This is the one question most people ask when they’re getting to know a company, a brand, and deciding whether they can trust it. After all, trust is the most important of all human character traits – it’s the bedrock and very foundation of most of what exists in the civilized world that us humans have created – especially when it comes to something crucial to our daily life as what we put in our mouth. And, it is one of those elements that is personal, so let’s get personal. I’ll go first.
Although the balance of my career was in healthcare to align with my mission of impacting health, ever since my minor degree in college, in Personal Training, I’ve known no greater feeling than the moment when a person, who’s trusted me to make them healthier, meets the goal and result that up until that point, was a distant vision in their mind. A hope. Or, something maybe they felt hopeless of achieving. Promising themselves “one day” they’d get to it. Maybe they had tried, and tried, and fell victim to a “diet”, like the anecdotal 95% of people who fail at diets or short-term programs, only to become worse off than when they started. Or, maybe it was a fleeting goal that popped in their mind as a “New Year, New You” resolution. Whatever the cause or inspiration of the goal, my job was to understand that person, not just the physical parts, but the underlying motivations, emotions, and history. To help them see their body as a temple, which needs to be cleaned, swept, maintained, renovated, to let the windows and doors open and the breeze come through, to complete the analogy.
When they reached that goal, the reward for me was written all over their face and presence – they were fulfilled, physically, mentally, spiritually, and all the sudden the tension in their lives and shoulders would melt – relationships with their significant other, kids, friends, co-workers, even random strangers became better. They argued less, loved more, and enjoyed the rare gift we all have of being humans in this day in age.
With my career, I was mission-oriented from the age of 22 – my mentor had informed me that 2/3 of the U.S. Adult population was unhealthy, and headed for a life of pain, disease, and suffering. This rocked my world. It made me sad. I love this country, and I know most people don’t want to live the life of discomfort that lay ahead of them. So, I worked in the Healthcare System. I deeply love and respect 100% of the people who make America’s hospital and health system the best in the world – if you’re sick, there’s no better place to get care than right here.
But, we spend $3 trillion (yes, trillion) per year in our system now, and that rate of unhealthiness is now even higher (says the CDC). It’s gone up, not down. And we spend $68 billion (yes, billion) on Diet and Weight Loss. Nothing is working - a new way is necessary.
Yet, every person who studies the human body, knows that nutrition is the key to our health. Food is medicine, but we have to remember it is a slow medicine. Change that happens quickly goes away quickly. Sustainable lifestyle eating, that lasts not 3 months, but more like 30 years, is the real goal.
I’m not saying MealShare is the holy grail. Nothing is. But, MealShare is a tool. And it’s a really simple tool for self-accountability, in it's most basic form. We have a lot of Pros, ones you can trust. So, you can use the app to connect with just your Pro. Or, you can use the app to connect with friends, build your own community, social accountability, and reach your health goals that way.
Just remember, food is slow medicine, so have fun. That’s what makes the journey enjoyable and not a chore. Oh, and don’t make any one else feel bad. This is a no shaming, non-judgmental environment. It’s a safe place, so if anyone is being mean, they’ll be asked to clean up their act or get the boot.
We love feedback, we love making people healthier, happier, and better. We’re not perfect. We need you, as our friends, family, community, to help us make MealShare what it needs to be. Thanks for being a part of this movement with us, impacting health through healthy eating. Not just for us, but for the countless generations to come.
In health and with love,