Hi Model Meals Family,
Danika here, Model Meals Founder and CEO. As some of you may know, I have such a passion for Whole30 and the transformative power of food that I wanted to share three important beliefs that changed when I decided to do the Whole30 challenge. After my life-changing Whole30 in 2014, my new levels of energy propelled me to make other changes. Armed with fresh self-care practices like healthy movement, meditation, and gratitude, the food I was eating gave me the fuel I needed to completely transform my life. I became happier, vibrant, and more present. After making and delivering meals from my small NYC apartment, I relocated to Orange County and into my parent’s garage in 2015, teamed up with my long time friend Camille as a business partner and Model Meals as you know it began! It has been a long road filled with challenges and sometimes painful growth, but as female entrepreneurs, we wouldn’t change a thing. This path has been one of continued learning and evolution, but these three beliefs continue to represent transformation on a daily basis and I hope you find them as life-changing as I have.
These beliefs might seem simple but the impact they can have on our lives, inside and out, is incredible.
1. Changing our nutrition doesn’t have to be costly
What is costly: Trips to the doctor, high-priced medications, the emotional toll our negative health habits have on ourselves and our loved ones...the list goes on. We believe that whole, nutrient-dense, high-quality food is an investment in our health and wellness- physically and mentally. Eating well is a preventative measure and one that is well worth the financial cost-benefit ratio. When we feed ourselves whole, real, nutrient-dense foods, we help support our bodies in fighting infections, functioning efficiently, and thinking clearly. Whether we’re training for optimum sports performance or increasing our energy to play with the grandkids, our health is one of our greatest assets and one we can influence with the right daily fuel.
2. Altering our lifestyle and diet doesn’t happen instantly, it takes time
Lifestyle changes need to be sustainable, and unfortunately, it doesn’t happen overnight. New habits need to be adaptable to our lives so that we are more inclined to keep those changes and not revert to old behavior. According to a study conducted in 2009 by health psychology researcher Phillippa Lally, on average it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact. And how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances. In this study, it took anywhere from 18 days to 254 days for people to form a new habit. Think of your new goals as a marathon and not a sprint. We’ll be here cheering you on as you start each leg of that journey.
3. Knowledge is powerful and empowering
When I began reading, learning, and educating myself about the ways that what we put into our bodies affects us, I had the information I needed to make the right decisions for how I wanted to feel, and the life I wanted to create for myself. Not only did I dive into reading about health with my new-found mental clarity, I also started a self-care practice that included daily journaling, meditation, affirmations, manifestation, and other therapeutic activities. I became a more conscious consumer of media, I sought out additional resources, and I committed to sharing these empowering resources with others. Operating Model Meals with the desire to share knowledge about how to live and eat cleaner, starting with what we feed ourselves, is one way we aim to empower our customers and community.
We love what we do and we hope you can taste that love in every meal we prepare. Whether you’re local to Southern California or making our recipes at home, our goal is to be a resource empowering you to live your fullest and happiest life possible... because, well, you’re helping us do the same!