Posts Tagged ‘healthy eating’

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

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After eating a wonderful traditional Thanksgiving meal, I was inspired to look for some new healthy eating tips. I came across one that I think we should all check out: Healthy Dining. It is an all-volunteer community education and outreach program in Chicago devoted to providing simple, healthy lifestyle options for Chicago diners. By subscribing to the newsletter (free), you have access to “a steady diet of bite-size, easy-to-digest morsels of practical information, valuable resources, easy recipes, time and money-saving ideas, conservation tips and special subscriber-only invitations and offers that support good clean living.”

Who Started Healthy Dining in Chicago?

Laura Bruzas


In 2003, Laura Bruzas founded Healthy Dining to help teach Chicagoans that good nutrition and an eco-friendly lifestyle can aid in to disease prevention and management. Bruzas’ holds a degree in Marketing, has 15 years in HR/Recruiting and spent five years working with Whole Foods Market. When Laura was in college, a friend gave her a copy of Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe and she has been on that path ever since.  Laura is also the author of Eat Well for Less, a collection of 50 simple tips and fast recipes to save time and cut your natural food bill in half.


For ten years, Laura has been an adult education instructor at the Latin School. She received a grant for developing and delivering a series of community wellness workshops, has taught healthy cooking classes at Whole Foods Market, Gildas Club of Chicago and the Discovery Center, presented a motivational lecture series on wellness and personal effectiveness for Chicago Public Library patrons and has spoken to audiences at the Chicago Women in Publishing Conference, Chicago Green Drinks, and FamilyFarmed.org EXPO.  Prior to publishing Healthy Dining Chicago, she was the editor of Living Well from 1998 to 2002.

60 Second Desserts and a variety of Four-Course Dinners in Under an Hour.

Laura has a full list of Q&A’s about healthy dining. Check out the questions and answers here.

Bruzas also teaches classes at the Moraine Valley Environmental Institute, as well as hosting corporate Lunch & Learns on the topic of Healthy Dining on a Dime and offering home parties with menu options that include 60 Second Desserts and a variety of Four-Course Dinners in Under an Hour.

For More Information or to Schedule a Lunch & Learn or Home Party
Please contact Laura at 312.666.9979 or via e-mail Laura@HealthyDining.org.

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

On September 5th, Whole Foods Market® Wellness Club™ will be open for business! And Working Well™ Massage will being offering table massages for the first time in a Whole Foods Market® location!

Learn to eat food in new and exicting recipes!

What is the Wellness Club™ and Why Should I Join?

Confusion is often the biggest impediment to losing fat, decreasing risk of disease, and regaining general health and vitality. Americans are spending more money, time, and energy on their health than ever before, yet they are still getting sicker. It’s time has come to change this pattern and the Whole Foods Market® Wellness Club™ can help! Developed by medical doctors, the Whole Foods Market® Wellness Club™ will feature courses and lectures, inspirational and informative skill-building classes, supper clubs and special events, coaching and support, and a network of local businesses (yoga, fitness, spa holistic care.)

The Why’s and the How’s of Healthy Eating From the Wellness Club™

It’s important for all of us to understand the “why” and benefits of a plant-strong, whole food, healthy fat, nutrient-dense diet. But, knowing why without knowing how doesn’t get us very far, does it? There are thousands of articles all over the web explaining how to eat healthier and why we should. But the truly amazing and helpful thing about Whole Foods approach to healthier eating is that their new program offers you the how: the practical tools, cooking techniques and recipes to ensure that your new healthier lifestyle is sustainable. Founded on in-depth medical and nutritional research the Wellness Club™ is intended to support the transition to a healthier lifestyle.


Wellness Club™ Membership Includes:

• 10% Discount on a wide variety of select healthier foods throughout the store

• Unlimited classes in cooking, nutrition, fitness & healthier lifestyle choices

• Breakfast and Supper Club discount

• $5 Discount on Yoga classes (normally $15)

• A $15 discount on one-hour table massages (limit 4 per month) regularly $80 in the Wellness Club™

• Access to a growing network of local businesses that promote health and well-being and provide additional benefits to Wellness Club™ members

• Private Coaching and Cooking Instruction discount

• Free cooking demos

• Free Nutrition 101 classes

Check out the new Wellness Club™ website for details on how you can become a Wellness Club™ member and start your new journey to a healthier lifestyle…with your friends at Whole Foods and Working Well™ Massage!

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Karen Formanski, Healthy Eating Specialist at Whole Foods Market, Lincoln Park

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

Join the Lincoln Park Whole Foods Market’s Healthy Eating Specialists and Wellness Club Team for a Whole Food, healthy, nutrient dense, Plant-Strong™ weekend of workshops, cooking demos and delicious food on August 19th, 20th, and 21st!  Stop by the Health Starts Here kiosk between the Produce and Seafood departments of the Lincoln park store.

Or call the Customer Service at 312 587 0648 and ask for the Wellness Club to reserve your space in the workshop.

Location: Whole Foods Market-Lincoln Park Wellness Club (on the Mezzanine level of the store)

1550 N. Kingsbury, Chicago, IL 60642

Schedule for the Healthy Eating workshop

Friday, August 19
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Registration/Dinner/Weekend Overview

Saturday, August 20
7:00 am – 8:00 am: Morning Activity (Walk and Stretch/Easy Yoga Poses)
8:00 am – 9:00 am: Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – 9:45 am: Health Starts Here 101
9:45 am – 10:45 am: Food Myths
10:45 am – 11:00 am: Break
11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Healthy Eating and the Planet
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm: Cooking Class – Using Greens in Your Diet
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm: Lunch
1:45 pm – 2:30 pm: Food Rules
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm: Cooking Class – Cooking Without Oil (Snack!)
3:15 – 3:30 pm: Break
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Stress Management
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Nutrient Dense Eating & Intro to the Wellness Club
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Hands on Wellness Club Cooking Demo
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Dinner

Sunday, August 21
7:00 am – 8:00 am: Morning Activity (Walk and Stretch/Easy Yoga Poses)
8:00 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast (Plant-strong ™ Breakfast Demo
9:00 am – 10:00 am:
Store Tour/Shopping on a Budget & Stocking Your Pantry
10:00 am – 11:00 am: Reading Labels
11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Tips for Eating Out and Travelling
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Lunch – Taste of Health Starts Here
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Detox and Food Based Cleansing
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Strategies for Success/Panel Discussion
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Q & A/Final Chat

Note: Content of specific classes is subject to change. Attend the entire weekend in full to get the most out of this program. Class instructors will include Whole Food’s Healthy Eating Specialists, Wellness Club staff, and In Store Education Team.

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

Ever wanted to start your own city garden? Or maybe you want to grow an herb garden but aren’t sure how to go about it.  Eating healthy starts with using healthy ingredients. Gardening can be an enjoyable way to de-stress and spend some time working with your hands and enjoying the outdoors.

FamilyFarmedEXPO is a fantastic event this weekend that provides a variety of speakers and workshops to teach you all you want to know about gardening, growing herbs, buying local produce and generally eating and producing your own food in an environmentally friendly and healthy manner.

Friday features the Midwest’s leading local food trade show, our Meet the Buyers reception, an innovative Food Policy Summit, and the scrumptious Localicious Party to cap the day.

Saturday features cooking demos from celebrity chefs, educational seminars and an interactive Kids Corner.  Exhibitors offer a wide selection of local food, gifts and useful information to help you eat locally and healthy year-round.

Some of the workshops I recommend on Saturday, March 13, include:
Growing & Using Herbs & Botanicals From 12:30 – 1:45 pm

Growing and using herbs and botanicals to feed the senses.

• Locavore 365 – Preserving Fresh Grown Food from 3:30 –  4:45 pm

Enjoy local food year round by preserving the food you enjoy most.

Local & Organic Eating on a Dime Also from 12:30 – 1:45 pm

Eating organic food on a budget.

Farming in the City from 2:00 – 3:15 pm

Growing food between the skyscrapers and feeding local communities.

Drinking Farm to Glass from 3:30 –  4:45 pm

Learn how the beverages you choose can sustain your community.

For a list of all the workshops available on Saturday, March 13 click here.

And don’t forget, the CHEF COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS on Saturday:

10:30 – 11:30 am – Rick Bayless, Frontera Grill/Topolobampo/Xoco

12:00 – 1:00 pm – Paul Virant, Vie

1:15 – 2:15 pm – Paul Kahan, Blackbird/Avec/Publican

2:30 – 3:30 pm – Jo Kaucher & Kim Gracen, Chicago Diner

3:45 – 4:45 pm – Gale Gand, Tru

Where Do I Get Tickets?

Ticket to the event on Saturday are $15 if you buy online and $20 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets.

Where is the Event?

UIC Forum

The UIC Forum is located at the corner of Halsted and W. Roosevelt.

The address is 725 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60607

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