Still Being Real…

I only thought it fair that I post a follow up to yesterday’s confession and personal challenge.  Call it accountability. Call it the mood to celebrate. Call it whatever you want. But here it is!

(If you don’t know what I’m referring to, then go back and read my post Let’s Be Real .)

But YES – I went the ENTIRE day without putting a piece of chocolate in my hand, let alone in my mouth, and I also resisted the temptation of eating anything sweet.  Was really close at one point, but an orange ended up tasting pretty good and reminded me that I WILL claim victory over my struggle!  I am in control! (well, for one day at least, right?)

And guess what? I chose to extend my challenge for an extra day and today — yet again — I ate nothing sweet! And I’m actually alive and here to tell you about it!  Go me 🙂

I’m going to admit right now that, most likely, I won’t continue this non-chocolate regimen for long, but I WILL promise to get back into a good balance and not binge-eat chocolate when the desire arises. This 2-day challenge has helped me realize that I can be in charge of what I consume. After all, I want to be healthy, and I owe it to myself to overcome my impulses and I have choices to make.

Anyone else out there inspired to tackle a struggle that they’ve been allowing to rule them? Let us know about it so we can celebrate your victory with you!



Let’s Be Real

Ok. It’s time to be real with you. You may know me as a person that is “thin”, “fit”, and “young” and as the lady who brings you healthy living tips to simply enrich your life. But do you know who I am… really?

When pursuing my own fitness goals, I’ve been told by some that I “don’t need to worry about that” or that I “don’t need to watch what I eat.” It’s time to address this sort of thing and BE REAL with you!
Sure, some people are born with different genes than others, but we ALL need to have goals to improve our health, and we ALL need to put good stuff in our body and limit the junk. And we ALL have issues!
Can you deny that everyone has SOMETHING that they struggle with, especially regarding their health? Perhaps it’s smoking, alcohol, soda pop or coffee addiction. Some may despise exercise or loath the word ‘cooking’ so instead they sit on the couch watching T.V. and eat out every night. Since I’m being real, I need to confess that I have problems, too. Sure, I can pass many great tips and ideas your way about how to stay healthy, but I need to follow them too!  So do you know what it is that I struggle with?


Chocolate! In fact, death by chocolate may not be a cliche in my life at some point! (do you know how much saturated fat is in that stuff?! Bye-bye clear arteries & hello heart-attack!) Some days it’s not just chocolate, though, it can be any sweet thing that happens to find its way into my house, like leftover birthday cake  (and I do take strides to keep that stuff out!)
Yesterday I was sitting at my computer posting a healthy living tip while eating a mini candy bar left over from who-knows-when and it hit me: I need to practice what I preach! Even though I’m not personally worried about counting calories, or watching carbs for weightloss, and I do exercise regularly and eat my veggies….I should not be allowing this bad habit into my life! Chocolate in and of itself is not ‘bad’ and I don’t mean to say that I shouldn’t ever be eating it. But, my motto has always been “everything in moderation” – and my chocolate habit has been one lately that doesn’t depict my motto 😉
So today I decided to take a fast from all sweet or unhealthy foods. I may even carry that into tomorrow, and see where it goes from there! I started my day with my Reliv nutrition shake* and then off to 2 back-to-back intense exercise classes at the gym, came home (hungry!) and ate a usual healthy lunch. Oftentimes I’d follow that with a piece of chocolate, but today I refrained.  Sometimes I’ll crave it to self-medicate my stress & anxiety over squabbling kiddos (any moms out there relate with me??) but now I have 24k that nips that in the bud – stress relief, mental clarity, and energy all in one w/ only 5 calories. A much better grab all around.
By afternoon I usually start craving that yummy stuff right around the time that I am due for my next Reliv nutrition shake*, and sometimes I choose NOT to take my shake until later because I’d rather enjoy the chocolate than give my body the ‘good stuff’ that will help me fight those cravings. Well, today I took it on time and haven’t even battled the need for chocolate. See, I have tools in my bag that can help me and I know what I need to do in order to not have to struggle with this habit. I just need to use them and do it!

Is there something in your life that you’re struggling with? Be real with yourself! Do you know what you have to do to change it? Don’t do it alone — if you don’t have someone to help you, contact me and let’s work it out together! It’s so rewarding to come to a place of victory over even the ‘small things’ that we battle with.

Being real, what do YOU struggle with? Do you want to overcome it and what do you plan to do if so? Leave some comments below!

To a Healthier You,


*My Reliv nutrition shake consists of Classic, Innergize, & FibRestore.

Get a “Tune up”!

Get a Nutrition Tune-Up
Most likely, you maintain your car with oil changes and other preventive services to keep it running smoothly for as long as possible. But is your body also on a maintenance and prevention plan so it runs at its peak and lasts longer? Good nutrition is vital to your long-term health and your quality of life. Starting today, give yourself a regular nutrition tune-up. 

Add more of:


  • Whole grains. Choose fiber-filled whole grain bread, cereals, brown rice and whole wheat pasta. You’ll feel more satiated and benefit from the added fiber and nutrition that are retained in whole grain foods.
  • Colorful vegetables. The rainbow of veggie colors, especially dark green, red and orange, pack potent nutrients.
  • Fruits in nearly any form. Fresh, frozen or canned are all good options but beware canned fruit in syrup since it’s high in sugar.
  • Calcium and vitamin D. Go for low-fat or fat-free versions of milk, yogurt and cheese. Or choose fortified soy beverages. Supplements can meet your intake goals of calcium and vitamin D too.
  • Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Look for canola, corn, olive, peanut or soybean oil, or plant-based foods such as nuts, seeds, avocados and olives. These are healthy fat options to replace solid, saturated fats.
  • Seafood. Swap out meat and poultry more often with a variety of fish and seafood for a boost in omega-3s.

Cut back on:

  • Sodium. Don’t exceed 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day — or just 1,500 mg per day if you’re over age 51; are African-American; or have a history of high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease or diabetes. Sodium is high in many processed foods and canned goods such as soups.
  • Sugar. The American Heart Association says high intake of added sugars is linked to many health problems, including obesity, high blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Women should limit their sugar intake to about 6 teaspoons of sugar a day; the limit for men is 9 teaspoons. Keep in mind sugar is in many foods and drinks. Just one 12-ounce can of cola has about 8 teaspoons of sugar — maxing out your sugar limit. Sugar is known on food labels by many names including sucrose, fructose, lactose or syrup.
  • Solid fats, especially trans fats. Skip fatty animal-based foods such as bacon, poultry skin, butter and whole milk products. Also avoid foods with partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (read: trans fats) often found in cookies, donuts and crackers.
  • Refined grains. White bread, white rice and many commercial cereals have had the fiber and many nutrients stripped away and act like sugar in the body. Choose whole grains instead.

Canned Tune-Up

An easy way to keep your body running in optimum condition is to fuel it with the premium, balanced nutrition of Reliv nutritional supplements. In addition to supplying essential vitamins and minerals, many Reliv products such as Reliv Classic® and Reliv Now® are rich in healthy soy protein.

Reliv also helps you cut back your sugar intake with zero-calorie Relivables® All-Natural Sweetener. Slash your sodium intake by choosing Relivables® Soy Nuts to snack on rather than chips or other high-sodium snacks. 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.

Enjoy a healthier, more active lifestyle with Relìv. Order now.  If you do not have a Reliv customer or distributor order number, contact Renee ( to obtain one.

This article was written by Reliv International.