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From Chicago’s Centered Chef to Weight Watchers to TED Talks, Chef Ryan Hutmacher is Cooking!

This Local Chef is Getting America Healthy, One Meal at a Time!

January 5, 2015
Chef Ryan Hutmacher
Lisa Payne

Coming off a holiday season full of cocktail parties, Mom’s meatloaf and an assortment of holiday buffets, there’s no better time to be excited about eating healthy. Enter national culinary expert extraordinaire, Chef Ryan Hutmacher. While initially following a corporate career path in sales management, Ryan soon found himself in a whole new direction. “I was struggling both physically and mentally with the stress and was in search of something more fulfilling that supported the lifestyle I truly wanted to live,” he says. “I always loved food, even to a fault, but I decided to go ‘all in’ and headed to culinary school to explore my interest in the art form …  Read more

Give the Gift of Health: Top Holiday Wellness Gifts

By: Michele Gelman

December 17, 2014
Top Holiday Wellness Gifts

At this time of year when the days are shortest, our bodies need more sleep and warm, nourishing food. Instead, we are busier than ever, going to parties, consuming too much inflammatory, acidifying alcohol and sugar, staying out late and over extending ourselves in the spirit of giving. This leaves us with compromised immune systems just when the cold and flu viruses are lurking everywhere. To make the New Year happy and healthy, I am focusing on gifts of wellness this season for myself and others! Here are some of my top picks: Give the Gift of Greens Nutrient dense green vegetables are always in season (in winter, think kale and chard). …  Read more

Health and Fitness Gift Guide

December 17, 2014

Do you have someone on your holiday gift list who’s a health and fitness fanatic? Or, maybe someone who is always talking about stepping up their game but doesn’t actually do it? This health and fitness gift guide will both inspire self-care and encourage self-love for the recipient! Check out our top picks: Run Away: These new shoes from Asics features a Flexible Fit system with flexible support bands from heel to forefoot. Asics has a store in Wicker Park and is opening a new one in Skokie–check out their fitness gear too! A Health Nut: Check out this Kind Bar snack pack that’s perfect for your friend or family member who’s always on-the-go …  Read more