Reliv Champions Challenge Winners Announced – 3rd Quarter 2019

By Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

Join us in congratulating the winners of the most recent Reliv Fit3 Champions Challenge! They worked hard at making positive lifestyle choices to complete all of the challenge criteria. With the support of Reliv’s optimal nutrition and the Fit3 Facebook community, each of the winners celebrated non-scale victories along with their measurable results to earn some fantastic prizes. Be sure to search #RelivChampionsChallenge to follow their journeys.

Grand Prize: $500 Cash

Mary Murray, North Carolina

“Since 2016, I have been on a weight loss and fitness journey. After my progress lagged in early 2019, I needed encouragement and accountability to achieve greater weight loss and resume exercise in earnest. With persistence and HARD work, I lost 13 lbs. in 15 weeks during this challenge.* What is so important is that I am not willing to give up!  

I don’t have a sense of dread about getting healthy because I’m DOING it! I have learned to get excited over great food choices instead of pining for unhealthy treats! The secret weapon is that Fit3 is a One-DayProgram! There is always a fresh start born every day!

I know that my nutritional foundation, Reliv products, are the best of the best! My net loss is 54 pounds, and I am not done yet! I’m a Reliv Champion because I’m committed to living well and embracing great health. 

I’ve got six grandchildren to keep up with and I want to be able to sit on the floor and play with them! That’s ultimately what motivates me. I’m a Reliv Champion because I’m committed to living well and embracing great health.  I’m not done yet, but I’m not giving up! Every day is a fresh start to learn and make better choices.”

To hear Mary’s reaction to winning the challenge and learn more about her journey, check out the latest episode of “The Reliv Podcast: Get Healthier, Live Happier.”

Once again the competition was fierce and the stories were so inspiring, we couldn’t pick just one winner, so we are doling out some additional product credits to these amazing challengers who have all followed Fit3 for years. Their persistence paid off!

Special Recognition: $250 Product Credit

April Reynolds, Utah

“A champion is someone who succeeds, who pushes past roadblocks to obtain their goal. I thought my goal was to be strong enough to do much of our landscaping myself and to have the vigor to enjoy going on mountain hikes. But I have found that those are just benchmarks along the road. The journey is what is really important and making healthy choices daily. The obstacles I have faced these past few months have caused me to push forward and be quite creative about it, but I have done it!”

Kathleen Morgan, Missouri 

“I finally lost my “freshman 15.” It’s taken about two years of working out consistently and this is the challenge where it finally came off. I worked really hard and consistently to exercise every day and eat healthier. I am a Reliv Champion because I still completed the challenge while being super busy with school and work, finding a workout schedule that fits with my life.”

Laurie Eaton, South Dakota

“What makes me a Reliv champion is staying the course, doing the exercises and staying connected to the Reliv Fit3 group that helps me stay accountable. Challenging myself and learning to have better eating habits has not been hard but fun and the rewards of watching my body transform have been amazing. I’m so excited to be able to do more and more…there was a time that my hip hurt so bad I couldn’t do much exercising. I stayed the course and I have surprised myself more and more of what I can do as I continue to strengthen my body. I feel strong and healthy at 67 and not old and hurting! Staying the course! That makes me a champion.”

The challenge criteria called for the participants to use Reliv products consistently throughout the challenge, commit to lifestyle changes promoted through the Fit3 program and complete weekly social media posts to encourage others and build a personal brand in the wellness space.  All participants who completed the above requirements AND lost 10 pounds (or experienced other measurable results) were considered for the grand prize and have been awarded a $100 Reliv product credit.

All Challenge Finishers: $100 Product Credit

  • Angela Malis
  • Angie Chinn
  • April Reynolds
  • Barry Williams
  • Brenda Guess
  • Brenda Lowder
  • Cathy Sudo
  • Chris “Christine” Ciccone
  • Dawn Tucci
  • Dodi McCune
  • Donna Markham
  • Dorothy Post
  • Esther Clegg
  • Linda Mosler
  • Louise Kohl
  • Luzia Hanna
  • Margie Stump
  • Mary Kathleen Morgan
  • Mike Greenwood
  • Naomi Lydick
  • Pam Thielen
  • Rebecca Moseley
  • Rene’ Kisrow
  • Renee Schwarck Nawaz
  • Ritchie Burns
  • Yvette Dickey

Make plans now to join the next Reliv Champions Challenge, which is set to kick off on January 1, 2020. Registration opens December 15, 2019.

*Results vary based on starting point and effort. Results achieved with Fit3 fitness program.

Why Supplement for Weight Loss

By Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

According to recent studies, more than 30 percent of Americans eat a diet that falls short of nutrients like magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin A. It is also estimated that more than 80 percent of Americans have low vitamin D levels. Nine out of 10 people are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids which, among other things, help cool inflammation and control blood sugar levels.

Empty Calories and Malnourishment

According to functional medicine advocate, Dr. Mark Hyman, “Research also shows that since 1970, we have been eating an average of 500 additional calories a day, mostly from high fructose corn syrup and other carbohydrates. These nutrient-poor, calorie-dense, high-carbohydrate foods crowd out healthier choices while creating nutritional deficiencies like omega-3 fats, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin D – negatively affecting our metabolism and our overall health.”

Simply put, Americans have been overfed and undernourished for a very long time. In fact, most obese children and adults are actually malnourished.

Nutrition and Metabolism

While that might sound contradictory, an abundance of calories does not necessarily deliver the right nutrients that your body needs. Actually, the very opposite is true: Overeating can create nutrient deficiencies.  You can eat too many calories and too few nutrients. And guess what: You need vitamins and minerals to process all those empty calories. Low levels of nutrients lead to a poorly functioning metabolism.

Dr. Hyman adds, “When deficiencies become the underlying cause of weight loss resistance, I find nutrient-based treatment can often help reset my patients’ metabolisms to balance out body chemistry. Getting the correct amount of nutrients can help you burn fat, balance blood sugar, stabilize hormones and build and maintain muscle mass.”

Optimal Nutrition to the Rescue

Reliv’s core nutrition products are loaded with protein, and more than 25 vitamins, minerals, and super-powered antioxidants to provide comprehensive supplementation for a healthy metabolism and optimal health with one delicious shake per day.

Fit3 Active is an ideal snack or healthy meal that fuels lean muscle development, increased energy and improves workout recovery with a synergistic combination of proteins, amino acids and key nutrients that also support metabolic health.

If you’re trying to lose weight, exercise alone won’t be enough. Make sure your diet is packed with nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, and give your metabolism a jump start by adding Reliv nutrition to the mix. Give your body what it needs to stay healthy as you work toward weight loss goals.

 

Source:  https://drhyman.com/blog/2016/06/02/8-ways-nutrient-deficiencies-cause-weight-loss-resistance/

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!

How To Meal Plan

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By Registered Dietician & Key Director Dawn Tucci

What happened to the days of enjoying a meal? Oh that’s right, life got busy. It seems like mealtime has become a time of stress and guilt with little enjoyment. Wouldn’t it be great if meals could be stress-free and enjoyable again, even in the midst of our busy lives? I think they can. There may be some changes that need to be made, but I think it’s doable! Just like everything else that we do, eating well requires some effort and a plan. Planning ahead for your week’s meals can take the stress off meal time and also be a time saver.

Here are some meal planning tips:

  • Planning for one week allows us to think ahead to what we are going to eat, which means we don’t need to think about it anymore.
  • Shop once and purchase everything you will need to have on hand when it is time to prepare the food.
  • Chop vegetables for the week all at once. For example, I chop all my peppers, onions, carrots, and others on Sunday to save time!
  • Use foods again throughout the week. For example, you can prepare enough chicken for 3 meals and use it in different ways or freeze it for another time.
  • Crockpots can be used to cook all or part of the meal while you are busy doing life!
  • Using a wok to stir fry allows you to cook meat, vegetables and noodles fast and in the same pot, which saves time during cleanup.
  • Purchase part of the meal, such as a rotisserie chicken or pre-washed salad, and cook something quick like quinoa or rice to accompany it.

Is eating healthy a challenge because you can’t think of what to make and when to make it?

Here is an example of my weekly plan:

Monday

Brown a beef roast in oil (just a minute or so on each side) and place in crockpot. Top with potatoes peeled and halved, carrots and onion. Add about 1/2 cup water, salt and pepper. Cook on low all day and when you get home, dinner is ready!

Tuesday

Use leftover beef from Monday in a fajita or you can sauté chicken or shrimp. Also, sauté sliced onion and peppers. Serve with lettuce, cilantro, tomatoes, sour cream and corn or flour tortillas. You could also use lettuce as a wrap. I love these because everyone can put what they want on their fajita. You can also prepare black beans or pinto beans. I love making these and freezing them in small containers. They are a good protein and fiber source and go with everything!

Wednesday

Sauté shrimp in olive oil with salt and pepper. You can serve with rice and vegetables or over a salad. I buy the frozen shrimp that are raised wild and have been deveined.

Thursday

Get that crockpot back out. Brown each side of a pork butt or pork loin. Salt and pepper and place in crockpot. Add cumin and garlic. Add onion and water. When you get home take out those black beans that you made earlier this week. Sauté chopped onion and garlic in olive oil and add the beans to reheat. Cook rice. Buy salad that has been pre-washed and dress with olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper and garlic powder. You could omit the pork if you want to have a vegetarian meal and add some extra veggies instead.

Friday

Serve leftover pork with barbecue sauce on buns. Add a side dish of coleslaw and good, healthy, crusty bread. You can add a salad if time permits to have more vegetables. This is also great with cooked apples. This is so easy! Just peel and chop apples and cook in a small amount of water until tender and mushy.

Saturday

Coat chicken pieces in flour and cook in butter and olive oil until done. Add lemon juice and chicken broth and let thicken. Serve with mashed potatoes or baked sweet potatoes and a vegetable. My family loves this with broccoli or green beans.

Sunday

Place a ham in the oven and bake according to package instructions. This is going to smell delicious! We like to splurge on this meal and serve ham with macaroni and cheese or a corn casserole. The cooked apples mentioned above also go well,  so you may want to make enough on Friday to have leftovers. Asparagus is a great addition to this meal. There will be leftover ham to start your week!

Here are some other healthy side ideas:

  • Sauté spinach in olive oil until wilted.
  • Quarter Brussels sprouts and sauté in olive oil, salt and pepper. Add a small amount of balsamic vinegar.
  • Chop bottom third off asparagus, sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

Part of the satisfaction in a meal is taking time to enjoy it with others. Slow down as much as you can to take time to feed your body well. It will thank you by allowing you to work and play with good health, energy and better sleep. No stress, just good food! A little planning will save you time and money and your meal will be healthy!

 

 

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!

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!

Reliv Podcast: The Fit3 Team Challenge Is On!

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Tom and Tina are back and they’re challenging YOU to join the Fit3 team challenge that kicks off on April 1. Tom and Tina also announce our free Fit Kit and free Conference registration winners! You’ll also hear from two Reliv Distributors who are rocking the Fit3 program and getting incredible fitness and weight loss results!

Listen to the Podcast online.

 

Find Your Fit: Introducing the New Reliv Podcast

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Welcome to the first episode of the new weekly Reliv Podcast! In this week’s show, Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn chats with Executive VP of Sales Tom Pinnock to share some life-changing fitness and weight loss stories. You’ll also hear how Fit3 teams are starting to form and where to go for all of the latest information about this fun fitness and weight loss program. Tune in every Monday night at 8:30 p.m. CST for a new episode! 

Listen to the Prodcast online.

 

Have You Had This Talk With Your Doctor?

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By Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Carl Hastings

If your doctor knew you had a health condition that puts you at increased risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and many other chronic health conditions, would you expect him or her to discuss it with you? Would you ask questions about how to treat this health condition and take steps to decrease your risk of developing other complications and diseases? Would you make changes that you knew could add years and improved quality to your life? If so, it may be time to talk to your doctor about weight loss. Continue reading “Have You Had This Talk With Your Doctor?”

The Beautiful Losers: A Lifestyle Program

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By Leslie Hines and Barb Verbonich of Central Coast California

How We Began
A few years back, Leslie Hines reached her goal of losing 60 pounds! Being a longtime consumer of the Reliv products, Leslie lost her first 30 pounds by taking her shakes, eating right and exercising. Then her weight seemed to plateau. To get the second 30 pounds off, a gracious woman offered to freely mentor her regarding whole food and her daily habits. This entailed a year-long process of 20-minute calls on four mornings a week and attending a weekly community meeting focused on losing weight, forming better habits and keeping weight off long-term. Continue reading “The Beautiful Losers: A Lifestyle Program”