How to Reverse Fatigue: Your 3-Step Plan to Feeling Awesome: Guest Post by By Yuri Elkaim

Note from Connie: Today, it’s my pleasuret to present a guest post from my colleague Yuri Elkaim, author of the new book, The All-Day Energy Diet.

Join Yuri and me tomorrow, when he joins my Gab with the Gurus Show to tell you how to get more consistent, steady energy. Remember, as with all of my shows, you can listen live or later.

600px_The-All-Day-Energy-Diet1 jpg speedilic ic Z0S9KqP__GHow to Reverse Fatigue by Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, RHN

If you’re tired most of the time, then it means your body is crying for help. Low energy is a warning sign that something inside your body isn’t quite right.

Considering the amount of sickness and “overweightness” that has now engulfed our world, it’s no surprise that more and more, people are feeling exhausted.

What’s important for you to know is that when you improve your energy, you improve your health.

The most common question I get asked is, “Yuri, what’s the #1 thing I can do have more energy?”

Thankfully, the answer to that question is easy to answer. And it has nothing to do with shots of espresso or sugar-filled treats.

The secret to fatigue-proofing your body (and raising your overall level of health) boils down to optimizing what’s going on inside your body.

Yuri ElkaimLet me explain…

Each of us is at war, and we don’t even know it. The private war we each wage is a daily assault on our body by acid-forming foods such as alcohol, animal products, and refined sugars, as well as by bacteria, virus, fungus, yeasts, and molds.

We have entered what might be referred to as critical mass when it comes to this onslaught being waged against us by stronger and stronger killer bugs and poorer and poorer food choices.

Our immune systems are becoming weaker and over-taxed in this war. Even the medical profession’s first line of defense, the antibiotic, is becoming less and less effective against resistant new strains being created daily as the bacteria mutate.

Since Louis Pasteur discovered the germ theory of disease stating that germs are the cause of disease, time has corrected him.  Even Dr. Pasteur himself noted in his dying words: “The germ is nothing, the environment is everything.”

The environment referred to in Dr. Pasteur’s statement is known as our biological terrain and refers to the health of our “internal” environment.

A major determinant of our internal health is the acid-alkaline balance within many of our body’s fluids, namely our blood.

Our blood is alkaline by design and acid by function – meaning that it produces acid as a function of metabolism.  Maintaining proper alkalinity is therefore essential for life, health, and vitality.

Under ideal alkaline conditions, the red blood cells (RBCs) within our blood are able to deliver energy-producing oxygen to our cells. However, an imbalance of alkalinity creates a condition whereby our RBCs begin to clump together, making it more difficult for them to reach their ultimate destination and drop off that much needed oxygen to our cells.

And if your blood is sluggish, you will be, too.

Leading biochemists and medical physiologists have recognized pH (or the acid-alkaline balance) as the most important aspect of a healthy (and energized) body. They have long known that the maintenance of an alkaline pH in the tissues and cells is critical to our health.

For instance, Dr. Linus Pauling, two-time Nobel Prize recipient, was the first to show that cancer cells cannot grow in alkaline environments.

Unfortunately, for most people, current lifestyle habits have created highly acidic bodies. The standard western diet is characterized by an overindulgence of all types of foods and drinks that disrupt our blood’s ideal pH balance.  As a result, we feel less than ideal as we go through our days.

So how can you make your body (your blood really) more alkaline to stay healthy and energetic?  Here are a few simple steps you can take immediately:

  1. Eat and drink more greens.  Green vegetables are the greatest source of alkaline minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium, and they deposit a large alkaline load in the body. They are pure energy, and they also give your body tremendous amounts of vital nutrients. The easiest way to benefit from their powers is to enjoy a fresh-pressed green juice or homemade smoothie at least once per day.
  2. Limit your caffeine consumption.  I know this might be tough, but caffeine is a huge contributor of acid and provides unnecessary stimulation in your body. Other than the quick “artificial jolt” that it produces, chronic reliance on this stimulant taxes your adrenal glands (which are needed to help you cope with stress) and wreaks havoc on your blood sugar levels, both of which affect how you feel throughout the day.
  3. Start your day with a glass of freshly squeezed lemon water.  Lemon, although acid in nature, is alkaline-forming inside the body. It is also highly beneficial for cleansing your liver, the organ responsible for filtering toxins  that circulate in the body. Happy liver, happy body.

Apply these simple steps and you’ll be well on your way to having more energy from the time you wake up until you call it a day.

Here’a one quick recipe to help you on your way:

Sprout Salad

Makes 2 servings

3 cups sprouts (broccoli sprouts, alfalfa, lentils, etc.) 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Splash of lemon juice
Pinch of sea salt
Fresh ground black pepper

Combine sprouts and tomatoes in a bowl.

Whisk all other ingredients together. Combine vinaigrette with sprout mixture and serve.

Yuri Elkaim is a holistic nutritionist, fitness expert, and author of The All-Day Energy Diet. He is known for helping people enjoy all-day energy and amazing health in a very short period of time without radical diets or gimmicks. He’s on a mission to transform the lives of more than 10 million people by 2018. For more visit http://www.alldayenergydiet.com

Note from Connie: Remember to catch Yuri this week when he comes on my Gab with the Gurus Show to tell you how to get more consistent, steady energy. (As with all my Gab with the Gurus Shows, you can listen live or later.

Why We Overeat: The Toxic Food Environment & Obesity

What do a Bagel & a Candy Bar Have in Common?

Ever wondered why we overeat?

why we overeatDo you or your loved ones overeat? Have you or your family members been gaining unwanted excess weight? Are you concerned about our obesity crisis?

To gain insights into why two-thirds of us are getting fatter and sicker, I urge you to watch a video of this fascinating panel discussion, “Why We Overeat: The Toxic Food Environment & Obesity,” thanks to the Harvard School of Public Health and the Huffington Post.

I came across this fabulous video while doing research for research for my next book, Crush Your Crazy Carb Cravings™.

This program presented an illustrious panel, which included:

  • Walter Willett, Chair, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, and Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition
  • David Kessler, Former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco; and Author, The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite
  • Dariush Mozaffarian, Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School and
  • Michael Rich, Director, Center on Media and Child Health, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Plus, the “Why We Overeat” panel was moderated brilliantly by Meredith Melnick, Editorial Director for HuffPost Healthy Living.

This program has many fascinating points. In particular, I urge you to pay attention to these fascinating comments from Dr. Mozaffarian:

“Now sugar, I agree that sugar is a problem, but sugar is no greater a problem than totally unsweetened refined grains. And the worry I have about just focusing on sugar, it gives the refined grains, it gets them off the hook.

“So white bread, all refined cereals that have no added sugar at all, they say zero sugar on the panel, those are just as bad. And when we’ve looked at populations of hundreds of thousands of people, the weight gain associated with Skittles is exactly the same weight gain that is associated with Corn Flakes or white bread or a bagel. So to think that a bagel, that has no sugar, is different than candy is really misleading. …”

Also, I invite you to keep watching to check out the second video (at 59:00) from the HBO film, Weight of the Nation, .where you can discover which beverages contain the most sugar content, thanks to The WATCH Nutrition Clinic.

I’d love to hear what you think about this video.

 

Watch the video here. (I had to take it down, because it would automatically play every time you came to my Sugar Shock Blog.

Join the Conversation. What is your biggest Ahah! from this “Why We Overeat” video?

Special thanks to www.NoGrainer.com for the artwork on this blog. Given that I’m on tight deadline for my next book, I didn’t verify that it was okay to use this artwork. So, if I posted this and shouldn’t have, please let me know, and I’ll be happy to take it down.

Confessions of a Health Expert: Special Thanks to Sean Croxton

We’d like to hear from you. What is your Big Confession? It feels great to do! Join us! Together, let’s move on to create a glorious life. Talk to us now.

Last week, before heading out of town to hang out with some fellow health experts, I made what I consider My Big Carb Confession.

I finally came clean about how for months after my Mom passed away, when I was walloped by grief, anguish and symptoms of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), I quit walking my clean carbs talk.

What a relief it was to finally admit that I’d had a relapse! That freed me up to plunge into my big plans.

Indeed, admitting to you that I had flopped has now unleashed a new enthusiasm and excitement in me to serve you. In fact, not only am I back to eating cleanly (and have been for a year), but I’m also working on an exciting new  book to help you Tame Your Cravings™.

In case you missed My Big Carb Confession, here’s a summary of what I shared:

  1. After my mother died, for months, I did lots of what I now call Heartbreak Eating™ or Heartbreak Bingeing™ of refined carbs, as well as salty cheeses and oily nuts.  (FYI, this wasn’t just emotional eating. Heartbreak Bingeing — which is fueled by colossal,gut-wrenching, profound pain caused by huge loss, abuse, or even betrayal — is far more intense, frenetic, and frantic than emotional eating.)
  2. Although I cavorted with carbs in a big way — shoveling in movie popcorn, onion rings, and corn nuggets — I did, however, continue to steer clear of my old sugary favorites, which I’d quit in 1998, as I reveal in my books, Sugar Shock.and Beyond Sugar Shock.
  3. My Heartbreak Eating had led me to pack on 20 extra pounds. .
  4. What’s more, for months, due to the intensity and ferocity of my grief

    , PTSD, and anguish, I kept ignoring what I know well, which is that processed carbohydrates quickly convert to sugar in your bloodstream, which is why, for years I’ve been calling them quickie carbs, fast carbs, culprit carbs and much-like-sugar carbs.

  5. In short, all those fast

     carbs I’d been inhaling had been sending me flying in and out of Sugar Shock, or more accurately, Carb Shock. Hence my many symptoms of depression (and how!), mood swings, crying spells (lots of them), insomnia, and big brain fog.

  6. Of course, grief over the loss of a loved one is tough enough to face, but when you eat crappy carbs, you exacerbate your many ailments, which is what happened to me.

Anyhow, for about a year, I’ve been back to eating cleanly, thanks to lots of healing work and workshops, including grief counseling, therapy, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), energy work and many cool tactics, which I’ve created or discovered to help me confront those Crazy Carb Cravings™.

I’m also happy to report that I’m close to my weight loss goal. I’ve shed 18 of the 20 pounds I gained doing Heartbreak Eating, and I’m now working off the additional inches to get back to my previous slim, toned figure.

Making My Big Carb Confession.was a huge deal for me. I was embarrassed to admit that I fell offf the wagon and that I was no longer doing what I encourage others to do.

health expert For months, I’d been thinking about coming clean about my carb relapse.

That’s why I need and want to thank the amazing Sean Croxton, whose Confessoins of a Health Blogger post finally gave me courage to make My Big Carb Confession.

I urge you to get on Sean Croxton’s mailing list. Sean is a passionate health and fitness professional, who is dedicated to revolutionizng the way the world thinks about health.

His Underground Wellness videos and Underground Wellness Radio are quite popular, and I encourage you to listen to these exciting programs, where you can catch Sean interview such top names in health and fitness such as Paul Chek, Mark Sisson, Dr. Robert Lustig, Julia Ross, and Cynthia Pasquella..

Anyhow, thank you, Sean, for inspiring me to join you in making My Big Carb Confession.

We’d like to hear from you. What is your Big Confession? It feels great to do! Join us! Together, let’s move on to create a glorious life. Talk to us now.

Low-Carb & Weight-Loss Dream: The NoOodle or The Miracle Noodle with Glucomannan

Konjac plantDo you crave pasta but are worried about all the carbs?

Meet shirataki, the traditional Japanese food I recently discovered, thanks to vegetarian chef Sarah Nee, who uses it to create an amazing Organic Coconut Kelp Noodle dish. Yummy!

If you haven’t yet tasted this calorie-free, fat-free, gluten-free noodle, you’ve been missing out on a great food and find.

Sold on varying websites and stores, The NoOodle, The Miracle Noodle, or etc. is the ideal weight-loss food for people, who are seeking to restrict sugar, calories, and carbs.

Often called konnyaku noodles, these traditional Japanese textured noodles are thin, chewy, translucent, gelatinous, and have almost no flavor by themselves.

Super low in carbs with zero calories, their key ingredient is a water-soluble dietary fiber called Glucomannan, which is derived from the root of yam-like Konjac plant grown in Japan and China.

Pasta lovers 001If weight is an issue with you, this food is your ally. In fact, Shape Magazine called Glucomannan The Weight-Loss Supplement Dr. Oz Loves.

But weight loss is only one of its many virtues. Not only does this food help you shed weight, but it is highly versatile.

For instance, you can create Chicken Vegetable NoOodle Soup. Or you can make Primavera NoOodle and Mama Mia Marinara. (If dairy is an issue, I recommend skipping the Parmesan cheese).

Split-Pea-Dal-Soup-with-Miracle-Noodle-Rice-Spinach-and-TomatoesYou also could try Split Pea Dahl Soup with Miracle Noodle Rice, Spinach, and Tomatoes.

Manufacturers of this versatile product note that this zero-calorie, low-carb food has many benefits.

For instance, according to the NoOodle company website, their product allegedly:

  • Delays hunger and lowers calorie uptake.  Glucomannan in NoOodle increases the viscosity of gastro-intestinal content and extends the feeling of fullness so one doesn’t feel hungry for a longer period of time. It also reduces rate of food absorption in the small intestine.
  • Promotes satiety.  Glucomannan is made up largely of water, which fills one up quickly, making you feel satiated..

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Sugar Shock Blog Has New Banner/Logo to Include Beyond Sugar Shock

Sugar-shock-blogI'm pleased to announce that the Sugar Shock Blog just got a new banner.

It now includes the cover for both my first book, Sugar Shock, and my upcoming book, Beyond Sugar Shock, which comes out in June from Hay House.

Both book covers convey that you can first discover the sour news about sugar (Sugar Shock) and then get a simple, empowering six-week program to Break Free (Beyond Sugar Shock).

By the way, I invite you to learn about the exciting recent endorsements received from such amazing peoople as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, Bryan Tracy, Marci Shimoff, and John Assaraf.

In addition, my next book has been praised by such sugar gurus Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum (Beat Sugar Addiction Now), Dr. Richard Johnson (The Sugar Fix), Jeff O'Connell (of Sugar Nation fame.

Learn more here about other endorsements.

Stay tuned also for exciting news about Beyond Sugar Shock Book Launch activities.

Anyhow, what do you think of the new banner? Let us know.

 

Launch Your Product or Business with Michael A. Stelzner

Do you have a product or business that you’d like to build quickly and steadily?

If so, I urge you to listen to this Gab with the Gurus Radio Show that I conducted last year with social media guru Michael A. Stelzner after the release of his book, Launch: How to Quickly Propel Your Business Beyond the Competition.

This interview is fascinating!

I’m re-listening to this amazing show to get some innovative ideas on how to promote my next book, Beyond Sugar Shock. If you have any hot ideas, please feel free to submit them here.

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