I do NOT like to be on camera. Can you relate?

I do NOT like to be on camera in any way!

Can you relate?

In short, I dislike:

* Doing videos
* Doing Facebook lives
* Creating Vlogs (video blog posts)
* Doings Photo shoots or having my photo taken

It’s weird. I wasn’t always this way.

But now, you name it, as soon as anyone picks up a camera, I want to hide my head. 

My dislike of photos, videos, etc. kicked up big time after what I now call My Bittersweet Last Year with Mom. (That’s also when I turned to carbs as if they were my long-lost friends. Which, of course, they weren’t. Of course, that led to a weight gain of 21 pounds, which took a while to shed.)

Here’s why I’m writing about my video and photo phobia.

From working with and emailing so many of you, I know that I’m not alone.

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Announcing Follow Friday

Today it’s my pleasure to announce Follow Friday, a new weekly or biweekly feature on my blog.

On Follow Friday, you’ll find out about some of my absolute favorite people, non-profit organizations, events, products, programs, books, podcasts, and sugar-free, gluten-free, organic foods and beverages.

I’m so excited to finally share things I’ve been eagerly tracking down and excitedly discovering for years. Essentially, you’ll get the benefits of my extensive research to find the cleanest foods, the best movers and shakers, and the most awesome events.

With Follow Friday, my goals are to help you learn about the best people, groups and products to help you become happier and healthier, as well as more productive and empowered.

In short, my intentions are honorable. Please note, to be transparent, that I will NOT take affiliate commissions from any of the people, organizations or events I feature.

What I may or may not do—it depends on the featured party—is request that whoever I write or talk about about (voice recordings are coming) make a donation to my favorite charity, which is the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation (HSF).

FYI, the reason I chose to spotlight the HSF is because without the selfless, giving, compassionate Roberta Ruggiero, its founder and president, I may simply not be alive today. Or I’d be a depressed, lethargic, barely alive shell of my former self. Seriously! Soon, I’ll feature the HSF on Follow Friday, and you’ll learn about how I unintentionally introduced Roberta to Wolfram Alderson, who is now the HSF’s powerhouse chairman.

Here are the guidelines to submit an idea for Follow Friday.

  • Just submit your idea for a group, event, product book or podcast to be featured.
  • If you know someone involved with the event, organization, or product, please introduce me to that person.
  • To be featured for Follow Friday, my team and I will vote on what to feature.
  • Please remember, our intentions are for you to discover someone or something that will improve the quality of your life.

So now, it’s time to come to you for help.

What people, events or non-profit groups do you suggest that I feature on Follow Friday?

If you can, please send an introduction email, later, I’ll be interviewing the company founders, experts, etc.

Share now who you suggest that I feature on Follow Friday.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Today, as you know, is Valentine’s Day, the Day of Love.

You and your honey—if you have one—will likely do something special together, if you’re like most Americans. (If you’re overseas, this
email is still relevant to you.)

But here’s the thing about Valentine’s Day that concerns me:

Why is only ONE day of the year devoted to promoting love?

So this Valentine’s Day, I’d like to make another suggestion:

Today, I urge you to begin to shower yourself with self-love. In other words, become your own valentine.

Before you shower someone else with love and affection, you need to
give yourself love and affection. Only then can you become a truly wonderful sweetheart to another.

Today, I urge you to be super-sweet to both your special someone and yourself. And remember, this is a year-long project.

So I invite you, “Be an Everyday Valentine,” as I previously shared on Heal Your Life,

Be your own a valentine all 365 days of the year.

Remember, when you love yourself, you’re more able to love others and be generous.

So Happy Valentine’s Day to you.

Gab with the Gurus Returns

It’s my pleasure to announce that on March 26, my Gab with the Gurus Podcast returns. 

You’ll be able to hear from motivating gurus (hence the title) from a variety of fields (such as health, wellness, personal empowerment, relationships, fiction, etc.), who will give you powerful insights, brilliant takeaways, and easy takeaways, which you can immediately apply to your life. 

Much as I didn’t want to take a hiatus, it was imperative that I take ample time to do a great job researching and writing my next book, I blew my diet! Now what? 

Then, after writing my book, I needed to time to heal from adrenal fatigue. (All those stressful months knocked me out!) Shortly though, yeah!, my editor and I will be done with our work on my book, which is why my Gab with the Gurus Podcast can finally return. 

Please note that you may have noticed that I previously called my new podcast, the I blew my diet Podcast. (That was an earlier idea I considered. Instead, I’m returning to the reestablished name of Gab with the Gurus, but I will later have I blew my diet-themed podcasts.)

It’s my honor to be one of the long-term podcasters.

  • I’ve been hosting my Gab with the Gurus shows since 2008. Before that, I called it the Stop Sugar Shock Show, which debuted July 10, 2007 with an episode featuring Jimmy Moore.
  • I’ve also had the pleasure to interview hundreds of the most empowering people, including Dr. Mehmet Oz, Suzanne Somers, Lisa Rinna, Montel Williams, Jack LaLanne, Marcy Shimoff and many more. (Read what some fans said about previous shows and guests.

When we return with Gab with the Gurus, we’re making a number of changes to the show.

  • We’re going to improve the sound quality, including getting rid of “umms” and “aahs.”
  • We now have a new, more modern, fun logo (see above).
  • The show will always be short — from 15 to 20 minutes long, allowing those of you in a hurry to get great takeaways quickly and while on the go. 
  • We’re also bringing on two enthusiastic Assistant Producers for Gab with the Gurus. Specifically, we’re seeking two talented, creative, journalism or writing students or recent grads, who have training in broadcasting training and social media. We’re specifically looking for fast-working people, who are enthusiastic, organized, flexible, accurate, gracious under pressure. If interested, apply here.

Gab with the Gurus Show guests will help you:

  • Shed weight.
  • Quit sugar or carbs.
  • Develop a Success Mindset.
  • Triumph Over Tough Times.
  • Think Bigger.
  • And Enjoy a Sweeter Life.

Who would you like to hear me interview on Gab with the Gurus?

Would you like to be considered as a guest? Here’s how to apply to be a Gab with the Gurus guest. 

Who would you like to hear me interview on Gab with the Gurus? Post your ideas here. 

New Cover for My Book, I blew my diet! Now what?

Every day, around the world, millions of people just like you are blowing their diets.  Does this sound familiar?

For the last few years, it’s become my mission to help you to discover why you blew your diet and how to Rebound After Relapse™, as I put it.  

To that end, I’m pleased to share the cover of my next book, I blew my diet! Now what?

This cover replaces the previous one, which you picked as the favorite one, as I shared earlier. Although we — and you, with your vote — selected, my team and I had to change it, because we found one that was uncannily similar to the earlier design.

Now, I invited you to share your thoughts about this new cover? What do you think?

So how did this book come to be? It really began, because I personally blew my diet for some eight months, after losing my angry, dying Mom.

While I was healing and shedding the weight I’d gained, I’ve been determined and dedicated to discover why people blow their diets.

Now, I’m determined to you how to slim down and take back your power.  For instance, you’ll discover how to: 

  • Smash your shame.
  • Put an end to your guilt, remorse or self-loathing.
  • Slim down. 
  • Cut out or reverse such health hazards as cancer, heart disease or type 2 diabetes. 

I’ll share more about the book later, but for now, I’d love to hear what you think of this new book cover. 

Question: What do you think of this new book cover?

Amazing Charity to Explore: The Hypoglycemia Support Foundation

This week, I’ll have the pleasure of connecting with and helping my favorite charity, the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation, which serves millions worldwide, who have issues with blood sugar. 

Do you often face such confusing ailments as difficulty concentrating, headaches, mood swings, anxiety, severe PMS or menopausal symptoms and/or huge sugar cravings?

If so, you may have this often-misunderstood condition of low blood sugar or hypoglycemia. 

Check out this organization’s awesome infographic to help you learn more about this confusing blood sugar condition.

To see the full infographic, go to the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation website. 

I also invite you to consider making a donation, too. Just go here.

Eating Right for You Can Tank the Wrong Date

A few years back, while on a blind date with a man in New York City, I politely passed on a glass of wine. Despite my kind refusal, my quite-out-of-shape date kept pushing alcohol on me. I graciously declined yet again. 

Since the guy wasn’t my type, I didn’t bother to explain that I don’t drink alcohol because I’ll feel awful afterwards, get horrible headaches, spaciness, dizziness, insomnia, and a three-day “hangover.”

Even if you don’t socialize over booze, you can still have fun on your dates, great health and lose weight at the same time. 

Back to my date with the epitome of bad health. Thankfully, it ended quickly, but as we both said farewell, Paunchy, Sedentary, Booze-Guzzler couldn’t resist a dig: “You’re too into health and wellness for me,” he insisted. Seriously? 

If you’re single and are now eating more cleanly or dieting (following, say, a keto, low-carb or vegetarian plan), have you had a laughable dating experience like this? (more…)

Why I’ve Been Gone. Writing Next Book & Then Taking Much-Needed Down Time

Sorry I’ve been gone for a while. I’ve been hard at work on my next book, I blew my diet! Now what?

Then, because I worked so hard, I sort of crashed, and now I’ve been getting my strength back and taking much-needed time to take back my energy.

Actually, for the last 14 years, since founding this blog in 2005, I’ve been posting pretty regularly. But this time–with intense deadlines coming at me–I really needed to take a break.

But I’ll be back soon with more awesome Start-Again Monday blog posts.

Get ready to laugh with me about how I blew my diet back in 2012 after losing my mother.

Highest Good

Let Louise Hay Inspire You

For this week, I’d like to remind you that last week’s Thanksgiving feast is a thing of the past.

Even if you’re still feeling sluggish and frazzled after last week’s festivities and possibly overeating, it’s time to nourish yourself with both healthy foods and nourishing thoughts.

So let’s turn to the amazing Louise Hay, whose awesome affirmations can lift you no matter what.

What do you think about when you read this statement? 

Do The Simple Stop-Pigging Out Tactic This Thanksgiving

Foolproof Temptation Tactic

Most of my fellow Americans will be at Thanksgiving feasts again this year.

This time of year is when many, if not most of you, will blow your diets.

That’s because you may feel that you need that junk food.

You just can’t say no to x-y-z [the junk food you most like].

But for many of you, once you get going on Thanksgiving, it’s uh-oh time! The proverbial pig-out train has left the station.

As thousands of you have shared with me over the years, one bit leads to a binge.

But for this Thanksgiving week, I invite you  to Claim Your Power.

Learn my Simple Thanksgiving Switch. This is all you need to do:

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