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The Skinny on Smaller Portions
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January 17, 2010

The Third Week of the New Year
10 tips that kick start your resolutions

Are you still struggling with penciling out those New Years resolutions? Well… here’s a few tip to help you through the struggle. In order to embrace the new, we must release the old. A trapeze artist can not swing from one bar to another without letting go. An important part of moving forward in this New Year is to review the past year—to release it--and to learn from it.

To go where we wish to go and be whom we wish to be, we need to know where we are and who we are. An honest self-analysis is always helpful to gain clarity. Considering all that happened in 2009, it seems particularly fitting to devote some time to reflecting on the year past and where we find ourselves in the dawn of this new year ahead.

The following questions should stimulate your thinking for this process. I hope that you take time out of your busy schedule to ponder where you are and where you've been. Talk with people you care about. Write out your thoughts and feelings. Do some journaling.

Reflect upon what you did, how you felt, what you liked, what you didn't and what you learned. Try to look at yourself and your experience with as much objectivity as you can-much like a biographer would.

Here are some suggestions to get you started in mulling over the past year-perhaps the last decade. Feel free to add your own.

1. What did I learn? (skills, knowledge, awareness, etc.)

2. What did I accomplish? A list of my wins and achievements.

3. What would I have done differently? Why?

4. What did I complete or release? What still feels incomplete to me?

5. What were the most significant events of the year past? List the top three.

6. What did I do right? What do I feel especially good about? What was my greatest contribution?

7. What were the fun things I did? What were the not-so-fun?

8. What were my biggest challenges/roadblocks/difficulties?

9. How am I different this year than last?

10. For what am I particularly grateful?

Another Suggestion: Consider listing all the things in your life of which you'd like to let go--anything you no longer want. Give thanks for what they've brought you in terms of learning and usefulness and then burn the list. It's a symbolic gesture to help you release the old and be open to the new. The next step is to list what you DO want-experiences, knowledge, material things, relationships, healings,

In doing this, you'll be using the principle of vacuum--releasing what you don't want and embracing what you do. Some friends of mine lit a bonfire and burned their lists as well as a few other articles that represented something they no longer desired in their lives. One of them burned an old (and too big) article of clothing to symbolize a less-than-impeccable wardrobe and garments that belong to a heavier person than they will be in this year ahead.

I'm confident that anything you can do to make this year more dramatic in terms of your own personal and spiritual growth will be valuable..

Have an excellent day.

Thom King
Steviva Brands, Inc.


Gain Strength Overcoming Obstacles
Max Steingart

Sooner or later you'll encounter a crisis in your life, and how you meet it will determine your future happiness and success. Since the beginning of time, everyone has been called upon to meet such a crisis.

Close scrutiny will show you that most "crisis situations" are opportunities to either advance or stay where you are. Indeed, most changes in your life will be due to either "inspiration" or "desperation."

Personal growth is the process of responding positively to change. Whatever comes your way, give it meaning and transform it into something of value.

A precious stone cannot be polished without friction, nor humanity perfected without trials.


Tips To Stay on Track With Fitness

A lot of people would like to get more exercise than they do, make smarter choices about what they eat and be more like the fit people they envy.

Unfortunately, many of those people find that while it's easy to start an exercise program or a new diet, it's just as easy to quit. The people who are most likely to stick with their fitness plan long enough to achieve those goals, experts say, are those who learn to make exercise and proper nutrition a regular part of their daily lives.

First, remember that every little bit helps. Then follow some of these 25 simple tips from exercise experts, dietitians and motivational experts to get your healthier lifestyle started or back on track.

1. Be reasonable. Set some measurable, attainable goal. If you haven't been active for a while, start a short-term goal, such as 15 minutes of exercise two or three days a week, and build from there, he said.

2. Get a new attitude. You have to first change your mind set about the way you think about the quality of your life. People who live in denial about their activity levels and weight are likely to keep packing on the extra pounds.

3. Keep moving. It can be any kind of activity, anything that you enjoy. A little bit goes a long way.

4. Make daily activities count. The idea is to get more movement into your life. That can include things that we don't typically regard as "exercise," such as pacing while you talk on the phone or doing leg lifts while the coffee is brewing.

5. Pound the pavement. Walking is a great exercise that you can do anytime. Walk for a few minutes in the morning, take the stairs instead of the elevator or walk to the store instead of driving.

6. Make time for exercise. Set your alarm clock back 30 minutes in the morning and use the time to exercise. Or make an appointment in your calendar to work out and respect it as you would any other commitment.

7. Be prepared. Lay out your exercise clothes at night so you don't have to hunt for them in the morning.

8. Do your research. If you're thinking of joining a health club, consider it as you would any long-term relationship. You want to make sure that you pay your dues to a gym that you like. If you chose one that you don't like, you'll be one of the many people who drop out and pay dues for two years.

9. Easy does it. People who want to see quick results from exercise may be tempted to overdo it, Reed said. It's important to adopt a gradual approach to allow your body to adjust to exercise.

10. Do what's comfortable for you. If you hate to be on a treadmill, you're not going to do it for more than a month or two. If you don't like to do weights, you can't set up a program and expect to stick with it.

11. Try something new. If you get bored with your current workout, try a class that you've never taken or buy a new workout video.

12. Get support. Find an exercise buddy or consider hiring a personal trainer to help you stay motivated.

13. Keep an exercise journal. Write down your activities and your thoughts to help you stay focused and motivated.

14. Don't say diet. People don't stick to diets that restrict a lot and that are very complicated. Instead of dieting you should just eat healthier foods.

15. Clean your pantry. Take out the snacks that are high in sugar and the bad fats. If you don't, you'll think about it and dream about it. That doesn't mean that all snacks must be banished. But, choosing snack foods that are lower in sugar and fat.

16. Don't clean your plate. If you were brought up by parents or grandparents who went through the Depression, that goes against everything you know. But, your heart will thank you and eventually your butt will, too."

17. Eat smaller portions. Try putting your food on a smaller plate. See "The Skinny on Smaller Portions".

18. Brown-bag it. Pack your lunch for work. Cook enough at dinner tonight to take to work tomorrow. The thing about cooking at home is that you can have complete control over the ingredients. If you're looking for something light, you can get a bag of salad from the grocery store, put it in a Tupperware bowl and put tuna on top. You can add a piece of fruit to your bag and some yogurt. It can be as simple as that.

19. Eat some blueberries. They combine more powerful disease-fighting antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable.

20. Eat other colorful foods, too. Ounce for ounce you'll get fewer calories and more vitamins and minerals to protect yourself from disease.

21. Drink up. Sipping water, rather than calorie and carb-laden soft drinks, can quench your thirst and help you feel more full. What I suggest is adding the juice of half a lemon to 32 ounces of water with a sprinkle of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder . Aside from being less than 2 carbs, you will get the health benefits that the stevia provides along with the vitamin C and electrolytes that lemon have. You can substitute limes for lemons if you get bored. Click here to order stevia powder.

22. Look on the bright side. Your feelings exert a powerful influence over your physical health. If you believe you are healthy, your health will actually benefit.

23. Make time for quiet time. If you take 10 or 15 minutes just to sort through your thoughts or review your day, you can go out in the world a much calmer person, prepared to make wiser choices.

24. Seize the day. One of the most important things we should do is stay in the present and know that goals have to have a corresponding intention. Most of us are stressed because we're looking into the future all the time. One of the most important things we can do is to not just think about it, but do it."

25. Sleep tight. When people sleep well -- experts recommended seven to eight hours a night -- they awake refreshed and better able to handle the day's challenges, including the challenge of maintaining healthy habits.

This information and other information is intended for general reference purposes only and is not intended to address specific medical conditions. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Prior to participating in any exercise program or activity, you should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional. No information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.


Project Your Strength

"Any situation that you find yourself in, is an outward reflection of your inner state of beingness."
-- El Morya

OUR WORLD MIRRORS WHO WE ARE BACK TO US. When we get upset by something outside of us, our reaction shows us that we have an inner wound to be healed.

Just as we can be unconscious of our wounds, we can also be unconscious of our strengths. If you are really drawn to the positive qualities in another person, you are being invited to own those same qualities in yourself.

"The people we are in relationship with are always a mirror, reflecting our own beliefs, and simultaneously we are mirrors reflecting their beliefs. So relationship is one of the most powerful tools for growth... if we look honestly at our relationships we can see so much about how we have created them."
-- Shakti Gawain

"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures."
-- Henry Ward Beecher


Low Glycemic No Added Sugar Earl Grey Almond Latte
Serves: 8
Carbs Per Serving: 9.6 g
Prep Time:<20 minutes

The other day I was invited to "afternoon tea". The tradition of afternoon tea began back in the mid 1800s, when the Duchess of Bedford started having a tray of tea with bread and butter served to her in the mid-afternoon. The British tea of choice is generally Earl Grey. Earl Grey is a tea blend with a distinctive flavor and aroma derived from the addition of oil extracted from the rind of the bergamot orange, a fragrant citrus fruit. It is named after the 2nd Earl Grey, British Prime Minister in the 1830s .

Not being a total tea expert I ordered an Earl Grey Almond Latte. Seriously, it was one of the most delicious tea drinks I have ever had. It got me thinking, I could make this. I could keep all the flavor without all the added sugar. As I write this I am enjoying a no add sugar Earl Grey Almond Latte. Here's how you do it.

1 quart water
4 Earl Grey Tea Bags
1/8 cup Fructevia
, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a tiny dash Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
2 cups whole or low fat milk
1/4 teaspoon almond extract (more if you like a stronger almond flavor)

Boil 1 quart of water in a pan or tea pot. Turn heat down and add 4 Earl Grey tea bags. Let steep for 3 minutes.

In a separate pan heat 2 cups of milk. When it is warm add almond extract and Fructevia, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a tiny dash Steviva Brand Stevia Powder then whisk or froth.

Add steeped tea to frothed milk and almond extract mix.

Transfer to a tea pot and serve.

Nutritional Facts
Total Calories: 304 (total)
Calories Per Serving: 72
Total Fat Per Serving: 2.35 g
Saturated Fat: 1.45g
Cholesterol: 8.5 mg
Sodium: 93 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 38.4 g

Carbohydrates Per Serving: 9.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.0 g
Total Sugars: 38.4 g
Protein Per Serving: 4 g


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