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Truvia Trivia

I recently saw an advertisement in Shape magazine for “truvia” that caught my eye.
“Our new sweetener is born from a leaf, not in a lab. Meet the leaf of the stevia plant. The proud parent of our new natural sweetener. We just give it water. We give it sun. Next, we steep it in a process like making tea. Ultimately, this little leaf gives back a recipe for sweetness that’s both delicious and 0-calorie guilt-free. It’s a miracle of nature, not chemistry. Enjoy. Find it at your grocery store. Find out more at

Being the curious consumer I am, I did a little research.
Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni: an herb in the sunflower family (Asteraceae) which grows in Paraguay & Brazil, up to 300 times sweeter than sugar, stevia has a “negligible effect” on blood glucose, in 1991 the United States banned stevia unless it was listed as supplement.

Truvia: consumer brand of stevia made of erythritol (a sugar alcohol) and Rebiana (cleared as a safe food sweetener), jointly marketed by Cargill and the Coca-Cola company.

What I find truly interesting about truvia sweetener is that a Coke is directly involved in it’s creation and it’s marketing. Might the soda manufacturing companies be taking a hit as people recognize their unhealthy and incredibly addictive drinks? Also, on the website, truvia is clearly classified as a non-organic sweetener.

I have yet to try truvia, but if I see it available, I probably will. I’ve tried many (many!) artificial sweeteners and while I prefer to bake with regular ‘ol cane sugar, I prefer Splenda in my coffee or tea right now. Thankfully I’m not sensitive to artificial sweeteners and so I have plenty of choices to keep my sweet tooth happy!

What other people are saying about truvia:
What To Eat’s Marion Nestle: Cargill’s Truvia (Stevia) comes to tow
WebMD‘s Miranda Hitti: Truvia, Made From Stevia, Being Sold Online and in Certain N.Y. Supermarkets
Baltimore Sun‘s Meredith Cohn: It’s called Truvia: The newest sugar substitute comes from the stevia plant
Ruth from Blisstree Media: New in the Market: Truvia Natural Sweetener
Mark from Mark’s Daily Apple: Is Truvia Safe?

What do you have to say about truvia?

New Year’s Resolutions VIII

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61. Organize my music on iTunes – I have a slew of music on there that doesn’t have proper titles or artists and I need to put them in order so I know what I’m listening to!

62. Organize my music on my iPod – see #61

63. Take a cooking class (thanks Angie) – I think anyone could benefit from a cooking class; learning to make something really well could come in handy!

64. Bake a cake from scratch – learn to do this in a cooking class?

65. Bake brownies from scratch – see #64

66. Take a workout class – once I’m back in school, these classes can be counted for credit, so this one is a definite possibility for me.

67. Be able to do 50 (real) push ups in a row – the website one hundred push ups is a great program to get you on your way to having some amazing arms

68. Find a new tea I like – I’ve met very few teas that I didn’t like, so hopefully I can do this soon!

69. Try a new coffee drink – I’ve branched into soy and it hasn’t increased my migraines, so I shall continue to try new flavors with it and find my perfect cup!

70. Don’t drink alcohol for an entire month – my liver would appreciate the detox.

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Holiday destressing tips

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The holidays are stressful for a lot of people. I have two gifts left to buy and am hoping that getting those two gifts won’t be a stressful process, so I’m not too freaked out. For those of you who are stressed right now. Calm down, finish reading this entry, do one thing (or more!) on the list and try to relax a bit!

1. Take a hot bath with some fantastic bubbles or a salt soak. One of my favorite products to use while in a hot bath is Aveeno Stress Relief Foaming Bath. The smell of lavender and ylang ylang is very nice when you’re stressed out. Another product I love to use is a 3-in-1 shampoo, cleansing gel and bubble bath that smells like vanilla birthday cake by philosophy. It smells so good you’ll want to eat it, but just soak yourself in it instead.

2. Go for a walk. Get outside, or even walk on a treadmill, but get up and move around. Exercise has been shown to be a definite stress reducer. Whether you decide to venture into the cold (remember your hat, you lose 7-55% of your body heat through your head!) or sweatin’ with Richard Simmons in your living room, just move around!

3. Smile! Laugh! Enjoy yourself! Laughing reduces endorphins that are critical in reducing stress. Need something funny to check out? My recommendations include: LOL Cats, LOL Celebs or XKCD.

4. Vent to someone you trust, or to strangers you’ve never met before. I keep a personal blog I share some pretty strange things on … and I’m sharing them to get them out of my head and into the world. I really don’t care too much what people think about my venting, and for me it’s an intense stress reliever.

5. Brew a cup of tea, or if you can stand it while you’re anxious, have a cup of good coffee. I don’t like to add to my heart rate when I’m stressed and so I go for one of the teas from Yogi Tea. My favorite tea right now from Yogi Teas is their Berry DeTox. Even though for me it’s only a mental detox, sometimes tea is powerful enough to just do that! If you want, Yogi Tea is willing to send you a free sample!

What do you like to do to destress?

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October bring pumpkin spice lattes, orange leaves, college football and frozen fingers. I am pretty warm blooded, and as soon as fall rolls around, I start shivering. My toes are regularly frozen, my fingers are like small flesh-covered icicles. I have been known to sit on my hands when I’m not using them. I’ll turn on the heating pad just to sit on it. I’ll throw my heated neck wrap into the microwave just to raise my temperature. I drink about twice as much coffee, hot chocolate and tea as I do in the spring or summer.

I did a random search to see “why am I always so cold?” and found an interesting thread on a LowCarber forum that gives me some more ideas on why, and how to solve my problem. Check it out if you’re beginning to think snuggling with the oven sounds like a good idea!

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