Dana James

Dana James

Triple Board Certified Functional Nutritionist

Dana James, MS, CNS, CDN is a Columbia University-educated nutritional therapist and founder of Food Coach NYC. She holds her Masters in Clinical Nutrition and is trained in nutrition biochemistry, functional medicine and cognitive behavioral therapy. She believes that food should be viewed as nourishing, joyful and fundamental to self-care. Her goal is to help women break their antagonist (and often obsessive) relationship with food and their body. She believes that true beauty stems from grace, dignity and embracing our idiosyncrasies that make us unique and imperfect.

Dana created "How to Ditch Sugar" video series for mindbodygreen. Check out the program here: How to Ditch Sugar.

Dana coaches one-to-one, runs workshops in NYC and LA, and holds teleseminars on various topics that help women lead a more beautiful and balanced life. To connect more with Dana, check out her Instagram account and sign up for her bi-weekly Sunday evening emails.

Practices and Articles


What is your wellness philosophy?

Shame and self-worth are the opposite side of the same coin. Unless you address the upsets from childhoods, your masks and coping strategies will limit all of your relationships, including that to food.

What brought you into wellness?

I’ve been in the industry since 2002! I was seeking answers for myself — I wanted to know how to lose weight and have pretty skin. All superficial but that eventually lead me to the mind and how our thoughts influence our hormones, body shape and eating behaviors. It would culminate in me connecting self-worth to eating habits and body shape. I discuss all of this in my upcoming book, The Archetype Diet.

What does You. We. All. mean to you?

Influencing the collective consciousness through your own individual consciousness.

What's your favorite ritual?

Daily bathing with rose petals and sea salt.