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July 16, 2006

Mind, Body and Spirit - July 16, 2006

With Honesty Comes Personal Power
keep your word and your word becomes the universe

"Honesty is the ability to match up our insides with our outsides. It allows what we don't care about to go away and what we really want to appear and develop in our lives."

This may sound corny but, the other day I was watching an episode of "24", which is my favorite show incidentally. During the show Jack Bauer, the main character was negotiating with a suspect. The guy asked for his word. Jack replied "how do you know I just won't put a bullet in you later" and the suspect replied "because I know the value of your word". As campy as this may seem it really made me think about keeping ones word and further more the extreme power of honesty.

Getting honest and learning to live openly with ourselves and others is such a big part of spiritual growth, it becomes a general principle through constant application. Honesty and integrity tells us what to do in situations that may be turning points for us. By applying spiritual principles, like honesty, we automatically make ourselves as more trustworthy, a better friend and a reliable human being. Since like attracts like, we can be honest enough for it to become our normal thing to do: an acquired learning that becomes habitual. When this happens the world opens up to us.

As we come to realize that we are loved and respected for our honesty, we can come to other truths about ourselves. Dishonesty gives others power over us. Honesty allows us to increase our personal freedom.

Honesty, as a principle, tells us to turn away from lies and falsehoods; to turn towards reality and get used to using the new power spiritual growth brings. If we honestly don't like our jobs, we change jobs. If we have amends we need to make, we become willing and make them. If we're not happy in our associations or relationships, we use the power of spiritual connection and find a way to become happy.

Awareness in itself is not honesty, but it is a prerequisite. As we slowly become aware of our actions and feelings and their consequences, we need to be honest about our motivations. We can fool others, but we can't afford to fool ourselves. As we become more aware of our actions, we begin to realize that self-awareness is indeed the key to our personal growth.

Abraham Lincoln was said to walk back several miles to a store when he noticed he had been given one penny too much in change. That was a sense of being honest and not taking what doesn't belong to you. When Lincoln returned the overpaid penny, he probably received thanks from the store owner but the real reward came in the sense of satisfaction he had in being honest. And the rest they say is "history".

Have an excellent day!


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

YOUR MIND

Difficulty Spawns Opportunity
Max Steingart

Successful people don't achieve their distinction by having some new talent or opportunity presented to them. They developed an opportunity that was at hand.

You'll find that every situation, properly perceived, offers you an opportunity.
As fast as each opportunity presents itself, use it. No matter how tiny an opportunity may be, use it.

Every problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity.

You'll find new directions when you have an open mind and a willing hand. You must make your own opportunity if you want to be successful.

YOUR BODY

Looking for Trouble
special problem zones for women

“The more muscle you pack on your frame, the faster your metabolism will be and the slimmer you'll be. ”

by Rita Trieger

Ask any woman what her biggest trouble spot is and she'll either mention her upper arms, lower stomach, or the entire hip-thigh-butt area. But it's really not our fault. Women are genetically programmed to store fat in these areas just like men get "love handles." When you factor in the passage of time, you begin to notice that skin loses elasticity, which can make troublesome areas look, well, even more troublesome! This is a war of attrition; if you turn your back on the problem, it's only going to get worse. To combat creeping obesity, a woman needs to maintain an exercise routine that builds muscle and burns calories.

We asked personal trainer Bob Shaw, owner of Physical Structure Personal Training in New York City, for some workout suggestions. If you need to lose 10 pounds or more, Bob recommends at least 45 minutes of intense aerobic training (running, walking, biking) four to five times a week, and strength training two to three times a week. You may also need to modify your diet, but make sure it's nutritionally sound - if you starve yourself you won't have enough energy to get through an ambitious workout schedule. Remember: the more muscle you pack on your frame, the faster your metabolism will be - and the slimmer you'll be - since muscle tissue burns increased calories even at rest.

So never give up or give in to time - you can age gracefully! Just follow the link below and try this specially designed workout that targets the troublesome triceps, lower abdomen and the hip-thigh-butt areas. Add it to your exercise routine and you'll start to see results in just a few weeks.

Drinking iced tea or coffee may seem like a great way to quench your summertime thirst but these beverages may end up doing just the opposite. Both act as diuretics and can cause dehydration, especially if you've been perspiring. A better choice is a tall, frosty glass of lemonade or any fresh fruit juice poured over ice - you'll get extra vitamins too. 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

Feeling Trapped? Slow down!

“If you're having difficulty coming up with new ideas, then slow down. For me, slowing down has been a tremendous source of creativity. It has allowed me to open up -- to know that there's life under the earth and that I have to let it come through me in a new way. Creativity exists in the present moment. You can't find it anywhere else.”

-- Natalie Goldberg

Feeling trapped in some way? Give yourself space. Space to do nothing but breathe. To intentionally relax those tight muscles. To just for a few precious minutes, let it all go.

The world will keep turning if you tune out for a short while. And your world will begin to recover its balance.

“It's important to be heroic, ambitious, productive, efficient, creative, and progressive, but these qualities don't necessarily nurture soul. The soul has different concerns, of equal value: downtime for reflection, conversation, and reverie; beauty that is captivating and pleasuring; relatedness to the environs and to people; and any animal’s rhythm of rest and activity.”

-- Thomas Moore

YOUR RECIPE

All Natural Sugar Free Blueberry Breakfast Shake
(makes 4 servings)

Skill Level: Easy

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups frozen blueberries (Super High In Anti-Oxidants)
2 cups apple cinnamon tea
2 scopes sugar free protein powder - vanilla
1/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a very small dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder

Directions:
Throw everything in the blender and blend until smooth. Serve right away.

Note: You can use any kind of berries that are in season but Blueberries are just coming in and they taste great. I can live off of these shakes during the Summer months.

Nutritional Facts:
148 calories (18% calories from fat)
5 g protein
8 g total fat (1.9 g saturated fat),
10 g carbohydrate,
6 g dietary fiber,
4 mg cholesterol,
189 mg sodium

Try All Natural Steviva Brand Stevia Blend and Steviva Brand Stevia Powder!


SPECIAL #1
SAVE OVER $10.00 with the Super Duper Let’s Get Acquainted Special #1. To get you familiar with our products we offer 1 - 8 ounce by volume bottle of (1.3 ounces by weight) Steviva Brand 95% Stevia Powder and 1 lb Bag of Steviva Brand Stevia Blend for cooking and baking. A $34.75 Value for only $25.00! PLUS WE WILL SHIP IT TO YOU FOR FREE! Click Here To Order!

SPECIAL #2
SAVE OVER $6.00 with the Super Duper Let’s Get Acquainted Special #2. To get you familiar with our products we offer 2 - 8 ounce by volume bottle of (1.3 ounces by weight) Steviva Brand 95% Stevia Powder. A $31.75 Value for only $25.00! PLUS WE WILL SHIP IT TO YOU FOR FREE! Click Here To Order!

SPECIAL #3
Steviva brand organic tea cut stevia leaves are approximately 40 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia leaves can be added to your favorite tea or they can be your favorite tea. We are offering 1 kilo/2.2 lbs for $29.99 our regular price is $39.95. Click here to order as many as you want.

SPECIAL #4
5 lb of Steviva Brand Organic Yerba Mate Green Tea - This stimulating herbal beverage has the unique ability to wake up the mind without the nervousness and jitters associated with coffee. It is amazing and delicious and on sale for $36.90. The regular price is $45.00 Click here to order as many as you want.


 

All Natural Sugar Free Blueberry Breakfast Shake Made with Stevia

All Natural Sugar Free Blueberry Breakfast Shake

(makes 4 servings)


Skill Level: Easy


Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups frozen blueberries (Super High In Anti-Oxidants)

2 cups apple cinnamon tea

2 scopes sugar free protein powder - vanilla

1/4 cup whole milk

1/4 cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a very small dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder



Directions:

Throw everything in the blender and blend until smooth. Serve right away.


Note: You can use any kind of berries that are in season but Blueberries are just coming in and they taste great. I can live off of these shakes during the Summer months.


Nutritional Facts:

148 calories (18% calories from fat)

5 g protein

8 g total fat (1.9 g saturated fat),

10 g carbohydrate,

6 g dietary fiber,

4 mg cholesterol,

189 mg sodium



Try All Natural Steviva Brand Stevia Blend and Steviva Brand Stevia Powder!




SPECIAL #1

SAVE OVER $10.00 with the Super Duper Let’s Get Acquainted Special #1. To get you familiar with our products we offer 1 - 8 ounce by volume bottle of (1.3 ounces by weight) Steviva Brand 95% Stevia Powder and 1 lb Bag of Steviva Brand Stevia Blend for cooking and baking. A $34.75 Value for only $25.00! PLUS WE WILL SHIP IT TO YOU FOR FREE! Click Here To Order!


SPECIAL #2

SAVE OVER $6.00 with the Super Duper Let’s Get Acquainted Special #2. To get you familiar with our products we offer 2 - 8 ounce by volume bottle of (1.3 ounces by weight) Steviva Brand 95% Stevia Powder. A $31.75 Value for only $25.00! PLUS WE WILL SHIP IT TO YOU FOR FREE! Click Here To Order!

SPECIAL #3

Steviva brand organic tea cut stevia leaves are approximately 40 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia leaves can be added to your favorite tea or they can be your favorite tea. We are offering 1 kilo/2.2 lbs for $29.99 our regular price is $39.95. Click here to order as many as you want.

SPECIAL #4

5 lb of Steviva Brand Organic Yerba Mate Green Tea - This stimulating herbal beverage has the unique ability to wake up the mind without the nervousness and jitters associated with coffee. It is amazing and delicious and on sale for $36.90. The regular price is $45.00 Click here to order as many as you want.

July 09, 2006

Mind, Body and Spirit - July 9, 2006

Are Artificial Sweeteners Safe?
nearly two thirds of the public question the safety

According to a June report by Mintel, nearly two-thirds of Americans are concerned about the safety of artificial sweeteners such as sucralose and aspartame, which could impact the direction of the sugar-free foods market.

Although sales of sugar-free products have not declined, 64 percent of Americans claim to be concerned about artificial sweeteners' safety. More statistics have recently surfaced showing that the sugar substitutes raised health concerns.

"The uncertainty [of sweeteners' safety] is not stopping people from using sugar-free products," said Marcia Mogelonsky, senior analyst for Mintel, the firm that conducted the research. "But as far as customers are concerned, moderation is key once they have chosen the substitute they feel is safest."

The sugar-free foods market in the United States has grown 24 percent since 1999, and was a $5.9 billion market in 2005. The majority of sugar-free food consumers are diabetics and people trying to lose weight. In 2002, 6 percent of the U.S. population was diabetic, while 60 percent were overweight, which spells a huge potential growth in demand for low-calorie and sugar-free foods.

However, the report also states that although sugar-free foods do not satiate the appetite as well, which can lead to increased consumptions of the foods containing potentially dangerous artificial sweeteners.

Mintel's report says there is a need for a genuinely safe sweetener, since it seems consumption of artificially sweetened foods will remain high, in spite of consumers' safety concerns.

To date, the FDA has refused to recognize stevia, a natural herbal sweetener, as a safe ingredient in foods. Stevia is widely used throughout the world as a safe, zero-calorie sweetener. In the 1990's, the FDA ordered the destruction of history books and recipe books promoting the use of stevia.

Have an excellent day!


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

YOUR MIND

Being Nice Opens All Doors
Max Steingart

There is no investment you'll ever make that will pay you so well as the effort to scatter sunshine and good cheer wherever you are.

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated. If you treat an individual as if they were what they ought to be and could be, they will become what they ought to be and could be.

Everyone thrives on being appreciated, loved and needed. There is no stimulus like that which comes from the consciousness of knowing that others believe in you.

Applaud others when they run. Console them when they fail. And cheer them when they recover.

As water is to a flower, so is praise to the heart of another.

YOUR BODY

Summer Fitness 101
your ten step plan for better fitness

Summer's here and that means bathing suit season is right around the corner. But even if you've been a little neglectful about your workouts, there's no need to panic about having to face the world nearly naked - you still have plenty of time to get in shape before you hit the beach.

Most fitness experts agree that it takes four to six weeks to see results from any new exercise plan, so if you start today you'll have five weeks before the those lazy, hazy days officially start. Here are 10 things that can help you reach your beachy best.

  1. Lift weights and do aerobics. Building muscle will raise your metabolism and tone and strengthen your body; cardiovascular exercise strengthens your heart and burns calories. Just do it.
  2. Visualize. Every time you think of skipping a workout, picture yourself in a bathing suit - the way you look now and the way you know you can look. Now go workout.
  3. Cut down on fats. Summer brings a bounty of juicy peaches, plums, berries and sun-ripened tomatoes plus a wide variety of crunchy, colorful vegetables that are low-calorie, nutrient-rich and loaded with fiber. Enjoy.
  4. Drink lots of water. If you exercise for an hour a day you lose 20 percent more fluid than you would if you just sat still and it's even higher on hot, summer days. Dehydration can cause headaches, diarrhea, muscle cramps, and exhaustion, and water is the best (no-fat, no-calorie) way to hydrate.
  5. Exercise outdoors. Research shows that being exposed to natural light can make you feel more energetic. Now that the weather is cooperating and the days are longer, go to a park or beach and run, walk, cycle, rollerblade or swim. The varied terrain will challenge your body in ways that indoor exercise machines can't.
  6. Steer clear of salty snacks. They're usually packed with fat and often leave you feeling bloated, dehydrated and generally sluggish.
  7. Divide and conquer. If you're very busy during the day and can't work out for a full hour at a time, break it up into two half-hour sessions. For example do a half hour of aerobic exercise at lunch and a half-hour of weight training after work or vice versa.
  8. Wear sunscreen. Try to avoid exercising outdoors between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the sun is at its peak, but no matter when you choose to do an outdoor workout make sure you slather on the sunscreen. Choose one with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 to 30 and put it on at least 20 minutes before going out so it has time to penetrate your skin.
  9. Workout in water. Take advantage of your visits to a pool, lake or the ocean by incorporating exercise into your leisure time. Tread water while chatting with friends, jump over ocean waves or walk laps in the pool. The added resistance of the pool water will give your legs a great workout and burn lots of calories.
  10. Make lemonade. Drinking iced tea or coffee may seem like a great way to quench your summertime thirst but these beverages may end up doing just the opposite. Both act as diuretics and can cause dehydration, especially if you've been perspiring. A better choice is a tall, frosty glass of lemonade or any fresh fruit juice poured over ice - you'll get extra vitamins too. 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

Open Your Mind To Creative Thought

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."

-- Albert Einstein

Do you know the key to creativity?

It rhymes with weed. It produces the oak tree. We often eat it or grind it up for flour. It can mean cause or origination. You guessed it. It is SEED.

Our minds love to associate one thing to another. But as we get stuck in very fixed patterns of thinking, we think of fewer and fewer connections. We are ruled by habits, associations and automatic responses. So we must stimulate our thinking with lots of different seeds to chart new paths in our brains.

“Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive.”

-- Napoleon Hill

“Anyone can look for fashion in a boutique or history in a museum. The creative explorer looks for history in a hardware store and fashion in an airport.”

-- Robert Wieder

YOUR RECIPE

All Natural Sugar Free Curried Red Pepper Soup
Serves: 6
Carbs Per Serving: 12 g
Prep Time:<15 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

1 ½ pounds red, yellow, or orange sweet peppers (about 5-6)
½ cup chopped red onion
1 cup water
2 tsp. chicken bouillon granules
1 ½ tsp. curry powder or, to taste
½ tsp. dried thyme, crushed
½ tsp. dried marjoram, crushed
1 tsp. garlic powder
3 ounces cream cheese
1 2/3 cups whipping cream
Sour cream (optional)

Halve peppers, seed, and remove internal membranes. Place on aluminium-foil covered cookie sheet and roast at 450 degrees for 10 – 15 minutes, until skins start to turn black and bubble. Place in paper bag to steam and cool. When the peppers can be handled, remove skins and slice peppers into strips and place in a pan with onion, water, bouillon granules, curry powder, thyme, marjoram and garlic. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add cream cheese cut into chunks. Puree mixture in blender or food processor until smooth. Stir in cream. To serve, swirl a teaspoon of sour cream on the top of each bowl.

Nutritional Facts Per Serving:
Serving Size: 1/2 cup
212 calories
2.3 g protein
0 g total fat (0.9 g saturated fat)
12.0 g carbohydrate
7.1 g dietary fiber
3.5 mg cholesterol
110 mg sodium

Try All Natural Steviva Brand Stevia Blend and Steviva Brand Stevia Powder!


SPECIAL #1
SAVE OVER $10.00 with the Super Duper Let’s Get Acquainted Special #1. To get you familiar with our products we offer 1 - 8 ounce by volume bottle of (1.3 ounces by weight) Steviva Brand 95% Stevia Powder and 1 lb Bag of Steviva Brand Stevia Blend for cooking and baking. A $34.75 Value for only $25.00! PLUS WE WILL SHIP IT TO YOU FOR FREE! Click Here To Order!

SPECIAL #2
SAVE OVER $6.00 with the Super Duper Let’s Get Acquainted Special #2. To get you familiar with our products we offer 2 - 8 ounce by volume bottle of (1.3 ounces by weight) Steviva Brand 95% Stevia Powder. A $31.75 Value for only $25.00! PLUS WE WILL SHIP IT TO YOU FOR FREE! Click Here To Order!

SPECIAL #3
Steviva brand organic tea cut stevia leaves are approximately 40 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia leaves can be added to your favorite tea or they can be your favorite tea. We are offering 1 kilo/2.2 lbs for $29.99 our regular price is $39.95. Click here to order as many as you want.

SPECIAL #4
5 lb of Steviva Brand Organic Yerba Mate Green Tea - This stimulating herbal beverage has the unique ability to wake up the mind without the nervousness and jitters associated with coffee. It is amazing and delicious and on sale for $36.90. The regular price is $45.00 Click here to order as many as you want.


 

July 05, 2006

All Natural Sugar Free Curried Red Pepper Soup

All Natural Sugar Free Curried Red Pepper Soup

Serves: 6

Carbs Per Serving: 12 g

Prep Time:<15 minutes


Skill Level: Easy



1 ½ pounds red, yellow, or orange sweet peppers (about 5-6)

½ cup chopped red onion

1 cup water

2 tsp. chicken bouillon granules

1 ½ tsp. curry powder or, to taste

½ tsp. dried thyme, crushed

½ tsp. dried marjoram, crushed

1 tsp. garlic powder

3 ounces cream cheese

1 2/3 cups whipping cream

Sour cream (optional)


Halve peppers, seed, and remove internal membranes. Place on aluminium-foil covered cookie sheet and roast at 450 degrees for 10 – 15 minutes, until skins start to turn black and bubble. Place in paper bag to steam and cool. When the peppers can be handled, remove skins and slice peppers into strips and place in a pan with onion, water, bouillon granules, curry powder, thyme, marjoram and garlic. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add cream cheese cut into chunks. Puree mixture in blender or food processor until smooth. Stir in cream. To serve, swirl a teaspoon of sour cream on the top of each bowl.


Nutritional Facts Per Serving:

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

212 calories

2.3 g protein

0 g total fat (0.9 g saturated fat)

12.0 g carbohydrate

7.1 g dietary fiber

3.5 mg cholesterol

110 mg sodium



Try All Natural Steviva Brand Stevia Blend and Steviva Brand Stevia Powder!




SPECIAL #1

SAVE OVER $10.00 with the Super Duper Let’s Get Acquainted Special #1. To get you familiar with our products we offer 1 - 8 ounce by volume bottle of (1.3 ounces by weight) Steviva Brand 95% Stevia Powder and 1 lb Bag of Steviva Brand Stevia Blend for cooking and baking. A $34.75 Value for only $25.00! PLUS WE WILL SHIP IT TO YOU FOR FREE! Click Here To Order!


SPECIAL #2

SAVE OVER $6.00 with the Super Duper Let’s Get Acquainted Special #2. To get you familiar with our products we offer 2 - 8 ounce by volume bottle of (1.3 ounces by weight) Steviva Brand 95% Stevia Powder. A $31.75 Value for only $25.00! PLUS WE WILL SHIP IT TO YOU FOR FREE! Click Here To Order!

SPECIAL #3

Steviva brand organic tea cut stevia leaves are approximately 40 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia leaves can be added to your favorite tea or they can be your favorite tea. We are offering 1 kilo/2.2 lbs for $29.99 our regular price is $39.95. Click here to order as many as you want.

SPECIAL #4

5 lb of Steviva Brand Organic Yerba Mate Green Tea - This stimulating herbal beverage has the unique ability to wake up the mind without the nervousness and jitters associated with coffee. It is amazing and delicious and on sale for $36.90. The regular price is $45.00 Click here to order as many as you want.