eating and fitness guru Sarah Dusseau opened her Brookfield restaurant
with partner Renee Scheterie earlier this year, laughing that now her
daily workout is running a restaurant, a constant task with very few
breaks. Her delightfully trendy wine bar and up-tempo eatery is called
CafeOne24, named after the street where itís located.
latest kitchen tour de force, the bubbly Dusseau was teaching pilates
and directing TRX classes, working with as many as 30 clients per
week. "The key is to keep moving," she emphasizes. "I
am rarely still."
truly amazing to watch how peopleís attitude and demeanor change
once they Ďgo healthy,í" Dusseau points out. Subsequently,
there arenít any additives, preservatives, animal fats, unhealthy
trans-fats or high caloric, greasy meals on the CafeOne24 menu.
In addition to
dropping in at her cafe for a grilled vegetable quinoa salad or a
grass-fed ground sirloin burger, she suggests eating well by having
healthy snacks ready. A big no-no is falling into the pitfalls of
late-night pantry raids. For the most part, anything packaged on a
shelf is not good for you, she says. "If you are going to eat
out, eat smart. Know what you are getting and donít be afraid to ask
for modifications. Any decent restaurant is going to be happy to
accommodate special requests," Dusseau says.
menu also emphasizes the good side of grub, with a grilled sandwich of
sprouted grain bread and Wisconsin cheddar or whole wheat fresh pasta
with olive oil and Parmesan cheese, among other friendly
to get very interested in healthy living after I had my second child.
I started doing pilates and learning about the importance of eating
right," Dusseau says. For her, things snowballed when she went
for her pilates certification, then earned a personal training
certification and began training people in their homes and cooking for
you could say I have a knack for cooking. Funny thing is I never
thought I would be running a restaurant. I am not classically
trained," she says. "But I have always believed that being a
chef is not something you graduate from, it is something you
What is clean
I call this
unprocessed, unrefined, portion-controlled food that is full of
healthy fats, nutrients, whole grains and overall deliciousness. The
focus is on sourcing local and organic ingredients that are void of
pesticides, bleaches, antibiotics or any other refining that strips
food of its natural nutrients.
What are some of
the biggest mistakes people make when they think they are eating
healthy but actually are not?
avoiding fats and avoiding carbohydrates. Both are essential for body
function. Itís just important to know which fats and carbs are good
for you and which are not.
this about no butter?
I am not a
personal fan of butter, but itís fine in moderation. The problem
with most restaurant kitchens is that moderation is not in their
vocabulary. So, we avoid butter all together. None of our dishes would
be better with it. We are happy with our heart-healthy olive oil.
Why are food
choices so important in getting fit?
As clichť as it
sounds, food is fuel. If you put junk in, you will get junk in return.
Your body simply functions better with clean food. In addition, most
people go on fitness journeys to shed pounds. Now, getting fit does
not necessarily mean losing weight, but if your goal is to lose
weight, then 75 percent of your success depends on what you put in
What has been
the biggest surprise for you since opening CafeOne24?
So many people dismiss us before even tasting the food. Granted, we
have made modifications and changes based on feedback since we opened,
but I would encourage everyone to come try us with an open mind.