Chef AJ has been devoted to a plant-based diet for almost 40 years. She is the host of the television series Healthy Living with Chef AJ which airs on Foody TV. With her comedy background, she has made appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and more. A chef, culinary instructor and professional speaker, she is author of the popular book Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight, which chronicles her journey from a junk-food vegan faced with a diagnosis of pre-cancerous polyps, to learning how to create foods that nourish and heal the body.
Based in Los Angeles, Chef AJ teaches a monthly sold-out seminar, and teaches how to create meals to transform health, how to deal with cravings and food addiction and addresses the emotional side of eating. She is the creator of the Ultimate Weight Loss Program, was the executive pastry chef at Sante Restaurant, creator of Healthy Taste of LA and the YouTube cooking show, The Chef and the Dietitian, and is proud to say that her IQ is higher than her cholesterol. Chef AJ holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University and is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
Lectures and Consultations for the 2016 Cruise
Keynote Lecture: The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss
At one time Chef AJ weighed 180 pounds, over 60 pounds more than she weighs now. Even though she has been a vegan for almost 40 years, a slim physique had always eluded her. Until now. Whether you are losing the battle of the bulge, or just have a wee bit of pudge, Chef AJ will teach you how you, too, can finally lose those extra pounds easily, healthfully and deliciously. Chef AJ will share her personal struggles with food addiction and how she recovered. The science behind weight loss will be presented as well as cooking techniques for maximum weight loss. This is one talk you won’t want to miss.
Lecture: How to Eat Healthfully - ANYWHERE!
Many of us eat pretty healthfully when we are at home. And it’s super easy to eat healthy when we’re sailing with the Holistic Holiday at Sea. But what about when we aren’t at home or are taking other vacations? From the candy dish at the office to the buttered popcorn at the movie theater, there is temptation pretty much everywhere we turn. And as a vegan, going to parties, dining at restaurants or eating at other people’s homes who aren’t vegan can sometimes be a challenge. And what about traveling? How can you find anything healthy to eat at the Memphis airport? This can be challenging enough when you’re merely a vegan, but what if you have further dietary restrictions such as Kosher or gluten-free, or you have food allergies? Chef AJ has many of these restrictions too, yet she has mastered all of these situations with her usual aplomb and will give you time-tested tips and tricks so that you can eat healthfully ANYWHERE!
Cooking Class: Chef AJ's Favorite UNPROCESSED Recipes
Un·proc·essed, adjective - unaltered from an original or natural state; not processed. Did you know that Americans eat over 92% of their calories from animal products and processed foods, and less than 10% from fruits and vegetables? Most Americans eat 67-72% of their calories from processed foods and some vegans eat 100% of their calories from processed food. As the author of UNPROCESSED, Chef AJ will teach you why it's so important to eat food that is from a plant instead of food that has been manufactured in a plant. With nary a can, box, bottle or bag, you will learn and sample some of Chef AJ's favorite UNPROCESSED recipes free of sugar, oil and salt.
Cooking Class: Satisfy your Sweet Tooth - Without Using Sugar!
Did you know that Americans eat over 150 pounds of sugar, PER PERSON, per year? And sugar is linked to just about every disease there is, from tooth decay to heart disease and even cancer. Chef AJ was a severe sugar addict for 43 years, which caused her to be obese and have the beginnings of colon cancer. Free from sugar, real and fake, in all its insidious forms for 13 years, she now uses the fruit, the WHOLE FRUIT, and nothing but the whole fruit to sweeten all of her creations. Chef AJ was the former executive vegan pastry chef at Sante Restaurant in Los Angeles, where all of her decadent creations were made without sugar, oil or salt. In this fun, delicious class you will not only be able to healthfully indulge your sweet tooth, but you’ll learn many tips and tricks to help you overcome sugar addiction.
Cooking Class: Breakfast - Thinking Outside the Cereal Box
Why settle for cold cereal from a box? Breakfast can be your most important meal of the day, and it’s important to get your day off to a good start. You’ll want foods that not only deliver maximum nutrition, but also keep you satisfied as you power through your day. Why not try something fresh as you add some new recipes to your repertoire? Join Chef AJ for this energetic class where you’ll learn to see your breakfast in a whole new light.
Cooking Boot Camp: Ultimate Weight Loss: Your Recipes for Success - $150/person, 2 hours 30 min.
If you have seen Chef AJ's keynote lecture about the "Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss," you are probably familiar with the concept of "eating to the left of the red line." In this fun, interactive cooking class, Chef AJ will show you how delicious these figure-friendly foods can be. Even if you don't need to lose weight, the recipes are all made from healthy, whole plant foods, and your whole family will love them. You will learn that by simply choosing the right foods, you truly can eat more and weigh less. And do it healthfully and deliciously!
Consultation: Losing Weight the Unprocessed Way - Individual or Couple Coaching Session - $250/session, 60 min.
Have you ever been frustrated when you’re eating plant-perfect, but you just can’t get the scale to budge? Or maybe you’re wrestling with food addictions that make sticking to your diet a constant struggle. As someone who has dealt with both of these issues, Chef AJ has successfully achieved and maintained a 50-pound weight loss. She has helped her students overcome their challenges to achieve real results in both health and weight loss. Don’t believe the myth that getting to your desired weight means depriving yourself and being hungry all the time. Even if you’re already at your ideal weight, Chef AJ can teach you how to set yourself up for success so you will continue to thrive on a plant-based diet. In this private coaching session, Chef AJ will work with you to devise the perfect plan tailored to your needs. You will leave the hour session energized, inspired and with a renewed sense of hope.