Why I started McNab’s?

As a young man in my 20s, I was working in a London bank in the late 1980s. I was full of enthusiasm as I started out in the working world, however this feeling did not last, and I found myself experiencing diminishing enthusiasm and energy levels, dragging myself to the office every day, 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.

What is CFS?

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.

My Remedy for CFS

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, practicing mindfulness and finding meaning in your life. This is the best way to address all forms of both mental and physical fatigue and stress.

The Birth of McNab’s

I wanted to help other people overcome their tiredness so that they, too, could live their fullest life possible. With this in mind, at the turn of the century I started McNab’s; a conscious brand providing natural GOOD-FOR-YOU functional foods, drinks & supplements, 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 and our Health & Wellness Blog.

Our Ethos

At McNab’s we understand that sustainable living is the best way to create long-lasting positive physical and mental energy. We believe energy is a multifaceted phenomenon that comes not only from the food we eat and the way we look after our bodies, but also from the environments we live and work in, the people we associate with, and the thoughts we think.

We Love our Planet

The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it. We have shown, over and over again, that our business does not pursue profit at the expense of people and the planet.

In 2009 we built the award-winning Energy Works. As South Africa’s first truly green office-building, The Energy Works is almost entirely self-sufficient, relying on solar power and collected rain water. We are therefore immune to rolling blackouts and putting additional strain on Johannesburg’s exhausted electricity grid.

We hope to inspire business, government and civil society to follow our lead so that all sectors of society work together towards addressing climate change and our increasingly poisoned planet. After all, we all share the same planet, breathe the same air, and want our children to have a future that is worth saving.

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