How Women’s Nutritional Needs Change

By Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

There are so many quotes and social media tags promoting strong women, but the truth is, it takes a lot more than just a hashtag and a motivational quote for women to be authentic #bossbabes. I will be the first to admit that my strength has been built on the support of a tribe of amazing women that never let me give up on myself.

Taking On Roles

Not only does it take a great community to nourish your spirit, but also it takes intentional nutrition to fuel your girl power and help you meet the daily demands of being a mom, daughter, wife, friend, aunt, sister, student, athlete, caregiver, entrepreneur—Wonder Woman.

Wakeup Call

The funny thing is that while we are so busy wearing all of those hats and our own birthdays come and go without much fanfare, we often don’t realize how much our own nutrition needs change with age. We wake up one day, say around age 40, and realize that not only do we need to update our wardrobe but also it may be time to reevaluate some of our lifestyle habits.

Steady Change

It’s pretty obvious that our outward appearance changes with age, so we give up crop tops and skinny jeans. But, you may not be aware of the subtle changes that are happening on the inside. Hello hormones, right? Those sneaky little chemicals are responsible for the obvious and not-so-obvious changes that come without any warning. Lower levels of estrogen obviously affect reproductive health, but they also raise your risk for chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

If that wasn’t enough, it goes to work slowing down our metabolism. Combine that with the age-related loss of lean muscle mass because of waning testosterone levels (yes, ladies, we have testosterone, too) and you have the perfect storm for weight gain, especially around your belly. Women lose about half a pound of lean muscle per year starting around the age of 40.  And for the guys who are following along here, you don’t fare much better. Most men will lose about 30% of their muscle mass during their lifetime.

Choose Wisely

Pardon me while I step up on my soapbox and repeat myself very loudly! We naturally lose lean muscle mass as we age. That not only impacts our metabolism but also has a profound effect on our physical strength. You have two choices here: 

  1. Ignore and deny the changes, accepting the decline leading to weight gain and loss of functional abilities.
  2. Channel your inner boss and make the nutrition and lifestyle changes you need to stay strong, no matter how many birthdays you have celebrated.

Maintaining and building lean muscle absolutely requires attention to your diet. But that doesn’t mean you have to do anything absurd. Successful aging is still about following those basic diet principles that apply to any age and that are promoted through the Fit3 program:

  • Choose a variety of vegetables, including dark green, red and orange, beans and peas, starchy and non-starchy.
  • Eat a variety of fruits.
  • Include grains in your daily diet. Half of your grains should be whole grains.
  • Reduce added sugars and avoid saturated fats.
  • Have protein at every meal/snack. Healthy protein includes lean meat (chicken), seafood, eggs, beans and peas, nuts, seeds, and soy products.
  • Use healthy fats, such as olive oil, avocados, and nuts.
  • Supplement daily with a quality core nutrition product to cover nutrient gaps.

Supplemental Material

Since our need for specific nutrients change as we go through different life stages, additional supplementation with targeted solutions is recommended to meet the unique needs for each individual and/or stage of life. During the teen years, girls need more calcium and vitamin D to build strong bones and support growth. Protein, iron, calcium and folic acid are critical for young women. Calcium, iron, B-vitamins and vitamin D are key to good health, stress relief and energy levels in women prior to menopause. After menopause protein, vitamin D, calcium, fiber and anti-oxidants combat age-related physical and cognitive decline.

Nutrition At Every Stage

Reliv’s core nutrition products in combination with the targeted solution formulas allow you to create a customized nutrition program to meet your unique needs during each stage of life, whether you are worried about pimples or wrinkles. Just remember that your daily regimen is likely to change along with your age. So even though 50 is the new 30, the regimen that worked for you when you were 30 might need some refreshing if you are approaching a different decade!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Your Daily Dose of Color

 

 

 

The summer produce season is at its peak in all its Technicolor glory. For better health, you should duplicate this happy color scheme on your plate. Studies suggest that nearly 80 percent of Americans are putting their health at risk by failing to eat a diet rich in specific colorful fruits and vegetables.

The colors of fruits and vegetables are a clue to the important phytonutrients each contains. Phytonutrients are powerful antioxidants that can help fight the damage caused to the body’s cells over time that can lead to premature aging and disease. Phytonutrients offer a wide range of health benefits from promoting eye, bone and heart health to supporting immune and brain function.

While health experts recommend you eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, you should also aim to eat two fruits or vegetables from each of the five color categories, too. 

Phytonutrient Color Categories:

Green: Dark green leafy vegetables are rich in lutein, among other phytochemicals. Others in this family are green beans, avocados, kiwi fruit, green peppers and honeydew melon.

Red: Tomatoes and tomato products, watermelon and pink grapefruit contain lycopene, which studies have shown reduces the risk of several types of cancer.

White: Onions (all kinds, including green onions), garlic, leeks, shallots, and chives contain compounds that protect DNA.

Blue/purple: Most of the berries, especially blueberries, as well as plums, red grapes, cranberries, and pomegranates are in this family that contain some of the most powerful antioxidants such as anthocyanins. Anthocyanins reduce inflammation, protect against cancer, and recent studies show positive effects in eyes, arteries, and brains.

Yellow/orange: Citrus fruits as well as peaches, nectarines, pineapple, and papaya are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids, another group of antioxidants that supports the immune system. Other foods rich in carotenes include carrots, pumpkin, mangos, apricots, cantaloupe and sweet potatoes. Carotenes help improve communication between cells as well as performing many of the same functions as other antioxidants.

Not all vegetables and fruits fit easily into families. Just look for the color. Other plant foods rich in various types of phytonutrients are nuts, seeds, and grains, beans, tea and dark chocolate.

All in all, good nutrition is all about colorful choices!

Is Your Skin Ready for More Time Outdoors?

As we look forward to warmer weather and enjoying more time outside, it is wise to first consider what that means for our health, especially our skin.

While sunlight, or more specifically its ultraviolet B rays, is important for boosting our skin cells’ ability to produce vitamin D, it is only needed in small doses. A fair-skinned person in shorts and a tank top, unprotected by sunscreen, soaking in the midday summer sun for just 10 minutes can produce more than needed.

If you are going to spend an extended amount of time under those powerful rays—no matter the time of year (UVA rays penetrate clouds and glass)—protect the largest organ of your body from cell death, premature aging, immune system suppression and DNA damage that can lead to cancer. Cover up with UV-blocking clothing, hats, sunglasses (UV rays damage your eyes too) and sunblock or sunscreen with broad spectrum protection (against both UVA and UVB rays) and an SPF of 30 or higher. Seek the shade when you can, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is at its strongest.

In addition to these external measures, we can help our skin year round from the inside out to deal with UV damage and other skin health issues like dry skin, laxity, wrinkles, wound healing and aging by making sure we get the nutrients our skin cells need to function well and fight back.

Pycnogenol®
Pycnogenol, in addition to many other health benefits, is a natural antioxidant that has been shown to inhibit damage caused by UV radiation.

Food Sources: The active ingredients of Pycnogenol can be found in peanut skins and grape seeds, but not many of us tend to eat those.

Reliv Sources: Reliv Now® with Whey or Soy and Fit3™ Active

Retinoids
Retinoids refers to vitamin A (a.k.a. retinol) and the compounds that are derived from vitamin A such as retinoic acid. Skin is highly responsive to retinoids, but both UVA and UVB destroy Vitamin A.

Vitamin A is also critical for a healthy immune system because it maintains the integrity and function of skin and mucosal cells, our first line of defense. A lack of sufficient vitamin A has been linked to inflammation of the skin and, for some people, taking vitamin A supplements could reduce the inflammation that contributes to acne. Additionally Vitamin A is important for wound healing.

Food Sources: sweet potatoes, raw carrots, mangos, cantaloupe, spinach, broccoli, kale, milk, eggs, and cod liver oil.

Reliv Sources: Reliv Now® with Whey or Soy, Reliv Classic®, Reliv Now® for Kids, FibRestore®, Innergize!®, and Fit3™ Active.

Selenium
Selenium is an essential trace mineral that has been shown to protect skin cells from UV radiation. Selenium deficiency can also impair the immune system.

Food Sources: Plant sources include brazil nuts, puffed wheat, whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, tuna, halibut, sardines, shrimp, beef and turkey.

Reliv Sources: Reliv Now® with Whey or Soy, Reliv Classic®, Reliv Now® for Kids.

Zinc
Zinc is another essential trace mineral in the body. It is found mostly in the skeletal muscles and bones, but it is also stored in the skin. By stabilizing skin cell membranes, it protects against oxidative stress and toxins. A deficiency in zinc can also delay wound healing.

Zinc oxide is a common sunscreen ingredient because it absorbs and reflects both UVA and UVB radiation.

Food Sources: wheat germ, pumpkin and squash seeds, cashews, cacao, beans, oysters, beef, crab and lobster.

Reliv Sources: Reliv Now® with Whey or Soy, Reliv Classic®, Reliv Now® for Kids, Innergize!®, and Fit3™ Active.

These are just a handful of the many essential nutrients our skin needs to function well and protect itself. The best approach to skin care, as in all areas of our health, is a proactive one, so be sure to take care — inside and out.

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

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To Be or Not to Be Gluten Free?

Over the past decade, gluten-free diets have moved from a relatively unknown concept to a mainstream way of life. Even Oprah went gluten-free for a while – and if she’s doing it, you know it’s only a matter of time before everyone is. But even with an increasing awareness of gluten and the FDA’s recent gluten-free labeling guidelines, many people are still confused about gluten.

Why Go Gluten-Free?
Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. Most notably, gluten causes inflammation of the intestines in those with celiac, a genetic disease. People with celiac disease, gluten allergies or even gluten sensitivity can experience intestinal discomfort, diarrhea and unhealthy weight loss. The protein can even cause reactions in the skin, mouth and lungs of people with a gluten allergy. The best way to alleviate these symptoms is to simply avoid foods containing gluten.

Gluten-Free Risks
Nutritionists do not recommend eliminating gluten from your diet unless you absolutely must. This is because eliminating wheat and related grains can mean missing vital nutrients. Unless these vitamins and minerals are replaced through other foods or nutritional supplements, a gluten-free diet can be risky. These nutrients include:

  • Calcium—necessary for bone density and prevention of osteoporosis.
  • Folate—contributes to healthy blood glucose and blood pressure levels and helps the body ward off fatigue.
  • Iron—necessary for many body functions such as oxygen transport and metabolism.
  • Niacin—shown to help the body maintain healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
  • Riboflavin—necessary for normal cell function, growth and energy production as well as cognitive function.
  • Thiamin—involved in numerous body functions, including nervous system and muscle functioning.

Wheat Substitutes
You can substitute wheat flour with rice or corn flour in many recipes. Also try incorporating gluten-free grains like quinoa and amaranth into your diet. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to avoid fiber deficiency as well.

Supplement Solution
One of the easiest ways to ensure you’re getting enough of each nutrient is by supplementing with one of Reliv’s core nutrition formulas. Reliv Classic® and Reliv Now® with Soy are both loaded with protein, vitamins, minerals and super-powered antioxidants to support a healthy gluten-free diet.

These targeted solutions from Reliv are also gluten-free: CardioSentials®GlucAffect®Innergize!®, Reliv Now® for KidsProVantage®, ReversAge®SoySentials®, Fit3™ Active, 24K®, LunaRich X™, Fit3™ Burn and Fit3™ Purify.

Enjoy a healthier, more active lifestyle with Reliv. Order now.

Keep Your Joints Healthy for the Long Run

Joint health is becoming an increasingly important issue for adults of every age. In the US, more than 30 million adults have osteoarthritis—a condition which causes severe joint pain when cartilage around bones wears down and makes bones rub together.

It is very difficult to repair cartilage, so most doctors recommend prevention through nutrition and an active lifestyle.

Work It Out
Exercise is vital to maintain healthy joints. For those with joint pain, low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, tai chi and dancing are best. Strength training should also be incorporated in exercise since it helps strengthen the muscles surrounding the joints—protecting them from wear and tear.

Balancing Act
A balanced diet is also a key component of joint health. A diet rich in calcium and vitamin D can help maintain bone strength. Foods with high omega-3s also help keep your joints in tip-top shape. Other important joint health nutrients include:

  • Glucosamine: a natural compound proven effective in building cartilage
  • Boswellin: an herb used in Eastern medicine to help with joint and muscle swelling
  • Borage oil: a powerful anti-inflammatory

Keep Moving with Reliv
Reliv’s Arthaffect® contains glucosamine, boswellin, borage oil and a variety of other nutrients to help aid in joint health. Another key ingredient in Arthaffect is Arthred®—a hydrolyzed collagen protein with the same series of amino acids required for cartilage generation. A combination of exercise, a well-balanced diet and a scoop of Arthaffect can help keep your joints healthy and keep you moving for a lifetime!

The statements contained in this material have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Reliv products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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A Closer Look at Eye Health

Every day starts the same. You wake up, open your eyes, look at your bedroom ceiling and start your day. Your morning routine might be repetitious, but the gift of eyesight should not be taken for granted. Your eyes cannot properly function if denied the proper nutrients. Understanding how your eyes work and remain healthy is crucial in maintaining both eye health and overall wellness.

Your eyes are susceptible to many health problems throughout a lifetime, particularly that of macular degeneration as we age. Whether eye issues have yet to become a problem for you, the fact is that your eyes demand good care over time in order to function properly.

Stay active by exercising regularly
Exercise is a key part of any healthy routine, and is especially important for eye health. In fact, regular exercise has been shown to help reduce the risk of eye conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Physical activity increases heart rate, making heart muscles work more efficiently for better blood circulation to the entire body. This includes reduced pressure to nerves including the ocular nerve within the eye. Excess ocular nerve pressure can lead to vision disorders, and in extreme cases, irreversible blindness.

In a study conducted by Tufts University, a direct link was found between healthy weight maintenance and healthy eyes. Diet and exercise naturally fight the trend of obesity, which is a contributing factor to type II diabetes. If left untreated, diabetes deteriorates vision in adults and can eventually lead to blindness.

Reliv’s Fit3™ program can help you commit to staying active on a daily basis and maintain a healthy weight to support long-term eye health.

Maintain a diet high in nutrients
It may seem obvious, but a diet high in nutrients naturally helps your eyes remain healthy. Leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and broccoli, for example, contain important nutrients known to combat the risk of cataracts. Reliv’s core nutrition products go way beyond the minimum daily requirements giving you more of the essential vitamins and minerals needed for healthy vision.

Core nutrition: Reliv Now® with Whey or Soy, Reliv Classic®, Reliv Now® for Kids

Beta-carotene and Vitamin A
Beta-carotene can be found in carrots and other fruits and vegetables. It is converted into Vitamin A once inside the body and offers natural protection to the cornea, which is essential for good vision.

Found in: Reliv Now® with Whey or Soy, Reliv Classic®, Reliv Now® for Kids, FibRestore®, Innergize!®, and Fit3™ Active.

Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are vital to eye health, especially in early development. Found in breast milk and also added to infant formula, omega-3 fatty acids support normal and healthy vision in newborn babies. The presence of omega-3 fatty acids in pregnant women is central to healthy vision development for their infants.

Found in: Reliv Now® for Kids, 24K®, GlucAffect®, and ReversAge®.

Zinc
Zinc is known as a “helper molecule” for the body. It transfers Vitamin A from the liver to the retina to produce an important chemical called melanin, a protective pigment in the eye. Zinc is heavily concentrated within the eye and is also associated with improved vision in low light environments.

Found in: Reliv Classic®, Reliv Now® with Whey or Soy, Reliv Now® for Kids, Fit3™ Active, and Innergize!®.

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

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Have Fit3 Will Travel

By Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

Many of you are getting excited about your spring travel plans, but here at Reliv we want to make sure you have a plan for staying healthy while you travel. We’ve all been there. You plan a relaxing vacation, but when you return home your souvenirs include digestive issues, icky infections or viruses and maybe even some extra pounds. The good news is that with a little bit of preparation you can avoid these common health hazards typically associated with travel.

How to Avoid Calorie Bombs

Regardless of whether you are flying, driving or using any other mode of transportation, be sure to check out menus online for dining options near your destination. This will help you avoid the temptations of the sights and smells once you sit down to order. Identify places you want to try that may have fresh local fare that is typically far healthier than the standard chain restaurant choices.

If it’s available, look at the nutrition information for enticing foods. You don’t have to analyze every macro and micronutrient, but you will make better choices if you have a general idea whether your salad is 500 calories or even 2500 calories! Yes, salads can be bigger calorie bombs than many entree options! And don’t be afraid to make special requests, such as sauces and dressings on the side or substitute fresh vegetables for french fries.

Hydrate with H2O

Many of us have a tendency to get dehydrated when we travel, especially if we are flying. Typically we don’t drink enough water because we don’t want to make pit stops or use the airplane lavatory. But dehydration not only contributes to some of the gastric upsets that are common to travelers, but it also zaps your energy and can cause irritability. Headaches and muscle cramps are some other common symptoms.

And don’t be tempted by sodas, sugary beverages and cocktails. The easiest strategy is to carry a water bottle with you everywhere and refill it often. Even at the airport, you can carry an empty water bottle with you through security and then fill it from a drinking fountain at the gate.

Healthy Snacks and Nutrition

It’s also a good idea to pack some snacks and small meals, just in case you get delayed or the available options are limited to vending machines or fast food. Some travel-friendly items include nuts, dried fruit, low-sugar nutrition bars, fresh veggies, and of course, your Reliv products. They’re portable, simple and convenient to take with you. Fit3™ Purify is a must-have for any trip because it’s a metabolic supporter, probiotic and liver cleanse in one. It’s a great way to keep your body in peak performance even when you travel.

If you happen to get stuck in the airport on a long layover or delay, all of the major airports now have a really great variety of healthy options… if you can get past the smell of Cinnabon, which has about 900 calories for the average cinnamon roll. Remember that tip about looking up nutrition content? Is that cinnamon roll worth 900 calories and the sugar coma that is going to drag you down for the next few hours?

If you have a road trip coming up, you have a little more freedom to pack your own food, so use that to your advantage. Baby carrots and other raw veggies are great because they are relatively low-calorie, loaded with fiber and help keep you hydrated. Not only are these healthy suggestions, but they may also help combat boredom as you pass the miles.

Even convenience stores now stock a surprising selection of healthy choices like yogurt, nuts, fresh fruit and veggies. You just have to get past the mile-long candy display.

How to Sneak in Some Physical Activity

During a layover, get up and move around the terminal for some exercise and check out all of the food options. You will be pleasantly surprised by the variety of healthy foods that are available, such as fresh fruit, hummus cups, deli-style salads and sandwiches. Some in-flight magazines even include simple exercises you can do from your seat like leg lifts to keep you from getting too stiff. Of course if you’re on a road trip, take stretching breaks each time you stop to refuel.

With Fit3, everything you need is accessible online. Take 30-45 minutes to get in an online Fit3 workout and keep up with your fitness buddies through the Fit3 community to help motivate you during your trip.

Remember to Rest

Travel can certainly take its toll on your immune system, so make sure to schedule some down time into your itinerary. Naps and vacation just go together!

Have some tips of your own for staying healthy during your travels? Comment below!

Why Reliv?

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By Key Director Nabila Mahbub

When I first heard about the three areas of Reliv—help people get healthy with optimal nutrition, teach others how to earn an income and nourish thousands of hungry children around the world—I knew that this was a company that I wanted to work with. All my passions are put together in one place!

As a nurse, I understand the role nutrition plays in our bodies and the importance of having it balanced for a healthy and preventative lifestyle. As part of my healthy lifestyle before Reliv, I worked out, drank smoothies, took many multivitamins, protein shakes, etc. When I learned that some Reliv products are Halal, gluten-free, and clinically-proven plant-based formulas, it got me so excited! Halal supplements are very important to me and not always easy to find.

I started noticing amazing changes and an overall feeling of wellbeing after I started taking Reliv products, and it was a significant difference from all the other supplements I had taken before.  I started noticing improvements in the quality of my performance at the gym and found that I had more stamina and recovered faster. Those who have been working out with me for years also noticed the changes and they too wanted to learn what I was doing differently! These amazing results helped me share Reliv with loved ones and reach out to others to help them improve their health.

If we can raise awareness about the importance of eating right, increasing physical activity, and implementing supplements with optimal nutrition like Reliv, we can help people enhance their quality of life. I believe Reliv should be in every household, and I love sharing Reliv with everyone in my life!

How To Stop Overeating: Portion Sizes

By Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

Think you know what a portion of peanut butter looks like? Two tablespoons isn’t very much when you start smearing it on your bread. How about an actual serving size of ice cream? Who really only eats half a cup? That’s like three bites. And let’s not even talk about cereal. . . there’s an awful lot of room left in the bowl if you play along with what the side panel of the box says is a serving.

Portion distortion is a real thing. We have become so conditioned to the over-sized helpings served in restaurants that we have no basis for what is the reality when it comes to a reasonable serving size. There are so many packaged convenience foods and beverages that we think are single servings but actually contain two or more servings. We consume the whole thing anyway because we have been led to think a serving is MUCH larger than what it actually is. Always read labels! Even if you think you know how many servings there are in that little package of mixed nuts at the checkout, always check the label. You will probably be shocked!

Easy Mistake 

One of the easiest mistakes to make with Fit3 is not understanding proper portion sizes. When you are getting started, I highly recommend using a food scale for a few weeks until you have overcome the propaganda from the food marketing industry and you get a handle on what is sensible. Every couple of months I get out my food scale and bring myself back to reality because we do have a tendency to wander off. Once you get a grasp of what a true portion looks like, you can put the food scale away and use our Easy Portion Sizes Sheet. This tool is so helpful with everyday portion sizes. Try putting it on your fridge for easy access.

What foods haunt you when it comes to sticking to a single portion? You already know mine: peanut butter, ice cream, and cereal. Funny how none of us have that problem when it comes to a salad!

Why We All Need A Good Girlfriend

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By Distributors and Best Friends Dodi McCune & Ruth Kettler

Happy Galentine’s Day! Galentine’s Day is celebrated on February 13th as the day of women celebrating their friendships. It’s the perfect day to reflect on the value of our girlfriends!

The dictionary definition of a girlfriend is “a female friend who gives assistance; a supporter, a frequent and favorite companion.” However, girlfriends are so much more than that definition. They are business partners, neighbors, best friends, etc.

A good girlfriend is someone who is there to support you when you have something to celebrate, something to work on or something to cry about. She is there when you need the best medicine—laughter! She is there for late night chats about your day or to voice your thoughts and ideas that have been running in your head and desperately need to be said. Sometimes that chat is done via text or a phone call, or our favorite way, Marco Polo video texting. We get to see each other face-to-face, the smiles that just happen or sometimes the tears in our eyes as we share our hopes, dreams, and heartaches that we are experiencing.

The benefits of having a good girlfriend are beyond measure. That person always wants what is best for you and is there to share love and support—even in your business! She is there every step of the way. She knows how to give you that gentle push when you feel like you just cannot do anymore or to let you know how great of a job you’ve done and how proud she is.

A good girlfriend doesn’t let you go on stage at Reliv Live with sunglasses on your head or your sleeve half-rolled up. She is always looking out for your best interest. She is your biggest supporter outside of family!

The bottom line is that outside of family, every gal needs a good girlfriend to have her back, to support her, to laugh with, to push, to love, to correct, to cry with, to celebrate with and do life with. There’s just nothing else like having the support of your best friend as you create goals for yourself in your life and your business. We cannot imagine and would never want to imagine a life without having a good girlfriend or even a group of them to support us on our journey!

Know that it is okay to not have a good girlfriend yet. You can always find friendship in someone new! Here are some of the ways we find new friends and build relationships:

  • Join a workout group, a book club, or some other activity of interest. Just Google “Workout Group in [your city]” or “Book club in [your city]” and tons of results will show up. If not, organize your own!
  • Invite an old friend to a happy hour or coffee.
  • Say “yes” to invitations to dinner parties or activities.
  • Host a brunch, movie night or game night.
  • Attend a Reliv Girlfriends’ Getaway! Stay tuned to reliv.com for the next event announcement.

We had a blast at the Girlfriends’ Getaway because of all these reasons above and more. Finding a good girlfriend is a treasure and these events celebrate that and teach you how to do business with your girlfriends! We cannot wait to see what Reliv has planned for Girlfriends’ Getaways in 2019.