By Heather Salerno
Tom Costello, owner and executive chef at Thyme in Yorktown Heights, has been in the restaurant business for decades. But it took a medical crisis for him to revamp the way he eats — and to focus more sharply on what he offers patrons at his restaurant.
Seven months ago, Costello was diagnosed with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that can damage the small intestine. Those with the disease must adhere to a strict gluten-free diet, avoiding anything that contains wheat, rye and barley, such as bread and pasta. If left untreated, celiac can cause complications that include nutritional deficiencies, osteoporosis and an increased risk of cancer.
Since his diagnosis, Costello has lost 36 pounds. “I feel great,” he said. “and I have so much more energy.”