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Healthy Eating Series: What are Detox Diets?

Now that we’re beyond the overindulgence of the holiday season, we are trying to return to healthier eating habits and cut out junk food from our diets. One option that you might have heard of is the “detox diet.” But what does this term mean, exactly? And are detox diets a good option, or are they unhealthy? 

 

Keep reading to learn more about detox diets and their pros and cons. 

What is a Detox Diet?

A detox diet means you cut out a certain type of food or ingredient from your diet. That food or ingredient could be almost anything – gluten, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, or even a whole food group. There are supporters and detractors of detox diets, with supporters arguing that this type of approach can help you lose weight and cut out unhealthy habits. Detractors say it can lead to dangerous nutritional deficiencies.  

 

So, what are the pros and cons of detox diets?  

What are the Pros?

The pros of a detox diet depend largely on what kind of food or substance you’re cutting out. A detox diet in which you cut out alcohol entirely, for example, can prove very good for you. Cutting down on processed foods certainly can’t hurt, either. So, following detox diets in this way can help you to think closely about what you’re eating and remove unhealthy foods from your diet.  

What are the Cons?

Unfortunately, there are more cons than pros when it comes to detox diets. The leading reason is this: Our bodies already have a detoxification system. Organs like our livers, kidneys, skin, lungs, and digestive system work to break down and eliminate toxins and waste products. So, depending on what you’re cutting out, you might miss out on essential nutrients your body needs. There is no scientific evidence to suggest that detox is effective or sustainable in a long-term way. Plus, it’s also possible for detox diets to trigger unhealthy eating habits or patterns, especially among more vulnerable demographics like teenagers.  

Detox Diets: Yay or Nay?

A detox diet focusing on cutting out alcohol, cigarettes, or processed foods can certainly have health benefits. But too many detox diets promise something they can’t deliver: Cutting out a certain type of food or food group will lead to weight loss or a healthier lifestyle. The truth is our bodies need a full range of nutrition to stay healthy. The trick isn’t cutting out a certain ingredient or food; it’s about eating well regularly and indulging only in moderation, like most things in life. 

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Life as a Naturals2Go Vending Owner-Operator: Part 2

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to own and operate a healthy vending machine business? Sometimes, hearing it directly from those who do it is the best way to learn. In Part 1, we met several successful vending operators from around the country. Let’s dive in and meet even more of Naturals2Go’s great operators: 

Tina Paine

Tina’s favorite part of her work is providing healthy options to her community. She first became a Naturals2Go owner in September of 2013 when she worked full-time as a Regulatory Managing Director at a large institutional bank. In early 2019, she decided to take the leap and focus on her healthy vending business full-time. Wicked Healthy Vending has grown to a 46-machine lineup and is preparing to purchase more soon.  

 

Tina currently has three part-time employees and operates her business out of a warehouse location. She also serves as an independent director on Vend Tech International’s Board of Directors, and is also a director on the Massachusetts Vending Association’s Board of Directors. 

Michael Rayburn

Michael joined the United States Navy directly out of high school in 1998 and retired in 2018. During this time, he traveled to 23 countries and earned a Bachelor’s degree in history and a Master’s in Business Administration. Michael launched his Naturals2Go business in December of 2018 and currently operates 11 MVP-10CP machines. He recently purchased a franchise business to run as well. “I will be using my Naturals2Go machines for free advertising of my new business,” he says. “This can only be done because of the cutting-edge technology on the MVP machine.”  

Jim Kendall

Jim’s Oklahoma-based healthy vending operation is his third successful business venture. “Life is a flash in the pan,” says Jim. “Make yours sparkle.” 

 

Jim started his Naturals2Go business in late 2020 with 4 MVP-UVend technology machines. In March of 2022, he added two more machines and hopes to have between 16 and 20 machines up and running by the end of 2023. His ultimate goal is to retire from the corporate world and dive fully into his new healthy vending endeavor.  

Erich Overhardt

Erich is “Head Honcho” at Nourish Healthy Vending (NHV), LLC, and also serves as an independent director on Vend Tech International’s Board of Directors. NHV is co-owned by Erich’s business partner Michele Marron (also known as “Vendress Extraordinaire”), who also serves as a coach for VendTech International.  

 

The pair purchased 12 MVP-10CP machines in October 2018 and had their first placements in January of the following year via Naturals2Go’s on-site locating (OSL) program. Now, Erich and Michele have 17 MVP machines and three satellites in 14 locations for a total of 20 machines. They hope to grow to 50 machines or more in the future! 

Ready to Launch Your New Venture?

Contact our team to learn more and get started on your healthy vending journey. We look forward to meeting you! 

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Smart Lifestyle Trends to Follow in the New Year

The New Year is the perfect time to recommit to a healthy lifestyle or maintain it. Let’s take a look at some of the best healthy lifestyle trends to follow in 2023.

Slow Living

Have you ever heard of slow living? The term refers to leading a lifestyle that’s mindful, conscious, and meaningful. Essentially, slow living means taking a step back and remaining grounded. It directly opposes the hustle culture that’s dominated society in recent years. Slow living can influence everything from the interior design of your home to the food you eat to the meditation practices you follow – do some research and find out whether slow living might be something you’re interested in trying. 

Workplace Wellness

If there’s one silver lining of the pandemic, it’s that workplace wellness is here to stay. This year, employers and employees alike will continue striving for non-toxic workplace environments, healthy office cultures, and better relationships between coworkers, supervisors, and upper management. Plus, more employers than ever include wellness initiatives in their benefits packages, like subsidized gym memberships or wellness stipends to be used at healthy food stores.  

Mindful Drinking

2023 is the year to start drinking alcohol on your terms – whether you want to manage it more effectively or cut it out entirely. There is a mainstream shift in the conversation around alcohol consumption, especially during the New Year as we see trends like dry January, the sober-curious lifestyle, and others pop up. Take some time to think about how you want to consume alcohol this year, if you want to at all, and then set some goals around this topic to help you drink more mindfully. 

Smart Exercise

Rather than “going hard” at the gym every day, more and more people are turning to simpler, fundamental fitness routines to maintain their healthy lifestyles. From stretching and yoga to simple aerobics and jogs around the block, it’s often easier to get healthy – and stay that way – when you make it a part of your normal life routine. It’s much easier than staying committed to that New Year’s resolution to hit the gym daily.  

Make Healthy Living Your Trend

Whether you choose to follow healthy lifestyle trends this year or not, one thing is for sure: Committing to your own health and wellness is never a bad thing. Consider some of the trends discussed above and set some goals for yourself as 2023 rolls on!  

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Is a Vending Machine Business Recession-Proof?

There has been much debate over the looming recession. Some say it’s coming on the horizon. Others insist we’re already in it. Whichever is true, there’s no denying that times are tough between rising inflation, the high costs of goods and services, and future economic uncertainty. And that’s one of the great things about operating a healthy vending business: It’s essentially recession-proof. Here’s why: 

Demand Remains High

The first reason that vending machine businesses are recession-proof is simple. The demand for the products that vending machines provide remains high, even when the economy is in a slump. People want the products found in vending machines, especially healthy ones. Protein bars, trail mixes, salads or other fresh offerings like veggie sticks, healthy chips… the list goes on. People will choose to spend their hard-earned money on healthy and reasonably priced items, no matter what the economy looks like. 

Vending Costs Are Low

For vending machine operators, the costs to start the business – and the costs of maintaining it – are low. This is a good thing in slow economic times. Maintaining machine equipment and parts, stocking inventory, and tracking sales are inexpensive, especially when partnering with a healthy vending platform like Naturals2Go.  

 

For customers, vending machine product costs are low, too. And with the convenience of grabbing a healthy snack from a vending machine, the low cost and ease of use make vending machines a viable recession-proof option. 

Locations Are Flexible

If a vending operator finds that a certain machine location isn’t producing the way they’d like it to, the solution is simple: Change the location. This is another reason the vending business is recession-proof. If a location isn’t producing revenue, try another one. For example, perhaps your location in an apartment complex isn’t working. Try moving that machine to an office park or a supermarket lobby, and you’ll likely see the numbers rise.  

Start Your Vending Journey With Us

Interested in launching your own healthy vending venture? Naturals2Go’s location procurement services and comprehensive training make it easy. Contact our team to learn more and get started.  

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Achieving Work-Life Balance With a Healthy Vending Machine Business

 

Could you imagine being a mom to six children (2 being twin boys that are nine months old) and running your own healthy vending machine business?!

 

That’s exactly what Shelley McCauley does each day as she and her husband enjoy the ability to run their own successful business AND have time for their fantastic family.

 

The McCauley’s story was recently featured in Franchise Dictionary Magazine. While it certainly is a jam-packed day, the freedom of running your own business, adjusting to your own schedule, and making sure family is still the priority has certainly helped them professionally and personally!

 

If you know someone that is struggling to manage the work-life balance and could benefit from a business that offers time for both, contact Naturals2Go today.  

 

 

 

 

 

Are New Year’s Resolutions the Same as Goals?

Every year, countless people make – and break – New Year’s resolutions. Sometimes, it’s easy to confuse a New Year’s resolution with your personal and professional goals. But they’re not really the same thing.

 

There’s nothing wrong with New Year’s resolutions. But the next time you’re goal-setting, keep these tips in mind: 

Make Goals SMART

Do you follow the SMART system when you’re setting a goal? Make sure your goal is: 

 

          • Specific: Too vague of a goal will never be met. Make your goal as specific as possible.
          • Measurable: You need some way to measure success along your journey.
          • Achievable: Your goal doesn’t need to be easy – but it needs to be achievable, or else it’s not worth trying.
          • Relevant: How does your goal relate to your life, work, and future vision? Knowing how your goal is relevant to you is very important.
          • Time-Bound: Set a timeframe for achieving your goal. Having no end date in mind makes goals harder to achieve.

Integrate Goals Into Your Life

Often, a New Year’s resolution is incorporated “on top” of your normal life – hit the gym more, cut out this food or that type of fat, and drink eight glasses of water per day. One reason we tend not to stick to our resolutions is that they don’t truly get incorporated into our daily life. Studies show that it takes at least a month for most people to make something a real habit. So, stick with it – integrate the checkpoints for your goal into your life, and don’t give up. Then and only then will it become something you work toward in the long term. 

Make Goals Any Time of Year

New Year’s resolutions get made at, well… the New Year. But your personal and professional goals aren’t limited to January 1st. The great thing about goals is that you can set them – and achieve them – at any time. Don’t be afraid to set your next goal whenever you’re ready. 

Ready to Achieve Your Business Goals?

Do it with Naturals2Go. Enter the world of healthy vending and lean on our 24/7 support, lifetime coaching, and location procurement services to get started on your journey. Contact our team to learn more. 

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You Know You’re Ready to Scale Your Business When…

One of the many advantages of the healthy vending machine business is that it’s scalable, meaning you can grow your operations when you’re ready. And we know how to grow your vending business – add more locations, offer new products, upgrade your machines, and serve more niche markets. But another question remains: When? It’s not always easy to know if you’re ready to scale up or not. 

 

Here are three signs you’re ready to scale your vending business: 

You’re surpassing your business goals.

Any entrepreneur worth their salt will frequently be checking their numbers, evaluating how their business is doing, and seeing whether they’re meeting – or exceeding – the goals they’ve set. If you’re meeting all your goals or beating them, it’s a good sign that you’re ready to grow. And remember: When setting goals, make them attainable but still challenging. Goals that are too easy won’t foster growth. Goals that are challenging but attainable push you forward. 

You’re working from a proven concept.

Ask yourself the simple question: “Do I have proof of concept?” Is your vending business working? Are customers buying? Are your locations proving valuable? If things are working now and you have the infrastructure in place to scale up, do it – you’ve proven that your business model works, and that’s a high bar for any entrepreneur.  

Your risk is low.

Risk is inherent in any business. Yours is no exception – but knowing how to manage it and when the right time to make strategic moves will serve you well. Scale up when you feel that the risk is minimal. For example, assess the risk if you’re adding more machines in a new location you haven’t served before. What happens if the locations don’t pan out and the machines don’t make much money? Will it have that much of a significant impact on your operations, or is it worth the risk? 

Scale Up With the Support of Naturals2Go

Are you ready to scale up your business? You don’t have to go it alone. We’re here to help! Contact the Naturals2Go team to learn more and get started. 

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5 Healthy Kitchen Essentials for the Holiday Season

We all know how the holidays can wreck our healthy diets and lifestyles. But by having the right equipment in place, you can ensure you’re keeping up with your healthy snacks and meals as best you can. Let’s take a look at five kitchen essentials for the holiday season that can help you stay healthy. (Bonus tip: they make great gifts, too!) 

#1: Food Processor

Pureeing, blending batters, making finely chopped veggies, creating sauces, making protein shakes… the possibilities with a food processor are endless. Having one in your kitchen around the holidays isn’t just convenient – it’s a great way to whip up healthy meals, appetizers, snacks, and shakes quickly and easily. 

#2: Dehydrator

Do you like dried fruits, veggies, or jerky for tasty, portable snacks? You don’t always have to purchase prepackaged versions. Use a dehydrator to make your own dried snacks – it’s healthy and easy. 

#3: Veggie Spiralizer

Okay, this one might not exactly be essential – but it sure is fun. Vegetable spiralizers help you make zoodles (zucchini noodles) and other spiraled veggie creations for garnishes and plating. Whether you’re trying to impress during your holiday party or you just want to spice up your family’s dinner, having a spiralizer on hand is a great choice.  

#4: Steamer Basket

Steaming things like fresh veggies, potatoes, and even fish is a much healthier option than pan-frying them in oil or butter. Having a steamer basket in your kitchen arsenal is essential at any time of year, especially around the holidays. Try purchasing a silicone one that can adapt to pots of almost any size and shape. 

#5: Panini Press

Who doesn’t love a good panini? A panini press on hand is a great way to make sandwiches and even quesadillas quickly – and pressing them in a grill is much healthier than loading a sandwich with butter or oil.  

Get Your Kitchen Ready For The Holidays

Try including a few of the gadgets above in your kitchen arsenal this holiday season. They can make your life easier – and help you keep your diet and healthy lifestyle on track until the New Year. 

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Life as a Naturals2Go Vending Owner-Operator: Part 1

Thinking of branching out on your own as an entrepreneur? Considering Naturals2Go as your next opportunity? It’s always tough to make the leap and jump into a new venture – that’s why hearing about other peoples’ experiences can be very helpful.  

 

Keep reading to learn about life as a Naturals2Go owner-operator directly from the source: Our talented owner-operators who have found success in the world of healthy vending.  

Jeff Criswell

A married father of two teenagers, Jeff first attended new operator training in November 2019. By early 2020, Naturals2Go’s on-site locating (OSL) team placed his six MVP-10CP machines and one satellite machine. Now, he manages 23 machines and one micro-market! Jeff left the corporate world in November of 2021 to focus on his vending business full-time. 

 

“This business has changed my life and created opportunities that I never thought possible in such a short amount of time,” says Jeff. “My current goal is to get to 75-100 machines in the next two to three years.” 

Brooke and Cheryl Baugher

Mother-daughter team Brooke and Cheryl started their vending business in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 and now manage 22 machines with plans for additional units in the very near future. Cheryl owns several businesses in the area, and Brooke is finishing her PhD in civil engineering while running an equine boarding operation. They love that they’ve been able to build something together that generates additional income. 

Jeff and Tricia Bain

Jeff has owned several businesses over the years as an auto mechanic for over three decades. His wife, Tricia, has more than 15 years’ of experience as a paramedic. They launched their vending business in 2017 with 12 machines and have grown to 36 machines with little effort. Jeff and Tricia say the financial rewards are more than they initially expected, and they look forward to growing their business to 50 machines or more in the coming years. 

Cathy Kidd

Cathy, a military veteran, used to work as a small business accountant. The seed of entrepreneurship was planted when she attended the Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) conference. After dealing with a micromanaging supervisor a few years later, her mind was made up. 

 

Cathy purchased her first six MVP-10CP machines in 2017 and quickly found that her home base of Birmingham, Alabama welcomed the idea of healthy vending items. The big vendors weren’t able to provide the personalization or service that she offered – she was able to fill that market gap and find success. In 2019, Cathy’s son Grant joined her team, and they now manage 50 machines and two micro markets! 

Get Started With Naturals2Go

If you’re ready to launch your own entrepreneurial journey, team up with Naturals2Go. Our on-site locating services and lifetime coaching make it easy. Contact our team to learn more and get started today. 

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