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Dee McCaffrey’s passion lies in teaching others how to shop, cook, and eat healthfully, while serving as a role model and inspiration for sustainable weight loss and healthy living.  Woven throughout her books, videos, seminars, cooking classes, and food products, is a personal message of hope, empowerment, and courage for making lasting lifestyle changes.

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Dee earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Chemistry from San Jose State University.  During her 19-year career as an organic analytical chemist, she moved up the industry ladder from bench chemist to laboratory supervisor to ultimately managing the entire quality assurance program for one of the nation’s leading environmental testing laboratories.
 
During the years in which she practiced chemistry, Dee became intimately familiar with the chemical names and toxic properties of the majority of common environmental pollutants, particularly those used in and on America’s food supply.  She made the connection that pesticides, preservatives, flavorings, colorings, and refined carbohydrates affect body chemistry in such a way that balanced health is difficult to sustain.  It was this understanding that led to a dramatic transformation in her life—she overcame a decades long battle with obesity by eliminating processed foods from her diet.  The result was a 100-pound weight loss, which she has sustained for twenty years.  During and after her weight loss, Dee spent countless hours reading nutrition books—educating herself on the most effective and balanced path to optimal health. She also spent a great deal of time in the kitchen creating healthier versions of her favorite comfort foods. During this time, Dee discovered a passion for helping others turn to nutrition as a means to better health.

In 2000, she returned to the classroom to become formally trained as a diet counselor and nutrition educator at Bauman College.  The curriculum she studied focused on nutritional therapies for achieving optimal health, and on health-supportive cooking, which is based on preparing balanced meals using high-quality ingredients that are whole, natural (as opposed to man-made), unprocessed or minimally processed, fresh, in-season, and organic whenever possible.
 
Since earning her certification in nutrition and diet counseling, Dee has become a trailblazer, coining the term “processed-free” to describe her nutrition philosophy of moving away from processed foods to eating foods in their closest-to-natural form.  Her private nutrition counseling practice specializes in personalized diet counseling to help clients find the right nutritional balance for their health goals and lifestyle. 

Her books Plan-D: The Amazing Anti-Diet That Will Change Your Life Forever and the accompanying Plan-D Cookbook: Flourless and Sugarless Cuisine have sold in the U.S., Canada, and overseas, helping thousands of people to change their approach to food, eating and balanced health. Her latest book The Science of Skinny; Start Understanding Your Body's Chemistry and Stop Dieting Forever (Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2012), is currently available in bookstores and online.  Her next book The Science of Skinny Cookbook (Da Capo Lifelong Books) will be released in July 2014.

She frequently conducts nutrition lectures and cooking classes at numerous bookstores and natural food markets, including Whole Foods Markets, Sprouts Farmers Market and Natural Grocer. As a sought after nutrition and weight loss expert, Woman’s World magazine has quoted Dee’s advice in several of their articles on healthy food products and cooking. Dee’s weight loss story, books, and recipes have been featured in local and national print, including Quick and Simple Magazine and Obesity Help Magazine. Dee has appears on numerous TV and radio shows throughout the U.S. and Canada, including The Doctors, Better TV, and The Dr. Steve Show.

Dee ran the Culinary World and was the featured expert at the annual American Diabetes Association Expo/Phoenix, one of the largest diabetes programs in the country, for three consecutive years from 2008 to 2010.   Each year, Dee educated thousands of audience members throughout the day with her fabulous recipes, cooking tips, and extensive nutrition knowledge focused on diabetes management and prevention.  She has also been a featured speaker at the Arizona Children’s Obesity Conference, The Mogollon Health Alliance Women’s Wellness Forum and the National Library of Traditional Medicine Conference.

Dee and her husband Michael McCaffrey are the founders of Processed-Free America, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing healthful education in nutrition, cooking, and implementing lifestyle changes for weight loss and optimal health.  To see Dee's top 20 food additives which should be banned from our food supply, and to sign her petition to make that case to the FDA, click here.

Dee is an adjunct faculty member in the nutrition department at The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona, and is a professional member of the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. She lives in Tempe, Arizona.

Radio, television, print, and online media personnel that wish to schedule an interview with Dee are to call 602-510-3404 or email media@processedfreeamerica.org.

 

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  • "Healthy Food, Healthy Planet."

    Marie-France H.,
    Palmetto, FL

  • "How dare our government allow the makers of our food supply to poison us."

    Catherine W.,
    Cumberland, WI

  • "Thank you for taking a real stand on health!"

    Whitney H.,
    Fort Worth, TX

  • "It is time the government stopped selling out "we the people" to businesses."

    Pamela I.,
    Cropwell, AL

  • "Keep up the good work."

    Geanine H.,
    Sacramento, CA

  • "I am so ready to sign this petition."

    Jean D.,
    Toms River, NJ

  • "Humanity's inalienable right to the natural, unadulterated foods given by the Creator is more important than the greed of food, drug and chemical corporations."

    Chavah A.,
    Taos, NM

  • "TOO MANY UNNATURAL SUBSTANCES = TOO MANY CANCERS!!...Unless a change is made to the laws, food manufacturers will continue to poison us with WHATEVER IT TAKES TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS THEY CAN!! Time to stop the insanity."

    Karen G.,
    Henrietta, NY

  • "I find it a travesty that in what used to be one of the richest countries in the world we have such a poorly regulated food supply."

    Julie S.,
    Birch Run, MI

  • "Best of luck with this important petition!"

    Scott E.,
    Cheshire, CT

  • "Thanks for keeping us informed! We need a watch dog over our food supply!"

    Cindy M.,
    Raleigh, NC

  • "Every single person should take the time to prepare healthy, nutritious meals for their families every day! ... Drag those kids and your spouse into the kitchen and create together!!"

    Ellen F.H.,
    Colton, OR

  • "Obesity is an epidemic in this country. Let's mandate healthy eating and stop poisoning our citizens."

    Tim W.,
    Ventura, CA

  • "This processed food is the killer for all human beings."

    Hadassah E.,
    Florida City, FL

  • "Have been on the no preservatives diet for 3 months now and have lost 10 pounds! I feel great!"

    Sallie G.,
    Conway, SC

  • "I have a chronic illness so it is very important to me that our food does not have toxins in it."

    Susie H.,
    Monroe, WI

  • "I am just now learning (about) all the stuff that is being put in our food. I am so shocked."

    Verna W.,
    Las Vegas, NV

  • "The U.K. & other countries get it right because they care. It's a disgrace that the U.S. doesn't use safe ingredients."

    Janice E.,
    Glendale, AZ

  • "As someone who struggles with weight, I would like to be proactive, not only in my own life, but also in the lives of others, which is why I decided to be a part of this petition. Thank you for informing me."

    Tekoa S.,
    Fullerton, CA

  • "What a positive change it has made in my life!"

    Judy E.,
    Sun City, AZ

  • "Everyone has a right to clean, clear, un-adulterated foods. It is not a privilege but a RIGHT!!"

    Ramana and Neil K.,
    Plano, TX

  • "Awareness is the beginning of change...thank you for your diligence in keeping us informed!"

    Elizabeth D.,
    Ft Worth, TX

  • "Let us as individuals take charge of our own health by making our food supply safe."

    Deborah Y.,
    Phoenix, AZ

  • "Thank you for your devotion to this issue."

    Silvia S.,
    Riverside, CA

  • "I think the government has to start to have the health and welfare of the people at heart. Putting chemicals and dangerous preservatives in our food is not in anyone's best interest."

    Diane W.,
    West Lawn, PA

  • "It is criminal and outrageous what's being done to our food here in America....It is your job to protect us, and STOP this greed-driven abuse NOW! Take a stand for the health of your citizens and their families, or remove yourself from office.

    Douglas G.
    Goleta, CA

  • "Processed food has made me sick ... I feel better since I don't eat it anymore."

    Mary Ann B.,
    Oak View, CA

  • "We must take action to protect our health."

    Delores W.,
    Kansas City, MO

  • "Being a nutritionist with a PHD, it is my goal to assist as many individuals as possible to live a healthy lifestyle. As more and more issues with health arise, it is evident that the foods we are consuming has toxic effects on us."

    Brenda B.,
    Mesa, AZ

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Processed-Free Support Groups!

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Dee on The Doctors!

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Dee on The Science of Skinny

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Dee on Dr. Steve Show NYC PIX11

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Science of Skinny Video Part 1: Dee's Story

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6 Important Foods for Weight Loss

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Dee on Better TV

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Food Additives to Avoid

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Slimming Mexican Cuisine

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Dee on Austin NBC

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A 2012 Intention

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Colleen's Success Story

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Another Success Story

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Buying Organic On Budget

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Sesame Tahini Logs

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Dee's Favorite Breakfast

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Make a Healthy Thanksgiving Feast

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Sweet Halloween Treat

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Healthy Eating for Kids

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Food Label Reading

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Healthy Treat for Kids

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Healthy Greek Turkey Burgers

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Healthy French Toast

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Dee on CBS

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Yummy Stir Fried Rice

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Dee's First TV Appearance

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Processed-Free Chocolate Treats

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Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup

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Dee on Plan-D

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About Plan-D Online Course

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