The Truth About Holiday Weight Gain

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By Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

In the chaos of travel, family, food, and shopping, it’s hard to feel like yourself! After Thanksgiving and Christmas, I could feel the extra water weight from the heavy meals and treats. However, by making smart choices after those days, that water weight became a distant, sugar-laden memory. I did not really gain 5 pounds during the holidays and neither did you!

Most of us have been led to believe that holiday weight gain is inevitable. This is a myth! We are so sold on this notion that we significantly overestimate the amount of weight we can actually gain. By the time January rolls around most of us think we have put on 7-10 pounds when in reality the average holiday indulgences add up to around only 1 pound. That’s pretty good news, but the flipside is that most of us don’t lose that pound after the holiday season, and it contributes to the “weight creep” that occurs over months and years.

Fit3 is your post-holiday recovery plan! Dig out your weekly tracking sheet and pick a couple of things you CAN do today! You CAN take your Reliv shake and drink lots of water. It’s also the time for resolutions, so start now by hitting the gym! You don’t have to do anything crazy or dramatic. Just do something today to get yourself back on track to making better choices.

My other strategy is to get rid of the leftovers! Yes, throwing them away will be a little painful, but not every day is a holiday. We will go back to our busy lives and stay on track!

Remember this through the end of this year and as you enter 2019. Make a choice today that you will feel good about tomorrow!

Workout Moves To Get You Through The Holidays!

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By Product Marketing Specialist & Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

The holiday season is busy for everyone, but that’s no excuse to completely abandon your workout plan. Travel and family gatherings may disrupt your usual routine, but if you are willing to be creative, you can sneak in some exercise right in the middle of the holiday festivities.

Check out my favorite moves for maintaining your fitness through the holidays:

  • Walk! Walk! Walk! – Go for a walking tour of the Christmas lights. Participate in a Turkey Trot or Jingle Bell Walk/Run. Get some extra steps in while shopping by parking farther away from the store. Invite the family to join you for a stroll after your big holiday meal. Get the kids outside to burn some energy. Tromping through the snow is a great workout. Strap on your fitness tracker and try to hit your step goal every day! Little bursts of activity throughout the day add up to big benefits.

 

  • Pushups – Of course this one will be on the list. Do 5 pushups every time you eat a Christmas cookie. Make the kids do one before they open a gift. If you are watching one of your favorite holiday films, knock out a few every time a bell rings. Make it a game!

 

  • Squats – Pick up your niece or nephew and start squatting! They will be squealing for more while all of the other kids line up to take turns! If the kids are too big, a frozen turkey will do for added resistance. Or you can just look around the house and find something heavy-ish to lift. If you are hitting the road, do some squats whenever you make a pit stop.

 

  • Planks – Start a new tradition on Christmas morning. For example: Whoever can hold a plank the longest gets to open the first gift. Just one minute a day and you’ll be ringing in the New Year with a super strong core.

 

  • Stretch – Sit in the glow of the lights with holiday music playing and spend a few minutes stretching at the end of each day. This is the perfect time to sip on a Reliv shake and focus on what’s really important to you during this season.

 

  • Fit3 Workout Video – Crank up the high-energy holiday tunes and press play on your favorite Fit3 workout! Just make sure you don’t get tangled up in tinsel when you do the kicks and punches.

 

The most important part of the season is to enjoy it and have fun! Make these moves part of your family activities.

Love & Lunges,

Coach Tina

How to Deal With Food Pushers 

By Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

Have you ever met a food pusher? Or maybe you’ve been one? Food pushers can be relentless when it comes to encouraging you to “Have some! Just a little bit. Come on. Loosen up! A few bites won’t hurt!”

Who is a Food Pusher?

“Food Pushers” are usually some of our closest friends and family, and although they care about you and have nothing but the best intentions, their persistence can be exhausting, especially at family functions and social occasions. Also, you might feel guilty when saying no to those that you genuinely care about. Nobody wants to hurt Aunt Edna’s feelings by turning down her famous coconut cream pie!

Sometimes it’s hard to realize when we are being food pushers, too. This weekend I was shoving s’mores toward my friends. I didn’t realize at the time that I was being a food pusher, but in hindsight, I feel terrible.

Take Control of Your Indulgences

Fit3 is about making healthier choices for a healthy, fit life, but it’s okay to indulge when it’s worth it. Always own that decision and enjoy every tasty morsel. Don’t relinquish control to the food pushers! They may make comments or tease you, but believe in yourself and know that you are making choices for YOU!

Strategies to Save Yourself 

To prevent hurting their feelings and to give yourself a break from their persistence, here are a few strategies that might help diffuse the situation:

  • Always be kind, but stand your ground.
    • “Have some of this cheesecake!”
    • “That sounds delightful, but I really am trying to cut back on sweets. Thank you for the offer!”
  • Say that you’ll try it later.
    • “Try this coconut cream pie, it’s delicious!”
    • “Oh thank you. I’ll have some later.”
  • Tell them that a certain ingredient upsets your stomach.
    • “You have to have just a bite of this cheese dip I made!
    • “Oh thank you, but sometimes cheese upsets my stomach. I better not.”
  • Share the mission of the Fit3 program, and maybe they’ll end up wanting to join you on your journey to a healthier, more nutritious lifestyle!

With the holidays coming up in the next few months, stay strong and don’t let the food pushers gain control of YOUR food choices!

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.

 

Stay tuned for more posts from Joyce on overcoming fear as a woman entrepreneur. Subscribe to the Reliv Blog!

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.

9 Ways To Throw A Shake Party On A Budget

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By Art Director Amie Schilson

Shake parties are one of the best ways to share your Reliv® business with the world, and they don’t have to break the bank!

Here are our suggestions to hosting the best Shake Party on a budget:

1. Stay Organized. Ditch the stress and plan! Make lists of the people you’re inviting, what you’re serving, decorations, grocery lists, and Reliv catalogs and forms you’ll need. If you’re organized you can enjoy yourself and focus on connecting with your guests.

2. Shop often, but thoughtfully. You don’t want to run out and buy overpriced items just for one party. Set aside time to go shopping to discover items that inspire themes and events at great prices. Buy when you’re inspired, not scattered. “We’re always looking for fun party and social media items. Something fun is always on sale at the local dollar store,” says Lesli Schmitt, Reliv Senior Graphic Designer and mother of three growing boys.

3. Make fun invitations! Digital invites through Facebook Events or Evite are free and make it easy to track your RSVPs. Customize the graphics to make them memorable and engaging. If you want to do something extra special, consider traditional invitations sent via mail. A pretty envelope with handwriting is impossible to resist. Make sure you have kid activities so it’s not a barrier for moms and dads to come. Give guests enough time to plan, and be sure to send a reminder!

4. Find party partners. Maybe this is another Reliv Distributor, so you can make your event larger and split the cost. Maybe this is a local business, like a spa, salon or a boutique with a great space. Maybe this is a friend who creates jewelry, does massage therapy, personal organizing or reps a makeup line. Diversifying the content present enriches your event and lets you reach new people and new places!

5. Timing is everything. The most budget friendly event is in the late afternoon. No meal is necessary, but everybody will appreciate a special Reliv shake. Happy hour is the most festive and you can serve sparkling lemonade, wine, healthy appetizers like hummus and veggies and have shakes to sample. Brunch is another great option because it’s everybody’s favorite meal and inexpensive. Prepare egg casseroles ahead of time, turn on the coffee maker and focus on serving your favorite Reliv shake.

6. Impress your guests. Welcome guests with a sign and name tags with Reliv blue or teal markers to make networking a breeze. Have products on display and available to purchase at the party. Go to reliv.com/recipes or flickr.com/reliv to choose a delicious shake to serve. Present them in pretty matching glasses (remember the dollar store?) with a garnish (we’re in the mood for a little whipped cream and cinnamon right now) and a paper straw to top it off. Coordinate colored napkins and plates for an extra touch. A bowl of fresh fruit and platter of vegetables reinforces a healthy lifestyle. Try to avoid foam and red plastic cups from frat parties. Another tip is to have nice lighting and background music for good ambiance.

7. Most bang for your budget. We love how budget-friendly balloons, paper straws, color coordinated plates and napkins are. Plus, if you have extras you can use them at your next party!

8. Party favors that mean business. You can download recipe cards from our Flickr album and send them to your local copy shop or an online printer to have them printed. These are a great souvenir for your guests and gives them something to remember how much fun they had! Be sure to include your contact info with a business card or sticker.

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9. Thank your guests! Follow-up is easy with a quick phone call or message to build those personal connections. You can also send out a quick survey with Survey Monkey or Google Forms. For example, ask them, “What did you like best about Reliv?” “What was your favorite part of the event?” “Did you like the product?” “How likely are you to purchase the product after this event?” “How likely are you to share Reliv with someone after this event?”

Never forget this step. Following up with your guests may help them especially if they’re on the fence of becoming a customer or Distributor.

 

Bonus! Theme Ideas:

Follow Ambassador Kimberly Burns’ lead and go with a Mexican fiesta, Italian night or Hawaiian luau dinner buffet.

Think seasonal: Autumn Harvest, Winter Wonderland, Spring Fling, Summer Social.

Choose a color hue: Reliv blue & silver balloons, blueberry shakes, blue napkins and name tags.

Shake bar: borrow extra blenders and set out your favorite Reliv product with multiple mix-ins and garnishes. Make it a contest by voting on the best creation!

 

But remember, the most important part of hosting a budget-friendly Shake Party is to have fun!!

Why Your Scale Isn’t the Be-All, End-All

By Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

There is this little device in my bathroom that appears very innocent and demure, but it can be a very powerful, deceptive, two-faced, no-good, lying hunk of junk! That scale just sits there—ready to ambush me and lure me into its lair where, inevitably, I will find despair and disappointment. Yes, I am being a bit dramatic, but you know exactly what I am talking about.

In my head I have an ideal weight for myself. In my head I also have a realistic weight for myself. Those numbers are about 15 pounds apart. So maybe I should rephrase the first part of the statement to say “In my head I have a fantasy weight for myself.”

There are all kinds of tools, tables and calculators available to give you a range of healthy weights for your height. While they might give you a reasonable range, they are also very arbitrary. Meaning: They don’t take into account all of the cool things that make “you” who “you” are. In other words, your scale only has the capacity to communicate with you in one language.

I have come to terms with the fact that I am not a Victoria’s Secret model (It has nothing to do with ice cream! I can’t do anything about being 5’5 ½” tall, but I have not come to terms with that). I have moved past my sixth grade aspiration to wear the same size jeans as “Christi C.” (Those jeans are out of style now anyway.) I know that I will never run fast enough to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I have even come to celebrate and appreciate that I have what’s been called “an athletic build” (i.e. not always what women want to hear).

Now that I’ve matured and had a couple of babies, it’s probably time to reevaluate my definition of ideal weight. I found an article that suggests your ideal weight is “the weight you’re at when you’re doing everything you can to promote good health.” What a great perspective! (Be sure to read the last page.)

When you started Fit3, you probably had an ideal weight in mind. This program has the capacity to get you closer to that goal. But the focus is more on helping you experience good health, in everything you do. We want you to be healthy, so you can enjoy life and not be limited in any way.

Your scale can’t measure that!

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!

 

Power Your Workouts With ProVantage®

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By Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

There’s no better time than now to perfect your workouts with the optimal performance nutrition found in Reliv’s ProVantage®. Designed with a patented plant-based protein formula, ProVantage meets your nutritional needs for both immediate and long-term athletic performance.

“Whether you’re working out in the gym or your backyard, you need the right nutrition to perform your best,” says Dr. Carl Hastings. “ProVantage delivers that nutrition and the patent confirms the uniqueness of a formula designed to deliver real results.”

Walk into any fitness center or grocery store today and protein powders are in abundance. There are so many to choose from—it is overwhelming! So what makes ProVantage different? No other performance supplement harnesses the power of plant-based protein with the combination of powerful antioxidants and supercharged amino acids.

Let’s take a look at how this synergistic blend of ingredients works:

One of ProVantage’s key ingredients is lunasin. This cell-protecting protein and naturally-occurring peptide combats the oxidative stress and inflammation caused by strenuous exercise. Your body will feel the difference and thank you for this.

ProVantage also has medium chain triglycerides, or MCT’s, which work to help reduce body fat and increase muscle mass. MCT’s also improve muscle repair and muscle quickness while providing more energy than carbohydrates. So your workouts will be fueled all week long!

Say goodbye to your midday slump. The CoQ10 and grape seed extract promote energy production, combat free radicals and support the immune system.

So how do these superior ingredients translate to everyday performance fuel?

Work harder. From adding extra reps at the gym to hiking further up that hill, discover the stamina to power through fatigue.

Recover faster. Don’t settle for sore muscles. A precise balance of nutrients can shorten recovery time.

Get stronger. The right protein helps you build higher-quality muscle than you ever thought possible.

Simply mix 1-3 scoops daily with water or your other favorite beverage, depending on level and intensity of training.

Bottom line: ProVantage delivers a performance edge that is unparalleled! See for yourself how ProVantage outperforms all the others….the proof is in the powder!

Is Whey or Soy Protein Better?

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By Product Marketing Specialist & Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

Are you trying to decide which version of Reliv Now® is best for you? Maybe you haven’t tried the new Reliv Now® with Whey formula and are wondering how it is different from the original soy protein-based version. Maybe you are just wondering, “Which formula does Coach Tina take?” or “Which is better?”

The answer is: I take both and BOTH are great! One is not better than the other. Which one I take is completely dependent on how I am customizing my shake with Reliv’s targeted solution products. I prefer my shakes to contain combinations of protein sources so if I am adding ProVantage® or SoySentials® to my shake, which each contain 14 and 10 grams of soy protein respectively, I will use Reliv Now with Whey. This allows me to take advantage of the complementary amino acid profiles found in the different sources of protein. This is typically a post-workout shake when I really want to optimize the muscle-building benefits of protein.

I tend to lean toward Reliv Now® with Soy in combination with FibRestore®, ReversAge® or Arthaffect® (collagen protein) for my shakes in between meals to keep me from giving in to temptations and cravings. Research suggests that soy protein absorbs a little more slowly and may help suppress your appetite, so I maximize my intake.

Whey or soy protein ultimately comes down to your personal preference. “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.”

I’m nursing a hamstring injury so I will be leaning toward extra ProVantage and Reliv Now with Whey. What are you taking today?