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?
Note from Connie:Today, it’s my pleasuret to present a guest post from my colleague Yuri Elkaim, author of the new book, The All-Day Energy Diet.
Join Yuri and me tomorrow, when he joins my Gab with the Gurus Show to tell you how to get more consistent, steady energy. Remember, as with all of my shows, you can listen live or later.
How to Reverse Fatigue by Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, RHN
If you’re tired most of the time, then it means your body is crying for help. Low energy is a warning sign that something inside your body isn’t quite right.
Considering the amount of sickness and “overweightness” that has now engulfed our world, it’s no surprise that more and more, people are feeling exhausted.
What’s important for you to know is that when you improve your energy, you improve your health.
The most common question I get asked is, “Yuri, what’s the #1 thing I can do have more energy?”
Thankfully, the answer to that question is easy to answer. And it has nothing to do with shots of espresso or sugar-filled treats.
The secret to fatigue-proofing your body (and raising your overall level of health) boils down to optimizing what’s going on inside your body.
Let me explain…
Each of us is at war, and we don’t even know it. The private war we each wage is a daily assault on our body by acid-forming foods such as alcohol, animal products, and refined sugars, as well as by bacteria, virus, fungus, yeasts, and molds.
We have entered what might be referred to as critical mass when it comes to this onslaught being waged against us by stronger and stronger killer bugs and poorer and poorer food choices.
Our immune systems are becoming weaker and over-taxed in this war. Even the medical profession’s first line of defense, the antibiotic, is becoming less and less effective against resistant new strains being created daily as the bacteria mutate.
Since Louis Pasteur discovered the germ theory of disease stating that germs are the cause of disease, time has corrected him. Even Dr. Pasteur himself noted in his dying words: “The germ is nothing, the environment is everything.”
The environment referred to in Dr. Pasteur’s statement is known as our biological terrain and refers to the health of our “internal” environment.
A major determinant of our internal health is the acid-alkaline balance within many of our body’s fluids, namely our blood.
Our blood is alkaline by design and acid by function – meaning that it produces acid as a function of metabolism. Maintaining proper alkalinity is therefore essential for life, health, and vitality.
Under ideal alkaline conditions, the red blood cells (RBCs) within our blood are able to deliver energy-producing oxygen to our cells. However, an imbalance of alkalinity creates a condition whereby our RBCs begin to clump together, making it more difficult for them to reach their ultimate destination and drop off that much needed oxygen to our cells.
And if your blood is sluggish, you will be, too.
Leading biochemists and medical physiologists have recognized pH (or the acid-alkaline balance) as the most important aspect of a healthy (and energized) body. They have long known that the maintenance of an alkaline pH in the tissues and cells is critical to our health.
For instance, Dr. Linus Pauling, two-time Nobel Prize recipient, was the first to show that cancer cells cannot grow in alkaline environments.
Unfortunately, for most people, current lifestyle habits have created highly acidic bodies. The standard western diet is characterized by an overindulgence of all types of foods and drinks that disrupt our blood’s ideal pH balance. As a result, we feel less than ideal as we go through our days.
So how can you make your body (your blood really) more alkaline to stay healthy and energetic? Here are a few simple steps you can take immediately:
Eat and drink more greens. Green vegetables are the greatest source of alkaline minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium, and they deposit a large alkaline load in the body. They are pure energy, and they also give your body tremendous amounts of vital nutrients. The easiest way to benefit from their powers is to enjoy a fresh-pressed green juice or homemade smoothie at least once per day.
Limit your caffeine consumption. I know this might be tough, but caffeine is a huge contributor of acid and provides unnecessary stimulation in your body. Other than the quick “artificial jolt” that it produces, chronic reliance on this stimulant taxes your adrenal glands (which are needed to help you cope with stress) and wreaks havoc on your blood sugar levels, both of which affect how you feel throughout the day.
Start your day with a glass of freshly squeezed lemon water. Lemon, although acid in nature, is alkaline-forming inside the body. It is also highly beneficial for cleansing your liver, the organ responsible for filtering toxins that circulate in the body. Happy liver, happy body.
Apply these simple steps and you’ll be well on your way to having more energy from the time you wake up until you call it a day.
Here’a one quick recipe to help you on your way:
Makes 2 servings
3 cups sprouts (broccoli sprouts, alfalfa, lentils, etc.) 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Splash of lemon juice
Pinch of sea salt
Fresh ground black pepper
Combine sprouts and tomatoes in a bowl.
Whisk all other ingredients together. Combine vinaigrette with sprout mixture and serve.
Yuri Elkaim is a holistic nutritionist, fitness expert, and author of The All-Day Energy Diet. He is known for helping people enjoy all-day energy and amazing health in a very short period of time without radical diets or gimmicks. He’s on a mission to transform the lives of more than 10 million people by 2018. For more visit http://www.alldayenergydiet.com
Note from Connie: Remember to catch Yuri this week when he comes on my Gab with the Gurus Show to tell you how to get more consistent, steady energy. (As with all my Gab with the Gurus Shows, you can listen live or later.
Bring me Into Your Living Room, Community Center, Place of Worship or Business to Discover “Secrets to Fast Forward Beyond Sugar Shock to Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter”
All Stops are by Request Only
Sugar addicts, let’s connect and let me help you in the flesh—notjust
virtually through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+ or YouTube.
Bring me into your living room, community center,
place of business or worship so you’ll discover “Secrets to
Fast Forward Beyond Sugar Shock to Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter.”
I’m thrilled to announce that, in honor of my 15 years sugar-free (mostly) — or “my 15-year-sugar-free-iversary” — in mid-April, I’m
going on the road to personally help, encourage, and inspire thousands of sugar and carb addicts as part of The 2013 Sugar Freedom &
Forgiveness World Tour.
You now have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to
book me to speak to intimate groups (10 people and up) in your private home,
community center, place of worship or business all across the United States and parts of Europe, including San Francisco, Atlanta, New York, Paris, and Sydney.
Reveal never-shared secrets to effortlessly let go of your sugar habit and flip on your Sugar-Free Power.
Give you 3 simple, powerful tools to stomp out scary sugar cravings as they strike.
Help you identify your two biggest obstacles to success.
Disclose the single biggest mistake most people make when trying to limit sweets and tell you how to easily avoid it.
Share one simple tactic to fast-forward you to success.
Give you the sour scoop–on how eating too many
sweets doesn’t just make you gain weight. Overdosing on sweets—which most
people do—can mess up your moods, ruin your concentration, squash your libido, and trigger, heart, disease, cancer and
type 2 diabetes.
Personally answer your top question(s).
This talk is for you if:
You want to shed excess weight to get slimmer, sexier, and sweeter, as well as happier, positive, and more focused.
You feel addicted to sugary foods
or processed carbs. (You can relate to alcoholics or drug addicts.)
You want to boost your energy.
(Females) You have horrible female
challenges during either your time of month (your period) or life (menopause).
(Males) Your libido isn’t what it
used to be.
You have hypoglycemia (low blood
sugar), prediabetes, type 2 diabetes or heart disease.
You suffer from one or more of the
following symptoms: mood swings, severe fatigue, headaches, crying spells,
difficulty concentrating, depression, forgetfulness, and lightheadedness.
You’ve read one or both of my books, Sugar Shock or Beyond Sugar Shock, but would like personal guidance to Easily
Achieve Sugar Freedom.
You want to look and feel younger, turn heads whereever you go, and out-perform people 15 years younger.
The 2013 Sugar Freedom & Forgiveness World Tour
kicks off mid-April in the Western part of the United States.
I’ll reach the rest of the U.S. and parts of Europe and Australia later in the year.
Connie’s sour-to-sweet story began in 1998 when she was ambushed by a whopping 44 mysterious ailments, including crippling fatigue, unpredictable mood swings, severe PMS, and scary heart palpitations. On doctor’s orders, Connie reluctantly gave up her cherished candies, cookies and other “culprit carbs,” and much to her delight, ALL of her symptoms disappeared. Soon, people kept asking Connie her secrets to breaking free, which led to her becoming now known as The Sugar Freedom Coach.
Connie’s new book, Beyond Sugar Shock, has been endorsed by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and many others. Her first book, Sugar Shock, was praised by Dr. Mehmet Oz.
In mid-April, Connie will embark on The Sugar Freedom & Forgiveness World Tour. It is designed to help sugar addicts around the globe easily release their dangerous habit so they can get slimmer, sexier and sweeter — and have fun at the same time.The tour — which also is intended to help people discover that Life is Sweeter without Sweets™ — will raise awareness about the harmful dangers of over-eating sweets and refined carbs. (The average person over-indulges in these fast-acting, non-foods, whether she or he knows it or not.) The Sugar Freedom & Forgiveness World Tour is commemorating Connie’s 15-year-sugar-free-iversary (of mostly shunning those dangerous sweets). It is dedicated to Connie’s recently deceased mother.
Connie has been featured by hundreds of media outlets, including “CBS News Sunday Morning,” “Oprah & Friends Radio,” “The Howard Stern Show,” TIME magazine, Woman’s World, Women’s Health, Delicious Living, Shape, The Chicago Tribune, and Detroit News.
Connie is a certified life coach, who trained at the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching or iPEC; a certified health coach, who studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition; and an accomplished reporter, who has master’s of science degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s esteemed Medill School of Journalism.
She hosts the popular Gab with the Gurus Show, for which she interviews bestselling authors and experts in a variety of fields, from wellness to relationships to social networking.
I just wanted to thank all of you wonderful people, who've been sending me kind emails and even cards, because my mother passed away recently.
And I so appreciate that many of you clients or would-be clients have been so incredibly patient for nearly a year after I moved across country to be with Mom during her final months and stopped all coaching.
I'm also very grateful to those of you, who, although you wanted my coaching help and who signed up for my Sugar Freedom Now Course, have been patient as I've been taking time to heal after my big loss.
Right now, I'm still recovering from my big loss. I miss my mom so much! Anyhow, I've been unable to do help others, because I've been needing help myself since her death. In fact, I'm getting bereavement counseling, in therapy, attending a support group, doing lots of writing (my way of grieving), and going to special grief events.
For those of you with sugar or carb challenges, I'm now getting back to coaching you. Also, make sure to mark your calendar for Wed., Jan. 9, 2013, That's the first day of my upcoming Sugar Freedom Now Course.
Thank you so much, Linda Brendle, for this fabulous "I miss my mom" artwork, which I hope you're okay with my using. If you're a caregiver, check out Linda's Life After Caregiving blog.
Did you know that the formerly overweight actor Alec Baldwin is now a reformed sugar and carb addict, who used to consume “a fish-tanked sized bowl of pasta” and other sweets but now is a sugar-free crusader?
In fact, my publisher, Hay House, ran out of books and had to rush back to press!
In the U.S., for instance, as the screen shot below illustrates, Beyond Sugar Shock hit # 2 in Hot New Releases in Healthy Living in this country, second only to a new book from actress/health expert Suzanne Somers.
Thankfully, wonderful people at Hasmark Services gracefully coordinated the many elements of my book launch and carefully tracked Beyond Sugar Shock as it climbed a number of bestseller charts. Thanks to Hasmark’s diligent eye, I can share some bestseller screen shots with you.
For instance, here’s the screen shot showing how it hit # 2 in healthy living in the U.S.
The # 1 spot was taken by a new book from actress/health expert Suzanne Somers.
Much to my joy, while Beyond Sugar Shock was becoming popular in the U.S., it also was captivating Kindle readers in France, where the book soared to # 1 in six different categories!
Classement des meilleures ventes d’Amazon: n°818 dans la Boutique Kindle (Voir le Top 100 dans la Boutique Kindle)
n°1 dans Boutique Kindle > Ebooks Kindle > Ebooks en langues étrangères > Ebooks en anglais > Health, Mind & Body > Nutrition
n°1 dans Boutique Kindle > Ebooks Kindle > Ebooks en langues étrangères > Ebooks en anglais > Health, Mind & Body > Personal Health > Healthy Living
n°1 dans Boutique Kindle > Ebooks Kindle > Ebooks en langues étrangères > Ebooks en anglais > Health, Mind & Body > Diets & Weight Loss
n°1 Dernières nouveautés en Nutrition
n°1 Dernières nouveautés en Personal Health
n°1 Les meilleures ventes en Diets & Weight Loss
For instance, here’s the screen shot that illustrates how Beyond Sugar Shockhit # 1 under Diets and Weight Loss in France.
Over in Canada, Beyond Sugar Shockreached #1 in Hot New Releases in Healthy Living. (It also grabbed the # 3 spot at the same time.)
It also reached #2 in Hot New Releases in Personal Health in Canada.
How suprising it was the book also did so well in Germany, where it hit a # 10 slot.
Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 4.116 in Englische Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Englische Bücher)
Nr. 10 in Englische Bücher > Gesundheit, Geist & Körper > Persönliche Gesundheit > Gesund leben
Meanwhile in the United Kingdom, it hit # 26 in Books: Healh, Family & Lifestyle Books > Health Issues > Popular Medicine.
Now, it’s with great gratitude that I extend my heartfelt thanks to the many supporters of Beyond Sugar Shock.Over at Barnes and Noble, Beyond Sugar Shock also sold well, reaching #10 in Trending.
I’m filled with profound appreciation for the following people, who were kind enough to spread the word via email, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn:
Ann Louise Gittleman
A path to change
Applying the Law of Attraction
Book Tour Radio
Change for Good-Scott Sulak
Cheri & Peter John Lucking – Bilbo’s Adventures Series
Christy Goldfeder – Delicious Life Health Coaching
Doris Helge, Ph.D.
Dr. Caroline Manuel
Dr. Carolyn Dean
Dr. Houston Vetter
Dr. Irina Koles
Dr. Jennifer Howard
Dr Joe Rubino
Evelyn Roberts Brooks
Felicia Bender, Ph.D.
Healing Mother’s Spirit!
Holistic Health News
Jeffrey Morrison, MD
Joan Marie Verba
Judit Mueller-Kiss – CreativitySage™
Ken Druck, Ph.D.
Kimberly Palm, C.M.I.
Lyndelle Palmer Clarke
Matthew C Cox
Paul Cika Emekwulu, The Dreaming Mathematician
Powerful You! Women’s Network
Rhonda Joy Eagle
Rosalie B. Kahn
Sheri Kaye Hoff
Spirited Lady Living
Tracy Lee Nash
Vital Choice Wild Seafood & Organics
Well Beyond Cravings
Wow, what a lot of wonderful supporters!
Again, thank you, amazing partners, for making Beyond Sugar Shockan international bestseller.
This is the most important post I’ve ever written.
As you no doubt know, obesity has skyrocketed among adults and youths alike; and children are on a track to die before their parents if they don’t change their unhealthy ways.
At the same time, coronary heart disease, cancer, stroke, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease have become our nation’s top killers. You probably know — or love — someone who has suffered from one or all of these.
But all of the above diseases are largely preventable.
I call them The Preventable Big Killers. And ALL of these potentially fatal illnesses — and many more — can be caused by overdosing on sugar and/or refined carbs.
Think this doesn’t include you? That’s what I used to believe.
But the average American — and person in any civilized country is consuming (either consciously or unconsciously) HUGE amounts of sweets and quickie carbs on a DAILY if not many-times-a-day basis.
Each of you may be taking in roughly 170 to 228 pounds of sweeteners per year and another 200 pounds of sugar’s sinful sisters, which I dub “culprit carbs.”
And every day, it seems, the news gets more frightening.
One of my favorite recent studies revealed that sugar can make you dumb!
More research suggests that it can make you violent.
Your sweet tooth even can trigger type 2 diabetes, even though your doctor may vehemently deny it.
Simply put, millions worldwide are in Sugar Shock.
For the past decade, it has my personal mission to inspire and empower sugar
and carb addicts worldwide.
I want to help them (you?) Get a Life that Rocks™, as I like to put it. (I began coaching people to Sugar Freedom in 2002, four years after I reluctantly quit sugar on doctor’s orders after being waylaid by 44 debilitating ailments.)
So I invite you now: Help me to help transform the lives of millions of sugar and carb addicts around the world!
Join Me Tomorrow (Tuesday) & Email Your Friends, Loved Ones or Entire
Address Book to Get Beyond Sugar Shock
Please join me tomorrow (Tuesday), starting at midnight.
On Tuesday, email your friends, fans, colleagues, health and wellness experts, etc. and invite them to buy my new book, Beyond Sugar Shock, all day and night.
Invite your loved ones or special acquaintances to go online.
Or encourage them to visit their local Barnes and Noble store. (Beyond Sugar Shock will be on the front table of 200 stores. If you go, please take a photo and send it to me, and we’ll post it on Facebook.
By the way, Beyond Sugar Shockalready has been praised by numerous empowering gurus and wellness experts, including Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Daniel Amen, Brian Tracy, Dr. Joe Vitale, Kathy Smith, Marci Shimoff, and many others.
Joshua Rosenthal, founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition — which I attended in 2005-2006 — was even kind enough to write the foreword.
On Tuesday, the official launch day for my new book Beyond Sugar Shock, my intention is to reach millions across the world with powerful, nourishing, life-changing messages about the joy, excitement and exhilaration of Sugar Freedom.
But I can ONLY reach and HELP millions with your HELP!
So please help me to help millions take back their Sugar Power!
Millions need to discover how to break the seductive, powerful hold that tempting sweets and quickie carbs have over them.
Millions need to stand strong in the face of clever, deceptive marketing of dangerous junk foods and empty-calorie sugary beverages.
Millions need to get back their energy, vitality, and sex drive.
And, of course, millions need to slim down and get healthy.
Quitting Sugar Can Be Tough: My Goal is to Make it Easy, Effortless and Fun for You
Let’s face it, kicking or cutting back on a sugar or carb habit can be one of the toughest
challenges you’ll ever face.
That’s why I’m determined to make this simple for you.
And that’s why it’s absolutely necessary for you to put on a sweet suit of armor. You want to discover and use cutting-edge tools and tactics that strengthen and empower you so food manufacturers can’t seduce you to you eat their processed, nutrient-lacking junk just to boost their bottom line—which can add extra pounds to your bottom.
But sugar does a lot more than just make you fat, as I pointed out earlier. Lately, you’ve even
probably heard the phrase, “sugar is toxic.”
You also may have seen the provocative “60 Minutes” piece on the subject reported by Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
It’s easy to ignore this sugar-is-toxic warning. Even back in 1998, I knew that sugar was
bad for me, but I still indulged. (Learn my story in Chapter 1 of Beyond Sugar Shock.)
Now, I urge you to ask yourself: Are you, too, cheating yourself because you mindlessly stuff
those nutrient-poor silly sweets or quickie carbs into your mouth?
It would be my pleasure and privilege if you’d allow me to help you, your loved ones, friends
or colleagues easily break free of your sugar or carb addiction.
In fact, it’s my burning mission. Let me guide you to the Luscious Land of Sugar Freedom and Carb Consciousness.
My desire to help you is why I poured my heart (and many years) into this book and the
companion Sugar Freedom Now Course.
Why am I so committed to helping you regain your Sugar Power?
Because when you undertake recommended Adventurcises (adventurous exercises) and
other suggested activities in Beyond Sugar Shock, you’ll experience a massive transformation
unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.
That’s my prediction — no, my promise to you.
Sure, your goal may be just to lose weight, and yes, you will easily peel off extra pounds, but that’s only a small piece of the story.
Letting go of your sugar or carb addiction will turn your life around. It will make happier, sexier, stronger, more focused and balanced.
You’ll be a far better you without needing to rely on carbs as your crutch.
So, I invite you: will you tell your fans, loved ones, colleagues and acquaintances about Beyond Sugar
Shock on Tuesday, June 5?
Wishing you a Life that’s Sweeterlicious (That’s my word for Sweeter, delicious, scrumptious, luscious and elicious, and sensuous)
Connie Bennett, CHHC, CPC, ACC
Your Sugar Freedom Coach Author, Sugar Shock! and Beyond Sugar Shock
P.S. It will be a pleasure to connect with many of you on Facebook or in my Sugar Freedom Now
P.P.P.S. Stay tuned for many exciting free Beyond Sugar Shock Book Launch programs
on Tuesday and Wednesday. For instance, renowned TV personality Jane Velez-Mitchell
will be on my Gab with the Gurus Show tomorrow; I’ll be on two webinars, and I’ll give radio interviews.
I’ll even be on a Facebook chat tomorrow afternoon, thanks to my publisher, Hay House. And you’ll be
able to read my new article at www.HealYourLife.com.
P.P.P.S. Feel free to share this blog post with whomever you like. Better yet, I encourage you to share this email with your entire address book. And invite them to check out http://www.BeyondSugarShock.com/Book
Special Gab with the Gurus Show In Honor of My New Book, Beyond Sugar Shock
Note from Connie: Yesterday, my new book, Beyond Sugar Shock, was released by my publisher Hay House in the United States and Canada. In honor of my book’s release, I sought to bring on an acclaimed expert, who shares my views about sugar’s dangers.
While celebrating the release of Beyond Sugar Shock, I hosted a special episode of Gab with the Gurus featuring Caroline Sutherland, the medical intuitive.
Sutherland offers tips on how to keep your body young and how to control your sugar addiction. For instance, she suggests that you:
Tackle the “Candy to Yeast Strain” in your body.
Fight cravings with proteins such as meat and nuts.
Deal with your emotions.
How to best keep your insulin levels down.
Missed my Gab with the Gurus with Caroline Sutherland.