It’s my pleasure to announce that on March 26, my Gab with the Gurus Podcast returns.
You’ll be able to hear from motivating gurus (hence the title) from a variety of fields (such as health, wellness, personal empowerment, relationships, fiction, etc.), who will give you powerful insights, brilliant takeaways, and easy takeaways, which you can immediately apply to your life.
Much as I didn’t want to take a hiatus, it was imperative that I take ample time to do a great job researching and writing my next book, I blew my diet! Now what?
Then, after writing my book, I needed to time to heal from adrenal fatigue. (All those stressful months knocked me out!) Shortly though, yeah!, my editor and I will be done with our work on my book, which is why my Gab with the Gurus Podcast can finally return.
Please note that you may have noticed that I previously called my new podcast, the I blew my diet Podcast. (That was an earlier idea I considered. Instead, I’m returning to the reestablished name of Gab with the Gurus, but I will later have I blew my diet-themed podcasts.)
It’s my honor to be one of the long-term podcasters.
I’ve been hosting my Gab with the Gurus shows since 2008. Before that, I called it the Stop Sugar Shock Show, which debuted July 10, 2007 with an episode featuring Jimmy Moore.
I’ve also had the pleasure to interview hundreds of the most empowering people, including Dr. Mehmet Oz, Suzanne Somers, Lisa Rinna, Montel Williams, Jack LaLanne, Marcy Shimoff and many more. (Read what some fans said about previous shows and guests.
When we return with Gab with the Gurus, we’re making a number of changes to the show.
Every day, around the world, millions of people just like you are blowing their diets. Does this sound familiar?
For the last few years, it’s become
my mission to help you to discover why you blew your diet and how to Rebound
After Relapse™, as I put it.
To that end, I’m pleased to share the cover of my next book, I blew my diet! Now what?
This cover replaces the previous one, which you picked as the favorite one, as I shared earlier. Although we — and you, with your vote — selected, my team and I had to change it, because we found one that was uncannily similar to the earlier design.
Now, I invited you to share your thoughts about this new cover? What do you think?
So how did this book come to be? It really began, because I personally blew my diet for some eight months, after losing my angry, dying Mom.
While I was healing and shedding the weight I’d gained, I’ve been determined and dedicated to discover why people blow their diets.
Now, I’m determined to you how to slim down and take back your power. For instance, you’ll discover how to:
Smash your shame.
Put an end to your guilt, remorse or self-loathing.
Cut out or reverse such health hazards as cancer, heart
disease or type 2 diabetes.
I’ll share more about the book later, but for now, I’d love to hear what you think of this new book cover.
Are You One of Millions Who Crave Carbs Under Stress? Cravings-Crushing Monday/Your Motivating Monday
Do you often feel stressed?
If you’re like millions of us in America, Great Britain, and Australia, you get stressed. You might not even think that you have a good enough reason to be stressed out. For example, you might just be trying to get a cheaper energy provider through someone like Simply Switch, it might be a simple thing to do. But still you get stressed. Getting stressed may often “make” you do such unhealthy things such as eat (or, more likely, overeat) processed carbs and sugary snacks and do other unhealthy things. Now there is nothing wrong with this, as long as you do the correct exercise to balance out all the unhealthy things that you have consumed. One way that you could exercise more is by doing Tennis Lessons, this mean that you’ll have someone helping to coach you through your exercise and you’ll be learning a new skill at the same time.
Today is the first in a series of blog posts in which I help you discover Simple Ways to Shut Down Stress. No need to rush anymore to processed carbs and sugary snacks to unwind, calm down and soothe you.
Now, let’s find out which stresses are now applicable for you.
Or is your level of stress high for another reason?
Admittedly, the inspiration for writing about stress grew out of my own massive, seemingly endless, overpowering stress in the past four years, ever since I moved across country for my dying Mom; helplessly watched for a year while she lost the battle to lung cancer; moved several times (now for the fifth or sixth time); got walloped by carb cravings, overate carbs (which was initially quite embarrassing), gained 21 pounds (which I’ve now lost); recovered from PTSD, started a new life in another part of the country, etc.
Now I’m stressed out (that’s a joke) about how to write about stress, because these fabulous health experts had so many ideas that I just couldn’t put all their tiips into one blog post. Because they shared so many brilliant suggestions, I decided to turn this into a series of blog posts about stress.
“…maybe all you have to do is not be stressed about your stress,” Alan pointed out. “Those who see it as excitement seem to bypass the physiological damage.”
He then suggested that you and I watch McGonigal’s 2013 TED talk, “How to Make Stress Your Friend,” which is one of the 20 Most Viewed TED talks of all time, with 10 million views. The author of the Upside of Stress points out that the goal is not to get rid of stress but to get better at understanding, embracing and using it.
3 Easy Ways to Find Out About Your Cravings -- Your Motivating Monday
Tired of having aggravating cravings for processed, sugary, salty, fatty sort-of foods or processed carbs? To get to the other side of your huge cravings, the first thing you need to do is listen to them, because your cravings can be your teachers.
You may be thinking, “Huh? Why would I want to listen to my cravings? They’ve only taken me down a dark path to bingeing desserts and processed carbs.”
But here’s the thing: To get to the other side of your cravings, you need to give them both the respect and attention that they deserve.
Here’s what’s interesting about cravings. They’re often smart—that is, if they’re not activated by environmental cues such as a brightly lit, enticing fast food restaurant, donut shop or fresh popcorn at the movie theater.
These days, I’ve come to respect my cravings now that my unhealthy cravings for processed carbs have vanished. (My sugar cravings have been long gone.)
Nowadays, the cravings I get are healthy so I listen to them. And that’s what I want for you, too. For instance:
Sometimes I eat at strange times. For instance, today, I craved a lunch-like snack at 10 am. (My body evidently needed lunch early.)
Then, from time to time, when I’m at Whole Foods, I crave Mom’s Chicken Soup—that’s actually the name—but I want no other foods. No salads. No vegetables. All I want is the soup. (I’ve come to respect this craving which I’ve gotten a lot since losing my mother. Clearly, this is a huge emotional craving, which strike around various holidays or birthdays.)
In addition, sometimes I really crave free-range, organic meats. Or I may crave the reverse—I want is a nutritious vegetarian shake with half an avocado, protein powder, chia seeds, carob powder, cinnamon and no fruits. (That was my strange dinner tonight. Well, that and a sugar-free turkey stick.)
So here are 3 Easy Ways to Listen to Your Cravings and to determine if they’re unhealthy or healthy.
First, when you get a craving, ask yourself: “Is this a real bodily craving or an unhealthy, environmentally activated craving?” If it’s the former, then you can act on it. But often, especially if you’re out and about in our junk-food jungle, you’re just being triggered by seeing candies, cookies or chips, then you’re having an unhealthy craving.
Next, consider the consequences of acting on your cravings. Ask yourself, “Will eating this [fill in the name of the food] nourish and energize me or diminish and deplete me?” Then go a little further. Ask your inner guide, “Will eating those chips, crackers or candies make me angry or upset with myself?” You’re smart. You know exactly what will happen if you let your dangerous cravings rule you.
Now’s the time to act on your craving, but in a good way. Ask yourself, “What do I really crave?” Your inner guide is smart. It knows. So ask yourself, “Do I crave a walk outside near nature? Do I crave a conversation with a good friend? Do I crave sleep because I’m tired?”
First, every Thursday and some Mondays (for Your Motivating Monday or Cravings-Crushing Monday), you’ll get a motivating Shareable Quote or a Clever Cartoon on my blog. See one of my favorite cartoons, Sugar Killing You? (It illustrates Sweets in a Coffin!)
Plus, at any time, visit the Shareable Images and Cartoons section on my blog to see motivating quotes from gurus (both living and long gone) about how to overcome your obstacles. See your challenges as stepping stones to a better place and embrace vibrant health. You’ll also find my quotes on how to Crush Your Cravings. And you’ll get provocative Sugar Shock Cartoons from cartoonist Isabella Bannerman. Then spread the image love to your friends, colleagues and loved ones.
Of course, images, especially in this day and age, grab us like nothing else. In fact, did you know that our brains process visuals 60,000 times faster than text? No wonder we say that a picture is worth 1,000 words. (It’s actually worth more than that.)
Ultimately, I became intrigued by how humor could help people chuckle, rise above their challenges and improve their health. So I then began to scout out laugh-out-loud quotes from well-known comedians and humorists.
So now the time has come to motivate, encourage you and spur you to humor, self-reflection and positive transformation using the image-sharing revolution, which I can do now, thanks to valuable members of my team.
It’s time to be dramatic. This cartoon dishes the facts — admittedly, bluntly — that sweets and processed carbs, including licorice, cookies, chocolate cake, ice cream, popcorn, soda and French fries can, in fact, send you to an early grave.
Think I’m exaggerating in this cartoon from the talented Isabella Bannerman?
Unfortunately, I’m not.
When you eat too many candies, soft drinks, and processed carbs, you could get:
Does your diet look like the question mark to your left or the one to your right?
Now, take a guess… What percentage of your diet do you think comes from processed breads, pizza, donuts, buns or chips?
So what’s your processed foods figure?
If you’re like most Americans, more than half of your diet comes from ultra-processed foods. So found a study in the peer-reviewed medical journal, BMJ during which 9317 were surveyed, more than half of people’s foods (57.9 percent) are “ultra-processed.”
The researchers, who were from the University of São Paulo in Brazil and Tufts University in Boston, defined “ultra-processed” foods as: “Industrial formulations of several ingredients, which besides salt, sugar, oils and fats, include substances not used in culinary preparations, in particular additives used to imitate sensorial qualities of minimally processed foods and their culinary preparations.”
Why is it so troubling that 57.9 percent of your diet comes from ultra-processed foods?
First, ultra-processed foods account for almost all added sugars that Americans eat—almost 90 percent.
Second, as this study points out, ultra-processed foods “displace more nutrient-dense foods” — meaning, bye-bye, real foods such as cucumbers, celery and avocados, hello, nutrient-poor, unreal junk foods.
Third, ultra-processed foods make you “overfed and undernourished,” as the study observes. That’s not a recipe for good health.
Then, all those processed carbs you’re eating quickly metabolize into sugar so you’re getting far more sugar than you realize.
Then, your high intake of both sweeteners and sugars from processed foods can — as I shared in my books, Sugar Shock and Beyond Sugar Shock — increase your risk of weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes; higher serum triglycerides, high blood cholesterol; higher blood pressure; stroke; coronary heart disease; cancer; and much more.
Now for less-obvious conclusions, which come from my new insights into cravings: