Longmont personal chef, nutrition consultant and food blogger Angie Spuzak

Longmont personal chef, nutrition consultant and food blogger Angie Spuzak.

Longmont personal chef, nutrition consultant and food blogger Angie Spuzak

Longmont personal chef, nutrition consultant and food blogger Angie Spuzak

Longmont personal chef, nutrition consultant and food blogger Angie Spuzak believes food has power far beyond keeping people alive. “Food isn’t just fuel,” she said. “It’s nourishment, it’s culture, it’s medicine, it’s therapy, it’s life.” 

Spuzak, like many of her clients, experienced poor health due to her diet before studying nutrition and eventually embracing a holistic lifestyle and cooking method. “I grew up in Poland, where we would forage for our food, go to the farmer’s market every couple of days and eat fresh and fermented food,” she said. Her family called her the “little taster” because she always had her hands in her mother’s and grandmother’s cooking pots – and was quick to offer suggestions to develop the best flavors. However, Spuzak recalled that her digestive system and palate had taken a hit when she moved to the United States in 2001. 

“America was all hustle – working and not cooking,” she said. Her hormones were soon out of balance, resulting in hair loss, weight gain and digestive issues. “I never felt good,” she added. On a whim, while fleeing a hurricane from her then-home state of Florida, Spuzak signed a contract to buy a coffee shop. “I was introduced to organic food and began to put all the pieces together.” 

Not only did Spuzak go on to lead a vegan restaurant and graduate from nutrition school, but she also poured her personal experience of healing herself with food into helping others nurture wellness. Today, she is the blogger behind the food and lifestyle blog Taste of Life and serves as a personal chef and nutrition consultant at Angie’s Secret Garden. 

Spuzak takes a hands-on approach with her clients. She meets with them to learn about their habits, preferences and health needs before creating menus and preparing food in their home. “Busy women may not have time to cook but want nutritious food, or they have health allergies and don’t know how to cook meals for that,” she explained. Several of her clients have been with her for about five years and have achieved healthful living through Spuzak’s expertise. Others look to Spuzak to craft menus that they then independently prepare. She offers guidance to those looking for detox, cleanse or “healthy hormone” menus, among others, as well as how-to videos on how to get started with healthy cooking.

For Spuzak, healthy eating is linked to overall wellness. “It’s important to take a holistic approach,” she said. “It’s not just about food; it’s about exercise, connecting with nature and having community too.” After all, she said, “You can make good food with four to five ingredients that are flavorful, and it’s always going to be better for you and the people around your table.”  

By Sarah Huber, Longmont Magazine