An Oak Park entrepreneur is looking to expand his four-year-old business that provides custom meals, along with a healthy serving of encouragement, to those looking to improve their diets.
Tommaso Sanna, says he’s not a fan of the word “diet,” though, because he doesn’t believe in the concept.
His upstart company, Clean Meals Organics, takes a holistic approach to eating, he said, focusing primarily on the so-called microbiome levels in the intestine.
“Many vital hormones are produced in our gut,” Sanna says in his marketing material. “By design, low inflammatory wholesome plant-based foods contain the codes that our bodies recognize to decrease inflammation, regulate digestive flora, improve digestion, cognitive functions and other metabolic processes.”
He said in a telephone interview that he acts as a lifestyle coach and personal chef. Clean Meals clients have two options, Sanna said; they can have meals prepared offsite and delivered or they can opt to have Sanna come and cook the meals in their own kitchen.
Clean Meals sources their ingredients from local farmers markets and Sugar Beet Food Co-op. “Sometimes in an emergency, you’ll find me in Whole Foods,” he said. “That’s for things that Sugar Beet doesn’t carry or I just can’t find anywhere else.”
He said the program has several options for ordering meals in increment of between two and 21 days.
Sanna also runs a business, Oak Park Fitness Studio, in the Oak Park Arts District that he launched in 2009, which includes outdoor exercise session as well as sessions in his private studio.
Sanna, 41, said he founded Clean Meals Organics about four years ago while working as a personal trainer. Sanna said he is not a nutritionist, but noted that he graduated from the Institute of Integrated Nutrition, a New York-based online school that offers courses in health coach training, and is certified through the school as a holistic health practitioner.
Sanna said he only handles a few clients at a time – meals for three days will cost you $195 for now, but that price point might change in the future as his business expands, he said. He said the meals are largely plant-based aimed at cleansing and detoxing the body.
That’s one of the reasons Sanna will have a table at the 2018 Good Food Expo at UIC on March 23 and 24, 225 W. Hubbard, Suite 650. The expo brings dozens of health food vendors from around the region to exhibit their products and seek funding for expanding their business.
Sanna said it’s his first Good Food Expo and he hopes the forum will help him grow Clean Meals.
“With the Good Food Expo, we’re looking to create a joint partnership, build relationships … and raise capital,” he said.