We're introducing a new feature on the eVitamins Health News blog this week called "My Journey to Health." We'll be introducing you, our valued customers, to the people behind your favorite brands, allowing them to explain their reasons for getting healthy and joining the natural health industry.
Our first contributor is Robert Principe, internet account manager for MegaFood. MegaFood is based in New Hampshire and has been manufacturing farm fresh, whole food supplements since 1973. Principe joined the company in 2009 and currently works and lives in Dover, Florida with his family.
eVitamins: Explain your personal journey to health.
Robert Principe: My personal journey to optimal health began when I started working for MegaFood. I had always tried to stay active and exercise, but I was mostly ignorant to proper nutrition and supplementation. MegaFood educated me about the brand, the industry and what goes into a proper, healthy lifestyle.
EV: What motivated you to make your health a priority?
RP: Aging and family. I have two daughters – four years and seven months old. We started having children a bit late – I'm 36 – so I wanted to make sure I'm still fit/healthy enough to keep up with my girls for years to come.
EV: What's the best advice you've ever gotten about health?
RP: My great grandmother always told me, 'The more color on your plate the better.' I try to keep it simple, stay away from simple sugars and colored drinks. Too much of ANYTHING is bad.
EV: What health advice do you like to share with others?
RP: Give yourself a break. Don't sacrifice happiness for health. The most important thing is to never stop learning and find balance. Choose a fitness program you enjoy and allow yourself a 'cheat meal' every now and again -- just make it special.
EV: What do you think was the hardest part about turning your health around?
RP: Social pressure, holidays, outings -- pretty much any occasion. It takes effort to make the right decision, even when others are not.
EV: What are your favorite healthy foods you always keep on hand?
RP: Grapes, pears and apples. I also live in strawberry country, so we eat a ton of those when they're in season.
EV: How do you stay in shape? What is your favorite type of exercise?
EP: I fancy myself a runner, but my legs hold me back from doing extreme distances. I work out from home and P90X has been good to me.
EV: Do you have any health or fitness goals you're working on or have recently accomplished?
RP: I was training to run a six-mile 'Savage Race,' but was unable to compete because we closed on a house a few days prior. I also plan to do several 10Ks next year.
EV: How do you continue spreading the word on healthy living with your current position at MegaFood?
RP: Through retailers like yourself. You touch our customers, you are the partners we need to make a real impact.
EV: What are your favorite MegaFood products?
RP: I have a lot so I will list what I take on a daily basis -- Men’s Daily (3 tablets per day) (coming soon), D3 2,000 IU, Adrenal Strength (coming soon), Balanced B Complex, Extinguish, MegaFlora and my absolute favorite, Balanced Minerals (coming soon).
Check out all these great supplements and more from MegaFood and eVitamins. More from this great brand coming soon. Have a safe and healthy weekend!