Ten Minutes with Glen Colello
Fairfield's Raw Food Guru
Glen Colello has been working to make Fairfield a healthier place for over two decades. First in the 1990s as program director for the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, and now as co-owner of Catch a Healthy Habit Café, a thriving vegetarian and raw food enclave. Along with his wife and business partner, chef Lisa Storch, Colello offers an array of organic dishes, desserts, juices, and smoothies for everyone from the uncompromising health nut to the casual foodie.
What was the inspiration behind opening Catch a Healthy Habit? When I was working as a health coach a lot of my clients wanted to know what I was doing and gravitated toward my lifestyle. At the time, in 2005, my diet would have been considered 100 percent raw. I was educating people on how to eat like this, but I felt like there was a big void. So I decided to open up a café. My wife Lisa does all the behind-the-scenes work that has made the café what it is to our customers today. People are discovering healthy can be delicious.
I heard you helped a man lose 100 pounds in a year. Is that true? With this particular individual we sat down, we talked, and he was really open to making changes. It really wasn’t a choice for him; he just wanted to know how to do it. We talked about owning your own juicer and blender so you can save money in the long run. He wanted this to be a lifestyle.
Because this is all about forming a habit after all, right? You’re hoping to build a healthier community here, not just a place to stop off for a nutritious snack every once in a blue moon. Absolutely. That’s a huge part of it. When I started this I thought I was really the only one in Connecticut who was into this raw-food thing, but I quickly realized that there were some people here who were into this lifestyle and craving a community.
What did you have for breakfast today? A smoothie with blended fruit, almond milk, maca, cacao, and vegan protein powder. Delicious!
Tell me something about yourself that might surprise the reader. Although I lack rhythm, I like to dance. Some people might not believe that I played college basketball at University of Bridgeport.
Is there a type of food you gave up that you still find yourself craving? Yeah, there is one thing that I crave. If I knew that the world was going to end tomorrow I would probably go to a really good Italian restaurant and order a dish of fettuccine Alfredo.
Where might we find you eating in town? Quattro Pazzi and Avellino’s. I know both the owners and I know they use good quality ingredients.
What would it take to get you to eat some fast food? Back when I first started this health thing, I was still hanging out and having fun at the bars with my buddies and I made a comment that I wouldn’t eat another hot dog until I turned 50. My buddy said he can’t wait until I turn 50 so he can take me out for that hot dog. Hot dogs are definitely cringe-worthy, but I gave my word.