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Erin O’Leary Stewart

Co-Owner, Lead Instructor
DEFINE body & mind

Chef, Director
DEFINE foods

Welcome to my world. I love food, flavor and yes, fitness. I eat food, cook food, blend, dehydrate and bake. I wine. I dine. I nibble. I nosh. I’m a foodie and recent Houston, Texas transplant from NYC. I spent 8 years in the Big Apple starting with a career in dance and leaving with a special movement/ food relationship. Dance made me realize that my body was a tool and healthy eating and living can meaningfully impact your way of life. I have learned and continue to master the importance of health and well-being and the effect that food has on both the mind and the body. It is these things, my love for delectable dishes and my passion for fitness and health, that has led me to where I am today. I have found a way to eat well, enjoy food and live a strong, active life through movement and cooking and I want to share it with others.


A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, Erin spent time working in the kitchen at Pure Food and Wine after several years in the dance performing world and instructing classes at Physique 57. She owned and operated her own healthy cookie and granola company O’Cookies Wholesome Bites in New York City and you can now find her teaching classes at Define Body & Mind in Houston.

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13 Comments on “About”

  1. Nancy Sobel
    January 28, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    Hi! It’s so great to see a fellow NGI grad doing such great things! I am currently enrolled in the program (part time) and maintain a blog at http://testkitchenette.wordpress.com. I am a former gymnast and ultramarathoner.
    I am enjoying perusing your recipes!

    • February 12, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

      Thanks so much for reaching out! Hope you’re enjoying NGI as much as I did. Take advantage of every minute of it!

  2. February 28, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    Hey!

    My friend Laura Devlin just visited me out in San Fran and told me about your blog. Im super into raw food, working out etc so she knew I’d be interested. I love your posts so far and the play lists are amazing. Thanks and ill be following!

    -Rachel

  3. February 29, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    I am so happy i found your blog via tumblr! I am a dancer, currently in college majoring in dance, and i am addicted to fitness, living well, and (recently) found love in cooking healthy amazing meals.

    My dad has always been a huge foodie and i used to always go to farms, farmers markets, and delicious famous restaurants with him, but it was not until now have I also found as much love in food and cooking as he did.

    love your blog and your story! Sounds exactly like the path I see myself headed in! πŸ™‚

    rachel stone

  4. Linda Stanley
    June 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    When will start teaching cooking classes?

  5. August 30, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    Erin, was that you in the Physique 57 videos? If so, pretty cool, as I’m trying define body, too, to see if it matches my love for P57!

    • September 8, 2013 at 10:05 am #

      Hey there! It is indeed me in your P57 video. πŸ™‚ I hope to see you in class at DEFINE!

  6. September 8, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    Very cool! I still play them when I am home– on weekends, though, when I can tear myself away from my toddler, I go to Define’s RO location. And I am in LOVE! I dream of training to be a Define instructor one day, when my son is older and I can get away more πŸ™‚

  7. Jessie
    January 28, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    I would love to read a post about your natural beauty products/skincare routine! Thanks, Erin. I love your blog πŸ™‚

    • Callie
      February 17, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

      Yes please!!! Thank you Erin.

  8. April 23, 2015 at 1:15 pm #

    Erin, we love your blog! wanted to invite you to an event that you might like, in houston… http://www.rise-houston.com – may 1 @ 6am!! come dance w us!!

  9. Marsha
    December 26, 2015 at 7:25 pm #

    Hi Erin. I recently saw you on live well network’s mirror mirror. I loved your recipes. I was wondering if you have a cookbook of these kind of recipes. I am a diabetic and I’m trying to eat right. I would love more of your foods that fool recipes.

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