10 Questions to Ask to Learn from Your Nightmare

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night because of a nightmare?

Have you had a scary dream during a particularly stressful or challenging time when one of your biggest fears materialized?

Right now, I’m here to remind you that you do NOT need to be taken down or frazzled by a nightmare.

You see, very early this morning, I woke up after a really bad dream. But, darn it, I decided to rise above it and to teach you how to do so, too.

You may be wondering what I dreamed about, but because I believe in staying positive no matter what, I won’t feed it with negativity by sharing what happened.

But after thinking, tapping into my intuition, and some Googling, I came up with 10 Ways to Learn from & Rise Above Your Nightmare.

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I do NOT like to be on camera. Can you relate?

I do NOT like to be on camera in any way!

Can you relate?

In short, I dislike:

* Doing videos
* Doing Facebook lives
* Creating Vlogs (video blog posts)
* Doings Photo shoots or having my photo taken

It’s weird. I wasn’t always this way.

But now, you name it, as soon as anyone picks up a camera, I want to hide my head. 

My dislike of photos, videos, etc. kicked up big time after what I now call My Bittersweet Last Year with Mom. (That’s also when I turned to carbs as if they were my long-lost friends. Which, of course, they weren’t. Of course, that led to a weight gain of 21 pounds, which took a while to shed.)

Here’s why I’m writing about my video and photo phobia.

From working with and emailing so many of you, I know that I’m not alone.

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Announcing Follow Friday

Today it’s my pleasure to announce Follow Friday, a new weekly or biweekly feature on my blog.

On Follow Friday, you’ll find out about some of my absolute favorite people, non-profit organizations, events, products, programs, books, podcasts, and sugar-free, gluten-free, organic foods and beverages.

I’m so excited to finally share things I’ve been eagerly tracking down and excitedly discovering for years. Essentially, you’ll get the benefits of my extensive research to find the cleanest foods, the best movers and shakers, and the most awesome events.

With Follow Friday, my goals are to help you learn about the best people, groups and products to help you become happier and healthier, as well as more productive and empowered.

In short, my intentions are honorable. Please note, to be transparent, that I will NOT take affiliate commissions from any of the people, organizations or events I feature.

What I may or may not do—it depends on the featured party—is request that whoever I write or talk about about (voice recordings are coming) make a donation to my favorite charity, which is the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation (HSF).

FYI, the reason I chose to spotlight the HSF is because without the selfless, giving, compassionate Roberta Ruggiero, its founder and president, I may simply not be alive today. Or I’d be a depressed, lethargic, barely alive shell of my former self. Seriously! Soon, I’ll feature the HSF on Follow Friday, and you’ll learn about how I unintentionally introduced Roberta to Wolfram Alderson, who is now the HSF’s powerhouse chairman.

Here are the guidelines to submit an idea for Follow Friday.

  • Just submit your idea for a group, event, product book or podcast to be featured.
  • If you know someone involved with the event, organization, or product, please introduce me to that person.
  • To be featured for Follow Friday, my team and I will vote on what to feature.
  • Please remember, our intentions are for you to discover someone or something that will improve the quality of your life.

So now, it’s time to come to you for help.

What people, events or non-profit groups do you suggest that I feature on Follow Friday?

If you can, please send an introduction email, later, I’ll be interviewing the company founders, experts, etc.

Share now who you suggest that I feature on Follow Friday.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Today, as you know, is Valentine’s Day, the Day of Love.

You and your honey—if you have one—will likely do something special together, if you’re like most Americans. (If you’re overseas, this
email is still relevant to you.)

But here’s the thing about Valentine’s Day that concerns me:

Why is only ONE day of the year devoted to promoting love?

So this Valentine’s Day, I’d like to make another suggestion:

Today, I urge you to begin to shower yourself with self-love. In other words, become your own valentine.

Before you shower someone else with love and affection, you need to
give yourself love and affection. Only then can you become a truly wonderful sweetheart to another.

Today, I urge you to be super-sweet to both your special someone and yourself. And remember, this is a year-long project.

So I invite you, “Be an Everyday Valentine,” as I previously shared on Heal Your Life,

Be your own a valentine all 365 days of the year.

Remember, when you love yourself, you’re more able to love others and be generous.

So Happy Valentine’s Day to you.

Amazing Charity to Explore: The Hypoglycemia Support Foundation

This week, I’ll have the pleasure of connecting with and helping my favorite charity, the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation, which serves millions worldwide, who have issues with blood sugar. 

Do you often face such confusing ailments as difficulty concentrating, headaches, mood swings, anxiety, severe PMS or menopausal symptoms and/or huge sugar cravings?

If so, you may have this often-misunderstood condition of low blood sugar or hypoglycemia. 

Check out this organization’s awesome infographic to help you learn more about this confusing blood sugar condition.

To see the full infographic, go to the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation website. 

I also invite you to consider making a donation, too. Just go here.

Highest Good

Let Louise Hay Inspire You

For this week, I’d like to remind you that last week’s Thanksgiving feast is a thing of the past.

Even if you’re still feeling sluggish and frazzled after last week’s festivities and possibly overeating, it’s time to nourish yourself with both healthy foods and nourishing thoughts.

So let’s turn to the amazing Louise Hay, whose awesome affirmations can lift you no matter what.

What do you think about when you read this statement? 

Send Your Favorite Sugar-Free, Truly Paleo Recipes for My Next Book

Experiment in the Kitchen for Start-Again Monday

Do you make a delicious gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb vegetable-rich lasagna? Can you create delectable veggie fries that has everyone raving about how they’re better than French fries? Do you know how to whip up scrumptious, low-carb, sugar-free, Paleo cookies?

In short, do you have amazing Paleo recipes, which contain no agave, no honey, no maple syrup, no coconut sugar, and no wine? I call this way of eating Truly Paleo or Sugar-Free Paleo.

For years — especially since I first started my Sugar Shock Blog in 2005 — have been asking me for such recipes, so they can lose or maintain weight and lead a healthy Paleo diet. They’ve been getting frustrated, because many recipes call for adding sweeteners such as agave, honey, or coconut sugar, or even alcohol.

Now, I’d love to feature some of your healthiest, sugar-denying, carb-busting, sugar-free, Truly Paleo recipes in my next book, I Blew My Diet! Now What?  The Super-Simple Plan to Rebound After Your Carb Relapse to Lose Weight for Good. In addition, I’ll feature more recipes in another upcoming book.

So for this week’s Start-Again Monday, I invite you to have some sugar-free fun in the kitchen.

First, you want to know what it means to follow a Paleo diet. Your dish cannot include: (more…)

Create Your Love Potion

Start-Again Monday Fun

Even if you blew your diet last week, this week you can Start Again.

Today’s Adventurcise™ (my word for Adventurous Exercise) will be fun to do.

The best part is that you’ll be able to benefit ALL week, month, year long.

Today’s Adventurcise offers you an easy way to take an important first step to get the slimmer, happier, lovely body you want.

Here’s what you’ll do today.

Find three words to describe the body that you want to have.

Now bear in mind that slim isn’t all you want.

You want — and already have a body — that nurtures, supports
and helps you all day long.

Ready for some fun?

Here are a few words you can choose/use:

Agile
Alert
Amazing
Attractive
Awesome
Beautiful
Fabulous
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