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Running a marathon this November was one of the hardest things our founder had ever done… and he claims he can’t want to do it again.
NaturalVim’s founder, Demis Tambo, is 37 years old, and never could have imagined himself running 26.2 miles… 26.2 miles! That number seemed absurd to him, and just two years prior he would have laughed at the thought of it. So what happened? What motivated him to make it so far?
Just two years ago, he was at a low; he was overweight, depressed, and had no goals in life. One night, he had a vivid dream of enduring a heart attack that become a turning point for him. As he tells us, this dream was incredibly realistic, it completely shook him to his bones. Not only was he terrified of the experience itself, but what it would put his family and loved ones through. His views on health and life goals took a 180’ that day.
Changing his health was actually what led him to starting a business that would help people make better health choices with superfood supplements. You can read more about this part of his journey here.
Demis’ running journey began on an August summer night when his wife signed him and his two boys up for a run at Six Flags Great Adventure. It wasn’t a race that people ran competitively or to improve their person record; this was a fun superhero run at night where they threw glowing powder on you as you crossed certain checkpoints. Being honest with himself, he knew he didn’t want to run this race; he wanted to be at home working on more ideas for the business he was building. However, it turned out this race would change his view of running forever.
He isn’t completely sure what it was, but when the horn went off at the starting line, he remembers something inside of him igniting. He put his 7-year-old son on his shoulder (who weighed about 67 pounds by the way!) and took off. It was around the first mile that he started to slow down, but his son kept saying “Daddy don’t give up, don’t ever give up, keep going!” Those words from his son were powerful. They motivated him the rest of way, and they finished the race together.
This event had him pondering for weeks on how his body was able to endure almost a mile with an additional 67 pounds on his shoulder. It made him realize that he made the right decision by going plant-based and incorporating the superfood supplements into his diet. Those plant-based products gave him an endurance and stamina he could have fathomed before.
On August 16th, he went for another run, this time 2.6 miles. Only 13 runs later he was already doing 7 miles. By his 20th he did his first half marathon.
While he was running his first half marathon, there was a lot on his mind. He was thinking about his mother and how she made a lot of unhealthy choices; it was because of these choices that she was diagnosed with diabetes and cancer. That made him consider even more about his health and why he should keep running: because he believed in making healthier choices and he believed in the products his business sold.
On the 32nd run, he ran 18.33 miles and told himself that he was going to run the Philadelphia marathon on November 24th. The reason he decided to run the marathon was to represent health and the NaturalVim business.
Demis Tambo at the Philadelphia Marathon on November 24th, 2019
As he ran the marathon, he felt dizzy 3 times and the backs of his legs started to cramp. He reminded himself that it’s how you finish, and he was going to finish it hard! … And he did. The marathon was Demis’ 43rd run since August 16th, and his finish time was 4:36:34. He thanks God for giving him the belief and strength to finish that race.
Demis Tambo crossing the Philadelphia Marathon finish line, November 24th, 2019
Demis Tambo official marathon time at the Philadelphia Marathon, November 24th, 2019
Two years ago, our founder never could have fathomed running a marathon. Yet, this past November he did just that. He is a testament to everything NaturalVim stands for. If you believe in yourself, find the right motivation, and continue to push… anything is possible.
The story behind NaturalVim is a very personal one, and one we couldn’t tell it alone. Our founder Demis Tambo and his stories and experiences are the backbone of this organization; none of this would have been possible without him.
What is NaturalVim?
So what does NaturalVim even mean? To keep it short and sweet, vim is energy. In order to make it easier for people to live a healthier life, we wanted to make healthy products easily accessible to everyone at an affordable cost. The products we select are all natural, certified organic, and will help you restore your vim, naturally. Read more about Why NaturalVim.
How it all Started
NaturalVim was founded by Demis Tambo in 2018 with one goal in mind: guiding others to a healthy lifestyle. It all started when he came to a point in his life where he knew it was time to make a change. While telling his story can be hard sometimes, the struggles he went through made him want to help others that much more.
At his heaviest, he was 210 pounds. As he continued his unhealthy eating habits and made little effort to be active, he watched his health deteriorate more and more each day. His doctor said his cholesterol was getting too high, and he had elevated levels of stomach acid. His mental health was also declining; he started to experience depression and low self-esteem, making the task of finding motivation to improve his life that much more impossible. When another life-altering event happened, something triggered inside of him, and he knew the time for change was now or never. Once he was able to get his own life on the right track, he knew he wanted to help others do the same, and thus NaturalVim was born.
A Painful Loss Ignited Motivation
Enduring the tragic loss of one’s mother can be devastating, and Demis’ experience here was no exception. This loss became one of the main reasons NaturalVim was ultimately founded.
Similar to him, his mother had unhealthy eating habits; these habits eventually led to her being diagnosed with diabetes in her mid-40’s. Just a few years later, a tumor was found in her spinal cord and she was diagnosed with cancer. She went through an operation, chemotherapy, and radiation, but nothing was able to cure her. She was given less than one year to live because the cancer she had was deemed inoperable.
It was heartbreaking when the doctors said they did all they could do and that the next step would be to put her in hospice. To make matters worse, they said she wouldn’t pass peacefully as the tumor in her spinal cord would paralyze all of her body's systems, including her respiratory system; this would restrict her breathing so much so that it would eventually just stop altogether. Hospice was able to give her pain medication to relieve the pain, but they could not promise a pain-free death as her condition was very severe and agonizing.
Since this was not the way he or his siblings wanted their mother to go, they had to make a very difficult decision. They decided to try a different option by sending their mother to a doctor who specializes in alternative, natural medicine in Peru, their home country. When the Naturopathic doctor examined their mother, he also agreed that nothing could be done, but he did assure them that he’d do all he could so she would pass away without any pain. Shortly after arriving in Peru, their mother passed away peacefully at age 54 without any pain, as promised.
Wake-up Call from a Dream
One night, Demis had a vivid dream that would be the turning point for him and his health.
In this dream, he was going about his normal day when suddenly he felt his left arm go completely numb. Just seconds later, his entire body shut down and collapsed. While he was falling to the floor and everything was turning black, he realized it was a heart attack. The first thing that came to his mind was his family: his wife and two beautiful children. The sheer panic and fear he felt from losing his family in that deeply realistic dream woke him up in a sweat in the middle of the night.
In this moment he knew he could no longer allow himself to sit back and let his poor habits take control of his life. He knew not only did he feel poorly then, but these habits could lead to him acquiring more serious health risks and diseases down the line. One of his worst fears was a premature death like his mother. Between the state of his health and the passing of his mother, he made the decision to overhaul his lifestyle and began looking for ways to turn his health and overall life around. After all, he wanted to grow old with his beloved wife, support his children into adulthood, and be able to see his grandchildren grow up.
Why We Use Products from Peru
While Demis already knew about the benefits of plant-based foods, his father soon introduced him to maca and other natural products from Peru that he was incorporating into his own lifestyle to support his health. Being from Lima, Peru himself, he was enticed to give these new foods a try, and was soon incorporating many of them into his everyday diet.
In fact, Peru grows many natural superfoods rich in flavor and nutrition, containing various healthy vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and more. Because of the high quality of these foods, and the myriad of health benefits they provide, we are dedicated to sourcing only high quality, certified organic foods from Peru. Just as he started incorporating these organic Peruvian superfoods into his lifestyle, now so can you.
How Natural Superfoods Worked for Our Founder
NaturalVim’s founder saw amazing results after he made these changes in his life. After slowly incorporating natural superfoods into his daily routine, he lost 40 pounds, was able to lower his cholesterol, and was no longer taking medication for high stomach acid. Aside from switching to plant-based foods, he also changed his mindset. Knowing that he only had to start with small changes to his meals made it that much easier for him to gradually change his entire lifestyle. Now, not only has he minimized his risk of acquiring a life-threatening disease, but he feels better. He is happier, more energetic and productive, and has been able to enjoy each and every day with his family.
While his health was steadily improving, he couldn’t help but to think back to his mother. He wished he had known then what he did now about these superfoods, and often wonders if they could have helped her before it was too late. This motivates him to this day, and is a backbone to why NaturalVim is so important. We want to spread the knowledge that a healthier lifestyle doesn’t only impact your appearance, but plays a huge role in your overall quality of life.
The First Steps to a New You
We truly believe that everyone is capable of living a better lifestyle simply by making one healthier choice each day. One choice will lead to two, and maybe even three. While you are working on making those changes, your mindset is also altering, and your body is transitioning for the better with it. It’s possible for anyone to work toward a healthier lifestyle, especially when its just one step at a time.
We ask you now, let your first step be with NaturalVim.
START FEELING AND LOOKING BETTER
NaturalVim is a small NJ-based business with one goal in mind: Helping improve your life by providing affordable, healthy and high-quality food products. A healthy diet can do wonders for your body and mind, such as supporting healthy weight loss, reducing risk of disease, enhancing mood, and bolstering productivity. We take pride in supplying all-natural, certified organic, high-quality products that will help give you more natural vim.
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