Santa is a Huge Sugar Addict, Who Skips Self Care

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Santa Claus may embody cheerful generosity and innate goodness, but the beloved, jovial character has some serious health problems.

To begin, he is a huge sugar addict.

At every house he visits, the beloved gift-giver noshes on sugary, gluten-filled cookies that well-intentioned parents left for him.

Come to think of it, aren’t millions of us like Santa?

No wonder Santa can’t resist the sweet stuff.

Just think of Santa’s plight.

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What is Cravings-Crushing Monday?

Join the Cravings-Crushing Monday Movement & Get Weekly Help to Slim Down & Boost Your Health

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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Crush Your Crazy Cravings™ for Sugary, Salty, Fatty Junk Foods

Cravings-Crushing Mondays Begins -- Hope, Help or Tools Every Week

You know how absolutely awful it feels to be in the stranglehold of an overpowering urge to eat—or, rather scarf— a certain bad-for-you nonfood?

Do you feel like a hamster trapped on a spinning wheel—and against your will, you’re driven this urgent, burning, panicky need to shovel that edible junk food into your mouth now?

Then, do you find that you just can’t stop thinking or fantasizing about your favorite donut, popcorn or [fill in the name of your preferred drug—okay, I mean, your trigger food]?

Even worse, do those junk foods keep calling out to you so you’ll eat or binge on them?

Do the enticing-looking, savory-smelling goodies seem to beckon you, pleading “E-a-t me, e-a-t me?”

Throw stress into the mix, and you have a disastrous recipe for bingeing on unhealthy foods loaded with sugar, fat or salt.

Then add your time of month or time of life, grief, challenges with your honey or mother, work woes or other compelling reasons, and danger is on the way.

In short, do you get “possessed”—or so it feels—by what I call Crazy Cravings™?

But I’m here to bring you help every week. Welcome to Cravings-Crushing Mondays…

Crazy Cravings are the SINGLE Biggest Hurdle to Health & Weight-Loss Success

Why am I doing Cravings-Crushing Mondays?

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Time to Sort, Donate & Clear Clutter

How Organized Are You? How Can Organizing Help You?

Recently, I had to face some hard facts. During the past three years, ever since my mother died, I’d become a pack rat — worse than I’ve ever been. And all those mounds of papers, decorative objects and various doodads were dragging me down.  Uh-oh, it was time to get organized!

Are you, too, being held back because you’re not organized? Tell us now on Facebook.

The words, “How Organized are You?” on a thermometer remind you that now is the moment to get things in order, straighten out your mess, and create a process or system to keep things tidy, clean and neat.

Recently, it hit me that I’ve been stuck in an organizational predicament. All that STUFF has been keeping me stuck and holding me back from my cherished goal, which is to help exasperated sugar junkies and carb addicts break free of their addictions and Crush their Crazy Cravings™ (as I put it).

Sure, I’d made lots of progress. For three years, I’ve spent many hours — often with the help of others — wading through, saving or tossing thousands of Mom’s photos, mementos and many other things that I’d stored in four places in three cities.

But for the last two months, as both the anniversary of Mom’s death and the Jewish High Holidays drew near, I ramped up my organizing. I’ve become determined to clear my massive amounts of clutter.

Why get organized? Because clearing clutter is freeing, and it moves you forward.

You reap many benefits from getting organized and clearing clutter.

For instance:

  1. When you get organized just a little bit every day, you relieve your stress and reduce feelings of helplessness, according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists News Bulletin.

 

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Basketball Great LeBron James Ditches Sugar, Quickie Carbs & Dairy for 67 Days

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Hurrah to a leaner LeBron James, who’s now drawing attention to a cleaner way of eating, thanks to his strict, off-season diet.

His slimmer physique came about because he ate “no sugars, no dairy, no carbs.” (Well, that’s not exactly true, because vegetables contain carbs and fruits contain natural sugars.)

“All I ate was meat, fish, veggies and fruit. That’s it. For 67 straight days,” James told reporters at the unveiling of his new LeBron 12 sneaker.

The athlete’s meals — photos of which he’s posted on Instagram — look quite tasty.

For one lunch, as he shared, he ate arugula salad with chicken, strawberries, mango, cashews and olive oil or lemon oil vinaigrette dressing.

James stuck to his diet while vacationing in Greece, and he even turned down a personalized cake offered to him, because it contained sugar.

The 6-foot-8-inch Cleveland Cavaliers forward, who is entering his 12th NBA season, says he lost weight to be in top shape for training camp and to test his “mental fortitude.”

While we don’t know exactly how much weight James lost, it’s probably between 10 to 20 pounds.

James was quite disciplined and determined even though, as he joked, “I had a cookie monster chasing me a few times in my dreams.”

You can watch James below discuss his diet, starting at 2:44.

Join the conversation: Are you ready to try a diet like this?

3 Gifts to Have a Sweeter Holiday Season

0511-1001-0321-2234_Happy_People_Dancing_Retro_Silhouette_clipart_imageFor many of you, the holiday season is filled with anxiety, stress, financial worries, loneliness, family arguments, gift-giving concerns, many irritations (from flight delays to family squabbles) and many tasty temptations — mostly high-calorie and sugar-filled that you find hard to resist but that pack on the pounds, sap your energy and ruin your moods.

 In fact, many people leave the holiday season feeling drained, deprived and 5 or more pounds heavier.

But I'm here to help you lose weight, get organized, become more organized, joyful, calm down, look younger, plan a vision for the future, attract abundance, and much more.

In other words, my goal is to bring you peace of mind, happiness, and super-simple cool tools to start using so you can have a Sweeter Holiday Season. 

Therefore, it's my pleasure to give you three special gifts.

All three gifts were the opening programs in last year's much-acclaimed Sweeter Holiday Season, which featured a whopping 38 programs featuring a Who's Who in the fields of health, wealth, fitness, personal empowerment, feng shui, organizing, happiness, Law of Attraction, and so much more.

So here are the gifts you're getting now:

Your First Gift with Law of Attraction Guru John Assaraf

John_assaraf_150pxwidthFor your first gift, you'll get inspired and educated by the remarkable John Assaraf, one of the stars of The Secret, founder of several multi-million dollar companies, a Spiritual Entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author.

In our special program, John — who is also a Law of Attraction expert and certified life coach — will help you ll discover:

* What's blocking you from abundance.
* How the super-successful John didn't come from a family of scholars or multimillionaires, but somehow he managed to learn about quantum physics and neuroscience and build several 5 multimillion dollar companies and write a couple of New York Times bestselling books along the way.

  • How oceans and stars are not the last frontier for mankind but the human brain is.
  • Why some people achieve enormous business and financial success while others don't.
  • How there is an inner game to wealth and success and an outer game.
  • Why it's so hard for people to change.
  • What are the exact steps people can take to change from the inside out so that their results are 5,10 20 times better in the next 12-24 months.
  • How some people settle for less than what they can achieve and how you can easily break free from that pattern, achieve huge transformations; and become incredibly confident.
  • How to find out about John's super-sophisticated, amazing brain training program (which I love).

Your Second Gift with America's Relaxation Expert Darrrin Zeer

Darrin-zeerFor your second gift with Relaxation Expert Darrin Zeer, you'll get some very simple, fast techniques to tame your stres.

For instance, you'll discover:

* How to do what Darrin calls "The Bear Claw."
* How to calm down with "The Ragdoll Pose."
* What to do if you get headaches.
* How to do "Keyboard Calisthenics.:
* How to do something called "Email Meditation" (yes, meditation!)
* How to do the "Really Fun Laughter Exercise."

Your Third Gift with the Renowned "FlyLady" Marla Cilley

Flylady_toonThen, your final gift — also from the Sweeter Holiday Summit — comes from the renowned "FlyLady" Marla Cilley, who will give you tools galore to help you get through the holidays. For instance, Marla will reveal:

* How to change your life in 15-minute increments.
* How to crisis-clean your home.
* What to do which days of the week so you don't feel so overwhelmed.
* How to avoid last-minute, gift wrapping challenges.
* What to do before you go to holiday parties.
* How to put the fun in your cleaning and decluttering endeavors.
* How to give "action" gifts.
* How to go on a "cruise" this holiday season.
* And much more. 

These three programs were all part of the Sweeter Holiday Summit, last year's amazing program, during which You'll also get one bonus gift on "How to Relieve Holiday Stress."

In this program, with Love Hypnotist Debra Berndt, author of Let Love In, you'll get easy ways to calm down quickly, no matter where you are. 

To get your three exciting gifts (and the one bonus gift, go here:

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Make sure to tell me how you like your gifts and what A Hah moments you've had. Just talk to us on my Facebook fan page.

Sugar Shock Readers: What Would You Like in My Next Book? (Last Call)

Attention, readers of my first book, Sugar Shock.

Amazon Sug Sh 51RDZ7DBVAL._SL110_ This is the last call for any ideas on what to include in my next book.

I'm now making last-minute changes and editing to my next book, The Sugar Shock Diet,which will be released next year by Hay House. (Here's the original announcement.)

My next book will provide you a simple, six-week mind-body-spirit plan that will allow you to easily cut back on those quickie carbs so you can shed excess weight, boost your libido, increase your energy, and much more.

Please, dear readers of Sugar Shock, as I'm doing final rewriting and editing for Sugar Shock Diet, tell me what you'd like to see included.

What would make your life easier and sweeter?

Please tell us now, on this Sugar Shock Blog, and on the Facebook Smart Habits Fans Page what you'd like to see in this next book.

Gab with the Gurus Presents Experts Galore for 3-Year Anniversary

Gab_With_the_Gurus (2) This week marks the three-year anniversary of my show, Gab with the Gurus on BlogTalkRadio.

Here is a press release now being distributed about the show.

World-Renowned Sleep Doctor Dr. Michael Breus, Love Expert Lauren Frances, Emotional Wellness Guru Deborah King, Social Media Wizard, Mike Stelzner Begin Celebration of Gab with the Gurus Three-Year Anniversary

Experts Regularly Empower Listeners Around the World on the Gab with the Gurus Show

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 13, 2011

NEW YORK–Starting week, world-renowned “Sleep Doctor” Dr. Michael Breus, love coach Lauren Frances, emotional wellness expert Deborah King, spiritual leader Marianne Williamson, and social media wizard Mike Stelzner appear on the Gab with the Gurus Show (www.GabWithTheGurus.com), which is celebrating its three-year anniversary.

The Gab with the Gurus Show—which is hosted by internationally recognized speaker, bestselling author, journalist, and Freedom Coach Connie Bennett—regularly presents internationally acclaimed guests, who are bestselling authors, celebrities, and recognized experts from a variety of fields.

Gab with the Gurus guests give worldwide listeners valuable, life-changing information about a variety of subjects, including health, fitness, wealth, social networking, business development, self-help, personal empowerment, the Law of Attraction, business, blogging, social networking, relationships, human potential, self-growth, celebrities, and more. The show–which airs on the acclaimed BlogTalkRadio.com–also features popular TV and film stars, as well as best-selling fiction writers.

“Every week, we’re pleased to present internationally recognized gurus and celebrities, who are here to educate, empower and motivate listeners to Get a Life That Rocks™,” says Gab with the Gurus founder and host Connie Bennett.

“Each guest gives listeners one or more simple tips that are easy to implement immediately,” adds Bennett, who normally hosts the Gab with the Gurus Show every Wednesday at 2 pm EST.

As part of the three-year-anniversary celebration for the rest of the month, Gab with the Gurus shows will air every weekday at 2 pm EST. (Most shows are live interviews.)

People from around the world can listen to Gab with the Gurus Show on BlogTalkRadio several ways:

During the Gab with the Gurus three-year anniversary celebration this month, these best-selling authors and world-renowned experts are scheduled:

  • Transformational teacher Marianne Williamson, author of A Course in Weight Loss
  • Love coach Lauren Frances, author of Dating, Mating, and Man Handling
  • Deborah King, emotional wellness expert and author of the new book, Be Your Own Shaman
  • Happiness and love expert Marci Shimoff, author of Happy for No Reason and Love for No Reason
  • Social media wizard Mike Stelzner, author of the new book, Launch: How to Quickly Propel Your Business Beyond the Competition
  • “Sleep Doctor” Dr. Michael Breus, author of the new book, The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan
  • Renowned love expert Dr. Diana Krischner, author of the new book, Sealing the Deal
  • Dave Kerpen, CEO of Likeable Media, a social media marketing firm and author of new book, Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Generally Amazing on Facebook (& Other Social Networks)
  • Stress Relief Expert Lauren E. Miller, author of 99 Things You Wish You Know Before Stressing Out
  • Positive change advocate Brian Vaszily, author of the new book, The 9 Intense Experiences
  • World-renowned Lauren Mackler, author of the new book, Solemate: Master the Art of Aloneness and Transform Your Life
  • The late “Grandfather of Fitness” Jack LaLanne (this is a replay of a previous show)
  • Equinox Group Fitness Manager Mark Hendricks on the value and fun of exercising
  • Michael Port, author of Book Yourself Solid and the Think Big Manifesto
  • And more

Previous guests on the Gab with the Gurus Show have included:

  • Recognized TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz
  • The Secret teachers John Assaraf, Lisa Nichols and Joe Vitale
  • Bloggers and social media experts Robert Scoble and Chris Brogan
  • The “Pied Piper” of Facebook Mari Smith
  • “Skinny Bitch” Kim Barnouin
  • Actress and best-selling author Suzanne Somers
  • Actress and author Marilu Henner
  • Creativity expert Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way and The Writing Diet);
  • “FlyLady” Marla Cilley (Body Clutter and Sink Reflections);
  • Law of Attraction expert Arielle Ford (The Soulmate Secret);
  • Transformational expert Dr. Barbara DeAngelis;
  • “Celebrity Fit Club’s” Harvey Walden, IV Harvey Walden’s No Excuses! Fitness Workout);
  • New media expert Sreenath Sreenivasan;
  • Healing expert and bestselling author Dr. Bernie Siegel;
  • Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz, authors of The Fifth Element
  • Journalist Gary Taubes (Why We Get Fat);
  • Bestselling author Dr. Mark Hyman (The UltraMind Solution);
  • Opinionistas.com blogger Melissa Lafsky;
  • “Goals Guy” Gary Ryan Blair;
  • Celebrity health and fitness expert JJ Virgin, author of Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy
  • Psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow;
  • TV personality Susan Powter (“Stop the Insanity”);
  • Celebrity fitness trainer Gina Lombardi (host of “FitNation” and author of Deadline Fitness);
  • Martha Stewart’s fitness trainer Mary Tedesco
  • Renowned cardiologist Stephen T. Sinatra, co-author of Connie’s book Sugar Shock
  • Montel Williams, who talked about how his battle with MS and much more
  • Valerie Waters, personal trainer to Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Biel or Kate Beckinsale and Jennifer Garner
  • Actress Lisa Rinna
  • Online marketer Mitch Meyerson
  • Relationship guru Dr. Pat Allen
  • Happiness expert Gretchen Rubin
  • Zumba founder Alberto “Beto” Perez
  • “First Lady of Nutrition” Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman on Cell Phones & Electronic Pollution
  • Janet Atwood on finding your passion
  • David Wolfe on raw foods
  • And many more

The Gab with the Gurus Radio Show was founded in June 2008 by author, speaker, and coach Connie Bennett. Previously, on July 10, 2007, she had created the Stop Sugar Shock Show, which she renamed a year later to more accurately reflect the broad scope of topics covered.

The Gab with the Gurus Shows airs on the popular, fast-growing www.BlogTalkRadio.com, the first and largest online radio citizen broadcasting network. BlogTalkRadio—which attracts 7 million listeners each month—was hailed as “a populist force in cyberspace” by Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz.

Again, to listen to the Gab with the Gab Gurus Show, go live at 2 pm EST Wed. to www.GabWithTheGurus.com. Also, listen later at www.sugarshockblog.com and www.facebook.com/gabwiththegurus, or via iTunes.

Gab with the Gurus host Connie Bennett is an acclaimed speaker, journalist, certified life coach, certified health coach, and author of the Sugar Shock: How Sweets and Simple Carbs Can Derail Your Life—And How You Can Get Back on Track (Berkley Books), which has been praised by Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Marilu Henner, Dr. Joseph Mercola and others.

Her next book, The Beyond Sugar Shock Diet: The 6-Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction & Get a Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter Life, will be published in 2012 by Hay House.

Now sugar-free (mostly) for 13 years, Connie helps people easily release their sugar addiction and other bad habits (what he calls babits™). Her Sugar Freedom Now Course (or Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction in 6 Weeks)–available via teleseminar and webinar–has drawn rave reviews from fans around the world.

Again, here’s how to listen to the Gab with the Gurus Show:

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Global Water Prayer at Noon Your Time Today: Masaru Emoto Issues Invitation

Emoto Peace Project top I'm on deadline writing my book, Beyond Sugar Shock for Hay House — it's due in one week! — but I need to take time out to share this very important message. Thanks to Stacey Robyn of Go Gratitude for telling me about this.

Renowned water researcher and lover Masaru Emoto has issued a global prayer invitation for March 31, 2011 at noon your time.  See his note below, and join us at Noon to send Love and Gratitude to the waters of Japan and to all waters of the world.

"Thank you for adding your energy, Love, Gratitude and intention to this day of Global Prayer," Stacey writes. "Remember, each and every person makes a world of difference, and that person is YOU!"

URGENT: A letter from Dr Masaru Emoto, author of Messages
in Water plus other related books.

A letter from Dr Masaru Emoto:

To All People Around the World,

URGENT: A letter from Dr Masaru Emoto, author of Messages
from Water
plus other related books.

A letter from Dr Masaru Emoto:

To All People Around the World,

Please send your prayers of love and gratitude to water at
the nuclear plants in Fukushima , Japan !   By the massive
earthquakes of Magnitude 9 and surreal massive tsunamis,
more than 10,000 people are still missing…even now… It has
been 16 days already since the disaster happened. What makes
it worse is that water at the reactors of Fukushima Nuclear
Plants started to leak, and it's contaminating the ocean, air
and water molecule of surrounding areas.

Human wisdom has not been able to do much to solve the
problem, but we are only trying to cool down the anger of
radioactive materials in the reactors by discharging water
to them.   Is there really nothing else to do?   I think there is.

During over twenty year research of dado measuring and
water crystal photographic technology, I have been witnessing
that water can turn positive when it receives pure vibration
of human prayer no matter how far away it is.   Energy
formula of Albert Einstein, E=MC2 really means that
Energy = number of people and the square of people's
consciousness.

Now is the time to understand the true meaning. Let us all
join the prayer ceremony as fellow citizens of the planet
earth. I would like to ask all people, not just in Japan , but
all around the world to please help us to find a way out the
crisis of this planet!!

The prayer procedure is as follows.

Day and Time:  March 31st, 2011 (Thursday)
12:00 noon in each time zone

Please say the following phrase:

"The water of Fukushima Nuclear Plant, we are sorry to
make you suffer. Please forgive us. We thank you, and
we love you."

Please say it aloud or in your mind. Repeat it three times
as you put your hands together in a prayer position.
Please offer your sincere prayer.   Thank you very much
from my Heart.

With love and gratitude,

Masaru Emoto Messenger of Water

See his message below.

Jack LaLanne: Tribute to the Legendary Grandfather of Fitness

JackLaLanneolder As you may have already read on my Sugar Shock Blog, Jack LaLanne — who passed away yesterday — was one of my heroes.

Can you think of another man, who's been as influential in the field of fitness?

And can you think of another person, who's been as outspoken as he was on the dangers of sugar and refined carbs?

As I mentioned here, I've had the pleasure to interview Jack several times.

I encourage you to listen now to my Tribute Show to Jack LaLanne, the enthusiastic, energetic Kind of Fitness and Sugar-Free Pioneer. (The tribute includes my interview with Jack LaLanne on May 1, 2008, right after I'd celebrated 10 years sugar free.)

Please join me anytime. I invite you to listen to my Tribute Show now.

Listen now.