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November 19, 2006

Slimming Lessons
great ways ways to go from thick to thin

Recently, as part of a research project, I reviewed hundreds of weight-loss studies and found some surprising ways in which nutrition science is remarkably clear and straightforward. So, with apologies to Dr. Atkins, Suzanne Somers, and all the other noted weight-loss experts, I humbly present the undisputed masters of the midsection.

1. To lose weight, you must cut calories
The low-fat/low-carbohydrate debate comes down to this: You still have to eat fewer calories than you burn if you want to lose weight. Every study I looked at shows this. The perfect weight-loss diet is the one you can live with, whether you cut fat, carbs, or some combination.

2. Use whey to cut waist 
Protein-rich foods put more distance between hunger pangs. And the fuller you feel between meals, the easier it is to avoid binges.

The best food for appetite destruction: whey protein. A daily shake made with two scoops of whey protein, fruit (fresh or frozen berries or a banana), and water or crushed ice will improve your middle line. You can buy whey protein at any good health-food store.

3. Meat kills fat 
When you eat, your body has to expend calories to digest the food. Protein causes this inner fire to burn the hottest, followed by carbohydrates, followed by fat. Animal proteins increase thermogenesis more than vegetable proteins, so the best calorie-burning foods are lean meats. So eat some protein at each meal--build your dinner around lean chicken, beef, or pork. That way, you're burning the most calories through digestion at the end of the day, when your metabolism is slower.

4. If it's fryin', you're dyin' 
One thing that every weight-loss researcher and diet-plan author can agree on: Highly refined carbohydrates, such as fructose-sweetened beverages and low-fiber breads, are a terrible idea. Among the many sins of Mountain Dew and Twinkies is the way they cause your blood sugar to spike soon after eating. What goes up fast comes down fast, and you end up feeling tired and hungry much sooner than you should.

Now we know of a way to make refined carbohydrates even worse: Fry them. Researchers have found a suspected carcinogen called acrylamide in such products as potato chips and french fries.

A "suspected" carcinogen isn't the same as a proven carcinogen, such as tobacco smoke. But anytime I get a chance to talk you out of eating worthless snack foods, I do it.

5. Food goes farther with fiber
Fiber's effect is the opposite of snack foods'. When you have fiber in your stomach, food takes longer to enter the bloodstream, and your blood-sugar level stays steady.

The benefits: You'll have a more consistent energy supply and less between-meal hunger. The only potential downside is that you won't get as much reading done in the bathroom. What slows down your blood sugar at the front end speeds things up at the back end. I could give you the usual riff about eating more broccoli and raisin bran, but you can safely and easily take in more fiber by using a supplement. (MD Labs' Fiber-Psyll is a good one; go to MDlabs.com.) Start with 7 to 12 g a day, mixing some with water and drinking it before your main meals.

6. Count on calcium 
Recently, nutrition researchers discovered that dairy and other calcium-rich foods help you stay lean, prevent osteoporosis, and possibly prevent colon cancer. The recommendation is to take in 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams (mg) of calcium a day. (A cup of milk contains 300.) Unfortunately, too much calcium may increase the risk of prostate cancer. The tragic number seems to be 600 mg a day from dairy products.

7. Use omega-3 fats 
Each year, we learn more about the health benefits of omega-3 polyunsaturated fats, which are found in fish, nuts, seeds, and flaxseed and fish oils.

These health benefits--less risk of heart disease and diabetes, for example--are great on their own. But omega-3 fats contribute to a better physique as well. For example, omega-3s reduce inflammation throughout your body. That not only prevents heart attacks (inflammation in the tissues surrounding blood vessels is a major cause) but also helps your muscles recover faster from workouts.

8. Drink More Water
Keeping yourself hydrated will help wash away the fat and additional proteins you are eating. 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.

9. Make a plan
Next time you read a weight-loss story in a newspaper or magazine, count the number of disparaging references to popular diets. Based on the way diet gurus trash their competitors, you'd think there was no plan on earth that actually works. But the truth is that you can't lose weight without a diet.

You must have a plan. The more sophisticated it is, and the more tailored to your likes and dislikes, the better. You can't wing it and expect to see results. I won't offer you the perfect weight-loss regimen, because research has yet to discover one. But even the worst plan is more likely to succeed than no plan at all.

Thank you for your patronage.

Have a sensational week!

Thom King
Steviva Brands, Inc.


Success Is The Result of Well Directed Energy
Max Steingart

The first rule of success, and one that supersedes all others, is to have energy.

It's important to know how to concentrate it. Focus your energy on important matters instead of frittering it away on meaningless things.

Nothing will add more power to your life then concentrating all your energies on a limited set of goals. You must focus the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve if you truly want to be successful.

Gather in your resources, rally all your faculties, marshall all your energies, focus all your capacities upon attaining your objectives. You must be single minded, and drive for the things you have decided upon.

The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus.


Green Tea Potent in Fighting Cancer

A new study indicates green tea's ability to fight cancer is even more potent and varied than scientists have suspected.

Researchers say they've discovered chemicals in green tea that shut down one of the key molecules that tobacco relies upon to cause cancer. It's a find that could help explain why people who drink green tea are less likely to develop cancer.

The finding by scientists at the University of Rochester's Environmental Health Science Center appears in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, published by the American Chemical Society.

Steviva Brands, Inc. sells a Green tea called Yerba Mate (pronounced "yerba mahtay"). Yerba Mate is a medicinal and cultural drink of ancient origins.

Introduced to the world by the Guarani Indians of South America, Mate contains ingredients that help keep its drinkers healthy and energetic. More than a drink, Yerba Mate has become a cultural phenomenon throughout South America. Its benefits are obvious. In Buenos Aires, where people carry their Mate with them throughout the day, the site of an obese person is rare.

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Dance Through Your Day

"Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans: it’s lovely to be silly at the right moment."

-- Horace

Today, we invite you to do the Take-Your-Time Tango. In his book ‘Games for the Soul,’ Drew Leder challenges us to dance through our days with the graceful, slow elegance of a tango dancer.

Slow down a notch," Leder counsels. "Do whatever you do in a calm and leisurely fashion. ... As much as possible, don’t be driven by inner fear, external deadlines, or rushed companions to stumble through a speeded-up dance. Act as if you have all the time in the world. Come to think of it, you do: No one else has any more hours."

So stand (or sit) tall. Raise your chin as you gather your full concentration, dignity and self confidence to glide smoothly and beautifully through the day.

"We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life."

-- Martha Graham


All Natural Low Glycemic Sugar Free Chai Tea
Makes 12 servings
Carbs Per Serving: 1.8 g
Prep Time:<15 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

I made a great Chai Tea. When I make it the whole house smells like the fragrant herb that make this spiced tea extremely delicious and comforting to the soul. One taste and you will be hooked. You can enjoy it warm or iced.

12 Cups Water
1 ½ Cup Whole Milk
½ Cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a very small dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
8 Tea Bags
2 Tsp. Cinnamon
½ Tsp. Ginger
½ Tsp. Black Pepper
½ Tsp. Allspice
¾ Tsp. Nutmeg
1-1 ½ Tsp. Vanilla Extract

In a saucepan/pot, mix all other ingredients, and bring to a boil.
Once mixture has come to a FULL boil turn the heat off and briskly mix in the shake mix/water.
Cover with a lid and let steep for 5 mins.

Make sure that you strain this before drinking. You can adjust the spices to taste, and include other spices, such as anise, cardamom, and lemon or orange zest.

Nutritional Facts
Total Calories: 298
Calories Per Serving: 24.9
Total Fat: 16.2g
Saturated Fat: 10.2g
Cholesterol: 68mg
Sodium: 240mg
Total Carbohydrates: 22g

Carbohydrates Per Serving: 1.8g
Dietary Fiber: 0.0
Sugars: 22g
Protein: 16g

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