Rock Bottom Can Become A Solid Foundation to Rebuild

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“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” – J.K. Rowling

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Challenges Make You Stronger and More Determined

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“Challenges make you stronger, more determined and focused on your Big Goals.”- Connie Bennett, the Cravings Ninja

Do you get overwhelmed, stressed out and frazzled when you face a challenge? I invite you to consider challenges as your springboards to better opportunities.

challenges make you stronger

So why are challenges on my mind?

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Take Your Smart M.E.D.S.

No, I'm not talking about drugs - Your Cravings-Crushing Monday, New Year's Jumpstarter

Now that the year is winding down, if you’re like millions, you’re starting to think about your deep desire to shed sugary, fatty, possibly gluten-filled junk foods; shed excess weight; and Take Back Your Willpower.

To help you keep on track on a daily basis, I’d like to introduce you to a simple acronym, which will  help you easily remember what to do to take care of yourself on a daily basis so that you’ll easily Crush Your Cravings.

Every day, I urge you to Take Your Smart M.E.D.S. (as I call them) as to way to enrich yourself and to lead a sweeter, better happier life. Bear in mind that MEDs does not mean medication. Rather, I’m sharing some ideas with you that are safer and healthier than prescription pills.
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You can print out this blog post and carry it with you to remind yourself of the fun, healthy, rewarding activities you can do instead of Caving into your Cravings for dangerous sugar, gluten, fat or salt cravings.

Learn now how to Crush Your Cravings by applying (not taking) what I call Smart M.E.D.S.

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Get Your Free Crush Your Cravings Gift

Cravings-Crushing Gift: 3 Super-Simple Secrets to Crush Your Cravings for You, Your Loved Ones & Online Friends

Since just about wherever you go this holiday season, you’ll be tempted by sugary, salty, fatty junk foods, I have a special gift for you, which will help you begin to easily, effortlessly, even playfully Crush Your Cravings for good.
unnamedIt’s time to get my newly revised Crush Your Cravings, Quick-Start Guide, which will give you 3 Super-Simple Secrets to Crush Your Cravings.

This Quick-Start-Guide — which I updated recently to add one more tip and to make it faster and easier for you to download — will help you rise above your frustrating cravings, beginning immediately.

So you can start to Crush Your Cravings this holiday season.

Bear in mind that if you do not Crush Your Cravings for sugar, carbs, fat or salt, you’ll probably pig out, gain weight and feel powerless.

So learn three easy, powerful, proven ways to Crush Your Cravings.

Over the holidays, you can use these super-simple, fast-acting, science-based techniques quickly and even secretly, while you’re out and about in our temptation-filled, convenience-driven world.

In your free Quick-Start Guide, you’ll discover:

  • How “Fast-and-Convenient” is both your Enemy and Your Ally.
  • What percentage of us get cravings and why. (You’ll be shocked by my findings.)
  • The Handy Cravings-Crushing Trick™. (Use this in movie theaters. It works brilliantly!)
  • The Turn-On-Your Willpower Tactic™. (Ideal for when you’re tempted on the go.)
  • How to Surf the Urge, Step Aside & Thank Your Cravings. (Yes, you can thank your cravings for waking you up.)
  • How to get weekly, Cravings-Crushing help so you can ignore those unhealthy, sugary, fatty, salty sort-of foods.

Why do I know so much about cravings? Well, for four years this month, I’ve delved deeply into this subject. It all began after the death of my mother when I was pounced on by Crazy Cravings, gained 21 pounds and lost my willpower for a few months.

But now that I’m the Master of my Cravings — actually, I only get good cravings now — I’m determined to help you Crush Your Cravings, no matter where you are, who you’re with and what junk foods entice you.

Ready to rock now?

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Just click the link here to get your 30-page, fun, fascinating, science-based Quick-Start Guide, which gives you 3 Super-Simple Secrets to Crush Your Cravings.

Let my Cravings-Crushing, Quick-Start Guide whisk you away from temptation for junk non-foods and and into the glorious, delicious, liberating world of self-control.

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Did You Overeat Recently? Shower Yourself with Compassion

Pigged Out on Thanksgiving or Recently? Easy Cravings-Crushing Monday Tip

So did you overeat and go back for seconds or thirds on Thanksgiving or at a recent holiday party? You’re in good company. Millions of you have already caved into your cravings for sugary, salty, fatty junk-food treats.

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Today, for Cravings-Crushing Monday, I’m here with one easy way to let yourself off the hook.

Let’s say you pigged out last week at Thanksgiving.

Or you overate in the days that followed.

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, you feel yourself sliding down a slippery slope.

You may feel like a runaway train.

You’re now finding it hard to say “No thank you” to many sugary, fatty, salty temptations.

How do you stop your downward spiral?

Just Shower Yourself with Compassion.

This powerful tactic can rescue you no matter how much you’ve pigged out.

As I shared here, self-compassion can even help you lose weight.

Considerable research reveals the remarkable healing power of self-compassion.

And if you’ve blown your diet recently, self-compassion is exactly what you need.

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What is Cravings-Crushing Monday?

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You know how absolutely awful you can feel on Monday, after a weekend of blowing your diet and feeling trapped by overpowering cravings to eat—or, rather scarf— various bad-for-you nonfoods?

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For many who’ve eaten badly over the weekend, Monday is often the day they vow to finally get back on track.

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The Insomnia-Carb-Cravings Connection

A Cravings-Crushing Monday Feature

It happens to many of us: We spend a night tossing and turning and then the next day, we’re blearily dragging ourselves through work, meetings, family obligations, or other planned activities.

Your head may ache, you find it hard to stay focused, your energy levels plummet, and almost inevitably, you crave just about every donut, bagel or chocolate chip cookie in sight.

Sound familiar?

Sure, you can blame your sleeplessness on stress, your late-night meal, your late-afternoon coffee, your hormones, lots of EMF, or a loud neighbor. Or maybe you just needed to run to the restroom.

Whatever the reasons, you want and need to go back to sleep.

Next week, I’ll share 7 Ways to Get Back to Sleep, but now, you need to know about the all-important Insomnia-Carb-Cravings-Connection.

Not enough sleep can bring on wicked carb cravings — the kind that are really tough to resist.

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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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Did You Have a Relapse? 10 Ways to Bounce Back after You Blow Your Diet

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Have you had a diet relapse?  If so, don’t fret. You can easily Bounce Back after You Blow Your Diet.

diet relapseIn fact, I’m a success story. Indeed, as I reluctantly admitted last year, after my mother died — while I was reeling from grief, despair, betrayal, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome) and more — I had a Carb Relapse, which, much to my professional embarrassment, lingered for some 10 months. Not only that, but I packed on 21 pounds.

For the past two-plus years, I’ve been eating cleaning, and yes, I slimmed down, too.

These days, I’m intrigued by relapse. Why do people blow their diets? How, and with what foods? (In my case, I went for carbs, not sugar.)

Now, I’m determined to show you how not to blow your diet when abuse, gut-wrenching grief, tragedy strike.

Ever since I a Relapse Bouncer, I’ve become a magnet for questions about the topic.

Someone just asked me today, “How do you bounce back after a relapse?”

To help you, too, Bounce Back After Relapse, I’ve been creating or finding tips to help you get you back on track. Here are 10 Ways to Bounce Back After You Blow Your Diet.

1. Shower yourself with compassion if you’ve blown your diet.

If you slip on your diet, this is not the time to berate or belittle yourself. Instead, use your relapse as a reason to lavish yourself with kindness, understanding and sympathy. The research is mounting on the benefits of giving yourself compassion. (More about that in a future post.)

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

 

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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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