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Archive for June 12th, 2010

By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Today I received an email from a group I belong to, Building a Healthier Chicago. They profiled a local Chicago area chef who has a company, Centered Chef Food Studios,  that combines good nutrition with culinary arts.

Focusing on natural ingredients, owner Chef Ryan Hutmacher reinvents “health food” and doing so, shows that “nutritious” and “delicious” are compatible.  Ryan is well known within the marathon and triathlon community in Chicago, as well as within the corporate sector. His own personal story of trial and triumph has inspired countless to reinvent their own lifestyles.

As chef Ryan’s Culinary Wellness Initiative has grown, he and his team created a new culinary studio.  In this multi-story, state-of-the-art facility, Ryan and his team meld culinary arts and nutrition through practical solutions that use education and entertainment to promote individualized wellness.

They offer interactive cooking studios (one of which is a gluten free test-kitchen) along with live and filmed cooking demonstrations, and hand-on cooking classes.

Centered Chef Studios specializes in supporting people who manage disease states such as: Diabetes, Cancer, Obesity, Multiple Sclerosis, Hypoglycemia, Heart Disease, Elevated Cholesterol/Blood Pressure and Digestive Disorders.  They also offer options to help alleviate food allergies.  In addition, they work closely supporting the nutrition of endurance athletes and business people who need to balance demanding schedules with proper nutrition.

According to the Centered Chef website, the idea of being centered is key to good health: Being centered is the relationship between how we feel and how we perform in our lives. You can achieve this state by eating well, exercising, getting enough rest, and engaging in meaningful activities and relationships. As food experts, we know good nutrition is at the core of fueling a healthy mind, body and soul. With the right foods as part of your healthy lifestyle, you will experience increased physical health, energy and mental awareness.

Watch the 15 minute video of Chef Ryan’s transformation from an overweight, smoker, with pre-diabetes turn into an Ironman in great health here. If he can do it, so can you!

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