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. 

10 Reasons You Need A Girlfriends’ Getaway!

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Mitchell

August 1st is National Girlfriends’ Day, but I think we should celebrate our girlfriends every day! Female friendships are so powerful, but it can be hard to carve out quality time with our best friends in our busy schedules. Lucky for you, Reliv is sponsoring a free Girlfriends’ Getaway August 24 and 25 to celebrate you and your girlfriends all weekend long!

Here are 10 reasons you don’t want to miss it:

  1. This weekend is a form of self-care. You spend all day taking care of others, and now is the time for you!
  2. There is a hosted happy hour with wine and appetizers—what’s better than that?
  3. You can choose from different workouts for all fitness levels to start your morning with a rush of endorphins that will make you happy!
  4. Try fresh, new shake recipes at the free Reliv Shake Bar. These recipes were formulated by our best fitness and nutrition expert just for you.
  5. You’ll have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children all over the world with the Reliv Kalogris Foundation.
  6. Mingle with friends from all over the country and make new ones!
  7. Learn about family wellness tips from nutrition experts.
  8. Enjoy fun surprises and get a free swag bag filled with the latest Reliv goodies and other fun accessories.
  9. Hear from strong, motivating women entrepreneurs who have built their own businesses. Be inspired to do the same!
  10. You will leave feeling relaxed, reenergized and recharged!

 

There truly is no downside to spending a weekend with your girlfriends, your mom, your sister, your daughter, etc. Your time is now—let’s celebrate!

 

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.

What’s On Your Summer Grocery List?  

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Mitchell

Summer is in full swing so it’s time to add plenty of fresh fruits and veggies to your grocery list! Shopping seasonally will make your wallet and family happy with new flavors at reasonable prices. Not only are seasonal produce much cheaper due to their availability, but they embody several health benefits.

Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Innergize!®: You’ll be sipping on Innergize! all summer. Hydrate with this isotonic drink full of vitamins, minerals and amino acids to give you added energy, promote oxygen absorption and boost your immune system. Not to mention the orange and lemon flavor options are perfect for this season!

 

  • Beets: This bright red vegetable is full of Vitamin C, fiber and manganese to help you boost your immune system and gut health.

 

  • Blueberries: Like beets, blueberries are high in fiber and Vitamin C. Their abundance in antioxidants will make you feel great snacking on them all summer long. They also make a delicious addition to your Reliv shake.

 

  • Cucumbers: Cucumbers are refreshing and contain potassium and magnesium. Try adding them to your water to keep you fresh and alert throughout the day!

 

  • Green Beans: Fresh green beans are the perfect side to your summer barbeques. They are high in iron and other minerals.

 

  • Peaches: Try grilling this juicy fruit for a healthy dessert! Peaches are providers of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and a great source of fiber.

 

  • Watermelon: It’s hard to not eat watermelon during the summer. This delightful summer snack is full of Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, and electrolytes.

 

Find your local farmer’s market or make a trip to the grocery store to add these nutritious summer staples to your fridge. What’s your favorite fruit or vegetable to eat during the summer?

 

Dr. Carl Hastings Shares The “Whey” To Core Nutrition

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As the industry leader in core nutrition, Reliv offers you easy solutions for getting those essential nutrients that you probably don’t get from food alone. Introducing the newest member of Reliv’s core nutrition line-up—Reliv Now® with Whey! This whey-based protein formula has the same optimal blend of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and herbs as Reliv Now® with Soy. The only difference is it has 7 grams of whey protein and is soy-free.

“I have always believed that soy has tremendous health benefits, but we also know that consumers want choices,” says Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Carl Hastings. “With this whey-based protein blend, even those with soy sensitivities can experience the overall health and wellness of Reliv’s core nutrition products.”

Nobody does nutrition like Reliv. That’s because we put all of your core daily nutrition into one easy, convenient and tasty shake. You can stop wasting time, energy and money mixing and matching bottles of single-ingredient supplements. Reliv Now is the ultimate multitasking nutrition formula that keeps up with your hectic lifestyle and makes nutrition simple.

Reliv Now goes beyond a standard multivitamin pill, giving you more of everything your body needs.

25 Vitamins & Minerals: Contains more vitamins and minerals than leading multivitamins. Reliv Now contains 200% of the daily value of vitamin B6, one of the most common vitamins for which Americans are deficient. Vitamin B6 helps the body metabolize fats and proteins and is important for healthy hair, skin, eyes and liver. You also get double the amount of Vitamin E and as much as eight times of Vitamin C. In addition, Reliv Now delivers optimum levels of essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc.

Antioxidants: Fights off excess free radicals, which can overwhelm your body’s defenses and cause damage to your cells and DNA. Reliv Now provides antioxidants not found in other popular vitamin brands, including patented Pycnogenol®—one of the most thoroughly researched ingredients available today. More than 170 studies have demonstrated Pycnogenol’s ability to fight free radical damage, improve blood circulation and lower blood glucose, among other benefits.

Protein: Packs a powerful protein punch. Doctors recommend 50 grams of protein daily, but most multivitamins contain none. Reliv Now gives you 7 grams per serving of high-quality, muscle-building protein. It’s a perfect addition to your breakfast smoothie or post-workout shake.

Bioavailability and Synergism: Works in synergy to bring out the full potential of all the nutrients. No more choking down huge pills and wondering if they are getting absorbed properly. The powder formula of Reliv products gives your body easy access to their nutrients so you get the most out of your supplement.

“You can choose the new whey-based version or the flagship soy-based formula, but either way, you get optimal nutrition from guaranteed quality ingredients,” says Dr. Carl. “Our core nutrition formulas are the cornerstone of your Reliv nutrition.”

You work hard and your nutrition should do the same. Try the new Reliv Now with Whey and order yours today!

 

Shake Up Your Summer with These Refreshing Recipes from Reliv!

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Bukaty

Summer is right around the corner and it’s time to shake things up! Prepare to have fun in the sun with your favorite Reliv core nutrition that your body deserves. Here are some light, refreshing recipes for you to try as you lay by the pool or have a picnic in the park with your family:

Toning Green Smoothie

1 scoop Reliv Now®

½ cup coconut water

1 banana

1 cucumber

2 Tbs. of fresh ginger

1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup ice

Blend and serve.

 

Reliv Berry Smoothie

1 scoop Reliv Now

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

½ cup frozen berries

½ frozen banana

1 cup spinach

Blend and serve.

 

Piña Colada Shake

1 scoop Reliv Now

½ cup pineapple

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

2 ice cubes

Blend and serve.

 

Mango Margarita Shake

1 scoop Reliv Now

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

1/2 cup mango

2 Tbs. lime juice

1 Tsp. lime zest

1 Tbs. chia seeds

1 cup ice

Blend and serve. Watch our demonstration here.

 

Fit3 Fudgesicles

1 ½ cups Coconut Milk

1 ½ scoops Fit3 Active™ or Reliv Now® for Kids (chocolate flavor)

1 Tsp. Vanilla

1 Tsp. Cocoa Powder

Blend ingredients and pour into popsicle molds. Freeze overnight and enjoy!

 

Do you have a favorite Reliv recipe? Post it in the comments below and we will share it on our Facebook Page!

 

 

 

 

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!

5 Things We Learned From The Winter Olympics

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Bukaty

The Winter Olympics have come to a close and Champions have been rewarded, but we are still in an Olympics state of mind. There is so much that we can learn from these inspiring athletes beyond their health and fitness routines. It’s easy to overlook the nontangible characteristics and strengths held by Olympians, but it takes so much resilience, patience and motivation to do what they did. Anyone can watch the reruns of figure skating or ski jumping and see the looks of determination on each competitor’s face. These incredible people had a mission and put themselves out there to succeed.

Upon reflection, there is a lot we can learn from Olympians that translates to our business:

  • Follow Your Dream. Dreams can be intimidating, but don’t let your fears get in the way of pursuing them. Also, don’t let others belittle your dreams. I bet every single Olympic Champion faced someone in their life that didn’t believe in them—and look where they are now!
  • Live Your Passion. Once you follow your dream you can truly live your passion and enjoy the life you want! Do you want to stay home with your kids and provide for them? Find a job that fulfills both passions. With Reliv, you can work anywhere and at any time while also providing essential nutrition to your whole family.
  • Always Persevere. At points, you might feel like giving up, especially in the beginning. Don’t! Always persevere and you will be your own version of an Olympic Champion. You will see your success by working hard and sticking with it.
  • Encourage Others. Find your support system and build them up! Always be encouraging others to live their dream and passion. If you encourage your customers and your downlines to be successful, they will be motivated to succeed. Others’ success is your success.
  • Have Fun and Keep Going! Like Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Tom Pinnock always says, “If you’re not having fun, you’re done!” Have fun with what you do and always keep going.