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Tana Amen: How to dominate your health with a warrior mindset. Episode 15 of The Real Dish

January 14, 2016

Learn how to dominate your health with a warrior mindset with Tana Amen.

Tune in to Episode 15 of The Real Dish!!

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In this packed episode, Chef Mareya shares thoughts with Tana Amen. Tana Amen, RN, BSN. helps people realize that they are not stuck with the brain and body they have by empowering them with simple strategies that will transform them into WARRIORS for their health.

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Tana is the executive vice president of the Amen Clinics, the NY Times bestselling author of “The Omni Diet”, highly respected health and fitness expert, and a nationally renowned speaker, and media guest.

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In addition to working with her husband at The Amen Clinics, Tana was a nutrition consultant, coach, and part of the team, which included psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen, functional medicine specialist Dr. Mark Hyman, and heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, that helped create the wildly popular Daniel Plan ( for Saddleback Church at the request of Pastor Rick Warren.


Listen while you’re getting ready in the morning, on your way to work or exercising – it’s food for thought you can really sink your teeth into.  For more information, check out The Real Dish.

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3 Healthy Recipes from Chef Mareya

March 12, 2013

3 Healthy Recipes from Chef Mareya.


Team Mom Gets Ninja on Snacks

September 22, 2012



The ‘Nutrition’ Panel of Doritos.  All I see is a bunch of GMO corn, artificial flavors and lots of fluorescent faux cheese – oh, and MSG too?  Cherry on top of this cluster of crap.


The ‘Nutrition’ Panel of Gatorade:  Someone please tell me where the ‘quenching, electrolyte’ replacement part of the beverage is?  Save your money. Red and blue mustaches are not sexy.


The ‘Nutrition Panel’ of Oreos.  Hmm, let’s see, lots of enriched flour, GMO oil, GMO corn and artificial flavors.  I give them a big fat O for the nutrition grade because they don’t deserve an F.


I was so proud the day my daughter decided to pick soccer as her first team sport.  After playing competitively myself for 10 years, I felt my tail feathers spread and a rush of excitement at the thought of being able to kick the ball around again.  Could a comeback be in the making?  A 40 something bending it like Beckham?  With that, my mind wandered off about the Adonis himself in his skivvies.  Mmmmhmmm.  When I was rudely brought back to life by the coach’s phone call.

Coach:  Mareya, can you be the Team Mom? 

Me:  “Does it involve food?  Why, I’d love to!!”

My daughter’s first soccer team.  What an honor.  Sure, to bring snacks for half time and after the game and some refreshments.  Right up my alley.  I had assembled a full lineup of nutritious treats that would be perfect and vetted all of these carefully, looking at the labels and making sure none had artificial flavors, colors or chemical preservatives – or an inordinate amount of sodium.  We have a tendency to ignore that one and just zone in on the fat and calories. But there’s a lot of other shit to dig through.

Herding all the other parents into bringing something healthy became my challenge.  I’ve never seen more sickening sweets and neon colors since the 80’s when Madonna made dayglow a hot ticket.  Our kids are out there, busting their butts playing their sports and trying to get fit and we’re literally sabotaging their ability to be successful.  80% of an athlete’s performance is attributed to nutrition – what they put in is what they’ll get out.  If we think giving them Gatorade, Doritos, Oreos and candy after their games is a treat, we might as well give them a swift kick in the ass to go along with it. Supposed ‘sports’ drinks that are pretty much all sugar, artificial colors, ester of wood resin and vegetable oil don’t really do much to replace electrolytes.  Eat a banana, drink lots of water and get your carbs and some natural sugar from real fruit. And Oreos?  Just look at the ingredient panel and find me a shred of something decent there.  Doritos are still flavored with MSG, for the love.  We’ve been trained to say no to MSG.  Side effects are, it can make you dizzy, faint and short of breath.  I guess the makers of Doritos didn’t get that memo.

Needless to say, there’s some food peer pressure out there.  Parents that are given treat duties generally resort to a warehouse-type retailer so they can pick up the jumbo packs, and most of those manufacturers are bigger than life.  Those snacks are ‘cool’, so the commercials and multi-bazillion dollar budgets say.  So you end up with a bunch of crackers, cookies and fluoro colored phoods that were concocted in a massive R&D lab, then conveniently packed up in bags on a massive automated assembly line. 

I got to the point where I made a recommendation list of snacks and drinks to bring as to not-so-gently suggest other parents not bring crap.  I didn’t want to turn into the Team Mom Gestapo, but every time one of the offender snacks would show up, I’d feel my shoulders tense up and my face pickle.  When you try so hard to give your kids the right choices, you have to protect the food fortress from junk invaders.  I’m not talking about a big sacrifice here.  This is about setting the right rhythm for a future of good choices, period.  If it’s a chaotic cacophony of oddly matched notes, your kids will be confused, wondering if they’re listening to a punk opera.  Here’s the message:  It’s ok to pig out after I’ve just run up and down the field for an hour working my ass off and your reward is my bad choice.  Yes, it’s your choice.  You own it.  Be the conductor, because their futures and their performance depend on it. Their coaches may be conditioning them with drills, but you’re preparing them for a lifetime of dietary success.  Mustaches might be hot right now with the kids but those stupid blue and red ones from drinking Gatorade are just downright nasty.



Eat Cleaner by the Daily Grommet

August 17, 2011

Watch and see what he folks at Daily Grommet think of Eat Cleaner, with some commentary from me. I’m not biased or anything…


Eat Cleaner Food Wash + Wipes featured on Daily Grommet

July 14, 2011

Good, Clean FoodOne surefire way to lose your appetite is to consider the bacteria, pesticides and other chemicals that could be lingering on the surface of your fruits, vegetables and meats. For peace of mind and a clean plate, we’re reaching for Eat Cleaner all-natural food washes and wipes.


An ode to Moms everywhere

May 8, 2011

M-O-M aka superhero

Today is Mother’s Day, 2011, and for all the moms, grandmas, mothers to be, and women who have touched the lives of children, welcome to this exclusive club of game changers.  You have been blessed by perhaps the most complex of gifts, and you are capable of amazing things.  A cheerleader.  A goal keeper.  A mind blower.  A body grower.  A wealth of knowledge.  A care package maker for college.  A boo boo kisser.  A first crush listener.  A home of compassion.  A closet of borrowed fashion.  Tooth fairy, Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Valentine’s Day Cupid and Birthday Maker, just to name a few.

Maybe most of all, you are a life giver.  You are pre-programmed to protect that life with every ounce of M-O-M in your veins.  Simba, protectoress…whatever you want to call it.  It is embedded in your DNA and from the moment you lay eyes on your child, you knew what your purpose in life was really all about. 

The purest love. Infinite and unconditional.

We asked you to tell us what motherhood  meant to you, personally, and I wanted to share your responses, and add my own.  Read below and be inspired.  Who could have ever known that a 3-letter word could mean so much.

An ode to MOM.

Annette RobertsonMotherhood is love. Infinite love for your children. Being your child’s teacher, protector and super hero.

Lisa HunsakerThe hardest job in the world! But the most rewarding too! Maybe not monetarily, but emotionally. I wouldn’t change anything about my journey for all the money in the world. Because having those little arms wrapped around my neck are more valuable to me than diamonds!

Traci Morey-Reynolds The best most rewarding journey I could’ve ever imagined…I started my journey 17 1/2 years ago and my oldest will graduate in just 6 weeks on my youngests 6 birthday who of which is a miracle baby…talk about shedding some tears…UGH……GOD IS GREAT!!! that is for sure…I love going through pictures and creating memories with them…I love every minute with my children they are the greatest even at their worst I love them so much they teach me so much patience, love, gratification…they are AWESOME!!!!

Janice BurkeMotherhood to me is setting an example for my children, in the way I live, the way I love, and also in my own self disapline…its a 24 hour job that brings 24 hours of reward! Seeing them smile reminds me everyday why I was created to be a momma!

Jessica Zylkowski BatesMotherhood is more love than you thought possible, laughter, hugs, kisses, tears, sleepless nights, excitement, all rolled into a ball and placed in your heart!

 Stephanie Locklear Kohn Someone once asked me what I thought the essence of a woman was and I replied, “I don’t think I can truly answer that question until I become a mother!” Boy, was I right. Motherhood is a gift that creates the love which makes our world complete!

Deidre Quiet Storm TubbsMotherhood is giving your everything to make sure that the person you gave birth will grow up to be the best person they can be. And all the snuggles and kisses along the way.

 Jenn Hooper-HerreraMotherhood is what makes you a better you. It defines the person you are, gives you strength, courage, humility and dignity. It encompasses your very soul and pushes you beyond all boundaries you though possible. Motherhood is the epitome of life lived.
 Catharina Davidsson Motherhood is getting and giving unconditional love. It is what makes you smile every day! It will most likely even make you cry every now and then. It is not always easy but it makes you a stronger person. It is the best thing that ever happened to me!
Paula ShemanskiI never knew life until I became a mom. Motherhood is joy, happiness, worry, fear, and best of all LOVE. The love and nurturing a mother gives is an amazing thing! ♥ Feel so blessed to have my little guy!

Amber Goetz LewisMotherhood is dying to yourself or carrying the cross. You find joy in giving to your children, and even other peoples children. Motherhood is limitless. You go beyond what you would have before you became a mother. There is a new light, a new joy, a new you.
Stephanie Quinones BrunsonMotherhood is sleepless nights, wiping runny noses, satisfying picky eaters, kissing boo-boos, getting pooped and peed on, and at the end of the day feeling so lucky to have your little one(s) that you would not change a thing!
Katie Schaffnit BrownMotherhood is…. Joy, stress, anticipation, pride, exhaustion, exhilaration, examination, smiles, tears, wonder, bewilderment, teaching, learning and most of all LOVE. ♥
Laura Fuentes Schneller Motherhood is loving another person(s) beyond comprehension. Having an unspoken connection to another human being and experiencing every emotion throughout a lifetime.
I am Mareya Ibrahim, the founder of Eat Cleaner and you have hopefully gotten to know a little bit about my journey.  Every decision I make in both my personal and professional lives are because I’m a mother.  Had I not been, I’m not sure I’d be the same person. It’s because of that I find the energy to stay up past midnight working to help my kids with their homework and read them a story.  It’s because of that I jump out of bed at the crack of dawn to make them breakfast and help them get a nutritious lunch ready.  It’s because of that I ventured into the scary and exciting world of mompreneur and made a committment to create a product that I truly believed in, and that could help other parents protect their children’s plate.  And it’s because of that I thank God every day for the many struggles and blessings.  Because I never felt meaning the way I do as a mom.
Thank you to my mom and all the moms before her for teaching us love, compassion, commitment and sacrifice for the greater good.  We carry your legacy to the next generations.
Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!

Waste not, save more: How to make every bite count

April 21, 2011

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 Waste not, save more. 

With the escalating prices of everyday life and a belt-tightening economy, everyone is more mindful of where their green is going. Yet, if you were to peek into your local landfill, you’d find almost 40% of it from fresh food – a waste of precious resources and a weight on the environment. 25% of our water and 4% of oil go into food that ends up in the trash, and it costs the U.S. $1B (with a B) dollars a year just to deal with disposal. To add to the pile, methane gas from food waste is 21x more harmful to the environment than car emissions.*

Give your fruit + veggies a wash before they chill.  We know, you’ve been trained to wait until you’re ready to use it.  But that’s because they’re talking about using water.  You, my friend, know better. Eat Cleaner Fruit + Vegetable Wash extends your shelf life and helps make your fruit and veggies ‘fast food’ because they’re ready to eat in a flash.  Clean it, dry it and store it.


Break bread with friends and family.  Nothing like gathering people you love around the table or sharing food with someone.  It not only brings you closer together, it helps avoid waste.  Swap nights where one cooks and the other cleans up and bring a little extra to work to share with your cohorts.  It’s amazing what a little food can do to break the ice, too!

Give it back to the earth. Collect that organic goodness and complete the life cycle.  Compost is one of the best way to feed your garden, flowers and herbs.   Most local waste management companies will even provide one to you at little or no cost.  For more info on becoming a safer, cleaner composter, click here for a how-to primer.

*Source:  Dept. of Agriculture, Science NOW.

How can you make every bite more earth wise?  Try these 6 on for size.

Avoid Take Out. According to, the US population tosses out paper bags & plastic cups, forks & spoons every year to circle the equator 300 times! That $.99 burrito may seem cheaper and more convenient in the short run but all that packaging – disposable trays, bags, cups and cutlery – has to go somewhere!

Make a list, shop for it once. Gas has gone through the roof! If you make a list, shop for your ingredients once, and plan your meals for the week, you can maximize your resources and time. Store them in reusable containers and take them to work and have plenty ready for the kids’ lunchboxes. Getting organized will save you time and after all, who has time to waste?

Shop seasonally. The further food has to travel, the longer the carbon footprint behind it. When it comes to fresh fruit and veggies, check to see if they’ve trekked around the globe before you buy them. The NRDC’s Simple Steps website is a good resource to find fresh produce in season depending on where you live and the time of year.

Meat-less. It’s estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef compared to about 200 pounds of tofu. Cutting down on meat consumption just once a week can also reduce your risk of heart disease by almost 20, according to the Meatless Monday campaign. Check out our featured recipe below.

Go wild fish. When it comes to seafood, opt for wild and line caught varieties over farm raised, which can often be confined, medicated and fed dried food pellets made up of fish oil and fish meal (cannibal fish?). Plus,farm raised fish have been found to contain lower omega-3 levels and higher omega-6 fatty acid levels, a pro-inflammatory that you want to try and avoid.

Pay it forward. Supporting companies that use sustainable ingredients, processes and packaging while giving back to the environment and their local economies can continue to pay it forward with your purchase. Look for these practices on their packaging, social media and year end reports. Even if these products and services cost a little more, look at it as an investment into the future.

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