How To Drink More Water

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By Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

Wow! This summer has been a hot one for many of us. I’ve spent days at softball tournaments, doing work on my farm, and enjoying outdoor barbecues with friends. While a lot of the people around me celebrate the season with 12 oz. curls, I get some extra strength training by lugging around my giant water bottle and family-size sunscreen!

Even I’m surprised by how much fluid my body needs and how many times I have to refill my water bottle. The recommended daily water intake is half your body weight in ounces. That number can be intimidating, but your body will thank you!

If you’re still having trouble meeting your daily water intake, try adding yummy flavors to your water. For example, I always try to have Innergize!® on deck. Innergize! contains an advanced blend of vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates designed specifically to help prevent dehydration and restore your energy. The lemon and orange flavors are also perfect for the summer. Registered Dietitian Jennifer McDaniel suggests you even add fresh fruit or a small amount of juice to your water for more flavor. Infuse your water with lemons, cucumbers, strawberries, mint leaves, watermelon, etc. The possibilities are endless!

There are lots of ways to meet your daily water intake by making your brain think you’re not actually drinking water. Of course, the more WATER, the better, but if you are struggling to get half of your body weight in ounces every day, go ahead and flavor it up! Studies show that we definitely drink more when we add a little something to our H2O.

Go grab yourself a tall glass of something refreshing and take a listen to the July episode of The Reliv Podcast for some intriguing insights about the effects of dehydration.

Eating Healthy at the Disneyland Resort

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By Reliv Key Director & Founder of DAPS MAGIC Robert Laird

Reliv Live in Anaheim is later this week, which makes the perfect opportunity for you to treat yourself to a trip to the Disneyland Resort!

It’s been said that calories don’t count at Disney. However, while this is a wonderful sentiment, that doesn’t always make it easier to eat healthy when visiting The Happiest Place on Earth! The Disneyland Resort has made great strides in recent years in adding healthy options to its many different menus and offerings. For those looking to keep their healthy eating habits, here are some tips for eating healthy at the Disneyland Resort.

First off, most dining locations and outdoor vending carts will have some sort of a healthy option (typically located on each respective menu). When visiting outdoor vending locations, there is usually some sort of a fruit option and occasionally a vegetable for those looking to eat something besides sweet treats. Sadly, a healthy version of the churro just doesn’t exist (much to our dismay) so that might be a good place to indulge.

Plan Ahead

It’s always a good idea to plan ahead when visiting the Disneyland Resort, especially if you want to have healthy eating habits during your visit. It’s a great idea to bring a backpack with some of your favorite healthy snacks and a water bottle. This will not only ensure you can have your favorite healthy snacks, it will also most likely save you some money! While you are at it, throw in a sweatshirt as nights often tend to cool off.

If you are planning to go to a sit-down restaurant while at the Resort, check out disneyland.com and then check out the dining options under THINGS TO DO. This will give you all the options for dining locations around the Disneyland Resort if you want to dig in and search through the various restaurants and offerings. Most sit-down restaurants have some delicious healthy offerings on the menu.

If you don’t want to spend extra time researching, we will share a few of our favorite healthy options here so you can get the most out of your day and enjoy your Disney experience!

Healthy Highlights

There are a few places that go above and beyond with healthier foods. Here are a few of our favorite quick service options from the team at DAPS MAGIC:

  • Bengal BBQ (Disneyland) – Found in Adventureland, the Bengal BBQ has grilled chicken, beef, veggies, and bacon wrapped asparagus. There are also some recent updates to the menu as well. It’s a great place to get some protein and that is also delicious. This is a great place for a snack but if you are looking to make it a meal, expect to order a few things off of the menu (depending on how much you generally eat in a sitting).
  • Rancho Del Zocalo (Disneyland) – In Frontierland, the Rancho Del Zocalo restaurant offers Mexican food in a quick-service setting. There are some tacos that can be found there that are reasonably healthy, but there is also a fantastic (and large) tostada salad. The fire-grilled chicken is another healthy option that is sure to satisfy.
  • Flo’s V8 Cafe (Disney California Adventure) – Located in Cars Land, this is not only one of the tastiest restaurants at the Disneyland Resort, it also has one of the most beautiful views! It also has a few healthy options that include the spit-fired rotisserie quarter chicken or the veggie tater bake that is both hearty and delicious. There are quite a few different options that can be found at Flo’s V8 Cafe and in general, there will be something there for everyone.
  • Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill (Disney California Adventure) – Found on the Pacific Wharf, Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill has several options that are similar to those found at Rancho Del Zocalo. There is a half chicken offering here and also a Cocina Bowl al Pastor that are both delicious. It is close to other dining options too if other members of your party would rather have Asian cuisine or soup and sandwiches.
  • Tortilla Joe’s (Downtown Disney District) – Tortilla Joe’s has several healthy options that are delicious for those visiting the Downtown Disney District.
  • Earl of Sandwich (Downtown Disney District) – Although it will be closing later this spring, there are some salads that are pretty good here! Eat here while you can!

These are just a few of our favorite places to get a healthy meal at the Disneyland Resort. Recognize that most sit-down restaurants will offer healthy options on the menu. If there are specific dietary needs, ask to speak with a chef and they will generally come out and work with you to create a dish that fits your needs while pleasing the palate. Also, if you are a vegan check out our series on eating vegan at the Disneyland Resort here.

Snack Time & Desserts

The Disneyland Resort is known for its snacks and desserts. There are a few options that can be found throughout the Resort that won’t completely kill the quest for health.

  • Tropical Imports (Disneyland) – Found in Adventureland, Tropical Imports has both fruits and vegetables for sale. There is also trail mix available here which isn’t quite as easy to find elsewhere.
  • Tiki Juice Bar (Disneyland) – Also found in Adventureland, this is the home of the world-famous Dole Whip. This is a dairy-free dessert that is a fan favorite at the Disneyland Resort! Grab this refreshing treat and enjoy it while watching Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room! They also have Dole Whip Floats here and Pineapple spears.
  • Fairfax Market (Disney California Adventure) – In the Hollywood Backlot, the Fairfax Market offers some healthy snacks that include fruit, vegetables, and even hummus. This is a great place to get a snack and set yourself up for watching a parade (Paint the Night Parade has returned to the Resort).

 

These are just a few tips to help you eat healthier when visiting the Disneyland Resort. Know that eating healthy is all about moderation and making the best choice that you can at any given moment. Make sure to drink LOTS of water while at Disneyland as it is easy to get dehydrated. Then, just make sure to plan ahead so that you can get the healthiest food possibly instead of suddenly realizing you are starving and then grab something that isn’t so healthy. With a plan and some good choices, Disneyland can be not only The Happiest Place on Earth, but also one of the healthier!

How to Have a Healthy Valentine’s Day

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Bukaty

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and it’s time to prepare for the day of love! This year we want you to celebrate yourself by filling your body with the nutrients it loves and Reliv nutrition. You might be tempted to the pink and red candy aisle at the grocery store, but I’m going to challenge you to avoid those aisles and have a healthy Valentine’s Day this year.

Here are three steps to have your best and healthiest Valentine’s Day ever:

  1. Pick a treat. Turn down that box of chocolates and trade it in for a box of delicious Fit3 Active protein balls! These indulgent treats are actually healthy for you and you can customize them to be your favorite flavors. See some of our favorite recipes on our Facebook page.

 

  1. Pick a meal. Try out a new restaurant in your city you’ve been dying to try or choose a recipe to cook together to make your day extra special! You can easily make a healthy dinner by combining a lean protein and lots of vegetables. If you’re going to a restaurant, check out the menu online before you go so that you won’t get overwhelmed before ordering.

 

  1. Pick an activity. Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to try out a new workout class or activity with your partner or best friend. Buy a Groupon for salsa dancing, do a free trial class at your local gym, go on a scenic hike—the possibilities are endless!

With these three steps, your body will love you for giving it what it needs! And don’t forget to have your Reliv Shake. We have an exclusive Valentine’s Day recipe on our Instagram. Share this with your friends to share the love!

 

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!

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?

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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Reliv Podcast: Helping Americans Get Fit & Feel Great

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What can happen in 30 days when you follow the Fit3 program? Amazing things! In this episode of the Tom & Tina show, they’re catching up with Reliv Distributors all across the country who are getting incredible fitness and weight loss results with Fit3. And stay tuned because Tom and Tina will also announce an exciting new Conference promotion, plus give you an update on how to register your Fit3 team for the upcoming team challenge that starts April 1!

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Reliv Podcast: Tom & Tina Announce Free Fit Kit Winners!

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We’re raising our Reliv shaker cups to the long list of winners from our free fit kit promotion! Join Tom Pinnock and Tina Van Horn to hear the winners, plus find out which country’s life expectancy just went up. They’re talking fitness, nutrition and sharing the two big Fit3 promotions now extended through March 2017! Tune in every Monday night at 8:30 p.m. CST for a new episode! 

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New Year, New Exciting Reliv News: Reliv January 2017 Prodcast

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In this month’s prodcast, Reliv Product Marketing Specialist Tina Van Horn sits down with one of the most respected food scientists in the country… our own Dr. Carl Hastings. In this special interview, we share some unexpected exciting news that happened at Reliv recently, including the highly anticipated launch of our new fitness and weight loss program, Fit3. It’s going to be an incredible year at Reliv!

Listen to the Prodcast online.