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 Bio and Press

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.


Although Alissa has pioneered the raw food industry, she also possesses an extensive background with a wealth of experience and expertise in a myriad of healing arts such as polarity therapy, cranio-sacral and regression therapy, relationship and tantric coaching, energy and shamanistic healing. She is an herbalist, nutritionist, homeopath, fitness trainer, yoga therapist, transformational breath facilitator and intuitive guide.


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.

Her 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. 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 55 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.

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