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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

Holiday Workout Plan: Pure Barre in Lincoln Park

Get Your Buns Into Shop at the Barre

December 24, 2014
Pure Barre Lincoln Park
Kaleigh Glaza

The Christmas season is known for decking the halls, jingling all the way and dashing through the snow. And maybe most importantly, it’s a time for dancing and dreaming of sugarplums a la The Nutcracker. But one too many sugar plums or gingerbread cookies means that New Year’s dress might be running a little more snug than planned. Don’t worry though–there’s still time to hit the ground dancing before the ball drops on December 31st thanks to the Pure Barre classes at their new Lincoln Park location. For those looking for a fun and different way to burn off holiday calories, there really is no better workout than the simple but …  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