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June 25, 2006

Mind, Body and Spirit - June 25, 2006

Does Low Carb Really Work?
if done properly it can change your life

Low carb diets are diet programs that are designed to promote weight loss while at the same time attempting to restrict the consumption of carbohydrates. The idea behind a low carb diet is that the consumption of carbohydrates is linked to obesity and increased insulin levels. Some nutritionists share various opinions regarding the validity and safety of a low carb diet, while others rely on the seemingly strong evidence that lends truth to the claim that a low carb diet can actually promote weight loss.

A low carb diet is specifically geared toward eliminating or reducing the foods that contain sugar, grains and starches. Because each of these products are categorized as carbohydrates, they are replaced with various other foods containing increased levels of fat and protein. Many dieters include vegetables as part of a healthy diet and even though they too are considered to be carbohydrates, vegetables are thought to be healthier than grains.

There are two sides to the low carb theory, however, with individuals who oppose and those who agree with the approach. Specifically, those opposed to the use of a low carb diet may recognize the risks and possible side effects, including headaches, fatigue, nausea, dizziness and/or dehydration. Some believe that the replacement of cholesterol and foods high in saturated fat my increase the risk of developing heart disease. There are also some concerns that kidney problems may ensue as a result of the organs becoming overworked, but there are no scientific studies to support this theory as of yet.

Over the past 10 years studies have reviled the low carb and low glycemic diets are effective in affecting weight loss. And you can do this safely by adding fibrous food or supplements to your diet as well as copious amounts of water. Water helps wash out the fats and proteins that build up in your system. 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.

Have an excellent day.

Thom King
President
thom.king@steviva.com
Steviva Brands, Inc.

YOUR MIND

Do The Next Thing
Max Steingart

Keeping a little ahead of conditions is one of the secrets of business. The time to repair your roof is when the sun is shining. Try to do things before they need to be done.

Let your advance worrying become advance thinking and planning. Position yourself ahead of time in the best place for you.

You'll gain the advantage in any situation through one medium: time When you think ahead of any approaching action you'll always have the advantage. You'll be the winner.

When you do what is necessary, all the odds are in your favor.

YOUR BODY

Will Lifting Weights Make You Bulk Up?

Lifting weights or doing strengthening activities like push-ups and crunches on a regular basis can actually help you maintain or lose weight. These activities can help you build muscle, and muscle burns more calories than body fat. So if you have more muscle, you burn more calories—even sitting still. Doing strengthening activities 2 or 3 days a week will not “bulk you up.” Only intense strength training, combined with a certain genetic background, can build very large muscles.

In addition to doing at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity (like walking 2 miles in 30 minutes) on most days of the week, try to do strengthening activities 2 to 3 days a week. You can lift weights, use large rubber bands (resistance bands), do push-ups or sit-ups, or do household or garden tasks that make you lift or dig.

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.

YOUR SPIRIT

Finding The Creator In Yourself

"Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you."

-- Shakti Gawain

We hold the power to create whatever we desire. Our ability to manifest the changes we desire depends on the depth and passion of our beliefs and on the focus of our attention.

With this understanding, we, as individuals and as society, can design a whole new future for ourselves. Our challenge is to break free of society’s world view, to truly empower our imaginations to create brand new realities. It brings a whole new meaning to ‘vision.’

What do you passionately desire for your own life? For the planet?

"By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The non-existent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired."

-- Nikos Kazantzakis

YOUR RECIPE

All Natural Sugar Free Tropical Raspberry Smoothie
Serves: 4
Carbs Per Serving: 16 g
Prep Time:<10 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Coconut milk adds an exotic twist to this refreshing morning shake. Be sure not to confuse sweetened “cream of coconut” with unsweetened coconut milk.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
4 ounces (scant 1/2 cup) silken tofu
1/2 cup fresh raspberries or berries of season, plus more for garnish
2 tb sp Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a very small dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
1 to 2 drops coconut extract, to taste
3 ice cubes
Whipped cream, for garnish

Directions:
1. Combine coconut milk, tofu, 1/2 cup raspberries, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a very small dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder and coconut extract in a blender; blend until smooth. (If you want to remove the seeds, you can strain the mixture through a sieve, then return it to the blender).

2. With the machine running, add the ice cubes, one at a time, and blend until smooth. Pour into a tall glass, and garnish with whipped cream and raspberries, if desired. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Facts Per Serving:
Serving Size: 1 cup
216 calories
8.3 g protein
32 g total fat (0.9 g saturated fat)
16.0 g carbohydrate
4.1 g dietary fiber
3.5 mg cholesterol
110 mg sodium

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June 09, 2006

All Natural Sugar Free Apple and Dried Plum Chutney

All Natural Sugar Free Apple and Dried Plum Chutney

Serves: 12

Carbs Per Serving: 16 g

Prep Time:<10 minutes


Skill Level: Easy



This chutney is loaded with nutritious ingredients and flavors that will enhance any meal. Your friends and family will savor the flavor of the mellow combination of fruits. The chutney can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 month, or spooned into hot sterilized canning jars with lids for gift-giving.


Ingredients

1/2 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium onion, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons molasses

1 cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or 1 cup of apple sauce with 1/8 teaspoon Steviva Brand Stevia Powder

2 1/2 medium apples or pears, or a combination, peeled, cored, and cubed (about 5 cups)

2 cups pitted dried plums

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger

1 large clove garlic, finely chopped

Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

1 cinnamon stick

1/2 teaspoon salt


In a large Dutch oven or sauce pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, for 5 to 7 minutes, or until soft. Add the vinegar and water, then stir in the Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or 1 cup of apple sauce with 1/8 teaspoonSteviva Brand Stevia Powder until well mixed. Add all the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the apples are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; uncover and cool for 20 minutes.


Spoon into hot sterilized canning jars with lids for gift-giving. (Can be stored in the refrigerator up to 1 month. Remove the cinnamon sticks before serving.


Nutritional Facts Per Serving:

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

216 calories

2.3 g protein

0 g total fat (0.9 g saturated fat)

16.0 g carbohydrate

7.1 g dietary fiber

3.5 mg cholesterol

110 mg sodium



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