Lean on Rose Quartz to Calm You

Cravings-Crushing Monday: Get Soothed by this Stone Rather than Sugar

Most of you may associate red with the color of love (think, Valentine’s Day), but I invite you to get and cherish a heart-shaped, pink rose quartz, which has been hailed as a powerful healing crystal and as the love Stone.

 

Rose quartz can be your powerful ally in a number of ways.

To begin, it can have a calming, peaceful, soothing effect—which, of course, is far better than the temporary high you can get from sweets or quickie carbs.

What’s more, although most people think red is best for your Valentine, the color pink is also associated with love. (Naturally, it’s affiliated with breast cancer awareness, too.)

When you see pink, you evoke healing, sweetness, and safety, experts say.

“Focusing on pink is a way to do something healing and loving for yourself,” suggests herbalist and nutritional consultant Brigitte Mars.

Feng Shui experts also use pink to soothe the energy in a room, especially in the southwest area of your space, which is is connected to love and marriage.

Think about it. When do you eat sugary foods? Sure enough, you may use sweets as a substitute for love, as many of you have confided in me.

If you’d like to feel love — whether or not you have a special someone this Valentine’s Day — I invite you to rely on rose quartz.

Rose quartz also has been hailed for its ability to to help “open your heart to give and receive love” and to encourage you to “forgive others and especially yourself.”

Crystal and metaphysical experts also recommend:

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Enjoy “The Bliss of Healing” & Then Pass it On to Soothe Others

Music, as you know, can calm you down, help you tune in, and invigorate you.

In short, music is tremendously healing

Indeed, music can and should be a vital part of your journey to health and wellness.

For my part, after my mother died, listening to lots of music really helped me to break through my grief, shock, PTSD, despair, anxiety, turmoil, etc.

Indeed, The Power of Music is astounding and far-reaching, as Elena Mannes reveals in her book of the same name, on NPR and to audience members at the Westport Library.

For instance, did you know that music can lower stress, reduce depression, help your heart health and protect your metal sharpness?

Today’s Woo-Hoo, Feel-Good Tune — a feature I revived yesterday on my Facebook fan page after my much-needed healing hiatus — is the awesome “Bliss of Healing,” from the Pure Heart Ensemble.

While at the Chopra Center recently to see Elizabeth Gilbert, Joan Borysenko, and, of course, Deepak Chopra, I discovered this enticing CD.

As you’ll find, this melody is very, very soothing and healing. Pass it on.

And join us on my Facebook fan page for more great Woo-Hoo, Feel-Good tunes

Contribute to Yummiloo, a Fun, Imaginative Children’s TV Show from Veteran Film/TV Creators Traci Paige Johnson (“Blue’s Clues”) and Caroline Baron

If you’re a parent, you probably get frustrated by the deluge of advertising for unhealthy foods and the dearth of quality TV shows, which promote healthy eating.

It’s time to get excited, you conscious, conscientious, health-oriented parents.

Yummiloo, a fun and healthy-eating promoting TV show from veteran TV and film directors/producers Traci Paige Johnson and Caroline Baron, is in the works.

With your help through Kickstarter, your children, your relatives’ kids or your loved one’s youngsters will be able to watch a food adventure animated TV show that will expose preschoolers to healthy eating through irresistible characters, stories and games.

Pretty cool, right? Help make this awesome children’s TV show show a reality. .

I invite you now to contribute to the KickStarter campaign for Yummiloo before the June 9 deadline.

Now, learn more about Yummiloo below.

YummilooWideImagine if Willy Wonka’s Land of Pure Imagination were filled with healthy food instead of candy. Imagine no more!

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Distracted Driving Can Kill You Like Patrick Dempsey’s “McDreamy” on “Grey’s Anatomy”

 

using cell phones while driving

In short, do you drive while distracted?

If so, you can end up dead, as last night’s episode of the ABC medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” shockingly showed, much to the horror, disappointment, and devastation of fans of the 10-year old show.

In the upsetting episode, actor Patrick Dempsey’s beloved fictional neurosurgeon character—aka “McDreamy”—did something appallingly inappropriate and incongruous for a talented brain doctor on TV (or a real M.D., for that matter).

Dempsey’s Dr. Derek Shepherd drove while distracted, which triggered his untimely death.

More specifically, after rescuing and helping four people from a massive car wreck that he witnessed, he leaned over to hunt for and then answer his ringing cell phone.

But in those few seconds, he didn’t pay attention, a huge trucker sped towards him.

McDreamy’s stupid split second decision to pick up his cell phone cost him his life.  The four-wheeler came blazing out of nowhere and smashed into him, leading to his demise hours later.

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Overdosed on Halloween Candies? 6 Easy Ways to Rebound After Relapse


Please let us know how you’re doing. What are your favorite ways to get back on track?

Halloween_funny_pic_07-400x300If you’re like millions of Americans, yesterday, you overdosed on candies, in large part, because Halloween is a sanctioned National Sugar Overload Day.

For years now — ever since 1998, when I kicked sugar on doctor’s orders — on The Day After Halloween, I hear from frustrated, disappointed, Sugar Shocked people, who want to know how to Get Back on Track.

For instance, today, a determined Christie wrote to say:

“I’m ready to kick sugar again…..again!!! Ready to sleep better at night, have more energy during the day, and have the brain fog lifted!”

If you, like millions of Americans, pigged out on Halloween candies, you’re probably reeling from Sugar Shock — which means you may be feeling dizzy, headachy, sluggish, irritable or wiped out.

Since you’re not feeling so great, here are 6 easy ways to help you Rebound After Relapse™, as I call it,

1. Drink plenty of water. That, of course, you probably know. Add some lemon, too, if you can.

2. Ditch the Sweet Stuff or Hide it in Your Car Trunk. Please don’t keep leftover candies in your home. Temptation can lead to one bite, which, of course, can lead to many more.

Now, if you’d rather not be restrictive with your kids because you feel that they’ll then want more candies, then ration them out. Let your childreen have 2 small candies per day. Then hide the rest in your car trunk or another place that’s not easily accessible.

3. Treat Yourself to Nutritions Meals.

Given that yesterday you tricked yourself, today’s the day to treat yourself with nourishing meals. Think quality protein (free-range chicken, fish, etc.), healthy fats (like a little olive drizzled over your dinner), and quality carbs (a salad and veggies).

4. Savor Sweet Potato & Sweeten with Cinnamon.

If you find yourself craving something sweet today — which can be expected — try sprinkling some cinnamon on a cooked sweet potato or pumpkin. Not only is this combo yummy, but cinnamon, as a 2007 study showed, may lower your blood sugar after meals, (See the actual study here.)  You also can add a dash of olive oil or flax oil, which makes your dish quite tasty. In fact, you can make this your dessert.

5. Sniff Away Your Cravings & Stress.

Since today, you may be feeling especially stressed since you ate a lot of sugar-filled candies, try dabbing on some lavender, which research shows can diminish stress, which is a prime trigger for food cravings. The various chemicals in lavender — such as Linalol, linalyl acetate, geranyle, eucalyptol, pinene, limonene, cineole, phenol, coumarins, and flavonoids — work together by “ stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which then send messages through the nervous system to the limbic system.” That’s “the part of the brain that controls emotions,” according to The Mayo Clinic.

6. Join fitness and nutrition expert JJ Virgin, for for another livestream event with top health experts.

JJ, whose new book, The Sugar Impact Diet, comes out next week, is following up her previous event on Thursday. Today, she’ll speak to cultured foods expert Donna Gates, along with nutritionist Christa Orecchio and Dr. Nalini Chilkov,, who will discuss sugar’s connection to cancer.

A very special thanks to YouOffendMeYouOffendMyFamily.com for this entertaining graphic.

Personal Note from Connie: As you may know, I’m home now with a nasty flu, but I really wanted to help you Get Back on Track after Halloween whille I rest.

Please let us know how you’re doing. What are your favorite ways to get back on track?

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.