And that's where Jean Dailey
comes in. Dailey, owner of Dailey Renewal Retreat (808 Northridge St., Greensboro; 852-8889; DaileyRenewalRetreat.com) wants to teach you healthful eating.She
wants to let you talk to experts who can help you get to the root of some of your bad habits.The exercise is still up to you, but she
can pamper you with a mani-pedi when you're through.
is holding a grilled portobello sandwich with carmelized red onions, capers and sundried tomatoes.
opened the retreat last summer after selling pharmaceuticals for a dozen years and running Herbal Health on State Street for seven years.
"Pharmaceuticals or herbs, to me they had the same level of healing," she
says."I don't see the two as different.However, my diet had gotten pretty bad, and I was so tired, I'd spend all weekend in bed."
In trying to find the cause of her
own health problems, Dailey
began a raw food diet.That worked fine in the summer, but by winter she
wanted warming foods again.Then she
found Christina Pirello, who had terminal leukemia but had sent the disease into remission with a whole-food macrobiotic diet - one without prepackaged foods, sugar and dairy.
cookbooks offered a lot more diversity and really worked for me," Dailey
says."It really came back to me how much I liked to cook for myself.People don't realize that when they eat food prepared for them, they're absorbing the energy of what's going on in that person's life.The energy of a minimum-wage fast-food worker might not be something you want to take on.So, learning to cook for yourself is a gift to your own health."
Two years ago, Dailey
began teaching classes at Deep Roots market; she
has since added Earth Fare lessons, as well.
"When we first opened, my main program was a 21-day detox for people who mainly wanted to lose weight," Dailey
says the first visitors to her
retreat were drawn there because of health issues, but now she
has attracted a lot of students and faculty from nearby UNCG, and the cooking classes at Deep Roots and Earth Fare have opened up the lifestyle to people from all walks of life.
"As far as the cooking classes are concerned, we show people how to get their kitchen ready, from the pantry to the meal planning," Dailey
Preparation is easy enough, although Dailey
reminds home chefs that mushrooms should be carefully brushed free of dirt instead of washed because if they absorb any water, they'll become soggy when you cook them.