It’s WELLNESS WEEK at Chicago Food Girl. Read and learn more about our recap at the Be Healthful Retreat we attended few weeks ago and my 1-month ClassPass experience, an alternative to a gym membership. With ClassPass, you get access to the best boutique fitness classes in your city. There are over 1,000 classes available to ClassPass members, including cycling, pilates, yoga, strength training, dance, martial arts, and more. For $99 a month, members get unlimited classes to use at studios in the ClassPass network.
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Few weeks ago on September 14th, I spent the day with Mina in the West Loop at Moonlight Studios for the Be Healthful Retreat sponsored by Whole Foods and hosted by The Healthful Guide, In Good Taste Magazine, and Charity 4LIFE. And, I cannot say thank you enough to the Chicago Food Girl for the invitation.
As a marketing professional who started her career in the food industry, I have been to my fair share of food-focused, health-centric events over the years, and this one did not disappoint. In fact, I think the Balanced Babe, Sarah Baker, should consider adding event planner to her services.
Photo: Mina with Sarah Baker, Balanced Babe
The best part of the event was the variety of vendors. I had the rare opportunity to learn about juicing, B12 shots, reflexology, belly dancing and more. Did you know that reflexology was originally used as both a healing technique and self-defense? Martial artists would attack the sensitive areas on their opponent’s body using reflex points. #FunFact
My only wish was for it to be a multi-day event. I was able to visit all 25 holistic health, food and spa vendors’ booths, but unfortunately missed some of the classes and lectures that I had my eye on. With over 400 attendees this year, I’m hoping Sarah continues to churn out more educational, wonderful events like this one. Can’t wait to see what’s next for the Balanced Babe!
Stay tuned for more posts from Chicago Food Girl introducing you to all of the inspirational people we met at the Be Healthful Retreat…
About Balanced Babe and The Healthful Guide
Chicago’s new health and wellness blog, The Balanced Babe!
Sarah Baker is a holistic health, hospitality and image consultant helping clients balance every aspect of their life. Her health coaching and image consulting company, Style Body Soul LLC (also known as SBS Image), brings a unique angle to coaching men and women. SBS guides clients through their health and wellness journey, as well as enhancing their professional and personal image.
Having a certification in plant based nutrition and holistic health coaching, Sarah founded The Healthful Guide and BalancedBabe.com with the goal of providing users a plant based dining guide for Chicago’s restaurant scene. Not only is Healthful a connector for healthy eating, its mission is to make plant based dining and healthy living approachable by hosting monthly plant based events and quarterly holistic health markets.
Photo: Mina and Sarah
About Charity 4LIFE
By attending the Be Healthful Retreat, you help improve your well-being and others. Attendees automatically contribute toward a great cause with 30% of each ticket sale donated to Charity 4LIFE. Charity4LIFE is a Chicago based 501(c)3 non-profit working internationally to rehabilitate street kids. Their mission is to put street kids on the path to success by empowering them to overcome the barriers of street life. Some of the barriers they face are regular access to food and clothing, drugs, gangs, physical and sexual abuse, lack of education, and poor emotional support. These children come from extreme poverty and turn to the streets because the abuse or neglect at home is too much to bear, only to find the streets are just as detrimental to their well-being.
About In Good Taste Magazine
In Good Taste is the ultimate online resource to help busy young professionals — and anyone who wishes there were more hours in the day — enjoy the simpler pleasures in life, beginning in the kitchen and at the dinner table. Whether it’s how to incorporate a little creativity into your next dinner party or helping you celebrate everyday occasions with a killer cocktail, In Good Taste is for you.
I received a complimentary ticket in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.