What is Stevia Extract in the Raw®?

Stevia Extract In The Raw is a naturally delicious, zero–calorie, granulated sweetener derived directly from the leafy green foliage of the Stevia plant (stevia rebaudiana Bertoni). The sweetest part of the plant — an extract called Rebiana (a.k.a. Rebaudioside–A or Reb–A) — is then isolated to create a sweetener extract that is 300 to 400 times sweeter than cane sugar. Because the stevia extract is so sweet, it requires blending with a bulking agent so that it can most conveniently be measured, poured and used as a substitute for sugar or other caloric sweeteners.

In our Packet Product, the stevia extract is blended with dextrose, a natural carbohydrate derived from corn, to produce the 100% natural, zero calorie sweetener we call Stevia Extract In The Raw.

In our Cup For Cup “Baker’s Bag” Product, stevia extract is blended with maltodextrin, a natural carbohydrate derived from corn to produce a 100% natural, zero calorie sweetener that matches the sweetness of sugar “cup for cup”.


Fitbit Ultra Wireless Activity Tracker, $99


Fitbit makes every step you take a step toward better fitness, even on your busiest days. The Fitbit Ultra tracks your daily steps, stairs climbed, calories burned, and more, allowing you to see exactly how active you are in real-time. It’s with you every step of the day, motivating you to do more and make the small changes that add up to big results.

Fitbit Ultra’s super sensitive 3-D motion sensor tracks your day down to details a pedometer can’t catch, showing your exact steps take, calories burned, and distance traveled. The new altimeter tracks floors climbed so you can monitor this heart-healthy activity, encouraging you to take the stairs at home or work, or climb a little further on your next hike. The Fitbit Tracker can even track your sleep patterns so that you know both how long and how well you sleep.

By connecting your Fitbit tracker to your MyFitnessPal account, all of the data tracked by your Fitbit will be synchronized with your MyFitnessPal account. Your daily calorie budget will automatically be adjusted to take into account your activity level as measured by your Fitbit. Combined with Fitbit, MyFitnessPal becomes an even more effective way to reach your fitness and weight loss goals.


I use MyFitnessPal (http://www.myfitnesspal.com).  There are many calorie counting apps out there… but this one will allow you to scan a barcode with your smartphone to track what you eat. Simple!

They have an app for iPhone, Android & iPad. If you sign up for the free service and free app, hit me up (http://www.myfitnesspal.com/shartzog) and I will share my daily calories.

What do you use? Happy counting.


Diet is key!

For me, it’s all about the calories. Who needs to exercise? I’ve set a goal of 1250 calories… so exercise will be nigh impossible. Don’t worry I’ve done this diet before. 🙂

Basically, I eat WHATEVER I want (even candy!)… as long as it totals only 1250 calories per day. I try to stay under 300-400 per main meal, and 100 per snack (which for peanut m&m’s means 1/2 a pack). Incidentally, I eat every 2 hrs (or try to). Tilapia (a very low calorie fish) and broccoli for dinner is my favorite meal on this diet.

Today, the first day, I weighed 193.x lbs. My goal is 165 pounds (or 155 would be better – for reference I was 95 when I graduated hs, so this is REALLY killing my back). I have eaten so far:

90cal: Rice Krispie treat
80cal: Fruit Snacks
120cal: Chocolate and Vanilla Pudding
210cal: Lunch – Root Beer and Beef Jerky
120cal: Animal Crackers
So According to my app (MyFitnessPal) that’s 660 so far, with 590 to go. I’ll have one more snack before dinner… probably my orange slice cup @ 80 cal’s. So, 510 for dinner! That’s a bigger dinner than I anticipated, but that’s fine (that just means more butter on my broccoli). 🙂