by Christina Cioci
Glen Colello and Lisa Storch are co-owners of the café Catch a Healthy Habit in Fairfield. With a name like that, their customers know they are walking into a special place. Health conditions like obesity and heart disease, which can stem from processed foods, are running rampant in this country. It is a breath of fresh air to know that two people are trying to stop it. By educating the community on healthy food habits, Glen and Lisa are important members of the community for more reasons than one.
Every five years the USDA (United State Department of Agriculture) puts out a new guideline in which Americans should follow for optimum health, specifically nutrition. The usual time frame was interrupted due to the alarming rate of diseases linked to diet. Raw food in a diet is crucial for a healthier life. “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” embraced the value of plant-based diets. Vegetarian–style eating has been linked to improved health. “Lower risk of obesity, lower cardio vascular diseases and lower total mortality are a few of the big risks slashed when a person is a vegetarian”. Vegetarians are also connected with proof of generally lower BMI (Body Mass Index).
Marilyn Willison, of Hippocrates Health Institute explains how cooked food loses it’s vital nutrients which in turn aren’t beneficial to our body. "We should not cook our food. During this apparently harmless process, vital enzymes are destroyed, proteins are coagulated making them difficult to assimilate. When the proteins are coagulated they are slower to benefit our body. The enzymes are no longer part of the food we are eating after it has become cooked because the high temperature breaks them down. “Vitamins are mostly destroyed with the remainder changing into forms that are difficult for the body to utilize, pesticides are restructured into even more toxic compounds, valuable oxygen is lost, and free radicals are produced.” Willison describes the breakdown of nutrients from food being cooked. If the raw food is left untouched and only cleaned before eating, it is extremely beneficial to the skin, organs, tissue and preventing disease.
Glen noticed a shortage of raw food places outside of New York City. As he met more locals in Connecticut that were interested in raw food, he realized a raw food café could flourish in Fairfield County. Lisa explains that she and Glen began to prepare raw food for events, movie nights and other get-togethers and the food was well received. Glen then found a space in West Haven for a start up café in which Lisa joined him to create Catch a Healthy Habit Café. The Café was open to the public in February, 2008. It then moved in Fairfield and reopened in November, 2009.
Both Glen and Lisa promote a raw food diet and said that as they began to consume more raw foods they experienced more energy. Glen explained that he no longer needed 8 hours of sleep. “Down to 6 hours a night from 8 hours allows for more time to live and enjoy life!” That kind of excitement for less sleep must mean that this diet, or way of living to put it better, is working to their benefit. Lisa also explained that after attending a seminar on the benefits of raw food with speaker David Wolfe, she decided to try it out. She visited Pure Food and Wine in New York City and was impressed by the variety of raw food creations. She purchased the recipe book and began to play around with different ingredients at home. Lisa says that this diet gives her more energy and a clearer mind.
The café offers great tasting raw food meals, desserts and super food smoothies. The organic food is full of flavor and nutrition. It is a great place to meet friends and raw food lovers for a healthy treat. Every Thursday Lisa and Glen create educational events that support people in their health promoting lifestyle and journey. They want to provide healthy, flavorful food to the community and share information about a healthier way of living. Lisa says one of her goals for the business is to “have inspired events and perhaps expand into another community.” Glen also wants to have “the best raw food in Connecticut!” With their enthusiasm, knowledge and delicious food there is no doubt that this will all move into play.
Aside from the raw foods they serve, the café also has a thriving juice cleanse initiative. Just pick up your bottles each morning to start your day and you have all that you need to drink your way to health. In a previous article on this site, we discussed juice cleanses and the hot spots that offer them, including some here in Connecticut.
So the next time you find yourself hungry and in Fairfield, stop by for a treat. You may find the raw food diet suits you, too. For more information on their fresh menu items, check out their web site or contact them at 203-292-8190 or firstname.lastname@example.org.