Healthy Habits Hero: Art Smith

"I found I am a more gifted chef on the vegetarian side." - Art Smith, award-winning chef, author, and restaurateur, Chicago

Art Smith

Healthy Habits Hero: Art Smith

Photo: Iain Bagwell

Art Smith is definitely walking the health walk these days. Restaurant owner and former personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, Smith had let his superbusy, food-focused lifestyle catch up with him a few years ago. Overweight, with chest pains and escalating type 2 diabetes, Smith was scared into rearranging his priorities and his plate. Now he's embraced a new life with energy and joy. Smith schedules healthy meals and exercise into each day (something he never did), and the results show: He's down 120 pounds. Blood sugar problems are in the rearview mirror. The most significant dietary change Smith made was eating less meat. "My weight loss was through a diet that was 95% vegetarian. I eat egg whites, some chicken, fish, and a little bit of red meat. I feel incredible. I'm more lively, and," he says, laughing, "nothing feels better than sexy."


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