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Game Changer in Nutrition!

Energy Shot that is good for you and no “crash”

Okay! I have got to give you the heads up! Reliv is about to unveil a new product that has me sitting on the edge of my seat! If it is what I think it is… and I will know tomorrow… everyone is going to want to get their hands on this!

Over the next 3 days you are going to get updates about a new product, Reliv Kalogris foundation, and so much more! I am so excited to be sharing this amazing event with you. Look for video updates!

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See you tomorrow in the news!

To YOUR Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden


February 2, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, children, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Reliv, Soy, Vitamin, Wellness | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a 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.

Would like to share with you this great article by

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

The Cutting Edge of Skin Nutrition

The Cutting Edge of Skin Nutrition

When we talk about skin care we want something that makes us look younger, reduces the lines on our face, and keeps our skin healthy! You have to listen to this interview that Dr. Frank Schonlau grants Kari Montgomery. If you haven’t heard of the benefits of pycnogenol, you need to now!

The benefits of pycnogenol interview

Dr. Frank Schonlau, is the Director of Scientific Communications for Horphang Research and skincare expert. In an in-depth interview he granted Kari Montgomery, Dr. Schonlau describes multiple and proven benefits of Pycnogenol® – the innovative ingredient patented by Horphang – in promoting a healthier skin and more youthful appearance. He also describes the way Pycnogenol works with other powerful ingredients in the exclusive RA7 nutrient complex of the r line, which keeps Relìv at the cutting edge of Skin Nutrition. Listen to the interview and share it with anyone you know would be interested in having a healthy skin.

Must hear interview!

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To a younger, more beautiful looking you.

Yours in achieving optimal health!

Katrina van Oudheusden

December 18, 2010 Posted by | Alternative Health, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Reliv, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

9 Easy Energy Boosters

Looking for a simple solutions to increasing your energy?

9 Easy Energy Boosters

written by our friends at Reliv International.

Have the lazy, hazy days of summer zapped your energy? Maybe it has less to do with the season, and more to do with your lifestyle. Don’t spend one minute more slumped on the couch. Try these easy energy boosters instead:

Time your sleep right. Getting enough sleep — about seven to eight hours a night — may seem like an obvious solution to lackluster energy. Quantity is important but so is your timing. Your body processes, such as hormone secretion, digestion and restorative processes, follow a 24-hour cycle (your circadium rhythm) related to natural light exposure. For example, some restorative hormones are primarily released during sleep between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. If you’re not sleeping during that window, then you’re missing out on important body functions that affect your energy levels. Overall, if you stay up late and then sleep in late the next morning, your natural cycle becomes out of sync and you start to feel run down. So get to bed by 10 p.m. each night for maximum energy each day.

Drink plenty of water. Even being slightly dehydrated can sap your energy. Work six to eight glasses of water into your daily diet – and be consistent.

Count on complex carbs. Sugar may give you a quick rush, but you’ll crash quickly. Instead reach for complex carbohydrates such as those found in whole grains. Complex carbs are digested more slowly so your blood sugar levels remain steadier, which prevents the crash often seen after eating simple carbs found in sugary snacks.

Pump up protein. Protein such as that found in lean cuts of meat, nuts, eggs, dairy, beans and soy helps boost the brain chemicals dopamine and norepinephrine that increase mental focus and energy.

Get your fiber fix. Fiber slows down digestion for more sustained energy. Work in healthy fiber foods such as berries, greens, cauliflower, broccoli and beans.

Multiply the magnesium. Low levels of magnesium can cause fatigue. This important mineral plays a vital role in converting blood sugar into usable energy.

Bolster your Bs. B vitamins are the keys that unlock energy. The B vitamin complex includes B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin) B6, pantothenic acid, biotin, B12, choline and folate (folic acid). This powerful group is needed for multiple functions, including maintaining healthy brain cells, producing neurotransmitters, metabolizing carbohydrates, and helping create red blood cells to carry oxygen to the brain. They also help regulate mood.

Move it. A brisk, 10-minute walk will perk you up when you’re feeling droopy. Studies show it increases energy for two hours afterwards. Even better, get into a regular exercise routine. Exercise releases “feel good” endorphins and sends more oxygen through your bloodstream to invigorate you. Work chunks of movement into every part of your day for maximum energy.

Take a tech break. A constant onslaught of texts, e-mails and phone calls results in frequent zaps of adrenaline that exhaust you over time. Unplug for at least an hour a day to connect with yourself and reap the energizing effects of downtime.

For a steady stream of energy all day, start your mornings with a nutrient-packed shake made with Relìv Now® or Relìv Classic®. And if you need a quick energy boost later in the day, grab a Relìvables™ Healthy Snack Bar or a handful of Relìvables Soy Nuts. Both choices offer a great source of fiber, healthy soy protein and whole grains to keep you motoring through your day.

Curious… are you finding this information helpful? Is there anything else that you would like to see here? Please comment below with your comments and suggestions.

Cheers to Your Optimal Health

Katrina van Oudheusden

July 13, 2010 Posted by | Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Eliminating Salt From Your Diet

Are you one of the salt addicts? Food comes to your table and before the first bite you are salting your plate. Now maybe the time to start eliminating salt from your diet.

Article from Reliv International

Shake the Salt Habit

Salt and pepper shakers are a standard adornment of every restaurant table and many kitchen tables. Some shaker sets are even cute, disguised as bunnies, pilgrims or penguins. But it’s time to give one piece of the set a boot — the salt.

Sodium is a key component of salt. While sodium has its merits for adding flavor and helping to preserve food, most of us are getting way too much of it in our diets.

Our bodies need some sodium to function, so we can’t eliminate salt and sodium completely. But health experts are advising us to cut back on our sodium intake.

Why? Excess sodium in our diets can cause high blood pressure, which significantly increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. High sodium intake is also linked to kidney disease, heart failure, osteoporosis and even stomach cancer.

Sodium doesn’t just come from your salt shaker. Large quantities are hidden in processed foods such as canned soups, bread, cereal, soft drinks, “instant” foods, ready-to-eat packaged foods, condiments and obviously chips and many snack crackers. Restaurant food — especially fast food — also tends to be high in sodium.

Too much salt in the diet also can trigger cravings and make you retain water that can affect your weight.

Most people should aim for less than 1 teaspoon of salt per day (6 grams/2,400 milligrams).

8 ways to cut the salt habit:

  • Look for products labeled reduced salt, no salt added, unsalted or low sodium.  

  • Eat more fresh meats, fruits and vegetables and less processed or packaged foods.
  • Limit smoked, cured or processed beef, pork and chicken.
  • Read food labels and look for the brand with the lowest “percent daily value” of sodium.  

  • Don’t add salt when cooking until you’ve tasted the dish first. It may not need added salt. If it does, you can get maximum flavor with less by just adding a little salt at the end of cooking or at the table.  

  • Substitute herbs and spices, lemon juice or vinegar for salt to jazz up flavor without salt.
  • When possible, rinse canned foods such as beans or tuna to remove excess salt.  

  • Keep salt shakers off the table to prevent your family from sprinkling on salt simply out of habit.

Healthier Choices Are Easy to Find

Salt is one of our five basic tastes recognized by our taste buds. Just as some people crave sweets, others crave salty tastes. Is there a happy medium to satisfy our taste buds and protect our health? Absolutely!

For example, Relìvables™ Soy Nuts are your healthy anytime snack when you’re craving something salty, savory and satisfying. The lightly salted soy nuts are low in sodium, cholesterol-free and are an excellent source of fiber and non-GMO protein. They’re also dry roasted rather than fried in oil and have no trans fats.

Did you find this educational? Would love to hear from you. Please comment below if you found these tips helpful.
Cheers to Your Optimal Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden

May 19, 2010 Posted by | Health and Wellness, Heart Disease, Nutrition | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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