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October 23, 2006

Andrew Weil’s Sugar Substitutes

This ariticle was originally printed in Open Exchange Healthy Living Magazine
October-December 2006 (www.openexchange.org) which is distributed for free
in the Bay Area.

Andrew Weil’s Sugar Substitutes

Andrew Weil, M.D., is nationally recognized for sound advice on holistic medicine.
According to Dr. Weil, it’s better to consume moderate amounts of sugar than any
artificial sweeteners. “Sugar is okay in moderation, and it’s relatively low in calories
(about 15 per teaspoon.) For diabetics and others who can’t tolerate sugar, I
recommend natural sweeteners like stevia and tagalose.”
Dr. Weil recommends steering clear of most artificial sugar substitutes because
of lingering health concerns, as well as inferior taste.
Regarding Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), he notes tat rats given modest amounts
throughout their lives had elevated rates of lymphomas, leukemias, and other cancers
(Environmental Health Perspectives, March 2006) Many people also report
dizziness and headaches, suggesting an effect on the central nervous system.
Of saccharin (Sweet’N Low), a study by the National Cancer Institute found some
evidence of increased risk of bladder cancer in heavy consumers.
Sucralose (Splenda) is now the best selling artificial sweetener probably because it
tastes most like sugar. However according to the nonprofit organization Citizens for
Health, numerous consumers have reported adverse effects ranging from stomach pains
and headaches to skin rashes. Dr. Weil would avoid it pending more extensive research
to validate its safety.
Sugar alcohols (sorbitol, xylitol, erythritol, and others) may be beneficial to diabetics
because they do not raise blood sugar levels in modest amounts. However, they can
aggravate irritable bowel syndrome and even cause diarrhea. So, Dr. Weil says use with
caution.
We’d like to add that it’s wise to stay away from foods and drinks sweetened with high
fructose corn syrup, now implicated in elevated blood sugar and obesity. Try cutting back
on your sweetener and enjoy the flavor of the food itself. Over time you’ll find your sugar
cravings subside.

Source: Andrew Weil’s Self Healing Newsletter, June 2006

October 17, 2006

Sugar Free Low Glycemic Brownies

Sugar Free Low Glycemic Brownies

Serves: 8

Carbs Per Serving: 6.4 g

Prep Time:<15 minutes


Skill Level: Easy


INGREDIENTS:

8- 1 ounce squares of unsweetened chocolate

1 cup butter

5 eggs

3 cups Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or (3 cups of applesauce mixed with 1/4 tsp. of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder)

1 tablespoon vanilla

1-1/2 cups soy or whole grain flour

1 teaspoon salt

2-1/2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted


PREPARATION:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13 pan.


Melt chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat; set aside. In a mixer, beat eggs, sugar and vanilla at high speed for 10 minutes. Blend in chocolate mixture, flour and salt until just mixed.


Bake for 35-40 minutes. (Don't over bake.) Cool and frost if desired, but that is not necessary.


Nutritional Facts Per Serving:

Serving Size: 1 brownie

136 calories

2 g protein

6 g total fat (0.9 g saturated fat)

6.4 g carbohydrate

1.3 g dietary fiber

.5 mg cholesterol

8 mg sodium


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Anatomy of a Killer

beating diabetes and the obesity epidemic



Diabetes is a disease of the metabolism: Something goes wrong with the way the body processes food. When a healthy person eats carbohydrates (like bread, potatoes or cookies), they get broken down into sugar and sent into the bloodstream. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, then acts as a delivery system, moving the sugar from your blood into your cells, where it is burned for fuel. When diabetes strikes, the pancreas either stops making insulin or the body cells become insulin-resistant and "refuse delivery" of all or most of the sugar (type II). Either way, sugar builds up in the blood, the body doesn't get enough fuel, and complications result.


Type II diabetes is on the rise. "There's been a sharp increase in the number of cases in recent years. In fact, it's rising to epidemic proportions, and we can expect the number to double in 10 years. A review of the risk factors and a quick look at the American population tells us why.


1) Obesity: Americans (adults and children) are getting fatter.


2) Lack of exercise: We're living increasingly sedentary lives.


3) Age: As baby boomers get older, the number of Americans over 40--statistically at greater risk--increases.


4) Genetics: Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans and Native Americans have a higher incidence of the disease (12 to 15 percent, 10.8 percent and 30 percent respectively, compared with 5 to 6 percent among Caucasians), and these segments of the population are growing.


Fortunately, as dire as diabetes is, it is not a death sentence. The keys to managing it are a healthful sugar free diet, regular exercise and stress management. What's more, you can use these same tools to reduce your risk of developing the disease in the first place.

October 15, 2006

Sugar Free Low Glycemic Flax Seed And Nut Granola

Sugar Free Low Glycemic Flax Seed And Nut Granola

Serves: 8

Carbs Per Serving: 6.5 g

Prep Time:<20 minutes


Skill Level: Easy


Ingredients:

1 cup flax seeds

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup chopped almonds

1 stick of butter -- melted

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons vanilla powder (sugar and alcohol-free)

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


Directions:

In a large roasting pan, mix together flax seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut and nuts. Drizzle with melted butter. Stir in cinnamon, vanilla power and Steviva Brand Stevia Blend. Toast in the oven at 325 degrees for a half hour, stirring every 5 or 10 minutes.


Nutritional Facts:

165 calories (8% calories from fat)

3.3 g protein

2.0 g total fat (4.9 g saturated fat),

6.5 g carbohydrate

4.2 g dietary fiber

4.8 mg cholesterol

121 mg sodium



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Drawing Success into Your Life

Drawing Success into Your Life
seven easy steps that will bring you closer to success

Success is defined differently by all of us. I have seen people with a great deal of financial success while emotionally they were bankrupt. The best kind of success of all is the well rounded success of having every facet of your life covered. There is of course financial success but, there is also emotional success, family success, educational success and the list can go on and on. Whatever success you desire to draw into your life you will need a plan… a road map if you will. The following seven tips are used by every successful person in the world. Now they can be used by you.

Decide What You Want
Step number one, decide exactly what it is you want in each part of your life. Become a "meaningful specific" rather than a "wandering generality."

Write it Down
Second, write it down, clearly and in detail. Always think on paper. A goal that is not in writing is not a goal at all. It is merely a wish and it has no energy behind it.

Set a Deadline
Third, set a deadline for your goal. A deadline acts as a "forcing system" in your subconscious mind. It motivates you to do the things necessary to make your goal come true. If it is a big enough goal, set sub-deadlines as well. Don't leave this to chance.

 Make a List
Fourth, make a list of everything that you can think of that you are going to have to do to achieve your goal. When you think of new tasks and activities, write them on your list until your list is complete.

Organize Your List
Fifth, organize your list into a plan. Decide what you will have to do first and what you will have to do second. Decide what is more important and what is less important. And then write out your plan on paper, the same way you would develop a blueprint to build your dream house.

Take Action
The sixth step is for you to take action on your plan. Do something. Do anything. But get busy. Get going.

Do Something Every Day
Do something every single day that moves you in the direction of your most important goal at the moment. Develop the discipline of doing something 365 days each year that is moving you forward. You will be absolutely astonished at how much you accomplish when you utilize this formula in your life every single day.

Have a sensational week!


Thom King
President