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?

 

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.

Do You Binge When You’re Angry?

Cravings-Crushing Monday: The More You Forgive, the Less You'll Crave Junk Foods

What do you do when you’re angry, bitter or resentful?

When you’re consumed by anger, do you or have you turned to chips, candies or other junk foods full of sugar or processed carbs?

In short, did you get cravings when you’re furious?

Then did you binge?

And did that lead to weight gain?

You’re in good company.

Millions overeat junk foods and become obese, because they shove toxic foods into their mouths while consumed by toxic emotions such as anger.  (Of course, other emotions may play into this, too.)

Anger is one of the most dangerous emotions.

Research shows that if you suppress it or express your anger, you may develop a variety of diseases, including coronary heart disease, bulimia and type 2 diabetes, as well as cancer, which also has been linked to anger.

I invite you to ask yourself: Are you one of those, who pigs out when you’re angry?

Indeed, the more you forgive, the less you’ll crave.

Rather than just tell you to quit being angry, I invite you to learn about the power of forgiveness.

Once you forgive, you’ll get less cravings and find less of a need to binge.

To get you on the road to forgiveness, I recommend that you check out two books: One is The Forgiveness Solution by Dr. Philip Friedman.and Forgive for Good by Dr. Fred Luskin.

While you’re waiting for one or both books to arrive, I invite you to listen to the fascinating interviews that I did with Drs. Friedman and Luskin, who both offer fascinating information about the power of forgiveness.

First,  I invite you to listen do Dr. Luskin’s take on forgiveness.

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Remembering the Amazing Louise Hay

The Five of Many Times Louise Hay Lifted Me Up Or Changed My Life (Your Motivating Monday)

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the the amazing Louise L. Hay, who passed away August 30 at the age of 90.

It’s tough to describe the profound influence on me by this remarkable, trailblazing, positive-thinking woman, who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting four or five times over the past few years.

In fact, one of my fondest memories about Louise Hay is that I had the distinct honor to talk with her at her fabulous, private 85th birthday party in San Diego in 2012.

The stunning party was for Hay House authors, and I was sooooooooo thrilled, because my second book, Beyond Sugar Shock, was but two months away from reality by none other than Hay House, the publishing house I so admired.

(Unfortunately, my joy at becoming a Hay House author and talking with Louise was greatly clouded by the fact that my mother had recently been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. (In fact, I’d just flown in to San Diego for Louise’s party after spending a heartbreaking week with with my dying mother. Later, I moved 3,000 miles, from the East Coast, to be with my Mom at the end of her life. But that’s another story.)

You, too, I imagine — if you’re into growing, reaching your potential and becoming the most wonderful person you can be — have been positively guided by Louise Hay.

All of us, thankfully, can still be guided by this legend  although Louise Hay is no longer on this earth.

By the way, if you don’t know much about Louise Hay, I urge you to find out now and I’m sure you’ll be inspired when you do that. For instance, do you know the following  three tidbits?

  1. Did  you know that Louise founded Hay House in her living room?
  2. Did you know that You Can Heal Your Life has sold 50 million copies?
  3. Did you know that Louise founded Hay in 1984 as a way to self-publish her first two books, Heal Your Body and You Can Heal Your Life ?
  4.  Did you know that when Louise got cancer that instead of doing and drugs, she “instead developed an intensive program of affirmations, visualization, nutritional cleansing, and psychotherapy” and that within six months, “she was completely healed of cancer?
  5. Did you know that Louise Hay spent years helping men with AIDs and in 1985, she began her famous support group, “The Hayride,” which, by 1998, grew to a weekly gathering of 800 people and had to moved to an auditorium in West Hollywood?
  6. Did you know that Hay House authors include many notables in the self-help movement, including Dr. Wayne Dyer, Joan BorysenkoDr. Christiane Northrup, and Doreen Virtue?

Just think: This amazing woman, who had been abused while younger, ultimately started a worldwide company, which is committed to delivering products and services that empower and educate the individual, while helping to heal our planet.”

Now, let me share four major times that Louise Hay has helped me in enormous ways.
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How Do You Start to Kick Your Sugar & Carbs Cravings?

Answering one of Your Top FAQ -- Your Easy Cravings-Crushing Monday Pointer

Whenever people meet me, take one of my programs,  do private or group coaching with me, they invariable immediately ask me: “Connie, how can I kick my sugar or carb cravings?”

One of the simplest, but most powerful strategies is so easy you’ll be shocked by its effectiveness.

Let me introduce you to my Delay Away Your Cravings Tactic™, which I also call Creative Procrastination™.

In short, Just Delay before you put any sweets or carbs into your mouth–even if all you plan to do is nibble. (As you may know, your good intentions to have just a taste or two can lead to a binge.)

I hit on my Delay Away Your Cravings Tactic back in 1998 when I was reluctantly kicking sweets and refined carbs on doctor’s orders. To this day, I continue to be amazed at how easy, effortless, and darn effective it is.

Think about it:  If you mindlessly nosh on fast-acting sweets or much-like-sugar carbs™ (my phrase for processed carbs),  you’ll become headachy, wiped out, spaced out, moody, depressed or even angry at yourself, as you’ve revealed in surveys you’ve taken with me.

But what you do in that minute or two after your craving hits can make or break your diet.

In short, if you cave into cravings, it may be bye-bye, weight loss; hello, weight gain.

But I’m determined to help you get over that “Must-Have Sugar Now! hurdle.”

Let’s delve into this Delay Before You Cave into Cravings.

Just think about it: What’s one of the things many, if not most of us, do when we don’t want to do something? We procrastinate.

Usually people think of procrastinating as a bad thing, but you can make it quite powerful, positive and health enhancing.

So when you want to Crush Your Cravings, the starting point is to procrastinate.

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8 Reasons to Celebrate When You Reach Sugar Independence

Just Think: You Can Be Free of Your Cravings for Processed Sweets & Carbs

While we celebrate Independence Day weekend in the United States, I invite you to think about how glorious it will feel to Celebrate Sugar Independence.

Even if you now feel trapped, discouraged and overwhelmed by your sugar addiction, imagine that you’ve actually broken free of over-attachment to sugar. Here are 8 Reasons to Celebrate Your Sugar Independence.

1) When you’ve kicked sugar and processed carbs, you’ll enjoy a delicious feeling of freedom.

You know how your sugar and carb addiction makes you feel trapped, burdened and weighed down (emotionally and literally, of course)?

Well, the reverse can be true. When you no longer have a sugar or carb addiction dogging you, you’ll feel the most amazing feeling of freedom.

2 ) When you turn your back on sugar and achieve Sugar Independence, you’ll Enjoy a Sweeter Life Naturally.

Admittedly, the taste of sweet snacks and desserts may entice you, but only momentarily. That sugar “rush” will vanish pretty quickly, and you’ll feel wiped out, discouraged and disappointed in yourself.

But when you Let Your Sugar Addiction go, Life is Sweeter Naturally, as I like to say.

3) When you shed sugar, you’ll easily shed weight, too. Maybe you’ll even turn heads soon.
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