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July 21, 2008

I Think I Can, I Think I Can, I knew I Could
“never giving up can take you to the top of tall mountains”

I remember when I was in grade school being told a story about a little railroad engine which was employed at a station yard for such work as pulling a few cars on and off the switches. One morning it was waiting for the next call when a long train of freight-cars asked a large engine in the roundhouse to take it over the hill "I can't; that is too much a pull for me," said the great engine built for hard work. Then the train asked another engine, and another, only to hear excuses and be refused. At last in desperation the train asked the little switch engine to draw it up the grade and down on the other side. "I think I can," puffed the little locomotive, and put itself in front of the great heavy train. As it went on the little engine kept bravely puffing faster and faster, "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can."

Then as it near the top of the grade, that had so discouraged the larger engines, it went more slowly, but still kept saying, "I--think--I--can, I--think--I--can." It reached the top by dint of brave effort and then went on down the grade, congratulating itself, "I thought I could, I thought I could."

To think of hard things and say, "I can't" is sure to mean "Nothing done." To refuse to be daunted and insist on saying, "I think I can," is to make sure of being able to say triumphantly by and by, "I thought I could, I thought I could."

Sooner or later, those who accomplish are those who think they can. The cards you're dealt in life are less important than the way you play them. Every day you face a new deck and new cards.

Carve out a niche for yourself in your imagined future. Begin immediately to think and feel yourself as successful. To achieve your goal in life, you need to project your end result.

Focus on your future, not your past. Prepare for your future, don't live in the past. Relish your good memories and use any bad ones as lessons in life.

Think of the elation, the satisfaction, the joy you'll feel when you've achieved your objective. Carry these ecstatic feelings with you every day and they will bring your desired goals into view.

Thank you for your patronage.

Have an excellent day.

Thom King
Steviva Brands, Inc.


Goals Are Essential For Your Success
Max Steingart

There is no achievement without a goal. In whatever position you find yourself,
determine your primary objective first. Until your thoughts are linked to a purpose there can be no accomplishment.

Only you can determine what you want out of life. You decide on your major objectives and goals. A goal gives you a place to start.

If you don't know where you're going, how can you expect to get there?
The world always makes room for the person whose words and actions show that they know where they're going.

The first essential ingredient of success is to know what you want.


The Glycemic Index
How quickly do foods raise your blood sugar?

The glycemic index measures how fast a food is likely to raise your blood sugar and can be helpful for managing blood sugars. For example, if your blood sugar is low and continuing to drop during exercise, you would prefer to eat a carb that will raise your blood sugar quickly. On the other hand, if you would like to keep your blood sugar from dropping during a few hours of mild activity, you may prefer to eat a carb that has a lower glycemic index and longer action time. If your blood sugar tends to spike after breakfast, you may want to select a cereal that has a lower glycemic index.

The numbers below give that food's glycemic index based on glucose, which is one of the fastest carbohydrates available. Glucose is given an arbitrary value of 100 and other carbs are given a number relative to glucose. Faster carbs (higher numbers) are great for raising low blood sugars and for covering brief periods of intense exercise. Slower carbs (lower numbers) are helpful for preventing overnight drops in the blood sugar and for long periods of exercise.

Note that these numbers are compiled from a wide range of research labs, and often from more than one study. These numbers will be close but may not be identical to other glycemic index lists. The impact a food will have on the blood sugar depends on many other factors such as ripeness, cooking time, fiber and fat content, time of day, blood insulin levels, and recent activity. Click here to use the Steviva Glycemic Index as just one of the many tools you have available to improve your control.


Raising Your Consciousness

Why should we care about raising our consciousness? When we set an intention to change and grow, we begin a journey in which we move from coping, to learning and finally, to the enjoyment of living.

Here are some of the shifts we move through:

  • From dependence on the clock, to charting a direction, to moment-to-moment guidance from intuition.
  • From doing things right, to doing the right things, to being your true self.
    From lack of self discipline to having personal willpower to serving divine will.
  • From being out of control, to being in control, to trusting and letting go of the need to control.

With each step, we experience greater freedom, fulfillment and joy. Worth going for, don’t you think?

“Every human has four endowments - self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change.”
-- Stephen R. Covey


Low Glycemic Sugar Free Beef Ribs with Jalapeno Mustard
Serves: 8
Serves: 6 Carbs
Per Serving: 0.85 g
Prep Time:<20 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: 1167
Calories Per Serving: 144.8 serving size 2 ribs
Total Fat Per Serving: 7.75g
Saturated Fat: 2.60 g
Cholesterol Per Serving: 52.0mg
Per Serving: 138.2 mg
Total Carbohydrates
Per Serving: 1.85g
Dietary Fiber: 0.0
Sugars: 0.0g
Protein: 18.25g

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