December 12th, 2004

I hope our newsletter finds you well. We now reach over 500,000 like minded individuals.

I was recently interviewed for an article regarding a law suit between the marketers of Equal and Splenda. It certainly is a relief to see that these chemical company behemoths are fighting each other and leaving all natural companies like Steviva alone. I would like to point out the irony of the suit. You see Equal contains Aspartame which some research indicates can cause diseases ranging from Alzheimer's to Cancer. And Splenda... which states that their product is simply a derivative of sugar should probably read something like, "made from dextrose, maltodextrin and 4-chloro-4-deoxy-alpha, D-Galactopyranosyl-1, 6-dichloro-1, 6-dideoxy-beta, D-fructofuranoside."

Besides being un-natural and chemically based, what both of these chemical sweeteners share is a primary ingredient of Maltodextrin which has been shown to spike insulin levels and will not help you if you are on a low carb diet or if you suffer from hypoglycemia or diabetes.

Better living through chemistry is not always better for thought.

The Holidays are upon us and we have some great recipes and a new price for All Natural Steviva Brand Stevia Blend ONLY $14.95! That's $2.00 (nearly 15%) off our regular low price! So... get cooking for the holidays!

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Thank you for your patronage.

Have an excellent week.

Thom King
Steviva Brands, Inc.

You Are Remarkable
by: Brian Tracy

The starting point of maturity is the realization that “No one is coming to the rescue.” Everything you are or ever will be is entirely up to you.

Take Charge
This life is not a rehearsal for anything else. This is the real thing. The game is on. Time is passing quickly, and all of your decisions and indecisions, your actions and inactions, have added up to create the life you’re living at this very minute. If you want things to be different in the future, you’ll have to make things different in the present. You’ll have to take complete charge of yourself and your life and make things change, because they won’t change by themselves.

Make A Decision
Self-management is really personal management, time management, life management. It’s putting your hands firmly on the steering wheel of your life and then taking yourself in your chosen direction. Remember the old Confucian saying, “If you don’t change the road you’re traveling on, you’ll probably end up where you’re going.” Every successful man or woman in America made, at one time or another, a firm decision about where he or she wanted to go and then took deliberate steps to get there. And you can do this for yourself as well.

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Bundle of Resources
One of the most useful ideas I ever learned was to view myself as a “bundle of resources.” You can benefit from this idea by standing back and looking at yourself in terms of what you are, instead of what you do. We tend to define ourselves in terms of our work, in terms of what we’re spending most of our time doing at the present moment. When we meet someone, even at a bus stop, we describe ourselves in terms of our jobs. We say things such as “I’m a salesperson,” “I’m a manager,” or “I work in such-and-such a business doing such-and-such a job.” Since we tend to become what we think about, the more we describe ourselves to others as being what we do, the more we think of ourselves as what we do. Perhaps this is why people who are fired or laid off go through a period of shock and emotional turmoil. it’s as though they’ve been cut off from their identities. You may have had that experience.

The fact is that you are not what you do. Instead, you are a bundle of resources. You have the combination of ingredients that makes you a unique and remarkable human being, different from anyone else who ever has lived or who ever will live. You’ve undergone a wide variety of experiences, both positive and negative. You’ve had a formal education, and you’ve learned from the various jobs and activities that you’ve engaged in.

You Are Unique
You have a unique intelligence, much of which isn’t yet developed to the full. You have skills that you’ve acquired through hard work, discipline and practice. You have abilities that you were born with, which make it easy for you to do certain jobs and to accomplish certain tasks. You have energy and ambition and goals and opportunities. You have a philosophy of life, however developed it is, and you have attitudes and perspectives that make you extraordinary. The federal government has identified more than 22,000 different job categories; when you put all your skills together, you’re probably capable of excelling at hundreds of jobs, doing different things in different organizations, businesses and industries.

Action Exercises
Now, here are three things you can do immediately to put these ideas into action:

First, make a clear decision about what it is you really want to do and then get busy doing it.

Second, define yourself in terms of your unique talents and abilities instead of your job title.

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Do This if You're Not Weight Training
Greg Landry, M.S.

Weight training is very important if your goal is to lose weight (and maintain that loss), and to have toned muscles. However,
I realize that there are many people, who, for a variety of reasons, can't or won't weight train.

If you're one of those people, I have several recommendations for your aerobic exercise sessions. Since you don't weight
train, it's important that you use some aerobic exercises that involve most of the body's major muscle groups.

These won't tone your individual muscles as well as weight training will, but they will give you overall toning, aerobic conditioning, caloric expenditure, and a boost in your metabolism.

I have four specific recommendations that I've seen work well for people;

1. Rowing uses most of your major muscle groups and is an exercise that most people enjoy doing. As with any exercise, start slowly and gradually increase the length and intensity of your workouts - especially if you have a history of back problems.

There are several good rowers on the market, but my favorite is the Concept
II Rower. It's very well designed, high quality, and very smooth to operate because it uses air resistance. The harder you pull,
the more resistance you get. I found great deals on them on Ebay. Click Here

2. Stationary cycling with a cycle that also allows you to use your upper body muscles to push / pull handles. An example of this is the Schwinn Airdyne Cycle, but there are several other brands available that also use air resistance. Try finding a less expensive used one on Ebay. Click Here or classified newspapers.

3. Do your walking exercise using small (one to three pound hand weights). Keep in mind that this is not as effective as weight training and may slightly decrease the aerobic conditioning effect of your walking. However, if you move your arms in a variety
of directions while walking, this is a good overall toning and aerobic conditioning exercise.

4. Swimming, or a variety of movements in the water. Water provides a great, low impact environment for exercise. If you have access to a pool, this is another good option for aerobic conditioning and overall toning.

So, if you're not a weight trainer, or perhaps you're taking a break from weight training, these are great exercises to help you incorporate overall muscle toning exercises into your aerobic workouts.

Keeping yourself hydrated while working out will make it even more effective. Don't forget to drink plenty of water! What I suggest is adding the juice of half a lemon 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. Now, starting working out.

Author and exercise physiologist, Greg Landry, offers free, unique, weight loss and fitness articles and his "Fast and Healthy Weight Loss" Newsletter at his site.

copyright 2004 by Greg Landry, M.S

Bring Awareness To Your Generosity

"Generosity lies less in giving much than in giving at the right moment."

-- Jean De La Bruyère

While it’s important to give, it’s also essential that we not give more than we can afford. Only you can determine the appropriate amount of time or money you can give away, but it should not cause you hardship. We need to respect our own needs as well as the needs of others.

When do you give more than you can afford?

"Generosity is another quality which, like patience, letting go, non-judging, and trust, provides a solid foundation for mindfulness practice. You might experiment with using the cultivation of generosity as a vehicle for deep self-observation and inquiry as well as an exercise in giving."

-- Jon Kabat Zinn

All Natural Sugar Free Holiday Wassail (A Holiday Tradition)
(makes 18 servings)

Skill Level: Easy

This recipe is Great and brings me back to my Western European upbringing. Wassail is defined as a salutation or toast given in drinking someone's health or as an expression of good will at a festivity. The drink used in such toasting was commonly an ale or wine spiced with roasted apples and sugar to have with or after the Holiday dinner. It's one of our great Holiday traditions
and I invite you to make it one of yours.

2 cups Steviva Brand Stevia Blend
A very small dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
4 cups water
2 cinnamon sticks
1 slice fresh ginger root
4 cups orange juice
2 cups lemon juice
8 cups apple juice
8 whole allspice berries
1 tablespoon whole cloves

In a large saucepan, combine sugar and water. Boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and add cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, cloves, and ginger. Cover and let stand in warm place for 1 hour.

Strain liquid into a large pot. Just before serving, add juices and cider and quickly bring to boil. Remove from heat and serve.

Option: Add good Brand to taste

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