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January 26 , 2014

Biting off More Than You Can Chew
the art of problem solving

We have all done it as some point in our lives even you [FIRST_NAME]. For the past couple of weeks I have been asking myself the question “have I finally bitten off more than I can chew”?

Recently we purchased an additional facility in Portland Oregon. The building was built in four parts starting in 1931. It came with two businesses that were running in the red pretty badly. All of this appeared to be quite daunting. The building was in shambles and was non-compliant in many ways as a food production facility. My job as the CEO, man of many hats and some say micro manager at Steviva Brands keeps my plate quite full. Now I just pilled on a second, third and fourth helping of busy to an already full plate. How am I going to balance all of this and still be able to spend time with my family and go to the gym and keep my sanity? This was going to require some very sophisticated problem solving skills which I might be short on. However, never short on tenacity, I took a crash course on problem solving. Crash course is a bit of an exaggeration; let's just say on the job training.

Solving problems involves both analytical and creative skills. I found that creating a written action plan is the best method for me. This takes that big bite and cuts into a bunch of little pieces making it easier to swallow.

Here are a few things that I discovered that might help you, save you time and your hair line. This will require a pen and paper. Here are some things to jot down:

Identify the problem – Knowing what really needs to be tackled will go a long way. In my case I need to remodel a building and bring two businesses to profitably. Yours will likely be vastly different and hopefully easier.

Identify and visualize your outcome - Every road map to success must have a destination. Identify what you want your exact outcome to look like, feel like, smell like… down to the smallest detail and visualize it like it has already happened.

Examine the options – As every road has its twists and turns, so does life. Open your mind to every option you have. If going one direction doesn't work change directions.

Act on a plan – Think it and ink it as they say! Putting a plan in writing brings your ideas from an intangible to a tangible that you can see and feel. Write down what the problem is, what you want the outcome to be and, all of your options you have to get there.

Quantify your results – Now that you are well on your way to a fantastic solution quantify what you have accomplished. Give yourself praise and acknowledgement for a job very well planned and executed. You can break this out for motivation for future problem solving exercises.

I will see you on your road to success [FIRST_NAME]!

Thom King
[email protected]
Steviva Brands, Inc.


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The Power To Succeed is Yours
Max Steingart

Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility. Your life to a large extent is what you make of it. Nothing will happen by itself. It will all come your way once you understand that you have to make it come your way.

Choose the thoughts and actions that will lead you to success. Nobody can do it for you.

Only you can make it happen. You're the only one that has to live your life.

The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, that's the day you start on the road to success.

You have the power to succeed at anything. The power to fulfill your dreams is within you.

You must go to success, it doesn't come to you.

Open your own doors to opportunity.

copyright 2014 www.yourdailymotivation.com


Cut Your Cancer Risk
three changes you can make today to cut your risk

This week the CDC came out with a report relinquishing statistics that the US population falls short with cancer screening. Much of the report is discussing women's cancers such as cancer and breast, and colon cancer which affects men as well. To give you an example, “ According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2010, 72.4 percent of American women were screened for breast cancer, and 83 percent of American women were screened for cervical cancer. These screening rates are below the national targets of 81 percent and 93 percent, respectively.” [1]  Recall the top 10 killers for Americans, heart disease ranks #1 as of 2009 statistics, and cancer coming in next, with 567,628 deaths per year, with an overall death rate of 793.8 deaths per 100,000 population. [2]  Take this knowledge for empowerment, you don't have to be a statistic. When is comes to disease, “genetics loads the gun, with diet and lifestyle pulling the trigger,” as said by Dr. Chris Meletis. Here are 3 simple, not easy, ways to embrace a healthier lifestyle to cut your cancer risk:

  1. Be Tobacco Free:  Have you been to a Body Worlds exhibit or some other experience where you got to view the lungs of a smoker? Or do you know that tobacco use contributes to 1/3rd of all cancer deaths, or that “ a single cigarette contains over 4,000 chemicals, including 200 known poisons and more than 60 carcinogens.” [3]  If you or a loved one, are still using, reach out for help to quit.
  2. Eat Fruits and Veggies: The record player is broken, have you noticed? Yes, amazingly this is still the answer to so many problems! So basic, yet so hard to make a change at times. Try a cooking class or get a some new recipes to inspire you to make healthy and tasty meals at home. Your plate should be half vegetables, one quarter protein, and one quarter grains (preferably gluten free according to many holistic doctors) according to the new USDA guidelines. [4]
  3. Stop Stressing: Stress will make you not only unhappy, overweight, but ultimately lead to your death through heart disease,cancer, or some other illness. Your stress could be manifesting as neck tension, IBS, panic attacks, or other health condition. Consider reading a book, joining a group, or other exploration of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. [5]

Today, can be the start of a new beginning, leading you down a path of better health. Change starts with you, wanting a long, healthy, and happy life! “ The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions.”  ~Ellen Glasgow

[1] http://www.thestatecolumn.com/health/cdc-u-s-cancer-screening-remains-below-national-targets/#ixzz1kj7R72AA
[2] http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/deaths.htm
[3] http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-smoking
[4] http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/?page_id=58
[5] http://www.mindfullivingprograms.com/whatMBSR.php

In Good Health & Beauty,
Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.
Dr. Alisha N.D.

This information and other information on this site 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.


Getting Back to Wellness
Seven Quick Fixes to Feel Better
by Madisyn Taylor

Anxiety and fear dissipate quickly when countered with conscious breathing.

The signals our bodies use to tell us we need to cleanse ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally are multifaceted and often mirror symptoms we associate with illness. If we heed these signs, we not only feel better quickly but also stave off poor health before it can start. These quick fixes for common ailments can get you started.

1. Applying pressure to the acupressure point between the thumb and forefinger can release blockages causing pain, tension, and fatigue. You can relieve a headache naturally by squeezing for 20 seconds and releasing for 10 seconds, without letting go, four times.

2. To breathe freely, irrigate your nasal passages with a neti pot and warm salt water. As you clear and soothe the sinuses, congestion associated with allergies or infection will gradually disappear.

3. Apple cider vinegar is a powerful purifying and detoxifying agent. Soaking for 20 minutes in a warm bath infused with two cups of apple cider vinegar pulls toxins from the body and can clear blocked energy.

4. The foods you eat can have a profound impact on your outlook and mood. Eating a small yet satisfying meal rich in complex carbohydrates can lift your spirit and help you let go of feelings of anger, irritability, and depression.

5. Anxiety and fear dissipate quickly when countered with conscious breathing because concentrating on the breath enables you to refocus your attention inward. You can ground yourself and regain your usual calm by taking a series of deep belly breaths as you visualize your feet growing roots that stretch miles down into the earth.

6. Though tuning out can seem counterproductive, a few minutes spent lost in daydreams or listening to soothing music can help you see your circumstances from a new angle when you feel frustrated.

7. If you feel ill health coming on, brew a wellness elixir. Simmer three sliced lemons, one teaspoon freshly grated ginger, one clove freshly minced garlic, and one quarter teaspoon cayenne pepper in five cups water until the lemons are soft and pale. Strain a portion into a mug and add honey by tablespoons until you can tolerate the taste. Drinking this potent mixture of antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal ingredients three times each day can ensure your symptoms never progress into a full-blown illness.


No Added Sugar Roasted Chicken with Sweet Plum Sauce
Total Servings 4
Serving Size 1 quarter chicken
Carbs Per Serving: 1 g
Prep Time:<60 minutes

Skill Level: Moderate

Sweet plum sauce can be found in the Asian section of your supermarket. It’s the same sweet, slightly tart, jam-like sauce that some Chinese restaurants give you to dip your fried egg rolls in. This sauce is wonderful paired with pork chops, chicken seared duck breast or a simple grilled fish. The only problem with Plum Sauce is all the sugar it contains. Up to twice as much as soda pop. Here is an awesome and east to make recipe with Plum Sauce that is exotic and delicious but, without all the added sugar.

1 whole chicken
1/4 cup sweet plum sauce (see below)
1 head of garlic, halved
1 lemon, quartered
3 tablespoons butter, softened
kitchen twine
1/4 cup sweet plum sauce to serve at table

Prepare plum sauce (see below) and set aside.

Rinse chicken and cut away extra fat.

Pat dry with paper towels inside and out.

Place in shallow baking dish and rub softened butter all over chicken, tucking just a bit under the skin of breast.

Season generously with salt and pepper outside and inside cavity.

Stuff with garlic and lemon.

Tie legs of the chicken together, slather sweet plum sauce all over chicken.

Set breast side down.

Let sit 30 minutes at room temperature.

Preheat oven to 450F.

Roast chicken 20 minutes.

Turn breast side up, lower temperature to 375F and return to oven.

Continue to roast another 45-60 minutes, brushing with additional sweet plum sauce towards the end.

You may have to loosely tent with tin foil if skin is approaching maximum crispiness (i.e. don’t burn the skin.)

Chicken is done when juices run clear as knife tip is inserted into chicken thigh. Thickest part of thigh without touching bone should register 170F.

Let chicken rest 10 minutes before carving.

Serve with a side of sweet plum sauce for dipping.

Sweet Plum Sauce Recipe
4 garlic cloves, minced fine
1/2 ounce fresh ginger, minced
1 small onion, minced
2 tablespoons black strap molasses
1/2 cup Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a dash of Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder or 1/4 cup of Nectevia
2 cups water
1/8 cup Trinity Hill Farms No Added Sugar Teriyaki Sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/8 cup soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon crushed dried chilies
3 lbs plums, pitted & chopped
1 lemons, juice of, fresh
1 teaspoon Guar Gum or Xanthan Gum
1 tablespoon water

Place first 11 ingredients into pot.

Bring to a boil then simmer 30 minutes.

Mix water and gum.

Blend in a blender the solids from the pot with the gum mixture and put back with the liquid simmering all the while.

Continue to simmer till thickened.

Let cool and use liberally.

Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced scallions (green onions)

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