The Healthy Place
Tim Obrien pt 1
Everyone has struggled with eating healthy. I mean everyone. I suspect even the cavemen were given the “evil eye” by their spouse for wanting to eat that extra piece of dinosaur meat from off the new fire spicket he installed for her.
It is a fact that two out of every three adults in the United States over the age of 20 are overweight or obese. That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I know I’ve struggled with weight my entire life. Just a couple of years ago, I was at 280 pounds and decided enough was enough. In the last two years, I’ve lost 65 pounds and actually want to go about another 15 or 20. But I haven’t felt this good in years. Amen!
We all know that food is the best way to get your vitamins and minerals. But it sometimes can be hard to eat enough fresh veggies, fruits, whole grains, and other healthy options. A multivitamin can be a safe way to boost your nutrients.
Don’t believe the studies that support the latest fad diets endorsed by some big name celebrity. Some people, anyone actually, can gain 10 pounds and then document how they went on some gimmicky diet for 30 days and lost 15 pounds and so many inches (but don’t tell you how much they were paid to endorse the product in doing so).
Paleo, gluten-free, low-fat, juice cleanses, you name it: Proponents of any diet can find an academic study or some celebrity somewhere to back up their program.
That brings me to my guest today. Tim O’Brien started off in the health and wellness industry back in 2003 working for GNC franchises. He then became a District Manager for the chain in 2005. Then, in 2008, he became the manager of Elite Nutrition until founding “The Healthy Place – Apple Wellness” in 2010.
Tim has built a solid foundation of knowledge and expertise and this has translated into the success he has experienced in opening his own company. “The Healthy Place” first started online as e-commerce store, then turned into one brick and mortar store – but has now grown to four stores! Amen!
Tim believes in educating and empowering individuals to make lifelong, healthy choices and changes in their lives. His desire is to help each individual to reach their true health potential and he does so while giving all of the Glory to God. Amen!
Help me welcome to the program, Tim O’Brien! Tim, thank you for coming on the program today!
First question I always start with is this. Other than that brief information I just shared, tell us in your own words, “Who is Tim O’Brien?”
You started off in a GNC store. We’ve all seen them in the malls, etc. Was this a career decision you made at that time or was it just a job to earn some money and then that turned into a passion?
When you met your wife, Becki, were both of you into healthy lifestyles and is that how you met or just something you found out you both had in common?
You went from working with GNC to ultimately opening your own company. And it was not really that long of a ride, six or seven years. What was the motivating factor that made you decide you could make a difference? That one thing that was missing from the other healthy style stores out there?
You are very selective in the supplements, vitamins, etc. that you offer, correct?
I’ve read a lot of material that claims most of the nutrient supplements, etc. that are on the market do not come anywhere near the level of claims that are being made about them. What is your response to questions about the need for supplements, vitamins, etc?
How do you determine what supplements qualify for inclusion in your store offerings?
I know we always see the little disclaimers that the FDA has not reviewed or approved of supplements, vitamins, etc. that you see offered everywhere. Usually in fine print on the bottom of a TV ad that you have to pause to try and read.
Folks, like I stated during the opening to the program, we all either have a weight problem, a health problem or know someone who does.
I encourage you to reach out to Tim O’Brien and his staff at “The Healthy Place – Apple Wellness.” Go down into the show notes below and reach out to Tim and his staff. Ask your questions. Take a look around. Test out some of the products that interest you.
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