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October 12, 2008
Relax and Recharge
“taking a break can elevate your effectiveness”

Regular relaxation is essential for a long life and personal effectiveness. Here are some techniques for relaxing physically that are used by the most successful and highest paid people in America.

First of all, work only five or six days per week, and rest completely on the seventh day. Every single study in this area shows that you will be far more productive in the five or six days that you work if you take one or two days off completely than you ever would be if you worked straight through for seven days.

During this time off, do not catch up on reports, organize your desk, prepare proposals, or do anything else that requires mental effort. Simply let your mind relax completely, and get busy doing things with your family and friends. Maybe work around the house, go for a walk, engage in physical exercise, watch television, go to a movie, or play with your children. Whatever you do, discipline yourself to shut your mental gears off completely for at least one 24-hour period every seven days.

Second, take one three-day vacation every three months, and during that time, refrain from doing any work. Do not attempt to catch up on even a few small things. If you do, you keep your mental gears in motion, and you end up neither resting nor properly doing work of any quality.

Since you have been living by a personal health plan, maintaining your weight, and been leading an active healthy life, you have been getting more out of life than ever before. Imagine an easy process that will help you live longer and heal faster. When living a healthy lifestyle becomes second nature, you will find that you are really enjoying what life has to offer.

Third, take at least two full weeks off each year during which you do nothing that is work-related. You can either work or relax; you cannot do both. If you attempt to do a little work while you are on vacation, you never give your mental and emotional batteries a chance to recharge. You'll come back from your vacation just as tired as you were when you left.

If you are involved in a difficult relationship, or situation at work that is emotionally draining, discipline yourself to take a complete break from it at least one day per week. Put the concern out of your mind. Refuse to think about it. Don't continually discuss it, make telephone calls about it, or mull it over in your mind. You cannot perform at your best mentally if you are emotionally preoccupied with a person or situation. You have to give yourself a break.

Since a change in scenery is as good as a rest, going for a nice long walk is a wonderful way to relax emotionally and mentally. As you put your physical body into motion, your thoughts and feelings seem to relax all by themselves.

Also, remember that the process of digestion consumes an enormous amount of physical energy. Therefore, if you eat lighter foods, you will feel better and more refreshed afterward. If you eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain products, your digestive system will require far less energy to process them.

Since your diet has such an impact on your level of physical energy, and through it your levels of mental and emotional energy, the more fastidious you are about what you put into your mouth, the better you will feel and the more productive you will be. We know now that foods high in fat, sugar, or salt are not good for your body. The lighter the foods you eat, the more energy you have.

Here are three things you can do immediately to put these ideas into action:

First, plan your weeks in advance and build in at least one day when you will relax from work completely. Discipline yourself to keep this date.

Second, reserve, book and pay for your three day vacations several months in advance. Once you've paid the money, you are much more likely to go rather than put it off.

Third, decide that you will not work at all during your vacations. When you work, work. And when you rest, rest 100% of the time. This is a great way to make both work and rest as productive as possible.

Have an excellent week.


Thom King
President

thom.king@steviva.com
Steviva Brands, Inc

YOUR MIND

Do All Things With Love
Max Steingart

Love is the most important ingredient of life. Your life echoes emptiness without it. With it, your life vibrates meaning and warmth. Love will shine through even in hardship.

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments that stand out, the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love.

If you have it, you don't need to have anything else, and if you don't have it, it doesn't much matter what else you have.

Treasure the love you receive above everything else. It will survive long after your wealth and good health have vanished. The way is not in the sky.

The way is in the heart. Life in abundance comes only through great love.

YOUR BODY

Lose Weight By Walking It Off

Walking is one of the easiest and most effective forms of exercise. All you need is a good pair of shoes, comfortable clothing, and desire.

How to start: First of all, start out slow and easy. Just walk out the door. For most people this means head out the door, walk for 10 minutes, and walk back. That's it? Yes, that's it. Do this every day for a week. If this was easy for you, add five minutes to your walks for week 2 (total walking time 25 minutes). Keep adding 5 minutes until you are walking as long as desired.

WATCH your posture. Walk tall. Think of elongating your body. Hold your head up and eyes forward. Your shoulders should be down, back and relaxed. Tighten your abdominal's and buttocks and fall into a natural stride.

Be sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after walking. What we suggest is adding the juice of half a lemon or 4 tablespoons of unsweetened cranberry juice 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 lemons have. You can substitute limes for lemons to mix it up a bit. Click here to order stevia powder.

Incorporate a warm up, cool down and stretches into your routine. Start your walk at a slow warm up pace, stop and do a few warm up stretches. Then walk for the desired length of time. End your walk with the slower cool down pace and stretch well. Stretching will make you feel great and assist in injury prevention.

The toughest thing about starting a fitness program is developing a habit. Walking daily will help (a minimum of 5 days a week is a good goal). You should walk fast enough to reach your target heart rate, but you should not be gasping for air.

After you have formed the habit you will want to evaluate your program and your goals.

If you are walking for the general health benefits try to walk 30 minutes a day, most days of the week, at a "talking" pace.

To improve cardiovascular fitness walk 3 to 4 days a week, 20 to 30 minutes at a very fast pace - breathing hard but not gasping for air.

If you are walking for weight loss you should walk a minimum of five days a week, 45 to 60 minutes at a "purposeful/talking" pace.

If you're new to walking, start off with slow, short sessions and build your way up gradually. If you have any health concerns or medical conditions, be sure to check with your doctor for advice before you begin a routine.

Once you can comfortably walk for 30 to 60 minutes 5 to 6 days a week you may want to put more "umpf" or speed into your routine. Follow these easy tips for walking faster (or for some real speed learn to racewalk).

Zero to Sixty in Twelve Weeks - An easy to follow schedule to get you walking 60 minutes in 12 weeks.

YOUR SPIRIT

What Lies Beneath
Why We Lash Out

Each one of us has experienced situations where we’ve found ourselves lashing out at someone without meaning to. We later berate ourselves for losing control and feel guilty for treating the other person badly. And while it is human nature that our emotions and moods will get the better of us from time to time, we can learn to navigate our feelings and negotiate difficult situations without losing our center.

Often, when we lash out, it is because we are having a difficult time containing the emotions that are coming up inside of us. We may be feeling overwhelmed, afraid, frustrated, stressed out, or angry. Having these feelings boiling up inside of us can be very uncomfortable, and it is natural to want to release them. But when we release our feelings from our body by directing them outward and toward someone else, they inevitably impact the "innocent bystander" to whom we are directing this energy. They not only get the brunt of our anger, frustration, or stress, but also they can actually experience this energy as a physical force hitting their bodies.

When you find yourself in a situation where you are about to lash out at the person in front of you, try to center yourself by breathing slowly and deeply. A few slow inhales and exhales can help dissipate the intensity of your feelings before they escape you. Later, when you find yourself in a more reflective state, sit down for a moment; recall the feelings in your body just before and during your outburst; note where you feel sensations coming up in your body; and ask yourself if they are connected to any core issue or experience from your life. If nothing comes to mind, then revisit the situation again, exaggerating the details of what happened by indulging in outlandish "what if" fantasies. Exaggerating events after the fact can help expose the unconscious subtext behind your heated response. Understanding the motivation behind your reactions can help you avoid lashing out again when a similar situation comes up. In learning to navigate around your emotions, you are giving yourself the tools to feel better the next time your emotions start to boil. In doing so, you will be taking care of yourself by alleviating your own uncomfortable feelings while respecting and protecting those around you.

YOUR RECIPE

Low Glycemic Sugar Free Thai Chicken/Tofu Coconut Curry Soup
(makes 6 servings)
Carbs Per Serving: 1.1 g
Prep Time:<15 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Ingredients:
2 tb sp olive oil
2 tbsps curry powder
1 tsp minced garlic
2 whole cloves garlic
14 oz can of coconut milk unsweetened
4 tbsps of Fructevia or Steviva Brand Stevia Blend (a tiny dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder)
1 tsp lime juice
1 fresh lime
1/2 tsp salt
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp basil ( fresh or dried)
2 tbsp fresh cilantro
1/2 onion finely chopped
1/2 cup half and half
4 diced chicken breasts already cooked or firm tofu browned (shown)

Directions:
Heat oil and add minced garlic and brown 3 minutes on low, do not burn.
Add basil, salt, Fructevia, Steviva Brand Stevia Powder or Steviva Brand Stevia Blend, lime juice and coconut milk. Simmer on low 10 minutes, add 1/2 cup half and half and stir.
When hot add diced chicken. Put in bowls and top with plenty of raw onion and cilantro. Salt and pepper to taste.
Squeeze fresh lime juice on soup right before eating.

Nutritional Facts
Total Calories: 1468.8
Calories Per Serving: 244.8
Total Fat: 93.8g
Saturated Fat: 43.6g
Cholesterol: 260mg
Sodium: 360mg
Total Carbohydrates: 7.7g

Carbohydrates Per Serving: 1.1g
Dietary Fiber: 1.0
Sugars: 0.0g
Protein: 108g

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