Off to Get Inspired, Intrigued & Challenged

Attended a Tony Robbins Conference to a Bulletproof Conference: Seeking to Serve You Better

Lately, I’ve been taking lots of time for me — so I can grow, heal and become better at serving you.

I’ve been in major planning mode so I can create a better future.

Just check out Abraham Lincoln’s quote to get an idea about what I mean.

In order to create an awesome future, I’ve been in conference-attending mode.

That’s why, last week and earlier this week, I attended the Tony Robbins Plat Relationship Event in Hawaii, at which I was introduced to some amazing, intriguing speakers and some intriguing ideas.

Now, after only a day of rest — during which I did some life coaching to get recertified and other projects — I’m headed out to the Bulletproof Biohacking Conference with Dave Asprey and many exciting speakers.

So tonight I need to get some zzzs so I can drive up early to Pasadena.

I invite you to think about your potentially glorious future, too.

You can create an awesome one in which you’ll find it easy to Crush Your Cravings for junk foods.

So please know that I’m off thinking about you often. In fact, soon on my Gab with the Gurus Show, I’ll be introducing you to some awesome products and people, who seek to help you to Get a Life that Rocks, as I like to put it.

 

I’m Doing a Crush Your Cravings™ Documentary!

Find Out How to Be in My Film if You Have Huge Cravings for Sugar, Carbs & Junk Foods

For nearly five years, I’ve been fascinated by the subject of cravings, because after 14-plus years of almost no cravings, Crazy Cravings viciously attacked me after my mother died, following what I now call My Bittersweet Last Year with Mom.

While finding and creating Cravings-Crushing tactics to shed the 21 pounds I gained while healing from PTSD, anxiety, grief, etc., I became furious, embarrassed, exasperated, upset, endlessly (it seemed) frustrated and then utterly fascinated by the subject of cravings.

Initially, it took me two years to get the courage to publicly confess to My Crazy Carb Cravings and my weight gain.

But since my relapse five years ago, I’ve been intrigued by cravings.

Since I’m a journalist by training, the questions have been pouring in:

Why did I get such utterly ferocious cravings (what I call Crazy Cravings) almost immediately after Mom passed away and after I’d stood by helplessly watching her fade away and get more and more angry and irrational?

In short, why did Crazy Cravings strike me with such intensity after My Bittersweet Last Year with Mom?

Sure enough, I discovered, people often gain weight after someone close to them dies. They do something that I call Heartbreak Bingeing™.

That led me to to speculate:  Does the  death of a loved one often lead to pigging out on carbs to stuff grief? (Fellow writer Carolyn Thomas had a similiar experience. )

What about divorce? Does that lead to weight gain or loss? (Turns out, both things can happen.)

Then I conducted five surveys of people on my mailing list to find out more about your experiences. Sure enough, certain patterns emerged.

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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)

Louise HayLately, 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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Clear Clutter to Move Forward

Let Go to Pave the Way for Your Awesome Life & Success - Your Motivating Monday Message

If you’re getting over a trauma, sugar addiction or heartbreak, one of the best things you can do is to clear clutter.

Even your health can suffer if you become a pack rat.

But when you clear clutter, you can get:

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It’s Time to Stand Up, Speak out & Serve

Cravings-Crushing Monday Feature: I'm Conquering My Fears to Speak to Serve You

The time has come for me to make a deep, dark, vulnerable admission.

I have a deep fear of public speaking. What’s more, I’m utterly terrified to do videos, especially posting them on YouTube.

public speaking tips

Unfortunately, my deep fear of public speaking — along with my preference to write and research in private, coach quietly via phone, enjoy peaceful time near the beach, hang out with one or a few close friends or loved ones — is preventing me from achieving my treasured mission and audacious goals, which is to inspire, guide and serve millions worldwide.

In short, my fear of both public speaking and doing videos is in direct opposition to my core beliefs, cherished dreams, and bold vision for the future.

Not giving enough talks is holding me back. And I’m fed up.

It’s high time for me to Stand Up, Speak out and Serve!

Is it time for you, too, to get out, speak and serve?

Since I”m now preparing and training to Speak to Serve™, I’ve decided to create a new column, in which I’ll periodically tell you about my speaking adventures and share insights and tips from heart-centered speakers and authors, who can help those of us with speaking fears. (For instance, I’ve already received wonderful help from the awesome Jeff Walker and Lisa Sasevich, whose tips I’ll share in future posts.)

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Taking Time to Unplug

It's Digital Detox Time

I’m utterly wiped out.

Years of not taking enough time for me — including worrying about my terminally ill Mom, grieving for her, healing from PTSD and then feeling massive digital overload  while trying to catch up so I can serve millions — has done me in.

Digital Overload

So now I’m taking vital down time for me so I can serve you better later.

For the past few years, I’ve been in massive creation mode, and all that writing, researching and creating Cravings-Crushing tools has drained me.

Before I get sick, I’m taking time off.

The recent vacation (and road trip) I took wasn’t much of a vacation, since I was stuck driving up and down the windy, treacherous Highway 1, which is one of America’s most dangerous roads. Talk about stressful.

Sure, it was beautiful but I had to be ever-so alert with the ocean below, while I was was working though the final vestiges of PTSD, or learning many new things.

I can’t even begin to tell you how konked out I feel. I desperately need down time from all that information juggling, finding new cravings research and creating tools to Crush Your Cravings.

Learn more about the dangers of digital overload and how it can really mess you up, including making you less productive.

Digital overload can really mess you up.

Now learn 7 Important Reasons to Unplug.

Have you felt wiped out recently? Have you taken down time? What did you do? Post your comments below (just following this link).

See you on Cravings-Crushing Monday.

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.

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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17 Ways to Recover from a Sugar Overdose

Lessons from My My Horrid, Accidental Sugar Hangovers

You know how drunk people stagger, lose coordination, and get mentally confused?  Well, if you’d seen me earlier this week, you might have assumed I was sloshed on booze.

sugar overdose rollercoaster

But I wasn’t recovering from alcohol overuse. Instead, recently, I had a horrible Sugar Hangover.

And I felt utterly a-w-f-u-l!

What irks and embarrasses me is that I ate sugar by mistake. Because I know better, it should have been easy for me to avoid.

For those of you who haven’t heard my story, I’ve been sugar-free since the spring of 1998, when I quit all sweets and processed carbohydrates on doctor’s orders.

As a result, all 44 of my baffling ailments vanished. They went poof! Nagging symptoms, such as horrid headaches, overwhelming dizziness, and unsettling anxiety disappeared. I was truly “reborn.”

Now, 17 years later, that’s why staying off sugar and quickie carbs is so important to me.

I feel awesome when I’m sugar-free. Eating cleanly makes me energetic, focused, and puts me at the top of my game.

But I feel horrible if I partake of any sweeteners.

Although I haven’t been totally perfect—I slipped a few times early on in my sugar sobriety—I’m always diligent about reading food labels and quizzing waiters so I can avoid all hidden sugars.

But, recently, I let my guard down and inadvertently ingested the sweet stuff.

Here’s what happened a few days ago, while I was at the movie theater.

How Hidden Sugars Nabbed Me

My accidental Sugar Poisoning was my own darn fault.

I know how important it is to always, always, always read food labels very, very, very carefully, —even if a food is allegedly “healthy.” That way I can identity any hidden sugars.

By hidden sugars, I don’t just mean sucrose or brown sugar. I also mean honey, agave nectar, barley malt, coconut sugar, inulin, evaporated cane juice, cane sugar, maltodextrin, monk fruit, eand so on

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Have You, Too, Succumbed to Your Crazy Cravings™ & Had a Relapse?

Have you badly blown your diet, fallen flat on your face and stuffed your face with chips, candies or cookies as if you just couldn’t ever get enough? Were you consumed by utterly Crazy Cravings™, as I now put it?

A year ago, with much professional embarrassment, great reluctance and huge shame, I made what I now call My Carb Confession.

At the time, I shared that after I’d endured a tormented, turbulent year witnessing my Mom dying from a virulent cancer, I became badly TAGGED-B — that’s my acronym for Traumatized, Abused, Gripped by Grief, Emotionally Devastated and Betrayed.

Then, while reeling and healing from a year of incessant fight-or-flight reactions, I was suddenly seized and gripped by what I now dub Crazy Cravings™.

Although sugary desserts didn’t beckon me as they had back in 1998, before I kicked sweets on doctor’s orders, sugar’s dangerous cousins — especially processed carbohydrates such as corn crunchies, movie popcorn, and sweet potato chips — lured me often, leading to do lots of what I now Heartbreak Bingeing™. Not surprisingly, I quickly packed on 21 pounds. Then, about 11 months after I began relapsing, it hit me that I’d been plunging in and out of Carb Shock™, which is like Sugar Shock.

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Sugar Shock Blog Celebrates 10 Years

Get Tips, Tidbits & News on Sugar, Carbs & Living a Sweet Life

Sugar Shock Blog is 10 years old! How could I have neglected to write a blog post about this important milestone?

So it’s time to mark this momentous occasion.

At the same time, I invite you to help me make this Sugar Shock Blog better.

It’s now time for some history. The Sugar Shock Blog made its debut on June 7, 2005, while I was writing my first book, Sugar Shock.

Back in 2005, my goals were to educate, entertain and entice you to consider leading a healthier, sweeter, sugar-free life.

For most of its 10 years, I hosted the Sugar Shock Blog on Typepad. As you may have noticed, recently, we moved the Sugar Shock Blog over to WordPress, and it’s now an important part of my main website.

Over the years, many of the Sugar Shock Blog goals have remained the same. Now, our goals are:

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