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Shareable Quote from Louise Hay

Today, I invite you to get inspired by the late Louise Hay, who offers a positive outlook on what’s been happening with you.

This is one of my favorite quotes from her.

I hope it motivates you as much as it motivates me.

Share this Louise Hay quote with your favorite peeps and loved ones.

Your Smartphone is Making You Stupid

Your Motivating Monday

Are you one of some 2 billion cell phone users, who talk, touch or swipe your cell phone 2,617 times a day? (Yes that often, according to research.)

You’re probably addicted whether you know it or not.

Smartphones hook people using the same neural pathways as gambling and drugs, as The Guardian explains, citing Chris Marcellino, who helped develop the iPhone’s push notifications at Apple.

In addition to being overly attached to your cell phone, do you feel compelled to check your Facebook updates repeatedly?

Here’s why you may find it hard to stop.

The world’s world most popular social media platform hooks you with spurts of dopamine, a complicated neurotransmitter, which gives your brain “rewards.” So admitted Sean Parker, ex-president of Facebook, to the Globe and Mail.

Indeed, as you may already have recognized, there’s a dark side to social media and dopamine, large amounts of which have been linked to anxiety, binge eating and lust.

To learn more about the manipulative tricks that hook you, watch this TED talk, “How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day,” given by Tristan Harris, former Google product manager.

Join the Conversation: Do you limit the amount of time you spend on your cell phone or on Facebook? What do you do?

At the risk of sounding like a hypocrite, I invite you now to share this alarming news on your favorite social media channels.

Special thanks to Morry Zelcovitch for alerting me to this Globe and Mail article.

Do You Push Yourself Too Hard?

Now I'm Sick With Pneumonia!

I’m so eager to serve you this year, but, alas, I’m still home recovering from pneumonia, as I shared here when I shared my friend Angelika’s Chicken  Bone Broth recipe.

Although I’m a lot better, I have to watch it, because I get weak quickly and easily. And I still don’t have any stamina to work out.

It’s strange to read about pneumonia, because I don’t fit into the at-risk categories.

So why did I get so sick?

In large part, it was my fault.  Oops!

Admittedly, I pushed myself far, far, far too hard last year.

First, I moved, packing boxes, getting organized, etc.

Then, I drove all the way to a fabulous weeklong 40 Years of Zen program (after driving 21-23 hours to and from Seattle).

Next, I hopped on a plane (the very next day) to attend another awesome, weeklong Tony Robbins event.

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Caught in the Act: Unhealthy Habits in Action

What's Wrong With This Picture?

Often, I unintentionally witness people in the middle of  their unhealthy habits.

What’s wrong with this picture?

For starters, this woman — who did at least take time to go to the gym — was barely and occasionally lifting weights.

She was more intent on reading messages on her cell phone.

What I found quite fascinating is that she was oblivious that there was a waiting line for the machine.

Out of curiosity, I wanted to see how long it would take for her to notice that I was in line.

She finally moved away from the machine after about 10 to 15 minutes.

Does this look like you? What can you learn from this unhealthy habit?

 

Grandma’s Chicken Broth Recipe: Low Carb Version

Guest Post by Angelika Ilina For Your Motivating Monday

Note from Connie:  Since it’s winter, often cold in most parts of the world, and I’m home sick with pneumonia, my friend Angelika Ilina — founder of the Love On the Table blog for health-conscious foodies — was kind enough to share her tasty, easy, low-carb version of her Grandma’s Chicken Broth Recipe. As you’ll note, this recipe contains no gluten-filled noodles.

Here’s Angelika:

“This is the best chicken broth recipe from my grandma, which I adjusted after living in St. Maarten, where I enjoyed the heartiest and most delicious chicken soups I’ve ever eaten. Then, I made it even healthier, turning it low carb.

“My grandma’s and Caribbean-style special tricks make this a staple in our house. This recipe is super easy to make. If you need broth for any other recipes, strain when done and voila!

“The beauty of making the broth this way is you can serve it over whatever veggies you want, or not. Pour over spinach or baby greens and canned artichoke hearts to add wilted greens and veggies to your broth. Top with avocado, if you’d like, and/or fresh herbs such as cilantro or flat-leaf Italian parsley.

“If I only have baby carrots and red onions on hand, that works, too. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 whole skin-on chicken legs (Note from Connie: Please note that if you don’t eat meat, you could always use tofu instead.)
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into 2-3 pieces
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into 2-3 pieces each
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and ends trimmed
  • 6 fresh thyme sprigs (or more to taste)
  • Sea salt to taste (I use Himalayan pink salt)
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place all ingredients into a large soup pot. Don’t cut the onion; use it whole.
  2. Pour enough filtered water into the pot to cover all the ingredients.
  3. Bring everything to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer.
  4. Simmer for 40 minutes.
  5. Adjust seasonings, if needed.
  6. Enjoy!

Note from Connie: Have you tried Angelika’s awesome recipe yet? Tell us about your experiences on my blog or on my Facebook fan page. 

Angelika Ilina is founder of the Love On The Table blog. which is dedicated to showing busy foodies that they can be health-conscious eaters, too.

“I love, love food, but I love my health & wellness more. Yes, you can be both,” says Angelika, who grew up helping her parents host dinner parties almost every week.”

Seven years ago, Angelika discovered how inflammation was being created in her body by eating gluten, grains, and sugar.  After cleaning up her diet, she became devoted to creating “delicious, satisfying, healthy, friends-and- family-approved recipes” and founded her Love the Table blog for health-conscious foodies. 

When not creating, healthy low-carb recipes, Angelika is a frequent traveler and busy owner and president of AI Creative, a website design and development, digital marketing, and online strategy company. 

Santa is a Huge Sugar Addict, Who Skips Self Care

Please Help Me to Help Santa -- Fun, Quirky Thoughts While I'm Stuck Home with Pneumonia

Santa Claus may embody cheerful generosity and innate goodness, but the beloved, jovial character has some serious health problems.

To begin, he is a huge sugar addict.

At every house he visits, the beloved gift-giver noshes on sugary, gluten-filled cookies that well-intentioned parents left for him.

No wonder Santa can’t resist the sweet stuff.

Just think of Santa’s plight.

Here he’s trying to make boys and girls around the world super-happy, but wherever he goes, he’s faced by an endless round of temptations.

Not only that but he may be over-caring.

So let’s look at Santa’s lifestyle and health challenges.

  • Santa is super-sedentary. In fact, the most exercise he gets is when little kids sit on his laps and ask for toys.
  • Plus, Santa only gets out one night a year and that’s the time he spans the entire globe. (I do hope you’re chuckling here!)
  • Plus, he and Mrs. Claus hang out on the North Pole for months at a time to make all those perfect gifts.
  • Then, Santa just can’t resist sugary cookies. Hey, would you be able to say no to all those tempting treats from well-meaning Sugar Pushers?
  • Now, it turns out that Santa has gluten issues, too, as the Gluten-Free Warrior pointed out recently.

Although Santa’s been around for centuries, his health didn’t take a downward spiral until 2006, as I pointed out then on my Sugar Shock Blog.

That’s when he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, as revealed by Mike Adams of NewsTarget.

At the time, Santa was focused on reclaiming his health. He was headed in a good direction, even seeking nutritional therapies to offset his type 2 diabetes.

But evidently in the past decade or so, Santa, like millions of us, fell off the wagon.

He forgot all his good intentions and neglected self care.

And generous guy that he is, he just focused so much on creating and delivering the best gifts for billions that he forgot the most important thing of all — To take care of others, you must first care for yourself.

Perhaps the stress of delivering all those gifts in a short designated period of time (only 24 hours) was just too much for Santa.

Although Santa is nervous about sharing this, he doesn’t just nibble and nosh at every stop. He often goes on full-scale cookie binges after working 24 hours nonstop. (No wonder he pigs out — who can work for 24 hours straight and still be productive?)

By the way, in the last decade or so, Santa has gained so much weight — easily 50 to 100 pounds — that now he just can’t make it down the chimney.

The only way those gifts get delivered on Christmas is thanks to smaller, slimmer elves he brings on his annual reindeer ride around the world.

Come to think of it, aren’t millions of us like Santa?

Don’t millions of us neglect self-care in pursuit of deadlines?

It’s now time for my confession. I’m homebound with pneumonia. Yes, scary! No, I didn’t have sugar galore, but like millions of us, I, too, skipped self care.

Now, I didn’t pull an all-nighter like Santa does, but I skipped on sleep while back from an awesome 40 Years of Zen program; then didn’t get enough sleep at an inspiring Tony Robbins conference for most of a wee; pushed myself too hard getting settled and fixing up my new place; then the heater wasn’t working right. So now I’m home sick with parties and fun planned with my bed, supplements, TV and me!

You’re all so smart. Will you help me put together a solid, safe plan for Santa to regain his health so next year, he’ll be around to deliver millions of gifts?

Share your tips for Santa here on this blog or on Facebook.

Spread the word. Santa needs our help.