Spice Up The Kitchen

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By Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

The cool autumn air has me in the mood to spend a little more time in the kitchen, which makes my family really happy! They are getting bored with our summer dinner rotation of chicken breast, grilled burgers, sandwiches and eggs. Now that soccer season is done, we even got to sit together at the dinner table just last night. The aroma of roasted Italian garlic potatoes is still lingering in my kitchen this morning. Good thing we have leftovers!

I’m not terribly adventurous in the kitchen, but you wouldn’t know it by the inventory of spices in the cupboard. Even though I have a pretty good variety of seasonings, there are a few staples that I buy in bulk and that I rely on for about 80% of my recipes. Spices add great flavor to your food, mix up your taste buds, but also have health benefits.

My Top 3 Spices:

  1. Cinnamon: I add a dash to anything sweet: oatmeal, yogurt, Reliv shakes, pancakes, sweet potatoes and fruit. But don’t be afraid to add a little cinnamon to your meat such as pork loin, chicken breast or even meatballs. One of the many health benefits of this multipurpose spice is that it helps regulate blood sugar. Throw a teaspoon of cinnamon in your Reliv shake with ¼ teaspoon of cream of tartar – Hello Snickerdoodle shake!
  2. Cumin: Something about the aroma of cumin makes my mouth water. Cultures all over the world incorporate cumin into their cuisine, and it’s often mixed with other spices for curry and taco seasoning. Try adding it to any of your favorite savory recipes like chili, stews, meat, fish, eggs or vegetables. This multitasker has been used by ancient cultures for centuries to improve digestive health.
  3. Italian Seasoning: This staple is a combination of spices (basil, oregano, marjoram, parsley and thyme). When a recipe calls for one of the individual spices, it’s easier to grab the big container of Italian Seasoning than digging around the cabinet for each individual spice. Stir some into plain Greek yogurt or cottage cheese for a protein-packed veggie dip. Sprinkle it on a baked potato or eggs for an instant flavor boost. This blend also perfectly complements any tomato-based soup or recipe and it really enhances the flavor of beef. The antioxidant benefits of this blend may help explain why our Italian friends are so healthy!

There are many health benefits hiding in the spice rack, so go ahead and try some new flavors!

 

Health Benefits of Fall Flavors

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Bukaty

Happy Fall! Reliv in St. Louis is experiencing the first few days of actual fall weather and to say that I’m excited is an understatement. The best parts of fall are the fruits and vegetables! I prefer to eat produce that is in season to keep grocery prices down and to really embrace the season. Some of my favorites include sweet potatoes, cauliflower, apples and so many more. There are also many health benefits that come from fall produce, making them an attractive option.

Here are some of my top fall fruits and vegetables:

  • Apples: A fall staple, apples are a true delight! Apples are good as a snack, used in salads, baked for a yummy dessert or even fresh pressed for a healthier apple cider for making a Reliv smoothie (see the recipe on Instagram). Each serving contains antioxidants and 4g of fiber. We recommend pairing an apple with a healthy fat or protein for a snack that fuels your body and keeps you satisfied longer.
  • Pears: Pears have always seemed like a fancier apple to me, and are great for dressing up a salad. Your dinner parties will be instantly upgraded if you add poached or baked pears to the menu. Pears are a great source of Vitamin C and contain 4g of fiber.
  • Cauliflower: This trendy vegetable is used in everything these days—from pizza crust to mashed potato alternatives. It is one of the most versatile veggies that is a great carb alternative. You can use it in a soup instead of rice or serve it up in a veggie tray. Cauliflower is known for its Vitamin C and Vitamin K.
  • Sweet Potatoes: More nutrient-rich than regular ole potatoes, sweet potatoes are great mashed, roasted, baked as fries and make delicious Thanksgiving staples. They have anti-inflammatory benefits, which I need along with my Reliv Arthaffect® during colder months because my joints get swollen and inflamed! Sweet potatoes are also an excellent source of Vitamin A.
  • Pumpkin: I saved the best for last. You cannot celebrate fall without having pumpkin in your diet! It’s the perfect texture for pies, puddings and Reliv shakes! You can add spices to get the perfect Reliv version of a pumpkin pie or pumpkin spice latte shake. Pumpkin has 3g of fiber per serving as well as Vitamin C and beta-carotene.

Take advantage of this flavorful time of the year to increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Enjoy!

Customer Service Representatives: We Can’t Thank You Enough

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Bukaty

In honor of National Customer Service Week, this post is dedicated to all those who strive each day to be the best they can be for their customers! We all value our Distributor Service Center representatives more than they know, which is why we try to make this week extra special for them. We are so lucky to have DSC employees that are so dedicated and passionate for helping our valued customers and Distributors.

Personal Growth & Success

In the words of Executive VP of Sales Tom Pinnock, “Network marketing demands personal growth… to be good in this industry, you must become the best person you can be. The fact is, when you deal with people every day, you learn much about yourself and about the strengths and weaknesses of others.”

Customer service is the key to success with your Reliv business. Reliv is about building and maintaining relationships in order to provide quality care and service to your customers and fellow Distributors. Customer service also requires that you take a step back from yourself, evaluate the situation and think about the other party involved.

Connect With Your Customer

Take note from our dedicated DSC employees and understand that there is always another human being on the other side and build a bridge to them. This bridge that you form will connect you to your customer so that they will feel valued. Steve Jobs said, “Get closer than ever to your customers. So close that you tell them what they need well before they realize it themselves.” By providing spectacular care and service to your customers, they will remain loyal and grateful to you while also building up your business!

Customer Service Tips

Here are a few quick tips for great customer service:

  • Speak clearly and use positive language when talking to a customer.
  • Always follow up no matter what!
  • Write a handwritten thank you note to your new customers if you are able, or send them a personal note. It could even be a simple email, text or social media direct message.

Cutting Back on Sugar—How Can We Do It?

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By Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

Lately my sweet tooth has gotten a little out of control, mostly because I cannot resist cereal.  From bran flakes to everyone’s favorite box of colorful marshmallows, cereal is my weakness. As long as I don’t get started on it, I am good. But, once I grab a handful, there is a 99.9% chance that it’s going to lead to what probably totals three servings or more. Once the craving is triggered, I am in trouble.

Not only do I regret my choices 30 minutes later, but I feel lousy too. The blood sugar/insulin spiral makes me really grumpy and fatigued. Hello, sugar coma!

No Sweets Week

I have personally declared this a “No Sweets Week.” I’ve managed so far, even said no to a chocolate candy from Tom, but the next few months are very sugar-oriented! I challenge YOU to join me and try to really cut back on your sugar intake this week. Luckily, a Reliv shake can help! 

Strategy

  • Avoid your trigger foods (For me, those are cereal, ice cream and cookies). You know what your triggers are.
  • Establish an immediate consequence. I only allow myself ice cream if I do 25 burpees afterward.
  • Drink more water.
  • Drink a Reliv shake to curb your craving.

It may sound hard, because it is hard. Sugar is addictive and comes as such a strong craving, but here at Reliv we are in this together and we can beat those cravings as a team!

Today, if some sweetened calorie bomb is calling your name, don’t forget the above strategies to keep you on track!

Why Having Family Meals Together Are Better For Your Health

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By Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

Did you know that September is National Family Meals Month? I didn’t either, so let me be the first to wish you Happy National Family Meals Month!

Since my family likes to eat together every day, you could say that we celebrate this occasion on a daily basis. Even though hectic work and school schedules get in the way of sit-down dinners every night, we do make it a priority to get together around the kitchen table almost every day, even if it is just for five minutes at breakfast as you all enjoy a Reliv shake.

Reinforce the Reliv Values

Family meals are a great way to reinforce the Reliv values and emphasis on making better choices for a better quality of life. Sitting down together at the table is associated with improved dietary intake among all family members, not just the kids. For example, several large studies have shown that regular family meals are strongly associated with increased consumption of fruits, vegetables, grains and other healthy food choices while also linked with lesser consumption of fried or fatty foods, soft drinks or other less healthy food choices. By making the choice to have a family meal together, you are forming a realistic habit that you can maintain for life.

Sure, it takes some planning and effort to get everyone in the same room at the same time, but it is worth the work!

Tips for Getting Everyone Together

  • Have a family meeting to discuss favorite meals, or new foods you all would like to try. Our family’s favorite meal is probably grilled salmon with roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes!
  • Plan out your family’s schedule each week so you can coordinate a time that works for everyone. From breakfast to dinner, everyone has to eat so it might as well be together!
  • Meal prep to save you all time during the busy week.
  • Try to keep distractions out of family meal time such as cell phones, computers, even the TV so that you can have quality time together.

Preparing, serving and enjoying meals with my family is one of the highlights of my week.

What’s your family’s favorite meal?

How the 80/20 Rule Can Make Your Business Boom

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By Social Media Specialist Ashley Maurer

Show of proverbial hands—how many of you are tired of the entrepreneurial posts on Facebook? You know which ones we’re talking about; your News Feed continues to be flooded with these latest entrepreneurs that showcase their wares left and right. We’ve all been there… that point where you’re passionate about your latest venture or discovery. Basically you want everyone and their brother to absorb the knowledge you’ve recently received.

That’s great, but if you’re serious about growing your business, there are some key rules you should follow. The first one being the 80/20 rule.

What’s the 80/20 rule?

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4 Strength Training Tips Everyone Should Know

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By Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

For many people, turning 40 can be a dreaded milestone. For the health and fitness conscientious, however, turning 30 could be considered the new 40.

Why 30, you may ask? From the time you were born until around the time you turn 30, your muscles grow larger and stronger. But during your 30s, you naturally start to lose muscle mass and function. This is called sarcopenia or “muscle loss with aging.”

The good news? Muscle-strengthening activities help increase or maintain your muscle mass and power. Steadily increasing weight and repetitions will give you even more benefits, no matter your age.

That’s why, if you haven’t already, it’s time to get serious about adding strength training to your workouts. I know machines at the gym can be confusing, so don’t even look at the intimidating guys (and ladies) who hang out in the free weights area!

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Form a Reliv-Vitamin D Friendship

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By Copywriter Alisa Reale

When it comes to your body getting enough of this vital nutrient, just 15 minutes soaking up the sun (without sunscreen) every day will increase your vitamin D production. And, on days when the sun isn’t shining, one serving of Reliv Now® or Reliv Classic® contains 400 IU, which is 100% of your recommended daily value. One scoop daily of Reliv Now® for Kids contains 50% of the recommended daily value for children.

In other words, vitamin D and Reliv go hand in hand for your overall health.

Putting it in Perspective

Twenty to thirty minutes of sun exposure each day produces approximately 10,000 IU of vitamin D in the skin. Kids and those with darker skin will need more sun than this. In comparison, drinking 6-8 ounces of pasteurized milk gives your body only 100 IU.

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4 Tricks to Get the Cheapest Plane Tickets for Conference

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By Social Media Specialist Ashley Maurer

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Conference is less than two months away, and now is the best time to buy your plane tickets if you’re traveling from afar! In a business where time is money, you don’t have the time to navigate the latest and greatest hacks. Fortunately, I do, and I’m giving you our top four tricks on finding the best flights. Continue reading “4 Tricks to Get the Cheapest Plane Tickets for Conference”

3 Ways a Reliv Trip Will Change Your Life

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By Executive VP of Sales & Marketing Steve Hastings

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As I reflect on yet another incredible Reliv trip to Cancun, Mexico, I started thinking… what would it be like to experience this trip through the eyes of a new person? For me, there are three things that instantly come to mind… three things you can really only experience on a Reliv Leadership Celebration trip. Continue reading “3 Ways a Reliv Trip Will Change Your Life”