Today we’d like to introduce you to Radiance Thompson.
Radiance, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
“I am going to make myself a sandwich,” I declared to my mother when I was four-years-old as I marched into the kitchen. I remember opening the refrigerator, grabbing the bread, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise. After placing the two slices of whole wheat bread in a toaster and diligently spreading the ingredients on each layer of darkly toasted bread, I had created a condiment sandwich that I proudly ate. Did the ingredients work together – absolutely not! It lacked texture, depth of flavor, substance – it was literally a condiment sandwich! However imperfect it was, that was the beginning to my love story with food. Cooking soon became my way of showing and giving love to people. What better way to make someone feel loved than nourishing the insides of their soul with great tasting food?
Fast-forward fourteen years past my four-year-old condiment sandwich creation, I graduated high school and began culinary arts school at Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena. It was 2007, I was 18-years-old without a clue and all I knew was that I loved cooking. That school opened up quite a few doors for me that 18-year-old me definitely took for granted. I had unique opportunities to cater for the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, work for Michelin star restaurants and celebrity chefs. By 21-years-old, my culinary dreams came to a stand-still when I had my first daughter in July 2010. I was a mama!!! The demands of the culinary world did not match up with the demands of being a mom, so I took a break from cooking and focused on my education, starting off at Santa Monica community college.
Santa Monica Community college proved to be a great place to start my collegiate journey. After bouncing around which major to choose, once I realized the strong relationship food and science had, I became a biology major and stuck to it. For a year, my daughter and I endured four-hour-a-day bus rides going to and from school because I knew that an education would make our lives better. I volunteered at local hospitals, worked part-time, went to school full-time and took care of my daughter – that was my life. For a while, cooking at home seemed to be the only way I would ever be able to use my culinary knowledge. Raising my daughter, pursuing an education, working and volunteering were the only things I had time for.
By 2014, I was able to transfer to the University of California, Irvine as a biological sciences major. It was a proud moment in my life because I finally had made it to a university. I soon became a research biologist, presenting my publications at local, state and national conferences. My daughter was growing and was extremely happy at a local school, we had a car and a student apartment – life was good! It was a great time for me intellectually as I realized how profound an effect scientific research had on the world. Never had I dreamt that I would be able to speak on such esteemed platforms to knowledgeable and distinguished professors about science.
In October 2016, with less than one year left before graduating with my degree, I had my second daughter. How would I graduate from school? I was inches away from finally getting my bachelor’s degree yet, it seemed so out of reach. Nevertheless, through consistency, relentlessness and prayer, both of my daughters watched me walk across the stage receiving my bachelor’s degree in biology in June 2017. As fate would have it, I started working for an emerging biotech company to manufacture T-cells for cancer patients by September 2017. It was an exciting time for my family’s life.
My work in biotech is exhilarating and knowing that I am making an impact in cancer patients lives is rewarding. Working in biotech, however, made me realize that I can only treat the cause of cancer. What about the effect?
Using my research experience, I started looking into the underlying causes of cancer, then moved on to diabetes, heart disease and other diseases that plague society today. Then I had my epiphany – it was all in the food! Eureka! From there, I was beset on finding ways to expand on the medicinal properties of food, showing people how to eat tasty food that is scientifically proven to fight against diseases. Wouldn’t it be a greater service for people to treat the cause of the disease, preventing it altogether through food? Everyone needs to eat after all.
With that, a renaissance of my food love story, was born. I decided to combine my chef skills and research biologist training to create my company, MEALS with Radiance. MEALS, which is an acronym for Make Eating About Living Synergistic, services people from all walks of life who want delicious food that is scientifically proven to fight against diseases and optimize health and well-being.
Every little step, from the condiment sandwich, to the births of my daughters, volunteering at hospitals, graduating from college and finally working at a biotech – these were all necessary steps in my journey toward the creation of MEALS with Radiance. The journey has had setbacks, learning curves, moments of triumph and moments of failure. Each step in this entrepreneurial expedition has taught me something and I will continue to cherish each part of my journey on my railroad to radiance.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The only part of my journey that has been smooth is my belief that it will happen. That is the key to all the hurdles and setbacks I have encountered – my proclamation that MEALS with Radiance will succeed.
That being said, it is definitely a mental game being an entrepreneur. Getting the locomotive started is the hardest part. All the social media accounts, the program launches, the consistency, building a respectable reputation, networking – it can all be a whirlwind of things to do at first accompanied by strong emotional tornadoes.
Another struggle of mine was also breaking free from my own limitations that I imprisoned myself in. I am a single mother of two children and I often tell myself how hard and long the journey will be because of “my situation.” We all are imprisoned by some limitation we believe we have aren’t we? Instead of using that as an excuse, do a 180 flip and make it a reason to keep going!
What’s most important to remember about being an entrepreneur is that the mental struggle never truly ends. Limiting beliefs, that little voice that says it cannot be done, the overwhelming amounts of work – it is all part of the process. Now, I ingest mental health vitamins through consistent affirmations, prayer and meditation to counter the mental struggle, making my road to the radiant success I dream of that much more enjoyable.
Please tell us about MEALS with Radiance.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” a wise man by the name of Hippocrates said thousands of years ago. I first heard that quote while studying for an exam at my university the summer of 2015. It has stuck with me ever since.
MEALS with Radiance takes into account each client’s health conditions and family history of diseases, creating meals that are great for digestion and overall immunity. When a client has a high probability of acquiring heart disease and cancer based on family gene history, MEALS creates a meal plan containing foods with medicinal properties against those diseases. In this way, clients have meal plans specifically tailored to what their genes require. MEALS with Radiance clients literally eat for their genes.
Clients that eat for their genes for 90 days shift their body’s framework, improving digestion, increasing immunity and overall well-being. This shift is what MEALS with Radiance refers to as Core-Centricity. Core-Centricity is a level of optimal health and vitality achieved where a complete lifestyle change in my clients occurs.
MEALS with Radiance services women to achieve Core-Centricity in their lives and uses a portion of its profits to give back to the most important woman, Mother Earth. Without her, we would be nothing. MEALS believes in giving back to the earth by cultivating fruits and vegetables with local growers. For each client in a MEALS with Radiance program, one seasonal plant is grown naturally and in the name of that client.
Often it feels as if the media, by and large, is only focused on the obstacles faced by women, but we feel it’s important to also look for the opportunities. In your view, are there opportunities that you see that women are particularly well positioned for?
I was once a woman who struggled with self-love and I know that many women have had that same issue. Society has taught women to be self-sacrificing to the point that they are looked down upon for taking care of themselves. Women now have the unique opportunity to dig deep, truly learn how to love themselves and share their journey of self-love with the world. I have seen an emergence of women shedding the skin of societal norms and embracing their inner Venus – the mother with stretchmarks not afraid to post a picture of herself in her bikini, women posting about their battles with depression and anxiety. There are many women living in silent pain looking to a story for inspiration. Each woman who has found her inner Venus has been well positioned through life experience to be the voice of that woman in silence. Women are now proudly assuming responsibility to tell other women that it is okay to say you’re not okay, it is okay to take care of yourself and it is okay to fall in love with yourself.
- $497 for One Month Core Intensive (1-on-1)
- $1347 for Three Month Core Centric Program (1-on-1)
- Address: Radiance Thompson
- Website: meals-with-radiance.com
- Phone: 4243822438
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mealswithradiance/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MEALS-With-Radiance-827913247578061/
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