About Donna

photo Michael Brian

Donna Sonkin Shaw is a Holistic Health Coach and Chef who is dedicated to making health and nutrition taste delicious with her signature brand of “Healthy Comfort Food”. She is currently a finalist in season 10 of the Food Network’s “Food Network Star”. She grew up a chubby girl on long island and learned to cook from her first teacher and mentor – her beloved grandmother – at 9 years old. When Donna discovered boys at around age 12 she decided she wanted to lose weight, which lead to 7 years at fat camp and a tumultuous relationship with food. As a result of having overcome these early challenges, one of her greatest joys is lecturing to high school students about empowerment, body image and self-love.

Donna understands the struggles of everyday eating and seeks to empower her clients to heal their own bodies and achieve vibrant health by providing them with support and counseling as well as delicious recipes and eating tips that provide true satisfaction. Donna believes we were given our taste buds for a reason and that enjoyment is a critical part of healthy eating. She teaches her clients how to cook, shop and eat healthfully and how to make great exercise choices.

Donna specializes in issues around emotional eating and believes each person requires their own unique, holistic approach for health, nutrition and lifestyle choices. She is a strong believer in the concept of listening to your own body’s special needs in order to live a happy, healthy life.

Donna is a certified holistic health coach accredited with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and has appeared as a holistic health, nutrition and quick weight loss expert on WCBS channel 2 news and the WCBS morning show “The Couch”. Donna is a recognized expert in Oprah.com, CNN.com, the NY Post and the Huffington Post.

Donna graduated with honors from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, where she studied with leading wellness educators including Drs. Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra, Barry Sears, Walter C. Willett, and Joseph Mercola; and leaders in personal growth such as Geneen Roth, Debbie Ford, and Iyanla Vanzant, among others.

Donna has also completed an advanced accreditation in Integrative Nutrition and Health Counseling at Teachers’ College at Columbia University and in 2011 she attended the esteemed Culinary Institute of America’s Professional Chef Program.

Donna’s “Get Thin for the Camera” program helps actors, models, authors, performers of all types get thin and healthy in an enjoyable way. Over the past 7 years her business has expanded to work with everyone else from busy moms to high power executives.

Donna has offered lectures and corporate workshops to undergraduate students in New York University’s Atlantic Theater Company program and at SUNY Purchase, to first-year associates at Credit Suisse, to doctors at Cornell affiliate Wyckoff Hospital, to middle school students at The School at Columbia University, executives at Johnson & Johnson, Saatchi& Saatchi, Physique 57, SciMedMedia and to the Girl Scouts of America.  She has offered her six-week intensive “Get Fit for the Camera” program at acting studios including One On One Productions and Stella Adler in New York City and has taught nutrition classes at the Monologue Audition Intensive, led by director Karen Kohlhaas. She has worked with new, young models at Elite Model Management’s “Model Camp” and teaches private cooking classes.


Donna Before

“I know that I look like a 40 year old mortgage broker from L.I. in this photo , but I was actually 11 years old …miserable and eating 5 candy bars a day! If I can get thin for the camera… anyone can.”