Take Advantage of the Party Season with the Shake Party Box

By Reliv Director of Marketing Erin Koch

The holiday season is here and that means Christmas parties, office happy hours and family dinners. In fact, this is the time of year where we see more family and friends than we’ve probably seen all year. This makes it the PERFECT time of year to host shake parties and work your business from home. And this year we’ve made it easier than ever to throw a fabulous shake party that will help you sign up new customers and Distributors and give them the gift of good health. While you’re busy signing up new people, you could also be earning points towards our incredible trip to Hawaii in 2020! Check out the qualifications here.

What’s Inside the Shake Party Box?

When you order the shake party box, you really are getting a party in a box. We tell you how to set up your party, include party supplies and fun swag, and even give you product training cards and yummy Reliv recipes to help you whip up a crave-worthy shake bar.  

What’s Included:

  • Shake Party Checklist
  • Product Training Cards with product talking points, conversation starters and delicious recipes
  • Decision Tool
  • Swag & Party Supplies. Use to promote, prospect and brand your business!
    • 10 Nametags
    • 10 Shake Bar Cups
    • 10 Printed Party Invites
    • 1 Sign-In Sheet
    • 1 Shake Bar Apron with Included Reliv Pin

Plus, be sure to check out our fun Reliv swag bags that you can hand out as party favors or door prizes. Need more party invites? You can also download an editable party invite here.

Have you ordered our Shake Party Box? Tell us what you think in the comments below and cheers to a festive and healthy holiday season!

The Power of Consistency

By Reliv Chief Executive Officer Ryan A. Montgomery

The first commonality among winners, whether it be in business, sports or just life, is the consistency of effort. Hawaii winners were “consistent.” Fit3 Champions are “consistent.”

On the September Ambassador call, Hawaii winners Diane Helmold and Cindy Lunz shared how they approached the trip promotion. First, they “decided” they were going to win the trip and make it an anniversary celebration with their spouses. Next, they committed to a few hours of productive activity each day to reach new people and earn points each month during the 9-month contest.

Getting fit and losing weight is not a sprint. Crash diets and short-lived 5 am workouts don’t work in the long term because they’re not sustainable for most people. Getting fit happens with consistent daily decisions. Fit3 requires intentional choices to eat smart, move more and take Reliv nutrition. That’s the daily commitment Fit3 Champions like Tami Martineau made—one day at a time. It’s about striving for progress every day, even if slight.

Jim Rohn says “success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practiced every day.” Tom Pinnock talks about how successful people do 3-4 high payoff activities (ICSAR) consistently every day. Consistency is adhering to the same fundamentals that move you toward a worthwhile goal. Everything worth achieving will have resistance to overcome, but we chip away until we reach the goal. Without consistency, nothing ever gets finished.

Our Reliv business is made up of “independent” distributors. We often refer to the organization as a “volunteer army.” Distributors decide what to do, when to do it, and how much. Sometimes, “independence” can lead to “inconsistency” with the fundamentals of building a business. Treat your business like a business by developing a mindset that you work for yourself. Consistent and undeviating commitment to simple disciplines every day is the key. Leadership starts with first leading yourself to consistently do the things it takes to be productive. Only then will people follow and do what you say and do.

Keep your word to yourself! There will always be reasons to stop or quit, but successful people find ways to get through the excuses and challenges. Get up every day, go answer the bell inside you, and go tackle the challenges, go grow, go walk the walk and most importantly—go lead, and go do it and keep doing it. Leaders are reliable and steady, and that’s means being consistent with your attitude, work ethic and effort.

Determine your goals, then go be relentless with consistency and stick-to-itiveness!

Why Working Out with a Friend is Good for You

By Reliv Bronze Ambassador Joyce Holthaus

One of the things I love about having a fitness friend (or two) is accountability. I may not stick with my workouts on my own but when I know that someone else is counting on me, I am more likely to show up.

A Happy Distraction

I love a good distraction when I’m doing something challenging and when I’m working out in a class or with a friend I get distracted. Before you know it the workout is over and it didn’t feel like it went on forever and would never end.

As a fitness instructor who teaches a newer workout format (Pound), I’ve noticed that many times when people come to my class for the first time, they come with a friend. I think that’s because we are more apt to try something new if we have a friend to do it with us.

A Friendly Challenge

Exercising with a friend pushes me to do my workout to the best of my ability. I like the added challenge of trying to keep up with them and test my own limits.

My last reason for working out with others is because I like to laugh! I find that I laugh a lot more working out when I’m with others. We sing loud to the music playing, laugh at our mistakes (I’m uncoordinated and have balance challenges) and just have fun. Laughing definitely makes the workout less painful and go quicker!

Moving Forward Together

Whether I’m going for a walk, going to the gym or attending a class I love doing it with another person (or more). So go grab a friend (or a few) and get moving together! You’ll challenge each other, encourage each other and make the workout so much more fun!

Whether you’re working out with a friend or solo, check out free Fit3 Workouts online! You can do them on your own schedule and in the comfort of your own home. You can also use the Fit3 Daily Moves calendar, which is new each month, and invite your friend to become an accountability partner! This works great if your friend lives far away, or if you can’t get together in person.

Whatever you choose to do, incorporating a friend into your fitness routine is a win-win!

 

How to Set Up a Tidy Home Office for Success

By Mandy L. Manley, Professional Organizer and Owner of Skeleton Key Organizing

One of the best things about being an entrepreneur is that you have ultimate control over your workspace. Where and how you choose to work are up to you to decide. Want to spend some time making calls while you walk your dog? No problem! Need a change of scenery? Head to a library or park to help you focus. However, there are fewer spaces that are better set up for ultimate productivity than a tidy home office.

By following these simple steps, your home office can become a powerhouse hub for your business and the place where you do your best work.

Choose a Space
When picking the best location, follow the advice to “know thyself.” Some people work best with soft music playing, and others need silence to get things done. Be aware of what steals your focus and what brings you the best energy. Pick a spot in your home that is free of distractions, and has ample natural lighting. If you plan to do most of your work from home, let your family know that you’re “on the clock” when you’re in your office (but schedule family time as well).

Add Supplies Based on Tasks
Think about the tasks you will be accomplishing in your office. What supplies will you need? If you’ll be making phone calls, consider adding a phone stand and wireless earbuds so you can move around freely or type while on a call. Will you use a digital or analog calendar? How will you organize your files? Make sure you add a basic set of office supplies, including your business cards (pack an extra set into your daily carry bag so you have them handy wherever you go), pens and pencils, letter opener, stapler and sticky notes (which you’ll need in step four).

Aim for Efficiency
To make your workspace a truly efficient place, place the items you use most often within arm’s reach. Keep the things you use only occasionally further away. By reducing the number of items close to where you sit, your desktop will be easier to keep tidy and uncluttered.

Post Your Goals
Now it’s time for those sticky notes from step two! As you set goals for your year, quarter, month and week, write each one down on a sticky note. You might write the whole goal or just a word or phrase that reminds you of what you’re trying to achieve. Place these notes in a visible spot so you see them each day. Change them up or move them around at the start of each month so you don’t stop noticing them. For example, I like to keep the word “SHARE” on my desk to remind me to talk to new people every chance I get.

Tidy Up Each Day
Take five minutes at the end of each day to tidy up your desk and workspace. Put away any items that you used, and return them to their proper zone (from step three). It won’t take long to get your office tidy, and you’ll feel better tomorrow when you start the day with an orderly workspace. You can even schedule a time for a more thorough cleaning each week or month; just add them as a reminder to your calendar. Remember: it’s easier to maintain order than to create it from scratch!

By taking the time to think through the setup of your home office, you can create a space that fosters productivity and success.

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 Reliv Helped Me Launch My First MLM Business

By Reliv Director Elizabeth Hill

As I walked across the stage and received my diploma, I had never been more uncertain about my future career. I had spent hundreds of hours working toward my music degree, rehearsing, and preparing for a career that I couldn’t find. Every music job posting that I found online required 3-5 years of experience, moving across the country, or was simply uninteresting. Since I was getting married a few months after graduating, I knew that moving really wasn’t an option, and I wanted a job that would allow me to be a more present wife and, eventually, mother. 

Searching For The Answer

A few weeks after graduation and I was at my wit’s end. I was praying for an answer when my mother-in-law sent me an ad that had been posted by a Reliv Distributor. The Distributor and I set up a time to meet and after hearing her story and how Reliv had started, I knew I was being presented with an incredible opportunity. I had looked into epigenetics years before and was shocked to discover that Reliv had released the very first epigenetic supplement: Lunasin. After years of battling all ten symptoms of PMS, along with heartburn and back discomfort, I knew that a company that had such amazing scientific achievements had to be able to help me. Best of all, Reliv offers amazing support to new Distributors with online training, marketing tools and a 100% buyback and money-back guarantee. We felt confident in our decision to join, and haven’t looked back.

A Perfect Match

My husband and I worked our way up to the highest profit level, and admittedly took a break from the business. Fast forward six months later, and I had quit my job to give my Reliv business more attention. Within the first few months of starting the products, I experienced improvements in my menstrual cycle. Also, I was able to eat anything I wanted with no indigestion, and my back discomfort was much improved.

What It Takes

I knew it would take three things to build a Reliv business: consistency, a love of our incredible products, and most importantly, a heart that truly cares about other people’s well-being. Because of this, I’ve been able to supplement our income ranging up to $500 a month, and we’ve already earned bonuses along the way.* Shortly after the release of our new RLV Hemp Extract product line, we had our first business partner join us, and we are so excited about how many lives he is going to impact with our amazing products and opportunity. We continue to add new people and are excited to see our business grow.

Meeting My Goals

I’m doing this business not simply because it gives me the ability to stay home and be a devoted wife, but also because I have always had a deep desire to help people overcome the challenges that they face. Because of my Reliv business, I get to wake up every day and ask myself, “Who do I know that needs help with their health?” and “Who do I know that needs help with their financial situation?” Reliv allows me to become the person that I have always wanted to be. 

*View our Distributor income disclosure.

 

 

 

5 (Non-Food) Ways to Treat Yourself and Still Enjoy Fall Flavors

By Reliv Director of Marketing Erin Koch

The same thing happens every year at this time. Pumpkin spice everything floods my favorite grocery stores and coffee shops. Suddenly my healthy eating routine comes to a screeching halt (insert record scratch sound here). I practically run through the aisles trying not to look at the tempting treats that I swear sometimes leap into my cart by themselves. Pumpkin waffles. Pumpkin bagels. Pumpkin spice cereal. Pumpkin cream cheese—how did you get in my cart?! Are they trying to mess with my mind? Yes. Yes, they are.

Fall is my favorite season, so a couple of years ago I decided that I wouldn’t let pumpkin spice and everything not-so-nice ruin my healthy lifestyle. After all, I put in a pretty good effort to stay healthy year-round and I could survive a few weeks out of the year, couldn’t I? Well, not without a plan I couldn’t. So I came up with some clever ways to celebrate my favorite season by focusing on senses that didn’t always involve taste.

  1. Candles & Cinnamon Sticks. The smell of pumpkin spice, cinnamon and apples always fill my home this time of year. For a few bucks I pick up these little fall treats that have zero impact on my calorie count and still allow me to enjoy falls flavors.
  2. Campfire. There is just something about the sound of a crackling campfire that is just so warm and cozy on a crisp autumn night. It’s such a fun way to enjoy the great outdoors and look up at the night sky for some perspective (something I don’t do enough).
  3. Cozy Throw. After a long day, curling up on the couch with a cup of tea and a snuggly soft throw is definitely my idea of a slice of heaven.
  4. Clothes. There is nothing more fun than swapping out your clothes for the season. Whether you treat yourself to a new fall sweater or shop your closet (hey, I remember you from last year!), it’s always fun to change up your look.
  5. Coffee. This is my favorite way to indulge my sense of taste, so this is the one pumpkin spice treat I do reach for at the store. By brewing it myself at home and adding in a splash of coconut or almond milk, I’m saving a ton of calories and still enjoying an indulging fall pick-me-up.

Ok, now there is one other pumpkin spice treat I do allow myself to have this time of year. It’s Trainer Tina’s Pumpkin Pie shake and it’s pure bliss. Plus, it’s super healthy and not loaded with sugar like the ones from your local smoothie shop.

With this plan in hand, I’m much more prepared to handle the pumpkin spice season. Even if I do slip up and one little box of pumpkin spice cereal slips into my grocery bag, I don’t beat myself up too much about it. After all, it’s once a year and by treating yourself a little bit you’re much more likely to stick with your healthy lifestyle year-round. What are your favorite tips for treating yourself? Share in the comments below and happy fall y’all!

 

 

 

6 People Skills that Will Help Grow Your Business

By President of Sales & Marketing Tom Pinnock

We are in the people business so it only stands to reason that the more people skills we have the better we’re going to do. So with that said, let’s take a look at some things that we need to master.

Listen to Understand
At the top of the list is listening. It has been my experience that the best listeners are always the best networkers. It’s really simple; listen to what people want and show them how Reliv can help them get it. As a rule of thumb, we probably all need to talk less and listen more.

Act with Integrity
Another fundamental that is essential is integrity. It’s important that we act with honesty and never hype or exaggerate the products or the opportunity. Reliv was built on integrity, honesty, and always doing the right thing. If we say we’re going to do something, then let’s do it. Have that kind of reputation and people will follow you anywhere.

Work Diligently
Let’s be honest: To be successful in any business it’s critical to have a great work ethic. It’s not talent, good looks or IQ that will take you to the top. You must commit to working hard if you want to succeed. Indeed, if you treat Reliv like a business and work hard, then there is no limit to what you can accomplish. It’s an easy business when you work hard, but a tough business if you don’t. And never forget: if you love what you do you’ll shake the world to pieces and it will feel like you’re not working at all.

Think Optimistically
Be positive. Nothing in Reliv or in life is more important than having a good attitude. Stay away from “stinking thinking” and know that whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. Squash those snipers in your mind that tell you you can’t do it and fill your mind and social calendar with encouraging thoughts and people. Embrace the knowledge that if so many others have done it, so can you.

Embrace Inclusivity
Tolerance for others is essential in the people business. Remember, Reliv is for everyone so that means you will have folks in your organization who don’t agree with your political or religious views. Stay away from topics that divide and instead focus on the ones that bring us together. In Reliv, that means wellness, entrepreneurship, and feeding the hungry. We can all agree on these important issues.

Lead By Example
And finally, always lead by example. Nothing rings more hollow than someone telling you to do something that they won’t do themselves. The speed of the leader is always the speed of the pack. If you want people in your organization to sponsor distributors and customers, then you need to be sponsoring distributors and customers. If you expect your downline to attend conferences and win trips, then you need to be doing the same.

So there you have it. Be a great listener, always be honest, don’t be afraid of hard work, be positive, embrace differences, and lead by example. Do these things and we’ll see you at the top.

Why You Should Do Every Fit3 Challenge

By Reliv Key Director Dawn Tucci

The Reliv® Fit3™ community hosts several fitness challenges each year, encouraging members to sign up, track their fitness goals and report their success. There are obvious reasons to sign up for a challenge like this. Having a smart eating plan that still allows you to have your favorite foods is a good idea. Having support and encouragement from a like-minded community working on a similar goal is excellent.

The first time I signed up for a Fit3 Challenge I figured it would be fun. I knew I’d be completing the challenge with a friend, and thought maybe I would lose some fat and get in a little better shape. WOW did I underestimate what would happen! I’m in the best shape of my life! Now that I have completed several Fit3 Challenges, I can hardly think of a reason not to do it.

I am also thrilled to say that the Fit3 Challenges have helped my business as well! Do you find this surprising? So did I, but it’s the truth. Here’s how the Fit3 Challenge improved my Reliv business.

At a New Year’s Eve party, my friend, Cindy, mentioned that she needed to get back on track with healthy eating and nutrition, and I agreed that I did too. The next day, I heard about the Fit3 Fitness Friends Challenge and thought about Cindy.

I called her and she was all in! We had a great time working out together and posting our results on Facebook. Our bodies started changing and all we were doing was following the challenge and having fun! We were also motivated to win the prize, which was an all-expenses-paid trip to Reliv Live in California and a couple of extra days of shopping and spa treatments. We entered just to get healthy, but the crazy thing is that we won the grand prize!

I couldn’t have imagined how wonderful that trip was going to be. Being part of the Challenge and winning it has changed me for the better. This whole experience boosted my confidence, introduced me to some new friends, and began a friendship with my fitness friend Cindy. She is my running partner and we have enjoyed spending time together. Her business has been revitalized as well, and we are working together.

When I began, I thought the Challenge was just about fitness, but it also changed my business. Because the Challenge required me to post on Facebook, my business has taken on a whole new life and become visible to so many new people. Strangers began to approach me at the grocery store and ask “what are you doing?” This led me to several new customers. Fit3 Challenges have given me a new way to introduce people to Reliv and to help them begin their health and fitness journey. What a great opportunity to introduce people to Reliv! The exposure online has trickled into real life and influenced people to seek what I have.

Because I was required to post on Facebook, I became comfortable with Facebook Live and sharing information. It is now part of my business. I recently gained a new online customer after posting my personal results along with a Reliv blog. It was so easy! Interacting with others in the Fit3 community as a participant has allowed me to make connections with people and offer them support. This group provides credibility and support for both health and business.

Cindy’s business has been reignited and she is now in great shape; she lost 15 pounds and is considering running a half marathon. Because we are working together we held some local fashion and fitness events which lead to exposure and new contacts for potential business. As new people join me in Reliv, I connect them to Fit3 as another tool for them to spread the word.

Because of Fit3 Challenges, I control overeating, have a sense of accomplishment and a community around me with common goals. They continually offer me a way to bring people to Reliv just by doing life and in turn, they can do the same. You can expect to see me participating in every Fit3 Challenge, and I hope you will, too!

How Women’s Nutritional Needs Change

By Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

There are so many quotes and social media tags promoting strong women, but the truth is, it takes a lot more than just a hashtag and a motivational quote for women to be authentic #bossbabes. I will be the first to admit that my strength has been built on the support of a tribe of amazing women that never let me give up on myself.

Taking On Roles

Not only does it take a great community to nourish your spirit, but also it takes intentional nutrition to fuel your girl power and help you meet the daily demands of being a mom, daughter, wife, friend, aunt, sister, student, athlete, caregiver, entrepreneur—Wonder Woman.

Wakeup Call

The funny thing is that while we are so busy wearing all of those hats and our own birthdays come and go without much fanfare, we often don’t realize how much our own nutrition needs change with age. We wake up one day, say around age 40, and realize that not only do we need to update our wardrobe but also it may be time to reevaluate some of our lifestyle habits.

Steady Change

It’s pretty obvious that our outward appearance changes with age, so we give up crop tops and skinny jeans. But, you may not be aware of the subtle changes that are happening on the inside. Hello hormones, right? Those sneaky little chemicals are responsible for the obvious and not-so-obvious changes that come without any warning. Lower levels of estrogen obviously affect reproductive health, but they also raise your risk for chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

If that wasn’t enough, it goes to work slowing down our metabolism. Combine that with the age-related loss of lean muscle mass because of waning testosterone levels (yes, ladies, we have testosterone, too) and you have the perfect storm for weight gain, especially around your belly. Women lose about half a pound of lean muscle per year starting around the age of 40.  And for the guys who are following along here, you don’t fare much better. Most men will lose about 30% of their muscle mass during their lifetime.

Choose Wisely

Pardon me while I step up on my soapbox and repeat myself very loudly! We naturally lose lean muscle mass as we age. That not only impacts our metabolism but also has a profound effect on our physical strength. You have two choices here: 

  1. Ignore and deny the changes, accepting the decline leading to weight gain and loss of functional abilities.
  2. Channel your inner boss and make the nutrition and lifestyle changes you need to stay strong, no matter how many birthdays you have celebrated.

Maintaining and building lean muscle absolutely requires attention to your diet. But that doesn’t mean you have to do anything absurd. Successful aging is still about following those basic diet principles that apply to any age and that are promoted through the Fit3 program:

  • Choose a variety of vegetables, including dark green, red and orange, beans and peas, starchy and non-starchy.
  • Eat a variety of fruits.
  • Include grains in your daily diet. Half of your grains should be whole grains.
  • Reduce added sugars and avoid saturated fats.
  • Have protein at every meal/snack. Healthy protein includes lean meat (chicken), seafood, eggs, beans and peas, nuts, seeds, and soy products.
  • Use healthy fats, such as olive oil, avocados, and nuts.
  • Supplement daily with a quality core nutrition product to cover nutrient gaps.

Supplemental Material

Since our need for specific nutrients change as we go through different life stages, additional supplementation with targeted solutions is recommended to meet the unique needs for each individual and/or stage of life. During the teen years, girls need more calcium and vitamin D to build strong bones and support growth. Protein, iron, calcium and folic acid are critical for young women. Calcium, iron, B-vitamins and vitamin D are key to good health, stress relief and energy levels in women prior to menopause. After menopause protein, vitamin D, calcium, fiber and anti-oxidants combat age-related physical and cognitive decline.

Nutrition At Every Stage

Reliv’s core nutrition products in combination with the targeted solution formulas allow you to create a customized nutrition program to meet your unique needs during each stage of life, whether you are worried about pimples or wrinkles. Just remember that your daily regimen is likely to change along with your age. So even though 50 is the new 30, the regimen that worked for you when you were 30 might need some refreshing if you are approaching a different decade!