Dayna Mcleod has prepared exceptional meals for the world’s most elite celebrities. Her culinary creations have graced the plates of Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Steven Spielberg and Gwyneth Paltrow, but nothing makes her happier than watching her 5 year-old daughter devour a healthful serving of organic fruits and veggies from her local farmer’s market.
A chef who works her magic for private clients as well as sharing her knowledge at the California Health and Longevity Institute, Dayna is at the forefront of the clean lifestyle movement. She works hand-in-hand with registered dietitians, teaching classes and leading demonstrations in the wellness kitchen, made famous on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.
Dayna’s expert knowledge of plant-based diets reflects a lifelong love of global travel. Extensive traveling has taken Dayna through France, Greece, Italy, Thailand and South America and her approach to healthy food has been shaped by the more than 40 countries she has visited throughout her career. Dayna’s experience in customizing menus to individual dietary preferences, including gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan regimens has made her a natural advocate of healthy and clean culinary enjoyment.
A regular at all six of Santa Barbara’s farmer’s markets, Dayna is passionate about using locally and sustainably sourced food. She’s often spotted sharing recipes with very the farmers she supports.
More than 50 of her unique recipes can be found in the New York Times Bestseller The Lean: A Revolutionary (and Simple!) 30-Day Plan for Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss By author Kathy Freston.
As a mother, Dayna learned early on that diet and lifestyle play a significant role in one’s overall health. When her daughter was born in 2007, doctors predicted that she would not survive 24 hours. Then they warned Dayna and her husband that she would live with significant brain damage and cerebral palsy. Thus triggering Dayna’s impassioned exploration into the world of wellness, nutrition and health as a way to compliment the necessary medical treatments.
Nearly five years later, their daughter is an exceptionally healthy little girl – a bundle of energy running circles around her parents. While her development and recovery is largely due to a successful early intervention program, Dayna attributes much of her daughter’s healing and strength to the transformative power of a plant-based diet.
Dayna’s love of clean, healthy food is contagious. Sharing what she has learned about preparing quality meals and achieving a balanced lifestyle is the next natural step in her journey. She is available for personalized health coaching, expert commentary on plant-based diets, private cooking classes and catering. Dayna lives with her husband and daughter in Santa Barbara, California.
Dayna is available for tv and event appearances, personal consultations, speaking engagements, tours through Santa Barbaras farmers market and other culinary tours.