12 Jan ALLIED Ambassador: Seamus MullenReading Time: 2 minutes
After a near death experience in 2012 led to a complete lifestyle change, restaurateur Seamus Mullen has never looked backed. He got on his bike and started pedaling toward a brighter, healthier future. Combined with completely cutting out processed carbohydrates from his diet, he saw his whole world turned upside down in the best of ways.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting the joints, making movement and exercise deathly painful, nearly impossible to partake in. More than 200,000 cases are diagnosed in the US each year. However, after working with some of the most knowledgeable specialists in the field, doctors were able to help reverse the disease and he was back on track to becoming his old, athletic self.
As a boy, he was raised on a rural organic farm in Vermont, schooled by his grandmother in the importance of eating real foods from the earth. He carried this passion while traveling the world eventually landing in Spain and began experimenting with cooking as a profession. After opening three successful New York restaurants upon his return from Europe and over the course of the last decade, it’s clear Mullen takes pride in creativity, a convivial restaurant atmosphere and cycling…to truly earn all the wonderful dishes coming out of his kitchen.
His hurdles ultimately helped him develop a new relationship with food, and led to writing his first book, Hero Food: How Cooking with Delicious Things Can Make Us Feel Better, which focuses on 18 ingredients that he himself uses to manage his rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
An accomplished competitive cyclist in his younger years, Mullen has been cooking and riding, divulging his expertise in the kitchen and in the saddle on luxury cycling tours across Europe the past few years. Through food, exercise and lifestyle changes that altered the course of his life, Mullen takes pride in sharing his thoughts on holistic well-being, illustrating his ethos that tasty food and health living can live in harmony. And of course, spending as much time riding his bicycle as possible.