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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.


July 08, 2007
10 Simple Steps to Weight Loss
“diet and exercise are the keys to lowering weight”

Many people find it hard to deal with weight control, opting instead for miracle diets and quick cures. But it remains no secret that the best way to control weight is to consume fewer calories and exercise more over. You can't just change your lifestyle habits for a week or two. To successfully manage your weight, you must commit to a lifetime of permanent changes in eating behavior.

The following 10 tips to weight reduction don't involve buying expensive foods or hiring a personal trainer. Instead, they involve common sense.
  1. Pan-fry or saute foods with a non-stick spray or low-calorie butter substitutes. Bake or broil instead of frying.
  2. Eat high-fiber foods, such as a bran muffin instead of a donut.
  3. Use All Natural Steviva Brand Stevia Blend and Steviva Brand Stevia Powder in foods and beverages.
  4. Order "lite" fare when eating out. Purchase low-calorie foods.
  5. Try a meal plan substituting low-calorie, sugar-free foods and beverages for many of the foods currently used.
  6. Never skip a meal. Eat three-to-six times a day in smaller portions.
  7. Fool your mind and stomach by using smaller plates to satisfy your psychological need for larger portions. (Hint: Many restaurants already do this.)
  8. Eat and chew slowly. It takes 20 minutes for the stomach to tell the brain that it's full.
  9. Weigh yourself on a regular schedule, but don't become a slave to it.
  10. Reward yourself with non-culinary pleasures. Buy a new outfit. A new pair of shoes. Go see a movie (ignore the snack bar). Workout with a friend. Join a gym. Get a haircut.
Have an excellent week.


Thom King
President

thom.king@steviva.com
Steviva Brands, Inc

YOUR MIND

Anything is Possible If you Believe

Max Steingart

Don't be afraid of living. Your belief that life is worth living will help you create the fact around you.

There are no real barriers to your success. You must overcome any doubts you have about your ability. Your self image prescribes the limits for your accomplishments. It prescribes the area of what is possible for you.

If you see yourself as prosperous, you will be. If you see yourself as continually hard up, that's precisely what you will be.You can never succeed until you believe you can succeed.

Copyright 2007 www.yourdailymotivation.com

YOUR BODY

10 Awesome Tips For Exercise Success

How many times have you started an exercise program and then just quit going? Well... you're not alone! Many people start with great intentions but soon lose motivation and end up avoiding the gym altogether. We want to see everyone succeed so we've put together 10 tips that we've found useful for starting and sticking with an exercise routine!

The following 10 tips to weight reduction don't involve buying expensive foods or hiring a personal trainer. Instead, they involve common sense.

  1. Choose activities that are fun. Exercise doesn't have to be a chore and the more fun it is, the more likely you are to stick with it.
  2. Variety is the spice of life! Don't just find one thing and stick to it... your guaranteed to get bored eventually. Find a couple different types of exercise that you enjoy (swimming, biking, weight training, yoga, group exercise classes, etc.) and mix it up!
  3. Keep a record of your activities. Set small "achievable" milestones and reward yourself periodically. Nothing motivates and keeps you going like success!
  4. Make it a lifestyle! Short-term diets and fitness kicks don't work. Lifestyle changes that become part of your normal routine are important for long-term success.
  5. Watch the clock. Pick a time that's convenient and try to stick to it. If you get used to working out before work or walking during your lunch hour... you're more likely to stick with it.
  6. Don't be too hard on yourself. If you miss an exercise opportunity, try to work something else in rather than feeling down. If a lunch meeting interferes with your regular walk... go for a walk after dinner.
  7. Stay entertained. Music is a great motivator and can make exercise more fun. Mix your own CD's with your favorite music or books on tape and take them along when you're working out. Many people also like to watch TV or catch up on their soaps while on a treadmill. Whatever it takes to keep up with the program.
  8. Surround yourself with supportive people. Share your activity with others who want to see you succeed and will be encouraging. It may be a friend, family member, or neighbor. You may run with a co-worker over lunch or find a workout partner. If you're at the gym at the same time everyday, look for people that may have similar goals... since your schedules are the same, maybe he/she is looking for a workout partner?
  9. Slow and steady wins the race. Don't risk injury by pushing yourself too hard too quickly. Start with low to moderate level activities and gradually increase the duration and intensity of your workouts as you become more fit.
  10. But... don't get lazy! While pushing yourself too hard is bad... not doing enough is equally bad! There is a fine line between staying on a plateau and providing enough stimulus so your body will grow. You should gradually increase the amount of weight you lift, the length of your cardio exercise, etc. to keep you moving towards your goal. If your goal is overall fitness, you should work up to exercising three or four times per week for 30-60 minutes.

YOUR SPIRIT

Gaining New Perspective

A friend shared this moment of awakening. She was complaining, “I never get anything done.” Her companion replied, “Perhaps you never get EVERYTHING done.” Oh… of course!

A shift in perspective can bring both understanding and release.
“Besides learning to see, there is another art to be learned -- not to see what is not.”

-- Maria Mitchell

YOUR RECIPE

Low Glycemic Sugar Free Chocolate Brownies
Serves: 10
Carbs Per Serving: 11.75 g
Prep Time:<15 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

INGREDIENTS:
8- 1 ounce squares of unsweetened chocolate
1 cup butter
5 eggs
3 cups Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or (3 cups of applesauce mixed with 1/4 tsp. of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder)
1 tablespoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups soy or whole grain flour
1 teaspoon salt
2-1/2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted

PREPARATION:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13 pan.

Melt chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat; set aside. In a mixer, beat eggs, sugar and vanilla at high speed for 10 minutes. Blend in chocolate mixture, flour and salt until just mixed.

Bake for 35-40 minutes. (Don't over bake.) Cool and frost if desired, but that is not necessary.

Nutritional Facts
Total Calories: 1727
Calories Per Serving: 172.7
Total Fat Per Serving: 10.8g
Saturated Fat: 2.28 g
Cholesterol Per Serving: 106.5mg
Sodium
Per Serving: 34.2 mg
Total Carbohydrates
Per Serving: 11.75g
Dietary Fiber: 2.4
Sugars: 1.5g
Protein: 8.2g

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