How it all began – Rupert’s CFS Story
My very first job was working for a London bank in the late 1980s. As it was my first I was initially keen and interested. However, as the weeks turned into months it felt like every cell in my body was starting to protest. I ignored this growing unease, dragging myself to the office with diminishing enthusiasm and energy, until one day I woke up and, quite simply, could not get out of bed. I had developed the kind of deep muscle fatigue one would expect to experience after running a marathon – except mine was not relieved by rest. It became my permanent state.
In time, I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). This is a devastating multi-system disease that is characterised by a range of neurological problems, muscle pain with intense physical and mental exhaustion, relapses, and a range of cognitive problems. According to conventional medicine the cause of the illness is unknown and so there is no accepted medical treatment or cure.
In desperation, I turned to complementary therapies where I found many answers, not least the importance of good nutrition. By changing my diet and using a mix of vitamins, minerals, herbs and essential fatty acids, I experienced a significant boost in energy. I was hooked and started exploring other complementary therapies in my long journey of overcoming CFS.
The result of my experience was that I discovered that the gift of lifelong energy is a multi-faceted phenomenon requiring physical, emotional, mental and spiritual balance. In addition to a wholesome diet this means getting sufficient exercise and sleep, making time for play and relaxation activities, developing good social connections, practising mindfulness and finding meaning in your life. This is the best way to address all forms of both mental and physical fatigue and stress.
I wanted to help other people overcome their tiredness so that they, too, could live their fullest life ever. With this mind, in 2000 I started McNab’s, a conscious brand providing natural energy products, including our bestselling McNab’s SuperCharge Energy Tabs which contain the very same nutrients that helped me overcome my chronic fatigue all those years ago.
Some of our tools to help everyone live a Big Life include our Daily Motivational Quotes, our SuperCharged Newsletter and our #100WaysToEnergy Blog.
If you’d like to know more about my journey, read my book called How to have a Big Life.