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April 3, 2011

It's Time To Face The Music
the healing and motivational qualities of music

I have traveled abroad quite a bit and what I found is the common thread between all persons on this earth is music. Sheet music is the same here as it is in China, Russia Africa everywhere. Music is our common language. Music moves our souls. It can inspire, motivate and even relax us. Most of us are moved by its power to portray love, angst, sorrow and rage. It reflects a whole range of emotions we have all felt at some point in our lives. It is a reflection of us and the times.

There are neuroscientists who are working to discover exactly why music has healing powers. The Max Planck Institute for Brain Sciences in Leipzig and Sussex, England has uncovered a connection between listening to cheerful music and the suppression of cortisol a damaging stress hormone and increased production of immunoglobulin A, an antibody in the immune system.

At the University of Hawaii, eye surgery patients responded with improved vital signs to live classical music in the operating room. After all, it's pretty amazing that it can stimulate certain areas of the brain, speed healing, and decrease anxiety and increase optimism.

There are different components to music that can have an effect. Pitch, harmony, frequency, melody, and rhythm all affect the brain in different ways. We know that some of the brain locations are involved in helping to heal and soothe the body as well.

The brain can be taught and stimulated to perform better -- and it seems that music is the perfect vehicle to do that. So if you find your soul is thirsty for some good music make a playlist, turn up the speakers and let the healing begin.

Have a sensational week!

Thom King
Steviva Brands, Inc.

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Freedom Requires Responsibility
Max Steingart

Freedom is the right to live as you wish.

If you wish to free yourself from enslavement, you must chose freedom and the responsibility it entails.

There is a price for every freedom, something to be given up for every liberty.
Its up to you to weigh the price you must pay for each of your freedoms. And everything you want has a price.

Freedom is the opportunity to make decisions. Its the capacity to take a hand in your own development.

Freedom is the right to choose. Its the right to create for yourself the alternatives of choice.

No one is free who is not master of himself.

You are free to do whatever you would like. You need only face the consequences of your actions.

Copyright 2011 www.yourdailymotivation.com


Top 25 Dont's of Dieting Train Wrecks
how to keep your weight loss goals from derailing

This whole dieting thing is challenge enough right? Sometime we get in our own way. Here are 25 tips to help you avoid dieting pitfalls.

Unrealistic, impatient goals
Patience… Patience… Patience… Change doesn't happen over-night. Studies show that people who lose weight slowly keep it off longer. No one solves a weight problem immediately. A healthy, realistic weight loss plan means losing 1-2 pounds a week max.

Skipping breakfast
Breakfast is your most important meal of the day. It lights the fire that makes you burn. Eating a good breakfast is critical for providing you with energy to make it through the morning without reaching for garbage food.

Not tracking food intake
If it goes in your mouth put on paper. You may not keep an official "diet diary," but you should keep track of what you eat in order to control the quality and quantity of food intake.

Not staying hydrated
For weight control and optimal health, drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses (total 64 ounces) of water per day. I use a big jug and sip on all day long. Once it's done I have accomplished my goal. Spice things up by adding a green tea bag to it or lemon juice, unsweetened cranberry juice with a dash of stevia

Choosing juice over fresh fruit
Not only is juice loaded with sugar compared to its fresh counterpart, but it offers none of the fiber found in whole fruit.

Other high-calorie liquids
The calories you drink count; even when they come from the likes of low-fat milk. Be especially cautious with sports drinks and power shakes they can be loaded with sugar.

Not reading labels properly
When reading labels, be sure to note portion size, sugar, carbs and calories. Make concessions for larger portions.

Overindulgence of “fat-free” snacks
Fat free does not mean sugar free. Many low and no-fat snacks are loaded with sugar to compensate for the lack of fat; therefore they often contain more calories per serving than the original version. Read the label.

Swearing off favorite treats
Putting specific favorite foods on the forbidden list just makes them more desirable, leading to a deprived feeling. Indulging occasionally is okay; live a little!

Sampling, licking fingers or simply popping a bite-sized leftover into your mouth are all common kitchen practices, but they will pack on unwanted pounds without you even realizing it.

Pigging out while dining out
The average person eats out more than 200 times a year. Ask about ingredients and preparation, request sauces and dressings on the side, and order à-la-carte. Take half home. Share a dessert. Budget (reduce) calories in advance, so you can enjoy it without the guilt.

Making assumptions or uninformed choices
Some seemingly "healthy" options can be diet nightmares. i.e. A fish sandwich is a safe choice. Wrong! The fish is usually breaded, fried and covered in tartar sauce with more fat and calories than a hamburger. And wraps: A tortilla, even without toppings, can contain up to 400 calories.

Avoiding the Snack Attack
The best way to cut back on calories is to stop eating between meals. WRONG! You'll just be hungrier and more likely to binge at mealtime. Just be sure to make healthy snack choices.

Never having dessert
While the key to weight loss is changing bad eating habits, it's not good to ban desserts completely. Allow yourself to indulge in small portions, and you're less likely to binge later.

Starving yourself
When you severely restrict caloric intake, for example, eating just less than 1,000 calories a day, your metabolism slows. Plus, when you increase calories, the pounds come back twice as fast.

Avoiding fat
As well as being important for nutrient absorption, fat makes you feel satisfied and full. Total fat intake should not exceed 30% of daily caloric intake (saturated fat should not exceed 10%).

Eating carbohydrates
Like fat, carbohydrates can't be avoided altogether; they are the body's main source of energy and should make up about 55 to 60% of daily food intake. And the source should be low glycemic leafy greens.

Obsessively weighing in
Since daily weight fluctuations are mostly due to water and chemistry changes, depending on constant weigh-ins as a measure of success can put you on an emotional roller coaster.

Eating too quickly
Gandhi said, “eat your drink and drink your food”. This pertains to taking your time, chewing each bite at least 20 times. It takes 20 minutes for you to feel full; therefore you'll probably overeat if you stuff your face before the signal has time to make its way from your stomach to your brain.

Eating large meals
Eating several small meals a day prevents intense binging and stabilizes blood sugar.

“Dieting is enough” mentality
When we start a diet program our body slows down in order to conserve energy, which causes weight loss to slow down, too. Exercise will burn calories, boost energy and help reduce body fat.

Not rewarding yourself
Positive reinforcement in the form of non-food rewards will help keep your motivation high: a movie, a massage, or perhaps new earrings, whenever you meet a 1, 2 or 5 pound goal. Just think about it: If you can rectify (and maintain) one of these mistakes per week, you'll be a happy, healthier you in one year and on your way to a thinner, healthier future.

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.


Stronger for It
Mending A Broken Heart

Heartbreak happens to all of us. Often the pain that wounds us most deeply also leaves the most enduring mark upon us.

Heartbreak happens to all of us and can wash over us like a heavy rain. When experiencing a broken heart, our ethereal selves are saturated with grief, and the overflow is channeled into the physical body. Loss becomes a physical emptiness, and longing is transmuted into a feeling that often cannot be put into words. Mending a broken heart can seem a task so monumental that we dare not attempt it for fear of damaging ourselves further. But heartbreak, like all emotions, falls under the spell of our conscious influence.

Often the pain that wounds us most deeply also leaves the most enduring mark upon us. The shock that becomes the tender, throbbing ache of the heart eventually leads us down the path of enlightenment, blessing our lives with a new depth and richness.

Acknowledging heartbreak's impermanence by no means dulls its sting for it is the sting itself that stimulates healing. The pain is letting us know that we need to pay attention to our emotional selves, to sit with our feelings and be in them fully before we can begin to heal. It is said that time heals all wounds. Time may dull the pain of a broken heart, but it is fully feeling your pain and acknowledging it that will truly help you heal. Dealing with your heartache in a healthy way rather than putting it off for tomorrow is the key to repair. Gentleness more than anything else is called for. Most important, open yourself to the possibility of loving, trusting, and believing again. When, someday soon, you emerge from the cushion of your grief, you will see that the universe did not cease to be as you nursed your broken heart. You emerge on the other side of the mending, stronger for all you have experienced.


Morracan Salad Dressing - No Added Sugar Low Glycemic
Total Servings 64
Serving Size 2 teaspoons
Carbs Per Serving: .3 g
Prep Time:<20 minutes

Skill Level: Super Easy

This very simple and crazy delicious salad dressing is so good you will want to drink it. All the ingredients are nourishing and healing as well as bringing to life any salad or vegetables. Try it once and you will be hooked.

5 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 cloves garlic – finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoon Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a pinch Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Place the ingredients in a blender and blend for 30 seconds.

Let cool and drizzle over fresh salads or vegetables.


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