The Kitchen Remix-Mary Ellen’s story
Last summer, Stephanie Ours and I met through a mutual friend. She had just moved from Denver, CO to Naperville, IL. While I had a whole list of things to do, still had not showered after my workout, and had a few kids who needed naps I was drawn to the get-together with the invitation, “Hey, I want you to meet a lady who just moved here from Colorado.”
Before I met my husband, I lived in Colorado for a while and was excited to have another mountain woman in the neighborhood. After a few minutes of knowing each other, Stephanie and I quickly established that we both missed Colorado, loved Labrador Retrievers, and liked cooking healthy food. I also sold her on the idea of trying the fitness studio where I teach classes, The Dailey Method.
What drew Stephanie and me together initially, was a similar morning routine. For nearly 25 years, I have started my morning with a run outside. Over time, my running has evolved from recreational to competitive to something more of a meditation to start my day. My running time has always been my thinking, dreaming, and planning opportunity. It is sacred that this ritual ends at Starbuck’s for a coffee and then a walk home before the “to-do list” of my day begins. Stephanie had a similar routine, so we decided to partner up on a few of our morning runs.
Never did I imagine that bringing the new neighbor on a run through the town would develop into a meaningful friendship. Like good runners, we discussed family, religion, politics, and most importantly, we realized, health and food.
For the past ten years living in Naperville, I was the mom making funky muffins mixed with veggies and fruits and sharing them with the neighbor kids. I was getting pretty well known with my oldest daughter (now 8 years old) and her friends as the mom who would serve broccoli and smoothies on play dates. My friends’ kids were trying my brown rice and vegetable specials, vegetarian meatballs, and white bean hummus. They were sampling fruits, learning to pronounce quinoa, and asking me to give their moms the recipe for my magic spaghetti sauce.
I think my lovely friends accept me and maybe sometimes just tolerate me. My dear friends Heather, Monica, and Laura, and so many more, listened to me and seemed to love me patiently, as I talked about organic produce, health issues, cooking homemade meals, and living a “greener” life.
This past year my New Year’s intention, inspired by a couple fantastic women (Julia Maher and Joanne Mirelli), was to embrace Naperville and to seek its holistic community. They helped me channel my frustration into something good, constructive, and positive. Dr. Devorah Curtis, another friend and client through the Dailey Method in Naperville, helped guide me to reach a little deeper into my soul and believe this dream could be a reality.
Stephanie and I quickly became friends and decided to start a health blog in an effort to share our recipes, readings, and information about healthy food and clean eating. As our project started to unfold, a fabulous business concept was manifested and people started seeking us – The Kitchen Remix.
Here it is friends:
The Kitchen Remix is a life style change. It is not a “diet”. There are no gimmicks. There are no memberships or dues. There is no deprivation, self-loathing, or guilt.
Just like so many of the songs from the 80’s and 90’s being “mixed” today into cool, current tunes, The Kitchen Remix plays off of the good and seeks to find what is already working in your kitchen. Our goal is to help serve our community with health information, great recipes, and motivate people to eat delicious, nourishing food.
The Kitchen Remix is mindful and understands the demands of work, home, and activities that often sway us to make poor food choices. We are going to encourage others to try a new “tune”, like home cooking and juicing. It adds a new mix, like more fresh foods, enticing aromas, and exciting spices to your routine. It is about learning new culinary skills and changing your health and life. It is getting those old tunes back in your body and letting Mother Nature dance with you.
What do we do in a Kitchen Remix?
We are the “Super Nannies” of your Kitchen. We are going to be honest in our assessment and then support you all the way.
- We provide a questionnaire to assess your needs and lifestyle. Maybe you want to eat healthier, introduce more nutritious meals to your family or develop better skills in meal planning and food preparation. Maybe you feel stuck and have no idea where to start or just need help to stay on track with your healthy lifestyle.
- The Kitchen Remix visits your home. We talk, we learn about your lifestyle, and we make recommendations.
- Our services include pantry and refrigerator cleaning and organizing, grocery shopping, education, and training. It may involve meal planning and food preparation.
- We follow-up, support, and coach. The Kitchen Remix is committed to training and educating to help you find optimum energy, weight, health, and beauty potential.
- Our blog and social media pages will serve as constant support to all our fans on their journey to health.
So who needs a Kitchen Remix?