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”

Life-changing Nutrition: Weight Lost, Youth Regained

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Robin Shelby, Cedarville, Ohio

A friend introduced me to Reliv three years ago. After four months on the products, I went to a routine doctor appointment, and for the first time in 20 years he told me my cholesterol was back within the normal range. That really got me excited! He said to keep doing what I was doing because the results were proof that my health was improving.

I’ve had the same doctor since I was nine years old, and he has seen four generations of my family. My heart-related problems are genetic and I had four stress tests and a heart catheterization by age 35. But that was before Reliv and LunaRich®.

Over the next 18 months on Reliv, my health improved so much that we were both shocked. While I once had trouble walking up a flight of stairs, I’m now out walking six miles without difficulty. High blood pressure, fainting spells and breathing problems are no longer issues — nothing is holding me back! I’ve lost more than 30 pounds by using Reliv Now® and LunaRich X™ in the Super Pack. I’m healthier at 46 than I was at 26 and couldn’t have done it without my Reliv.

The Reliv ‘Prodcast’ Is Here!

The monthly Reliv Product Call is now the “Reliv Prodcast.” And we’ve updated a lot more than just the name…

In addition to the phone-in presentation on the first Wednesday of the month and phone-in recording available all month long (view call details), you can now listen to the Prodcast online. That gives you a whole new, much easier way to share the latest nutrition news and inspiring Reliv health stories with everyone you know. This month, just share this link and follow up!

Even better, we’ve made the Prodcast available on iTunes. Check it out. So not only can you access an archive of Prodcast recordings online, you can download them to your device to listen to anytime, anywhere — at the gym, in your car, wherever you go! Subscribe to the Prodcast to have it automatically download all future episodes and notify you when they’re published.

Listen to the January Prodcast below, download it on iTunes and share the life-changing benefits of Reliv nutrition with the world.

January Prodcast: Weight Management
Featuring Tina Van Horn and Dr. Alfredo Galvez
That annual New Year weight loss resolution can become a reality in 2015. Find out how the proven weight management benefits of lunasin and Reliv products can help bring about a healthier, less of you this year.