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December 9, 2007
You Above All Deserve Happiness

How well you achieve your own happiness is the best measure of how well you are living your life and enjoying your relationships.

Happiness in life is like a smorgasbord. If 100 people went to a smorgasbord and each put food on their plate in the quantity and mix that each felt would be most pleasing to him, every plate would be different. Even a husband and wife would go up to the smorgasbord and come back with plates that looked completely different. Happiness is the same way. Each person requires a particular combination of those ingredients to feel the very best about himself or herself.

And your mix is changing continually. If you went to the same smorgasbord every day for a year, you probably would come back with a different plateful of food each time. Each day — sometimes each hour — only you can tell what it takes to make you happy. Therefore, the only way to judge whether a job, a relationship, an investment, or any decision, is right for you is to get in touch with your feelings and listen to your heart.

You’re true to yourself only when you follow your inner light, when you listen to what Ralph Waldo Emerson called the “still, small voice within.” You’re being the very best person you can be only when you have the courage and the fortitude to allow your definition of happiness, whatever it may be, to be the guiding light of every part of your life.

A very important point on the subject of happiness is whether or not you feel that you “deserve” to be happy.

Accept the notion that you deserve all the happiness you can honestly attain through the application of your talents and abilities. The more you like and respect yourself, the more deserving you will feel of the good things in life. And the more deserving you feel, the more likely you will attain and hold on to the happiness you are working toward.

You should make happiness the organizing principle of your life. Compare every possible action and decision you make against your standard of happiness to see whether that action would make you happier or unhappier. Soon, you will discover that almost all of the problems in your life come from choices that you have made or are currently making that do not contribute to your happiness.

Of course, there are countless times when you will have to do little things that don’t make you happy along the way toward those larger things that make you very happy indeed. We call this paying the price of success in advance. You must pay your dues.
Sometimes these interim steps don’t make you happy directly, but the happiness you achieve from attaining your goal will be so great that it totally overwhelms the temporary inconveniences and dissatisfactions you have to endure in order to get there.

Here are three steps you can take immediately to put these ideas into action.

First, accept that you deserve all the joy and happiness you can possibly achieve through your own efforts.

Second, make your own happiness the chief organizing principle of your life and judge everything against that standard.

Third, be willing to work hard and pay the price for the satisfaction and rewards you desire. Always go the extra mile and your success will be assured.

Thank all of you for your patronage.

Have an excellent day.


Thom King
President
thom.king@steviva.com
Steviva Brands, Inc

YOUR MIND

Belief Makes Everything Possible
Max Steingart

In order to succeed, you must first believe that you can. The only true limit to your realization of tomorrow will be your doubts of today.

The only thing that stands between you and what you want from life, is the will to try it and the faith to believe that it's possible.

The moment you carry the conviction of belief, in that moment your dream will become reality.

If you think you can, you can.

YOUR BODY

Five Ways To Increase Your Metabolism

If you bump up your metabolism, you can burn more calories. So how do you do it? Here are some important tips for revving up your metabolism.

Build more muscle
Muscle burns fat. In order to get those fuel-burning muscles, you can’t just sit on the couch. Get out there and strength train. You should do a total body workout with weights three times per week at 30 to 45 minutes per session.

Adding muscle will increase your metabolism, which is measured by your resting metabolic rate (RMR). In addition to building muscle, strength training actually increases your metabolism for 24 hours after your strength-training session.

Be more active
Don’t stop at strength training. You’ll need a cardio workout of 30 to 40 minutes at your target heart rate four to five days per week. Check with a trainer so you know what target heart rate to shoot for.

But it’s not just cardio at the gym. Increase your activity. Any physical activity will make a difference and pep up your metabolism. For example:

  • Take the stairs
  • Park your car in a remote area of the parking lot
  • Walk around your office building during breaks
  • If possible, cycle or walk to work occasionally
  • Play catch or fly a kite
  • Take dance lessons

Don't fast or skip meals
Make sure to jumpstart your metabolism in the morning by eating breakfast. Eat small meals throughout the day. You have to eat in order to lose weight. Four to six meals is a good way to keep your metabolism humming, as long as you maintain a calorie deficit.

While you can initially lose a few pounds by skipping meals, in the long term it’s bad for your metabolism: When you stop dieting, your body loses its calorie-burning ability.

Drink more water
H2O can also help your metabolism. Researchers in Germany report that water consumption increases the rate at which people burn calories. The impact is modest, but researchers say their study could have important implications for weight-control programs.

Shoot for 96 ounces per day. Try to drink a little water every 15 to 20 minutes.What I 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 lemon have. You can substitute limes for lemons if you get bored. Click here to order stevia powder.

Get a good night's sleep
Skimping on sleep can upset your metabolism. In a study at the University of Chicago, people who got four hours of sleep or less a night had difficulty processing carbohydrates. When the body is exhausted, it lacks the energy to do normal day-to-day functions, which include burning calories.

This information and other information is intended for general reference purposes only and is not intended to address specific medical conditions. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Prior to participating in any exercise program or activity, you should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional. No information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.

YOUR SPIRIT

Balance Material and Spiritual

"What is [the role of money] in the search for meaning? Is our relationship to it one of the chief factors that keeps us in our prison, or could it also be a tool for breaking out, for awakening to a life filled with intensity of purpose?"
-- Jacob Needleman

Our personality has a need for security. As a human in a material world, we need money to survive. If we don’t have enough for basics, our lives cannot function. At the same time, with too much emphasis on the material, we lose the spiritual awareness that brings meaning and fulfillment. The key lies in the balance.

What draws most of your attention, time and energy: spiritual growth or money? Reflect on (or better yet, journal on) the balance or lack of balance of these two in your life.

"Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul."
-- Henry David Thoreau

"View money and things not as something you create to fill a lack, but as tools to help you more fully express yourself and realize your potential."
-- Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer

YOUR RECIPE

Low Glycemic Sugar Free Chocolate Coffee Souffle Cake
Serves: 4
Carbs Per Serving: 24 g
Prep Time:<35 minutes

Ingredients:
9 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons whole grain flour
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or 1/8 teaspoon Steviva Brand Stevia Powder plus 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
2 tablespoons ground coffee or instant espresso

Instructions:
Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees F.
Butter four 4 oz. coffee cups or ramekins with 1 Tbsp of butter. Put them on a baking sheet.
Put chocolate and the remaining butter into the top of a double boiler, over medium low heat until soft and almost melted.
Beat eggs, egg yolks and Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or the Steviva Brand Stevia Powder unsweetened applesauce mixture together in a mixing bowl until smooth.
Whisk chocolate and butter together then slowly add to egg mixture, stirring until just combined. Whisk in the flour and coffee.
Divide batter between prepared molds and bake for 6-8 minutes.
Serve cake immediately and top with cocoa.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 slice
Total Calories: 1121

Calories Per Serving: 280.25
Total Fat: 15.4g
Saturated Fat: 2.4g
Cholesterol: 81.3mg
Sodium: 22.9mg
Total Carbohydrates: 96g

Carbohydrates Per Serving: 24g
Dietary Fiber: 5.2
Sugars: 2.2g
Protein: 12.4g

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