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New Diet Coke With Stevia
Coke as well as Cargill Foods have decided to take a serious look at a sweetener they want to call rebiana (a shortened word used for Stevia Rebaudiana). Remember that name they have come up with because it's the term these companies are going to be using for stevia soon and it's been three years in the making.

March 2, 2008

Listening to Your Inner Guide
5 Ways to tap into and trust your intuition

Listening to your intuition is one of the most powerful assets you can carry in your saving account of personal development tools. But, it is one of the most difficult to tap into. Most of us do not trust our intuition fully. Not because our intuition has ever steered us wrong, quite the contrary. Has there ever been a time in you life that you have fully listened to your intuition and the net result was not positive? Yet, we all doubt our intuition even though it has served us well. I have found that the reason for this “doubting Thomas” syndrome lies in the fact that intuition defies our need for logic. There is nothing logic based in listening to a “gut feeling”. There are generally no facts to back it up; it is just a feeling. And in these times feelings are unfortunately easily dismissed.

Whenever you have an intuitive or gut feeling, you will probably get some sort of physical sensation like a fluttering feeling in your chest or a feeling in your stomach.

Whenever that feeling that your intuition has been stirred focus on this physical sensation. When you practice feeling your intuition your body and mind make a mental note of what is going on. With time and practice these feelings will become very apparent to you. And over time you will begin to trust them. I recommend that you write it down when you encounter these feelings it will affirm everything you are feeling and strengthen your trust.
When you repeat this process over and over your confidence in your intuition will grow and eventually you will learn to listen and trust completely.

Here are a few tips on how to get in touch with and trust your intuition:

1. Be quiet
Practice taking time out every day to experience silence. Calm your mind with traditional or active meditation. Release your need to think, analyze, and know everything. The best information comes from the deep recesses of your spirit.

2. Be open and receptive
Open to the gift of intuition and accept what is has to tell you. Many times, our ego thinks it has it “all figured out,” but your true path may look very different than the one you are on. Being open to new possibilities and ways of living is paramount.

3. Be creative
There are many ways to be creative, painting, writing, dancing, designing a web site, etc. Do something that helps you get into the “flow,” that place where time seems to fly by and the work is leading you. Creativity is an expression of your spirit and goes hand-in-hand with intuitive guidance.

4. Ask questions
When you ask yourself questions, you gain additional insight and clarity. When you ask a question like “What is the next step I need to take?” know that you already know what you need to know. Trust yourself. You already have everything you need inside.

5. Journal
When you write, you tap into thoughts, feelings, ideas and direction that you are not consciously aware of. Writing allows the truth to come forth and is an easy way to gain insight from your inner self.

Over a short period of time you will develop a level of trust and clarity in yourself and your feelings that you have never experienced before.

Have an excellent day.

Thom King
Steviva Brands, Inc.


You Have The Power To Succeed
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.


Keep The Weight From Coming Back

As you make your way along your weight loss journey, you may find you have a recurring fear: What if the weight comes back after I reach my goal?

Research shows that it's a well-founded fear because most people that lose weight regain it, and more. But there are positive steps you can take to ensure that it doesn't happen to you:

Monitor your weight so that you will be able to stop any gain early on. If you're not watchful, it can sneak up on you all too easily.

Your new, lighter body doesn't require as many calories to sustain itself, yet it's easy to slip back to your old portion sizes. Keep portion size in mind, and consider making a habit of leaving a few bites of food on your plate as a reminder.

You likely started exercising more to lose weight, and if that's the case you'll need to keep it up to maintain your weight loss.

The good news is that it doesn't have to be done all at once; it's accumulative through your day. Walk further, take the stairs, however you enjoy it.

When you reach your goal, you'll want to keep an eye on your weight, watch your portion sizes, and keep moving so that you can continue to enjoy all you've accomplished.


Use Down Time to Good Advantage

"The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation."

-- Milarepa

In our busy schedules, we can often complain that we don’t have time to meditate. But if we are sincere in our desire to go inside, we can create our own moments of stillness in the midst of our activity.

Stopped at a traffic light? Do some deep breathing. Waiting in line at the bank or grocery store? Repeat an uplifting word such as ‘love’ or ‘peace.’ Riding the bus to and from work? Value these times as an opportunity to close your eyes and go within or to say a little prayer.

"Wherever you go in the midst of movement and activity, carry your stillness within you. Then the chaotic movement around you will never overshadow your access to the reservoir of creativity, the field of pure potentiality."

-- Deepak Chopra


Sugar Free Apple Sauce Cookies
Serves: 12
Carbs Per Serving: 6.3 g
Prep Time:<15 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

1 c. Steviva Brand Stevia Blend
2 tb sp molasses
2/3 c. butter, softened
2 eggs
1 3/4 c. whole grain or soy flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 c. applesauce
1 1/4 c. quick cooking rolled oats
3/4 c. walnuts

Beat together the Steviva Brand Stevia Blend, molasses, butter and eggs until light and fluffy. Stir together the whole grain flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg; stir into the beaten mixture. Add the applesauce, oats and walnuts stir to combine. Drop by 1/4 cupfuls onto greased cookie sheets, flattening slightly with spatula and allowing room for cookies to spread. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Makes approximately 12 (5 inch) cookies.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2 cookies
Total Calories: 144

Calories Per Serving: 24
Total Fat Per Serving: 3g
Saturated Fat: 0.90g
Cholesterol: 5mg
Sodium: 121mg
Carbohydrates Per Serving: 6.3g

Dietary Fiber: 0.5g
Sugars: 3g
Protein: 2g

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