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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.

April 8, 2007
The Miracle of Water
how you think can change change the flow

Happy Easter to you... Recently I read a book called The Hidden Messages In Water by Masaru Emoto. He asserts that water can absorb feelings and emotions that are transferred by thoughts. The book is filled with photographs of the structure of water at the moment of freezing and from the image is read a message about the water that is relevant to our own health and well-being. He also shows the direct consequences of destructive thoughts or, alternately, the thoughts of love and appreciation has on water crystals. Masaru Emoto, in my opinion has made a discovery that molecules of water are affected by the energy of thoughts, words, and feelings.

I his book there are many pictures of water that has been subjected to the words and thoughts of Love and this water formed amazingly beautiful crystals. Water which has been chlorinated, polluted or subjected to negative words and thoughts did not form crystals or the crystals were greatly deformed.

A few things came up for me. Firstly, I bought into the whole water crystals ability to be imprinted with positive or negative energy. Why? While I am not a "new age space baby" I have seen watches, calculators, clocks, semi-conductors all run on quartz crystals... many watches actually say right on them... quartz crystal. It is simply the most accurate. How it works is a mystery to me but it does work and that is a natural fact. So... why wouldn't water crystals have the ability to store energy? Incidentally, our thoughts are simply energy as well? When we direct negative thoughts at ourselves we run the risk of negatively imprinting the 75% of us that is made up of water. Thus, we can physically pollute our body. Next time you look in the mirror and you tell yourself you are too fat, too old, or too whatever keep this in mind... I know I do.

Secondly, our bodies are 75% water. It makes sense that we should take in 75% water to 25% food. That is also a natural fact. I noticed that I spend quite a bit of money on buying all organic and unprocessed food yet, when it comes to water... I have taken the occasion drink from the public fountain. The water I now put in my body is natural spring water. I take care of it and store as I would my organic produce and before I take a drink a pass a little positive thought to it.

Growing up I had seen my share of Holy Water and always wondered how they made it Holy. I think I know now. Just as I have grown to know my spiritual journey is my own, I now realize making water somewhat holy or at least a spiritual experience is something I can do myself with a few positive thoughts.

Have an excellent week.

Thom King

Steviva Brands, Inc


Live and Act in the Sprit of Love

Max Steingart

The place to begin to improve the world is in your own heart, head and hands.
To get along with others, love them without forcing your love upon them.

Imposing your beliefs on people will not bring you peace. Have concern for others, respect their rights and freedoms, and let them be themselves. Do this and you will enjoy peace.

Having consideration for others is the basis of a good life. Most people are not against you, they are merely for themselves. Let differing ideas clash, but not those of the heart.

Peace comes to you when you live and act in a spirit of love.

Copyright 2007 www.yourdailymotivation.com


The Importance of Drinking Water

It is extremely important that you drink at least 64 oz (approx. 2 litres) of water per day, and it is suggested that you drink an additional 8 oz (approx. 250 ml) for every 25 pounds (approx. 11.5 kg) over your ideal weight. During hot weather, and any physically strenuous activity, you should drink even more. As Donald Robertson, an American doctor, explains:

"Studies have shown that a decrease in water intake will cause fat deposits to increase, while an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits. This is because the kidneys can't function properly without enough water. When they don't work to capacity, some of their load is dumped onto the liver. One of the liver's primary functions is to metabolise stored fat into usable energy for the body. But, if the liver has to do some of the kidney's work, it can't operate at full throttle. As a result, it metabolises less fat, more fat remains stored in the body and weight loss stops.

Drinking enough water is the best treatment for fluid retention. When the body gets less water it perceives this as a threat to survival, and begins to hold onto every drop. Diuretics offer a temporary solution at best. They force out stored water along with some essential nutrients. Again, the body perceives a threat and will replace the lost water at the first opportunity. The best way to overcome the problem of water retention is to give your body what it needs - more water. Only then will stored water be released. The overweight person needs more water than the thin one.

Water helps maintain proper muscle tone. It does this by giving muscles their natural ability to contract and by preventing dehydration. It also helps prevent the sagging skin that usually follows weight loss.

During weight loss, the body has a lot more waste to get rid of - all that metabolised fat must be shed. Again, adequate water helps flush out the waste.

When the body gets too little water, it siphons what it needs from internal sources. The colon is one primary source. This can result in constipation, which is normally alleviated when enough water is drunk."

While drinking 64 ounces of water everyday may sound like an easy task, it can get a little boring. 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.


Moving From Then To Now

"Time is not a line, but a series of now points."

-- Taisen Deshimaru

We understand time as a continuum. Our memories link the moments of the past and our imaginations draw on the patterns of our memories to project the future.
If we leave the movies of the mind behind, time can only be experienced now -- moment by precious moment.

Open in awareness to what is happening right now. Appreciate all that is. Immerse yourself in the joy and wonder of every now and life will be a gift.

"The responsibility for both present and future is in our own hands. If we live right today, then tomorrow has to be right."
-- Eknath Easwaran


Sugar Free Low Glycemic Coconut Macaroons
Serves: 16
Carbs Per Serving: 4.3 g
Prep Time:<15 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

1 cup shredded coconut - unsweetened
7 Tb sp. Steviva Brand Steviva Blend
2 egg whites
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1. Mix cream with Steviva Brand Steviva Blend or equivalent and extracts. Add coconut and mix well. Let stand for 1 hour. If mixture feels dry to the touch after 1 hour, add a little more cream.

2. Preheat oven to 350°F.

3. Whip egg whites until peaks form. Fold into coconut. Using a teaspoon, place a small amount of coconut mix onto a well greased cookie sheet, repeating to make approximately 16 cookies. Bake until slightly browned (usually 12-15 minutes). If tops have not browned in 15 minutes, you can place them under the broiler for a few minutes (watch them carefully!) Allow to cool before serving.

Nutritional Facts
Total Calories: 1330
Calories Per Serving: 83.12
Total Fat: 120.4g
Saturated Fat: 89.2g
Cholesterol: 252mg
Sodium: 222mg
Total Carbohydrates: 52g

Carbohydrates Per Serving: 4.33g
Dietary Fiber: 0.0g
Sugars: 44g
Protein: 16g

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