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Going Green with Your Health!

Four Golden Rules for Greener Health
Living green means we recycle, create less waste and use fewer resources. These are all important ways to protect the environment. But what are you doing to green up your health? A healthy environment and a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand. Let’s make every day “Green Health Day!”

  1. Don’t pollute your body.Is your body a nutritional wasteland? Give a hoot — don’t pollute your body with garbage foods. Instead, treat it well by eating more natural foods that are packed with nutrients. Think fiber-filled whole grains and fruits and vegetables. Meanwhile, reduce saturated fats and sodium intake. You can also prevent erosion of your health with nutritional supplements.Green Health Action Steps:
  2. Reduce waist.How deepis your footprint? Being overweight contributes to type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke, certain types of cancer and more. If you’re a man with a waist measurement of 40 inches or more, or a woman with a waist measurement of 35 inches or more, you’re at much higher risk of metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes. So it pays to reduce your waist! Losing just 5 to 7 percent of your body weightand doing moderate-intensity exercise for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week also may prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.Green Health Action Step:
    • Choose a weight loss partner wisely. Reliv’s Slimplicity® Weight Loss System starts with a calorie-controlled, satisfying shake for lunch combined with accelerator capsules before each meal that help boost your metabolism, burn more fat and control your appetite. The plan includes a pedometer to encourage walking, a food and exercise journal and ongoing support so you can stay on track as you lose weight — and keep it off.
  3. Use more natural energy.Forget oil — we’re talking leg power! Walk or ride a bike whenever possible. Use your leg power to go to the grocery store. If you’re buying a lot, consider pulling a wagon to the store for the walk home. It’s a great muscle and cardio workout to improve heart health and burn more calories! Or bring the family on bikes and everyone can carry a (cloth) bag home. Another idea is to ride your bike to work and arrive invigorated for the day. Re-cycle day after day! With gas prices climbing steeply, these strategies are good for your body and your wallet. Green Health Action Step:
    • Join the Team Reliv Fitness Club. It includes exercise and weight loss tracking, along with peer support and monthly prizes to get you moving and healthy!
  4. Live toxic-free.Stress is toxic. It takes a toll on you mentally and physically and makes you more likely to eat on the run and exercise less. The aftermath is an increase in illness, fatigue and brain fog. Follow the mantra: live, laugh and love. Laughing is a known stress reliever that allows you to live and love more freely! Take some time to enjoy nature too. By taking care of yourself with good nutrition and exercise, you’re better able to handle stress and you create a positive, energetic outlook that ripples to others.Green Health Action Step:
    • Drink responsibly. 24K™ from Reliv is a ready-to-drink energy shot that addresses stress, fatigue and mental fog. With 24 healthy ingredients, 24K delivers real energy through real nutrition. It’s a truly sustainable energy source!

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April 25, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, children, Fitness, Food Allergies, Health, Heart Disease, kids vitamins, Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, Women's Health | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

10 Ways to Less Stress

10 Ways to Stress Less

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A simple one-syllable word can do a lot of damage to your body and your mood. Stress.

Stress seems to be epidemic today. Many factors can feed it: world events, financial worries, job insecurity, family illnesses, work overload, children, traffic or just simply life’s daily issues.

These stressors can worsen high blood pressure and cholesterol levels; increase back pain, headaches and stomachaches; aggravate allergies; suppress the immune system; cause sleep problems and fatigue; impair mental judgment and memory; and make you cranky, nervous, sad and depressed. Long-term, stress can age your body and leave you more vulnerable to life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes.

But you can fight back and send stress packing. Try these 10 tips to better manage your stress and find happier, calmer days ahead.

  1. Practice positive self-talk. When negative thoughts creep in your mind, turn them around to be more positive. Think: “I can handle this.” Or “One step at a time.” Or “Some day I’ll laugh about this.”
  2. Just breathe. In a stressful situation, stop and take several deep breaths before speaking or reacting.
  3. Walk it off quietly. Take a daily walk in a quiet place rather than a noisy, busy sidewalk if possible. Nature walks are even better.
  4. Seek happiness. Make a conscious effort to hug loved ones frequently, smile at people more and appreciate beautiful scenes in nature whenever possible. 

  5. One ball at a time. Chronic multi-tasking is a direct pathway to stress. Do one thing at a time and just focus on that. Don’t try to balance your checkbook, make dinner and help your child with homework all at the same time. Nothing is done well that way anyhow.
  6. Treat yourself. When stress strikes, take a break and do something you enjoy such as reading, calling a friend, listening to music, or just watching a favorite movie. Try to do at least one enjoyable thing every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Taking time just for you is important self-care. It’s OK to do nothing once in a while.
  7. Get moving. If a vigorous run or heart-pumping kickboxing is more your style, go for it. Any form of exercise helps relieve stress. It eliminates the stress hormones coursing through your body and combats anxiety. Or focus on daily relaxation in the form of deep breathing, yoga, tai chi or meditation. 

  8. Hush-a-bye. Make sure you’re getting adequate sleep — seven to eight hours is ideal — every night. Being rested helps you better handle anything life throws your way and prevents irritability and overreactions.
  9. Be prepared with the right snacks. When stress eating rears its ugly head, have healthy snacks handy. While some people lose their appetite under stress, many others are driven to high-carb, high-fat comfort foods like chips, ice cream or greasy burgers. The guilt from the overindulgence will only add to your stress level. Be prepared by keeping healthier alternatives in stock. Relivables® Soy Nuts satisfy the urge to munch in a low-sodium, non-fried way. Relivables® Healthy Snack Bars are also a guilt-free sweet treat with Pycnogenol®, healthy soy protein and fiber, and no high-fructose corn syrup or trans fats.
  10. Shore up your diet. Plan healthy meals rich in fruits and vegetables, along with B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids, which are known stress-reducers. Nutritional products such as Reliv Classic® and Reliv Now® provide a full range of stress-fighting vitamins, minerals, herbs and other vital nutrients. When you’re on the go, slip ready-to-drink 24K™ in your bag as a potent source of stress-relieving ingredients including B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, Gama Aminobutryric Acid (GABA) and Valerian Root. This convenient drink packs 24 health-promoting ingredients that address the triple-threat of fatigue, mental fog and stress. 24K is also caffeine-free so you can take it anytime, anywhere with no jitters. Just clear, calming energy and focus.

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April 9, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, Fitness, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Reliv, Wellness, Women's Health | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

12 Ways to Kick the Sugar Habit

I use to have a sugar habit. I would always have candy or something sweet around the house. Now I don’t have those sugar cravings and I feel incredible.

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Snap Out of Your Sugar Surplus

Sweet on sweets? For more reasons than cavity prevention, it’s time to tame your sweet tooth once and for all.

In the past 20 years, Americans have more than quadrupled their individual sugar intake. A health survey showed that between 2001 and 2004 the average intake of added sugars for Americans was 22.2 teaspoons a day. That packs 355 calories! But weight gain is not the only health risk sugar poses.

Researchers and health associations such as the American Dietetic Association and the American Diabetic Association say sugar is one of the three major causes of degenerative disease.

Foods that are high in simple sugars raise blood sugar levels quickly. As a result, the pancreas pumps out insulin to bring levels down. This roller coaster fluctuation stresses the body and can depress the immune system. It also causes dramatic mood and energy swings. Meanwhile, an increase in insulin in the blood stream promotes fat storage and paves the way to elevated triglycerides (blood fats). Both of these factors can lead to heart disease.

Control Your Cravings
The American Heart Association (AHA) now recommends men consume no more than 9 teaspoons of added sugar and women consume no more than 6 teaspoons per day. To put this in perspective, one can of regular soda has about 8 teaspoons of sugar. So give soda the boot as your first step in getting your sugar consumption under control.

The AHA stated that “there is strong scientific data linking excess sugar above these limits and an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.”

Several animal studies also link sugar consumption to high blood pressure, another heart and stroke risk. Other research suggests high sugar intake can lead to cancer, insulin resistance and arthritis.

12 Ways to Kick the Sugar Habit
Studies have found sugar is habit-forming and possibly addictive — both physically and emotionally. While it may not be easy, cutting back on sugar is a smart way to protect your health. Here are some ways to kick the sugar habit:

  1. Find out how much sugar you’re actually consuming each day so you know where you need to cut back. Keep track of all the sugars you consume daily, including white bread, pasta or rice, honey, brown rice syrup, fruit juice concentrate and high fructose corn syrup.
  2. Choose complex carbohydrates such as whole wheat breads and pasta along with fruits and vegetable rather than refined sugars. Naturally occurring sugars in fruits, milk and plain yogurt don’t seem to have the same unhealthy effect as refined sugars.
  3. Bump up fiber intake. Adding fiber to your diet slows the absorption of sugars to prevent unhealthy blood sugar spikes.
  4. Eat small meals or snacks throughout the day so your blood sugar stays more even. If blood sugar levels plunge, you’re more likely to crave sugar.
  5. Start the day with protein and whole grains to keep you satisfied and prevent sugar cravings.
  6. Sweeten foods with spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg to calm your urges for sugar.
  7. Give your body adequate vitamins and minerals since nutrient deficiencies can lead to sugar cravings. Relìv Classic® and Relìv Now® provide a full range of essential nutrients in just two shakes a day.
  8. Get your energy boost from exercise and enough sleep rather than sugar.
  9. Sugar cravings usually last about 10 to 20 minutes. Distract yourself during that time with a walk or some other activity to keep your mind and body busy.
  10. Drink more water. We sometimes mistake hunger or cravings for thirst.
  11. If your sweet tooth is calling loudly, munch on fruit such as a banana or orange to squelch the craving while stoking up on important nutrients.
  12. Substitute the sugar in your coffee or tea with Relìvables® All-Natural Sweetener, with zero calories plus fiber.


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Yours in Achieving Optimal Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden

December 19, 2010 Posted by | Alternative Health, diabetes, Diets, Fitness, Health, Health and Wellness, Heart Disease, Nutrition, Reliv, weight loss, Wellness, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Snacking is Good For You

Good News: Snacking is Good for You!

Here’s a breath of fresh air: It’s OK to snack, whether you’re trying to lose weight, maintain weight or just get through the day! In fact, snacking between meals can keep your metabolism humming and your energy and mood steady. Of course, it’s not a total free pass. It’s important to make healthy snack choices that satisfy yet don’t break the calorie bank for the day.

Plan it. To prevent overeating at meals, fit a morning and afternoon snack into your schedule. Planning your snack means you’ll have a healthy option ready when your stomach rumbles so you don’t pounce on the nearest vending machine or easy-to-grab chip bag. When you’re on the go, keep a healthy snack with you.

Know your taste buds. If you always crave sweets in the afternoon, plan to have fresh berries, a crisp apple or a juicy tangerine handy. You could even top it off with a small piece of dark chocolate and still be in the safety zone. Or if crunch is what you crave, keep a handful of nuts on call.

Span the food groups. Nuts and seeds are good sources of protein that keep hunger at bay and offer other important nutrients. Whole grains are high in filling fiber and give you an energy boost from carbohydrates. And fruits and vegetables offer vital nutrients along with fiber. Low-fat dairy is another good choice to boost your daily calcium intake.

Practice portions.
Be careful not to make a snack a meal-size extravaganza. Until you know your portions, measure your snacks and know their calorie content.

Keep it interesting. Try something new for the ultimate snacking satisfaction. Sample star fruit. Chop up jicama sticks for a crunchy alternative to carrots. Mix up your choice of nuts: Almonds one day, soy nuts the next — or a little of both.

Reliv just made it even easier to snack healthy with Relivables™ Healthy Snack Bars and Soy Nuts. For salty cravings, reach for Relivables Soy Nuts, which are an excellent source of fiber and non-GMO protein, yet are low in sodium and are cholesterol-free with no trans fats.

To satisfy your sweet tooth, indulge in a chocolate-coated granola snack bar or a low-fat cranberry granola snack bar — each packed with fiber, healthy soy protein, whole grains and Pycnogenol®, a powerful anti-inflammatory. Plus these bars contain no trans fats, no high fructose corn syrup, and no cholesterol! Stash these bars in your car, desk or purse for guilt-free goodness at your fingertips.

Katrina van Oudheusden
Independent Reliv Distributor

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February 12, 2010 Posted by | Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, weight loss, Wellness | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments


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