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Meet Chef Gulley
In August 2019, Chef Gulley launched Healthy Soul Meal Prep & Catering, making her meal prep company official. Her goal was to help people eat healthier by providing nutritionally balanced meals that taste delicious and incorporate fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Starting a food-based business was a natural fit for Gulley, who grew up in a family of restaurateurs and chefs. After being diagnosed with diabetes and chronic asthma in 2017, Tawana Gulley knew she had to make drastic changes in her diet and lifestyle.
''I was working a job where I was sitting 12 hours a day,'' says Gulley, an Indianapolis mom of two. ''After I was diagnosed with diabetes, I set out on a weight loss journey. I knew I was getting older, and diabetes scared me straight. My grandma had suffered from diabetes and lost limbs, so it affected me deeply.''Healthy Soul uses Halal meats, which are raised humanely and free from antibiotics or growth hormones, as well as wild-caught seafood. Whenever possible, Healthy Soul uses fresh and local vegetables.
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''We source vegetables from farmers close to us. We have a farmers market every Saturday, so I get a lot of my zucchini, squash, greens, and tomatoes from local growers,'' Gulley says. ''We buy herbs locally too. The Indianapolis winter market is where we buy power greens, and our micro greens come from another local source. We know where our food comes from and have a relationship with our growers.''Along with meal prepping, Healthy Soul provides catering services that focus on making comfort foods healthier.