Get to Know Mareya
We sat down with this 25-year food-industry veteran and the entrepreneur behind natural produce-cleaning product line eatCleaner to find out just how she does it all.
You’ve been in the industry for over two decades. How did you get started?
One of my first jobs out of school was as a marketing manager at a place called Alfalfa’s Market, one of the early retail locations featuring natural products. I had my hand in food styling, recipe creation and all aspects of marketing. This was when I began to develop an appreciation for the origin and nutrition of food.
Then, 15 years ago, my father developed cancer and had to have his bladder removed. This changed his whole lifestyle. We were told by his doctor to avoid all raw foods to reduce risk of foodborne illnesses caused by bacteria. I thought, “How are we going to do this?” Salads and raw foods are the cornerstones of a nutritious diet! Together, we developed eatCleaner, a line of natural products lab-proven to remove up to 99.99% of the residue that can cause foodborne illnesses. They also remove pesticide residue that’s not water soluble and can help produce last up to five times longer, keeping more out of landfills. When I started eatCleaner, I was a young mom with young kids. I had a lot of insights to share. That’s really what launched me to where I am now.
You’re a published author. Tell us about your books.
My first is The Clean Eating Handbook: 31 Essential Rules for Health, Wellness and a Fabulously Fit Life. People were killing themselves in the gym to work o the crap they’d eaten. But you can’t outtrain a bad diet! I wanted to show people how fitness could be achieved through food habits. My second book, Eat Like You Give a Fork: The Real Dish on Eating to Thrive, is a call to action. We need to have thought and intention when picking and eating foods. When we do that, we can help alleviate stressors and side e ects of many diseases and chronic disorders.
How do you get so much done, especially as a busy mother?
It’s my lifestyle, 110%. I’m energized because I live and eat a certain way, I hydrate and I believe in everything in moderation. I’m also very driven because I’m a person of strong faith. I believe we have a purpose in our work. I was put on this earth to help people feel better about themselves, so I want to be of service. I want to help people avoid the pitfalls I walked into in my early years, so that they can thrive.
What is the ethos behind your work?
My ethos is that living a life of joy is my decision. We get to choose, in any circumstance, how we feel and what we do, such as the habits we create, the rituals we have and the food we eat. I believe that food and a healthy lifestyle are conduits to a joyful life and to achieving something that surpasses simply satiating ourselves.