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Make Your Holiday Diet Effective

With the season to celebrate right around the corner everyone is wondering how to stick to holiday diet. When everywhere you look there are treats, desserts and food galore, how is it possible not to overeat? Sticking to holiday diet won’t be the easiest thing to do but remember in the long run, this will […]

Mind, Body, Exercise Benefits

Along with wanting to look and feel good physically, many of us want to increase our mental and spiritual stability. Mind-body exercises combine awareness with movement to enhance both physical fitness and mental well-being. In fact, the most ancient traditions all have a mental and spiritual focus. Modern activities may also engage the mind in […]

Sugar the Bittersweet Truth

We love it; in fact, we’re born loving it, and the taste for sugar never seems to go away. But if you’ve been noticing that more and more people are discussing the evils of sugar, you’ve probably discovered that, like many delightful things in life, a little sugar is a good thing, but a lot […]

Gluten-Free Diet Gaining Popularity

Meet the latest dietary bad boy: gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. It causes some people serious health problems. But those people don’t seem to be the only ones buying the gluten-free beer and brownies suddenly for sale everywhere. Consider: • Marketers estimate that 15% to 25% of consumers want […]

Healthy Sugar Alternative is Steviva Stevia!

Sugar is sweet isn’t it? So sweet in fact many Americans are addicted and consume way too much. Whether it’s in crystalline form, or in the form of high fructose corn syrup some say it’s one of the key factors if not THE key factor in America’s obesity issues. With the ill effects of sugar […]

Embrace Christmas Without Gifts

Not every Christmas celebration involves gift exchanges. In fact, you might find that a giftless Christmas ends up being a more meaningful way to spend time with your family than one where you exchange costly gifts. Particularly in an economic depression, when people are using all their money for basic survival, it may become advisable […]

Hidden Calories in Holiday Cocktails: Try Steviva Mocktail

A glass of wine won’t affect you at all, but strong drinks are not bad only for your health, they are also harmful for your waist. Alcoholic drinks contain millions of calories. Wine, beer, vodka, and all of these drinks are combined in cocktails made throw the natural fermentation of sugar. Alcohol contains a lot […]

Gingerbread Men/House Facts and Healthy Steviva Recipe

Gingerbread has been around for a long time, but the recipes used to make it have changed considerably over the years. Initially gingerbread was made from breadcrumbs, ginger, and a sweetener, like honey. People discovered that ginger has preservative properties and used it accordingly. The recipe for gingerbread changed, and by the 15th century (the […]

Keeping the Ties of Family Tradition Together

Family traditions are, unfortunately, one of the great casualties of modern times. As families become more fragmented and disconnected, there is less time and opportunity to enjoy the simple traditions that were once a natural part of family life. Modern households often have a TV and/or computer in every room, so even a small ritual […]

Keep Stress Off Your Holiday Menu

Stress and weight gain go hand in hand, perhaps not only should you watch what you eat around this time of year, but also you should keep your stress level at a minimum. Juggling shopping, planning, work, kids, a social life, and family around the holidays can create havoc in your life, inside and out. A […]

Sugar and Healthier Natural Alternatives

The typical individual consumes between 90 – 180lbs of sugar annually. That can add up to almost half a pound per day for adults and children! Not to mention that besides sugar retreats like donuts, desserts, and soda pop, that sugar is also hidden in most processed foods like bread and condiments. This enormous consumption […]

Plan a Healthy Holiday Meal

Holidays don’t have to be a time when your healthy eating habits have to stop. One good way to stay on target with heart-healthy eating is the DASH Diet, developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. DASH, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, follows heart-healthy guidelines to limit salt or sodium, […]

Health Benefits of Wine & Reduced Sugar Holiday Mulled Wine Recipe

Health benefits: As with most alcohol, these health benefits cannot be attained if over-indulgence occurs. Be sure to keep your limit at 1-2 glasses or servings of wine today to reap the many health benefits of red wine. Watch your red wine nutrition! Empty calories in wine can cause weight gain if overdone. Enjoy your […]

Entering Into Commitment

Entering into a committed relationship is in fact a spiritual journey that we undertake with another person. Loving and committing to another person is a spiritual process whether it involves a wedding or any other type of commitment ceremony. Often when we enter into a relationship, we allow our emotions to lead us forward without […]

Weathering Winter Weight Gain

Many people tend to gain weight during the winter months. Some people joke that they are eating and sleeping more because they are getting ready to hibernate. But we do not get to crawl into a warm hiding place and sleep the fat away. In our sedentary culture, where more than half of all adults […]

Breezing Through The Holidays with a Positive Mental Attitude

Ho ho how a positive mental attitude can affect your health and holiday Nothing else contributes as much to one’s sense of well being and health as a positive mental attitude especially during the holidays. A Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) can make a crucial difference to our lives. The difference between brooding over our problems […]

Happy National Egg Nog Month

Happy National Eggnog Month! Infrequently (nay, never) have eggs and liquor been married into such a winning combination. But the pairing of egg and nog (British slang for strong ale) have become a loved and hated holiday tradition since the early nineteenth century. The traditional recipe — which relies upon dairy, eggs, sugar, nutmeg and alcohol […]

Decoding The Low Glycemic Index Diet

Much of the diet buzz in my world of middle-aged friends is about eating according to the Glycemic Index. I have become a true believer myself because the diet gets you off all refined carbohydrates and into eating more fresh food and food full of fiber. Nutrition has a significant effect on your heart and […]

The Benefits of a Low Carb/Low Sugar Diet

While the debate continues regarding the effectiveness of a low carb low sugar diet, it remains clear that it works very well for many people. By helping maintain steadier levels of insulin in the bloodstream, preventing a “sugar rush” and keeping energy levels steady, a low carb, low sugar diet has proven to be a […]

Low Glycemic Index and Protein Ideal For Dieters

New research published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that after you lose weight, the best way to not regain it is by slightly boosting your protein intake, and avoiding high-glycemic carbs, such as white rice, white pasta, and white bread. You can enjoy some low-glycemic carbs, such as beans, and very high […]

Taming The Little Devil of Overindulgence

There was a time when I told myself I would not eat another bite of sugar. But as soon as that message slipped from my conscious to my subconscious, I was doomed. Often when someone, even ourselves, tells us we can’t do something, it sets off a trigger in our brains causing us to rebel. […]

Going Nutty For Holiday Nuts

There is nothing more satisfying than eating walnuts, pecans and almonds during the holidays. They are totally delicious. Nuts a great source of plant based protein which makes them ideal for vegans and omnivores alike. They are high in fiber, antioxidants and full of monounsaturated, polyunsaturated fats and Omega 6. These are the good fats […]

5 Reasons To Kick Your Sugar Habit

Why refined sugars are bad for you So you consider yourself a pretty healthy person? You exercise regularly. You don’t smoke and keep drinking to a minimum. You have cut down on fried foods, but have you tried kicking sugar to the curb? As you might have already found out, saying good-bye to that pesky […]

Is it the Demise of the Low Carb Diet?

It seems that not a day goes by that doesn’t bring another report about the “demise” of the low-carb diet. Sometimes it seems the time has come and gone for eating a high-protein diet. I have been eating low-carb for almost a decade now, and since my medical tests indicate that I am quite healthy, […]

Making Your Own Diet Soda

no more chemical sweeteners, great refreshing taste One of our good clients sent us the following question: Thanks for your encouragement – your newsletter is terrific. I hate to impose on your time but I hope you might be able to help me out with some information. The one thing I really miss is a […]

The Importance of Lean Proteins

Increase your lean proteins for health As the New Year closes in on us, perhaps one of your resolutions will be to lose a little holiday weight. I know it is one of mine. I would like to emphasize the importance of Protein. Proteins are an important source of energy. They are also a leading […]

Don’t Gift The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Perhaps you are considering giving the gift that will keep on giving. I am talking about cookies, fudge, chocolates or candy as holiday gifts. Don’t sabotage your loved ones. Show them you care about their health and well being. If you give gifts of high calorie sugar loaded foods to friends and family, I ask […]

Low Sugar Christmas Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Christmas cookies are traditionally sugar cookies though other flavors may be used based on family traditions and individual preferences. Christmas cookies are cut into various shapes related to Christmas. Since the 1930s, children have left cookies and milk on a table for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, though many people simply consume the cookies themselves. […]

Avoiding the Gift of Holiday Weight Gain

Five solid tips on curtailing the temptation of over-indulgences I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving. Wow, it’s hard to believe that a year has nearly past and the holidays are now upon us. Since the holiday season is here, Steviva Brands is here to offer you some sound advice that can certainly make a […]

Brown Bag Turkey with Herb Rub

I know what you re thinking. Cooking a turkey in a paper bag sounds crazy, I know, right? Well I have tried this myself and I can personally tell you that your turkey will turn out with crispy golden skin on the outside and juicy and succulent on the inside. The paper bag will not […]

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