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December 31, 2006

Ringing In The New Year With a New You
bidding farewell to the past and greeting the new year with optimism

2006 was certainly a very strange year. It was filled with violence and fear for some of the world. For others 2006 was a good year but, we are now prepared to bid farewell to 2006 and welcome in a great new 2007.

What I have learned over the years is that it is nearly impossible to change the world and if that was your desire it will take every moment of your life to do. Most of us have the desire but, not the wherewithal. What has worked for me is the philosophy of “circle of influence”. Each of us has a circle of friends or acquaintance that can be influenced in a positive way. I discourage you from trying to impose your will on your circle but, instead lead by example. In essence change begins with you.

Here are a few tips on creating positive change in yourself which will ultimately affect your circle thus making the world a better place one circle at a time.

1. Attitude determines altitude. Your attitude is everything. You get what you expect. You increase the likelihood of success when you expect it. So expect good things in 2007 and focus on the good.

2. Start every day with a six-pack. Not that kind of six pack but, the kind of six pack that gets you headed in the right direction. Think of it as your daily To Do List. Highlight the six most important things and knock them out first. Don’t sweat it if you can’t get you whole list done; simply roll it into the next day.

3. Cut yourself a break. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Take time throughout the day to have a cup of tea, take a few deep breaths, get centered and reflect on what's working and what's not working in your day.

4. Make exercise a daily priority. Exercise reduces stress and builds self-esteem. It also helps you recharge so you can prepare to take on the next day. Starting your day with some kind of physical activity for at least 20 minutes will create a profound effect.

5. Work smarter not harder. Learn to let the unimportant things go. Focus on your priorities. If it doesn't need to be done today - it shouldn't even be on your list. It's easy to start something. The challenge is in completing it. If you can't complete it, why start it. Focus on the priorities and concentrate on getting them done. To get more done, you may have to do less.

6. Journal your ideas. Get an idea book. Go out and buy a notebook and plan to keep it in your car. Form the habit of reflecting and jotting your thoughts and ideas in your notebook. This type of reflective writing builds inner strength for the author and is an amazing tool for reviewing the year and your accomplishments.

8. Read and achieve. Invest at least 15 minutes every day reading about your interests. Books, magazine articles, and even web sites, can make a big difference over time. Listen to tapes and CD while commuting. Fill your mind with positive and motivational content. You will become what you read and hear. You will also become what you think about most. So, when you're reading make sure you're thinking positive thoughts.

In conclusion, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. If you want 2007 to be way better than 2006 you can't do in 2007 what you did in 2006.

Plan your work and work your plan and you will find 2007 to be so much better than 2006.

Here’s to a great New Year and a great new you!

Have an excellent day.

Thom King
Steviva Brands, Inc.


Dream of a Successful New Year
Max Steingart

Your dreams are a vision of where you'll be after the battle; your prize at the end of your journey to success. Your goals are the steps you take to finally attain your prize. Unless you're willing to work hard and establish some discipline in your life, all of your dreams will be pipe dreams, little mental fantasy trips that will never materialize.

Make concrete steps toward fulfilling your ultimate dream, and start with solid objectives called goals. Your dreams are where you want to go, your goals are how you get there. The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.

Don't be afraid to think big and dare to be great. Dreamers are not content with mediocrity. They never dream of going half way. People with dreams and goals succeed because they know where they're going.


Achy New Year? 10 Hangover Cures!

It’s New Year’s Eve and you’re living it up. From oversized glasses of red wine to pints of imported beer to tumblers of mixed drinks, you gulp whatever the host or hostess gives you.

Sure you may start out slow. But as the hours roll by, you pick up the pace and begin to throw caution to the wind. By the time the crowd counts down to midnight, the Times Square ball isn't the only thing ready to drop.

Yes, you've had a blast. Unfortunately, there's got to be a morning after...

For many of us, partying too hard can lead to the dreaded hangover. If you’ve ever suffered a hangover, you know the symptoms far too well: dry mouth... pounding head... upset stomach. Hangovers are so common you’ll find a shelf of "remedies" at most supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores.

While there are many factors that lead to a hangover (dehydration, over-stimulation of the nervous system, dilation of the blood vessels, etc.), one of the leading determiners is how much you drink and how fast you drink it.

What you drink also plays a role. Traditionally, the darker and sweeter drinks (rum, bourbon, red wine) are notorious for causing wicked hangovers. But sticking to beer or vodka doesn’t guarantee you’ll be hangover-free either.

The main factor is how much you drink the night before, but there may be factors from the night before too. Everybody has been in the situation where they had a certain amount to drink one night and felt fine the next day and then had the same amount to drink another night but woke up feeling lousy. It may have to do with how fast you drink or how much you eat or the types of food you eat. For example, high-fat foods are said to absorb alcohol better. But hands down moderation is your best ally when it comes to warding off hangovers.

Pace Yourself
A good pace is probably two drinks the first hour and one drink every hour after that. Once you get past the zone, the negatives associated with alcohol start to mount up. After two drinks, you might be feeling fine and you figure two more drinks will make you feel twice as fine, but it doesn’t work that way. After two to three drinks, the negative effects start to creep in.

Here are some popular ways used to prevent the “cocktail flu.”

1. The most common sense answer to preventing a hangover is to drink moderately. Also, alternate alcohol with non-alcoholic beverages. This will help you stay hydrated.

2. Eat. Put something in your stomach to absorb the alcohol.

3. Avoid mixing drinks.

4. Taking evening primrose oil the night before.

5. Taking vitamins B and C the night before.

6. Eat honey.

7. Beware of aspirin. It may be helpful for the headache, but it may further irritate your stomach.

8. Avoid Tylenol. When mixed with alcohol, Tylenol can cause some potentially serious liver problems.

9. Drink plenty of fluids. Gatorade is a wise choice, since it can help in replacing electrolytes that are depleted when drinking.

10. Know when to say when. That last drink could be the one to push you over the edge. If you still feel like drinking, opt for a club soda or another non-alcoholic beverage.

Maybe the preventative measures you took weren’t exactly fail-proof. There is still hope. Here are some of the most common ways used to cure the hangover blues.

1. DO NOT rely on the hair of the dog. Drinking more alcohol to nurse a hangover is a bad idea. While it may ease symptoms due to the rebound effect that brings the nervous system back down, the problems associated with it far outweigh the benefits. Drinking in the morning is a warning sign that you are developing a serious problem with alcohol.

2. Time is the only surefire cure.

3. Keep yourself hydrated! 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.

4. Try caffeine the morning after. This may help with the headache. On the downside, it can irritate the stomach.

5. Take a shower. This will get rid of that grungy feeling that lingers after a night of drinking.

6. Eat something light. Fruit, toast and cereal are a good idea. There are also people, who swear by tomato-based products, like spaghetti and tomato sauce or V8.

7. Take B complex vitamins.

8. Try Alka-Seltzer, Hangover Helper or Professor Seltzer.

9. Cut down light and noise to ease light sensitivity and head pain.

10. Sleep it off. If someone has a hangover, there’s a good chance they didn’t sleep well the night before. Sleep is also a good way to pass the time while your hangover wears off.


Finding Contentment In The New Year

"When the sun rises, I go to work. When the sun goes down, I take my rest. I dig the well from which I drink. I farm the soil which yields my food. I share creation. Kings can do no more."

-- Chinese proverb

Do you sense the peace and contentment that can come from an appreciation of one’s place in the cosmos?

How do we get there with the complexities and pressures of our current lifestyles? Perhaps it’s a matter of becoming aware of what we truly have as opposed to what our egos believe we need. If we look closely, we may find that our ego ‘needs’ are just desires.

When you find yourself longing for something, stop and ask, "What is missing from my life? Is it a need? What are the essential qualities of what I seek? How can I experience that now?"

"If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gouty foot."

-- John Bunyan

"Try to be like the turtle -- at ease in your own shell."

-- Bill Copeland


Sugar Free Vegetable Potstickers with Dipping Sauce
Serves: 10
Carbs Per Serving: 6.4 g
Prep Time:<15 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

6 dried black shiitake mushrooms
3 cups green cabbage
1 cup purple cabbage
1 large carrot, shredded
4 medium green onions, chopped
1 teaspoon grated gingerroot
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
30 won ton wrappers

Horseradish Dipping Sauce
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
2 teaspoons grated gingerroot
1 teaspoon
Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a very tiny dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
1 1/2 teaspoons rice vinegar

Mix all dipping sauce ingredients together, cover and put in the refrigerator. Soak mushrooms in hot water about 20 minutes or until soft. Drain, rinse and squeeze out excess water. Remove and discard stems, and dice caps. Spray nonstick

skillet or wok with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, green and purple cabbage, carrots, green onions, gingerroot and garlic and stir-fry about 4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Stir in sesame oil and soy sauce and cool.

Brush edges of 1 wonton wrapper with water (keep remaining wonton wrappers covered to keep moist). Place 1-tablespoon vegetable mixture on center of skin, fold bottom corner of wrapper of wonton over filling to form a triangle. Pinch folded edges together. Keep filled won tons covered to keep moist. Repeat with remaining won tons and vegetable filling.

Place pot stickers on heatproof plate and place plate on a rack in steamer. Cover and steam over boiling water for 15 minutes.

Nutritional Facts
Total Calories: 1669
Calories Per Serving: 166.9
Total Fat: 9.1g
Saturated Fat: 1.5g
Cholesterol: 45mg
Sodium: 2877mg
Total Carbohydrates: 344g

Carbohydrates Per Serving: 34.4g
Dietary Fiber: 26.8g
Sugars: 38g
Protein: 56g

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