Fit Nu­tri­tion Of­fers Meal Al­ter­na­tives To Get Healthy

The Oakdale Leader - - NEWS - By TERESA HAM­MOND tham­mond@oak­dale­leader.com

Some might say she was a nat­u­ral fit to open one of Oak­dale’s new­est busi­nesses.

While it came as a bit of a sur­prise to her fa­ther and fel­low busi­ness owner Jose Guz­man, In­grid Guz­man feels she’s been prop­erly pre­pared for this lat­est en­deavor.

In­grid is the owner, as well as the front per­son, for the re­cently opened Oak­dale Fit Nu­tri­tion at 1275 E. F St., Suite 5, Oak­dale. Cur­rent hours for the busi­ness are Mon­day through Fri­day 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Satur­days 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 19-year-old busi­ness owner first be­gan in the nu­tri­tion shake in­dus­try work­ing for her par­ents as a young teen.

“I started at the age of 14 and I saw how my par­ents were do­ing their busi­ness,” the busi­ness owner said.

Her fa­ther Jose Guz­man shared the fam­ily has mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing Man­teca and Ripon, with an­other soon to open.

“Our Ripon cus­tomers have been telling us to come to Oak­dale for years,” Jose said, not­ing that the idea early on was tempt­ing; but time and staffing proved to be the strug­gle.

“She took on the role of I’m go­ing to be a busi­ness owner,” Jose said of his old­est daugh­ter.

The proud fa­ther of three chil­dren stated that In­grid ap­proached him and his wife with the no­tion of open­ing/own­ing the Oak­dale lo­ca­tion after over­hear­ing a conversation be­tween the cou­ple.

“Peo­ple love her,” he said of his daugh­ter. “She’s very nice and easy to talk to.”

Those are at­tributes which are im­por­tant in a nu­tri­tional shake busi­ness that re­quires a per­son to fo­cus on the needs and/or de­sires of its clien­tele.

Like his daugh­ter, Jose be­gan in the busi­ness join­ing his mother just shortly after com­plet­ing high school. A fit which seemed nat­u­ral as he en­joyed work­ing out, as well as ad­vis­ing peo­ple on how to not just care for their body but fuel it with proper nu­tri­tion.

“Most smooth­ies have tons of sugar and they’re lack­ing nu­tri­ents,” he said. “Our meal re­place­ments have to have ev­ery es­sen­tial nu­tri­ent, vi­ta­min, min­eral, pro­tein and fiber. It also has a pro-bi­otic. It has ev­ery­thing your body would need to process it as a meal.”

“Peo­ple are most sur­prised that it’s only 240 calo­ries or less than 240 calo­ries,” In­grid stated. “They think it’s a lot of sugar. It keeps you full, like a meal. Peo­ple were get­ting health­ier and started get­ting more ac­tive, so then I started to do that too.”

The 19-year-old en­trepreneur shared that friends and cus­tomers that come in are al­ways so grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to get healthy again. That fact prompted the de­ci­sion for her to start her own Fit Nu­tri­tion busi­ness.

“I was su­per ner­vous open­ing my own,” she ad­mit­ted of the big­gest chal­lenge since open­ing the busi­ness. “Even though I’ve worked at their busi­nesses be­fore, it’s dif­fer­ent when peo­ple come to you. I didn’t know if peo­ple were go­ing to take me se­ri­ous be­cause I’m so young, but it’s go­ing re­ally well.”

The friend­li­ness and com­mu­nity sup­port, cou­pled with the teen’s out­go­ing per­son­al­ity, seem to be the per­fect com­bi­na­tion to help her over­come this tem­po­rary ob­sta­cle. In­grid shared there has been a semi-reg­u­lar stream of cus­tomers com­ing in since first open­ing the busi­ness in late Au­gust.

“My fa­vorite thing is when peo­ple come back after a week and say that it makes them feel good,” In­grid said of the shake’s over­all ef­fects, “be­cause I can do some­thing for them.”

Fit Nu­tri­tion Oak­dale of­fers a va­ri­ety of fla­vors as well as choices to help its clien­tele with its spe­cific needs, be it food al­ler­gies, di­a­betes or di­etary re­stric­tions. There is also a three step process for those look­ing to get the op­ti­mum ben­e­fit from what is of­fered. Cus­tomers can also text in their or­ders once fa­mil­iar with the menu, and the process.

“I’m so ap­pre­cia­tive of the com­mu­nity for com­ing in and sup­port­ing me. I’m re­ally happy to be here,” In­grid said.

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion or to send through an or­der, text it to (209) 3460473.

PHOTO CON­TRIB­UTED

Oak­dale Fit Nu­tri­tion owner In­grid Guz­man shown be­hind the counter of her newly opened busi­ness at 1275 E. F St., Suite 5. The meal re­place­ment shake busi­ness of­fers a va­ri­ety of de­li­cious shakes made with zero sugar and only 240 calo­ries per shake or less.

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