Health Benefits of Fall Flavors

FALL AND WINTER FESTIVITIES
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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!

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How To Have A Healthy Holiday Season: Reliv December 2016 Prodcast

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The holidays are almost here and that means cookies, candy, wine and all kinds of indulgences. But fear not! Your host Tina Van Horn has you covered when it comes to having a healthy holiday season that’s still full of treats. She sat down with a few Reliv friends who are dishing up their favorite tips for a healthy holiday. You’ll also hear some favorite holiday memories shared.

 

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Why Fitness Friends Are So Important

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By Reliv Product Marketing Specialist Tina Van Horn

I prefer to exercise in the morning. It’s the time of day when my energy is the best and also the only time of day that I can consistently make time to work out. So you might assume that I leap out of bed and grab my running shoes when the alarm goes off at 4:30 a.m., right? Well, not exactly.

There is generally some grumbling as I reach for the snooze button and my brain starts to process why I am getting up so early. About two minutes later, I am making my way to the kitchen for a shot of Reliv 24K® and to check my phone. At this point, I’m trying to figure out how I can squeeze in a workout later and secretly hoping for a text from Sara, my workout partner, to let me know that she can’t meet this morning to run. I am completely deceiving myself — I don’t have time later and Sara NEVER cancels. To be honest, I never cancel either. That’s the beauty of having a workout partner — motivation and accountability. Continue reading “Why Fitness Friends Are So Important”