Weight Loss Question

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I got a good question in my inbox today:

I, like many moms, would really like to have a healthier lifestyle, but get overwhelmed to think about getting started. I have appreciated the practical baby-step approach you take in your book. I am not all the way through the book yet, but am already anxious to do some shopping for some items to get us started!

One question I do have for you; I read about drinking while eating. Recently I decided to lose about 10 lbs, and one thing I did to help is to drink a large glass of water before/during eating, which filled me up to make it easier to eat less. I am afraid I won't feel full if I stop this. When do you suggest to drink? How long should I wait after eating to drink? What are some tips to eat less without drinking the water while eating?

I would appreciate a reply when you have a minute. Thank you so much,


Hi Kelli!
Great question. For best digestion, you should not drink while eating. When the digestive juices are diluted it makes your food take a lot longer to digest, and then the rotting food is sitting in your system, making gas, cramps, etc. Not good!

I would suggest that you eat a salad at the start of your meal. Don't use fattening and chemical-filled dressings like Ranch or whatever. Use low-calorie, natural dressings such as the ones I recommend in my Super Salads book. The calories in a salad are super, super low, even if you eat a ton of it, and it is so beneficial for your health and digestion. Eat as much of a salad as you can for starters, then follow up with whatever else is for dinner, eating only to the point that you are satisfied. Most people find that they need far less cooked food, and in many cases your salad will have filled you up and satisfied you.

If you decide to give it a try, let me know how it works for you. :)


Ways to Use Sweet Leaf Stevia

Monday, January 17, 2011

We’re getting lots of new customer buying stevia here, so I thought I’d share some ideas on why I love it and how to use it.

First: Why I recommend Sweet Leaf Brand over all the others. Clickety click!

Ways to use it:

*Soda alternative: Add your favorite SweetLeaf flavor to low sodium club soda or seltzer water for an instantly flavored and sweetened beverage with fizz! Root Beer, Grape, Valencia Orange, and Vanilla Creme are some of the favorites for this. (Here's my most successful way to make root beer!)

*Flavored water: Why pay over a dollar for a bottled of flavored water that has chemical sweeteners in it when you can make your own for pennies PLUS enjoy a better, healthier alternative? You just need about one drop of stevia per 2 ounces of water!

*Jazz up your pancake or waffle batter or French toast mixture by adding Vanilla Creme, English Toffee, or Cinnamon flavors to the mix. Easy and delicious!

*Chocolate milk without the chocolate? Just use Chocolate or Chocolate Raspberry stevia to your milk for a yummy, healthy flavor boost!

*Make flavored ice cubes!

*Stevia is perfect for sweetening coffee or tea. My husband’s favorites for coffee are Vanilla Creme, English Toffee, Hazelnut, and Chocolate. The most popular flavors for tea are Peppermint, Cinnamon, Vanilla Creme, English Toffee, and Apricot Nectar. Yum!

*Use Stevia flavors in plain yogurt or cottage cheese. Kids love it! The Berry flavor is a nice addition to these.

*Stevia works great as an addition to whipped toppings, icing, or frosting.

See all of our stevia products here.