• November 10, 2017

    The Academy of Plant Based Nutrition and Cooking

    Avoid Getting sidetracked during the holiday season, often called the season of gluttony.

    Presentation, culinary tips and cooking demo

  • November 5, 2017

    Nutrition Science; Garden to Table

    The Chopping Block, Chicago, IL

  • October 26, 2017

    The Academy of Plant Based Nutrition and Cooking

    Demystifying Nutrition Myths, Tour of the Nutritionists Kitchen, Cooking Demo

  • October 9, 2017

    What Is Wellness? A Physician, Nutritionist and a Yoga Expert Speak

    Highland Park, IL

  • October 4, 2017

    Secrets of Longevity from Those Who Have Lived the Longest

    International Lake Forest Club, Lake Forest, IL

  • September 28, 2017

    Food for Thought; Feed Your Brain Presentation

    National Louis University, Skokie IL

  • September 23, 2017

    Fall Cooking Demos

    The Olive Tap, Long Grove Village, IL

  • July 27, 2017

    An Evening That Will Educate and Inspire You to Achieve Sustainable Change!

    Essential Evolution Holistic Wellness Center

  • June 22, 2017

    Omega-3 By Land and Sea; Plus a Short Demo with W-3 Nutrient Dense Foods

    Presentation at “You As Medicine” Integrative Meet Up/Highland Park

  • June 21, 2017

    Plant Based Nutrition for Life Group/Summer Solstice Dinner and Presentation

    Highland Park, IL

  • June 15, 2017

    Presentation to SCORE mentors, “The Trials and Tribulations of Becoming an Author”

    Ogilvie Transportation Center, Chicago IL

  • June 9, 2017

    The Academy of Plant Based Cooking Class

    Highland Park, IL

  • June 4, 2017

    Nutrition Science from Populations to Plates

    The Chopping Block, Chicago IL

  • June 3, 2017

    “Real Food for Healthy People” Wins National Discovery Aware in the Category of Nutrition

    Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York

  • May 18 – 27, 2017

    Host of Culinary and Lifestyle Trip

    Naples Italy and the Amalfi Coast of Italy.  See details here.

  • May 10, 2017

    Nutrition Myths Vs. Fact

    Dickenson Hall, Lake Forest, IL

  • April 6, 2017

    Keynote Speaker with Dr. Stephen Devries

    Oak Park, IL

  • March 30, 2017

    Secrets of Longevity from The Blue Zones of the World and Book Signing

    Alliance for Lifelong Living, Sarasota FL

  • March 29, 2017

    The Role of Nutrition in Reversing Chronic Illness

    Sarasota Hospital and Blood Bank, Sarasota Fl

  • February 24, 2017

    Food, Mood and Cognition

    Oakton College

  • February 16, 2017

    The Crisis of Chronic Illness and the Role of Nutrition to Reverse the Trend

    Chicago Public Library

  • February 7, 2017

    The Pharmacy in Your Kitchen

    Infinity Foundation

  • January 30, 2017

    Nutrition Myths Vs. Facts – Presentation

    Plant Based Nutrition for Life MeetUp

  • January 28, 2017

    Keynote Speaker: Healthy Highland Park Health Fair and Book Signing

  • January 21, 2017

    Myth Vs. Fact workshop, Cooking Demo and Book Signing

    Essential Evolution, Highland Park, IL

  • January 14, 2017

    Fighting Inflammation with Food and Spices and Book Signing

    Love that Spice, Highland Park, IL

  • November 19, 2016

    Keynote Speaker with Dr. Kim Williams – A Vegan Thanksgiving

    Chicago, IL

  • November 15, 2016

    Plant Based Cooking Demo

    Plant Based Nutrition for Life MeetUp

  • November 4 – 5, 2016

    Food, Mood and Cognition

    Illinois Counselors Association, Springfield, IL

  • November 1, 2016

    Gluten Free Presentation

    The Infinity Foundation, Highland Park, IL

  • October 23, 2016

    Nutrition Counseling and Hands-On Demo with CEU Credits for Physicians

    Kendall College, Chicago, IL

  • September 20, 2016

    Emerging Trends in Nutrition

    Lake Forest, IL

  • August 18 - 21, 2016

    Cooking Demos and presentation on The Value of the Mediterranean Diet

    Addison, IL

  • August 13, 2016

    Book Signing

    Northbrook Library, Northbrook, IL

  • August 4, 2016

    The Infinity Foundation

    Medicinal and Culinary Use of Spices.  Enroll here.

  • July 20, 2016

    Transitioning to a Plant Based Diet

    Highland Park, IL

  • July 13, 2016

    The Crisis of Chronic Illness & the Power of Nutrition for Reversing the Trend

    Wheeling, IL

  • June 27, 2016

    The Infinity Foundation

    Food demo – healthy summer grilling.  Enroll here.

  • June 25, 2016

    Plant-Based Food Demo and Book Signing

    The Olive Tap, Long Grove Village, IL

  • May 25, 2016

    “You as Medicine; An Integrative Approach to Optimal Health”

    Integrative Nutritionist Carol D’Anca presents on small dietary changes that can give big results.

  • May 21, 2016

    Book Fair at Highland Park Public Library

    Book Signing

  • May 7, 2016

    Milwaukee Veg Expo

    Integrative Nutritionist presents at noon and has a book signing.  Details can be accessed here.

  • May 5, 2016 - 5:00 – 9:00 PM

    “Raising Awareness and Inspiring Change” Presentation

    Group presentation at The Chart House, Sarasota Florida hosted by Don 411 Media Group

  • May 5, 2016 - Noon

    Emerging Trends in Nutrition Presentation – Suncoast Hospital

    Group presentation to hospital staff and donors on the many benefits of plant based nutrition and book signing

  • May 4, 2016 - 5:00 – 9:00 PM

    Wellness Evening with Merrill Lynch and the Food Emporium, hosted by Stephen Fancher

    Carol D’Anca presents the benefits of plant based nutrition and has a book signing

  • May 4, 2016 - Noon

    Media Round Table

    Presenter, Carol D’Anca Discusses the Many Uses of Social Media for Outreach Educational Programs

  • April 30, 2016

    Second “Academy” cooking class opens – “The Pharmacy in Your Kitchen”

    Carol D’Anca hosts the second class of spring with education on the preventative and healing qualities of plant based food. Hands on cooking class to include dinner recipes followed by lunch with the group and book signing. Join us here.

  • April 16, 2016

    Northshore Veg Fest at National Louis University and book signing

    Carol D’Anca hosts the first annual “Veg Fest” with educational exhibits and Dr. Terry Mason, COO Public Health of Cook County as speaker

  • April 10, 2016

    Radio interview on QE4 Chicago Radio station

    Discussing the upcoming Veg Fest on The Mike Nowak Show

  • April 9, 2016

    “The Academy for Plant Based Nutrition and Cooking” opens

    Semi-private class includes “tour of the nutritionists kitchen” culinary tips, breakfast and lunch ideas, followed by a group lunch and book signing. Find out more.

  • March 15, 2016

    Panel Discussion with Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn

    Nutritionist Carol D’Anca participates in group panel sharing her perspectives on working with the community and developing an educational outreach program

  • February 16, 2016

    Panel Discussion at Rush University Healthcare System – Plant Based Nutrition

    Nutritionist Carol D’Anca and Cardiologists Dr. Kim Williams and Dr. Stephen Devries offer their perspectives on plant based nutrition and take questions from medical and nursing students.

  • February 11, 2016

    “Micronutrients on the Menu,” Plant Based Nutrition Presentation and Cooking Demo at United Hospital System and book signing

    Presentation for cardiac care patients and the general community.  Read more here.

  • January 30, 2016

    Addressing Inflammation with Healing Spices

    Culinary tips for how to use healing spices to reduce inflammation.

  • January 20, 2016

    Understanding Diabetes; New Ideas on a Serious Epidemic

    Presentation to Plant Based Nutrition for Life group in Highland Park. Details can be accessed here.

  • January 13, 2016

    Emerging Trends in Nutrition

    Integrative nutritionist Carol D’Anca presents to the Lifelong Learning Group at noon at National Louis University

  • January 11, 2016

    “Real Food for Healthy People, a recipe and resource guide” becomes available through Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, Apple iBooks!

    Purchase here.

  • December 11, 2015

    Healthy Holiday Cooking Class at “Love That Spice”


  • October 23 – November 1st

    Culinary and Lifestyle Experience – The Amalfi Coast of Italy

    This is the second trip offered in 2015 for small groups to experience the “real” Italy, to cook with Neapolitan chefs and to learn the secrets of longevity from living the Italian lifestyle. Carol D’Anca’s family of origin resides in the Amalfi Coast area. She has dual citizenship with Italy and offers an “inside look” on a healthy lifestyle and outlook on life.

  • October 15, 2015

    The Infinity Foundation

    A short course in plant based nutrition

  • September 23, 2015

    Wellness week for employees at multiple campuses for Gateway Technical College

    “Why Plant Based Nutrition and Its Benefits”

  • February 4, 2015

    Recipes For Winter Doldrums

    A recent Saturday afternoon loomed large and grey on my calendar. It was way too cold to be outdoors for longer than it takes to get from the garage to the back door of my house. My husband and kids were busy. My friends were busy. My dog was practically embedded in the sofa. And I was binged out on Netflix. I wanted to go somewhere, do something, create something. And then I saw a listing for a cooking class at Elawa Farm in Lake Forest … It was the perfect antidote to winter doldrums. Read the rest of the story at Recipes For Winter Doldrums and try the recipes for the cure!

  • January, 2015

    New Cooking School Opens at Elawa Farms

    Hippocrates said “let food be thy medicine, let medicine be thy food,” and integrative nutritionist Carol D’Anca couldn’t agree more. Dedicated to arming individuals with the knowledge and skills to integrate plant based nutrition into their diets, D’Anca is proud to announce she will be moving her cooking school to Elawa Farm, with a kick-off class on January 24th from 1-3 p.m. Continue reading the story at New Cooking School Opens at Elawa Farms.

  • June 21, 2014

    Plant Based Nutrition Workshop #2 at Elawa Farms

    Plant Based Nutrition Workshop at Elawa Farms/Lake Forest, IL
  • June 1, 2014

    The Heart of Wellness

    An Experiential Workshop with lecture, tai chi and cooking demonstration.
  • May 17, 2014

    Plant Based Nutrition Workshop at Elawa Farms.

    Plant Based Nutrition Workshop at Elawa Farms/Lake Forest, IL
  • Oct. 19 - 29, 2014

    Culinary Trip to Bari Italy

    A Culinary and Lifestyle Trip to the Region of Bari Italy – 10 days and 9 nights. For more information: www.buonviaggioitalia.com

  • Oct. 21, 2013

    Chicago, IL

    Individuals in the Chicago, IL area will have the opportunity to attend a variety of presentations, book signings and special events offered by celebrated author and board certified nutritionist, Carol D’Anca. A recognized authority on plant-based nutrition and Italian cuisine, she specializes in helping people eat a flavorful Mediterranean style diet that helps avert heart disease.

  • Nov. 14, 2013

    Highland Park, IL

    A highly sought speaker and founder of The Academy of Plant Based Nutrition Cooking School, D’Anca will present “Tour of the Olive Tap Flavored Balsamic Vinegars” on Nov. 14, 2013 in Highland Park, IL. Attendees will participate in a taste testing and she will demonstrate new and innovative ways to use vinegars for health and wellness.
  • Dec. 7, 2013

    Book Signing and Author’s Presentation

    D’Anca will hold a book signing and author’s presentation for her newest publication, “Food Not Meds”, currently available on Amazon.com in a Kindle edition. The signing will be held at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. On November 7th, she will be at the Eileen Fisher Women’s Wellness Event at 2 p.m., to be held at Central Avenue Highland Park.
  • From April 22-May 1, 2014

    Amalfi Coast, Italy

    D’Anca is also the organizer and host of Culinary and Lifestyle Trips to Italy. She received culinary training in Italy and uses her extensive expertise to introduce others to the traditional Italian foods and healthy eating habits. Italy has one of the lowest cancer and heart disease rates in the world. D’Anca will host her next Culinary and Lifestyle Trip Experience at the Amalfi Coast in Italy from April 22-May 1, 2014.

The renowned nutrition specialist has shared the stage at speaking engagements with such noted experts as Dr. Stephen Devries, the executive director of the Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology; Dr. Terry Mason. COO public health for Cook County, Dr. Kevin Fullin, Chief of Staff at United Health Systems and Dr. Kim Williams, President of the American College of Cardiology.

The board certified nutritionist has 20 years of experience in the medical field and a number of advanced degrees. She conducts a variety of educational events and speaking engagements and is the organizer of a large urban educational and support group, Plant Based Nutrition for Life, that meets monthly in Chicago to assist people seeking to prevent or reverse chronic disease.

Fans can follow D’Anca’s blog to find tips on a variety of topics and recipes. Visitors can register on this site to receive her newsletter. She’s active on Facebook, Meetup, YouTube and Twitter.

D’Anca can be reached by phone at 847-894-7581 or via email at info@foodnotmeds.com. For more information, visit the website at http://foodnotmeds.com.

About Carol D’Anca

Carol D’Anca is a nutritionist certified by the Certification Board of Nutrition Specialists, holds a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Nutrition, is a Licensed Dietician Nutritionist and is the author of Food Not Meds. She’s a member of the American Nutrition Association and the Institute for Functional Medicine. D’Anca is the founder of The Academy of Plant Based Nutrition Cooking School, and the organizer and host of Culinary and Lifestyle Trips to Italy. The only female officer of an international medical device corporation, she left at the peak of her career to lead her immensely popular cooking trips to Italy and to set up her private practice for Food, not Meds. Dedicated to preventing and reversing heart disease, she conducts webinars, cooking demonstrations and private consultations. D’Anca is a popular speaker, frequently consulted for her expertise. She’s been featured on eHeath Radio, The American Heart Association, National Blogsites and is a guest speaker at conferences in Chicago, IL and beyond, often sharing the spotlight with nationally known physicians.

“Real Food for Healthy People; a recipe and resource guide”



June 3, 2017 – Today, CJ Lyons, New York Times and USA Today bestselling indie author of twenty-one novels announced the winners of the 2017 annual IndieReader Discovery Awards (IRDAs) at BookExpo America (BEA), a major trade show in New York City. “Real Food for Healthy People” written by Carol D’Anca MS, LDN, CNS, won in the Nutrition category.
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