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The Wisdom of Jimmy Carter

"We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams".

This morning I turned on CNN and watched an interview with former president Jimmy Carter. (for more on Jimmy Carter click here). He was commenting on the recent Palestinian elections. It seems the whole world in in an uproar about these elections. Which incidentally, I don't really understand completely because didn't we want then to have free elections? I guess as long as who we wanted got into power. I am not sure our founding fathers would approve of the stance.

This week one of the founding fathers quote made it into the news. Benjamin Franklin once said "They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security". This excellent quote was used in response to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales telling students at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington that the "Use of Force Resolution passed by Congress after the September 11th attacks recognized the president's Constitutional authority to deter and prevent terrorist acts against the United States". Thus allowing wire taps and surveillance of whoever seems to be an "unfriendly".

At any rate... I digress. It was simply refreshing to listen to Jimmy Carter's remark regarding the elections. He said "let's wait and see". I am with him. Knee jerk reactions have always proven to be a mixed bag.

Of course I have taken the opportunity to look in the mirror and ask myself "how do I respond to things that don't meet my expectations" as well as "what to I do when others don't act the way I want them to." A lot more questions came up. What really stuck with me is "how can I make a difference" And this is what I leave you with today. How can you make a difference.

In closing, Jimmy Carter once said " I have one life and one chance to make it count for something . . . I'm free to choose what that something is, and the something I've chosen is my faith. Now, my faith goes beyond theology and religion and requires considerable work and effort. My faith demands -- this is not optional -- my faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference".

Have an excellent day.

Thom King
Steviva Brands, Inc.

Where There's Will, There's a Way
Max Steingart

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If you have the desire, you have the power to attain it.

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Good Fat Bad Fat
What's the difference between fats?

If you want to reduce your weight and stay healthy on a low glycemic diet, it's important to choose the healthiest types of fats as well as carbs. The safest, most nutritious types are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. The ones to avoid are saturated and trans fats. Excessive or prolonged intake of either of these is a major cause of coronary heart disease.

Check food labels to see if a product fits into your diet plan.
It's recommended that saturated fats account for less than 10% of your daily caloric intake. Your intake of trans fats (hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils) should be negligible.

Beginning this year, U.S. manufacturers are required to list both saturated and trans fats separately on food labels. This will help you determine if a food is made with healthy or unhealthy fats.

Restaurants, which are not required to disclose the fat content of their foods, are mostly using partially hydrogenated oils in their deep fryers. It's cheap and readily available, but a major source of trans fats. Of course deep fried foods are not the only ones that should be avoided -- all fried foods are usually laden with fat.

Eating healthier and safer in the future will be easier with the new labeling requirements. Now it's up to you to choose the foods that will support your weight loss goals and your health.

Reawaken Your Curiosity

"What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult."

-- Sigmund Freud

Why is this so?

Young children possess what Zen calls ‘beginner’s mind.’ They are awed and fascinated with the wonder of the world, open to discovering and experiencing new things. Anything is possible. Life is a great adventure.

For almost all of us, the systems that ‘educate’ us to be adults stifle our natural joy and curiosity. We lose touch with our innate appreciation of life. We forget how to dream.

The blessing is that with attention, patience and love, we can reawaken our sense of wonder. We can again dance with life.

"The mind WILL be free, or it will be dead."

-- Grace Llewellyn

All Natural Sugar Free Cherry Chutney with Ginger
Serves: 12
Prep Time:<20 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Delicious served as an accompaniment to poultry or pork, this spicy chutney recipe also makes a terrific appetizer spread when served over a block of cream cheese.

2 (12 ounce) packages frozen, unsweetened cherries (or 3 cups dried unsweetened cherries)
1/3 cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend (optional 1/32 tsp. Steviva Brand Stevia Powder and 1/3 cup of apple sauce)
1 tablespoon molasses
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
3/4 teaspoon mustard seed
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 (4-inch) cinnamon stick

Place all the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer, uncovered, about 30 minutes to blend the flavors and to develop the chutney consistency. Frozen cherries may require an additional 10 minutes of cooking. Stir as needed during the cooking.

This recipe will keep for weeks in the refrigerator.

Nutritional Facts Per Serving:
44 calories
1 g protein
0 g total fat (1.9 g saturated fat)
1.8 g carbohydrate
1.2 g dietary fiber
0 mg cholesterol
10 mg sodium

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