How To Face Your Fears As A Woman Entrepreneur: What Is Fear & How Can We Respond With Courage?

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By Hall of Fame Member & Presidential Platinum Ambassador Joyce Ferguson

I could not explain why I was shaking with fear as I gripped my old landline phone to my ear and struggled to find words. It was a typical day in 1993 and I had just decided to build my Reliv business. I was in my kitchen and not in any danger, and yet I was afraid.   Still, I was afraid of one simple word — no.

Fear, often with no foundation, can ambush us and rob us of valuable business and life moments. The small risk of speaking up may seem just as scary as any other business risk. We may even want to step away from the task at hand and think of giving up because we feel our courage might falter.

But what is courage anyway?

“Courage means acting in the face of your fears, not without them.”

“FEAR stands for False Evidence Appearing Real.”

I read these two quotes and many others in business and motivational books—and I believe them. However, I could only really grasp these truths by living with my fears and pushing through the uncertainty and uncomfortableness that accompanies it. The deeper truth is that such quotations cannot explain the fact that there is no way around fear. You must act to defeat fear.

Yes! Simple, ordinary actions require courage.

Calling on your inner strength and integrity in the face of life’s daily challenges demands courage. Following the rules, honoring business relationships, doing what you said you would do, living out your convictions every day…these tasks require you to find that bravery deep inside you — and we all have it!

While we often equate courage with action, we need to remember that listening with compassion — even in the business world — is a courageous act. It’s not easy to speak up and offer advice or assistance to someone, but when we do, we have gone outside our comfort zone, and that takes courage!

Courageous people are patient, and they listen carefully before they speak. Courageous people risk rejection when they reach out to another person and offer solutions. Courageous people risk their reputation and relationships when they recommend financial and lifestyle solutions that could improve someone’s quality of life; not everyone appreciates the risk or effort it takes to speak up in such a way.

There will be flat refusals and gentle “maybes” that actually mean “no.”  There will be occasional “yesses” that force your hand and make you take the next step with your business and with that person, but you must act. And in the face of your fears of not being perfect enough, or not knowing enough…you just might succeed.

 

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6 Steps to Healthy Skin

By Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn 

Take your Fit3™ Active every day: Lunasin-packed LunaRich® found in Fit3 Active can help. Researchers have established that lunasin is a potent inhibitor of the master inflammatory protein NF-ĸ-β. Studies show that inhibiting NF-ĸ-β production can restore skin cells to a more youthful state and help increase skin thickness. Increasing skin thickness makes the skin firmer and reduces the appearance of lines, wrinkles and imperfections.

Eat clean: A study in the American Journal of Nutrition suggests you may have fewer breakouts if you add more whole grains, beans and veggies and cut back on pasta, white rice, white bread and sugar. Our Fit3 friendly foods list can help you out with ideas. Feel good on the inside, look good on the outside!

Get to sleep: There’s a reason we added “Get 7 hours of sleep” to your Fit3 weekly tracking and score sheet! While it may not always be possible, we recommend at least 7 hours to get a restorative sleep. You’ll need it to help your body recover from your Fit3 workouts. Plus, less sleep means more stress! Try to minimize your stress level before bed by relaxing in a hot bath or indulging in a 10-minute meditation.

Exfoliate: Gently scrubbing your face a few times a week will rid your skin of dry flakes and clogged pores. It can also help regulate the oil glands and their production.

Moisturize: Follow up your exfoliation by moisturizing. Protect and pamper at the same time.

Rehydrate: Increasing the amount of water you drink is a great way to flush out internal toxins and hydrate your skin from the inside out. A big glass of water each morning can definitely help you feel awake and cleansed! To make it easier, you can use the Fit3 weekly meal plan to track your water intake and make sure you’re getting enough.

Follow these six simple steps and your skin will thank you!

This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. Reliv products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

How To Workout With Your Kids

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By Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

Fitness friends come in all shapes, sizes and ages. I met a new walking buddy, Lilly, recently at a local 5K and we had an interesting conversation. I learned that her favorite movie is the original The Wizard of Oz and how much she enjoys studying the Revolutionary War, how she plays golf and volleyball and loves the dance exercise class at the YMCA. Lilly, who happens to be a very mature 10-year-old, even has two pesky little sisters who were in a wagon being pulled by her mom behind us. By the time we crossed the finish line, I had told Lilly some entertaining secrets about my sister, her 2nd grade teacher, and she told me how her dad turns every question into a history lesson (insert the pre-adolescent eye roll). I helped her forget that she didn’t want to be walking in a 5K and she helped me forget that my feet hurt. It was a win for both of us!

If you have kids or grandkids, it can be difficult to squeeze in a workout. But if you include them, you have a built-in fitness friend! Just keep the moves simple and find ways to interject a little competitive fun. For example, challenge them to see who can do the most jumping jacks in 30 seconds. You can even break a sweat together with one of the Fit3 workouts.

Kids and teens should get 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. I know it can be tough to tear them away from their electronic babysitters, but it can be done and you can still get in a good workout too.

Here are a few ideas to get the whole family moving:

  • Turn household chores into a game
  • Crank up the tunes for a dance party during commercials
  • Walk or run for a charity special to your family
  • Walk or run in a holiday 5K
  • Do community service or volunteer work together
  • Have a weekly sports night
  • Make up a playground workout
  • Use your kids as “weights” when you strength train
  • Run relay races in the backyard while picking up sticks
  • Compete to see who can rake the biggest pile of leaves

The possibilities are endless when it comes to helping your family stay active. Find out what works for your schedule and for your family’s lifestyle and you will end up having so much fun and making lifelong memories together!

 

Find Your Happiness With Reliv

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By Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

Since my primary language is sarcasm, most people wouldn’t describe me as cheerful or jovial, but my second language is optimism! Wouldn’t life be so much simpler if we could just focus on the things that make us happy and ignore everything else? Things that make me happy: new running shoes, goats, colorful food, my kids playing together, a soft blanket, hot coffee, pajama pants, birds singing, helping others be healthy. Don’t these things just sound like the epitome of happiness?

Reality check—life is messy and unfortunately flat tires mess up our workout plans and bills outnumber birthday cards in the mailbox. We live in a world full of chaotic days and sometimes the everyday stresses seem relentless. That’s why it is important to develop coping mechanisms that help you deflect the negative and focus on the positive!

Most of my personal strategies involve doing things that are good for my physical health. When you fuel your body with the nutrition and exercise it needs, your happiness levels are greatly affected. I have always been intrigued by the extra benefits of exercise and healthy eating—such as improved self-esteem, confidence, emotional stability and stress reduction. Truth is, when I started my fitness journey more than 20 years ago, my goals were only physical. I had no idea that my entire outlook on life would be transformed just because I started exercising!

It is through this journey that I have found myself and what makes me happy. I have been empowered by my overall wellness to walk away from negative influences that steal my joy. It didn’t happen overnight, but taking care of my body has nurtured my soul and given me the gift of perspective to focus on the things that make me happy.

The elements of Fit3—exercise, nutrition and Reliv products—are about total body wellness, not just the physical aspects. Even Reliv’s mission is, “To Nourish Our World in body, mind, and spirit.”

How will you nourish your body, mind and spirit to find your happiness today?

Your Reliv Back-To-School Guide

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Mitchell

August marks the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year for students across the country. It can be a tough transition for kids and parents alike, but Reliv makes it easy!

Here are your 5 back-to-school essentials:

  1. Reliv Now® for Kids. Reliv Now for Kids contains essential vitamins, minerals and micronutrients to help growing bodies thrive. Not to mention, the advanced ingredients boost energy and mental performance.
  1. Planner. With crazy school schedules and extracurricular activities, a planner is essential! You need to be able to keep up with your business appointments and the next soccer game.
  1. Reliv Mobile App. If you’re constantly on-the-go now that your kids are back in school, then the Reliv Mobile App is perfect for you! Easily share Reliv with other parents at drop-off or pick-up. Life is everywhere and now your business can be too.
  1. ICSAR. You will be meeting so many new parents and teachers throughout the school year… Treat them as prospects! Revisit your ICSAR workbook and add new names to your list.
  1. Pinterest. Reliv’s Pinterest page is full of creative lunches and fun Reliv shake recipes for your kiddos. Be the best parent at school and have the healthiest kids!

Make this school year amazing! Your time is now to build your business, improve your family’s health and better your community.

What are your back-to-school essentials? Comment below!

 

Eat Your Way To A Better Sleep!

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By Fit3 head Coach Tina Van Horn

Long workweeks are interfering with sleep for millions of Americans, according to an article from CNBC. The article showed that most people who work longer hours get less than six hours of sleep a night, far below the seven and a half to eight hours recommended by medical experts. We even dived deep into this issue in the latest Reliv Podcast. Workday stress plays a key role in robbing people of restful, restorative sleep. But a healthy diet and regular exercise could help defuse the effects of stress once your head hits the pillow. The following foods boost the neurotransmitter serotonin, which can actually promote sleep.

Whole grains, such as whole wheat, brown rice and oats. Try a bedtime snack high in complex carbohydrates to help ease your way to dreamland.

Milk with honey. Milk contains tryptophan, which converts to serotonin in the body and helps promote the deep stages of sleep. Turkey, egg whites and tuna also contain tryptophan.

B Vitamins, especially B6 and B12, help reduce stress that can lead to trouble sleeping. Whole grains, wheat germ, tuna, walnuts, peanuts, bananas, sunflower seeds, and blackstrap molasses are all rich in B vitamins.

Magnesium can also help reduce the stress and nervousness that interfere with sleep. Magnesium-rich foods include kelp, wheat bran, almonds, cashews and blackstrap.

Foods To Avoid Before Bed

While some foods can improve sleep, these foods near bedtime can make sleep difficult or even impossible.

Coffee and other caffeine-containing foods, such as chocolate, cocoa, soft drinks and some over-the-counter and prescription medications.

Spicy foods that may cause gastrointestinal reflux or heartburn.

Overly sweet or fatty foods that can also cause indigestion and/or bloating.

Alcohol. Although it can make you feel sleepy at first, alcohol disturbs sleep patterns later in the night.

Along with eating well, adding in routine exercise throughout your week is proven to greatly improve your chances of getting a good night’s sleep. Exercise works wonders to relieve stress and relax the mind. A common contributor to bad sleep is high-stress levels.

A nationally representative sample of more than 2,600 men and women, taken by the National Sleep Foundation, found that 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a week provided a 65 percent improvement in sleep quality.

With Reliv, working out and eating well has never been easier. With delicious shakes to help you get protein and nutrients, and online workouts that you can do from the comfort of your own home, you’ll be sleeping better in no time! Learn more about healthy sleep habits in the Reliv Podcast. 

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!