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Zentraveler discovers natural herb sweetener from the Stevia plant.

Stevia Natural Sweetener

This all natural sweetener from the Stevia plant could be a breakthrough to great health benefits in the future. With no known side effects and 300 times sweeter than sucrose, sugar…. it’s just a matter of time before the food and beverage industry will switch over to a safe all natural product. Of course it’s more expensive than sugars and artificial sweeteners….but what price in pre-mature deaths must society pay huge corporations and their lobbyists before we have a call for action for healthy products.

What is Stevia? Stevia is of the Composite family, related to lettuce, marigold and chicory. It was “Officially” discovered in the late 19th century by Dr. Moises Santiago Bertoni. He was given samples of the plant and he reported that “one small piece of the leaf will keep the mouth sweet for an hour”. He named the plant Stevia Rebuadiani Bertoni in honor of a Paraguayan chemist name Rebaudi. Bertoni found that the Guarani Indians had been using the leaves of the plant to sweeten bitter teas and as a sweet treat.

The Guarani Indians had known for centuries about the unique advantages of kaa he-he (a native term which translates as “sweet herb”) — long before the invaders from the Old World were lured by the treasures of the New. These native people knew the leaves of the wild stevia shrub (a perennial indigenous to the Amambay Mountain region) to have a sweetening power unlike anything else; they commonly used the leaves to enhance the taste of bitter mate (a tea-like beverage) and medicinal potions, or simply chewed them for their sweet taste. The widespread native use of stevia was chronicled by the Spaniards in historical documents preserved in the Paraguayan National Archives in Asuncion. Historians noted that indigenous peoples had been sweetening herbal teas with stevia leaves “since ancient times.” In due course, it was introduced to settlers. By the 1800s, daily stevia consumption had become well entrenched throughout the region — not just in Paraguay, but also in neighboring Brazil and Argentina.

What are the benefits of Using Stevia? Studies have shown the following benefits from using Stevia in one’s diet. These benefits have not been approved or confirmed by the FDA.

* Sugarless with no calories
* Will not effect blood sugar levels like sugar does.
* 100% Natural
* 250 to 300 times sweeter than sugar
* Heat stable to 200 degrees Celsius (392 degrees Fahrenheit)
* Non-fermentable
* Flavor enhancer
* Plaque retardant Anti-caries (prevents cavities)
* Recommended for diabetics
* Non-toxic Extensively tested in animals and Extensively used by humans with no adverse effects.

So there you have it! If truly want to make a difference in your longevity…. consider eliminating most processed sugars and switch to a natural herb sweetener Stevia! Even though this product has been available for many years they have had a hard time getting complete acceptance in America because of paid lobbyists and red tape. Japan has been using Stevia for years, and Europe just approved stevia for use in all of their food and beverage products. Stevia is being marketed and manufactured in the United States by:OnlySweet™ at an FDA approved blending facility. Only Sweet is an all natural, zero calorie, sweetener comprised of three natural ingredients, including stevioside. Sunwin sells OnlySweet™ to health food retailers, national and regional grocery chains in the U.S. For more information on OnlySweet™ visit http://www.onlysweet.com.

Disclaimer: This website is simply the writers views and is not an attempt to practice medicine or provide specific medical or health advice and should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified health care provider’s judgment. None of the statements on Zentraveler are to be understood as a recommendation on how to treat any disease or health related condition. If you require medical or other assistance Zentraveler strongly encourages users to consult with a qualified health care professional.

QUOTE: Foods high in bad fats, sugar and chemicals are directly linked to many negative emotions, whereas whole, natural foods rich in nutrients – foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes – contribute to greater energy and positive emotions. —Marilu Henner

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: How much sugar does the average American consume each year?

One hundred and fifty-six pounds. That’s how much added sugar Americans consume each year on a per capita basis, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Imagine it: 31 five-pound bags for each of us.

That’s not to say that we get most of the sugar in our diets directly from the sugar bowl. Only about 29 pounds of it comes as traditional sugar, or sucrose, according to The Sugar Association, a trade group of sugar manufacturers. The rest comes from foods and beverages. The biggest culprits for the glut of sugar? Soft drinks by far, followed by candy, cakes, cookies and pies. With about 8 teaspoons of added sugar to a regular 12-ounce soft drink… This amount of sugar will put most women over the recommended daily limit.

Eliminating sugar won’t be easy, but here ‘s a great tip instead of ordering the colas, sugared iced teas, sugared coffees and power drinks …simply order a house glass of water with a lemon wedge.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Dr’s visits, hyperactivity, many modern diseases caused by high use of processed sugars which are almost in every food processed. Processed sugar is even the secret ingredient in McDonald’s french fries.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Eliminate white processed sugars and artificial sweeteners and switch over to brown sugar, natural honey, and the natural herb sweeteners like stevia, which you can order online or get in speciality health food stores.

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.

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Zentraveler arrives in x-pat hangout Pattaya, Thailand

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Our tour bus picked us up at our hotel and cruised down the highway to the beach town of Pattaya. This makes an excellent side trip from Bangkok, about two hours travel time through the lush fields and swaying coconut trees. Air-con coaches are available from the small bus terminal on North Pattaya Road (Pattaya Nua) to Bangkok’s three major bus terminals – with frequent connections to all regions and provinces of the country. Buses depart regularly about every 30 minutes with the fare approximately 120 Baht.

Pattaya has a lot to offer the tourist including: island hoping, parasailing and shopping. If you have shopped till you drop you can indulge yourself with a Thai massage, have a great lunch, or just hangout along the beach front.
Local street vendors offer great looking fish, shrimps, crabs, and all sorts of native snacks with the smells to tempt you even more.

A lot of x-pats from all over the world have taken up permanent residence here because of the tropical climate, low-cost of living, and the many restaurants and bars situated throughout the city.

Pattaya Shopping

The restaurant scene in Pattaya specializes in Thai food along with a good mix of world-class eateries for your dinning pleasure. I personally regard the Thai eating experience as the best and most delicious food in the world.

Pattayas Restaurant Scene


Just 30 minutes’ drive from Pattaya, is the Sriacha Tiger Zoo, located on an over-100-acre piece of land, boasts over 200 Bengal tigers, 100,000 crocodiles, and various kinds of animals in the natural atmosphere. The zoo also offers the tourist many amusing activities, amazing shows and good food at their in-house Zoo restaurant.

My travel companion Perla, whose favorite animal in the world is “The Tiger”, had a great time enjoying the zoos different venues and shows. One of the high lights of the trip to Thailand was Perla having her picture taken with several tigers. She was so excited she actually hugged one of the largest male tigers to the shock of the trainer. The tiger didn’t seem to mind as they both posed for the camera …like Hollywood Super Stars. As we are in a meltdown of live tigers due to mans excesses… this a great opportunity to see and witness first hand the magnificent tigers on display.

Perla Hugs Bengal Tiger


The Bengal tiger lives in Southern Asia. It was hunted, captured, and poisoned to such an extent that is practically disappeared, except in natural preserves and national parks. It is now strictly protected with approximately 3000 tigers left on this planet.

Extinction is Forever

So there you have it! Plan a trip to Pattaya and see for yourself what other travelers have discovered which include: native handicrafts, amazing hand-crafted jewelry, local and mall shopping, swimming, great Thai foods and eateries, and many outdoor events for the adventurer traveler.

QUOTE: “As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.” – Margaret Mead

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Asia is the largest continent by landmass. The land area of Asia is actually larger than the land area of the moon.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Bengal Tigers! The magnificent Bengal Tigers are on the brink of becoming extinct because of man’s excessive and wasteful ways.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:Save the Bengal Tigers …they are people just like us. Almost! Yes they are interconnected to the Universe like all living things on our planet and would be a huge irresponsible waste and great loss to humanity if they disappeared.

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.

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Zentraveler Heal Thyself through Good Nutrition!

Good Nutrition


We basically have it all wrong and need to change our mindset from dependency on doctors and surgeons as cure-all to our diseases and aging process. At one time doctors took out everyone’s tonsils, gall bladders, then the next trendy thing was to operate on your lower back, and then heart surgery, and radical prostatectomy… not to mention hundreds of antibiotics that are supposed to outsmart your next infection, which in many cases kills your good bacteria also setting you up for another round of infections and doctors visits.

Stephen Sinatra, MD comments on: The most profound insight I ever gleaned about staying healthy came to me after years of reporting on stories of truly remarkable remissions, recoveries, and renewals.

In a nutshell, it is this: Our marvelous human body possesses the awesome ability to repair and renew itself as long as we live. In fact, your body is performing this near-miraculous feat this very moment as you read this! Now this probably comes as no surprise to someone with your health awareness. But the average person has a very different idea.

Most people believe we are born with a perfect body that slowly deteriorates as we age, until it finally falls apart. They see their body as a machine — something that requires continual maintenance from doctors, whose job is to repair our damaged parts.

Most doctors believe this too. Indeed, our entire allopathic medical system is based on this idea.
But this mechanical model of the human body is precisely where modern medicine has gone wrong. In reality, a doctor’s role in the healing process is very small. Most of the job — as much as 90% of it — is accomplished without any need of a physician or his medicines. If you nick yourself shaving, what happens? Almost immediately, new tissue begins to form — and days later you can’t even tell where the cut was.

Break a bone and the same regenerating process occurs. Even more remarkable, the healed bone emerges stronger than before. The same is true for damaged arteries … injured brain cells and nerve tissue … and worn-out cartilage in arthritic joints.

Doctors have been quick to downplay this self-healing ability. “Joint cartilage just doesn’t regenerate very well,” they like to say.

Ten years ago that’s exactly what brain surgeons thought about brain cells: “Once you lose a neuron, that’s it. They don’t regenerate.” And as recently as three years ago, cardiologists were sure that heart tissue damaged by a heart attack never repaired itself: “Dead heart cells don’t regenerate.”

Today we know they were dead wrong in each instance. Brain cells and heart cells do regenerate — just like all living tissue in the human body…And that includes joint cartilage! Let me give you an example…

One prominent physician is demonstrating this phenomenon to the skeptical medical community in a dramatic way. His remarkable joint-regenerating method is helping thousands of people to find new freedom from chronic pain, disability and pain-relieving drugs. He describes it as “giving yourself a joint replacement, but without the surgery or expense.”

I hope you’ll always remember that your body is committed to repairing and regenerating itself — and will continue to do so as long as you live. No matter how old you are, it will generate new skin, bones tissue, muscle, and cells. Your immune system will continue to conquer bacteria and viruses, colds and flu, cancer and other diseases. And your wounds and bruises will heal, just as they have all your life.

There’s just one catch.

YOU must provide your body’s remarkable repair power with the nutritional materials and building blocks it needs to keep going and growing.

That’s our job — yours and mine. Not the doctor’s. Keep doing this and you’ll be as awe-struck as I am by the miracle within each of us. Adapted from: secondopionionnewsletter Stephen Sinatra, MD and Jim Healthy, the publishers of Arthritis Interrupted.

So there you have it! If you want to take control of your life and avoid many diseases, doctors visits and hospital calls…. simply give your body good nutrition and witness your bodies amazing ability to heal itself.

To Your good Health


Disclaimer: This website is simply the writers views and is not an attempt to practice medicine or provide specific medical or health advice and should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified health care provider’s judgment. None of the statements on Zentraveler are to be understood as a recommendation on how to treat any disease or health related condition. If you require medical or other assistance Zentraveler strongly encourages users to consult with a qualified health care professional.

QUOTE: “The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”~ Thomas Edison

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: When your cell phone runs low on power, you plug it in. Electricity is your phone’s source of energy. People need energy, too, but we can’t simply plug ourselves in to get it. Instead, we need food to fuel our bodies. Not all foods, however, give us the same energy. Some foods provide energy to think, form memories, and perform physical activities, while others only slow us down. The key is learning how to make the right decisions when choosing what to eat.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Your Life! If it up to you…it’s up to you to learn to eat healthy. Eat live foods versus dead foods… raw fresh real foods, steamed vegetables and fish instead of canned, fried and processed foods filled with all sorts of harmful additives.

ZENTAVELER SAYS: If you want to think outside of the box you need to switch over to good nutrition and healthy lifestyle. Herbalifes recent nobel prize winner recommends the Mediterranean Diet, which includes: using high quality olive oil for all of your cooking and salad needs, fresh fish from the ocean, not farm raised, fresh organic vegetables and fruits. You can enjoy one glass of red wine with your meal plus adding Herbalifes nutritional Shakes on a daily basis. Herbalife shakes are a complete meal in themselves and have been tested with some of the best research doctors in the world.

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.

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Zentraveler on the Awakening Process!

Pied Piper Lemmings

Lemmings flocked to the seas following the hypnotic melodies of the Pied Piper. Are we actually progressing toward a better world or our we all tied up in electronic gadgets that someone from Madison Avenue said we must have.

Recently I have witnessed the new traveler all settled in on the bus, plane, or train with headphones on cell phones engaged and eyes glued to a touch-screen or Facebook… and if a dinosaur was running full-speed faster than the train right outside of your window seat… You would not even see it because you are too self-absorbed in the electronic stimulants that keep you motivated to see even more of the same.

Wake up World starts with one person who wants to change their consciousness and go onto higher and better things.

An excerpt from the book: “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle featured on Oprah.com

This book’s main purpose is not to add new information or beliefs to your mind or to try to convince you of anything, but to bring about a shift in consciousness, that is to say, to awaken. In that sense, this book is not “interesting.” Interesting means you can keep your distance, play around with ideas and concepts in your mind, agree or disagree. This book is about YOU. It will change your state of consciousness or it will be meaningless. It can only awaken those who are ready. Not everyone is ready yet, but many are, and with each person who awakens, the momentum in the collective consciousness grows, and it becomes easier for others. If you don’t know what awakening means, read on.

Only by awakening can you know the true meaning of that word. A glimpse is enough to initiate the awakening process, which is irreversible. For some, that glimpse will come while reading this book. For many others who may not even have realized it, the process has already begun. This book will help them recognize it. For some, it may have begun through loss or suffering; for others, through coming into contact with a spiritual teacher or teaching, through reading The Power of Now or some other spiritually alive and therefore transformational book—or any combination of the above. If the awakening process has begun in you, the reading of this book will accelerate and intensify it.

An essential part of the awakening is the recognition of the unawakened you, the ego as it thinks, speaks, and acts, as well as the recognition of the collectively conditioned mental processes that perpetuate the unawakened state. That is why this book shows the main aspects of the ego and how they operate in the individual as well as in the collective. This is important for two related reasons: The first is that unless you know the basic mechanics behind the workings of the ego, you won’t recognize it, and it will trick you into identifying with it again and again. This means it takes you over, an imposter pretending to be you. The second reason is that the act of recognition itself is one of the ways in which awakening happens. When you recognize the unconsciousness in you, that which makes the recognition possible is the arising consciousness, is awakening. You cannot fight against the ego and win, just as you cannot fight against darkness. The light of consciousness is all that is necessary. You are that light.

So there you have it do you want to remain an ego-driven drone of society hypnotized, electronically drugged into oblivion or would you like to be totally alive and vibrant awakening to the real. It’s totally up to you.

QUOTE: “Meditation is nothing but putting the mind aside, putting the mind out-of-the-way, and bringing a witnessing which is always there but hidden underneath the mind. This witnessing will reach to your center, and once you have become awakened, enlightened, then there is no problem. Then bring the mind in tune with you.”

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:The four facts of awakening: 1. We are all selfish and we all want the same thing driven by our egos. 2. Everyone is in the same boat…we are all the same. 3. Since we all the same we are one with the universe. 4. The answer to awakening is a universal oneness and the realization of love as the light within us that everyone possesses. Simply turn the light on and you are awakened

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Anger, resentment, jealousy, payback time. If you see these things in your enemies then they are also in you. Solution! Have no enemies…anger, resentment, jealousy, or payback time and convert these destructive energies into universal love.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: The answer my friend… is the light from within which is pure universal love.

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.

Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free?

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