February 14, 2017
Words by Carlyne Gates; Photos by Maria Posato
Mansfield practiced physical therapy for 30 years before leaving his established career to pursue an educational pathway in nutrition and metabolic medicine. Throughout his fellowship, he noticed much of our health is driven by what we eat. Amino acids, proteins and minerals are just a few important nutrients we should fuel our bodies with on a daily basis.
Mansfield’s sudden drive for nutrition, and aspiration to open a restaurant would bring up some questions. He needed to ask himself, “How will I open a business implementing functional medicine?” Mansfield realized, By eating a plant-based meal, people are able to consume more than the necessary nutrients. They could appeal to larger masses, simply by offering a healthy meal.
So what’s unique about Core that sets it apart from other "health" food restaurants?
Core doesn’t allow bad food choices. Even at many "healthy" chain restaurants, the food is highly processed and contains additives and preservatives. At Core, the food is clean. It’s made from scratch. The meals don’t contain trans fats, GMOs, artificial colors, sweeteners or other additives. (To prove the freshness, Core doesn’t have a freezer or even a microwave onsite.)
CoreLife offers 18 curated bowls of unique, yet familiar tasting foods. Each bowl offers a different taste profile, but if none of the original bowls appeal to patrons, they can create their own, a process that begins with the choice of a green, grain or bone broth.
The southwest chicken and wild rice bowl has become the most popular item on the menu due to its similarity to Chipotle or Moe's menu items. The bowl includes fresh brown rice, black beans, avocado, and corn, all covered in a lime cilantro dressing.
The steak, bacon and bleu cheese greens bowl is a close second in popularity. It's made up of chopped romaine and mesclun mix, grilled steak, bacon, cranberries, walnuts, tomatoes, and gorgonzola smothered in cranberry vinaigrette.
The vegan and athletic communities, especially, are embracing CoreLife and its use of the social media hashtag #notaspectator.
Mansfield notes that the choices we make regarding what we put into our bodies affects how we look, feel, and perform. One of CoreLife's main values is to stress the importance of performance, no matter what the task may be.
“If you want to maximize your personal performance, run a marathon, or climb a mountain, put clean, healthy food into your system, and your system will work at its best,” he says.
But sometimes, it's simpler than running a marathon or climbing a mountain. One simple choice - eating clean - can increase energy levels, which can lead to a more productive day at the office or the extra motivation needed to hit the gym after work.
"We want to be honest in everything we do," says Mansfield. “The restaurant’s not completely organic (yet), but in six months we’ll be one step closer to being completely organic.”
CoreLife's mission is rooted in the belief that health begins with what people put into their mouths. By encouraging the CoreLife community to share personal stories about triumphs and tribulations related to healthy eating, Mansfield hopes to encourage others to not only change their lunch - but to change their lives.