do the same since 1986. As a teacher, she is known to connect with the hearts and minds of her students while teaching people the secret to elevating every area of their lives.
Alissa has studied extensively in the healing arts as a practicing polarity therapist, cranio-sacral therapist, regression therapist, color therapist, herbalist, nutritionist, homoeopath, fitness trainer, yoga therapist, relationship coach, artist and more
Alissa first gained an international reputation for her books and courses, distributed through the U.S., Canada, England, Australia, South Korea and many other parts of the world
Covering every aspect of vibrant living, her books and programs catapulted her into the international limelight, landing her an appearance on the Today show, The Tyra Banks show, an “Ask Alissa” column and a worldwide following that looks to her for healthy living advice and self-development.
Alissa’s devoted following includes thousands of people throughout the world who have healed themselves of a myriad of diseases, maintained successful weight losses, and created lasting changes physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Alissa’s deep knowledge and enthusiasm for living a healthy lifestyle has attracted major media attention. Since appearing on NBC’s Today show in August 2005 as a nutrition expert, promoting the benefits of raw food for its “10 Secrets for Staying Young” segment, Alissa has appeared on numerous television and radio shows as well as magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and abroad.
Alissa’s first book, Living on Live Food, is the most comprehensive, accessible, and practical book on raw food ever to come into print. Aimed at a mass audience, these recipes are user friendly, cognizant of modern life’s time constraints, and require only common household appliances such as a blender or a food processor. Most of all, the recipes celebrate food that gives us joy beyond the moment of consumption. Fashioned with Alissa’s sense for combining food textures and flavors, these dishes look great and taste delicious.
The book, first published in 2004, is now in its eighth edition, and is considered by many an essential and indispensable how-to guide. Her second book, Raw Food for Everyone, was released in 2010 from Penguin Publishing. The recipes in this book are taken from Alissa’s restaurants, Grezzo, where they saw widespread popularity.
At 52 years old, Alissa has been eating and promoting a healthy diet for most of her life. Though her passion for food and fitness has helped thousands of people achieve fantastic health, her deeply rooted background in spiritual therapies has been woven into the structure of all of her teachings, and remains the foundation for Alissa’s life changing events. Over the last thirty years, numerous people have been touched by Alissa’s special brand of lifestyle enrichment.