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January 30, 2006

With diet drinks unappealing to some, the industry pursues its 'holy grail' — a natural product

By CAROLINE WILBERT
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 01/29/06

Elizabeth Golden doesn't even slow down as she pushes her grocery cart down the soft drink aisle at Publix in Buckhead. Golden, 60, gave up Coca-Cola a couple of years ago because of the sugar.

Why doesn't she substitute a diet version?

"I just don't think they are good for you," she explains, adding that she installed a water purification system in her home and mostly drinks water now.

Golden represents the soft drink industry's biggest fear.

Many Americans, concerned about calories, are giving up lifelong habits of drinking sugary soda. Some switch to diet soft drinks. However, some don't, either because they don't like the taste, or increasingly, because they worry about the safety of sweeteners.

Morgan Stanley analyst Bill Pecoriello says beverage companies "need to aggressively develop new sweetener solutions with more consumer appeal."

Though beverage executives will tell you that sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose have been tested and are safe, they acknowledge that many consumers still are uncomfortable with the artificial ingredients. As consumers become more focused on healthful, all-natural products, beverage companies want to ensure diet soft drink sales keep growing.

Coke Chairman and CEO Neville Isdell has said the company is searching for an all-natural sweetener, calling it "the holy grail."

Coke isn't alone. John Cahill, CEO of Pepsi Bottling Group, was asked about the quest for a natural sweetener at a recent beverage conference.

"I am aware that all the major companies are looking at these alternatives," he said. "I think it would be helpful."

Certainly, existing diet soft drinks with artificial sweeteners still are a large and profitable business for companies like Coke, Pepsi and Cadbury Schweppes, which owns Dr Pepper. Diet soft drinks were a $19 billion business in 2004, according to Beverage Digest.

And the diet market has continued to grow, despite decades of controversy about whether artificial sweeteners are bad for people.

Concerns about saccharin, one of the first artificial sweeteners, have been around for nearly a half-century. The Food and Drug Administration sought to ban it in 1977, but Congress instead required that products containing the sweetener carry a warning label that said: "Use of this product may be hazardous to your health. This product contains saccharin, which has been determined to cause cancer in laboratory animals." After additional research, the mandatory warning was rescinded in 2000.

Aspartame, also known by its brand name NutraSweet, has been controversial since the FDA approved it in the early 1980s. Though the FDA says it is one of the most thoroughly tested products ever approved, there are still groups that claim it causes everything from brain tumors to multiple sclerosis.

Sucralose, marketed as Splenda, was approved by the FDA in 1998 and has ignited its own controversy. Critics say the food industry has misled consumers into thinking the sweetener is natural, because it is derived from sugar.

Nelson Martinez, 46, a customer at the same Buckhead Publix where Golden shops, said he drinks diet sodas and particularly likes Coke Zero, which contains a blend of aspartame and acesulfame potassium. If you worry about every health report you see, he said with a chuckle, "you can't have anything."

The 'natural' trend

But more consumers today are gravitating toward products perceived as natural.

"People are increasingly nervous about what they put in their bodies," said Michael Bellas, chief executive at Beverage Marketing Corp., a consulting firm. "You are what you eat."

Among people who are drinking less regular cola, only 21 percent are drinking more diet cola, according to a report from Morgan Stanley Consumer Research. By contrast, 46 percent are drinking more bottled water.

The research also shows that 73 percent of people say at least one reason they abstain from diet drinks is they don't like the taste. The No. 2 reason, with 40 percent of people citing it, is that they don't like artificial sweeteners.

The problem is that developing an all-natural, good-tasting sweetener without calories is no easy task.

"They don't call it the holy grail for no reason," said Craig Petray, CEO of NutraSweet, which sells aspartame to thousands of companies, including the major soft drink players. "It is very hard to get to."

Petray said NutraSweet's former owner, Monsanto Co., researched all-natural sweeteners in the 1990s but gave up, deciding to focus on new artificial sweeteners, including Neotame, which NutraSweet now is marketing to food and beverage companies. Neotame, approved by the FDA in 2002 , is 8,000 times sweeter than sugar and can be used to enhance the taste of sugar.

Petray said he thinks the next major change will be the use of such sweetener enhancers, which would allow soft drink companies to put less sugar in regular soft drinks but get the same taste. Therefore, as an example, 8 ounces of Pepsi might have 80 calories instead of 100.

If Petray believed a viable all-natural sweetener could make it to the market in five or 10 years, he would be working on it, he said.

The artificial sweeteners on the market today, things like Splenda, saccharin and aspartame, actually do have calories. The key is that they are high-intensity sweeteners, meaning that they are significantly sweeter than sugar. Because of the intense sweetness, a very small amount of the sweetener is needed, making the caloric content so small as to be essentially zero, said Sara Risch, an expert in food science and a professor at Michigan State University. Most diet soft drinks have such a low caloric content that their labels say zero calories.

Risch said nobody has discovered a sweetener in nature with the necessary level of intensity.

'A very difficult challenge'

High-intensity sweeteners therefore are made by chemically altering an existing substance. For instance, the relatively new sweetener Splenda is sucrose, or sugar, that has been chemically altered with chlorine.

The trick, Risch said, would be to find a natural substance, likely a plant or bacteria, that could be altered through a natural process, such as fermentation.

"It is a very difficult challenge, but if they solve it, it will be a phenomenal breakthrough," Risch said.

There are sweeteners out there that are natural with nearly zero calories. However, the consensus is that the sweeteners don't taste good enough to appeal to mainstream consumers. The most well-known is stevia, which comes from a plant in South America. Stevia is sweeter than sugar and is known for its strong licorice taste. Stevia has not been approved by the FDA for use in drinks and food in the United States but is approved for use as a dietary supplement.

Coke isn't commenting on specific plans or research.

Coke spokeswoman Kari Bjorhus said, "We're confident in the quality and safety of sweeteners in use today, but we are always interested in new sweetener options that might offer a different taste profile or be more appealing to some people."

A Pepsi spokesman also declined to comment on anything specific the company might be looking into.

"We offer a wide variety of low-calorie beverages that taste great and help people cut calories or maintain their weight," said Dave DeCecco at Pepsi. "We're already using several low-calorie sweeteners in these products and if a new sweetener is developed, we'll certainly consider using it."

All Natural Sugar Free Cherry Chutney with Ginger



All Natural Sugar Free Cherry Chutney with Ginger

Serves: 12

Prep Time:<20 minutes

Skill Level: Easy



Delicious served as an accompaniment to poultry or pork, this spicy chutney recipe also makes a terrific appetizer spread when served over a block of cream cheese.


Ingredients:

2 (12 ounce) packages frozen, unsweetened cherries (or 3 cups dried unsweetened cherries)

1/3 cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend (optional 1/32 tsp. Steviva Brand Stevia Powder and 1/3 cup of apple sauce)

1 tablespoon molasses

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1 large red onion, thinly sliced

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon salt

1-1/2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger



3/4 teaspoon mustard seed

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1 (4-inch) cinnamon stick


Instructions:

Place all the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer, uncovered, about 30 minutes to blend the flavors and to develop the chutney consistency. Frozen cherries may require an additional 10 minutes of cooking. Stir as needed during the cooking.


This recipe will keep for weeks in the refrigerator.


Nutritional Facts Per Serving:

44 calories

1 g protein

0 g total fat (1.9 g saturated fat)

1.8 g carbohydrate

1.2 g dietary fiber

0 mg cholesterol

10 mg sodium


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Here's sugar alternative you can grow at home

Q. What is the herb that can be used instead of sugar? Can we grow it here in Cabarrus County? This herb is called stevia that is a common name for Stevia rebaudiana, a non-nutritive sweetener. For centuries, South American people have been using stevia leaves to sweeten their food, beverages and even medicines.

Stevia is about 10 times sweeter than sugar. The stevia substitution equivalence is as follows:

Sugar Stevia

1 cup 1 teaspoon

1 tablespoon 1/4 teaspoon

1 teaspoon 1/16 teaspoon

As you can see by the equivalent measures, you can get the effect of sugar's sweetness with much less stevia, and stevia has zero calories.

Although used extensively in other countries, stevia is not sold as a sweetener in the United States. You can buy stevia in packages at local health food stores, where it is sold as a dietary supplement, or you can grow your own.

It is a perennial plant, but in our climate we have to grow it as an annual or as a houseplant. It is difficult to grow from seed, so most people purchase small plants.

Here is how to incorporate it into your garden space:

• Wait until all danger of frost is past before transplanting stevia into your garden.

• Rows should be about 20 to 24 inches apart, and plants need to be spaced about 18 to 20 inches apart. Stevia can grow about 30 inches tall, so be sure to take into account your sun/shade ratio.

• Soil amendments are similar to that of most garden plants, so adding some compost and fertilizer will enhance the growing process.

• The root system is somewhat shallow, and given the plant height of 30 inches, you may have to use some support for mature plants. It is important to keep the stalks upright. Also, the root system is sensitive to excess moisture, so drainage is important, while the compost will keep the stevia from drying out.

• Fertilizer with low nitrogen content is recommended. Organic slow-release nitrogen fertilizer will work well for growing stevia.

• The sweetness value of stevia is intensified by the cool autumn weather. When you are ready to harvest the plants, they should be in their seed-bearing stage. Cut the branches and strip off the leaves. It is the leaf portion of the plant that will be used as a food sweetener.

• To process the leaves for use in food, it is important to dry them. Good air circulation is needed for the drying process, and stevia leaves can be easily dried in full sun in about 10 to 12 hours. You can use a home dehydrator, but sun drying will provide the best quality of sweetness.

• Finally, the dried leaves need to be crushed. You can do this in an electric grinder to achieve the finest texture possible.

If you want to learn more, come to the herb festival April 8, where one of the speakers will talk about stevia.
GOT A QUESTION?

Send your question for the Master Gardeners to Cabarrus Neighbors. E-mail cabarrus@charlotteobserver.com, fax it to (704) 786-2185, send regular mail to 371 Concord Parkway N., Concord, NC 28027. Or send your question directly to Cabarrus extension horticulture agent David Goforth at David_Goforth@ncsu.edu, call him at (704) 920-3320 or fax to (704) 792-0539.
Carmen Mallette is a Cabarrus County Master Gardener Volunteer. Master Gardeners Q&A is a regular feature in which the Master Gardener Volunteers of Cabarrus County answer your questions about gardening. The Master Gardeners receive special training through the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, then volunteer their expertise to residents throughout the county.

January 18, 2006

Author Says Uncle Sam Is Making Us Fat

By Deborah J. Botti
For the Times Herald-Record

The supermarket basket says it all. Chips and cookies, soda and processed foods. No fresh veggies. Nothing organic.

The story further unfolds with the people pushing those carts: heavy, often unhealthy and lethargic.

The statistics are the result: rampant obesity, sharp increases in cancer, diabetes, heart disease.

Gene Ladd, owner of Pleasant Stone Farm in Middletown, has been studying nutrition for decades. He recently came across the Department of Agriculture's food pyramid for fattening cattle.

"It began to dawn on me how similar it was to the human pyramid," he says. "But the very foods the Department of Agriculture tells us to eat have nothing to do with nutrition or our health. Money from the Treasury goes to the wealthy agricultural conglomerates to create a surplus of grains. The pyramid is made to have us use up the surplus.

"And if it makes us sick, nobody cares because that's good for the economy, too."

Rather than money, Ladd says harmony with the Earth and each other should be paramount.

That conflict is the basis for Ladd's new book, "The Amber Waves of Gain "¦ How the Government Makes Us Fat, and the Spiritual Power to Lose It."

Refined grains, refined sugar, snacks are everywhere we look.

"Don't dare suggest we eat less," Ladd says. "The lobbyists in control want a piece of the pie, and the pie keeps getting bigger, just like the servings."

Throw into the mix hormones and antibiotics fed to livestock, irradiation, chemicals used to process foods, and microwaves to cook and what you have is a malnourished nation that consumes about 10 pounds of chemicals a year per person in its typical food choices and passes on some 200 chemicals to its newborns through the umbilical cord.

What Ladd suggests in his book is a move back in time.

"Food, which can also be a gastronomic indulgence, should be primarily used to replenish the Earth and our bodies," he says.

To be nourished, people need to return to whole foods and add a good multivitamin and mineral supplement with the essential fatty acids (Omega 3-6-9). Women and teens also need more calcium.

His weight-loss plan, detailed in his book - including recipes - is built on these seven guidelines:

1. No sugar, high fructose corn syrup, honey, syrup or other sweetener. This includes all chemical artificial sweeteners such as sucralose (Splenda) or aspartame. (Stevia is allowed.)

2. Only one serving per day of whole grain.

3. No trans fatty acids or hydrogenated oils.

4. Only one fruit or serving of berries or cherries per day. Eat the whole fruit; do not juice it.

5. Eat only lean meat, poultry or fish. Trim off the fat. Eat only organic or pasture-fed, free-range meat or poultry. Eat only wild, not farm-raised, fish. Choose free-range or organic eggs.

6. Have only one or two servings of milk or dairy per day. Consume only organic milk in moderation.

7. Have no more than one root vegetable per day.

Don't have time to cook? Ladd asks how much time is spent in doctors' offices.

Don't have time to give up the microwave? He says you can turn any skillet into a quick steamer. Put a small amount of water in the bottom of the pan. Place the plate of food into it. Turn on the heat, cover, and your meal will be ready in no time.

Can't afford organic foods? Assess the processed foods in your cabinets and the drugs in your medicine cabinet.

Although this might appear difficult at first glance, Ladd believes the world can be changed in a heartbeat - and that's where his spirituality comes in.

Ladd recommends spending a little time every day being spiritual, but he doesn't presume to tell anybody how to do this. Harmony includes all religions and no religion as well.

"When we are in harmony, we create our own healing."

No sugar, high fructose corn syrup, honey, syrup or other sweetener. This includes all chemical artificial sweeteners such as sucralose (Splenda) or aspartame. Only Stevia is allowed.

January 16, 2006

Will New Mexico Legislature Ban Artificial Sweetener Aspartame? Here is the Bill That is Going to Revitalize Consumer Protection in America

(PRWEB) January 16, 2006 -- A bill to ban the neurotoxic artificial sweetener Aspartame will be introduced in the New Mexico Legislature on January 17, the first legislative ban in the USA on aspartame, by New Mexico State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino.

New Mexico Governor Richardson believes that states must take back some of the FDA's regulatory power, because "the FDA isn't doing anything," (quote: Dec.23, 2005)and "isn't doing enough to warn people about the dangers of aspartame" (quote to medical writer for Albuquerque Journal, October 5, 2005).

Richardson has already placed on the "call" (his agenda for the coming 30 day session, a bill to ban Thimerosal, the Mercury Filler used in Vaccines, and a bill to create a New Mexico Nutrition Council, with specific powers to question and challenge FDA approved products, sponsored by the President Pro Tem of the NM Senate, Ben Altamirano.

Governor Richardson can be reached at (505) 827-3000; his press sec. is Billy Sparks; his Chief of Staff is David Contarino; Senator Ortiz y Pino is at (505) 250-1280. Senator Altamirano can be reached at his office, (505) 986-4733.

Stephen Fox, author of the bill to create the Nutrition Council and the bill to ban aspartame is happy to answer questions on these 3 vital bills which could result in precipitating a new era of major breakthroughs regarding state's efforts to achieve meaningful strengthen consumer protection.

US Senator Bingaman is at (202) 224-5521, and is considering the issue of aspartame's neurotoxicity. He may ask the Senate to ask the FDA Commissioner to rescind the approval for aspartame.

The artificial sweetener, Aspartame, is a carcinogenic neurotoxin, since one of its metabolites is formaldehyde. The recent Ramazzini Foundation of Oncology’s study proves it to cause 6 kinds of cancer: this report was posted on the National Institute of Health website in November 2005.

The FDA has refused to rescind its approval, thus far, so aspartame is found in coffee sweeteners, “diet” beverages, “low-fat” yogurt, “sugarless” gum--- a total of 6000 products consumed by 70% of Americans and 40% of our children.

[Aspartame is also in over 500 children's medications; the New Mexico Pharmacy Board is considering a petition to order a ban in order to protect New Mexico's children; the Board awaits an Opinion from the NM Attorney General. In the meantime, the NM Legislature may move rapidly on this issue

Other Attorneys General, particularly Bill Lockyer of California, Eliot Spitzer of New York, and Mike Hatch of Minnesota, comprehend the level of consumer protection necessary to protect health.

Lockyer is suing 9 mega fast food corporations to require labeling every bag of French fries stating: "This product contains a chemical which is known to the state of California to cause cancer." Heating potato starch to 400 degrees turns it to carcinogenic acrylamide.

When New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer on June 1 was informed about our aspartame/FDA efforts, he immediately replied: "the FDA is a joke!"

UK Parliament member from Wales, Roger Williams, on December 14, 2005, asked Parliament for a total United Kingdom ban on aspartame citing recent proof of its neurotoxicity.

The New Mexico Bill will be introduced on the Opening Day of the session, and when Governor Richardson officially puts this bill on the agenda, the FDA will immediately move toward rescinding aspartame's approval. Industries should switch to Stevia or Xylitol, both non-toxic natural sweeteners, and they wouldn’t have to lose any profits.

Stephen Fox
217 W. Water, Santa Fe, NM 87501 505 983-2002

January 10, 2006

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Sugar Free All Natural Gingersnaps
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skill level: Easy

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups almond flour
1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons whole grain flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup softened butter
2/3 cup Apple Sauce
1/8 Teaspoon All Natural Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
3 teaspoon dark molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
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Instructions:
Preheat oven to 300°F.
Cream butter with applesauce, molasses, and Steviva Brand Stevia Powder in a large bowl. Add spices and mix well. Set aside.
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Bake at 300°F for 24 minutes. After first five minutes in the oven, press cookies down a bit flat. If using Steviva Brand Stevia Blend for baking to sprinkle tops, do this now. Continue baking, being careful not to burn and adjusting time for your oven.

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1 g protein
1 g total fat (1.9 g saturated fat)
1.4 g carbohydrate
2 g dietary fiber
0 mg cholesterol
1 mg sodium

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January 1, 2006

Mind, Body and Spirit - January 1, 2006

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The First Week of the New Year

Are you still penciling out those New Years resolutions? Well… here’s a few tip to help you through the struggle. In order to embrace the new, we must release the old. A trapeze artist can not swing from one bar to another without letting go. An important part of moving forward in this New Year is to review the past year—to release it--and to learn from it.

To go where we wish to go and be whom we wish to be, we need to know where we are and who we are. An honest self-analysis is always helpful to gain clarity. Considering all that happened in 2005, it seems particularly fitting to devote some time to reflecting on the year past and where we find ourselves in the dawn of this new year ahead.

The following questions should stimulate your thinking for this process. I hope that you take time out of your busy schedule to ponder where you are and where you've been. Talk with people you care about. Write out your thoughts and feelings. Do some journaling.

Reflect upon what you did, how you felt, what you liked, what you didn't and what you learned. Try to look at yourself and your experience with as much objectivity as you can-much like a biographer would.

Here are some suggestions to get you started in mulling over the past year-perhaps the last decade. Feel free to add your own.

1. What did I learn? (skills, knowledge, awareness, etc.)

2. What did I accomplish? A list of my wins and achievements.

3. What would I have done differently? Why?

4. What did I complete or release? What still feels incomplete to me?

5. What were the most significant events of the year past? List the top three.

6. What did I do right? What do I feel especially good about? What was my greatest contribution?

7. What were the fun things I did? What were the not-so-fun?

8. What were my biggest challenges/roadblocks/difficulties?

9. How am I different this year than last?

10. For what am I particularly grateful?

Another Suggestion: Consider listing all the things in your life of which you'd like to let go--anything you no longer want. Give thanks for what they've brought you in terms of learning and usefulness and then burn the list. It's a symbolic gesture to help you release the old and be open to the new. The next step is to list what you DO want-experiences, knowledge, material things, relationships, healings,
whatever.

In doing this, you'll be using the principle of vacuum--releasing what you don't want and embracing what you do. Some friends of mine lit a bonfire and burned their lists as well as a few other articles that represented something they no longer desired in their lives. One of them burned an old (and too big) article of clothing to symbolize a less-than-impeccable wardrobe and garments that belong to a heavier person than they will be in the coming year.

I'm confident that anything you can do to make this year more dramatic in terms of your own personal and spiritual growth will be valuable.

Make this a great New Year.

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Using Your Inner Guidance System
By: Brian Tracy

You have incredible powers of mind and emotions that give you timely and accurate feedback in every area of your life.

In this newsletter, you learn how to “tune in” to yourself so you can make the right decision in every situation.

Using Your Inner Guidance System
We know that the body has a natural bias toward health and energy. It’s designed to last for 100 years with proper care and maintenance. When something goes wrong with any part of our body, we experience it in the form of pain or discomfort of some kind.

We know that when our body is not functioning smoothly and painlessly, something is wrong, and we take action to correct it. We go to a doctor; we take pills; we undergo physical therapy, massage or chiropractic. We know that if we ignore pain or discomfort for any period of time, it could lead to something more serious.

How To Tell Right From Wrong
In the same sense, nature also gives us a way to tell emotionally what’s right for us and what’s wrong for us in life. Just as nature gives us physical pain to guide us to doing or not doing things in the physical realm, nature gives us emotional pain to guide us toward doing or not doing things in the emotional or mental realm. The wonderful thing is that you’re constructed so that if you simply listen carefully to yourself—to your mind, your body and your emotions—and follow the guidance you’re given, you can dramatically enhance the quality of your life.

Just as the natural physical state of your body is health and vitality, your natural emotional state is peace and happiness. Whenever you experience a deviation from peace and happiness, it’s an indication that something is amiss. Something is wrong with what you’re thinking, doing or saying. Your feeling of inner happiness is the best indicator you could ever have to tell you what you should be doing more of and what you should be doing less of.

The Messenger
Unhappiness is to your life as pain is to your body. It is sent as a messenger to tell you that what you’re doing is wrong for you.

Very often, you’ll suffer from what has been called “divine discontent.” You’ll feel fidgety and uneasy for a reason or reasons that are unclear to you. You’ll be dissatisfied with the status quo. Sometimes, you’ll be unable to sleep. Sometimes, you’ll be angry or irritable. Very often, you’ll get upset with things that have nothing to do with the real issue. You’ll have a deep inner sense that something isn’t as it should be, and you’ll often feel like a fish on a hook, wriggling and squirming emotionally to get free.

Divine Discontent
And that is a good thing. Divine discontent always comes before a positive life change. If you were perfectly satisfied, you would never take any action to improve or change your circumstances. Only when you’re dissatisfied for some reason do you have the inner motivation to engage in the outer behaviors that lead you onward and upward.

Listen to yourself. Trust your inner voice. Go with the flow of your own personality. Do the things that make you feel happy inside and you’ll probably never make another mistake.

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

First, listen to yourself and trust your own feelings. If there is a part of your life that causes you stress and happiness, resolve to deal with it.

Second, identify those areas of your life where you are dissatisfied or frustrated for any reason. What changes should you, could you make?

Third, remember that nature wants you to be happy, healthy, popular and prosperous. Any deviation from those conditions is a signal to you that action is necessary.


Get in Shape Now
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“You don’t need to become one of those muscle-bound bruisers, nor should you be intimidated by people who can do a step class on hyperdrive for an hour straight.”

What are your fitness goals? To be strong, to feel great, to lose weight, to stay young? If you join with us and make a commitment to put a little time into the needs of your body, you'll get all these things. And you'll also get something more: an inner glow. The most surprising thing about exercise is how good it makes you feel. If you stick with it for as little as a month, amazing things are going to happen. You're going to feel more energy, you're going to notice improved strength, you may start shedding a few pounds, and you'll discover a renewed positive attitude; kind of a mental second wind.

And the great part is, it`s all pretty simple. You don't need to try to become one of those muscle-bound bruisers you see in some of the gyms, nor should you be intimidated by the zealots who can do a step class on hyperdrive for an hour straight. "The scientific evidence shows that even moderate physical activity can provide substantial health benefits," says Russel L. Pate, past president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

We're talking moderate, as in, you can do it. We're also talking simple. You don't need an advanced degree to understand the principles of fitness. There are but three things to remember. Ready?

Stretch. You need to do this to make your muscles, ligaments and tendons more flexible so you can move with greater fluidity and be less prone to aches and pains.

Lift. Pick something up. Put it down. There. That's what strength training is all about. Muscles grow in response to the demand for work. Push them a little harder than they're used to being pushed and they grow a little more. Muscles that become stronger don't necessarily show, but you sure can feel the difference.

Move. When you do any activity vigorously enough to raise your heart rate, you're actually exercising your heart, lungs and your entire circulatory system. Known as aerobic conditioning, this kind of exercise increases your capacity for any physical activity, whether dancing, sports or merely the ability to walk briskly without becoming winded.

Keeping yourself hydrated during your work 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.


Listen To Your Heart

"To know how to choose a path with heart is to learn how to follow intuitive feeling. Logic can tell you superficially where a path might lead to, but it cannot judge whether your heart will be in it."

-- Jean Shinoda Bolen

"When you have compassion and surrender to your own heart, you are surrendering to the hidden power in your heart, God. You are surrendering to love, because God is Love, the cohesive force of the universe that connects us all. Surrender is not just a religious concept; it's a power tool for listening to the voice of your spirit and following its directions. When you surrender your head to your heart, you allow your heart to give you a wider, higher intelligence perspective. Remember the phrase, ‘The real teacher is within you.’ Very simply, that teacher is to be found in the common sense of your own heart."

-- Sara Paddison

"Surrender is faith that the power of love can accomplish anything... even when you can not foresee the outcome."

-- Deepak Chopra


Sugar Free All Natural Gingersnaps
(makes 24 servings)
skill level: Easy

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups almond flour
1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons whole grain flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup softened butter
2/3 cup Apple Sauce
1/8 Teaspoon All Natural Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
3 teaspoon dark molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
Steviva Brand Stevia Blend for sprinkling on cookies (optional) Gingersnaps

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 300°F.
Cream butter with applesauce, molasses, and Steviva Brand Stevia Powder in a large bowl. Add spices and mix well. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, sift together almond flour, whole grain flower, and baking soda. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture. Combine to make a stiff dough.
Form into small balls and place on greased cookie sheet at least 1" apart.
Bake at 300°F for 24 minutes. After first five minutes in the oven, press cookies down a bit flat. If using Steviva Brand Stevia Blend for baking to sprinkle tops, do this now. Continue baking, being careful not to burn and adjusting time for your oven.

Nutritional Facts Per Cookie:
18 calories
1 g protein
1 g total fat (1.9 g saturated fat)
1.4 g carbohydrate
2 g dietary fiber
0 mg cholesterol
1 mg sodium

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