Tony’s Take on: SweetLeaf Stevia


Tony’s CowboyStar Rating on SweetLeaf Stevia:

Welcome to the latest installment in an ongoing review series I call “Tony’s Take on…” where I review all kinds of “stuff” because we all of us use “stuff” and we either like the “stuff” or we hate the “stuff” and we love to talk about “stuff…”

Today I’m yackin’ ’bout SweetLeaf Stevia.  For those folks who want the “stars” and nutin’ but da “stars” well, here they are!

4.5 stars from TxCowboyDancer

4.5 CowboyStars!
Tah-DAH!

Introducing, my good friend, “Stevia” — da Plant!

Stevia-rebaudiana-totalSince Wikipedia says it VERY well, I’m just gonna let them talk for a bit:

Stevia is a sweetener and sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana.

The active compounds of stevia are steviol glycosides, which have up to 150 times the sweetness of sugar, are heat-stable, pH-stable, and not fermentable.

[Stevia has] …a negligible effect on blood glucose, which makes stevia attractive to people on carbohydrate-controlled diets.

Stevia’s taste has a slower onset and longer duration than that of sugar, and some of its extracts may have a bitter or licorice-like aftertaste at high concentrations.

I love Wikipedia! :-)

Tony’s Translation:

steviaStevia is a dieter’s and diabetic’s best friend

  • Basically Stevia is used in place of sugar.
  • It is a LOT sweeter to the tongue so a teeny-tiny bit goes a looooooonnnng way.
  • It is the ground up leaves of a plant – 100% all natural.
  • It is ZERO CALORIE!  Did-cha-get-that?  !!!!  ZERO! as in zip, nadda, NUTHIN!
  • You can cook with it.
  • You can put it in your coffee (which is my main way of using it).
  • And for those who are diabetic…. [drumroll please] It has a ZERO Glycemic response!

Some info about who uses this stuff and where it came from:

  • The stevia plant is from South America and has been used as a sweetener for over 1,500 years!
  • Japan is crazy about the stuff! It has been commercially available there since the 1970’s.  Japan currently consumes more stevia than any other country, with stevia accounting for 40% of the Japanese sweetener market.
  • It is approved for use as a food additive in both the USA and in the European Union.

I figure that if people in South America have been using this stuff for 1500 years AND if Japan, a major industrialized nation and one of the most safety aware nations on the planet, has had no issues with this stuff for decades, and they use TONS of the stuff, then hey, I can use it it in my morning coffee with no worries!

Woot!  Uh-huh!  Doin’ a happy dance!

Why I like SweetLeaf Stevia

SweetleafpacketsI have tried several different brands of stevia.  SweetLeaf Stevia is my favorite.  And the Packets are my favorite variety.

I used to use a brand called NuStevia, made by NuNaturals, (which is a good brand).

But to get it, I had to go to one of those specialty “Healthfood / Vitamin Stores” that smell funny when you walk into them and they have all these New Age kinda flyers about cleansing your body and yoga under the moon and… well you get the idea.

Just to be clear: neither the smell nor the New Age bits bothered me…

Nope. The PRICE bothered me!  NuStevia was $10 a box!  And the fact that I had to make a special trip to this store to get ONE item.  Sheeeesh!

Then I ran across SweetLeaf Stevia and I’ve never used anything since.  Here is why I like SweetLeaf Stevia. Read the rest of this entry

Updated two pages: Songs for the Tush Push


New Pages here on my Website / Blog

Image used with permission of the copyright holderI used to write over on Squidoo.com but Squidoo went dark and all those pages got moved to HubPages.  When that happened, I took a look at the amount of work that I would need to do to make my “Squidoo” pages meet “HubPages” standards.

And I ran shrieking…..

Ok, ok, maybe I’m being a bit dramatic. Who? Me? “being dramatic?”  Naaaaawwwww

Perhaps there were not actual shrieks involved.

Well, ENNYway, I toggled all the articles to “private” so that they would not be visible to folks out on the InterWebz.

Now, I’m finally getting around to rewriting them.  Some will appear on HubPages.  Some, like these first two articles will be moved to here on my blog/website:

SLOW SONGS for the Tush Push
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FAST SONGS for the Tush Push

Be sure to VOTE for your favorite SLOW Song and for your favorite FAST Song!

And…  I did a blog post a few days which gives a kind of “overview” or “introduction to the Tush Push.  So, if you have no idea what a “Tush” is or why you would want to “Push” it to music, well then this is the post for you:

Have you heard of the “Tush Push?”

See ya on the dance floor!

I’ve lost SEVEN pounds! Oh! eM! Gee! Woot! Whoo Hooo!


7.5 Pounds gone since 6.19.2015!!!!!!!!!

snoopy_happy_danceI’m freakin’ out here!  Literally I’m typing with this HUGE ear to ear smile on my face.  Do you know what is like to drink your morning coffee with your lips stretched out ear to ear?

Messy.  Very messy.

But SEVEN FRIGGIN’ POUNDS!  It’s a miracle!  I’m seeing the face of Elvis in my coffeemate! There are frogs raining from the sky!

Ok, ok, I am a weeeeeeeeeee bit excited by this.

You may have noticed.

I do have trouble opening up and expressing myeslf after all.  I need to work on that.

SEVEN POUNDS! and 1% body fat!  In LESS THAN TWO WEEKS!

Did I mention I have lost weight?  Oh, I did? ooops.  My bad.

Just to be specific:   I weighed 318.6 lbs on 19-June-2015.  This morning, (AM reading), 02-July-2015, just 13 days later I weighed 311.12 lbs

318.6 – 311.12 = 7.48  (rounding) = 7.5 lbs!!!!!!!!!!!!

OH. EM. GEE!  Like totally! [in my best Valley Girl voice]

This morning’s revelation…

Breaking NewsNo, I’m not going all Biblical on you.  Revelation as in “news.”  Back on 6-19-2015  or 25-June-2015 for my European friends, I weighed in.

I had not stepped onto the scale in literally months.  Yes, I had been a bad boy.  Mea Cupla.  I had partaken of the chocolate chip cookies.  I had drank of the 100% whole milk.  I had eaten of the deep dish pizza.

Maxima Mea Culpa.

And my doctor had given me a Read the rest of this entry

Have you heard of the “Tush Push?”


Line DancersAmong line dancers, there is one dance that reigns supreme: The Tush Push.

This dance has been around since “a long time ago in a galaxy far away” back when “line dances” became formally recognized as a separate and distinct dance genre.

All kidding aside, for many new line dancers, learning the Tush Push is a rite of passage.

Having learned it, you are no longer a person who does a line dance “every once in a while” or only at parties or weddings. Knowing the Tush Push means you have become a “line dancer.” :-)

The Tush Push is one of the oldest, most popular, best known, line dances in the world!

Because the Tush Push has been around for, Read the rest of this entry

Diabetes Learning Curve and “All about Moi”


Confession time…

Happpy Camper!

I know this is going to sound weird…  I am actually relieved to find out I have diabetes.  Why? Because now I know that it wasn’t “just a lack of will power,” there is a real medical reason which explains the way I’ve been feeling.

I wasn’t imagining it:  I really was fighting against my own body in my attempts to improve my fitness.

I will also admit that I’ve arrived at this point, in part, because of some bad lifestyle choices and in part because of a genetic predisposition.  Everyone in my immediate family is large and about half are diabetic.  Except one skinny brother which none of us can quite figure out why he’s the lucky one.  sigh

I’m relieved because now I know that it is going to be easier from this point forward.  Things are going to get better.  As soon as the meds start doing what they are supposed to do, I will be in a better position to move toward a healthier me.

I want a book deal!  And a Speaking Contract!

Jared the Subway Guy BookI tell ya, when I’m all fit and healthy and dancing again, I want to share my story in every possible way!  I want to tell others that it is not hopeless.  That it is possible to go from absolutely on the brink of a “Health Apocalypse” to being a fit, happy healthy person.

I want to be like Jared, the subway guy!  By the way, if you have not read his book, I highly recommend it.  The first time I read it, I cried.  Literally.  Because I could relate to his struggle.  I had to stop reading and wipe away the tears before I could continue.  I hope to meet him one day and get him to autograph my copy of his book.  That would be so cool.

I want to be on Oprah!  I want Ellen and I to be best buds! Light’s, camera, speaking tours with tumultuous applause! Yeah, right, like that’s gonna happen!

I probably won’t get a book deal or end up touring the country talking about my own journey, but it would be nice wouldn’t it?  Uh-oh!  Tony’s doing that “digression” thing again.  Brace yerself loyal readers, this post might get Read the rest of this entry

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