How many servings of fruits and vegetables have you gotten today? What about this week? And has it been a reasonably big variety of different fruits and veggies?
Get up. Get kids up (they’re complaining). Argue with a child who wants to wear shorts even though it just snowed. Get something healthy (ish?) into them for breakfast. Grab school lunches. Oops, they need to brush their teeth too! Rush to get them to school before the bell. Come home and collapse… for five seconds before jumping into laundry, client work, or whatever else is on the Mom To Do List. Remember by 11 am that you’re hungry and should eat something….
Can you relate?
Following the above scenario, my default would be to grab a bagel or some toast. Vegetables likely won’t be on my radar until much later in the day. If this sounds anything like you too, you’re not alone!
Now if you’re reading this, I’m going to bet that you DO focus making sure your kids are “eating right,” and maybe you’re doing better than these dismal stats. But what about YOU, momma? Are you caring for yourself too?
How Many Fruits and Veggies Should I Aim For?
I don’t think I’m alone in reflecting on this and feeling guilty. It’s HARD to get enough. Yet the updated Canada Food Guide says that 50% of what you consume should be fruits and vegetables (with a heavier emphasis on vegetables).
Serving Amounts and Sizes
Another way to look at this is by aiming for 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Now while a “serving” varies from ¼ to a full cup depending on the fruit or vegetable, to keep it simple, aim for 10, ½ cup servings of fruits and veg daily, and ideally a good variety with a bigger focus on vegetables. Children can aim for 5 servings a day.
A recent study, published in The International Journal of Epidemiology, with years of long-term data behind it, observed the following when individuals had 10 servings of fruits and vegetables each day:
- 24% lower risk of coronary heart disease
- 33% lower risk of stroke
- 28% lower risk of cardiovascular disease
- 31% lower risk of all-cause mortality
- 14% lower risk of cancer (7-7.5 servings/day)
(Summary Reference found here.)
Now even though I make a living as a Thrive Life foods consultant and have probably a larger-than-normal variety of fruits and vegetables available to me thanks to my long-term food storage, I’m still falling short on these guidelines! And I’m pregnant! I NEED the nutrition!
The Big Reveal!
And this is why I’m still buzzing from the wonderful weekend I spent in September with my Thrive Life family! This event was called “Thrive Reveal” where they were launching a brand new product line called Ruvi. So yea, this is the part where I tell you about how something I earn commission from is amazing (view Disclosure). But hear me out!
Thrive Reveal (a corporate run event) took place close to home for me, in Edmonton, Alberta. The event was to launch the brand new mystery product, Ruvi! Alberta is actually one of Thrive’s fastest growing customer bases. Here we are (some of my attending team members are missing from this photo) with Thrive Life co-founder Jason Budge.
Ruvi offers you 4 servings of whole fruits and veggies (fiber included) in a portable, shelf-stable, drinkable form. There are 4 flavours, and if you rotate between all four in a week you’ll get 26 different kinds of whole fruits and veggies into your diet! You’re probably not buying 26 different fruits and veggies to shove in your fridge every week, right?
I’m very open about being a Thrive Life Independent Consultant. I call it my #bestmomhack! I’ve also chosen it as my primary method for generating income from my blog, instead of filling up my website with an overabundance of ads that get in the way of you reading my content. I’m also trying to feature other women with home businesses, so please reach out to me if you’d like to collaborate!
Reflecting on the last couple years working with Thrive Life, I can see how my life has been enriched in so many ways. I have customers, friends and teammates all over North America whom I would have never met otherwise. I’ve been able to connect with other bloggers with very cool niches, like Melissa of Our Happy Hive and Erica of The Prepping Wife. Plus I’ve been able to help families eat healthier, cut down on fast food, find fun snacks for families living with allergies, and build an emergency food supply.
And while I’m not one for bugging my friends and family (I honestly feel more comfortable talking to total strangers at markets and networking events about Thrive Life!), a few family members have joined me along the way. Here we are with my hubby’s aunt and cousin, who also love Thrive!
Janet, one of my long-time friends, also had an exciting weekend at the Reveal event, as her daughter, who recently started University away from home, joined her team! Yay for mother-daughter teams!
I was also one of 20 consultants who earned a special dinner with the Executives, a nice bonus for putting in some extra effort!
Here we are at the Executive dinner with my upline, Cathy and Melanie (also a mother-daughter team), who also earned the dinner. I have to give them A LOT of credit for helping me get this far. Even though we have very different strategies with how to share Thrive (I’m more online, they do more in-person events), they have been incredibly supportive. Now I still feel like I suck at being a good leader most of the time, but I’m growing and learning.
That’s another aspect of direct sales I wasn’t expecting – all the hands-on leadership skills you develop! It’s quite humbling, having to recognize where I’ve let my team down, adjust and do better. I’m thankful to have a great group of ladies and gentlemen under me who trust me to walk through this process!
For anyone in a network marketing company or with your own business in a specific niche, I’d HIGHLY recommend you go to as many company or industry organized events as you can! It really does give you that extra boost in your biz. Plus you receive knowledge first hand instead of passed on info.
My team member Carrie had this to say about Reveal (it was her first Thrive Life event):
“The event was so fun and the Executive staff were hilarious and real people.”
Roots of Life
Let’s get back to the question at hand – do you get enough fruits and veggies each day?
Ruvi stands for “Roots of Life” (Ru = Roots, Vi = Life). With this new product line, Thrive Life isn’t trying to be something they aren’t. They are sticking with what they do best – which is providing premium, high nutrition freeze dried food. And Ruvi offers you a building block to health that is fundamental regardless of your age, your health, or nearly any diet you choose to follow.
What typically holds you back from eating more of your fruits and veggies in a day? Is it time? Taste? Your own hectic schedule? Do you default to supplements instead of getting the real deal?
Ruvi is not a supplement for fruits and vegetables. It IS fruits and vegetables! And thanks to Thrive Life’s Nutrilock process, all that nutrition is locked in.
The Ruvi Challenge
The main focus of this challenge is to start eating more fruit and veg each day while also being diligent with making sure you stay active. It’s not a weight loss challenge (though that may be a result for some) but more of a general wellness challenge. There will be a Facebook group created by Thrive Life corporate for everyone who wants to join in (and prizes!), but for now, please join my Taste and See the Thriving Life Facebook group, as I’ll have more info there.
How to Get Ruvi
Anyone in Canada, the USA or Puerto Rico can currently order Ruvi. Visit goruvi.bestmomhack.com to see pricing. Let me break down your purchasing options:
- Sample 4-pack or 8-pack
- One 8-pack box (all same flavour)
- Month supply 32 pack (all 4 flavours)
- Ruvi Starter Kit (32 Pack + bonus materials and consultant benefits)
Delivery Customer Benefits
The 32 pack (8 of each flavor, meant to last you a month) is the better value. You’ll get 15% off the retail price plus free shipping when you choose the monthly delivery service (which you can skip or cancel at any time, no requirement to do multiple orders). Every Delivery Customer also receives a referral link that they can share with their friends, which gives you 10% back from your friends’ orders in Thrive Credit.
Starter Kit Benefits
The BEST value is to first buy a Ruvi Starter Kit. This gives you Independent Consultant status, which is like a Costco membership to Thrive Life. It means you’ll get cash back on your own deliveries (5% after the first $50), plus a lot of other perks like consultant-only products and flash sales. You don’t need to sell the food or even buy it yourself every month to be a consultant, though of course you can actively share and earn commission too. It’s totally flexible and up to you, which is what I love about Thrive Life’s chosen direct selling model. Learn more here.
If nothing else, I hope you’re inspired to try to get more fruits and veggies into your diet! Please check out my Facebook group and let me know if you’d like to take part in the Ruvi challenge. And you can follow the #goruvi hashtag to see what I and others are saying about it!