How I Became The Cravings Ninja™ -- Cravings-Crushing Monday: Get Ready for Peaceful Battle Success Over Sugar & Processed Carbs
Whenever I meet people (such as at recent Bulletproof and Tony Robbins conferences), people are excited and intrigued when they discover that people refer to me as The Cravings Ninja™.
Almost always, they want to know more.
It’s time to explain the phrase I was given about three years ago.
To begin, my goal now as Your Cravings Ninja™, is to lead you to Sweet Victory over those tempting sugary, fatty junk foods.
As The Cravings Ninja, I’m here to guide you to easily, effortlessly, stomp out your wild, irrational, overpowering urges for nutrient-deprived snacks and meals.
Why do people call me The Cravings Ninja™?
By its definition, a ninja is someone, who excels in a particular skill of activity.
Those mythical 12th century warriors infiltrated and went to battle against particular enemies.
Although ninjas often had to be violent, I’m here to lead you into peaceful battle against sugary, fatty, salty non-foods.
Think about it. You can try umpteen diets, but you’ll never shed pounds and then keep them off for good unless you Crush Your Cravings for Good™.
So here’s how I became The Cravings Ninja.
Although I’ve been sugar-free eating minimal carbs (always quality carbs) since 1998, it took my having Crazy Cravings™ and a Carb Relapse in late 2012 after my Mom passed away for me to really “get” this concept more deeply and fully than ever before.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Did you know that Louise founded Hay House in her living room?
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?