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June 11, 2006

Macular Degeneration May Be Linked To Food
change your diet change your life

In a recent article I read a ge-related macular degeneration may be partly dependent on the types of carbohydrates consumed.

Allen Taylor, director of the laboratory for nutrition and vision research at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, analyzed the total amount of carbohydrates consumed over 10 years of a subgroup of participants in the Nurses' Health Study enrolled in the Nutrition and Vision Program.

"Women who consumed diets with a relatively high dietary glycemic index had greater risk of developing signs of early age-related macular degeneration when compared with women who consumed diets with a lower dietary glycemic index," says lead author Chung-Jung Chiu.

However, high total carbohydrate intake did not significantly increase the risk factor for age-related macular degeneration, according to the study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

"We cannot say, based on these data, whether or not consuming a diet with a high glycemic index causes age-related macular degeneration," says Taylor. "Perhaps a high-glycemic-index diet is a marker for an overall dietary or lifestyle pattern."

A diet high in foods like white bread and french fries has a higher overall glycemic index than a diet based more heavily on low-glycemic-index foods, such as lentils and yams.

Have an excellent day.

Thom King
Steviva Brands, Inc.


You Are What You Think
Max Steingart

What you impress upon your mind, you'll inevitably become.It's a psychological law that whatever you desire to accomplish you must first impress upon your subconscious mind.

Your inner thoughts can cause you to be rich or poor, loved or unloved, happy or unhappy,attractive or unattractive, powerful or weak.

Relentless, repetitive self talk will change your self image.You'll affect your subconscious mind with verbal repetition.Constant repetition carries conviction.

When you change your values you'll change your behavior.Start thinking of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.Self suggestion will make you the master of yourself.

You can become whatever you want to be. If you believe you can, you can.


Get Fit For Summer - Fitness 101
10-step plan

Summer's almost here and that means bathing suit season is right around the corner. But even if you've been a little neglectful about your workouts, there's no need to panic about having to face the world nearly naked - you still have plenty of time to get in shape before you hit the beach.

Most fitness experts agree that it takes four to six weeks to see results from any new exercise plan, so if you start today you'll have five weeks before the those lazy, hazy days officially start. Here are 10 things that can help you reach your beachy best.

  1. Lift weights and do aerobics. Building muscle will raise your metabolism and tone and strengthen your body; cardiovascular exercise strengthens your heart and burns calories. Just do it.
  2. Visualize. Every time you think of skipping a workout, picture yourself in a bathing suit - the way you look now and the way you know you can look. Now go workout.
  3. Cut down on fats. Summer brings a bounty of juicy peaches, plums, berries and sun-ripened tomatoes plus a wide variety of crunchy, colorful vegetables that are low-calorie, nutrient-rich and loaded with fiber. Enjoy.
  4. Drink lots of water. If you exercise for an hour a day you lose 20 percent more fluid than you would if you just sat still and it's even higher on hot, summer days. Dehydration can cause headaches, diarrhea, muscle cramps, and exhaustion, and water is the best (no-fat, no-calorie) way to hydrate.
  5. Exercise outdoors. Research shows that being exposed to natural light can make you feel more energetic. Now that the weather is cooperating and the days are longer, go to a park or beach and run, walk, cycle, rollerblade or swim. The varied terrain will challenge your body in ways that indoor exercise machines can't.
  6. Steer clear of salty snacks. They're usually packed with fat and often leave you feeling bloated, dehydrated and generally sluggish.
  7. Divide and conquer. If you're very busy during the day and can't work out for a full hour at a time, break it up into two half-hour sessions. For example do a half hour of aerobic exercise at lunch and a half-hour of weight training after work or vice versa.
  8. Wear sunscreen. Try to avoid exercising outdoors between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the sun is at its peak, but no matter when you choose to do an outdoor workout make sure you slather on the sunscreen. Choose one with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 to 30 and put it on at least 20 minutes before going out so it has time to penetrate your skin.
  9. Workout in water. Take advantage of your visits to a pool, lake or the ocean by incorporating exercise into your leisure time. Tread water while chatting with friends, jump over ocean waves or walk laps in the pool. The added resistance of the pool water will give your legs a great workout and burn lots of calories.
  10. Make lemonade. Drinking iced tea or coffee may seem like a great way to quench your summertime thirst but these beverages may end up doing just the opposite. Both act as diuretics and can cause dehydration, especially if you've been perspiring. A better choice is a tall, frosty glass of lemonade made with Steviva Brand Stevia Blend and Steviva Brand Stevia Powder poured over ice - you'll get extra vitamins too.


Finding Your Spiritual Pathways

"In any way that men love me in that same way they find my love: for many are the paths of men, but they all in the end come to me."

-- Song of God, Bhagavad Gita

Spirit - the life force - exists in everything. It follows, then, that ANY path, any encounter is spiritual if we have the awareness to see it as such. Going deeper, going higher, emptying, connecting, believing or disbelieving, bouncing off the bottom, experiencing the heights, in pain, in ecstasy ....

Too often, we search afar for our own purpose when it is in our lives all the time, waiting for us to express it more openly. Bring greater awareness to each encounter and situation in life. Tune in to what you are inspired to do, who you are inspired to be. Your answers are waiting for you to pay attention - every moment!

"...focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it."

-- Greg Anderson


Amazing All Natural Sugar Free Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream
Serves: 8
Carbs Per Serving: 6 g
Prep Time:<40 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Nothing is more refreshing during the dog days of summer than some fresh homemade ice cream. Mmmmm, I can remember eating a lot of homemade ice cream growing up. It was a Summer right of passage for me and my sisters.

But how about the combination of vanilla and coconut? That's a unique flavor blend that makes this homemade low glycemic ice cream recipe one you will want to use to entertain guests at your house and make for your family all summer long.

6 egg yolks
1/2 cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend
2 cups heavy cream
1 can (13.5 ounces) Unsweetened Coconut Milk
2 teaspoons coconut extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup Medium Shred Unsweetened Coconut

In a medium bowl whisk egg yolks and Steviva Brand Stevia Blend until combined. Then, on a medium pot, bring heavy cream to a simmer over medium-low heat.

Slowly pour one cup cream into yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Pour yolk mixture back into pot. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat.

Stir in coconut milk, coconut and vanilla extracts and then chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours.

Pour ice cream mix into ice cream maker. Process according to manufacturer's directions. About 5 minutes before the ice cream is finished, add the toasted coconut.**

**To toast coconut, spread on a baking sheet and bake at 350º F for 5 minutes.

Nutritional Facts Per Serving:
Serving Size: 2 tbsp.
316 calories
4.0 g protein
32 g total fat (0.9 g saturated fat)
6.0 g carbohydrate
2.1 g dietary fiber
3.5 mg cholesterol
110 mg sodium

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