One Fast Way to Shed Stress

How to Feel the Pain in Private

It’s perhaps one of the easiest ways to shed stress. You can hide out when you’re doing it. No one even has to know.

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This one simple stress-cutting tactic is to cry.

There’s one problem though. Although shedding tears is important to our well-being — learn 7 ways how here, in this week’s Cravings-Crushing Monday post — many people still think that if you do so in public or in front of a loved one, you’re being manipulative, over-indulgent, or undignified.

Or, if you let people see you sob, they may brand you as emotionally weak, mentally unstable and un-together.

Indeed, although many health experts insist that crying good for you — see AgingCare.com, Psychotherapy Networker, and Elite Daily — crying in public is often considered taboo.

These crying naysayers are wrong.

I encourage you: Have a good cry. But before you sob and wail, you need to know how to deal with people around you, especially those who don’t know the tremendous value of a good cry.

You know — those judgmental, meddlesome, embarassed or over-concerned passersby?

I’m here with crying solutions for you. Here are 7 Ways to Face People When You Cry.

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7 Reasons It’s Good To Cry

A Cravings-Crushing Monday Feature

It’s Cravings-Crushing Monday, and today, I have a confession. Lately, I’ve become a big crier.

woman crying-1299426_960_720I’ve been that way for nearly four years since my mother died and all those tears began to turbo-charge my healing.

Until recently, I’ve been really embarrassed by all my sobbing in public.

Now. I’m rethinking my attitude. Why should I — or you — be embarrassed if we cry in front of other people?

After all: Crying, the research shows, is good for you.

For my part, recently, it’s been impossible for me to turn off the waterworks or anticipate when my tears would flow. For instance:

  • After Mom passed away, I cried during high-intensity Zumba or spinning classes at the gym, while watching a film with a loving mother and daughter and a myriad of other reasons such as anger, grief, blame, shame, depression, shock and those nagging what ifs.
  • The floodgates also opened perhaps hundreds?  of times while I wrote and edited the introduction to my next book, Crush Your Cravings and admitted to my own Crazy Cravings after the death of my mother.
  • Then, a month ago, while taking three yoga classes at the Seduction of Spirit workshop with the Chopra Center, I had to dart out of the room several times to sob privately in the ladies room. (Yoga, as I’ll share in a future blog post, can unlock your emotions.)
  • Two weeks ago, while going indoor skydiving as a group breakthrough activity with our coach, the heart-centered entrepreneur Lisa Sasevich, tears again came out of nowhere. As before, I quickly sought refuge in the bathroom so I could weep alone.
  • And this past weekend, while eagerly planning to help millions at the amazing PLF (Product Launch Formula) Live event with Jeff Walker and 1,000 attendees, I had to hurriedly leave the seminar several times to let loose with weeping in the restroom.

Although I’ve been embarrassed and ashamed that I’ve been crying in public places and professional workshops, I now realize that I’ve been wrong.

Crying is very therapeutic.

  • Each time, after I shed tears, I felt incredibly relieved, soothed, invigorated.
  • After crying, I became determined to help sugar and carb addicts worldwide.
  • Plus, the more I’ve cried, the less I craved those crappy carbs that called out to me after losing Mom.

Now I’m curious. Why has crying gotten such a bad rap?

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Eating Too Many Calories?

Guest Post from Nutrition Myth Buster Jonny Bowden: Get The Truth About Fat Loss This Week

Today, it’s s my pleasure to present a guest blog post from my friend and colleague Jonny Bowden, aka “The Nutrition Myth Buster.” An internationally recognized board-certified nutritionist (with a PhD in holistic nutrition), Jonny has written 15 books, including the controversial The Great Cholesterol Myth. He has spoken at conferences around the world, appeared on  “The Dr. Oz, Show,” “The Doctors” and every major television network, and has written or contributed to articles in over 200 print and online publications, from The New York Times to The National Enquirer. This week, Jonny is presenting his exciting Truth About Fat Loss Summit, which features 30-plus experts in from today, April 25, through May 2, 2016. Now, here’s Jonny’s fascinating blog post. (Please note that Jonny’s post replaces the regular Cravings-Crushing Mondays feature.)

One of the biggest myths about weight loss is that “it’s all about calories”.

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Every one of us has been indoctrinated with the idea that we get fat because we eat too many calories.

“Calories in, calories out” has been the mantra of the diet establishment for the past 40 years.

Just think about the number of times you’ve heard this refrain:

If you eat more calories than you burn”, (experts have told us,, “you will gain weight.
But if you burn more calories than you eat, you will lose weight
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Simple, right?

Except for one thing. It’s not true.

Well, let me amend that slightly. It’s MOSTLY not true.

Calories do count—but when it comes to gaining and losing body fat, they are very far from the complete story.

One of the many truths that emerged from the thirty plus hours of in-depth interviews with the world’s greatest experts in my upcoming Truth About Fat Loss Summit was this:

A calorie is NOT just a calorie. And all calories are very far from being created equally.

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Distract Away Your Cravings

A Cravings-Crushing Monday™ Tip: The Power of a Puzzle

Have you ever watched a magician perform a trick in which your attention was distracted long enough for you to be completely fooled by what that person is doing?

You can easily perform a similar sleight of hand to diminish or ditch your food cravings. And like other Cravings-Crushers I share, this is simple, but powerful.

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Although I’ve been recommending distraction as an easy, effective Cravings-Crushing technique for years, there’s now legitimate research, which validates this simple tool.  What’s especially wonderful is that even people, who are highly sensitive to visual cues can use this fast method.

Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to distract yourself, given the proliferation of transportable video games and phone apps such as Angry Birds and Subway Surfers.

Although I like to call this technique “Distract Away Your Cravings,” psychologists and brain researchers use the fancy phrase, “mental resource blocking.” Now, learn more about these fascinating findings.

The Science: In two separate studies done in Holland, brain researchers at the Leiden University Institute for Brain and Cognition tested two large groups of people to determine their sensitivity to food cues and the intensity of the cravings these cues triggered. Then the scientists tested the study participants after they distracted themselves from their food cravings by solving a puzzle. (more…)

10 Lessons from Staying Off Sugar

In Honor of My 18-Year Sugar-Free-iversary

This year, I finally remembered on the actual day.  Today is my official Sugar-Free-iversary. In 1998 — that’s eighteen years ago — I said bye-bye to sugar on doctor’s orders.

As I think about my 18 years of being mostly sugar-free, here are some lessons I’ve learned.ConnieB Chasing 1227

1)  Being a Sugar and Carb Addict was a Big Blessing.

It’s taken me a while to reach this conclusion, but if I’d never hit rock bottom as a sugar addict, I never would have discovered the joy, peace and calm that I now derive from treating my body with the respect, love, and appreciation it deserves.

In short, because I once treated my poor body so badly and mindlessly, quickly shoved processed carb crap into my mouth, I now relish putting nourishing foods into it.

 

2) It’s Horrible to Feel Like a Sugar Slave!

Being addicted to sugar is one of the most awful feelings imaginable. I never ever want to go back there again. That thought has helped to keep me on the sweet sugar-free path.

If I gave into sugar, I would feel powerless, trapped, and disappointed with myself.

And I’d feel much like Cartoon Connie above. Crazy Cravings for junk food galore would be hounding and haunting me all the time. But, thankfully, no more.

Whenever I’ve been tempted–which just doesn’t happen much anymore, I remember that Sweet Freedom is super delicious.

3) To Strive for Perfection is Pointless. But 90 Percent is Possible.

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The Lyme Disease-Sugar Connection

Get Surprised & Helped with the Chronic Lyme Disease Summit

“Beverly Hills” housewife Yolanda Foster. “Soprano’s” star Jamie-Lynn Sigler. Singer Avril Lavigne. Actress Ashley Olsen. Singer Daryl Hall.Actor Richard Gere. Model Christy Turlington. The list goes on and on.

Lyme tickThese celebs have reportedly suffered from Lyme disease, which now debilitates a staggering number of people in the United States. In fact, 300,000 people are infected with Lyme disease each year. Unfortunately, many of these victims are suffering from the worst-case scenario: Chronic Lyme Disease.

Do any of these symptoms sound familiar: Headaches, chills, swollen glands, muscle and joint pain and/or mental confusion?

You may not have a cold or flu. You may have Lyme disease.

It’s my honor and privilege to particulate in the Chronic Lyme Disease Summit (www.chroniclymediseasesummit.com), an online program, which you can listen to for free from Monday, April 4 to Monday, April 11.

The Chronic Lyme Disease Summit is an important event because it can give valuable, much-needed information to those, who’ve been misdiagnosed or are baffled by their unexplained symptoms.

Fact: You don’t need a visible bull’s eye rash or tick bite to prove that you have Lyme disease.

Another startling fact: More people are affected by Lyme disease each year than breast cancer.

During the Chronic Lyme Disease Summit, host Dr. Jay Davidson, who nearly lost his wife to chronic Lyme disease, will be interviewing me.

Kudos to Jay. Because of his wife’s struggles, he became prompted him to do lots of research and help others heal.

During this Chronic Lyme Disease Summit, you’ll learn about diagnosis, testing, an understanding of Lyme disease, cutting-edge information and research, plus practical health tips to get your life back on track.

Now you may be wondering: Why in the world would a sugar expert be so interested in sharing information about Lyme disease?

Read on to learn why.

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2016 Reader Survey: Your Cravings Are Winning

Cravings-Crushing Mondays Feature™: Most of You Have Tried to Stop Indulging “Too Many Times to Remember.”

The results are in: You want your chocolate (several times a day) and dream of cookies, cakes and pastries.

In my recent survey focusing on cravings, the data indicates that all of the above are the big culprits when it comes to triggering your food cravings. But even if you give in “too many times” to your food cravings—as most of you revealed—there is good news.

SurveyResultsareinYou’re not alone. Of the 100 respondents who shared their cravings-profiles, 31 percent admitted that they give in to unwanted food urges at least twice a day.

Plus, nearly half (48 percent) reported that they fall victim to food cravings at least five to ten times in a week. But you don’t just crave sweets. Many of you also yearn for a toxic mix of sweets and salty, fatty snacks.

Here are some interesting statistics that should serve as your wake-up call to make some real changes in the name of health:

  • Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of survey respondents said they get hit by salt, carb or fat cravings at least three times a day, and some (19 percent) reported craving-attacks four, five, up to ten times a day.
  • Nearly four in ten (39 percent) of those surveyed said they had over 11 food cravings a week.

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Take Garlic to Fight Colds

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Maybe you’ve been on a plane. Or in a restaurant or mall. The sound in the air isn’t music playing. It’s the never-ending hacking of those, who are suffering with colds.

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Unfortunately, for the past two weeks, I’ve been recuperating from my own monstrous, end-of-winter upper respiratory bug. (That’s why I had to take time to recuperate and therefore haven’t posted lately. There’s nothing like getting sick to make you do lots of planning. So I’ve laying the groundwork for some exciting programs. Stay tuned for details.)

Lately, since I eat so healthily, I’m trying to figure out what I could have done differently (other than those couple of nights when I didn’t get enough sleep). Oops. I overlooked garlic.  I just couldn’t follow my friend’s advice to inhale it before catching a plane. (No one would have wanted to sit near me!)

Now I want to share some fascinating facts about this powerhouse, which I’ve been putting into in soups for the last couple of days.

Indeed, garlic is a great way to avoid your dripping nose and loud cough in the first place.

Indeed, according to a study done by British scientists who tracked 146 healthy adults over 12 weeks, those who selected to receive a daily garlic supplement came down with 24 colds during the study period, compared twitch 65 colds in the placebo group.

Here are some juicy tidbits about garlic and why it’s one of your best stay-healthy weapons:

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Hit by Cravings? Take a Walk

A Cravings-Crushing Monday™ Tip

Whether you’re yearning for pizza, jonesing for a donut or hankering for any other junky, sugary or carb-heavy snack, cravings relief could be as easy as breathing deeply and taking a short walk.

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It’s my pleasure to introduce you to a simple concept called breathwalking.

An ancient practice going back several thousand years, breathwalking is rooted in several spiritual traditions, including the Zen Buddhism practice of kinhin.

With breathwalking, you’ll be more peaceful and contented, which, in turn, will help you to better control your cravings, according to research published in the medical publication, World Journal of Gastroenterology.

So how does breathwalking help?

What gives breathwalking its curative powers, according to researchers, is the combination of walking (which stimulates the circulatory system to improve brain function, release hormones, and elevate mood) and synchronized breathing, which calms the metabolism, stabilizes heart rate, and releases the serotonin ‘feel good’ hormone.
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