My name is Andrea (Drea) Anoka. I am the head chef and owner of The Alkalign Lifestyle Cafe.
I am a Midwest Native – born in Iowa and raised in Minnesota –
and gravitated toward the California lifestyle. I am a foodie at heart
who fell in love with nourishing my body, mind, and soul through food.
I am a fitness model, athlete, muse, holistic health and wellness coach, and a professional chef. I founded and operate The Alkalign Lifestyle Cafe. I have an extensive background in health and wellness with a B.S. in Health Sciences from Arizona State University, a Graduate Certificate in Life Coaching from Grand Canyon University, and 18+ years in the food and beverage, catering, and hospitality industries.
I was also the raw vegan chef and health educator at An Oasis of Healing Cancer Care Clinic, helping cancer patients heal from their disease and learn the foundations of a raw food lifestyle.
Born in Cedar Rapids, IA and raised in Mankato, MN, I was accustomed to the standard Midwest diet. I grew up knowing nothing about nutrition or real food and lived off of a diet of highly processed, meat heavy, sugar addictive, acidic, nutrient depleted foods.
My obsession with food, unhealthy eating habits, and emotional unhappiness morphed into a 10-year eating disorder that became the silver lining of finding my purpose and creating a new relationship with food. My health and wellness journey has evolved over the years and lead me down my most awakening path.