New Interactive Marketplace Offers Public A Day of Healthy Living by Co-Presenting Sponsors Chevrolet and The Trainer’s Gym and Promotional Sponsor Raved

In Partnership with Ashley Pettit Living and LX MGMT

Chicago, IL (July 16, 2013) – On Sunday, August 11th, 2013, Santé Wellness Market will host its first inner and outer wellness showcase from 10am – 4pm at the River East Art Center, 435 E Illinois St. Chicago, IL 60611. Santé will feature Chicago’s most elite and reputable healthy living businesses for the public to experience that promote a healthy and happy life through high-quality food, beauty, fitness, and health & wellness products and services.

“Santé” translates from French to mean “health,” which is inline with the Market’s focus on overall wellbeing. This will be showcased through many free samples, complimentary applications and fittings, and informational demos and takeaways.

Tickets are available for $10 online or $12 at the door, cash only. Runners participating in the Chicago 10K can purchase a discounted $5 ticket online with the discount code “SMWFLEET” and by showing their race bib at the door.

Expect a high-energy atmosphere with fitness demonstrations continuously running throughout the day as DJ Rock City spins live along the beautiful Chicago River.  From Brazilian Dance to High Intensity Interval Training, renowned Chicago trainers from The Trainer’s Gym will be working up a sweat to help guests discover new ways to improve their workout routine. Shea Vaughn of SheaNetics® will also lead a workout and be on hand to talk about her participants’ success with Healthy Initiative. The full demo schedule is yet to be released.

Chevrolet will be showcasing its popular 2013 Sonic hatchback on the Market’s floor and will demonstrate tips on wellness behind the wheel. Raved, a new app for raving about a city’s best spots including fitness centers and wellness brands, will be present to show how best to find on-the-go recommendations from friends.

Interact with many more brands throughout the space, who will be sharing samples, and selling top services. From the latest in fitness wear from stores like Fleet Feet Sports to a beauty station by Blowtique, everyone will leave the Market with tools to fortify new healthy practices. Santé will also be presenting you with the best in local, healthy cuisine, such as bites from Factor 75, along with expert advice you need to transition into and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Just a few of the elite businesses and brands you can expect to see and sample at Santé:

Chevrolet                               Popchips

The Trainer’s Gym                KIND Healthy Snacks

Raved                                     KLUTCHclub

Fleet Feet Sports                   Winestyr

Factor 75                                Zevia

Flywheel Sports                     Jaali Bean

SheaNetics®                          Experience Chiropractic

Healthy Initiative                  Chiro One

Element Wellness                 Enerspace Coworking

Blowtique                               Ring Cozy

Golden Girl Chicago               Kate Somerville

Swirlgear                                Jessica Kramer Beauty


Curated by certified nutritionist and personal trainer Ashley Pettit of Ashley Pettit Living with support from LX MGMT, Pettit envisions Santé as a marketplace that brings her competitive industry together to celebrate offerings and best practices of health in Chicago under one roof.

“Santé is meant for anyone and everyone who wants to be healthier, happier, and have professional support behind them,” Pettit says. “I saw a demand for accessible, straightforward health advice in a community-like atmosphere.”

For more information, please visit and follow @Sante_Chicago with a hashtag of #SanteSays. Email with any questions or if you are a company inquiring about being involved in the Market.

It’s been interesting while dining out. Most places are accommodating when it comes to preparing your meal gluten free. While looking for restaurant to have our mothers funeral luncheon at, we looked into ‘Continental’ restaurant in Buffalo Grove. While talking thru meals, the owner brought up patrons with allergies. I mentioned I choose to eat gluten free, they prepared the entire meal (except appetizer and desert) gluten free for the entire party. No one knew, no one complained.
During a hospital stay, I was dreading what I was going to receive when I told them I was gluten and dairy intolerant (I’ve learned it works easier). I was mildly surprised at some of the fantastic meals I’ve had (better then the regular tray). Baked fish, salad, steamed veggies, etc. it wasn’t always perfect. I still received butter, cream, lactose free milk and sherbet
(dairy) and salad dressing and French fries (gluten). But had received plenty to eat and wouldn’t have wanted them anyways.
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Gracie’s friend mentioned she signed up for bike the drive, and we said, hmm…Why not. So I went to MB bank, picked up my coupon for an additional $2 off registration and free water bottle, logged on ( and signed up. While signing up, they offered a second ride in August, 4 star bike and chow (not sure if the chow aspect) so I signed up for the 60 mile ride. Looking forward to it.

While digging thru my closet for something to wear to my mom’s funeral, I had to retire 2 suits, 4 sport jackets and 6 pair of dress pants for being too big. Just had to keep going , retired several pair of pants and shirts as well. Down 2 shirt sizes and 4 pant sizes.
Tomorrow, I have to shop for a new suit. Bittersweet, but mom would be proud.

When I first started this journey I was excited, finally I can get to the bottom of why I’m struggling with the last ten pounds. No matter how hard I’ve tried and have actually reach my goal weight I would yo-yo away from my goal within 10 lbs., in other words I would self sabotage when I would get to goal. This have been going on for over a year an have been driving me crazy. I had already lost 121lbs. so I thought that since being in HI program the last 10 lbs. would be a cake walk. It’s turning out to be harder than the 121lbs. I initially lost. It isn’t the program, I believe it was the fear of being too thin and looking gaunt and older. Every time I saw the numbers on the scale go down and the lines around my mouth become more visible, I would unconsciously binge the weight I lost right back on. My mentor suggested to me that I should get out of my own way, and to remember what I would do when I really wanted something. I reflected on that this week, and did research on self sabotage when you are close to goal weight. I learned that there are many reasons from becoming complacent, or relaxed in your routines, being loose in your journaling of what you eat, relaxed on portions sizes, not mixing up excerise routines, to diet fatigue, like running a race without having the “runner’s pace” during the whole race, and tiring out close to the finish line. This week I stayed mindful and in the moment, of everything I ate, kept my stress levels down, keeping my eyes on the prize, and taking one day at a time. (Exercise was never a problem for me, I love to exercise, while listening to deep house music). I constantly was reminding myself that I really, really want this so that I can start to focus on maintaince. As a result, the weight started coming off again. I went back to chewing gum again which helped me greatly in the initial over 100 lbs loss, which I fell off from doing. I believe I’m on the right track of getting out of my own way, and am excited in crossing the finish line once and for all 😉