We had the good fortune of connecting with A. Shenae McCoy and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi A. Shenae, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve always known that diet can heal many things, but I never realized how serious it was until I was found with ten tumors in my right breast and diagnosed with cancer. At the time, I was the owner and operator of a Meal Prep company that sold animal products and some processed foods. During my treatment, I closed that business and changed my diet completely. I researched natural herbs and what foods could help heal my body. I cut out all animal products and processed foods. When I would report to my oncologist that I was walking a mile every morning while on chemotherapy, she didn’t understand how I could have so much energy. I instantly realized that the meals I was eating were giving me my life back. Soon after, the Meals Of Life™ concept was born.

I wanted to offer my community healthy, plant-based, vegan meals that were good to you and good for you. I didn’t want to compromise flavor for plants. So, I spent every morning, noon, and night in my kitchen recreating plant-based versions of traditional, delicious meals. And nearly 3 months after surgery, I launched Meals Of Life™.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I would say I’m most proud to be a self-taught Chef. Mastering cooking plant-based foods deliciously is a challenge for sure. At the time that I was teaching myself, I struggled because my taste buds were working against me during chemotherapy treatment. It wasn’t an easy task at all, to say the least. However, I knew that if I was able to master even a few dishes, I could be saving my own life or others in the future. Meals of Life™ is an intersection where vegans, flexitarians, omnivores, and carnivores can cross paths to share a delicious meal. No chemicals, no additives. Just delicious plants with a ton of flavor.

Challenges are going to be inevitable. It’s how you overcome those challenges that matter. I always tell people, life is 10% of what happens and 90% of how we respond and I didn’t want my diagnosis to define me. I’ve always been a go-getter and I was determined to continue being that person.

I went through 4-5 months of extensive chemotherapy and then a bilateral mastectomy in October of 2021. I still experience side effects from it all.

However, I constantly remind myself of how far I’ve come and it makes it easier for me to push through those moments of pain, neuropathy, or whatever side effect I may be experiencing at the time.

I’m just grateful that I was given another chance on this earth and giving it my all while I’m allotted the time.

My goal is to educate people on the importance of a whole-food, plant-based diet.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Botanical Gardens
Giving Tree Cafe
True Food Kitchen
Meals Of Life
Wild Chickpea
Pomegranate Cafe and Drink Me Tea Room. These are both women-owned businesses that promote healthy lifestyles and sustainable living.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Capri – Owner/Operator of Milk Of Life. – For challenging me to dig deeper for a healthier lifestyle Uptown Farmers Market – For the care packages, well wishes and an overwhelming amount of love and support.

John at NTK Kitchens – For the doctor appointment rides, to you allowing my storage to stay in your kitchen during my treatment.

Thank you ALL for being such remarkable human beings.

Website: https://www.mealsoflife.com

Instagram: meals_of_life

Linkedin: ashenaemccoy

Facebook: mealsoflife

Yelp: Meals Of Life

Image Credits
The Naturel Vibe Photography

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