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The Skinny on Smaller Portions
We are flooded with the latest weight loss gimmicks. Most of them will only result in you losing weight in your wallet and not from your belly or butt.

March 11, 2007
Steviva Blend Customer Loyalty Sale

I am sure most of you out there in the land of natural sweetness were expecting my usual Sunday afternoon rant. I am sorry to disappoint however, we have a little something to compensate you with.

We are having an unprecedented sale on on Steviva Blend - Stevia Blend product. We have knocked $5.00 off the regular sale price and we are going to throw in Free USPS Priority Mail delivery. We are only going to do this until the 15th on March and then we will be having a slight price increase on all of our Stevia Blend products.

Why the price increase? It's a good news bad news thing. Because of the increased demand of bio fuels (the good thing) there has been an increase in the demand off grains - the raw ingredients used in producing Erythitol (a natural thing). This has caused an in increase in what we have to pay for our raw ingredients (the bad thing).

So before we have to raise our prices a wee bit... we thought we would let all of you Power Users, Commercial Cooks and Bakeries stock up. Click Here To Order. And spread the word because this sale lasts only to the 15th of March.

I would also like to point out that we have an awesome new label design that we recently won awards for.

Have an excellent week.

Thom King

Steviva Brands, Inc


Wealth Lies Within You, Not Your Material Possessions

Max Steingart

Wealth without enjoyment is little consolation. Your real riches in life are riches of the head and heart. Satisfaction comes when you appreciate what you have.

While success is getting what you want, true happiness is wanting what you get.

It's not how much you have, but how much you enjoy that truly matters.


Best Workouts To Get Your Rear In Gear

Have you ever yearned for a gorgeous rearview that fills out your jeans and gives you gluteal appeal? The following workout will have your fanny in fantastic shape in record time.

What it takes
Cardio: You're going to need to commit to cardiovascular (aerobic) workouts at least three times per week for 20 to 30 minutes per workout for the fat-melting aspect of this workout. Best cardio exercises to get your rear in gear: walking at a pace of four miles per hour, adding hill or incline work on your treadmill, stair climbing, roller-blading (hey, don't forget your safety gear) and elliptical cross-training workouts. also are super exercises for developing a more rounded and firm rearend.

Strength: two to three glute (butt) workouts per week. These workouts should consist of two to three sets, with ten to 12 repetitions each. (For a good workout, include at least one exercise from each group below.) Allow 24 hours rest between workouts. If your muscles are sore, wait an extra day before doing your next resistance workout.

The better butt workout Before you start the strength work, complete a thorough 10 to 15 minute warm-up for your muscles using a stair climber or an elliptical trainer. Both machines not only warm up your body but also work the glute muscles.

Squats - Body Resistance, Free Weights, Machines (Smith Machine, Leg Press)

Position: Standing (one or both legs); knees follow your toes throughout the exercise. Keeping your knees and toes pointed in the same direction will help prevent knee injuries.

Execution: One Leg -- One foot is placed in front of the other. Your body weight is supported on your back leg, your front heel is off the floor and your toes are just barely touching the floor for stability. Slowly lower your body and then raise it up using the back leg and squeezing through your glutes. Keep your abdominals tight, spine neutral with your head up and your body weight on your back leg. The working leg knee should flex no farther than about 75 degrees, to avoid injuring the knee. Reach for an invisible or a real chair with your glutes as if you were going to sit down.

Both Legs: Your legs and feet may be placed in a variety of positions - feet together to wide apart with toes forward or turned out. Keep weight evenly balanced and lower and lift your body. Lower no further than having your thighs parallel to the floor. Keep head and chest up during the exercise, be sure the knees are bending and you are using your glutes to complete the exercise. Do not just let your upper body ‘bow' down and then lift up.

Lunges - Body Resistance, Free Weights, Machines (Smith Machine)

Position: Knees follow the toes throughout the exercise. Be sure to keep knees and toes pointing in the same direction.

Execution: Standing - May be done on the floor or with the use of a platform. Place one foot in front of the other with your weight evenly distributed, abdominals are tight, head and chest are up and your spine is in a neutral position. Legs need to be placed far enough apart to allow the front knee to remain positioned over the ankle as you lower your body down (2' to3' apart depending on leg length). Lift the heel of the back leg and lower your body straight down by bending both knees. Your weight should not shift forward or go over the front toe. The front knee does not flex beyond 90 degrees and remains centered over your ankle. Do 10 to 12 repetitions and change legs. Alternating lead legs (either to the front or the rear) while standing also is a great workout. They are almost like walking lunges with the lead leg changing with each return to the standing position.

Walking - Form is the same as above however you are walking across the floor as you complete each rep. You may alternate legs or repeat with the same lead leg all the way across the floor and use the other leg as lead on the way back. Your steps should be big enough so you really feel your glutes and thighs contracting; however, not so big as to compromise form or stability.

Pelvic Tilts - Body Resistance

Position: Lie on your back on the floor with your feet on the floor or a platform (for added resistance). Feet may be placed flat or your toes may be raised so you are resting on your heels.

Execution: Keep your abdominal muscles tight and your back strong with a neutral spine. Be sure not to arch the back. Squeeze your glute muscles to lift your pelvis off the floor. You can keep both feet down, extend one leg, cross one leg over the other, have your feet wide apart or close together for variation. Play with your exertion and relaxation counts for fun and variety. Keep your upper body relaxed during this exercise.

Glute Squeezes - Body Resistance, Resistance Bands/Tubing, Machines (Glute Press, Leg Press)

Position: Standing; Elbows and Knees; Machines, follow their directions

Execution: Standing - Supporting leg is slightly bent, abdominal muscles tight, spine in a neutral position with chest and head up. You may use tubing, bands or body resistance. The working leg may be bent or straight, and the working knee is placed behind the supporting leg knee. Now, extend this leg behind you by tightening your gluteal muscles. Exhale as you extend and inhale on the return movement. The movement is small and should not cause pain or tension in your lower back.

Elbows and Knees (on ‘all fours') - Body weight is evenly distributed with spine in a neutral position. You may use bands, tubing, body resistance or free weights (leg weights around your ankles or a dumbbell placed behind the knee of a bent leg). Extend one leg behind you and shift your body weight slightly to the arm on the same side of the body as the leg you are working. This helps keep your hips square, spine aligned and body balanced. Your working leg may be bent or straight - if straight, turn your toe in slightly to focus more of the work on your glute muscles. Concentrate on using the glute muscles as you lift and lower your leg. Your leg should lift no higher than your hip bone. Do not let your back arch as you lift.

Stretching Phase
After working your muscles, stretch them thoroughly. Stretch only to the point of feeling a slight tension in the muscles, but no pain. If you feel pain stop the stretch and either modify the movement or choose a different stretch. A great glute stretch is to sit on the floor with knees bent and one foot placed slightly in front of the other. Keeping back straight, bend forward from your hips until you feel a slight tension in your buttocks. Hold that position for 20 to 60 seconds, reverse your foot placement and repeat on the other side.

Another good stretch to do is to lie on your back with knees bent and feet on the floor. Cross one leg over the other at the knee joint, lift both legs in toward your chest and using both hands hold the bottom leg around your hamstrings for support. Repeat on the other side, being sure to hold the stretches for 20 to 60 seconds.

Reminders - Exhale on the exertion phase of the exercise and inhale on the relaxation phase. Play with different counts on the exertion and relaxation phases to add variety and change the intensity of the exercise. For instance, take three counts on exertion, one count relaxation or vice versa, do two counts exertion, two counts relaxation or make up your own variety of counts.

Be sure to maintain neutral posture throughout each exercise. To get into neutral posture while standing, curl the hips forward and under and then press them back and out. At the approximate center of those two extremes is your neutral alignment. Make your workouts fun as well as beneficial.

As with all exercise programs, be sure to seek your physician's approval if you are new to exercise, have not exercised within the past year or have any health problems that

Keeping yourself hydrated while working the derriere will make it even more effective. Don't forget to drink plenty of water! 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. Now, starting working out.


You Are Perfect The Way You Are

"Tolerance does not . . . do anything, embrace anyone, champion any issue. It wipes the notes off the score of life and replaces them with one long bar of rest. It does not attack error, it does not champion truth, it does not hate evil, it does not love good."
-- Walter Farrell

As we understand it, the spiritual journey is not about becoming perfect. It’s about acceptance, releasing judgment, and embracing everything in wholeness.

This is a great challenge for our personality. We’ve grown up comparing ourselves to others, always judging how we’re better and worse than those around us. And many of us are very good at finding fault with ourselves.

If we release judgment, then nothing needs to be fixed -- including you. Explore inviting your soul to help you accept all that is and experience a whole new way of living.

"Wherever you are is always the right place. There is never a need to fix anything, to hitch up the bootstraps of the soul and start at some higher place. Start right where you are."
-- Julia Cameron


Beef Ribs with Sugar Free Jalapeno Mustard Sauce
Serves: 6
Carbs Per Serving: 1.58 g
Prep Time:<30 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

The sauce recipe for these ribs is also tasty on grilled chicken!

4 lbs slabs beef ribs
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a tiny dash Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
1/2 cup diced onion
1 small jalapeno pepper

About 3 hours before serving:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Place the ribs, covered, in a large baking dish or pan. Bake.

Place the remaining ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend with the cutting blade until the onions and pepper are finely chopped. Set aside until ready to use. Makes about 1 cup sauce.

If baking the ribs:
One hour before serving (after about 2 hours of baking time), brush the mustard sauce over the ribs. Continue baking for 1 additional hours, uncovered, brushing with additional sauce occasionally.

If grilling the ribs:
After the two hours of baking place the ribs over low or indirect heat on the grill. Brush with the jalapeno mustard sauce. Continue to cook for at least 30 more minutes, being careful not to burn the ribs. Brush with additional sauce occasionally.

Remove from the heat; cut into smaller portions (about 3 ribs each) and serve.

Nutritional Facts
Total Calories: 1768
Calories Per Serving: 294.66
Total Fat: 136.7g
Saturated Fat: 33.2g
Cholesterol: 347mg
Sodium: 322mg
Total Carbohydrates: 9g

Carbohydrates Per Serving: 1.5g
Dietary Fiber: 2.0g
Sugars: 7g
Protein: 118g

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