Remembering the Amazing Louise Hay

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?

  1. Did  you know that Louise founded Hay House in her living room?
  2. Did you know that You Can Heal Your Life has sold 50 million copies?
  3. Did you know that Louise founded Hay in 1984 as a way to self-publish her first two books, Heal Your Body and You Can Heal Your Life ?
  4.  Did you know that when Louise got cancer that instead of doing and drugs, she “instead developed an intensive program of affirmations, visualization, nutritional cleansing, and psychotherapy” and that within six months, “she was completely healed of cancer?
  5. 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?
  6. Did you know that Hay House authors include many notables in the self-help movement, including Dr. Wayne Dyer, Joan BorysenkoDr. Christiane Northrup, and Doreen Virtue?

Just think: This amazing woman, who had been abused while younger, ultimately started a worldwide company, which is committed to delivering products and services that empower and educate the individual, while helping to heal our planet.”

Now, let me share four major times that Louise Hay has helped me in enormous ways.
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How to Reverse Fatigue: Your 3-Step Plan to Feeling Awesome: Guest Post by By Yuri Elkaim

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.

600px_The-All-Day-Energy-Diet1 jpg speedilic ic Z0S9KqP__GHow 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.

Yuri ElkaimLet 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

Sprout Salad

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.

Sugar Addicts: Get Personal Help During The Sugar Freedom & Forgiveness World Tour

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_freedom_finalSugar addicts, let’s connect and let me help you in the fleshnot just
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.”


Drum roll!

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.

Please note that all stops are by request only.

Apply here to be included as part of the 2013 Sugar Freedom & Forgiveness World Tour.

During my talks on the tour, I’ll:

  • 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.

Apply here, on this Sugar Shock Blog, to be included in this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Please note:

  • Limited opportunities are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • You can choose between: A 45-minute talk, a 1-hour Smart-Sugar-Sleuth
    Supermarket Tour, and a 3-session Turbo Charge Your Sugar Freedom private coaching package.
  • Your advance orders of 10 or more copies
    of Beyond Sugar Shock will be shipped
    in advance.

The 2013 Sugar Freedom and Forgiveness World Tour
is dedicated to my beloved mother, who recently passed away.

To bring me into your home, community or place of worship to discover “Secrets to
Fast Forward Beyond Sugar Shock to Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter,”
submit your application now.

If you have any questions, submit them here. (They will not be published unless you agree.)

Connie Bennett is a bestselling author (Beyond Sugar Shock and Sugar Shock), an internationally acclaimed transformational speaker, and a sugar-addict-turned Sugar Freedom Coach, who runs the popular Sugar Freedom Now Virtual Course.

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.

Get free gifts at Connie’s website, BeyondSugarShock.com, and connect with Connie on Facebook.

Thanks for Your Support When My Mom Passed Away

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. 

I-miss-my-momAnd 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.

In case you don't know what I'm talking about, I invite you to read my blog post, "Mom Taught Me How to Live & Die with Courage, Gratitude and Spunk: She Can Teach You, Too."

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.

Reformed Sugar Addict Alec Baldwin Interviews Dr. Robert Lustig on “Here’s the Thing”

Alec BaldwinDid 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?

Alec Baldwin also now has a fascinating podcast, Here’s the Thing, which you can learn about here.

Now listen to this intriguing interview Alec Baldwin had with Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at UC San Francisco, about our country’s addiction to sugar.

What a fabulous interview!

But here’s my overriding concern: We keep hearing about sugar’s dangers, but we’re not learning enough about how to quit this national addiction.

That was the impetus for my new book, Beyond Sugar Shock: The 6-Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction & Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter.

Given Alec Baldwin’s keen interest now in sugar addiction, I’d be honored to have the opportunity to share some tips for his listeners on how to break free of their sugar prison.

Do You Crave Sugar or Sweetness?

sweetnessWhenever I coach sugar addicts, I find that there’s something missing from their lives.

In other words, when sugar “calls out” to them, that’s really not what they need.

Sweet snack foods don’t fill you up in a substantive way. Instead, they deplete you and send you into a downwards spiral.

Rather, you — and most sugar addicts — need something else that’s more nourishing and nurturing.

So I invite you to think: What do you most crave? Sugar or genuine sweetness in your life?

Read my article on the Hay House Heal Your Life website to discover 3 tips on how to make your life sweeterlicious (my word for sweeter, delicious, scrumptious, luscious, and sensuous.)

Special thanks to CutestPaw for the adorable pooch image. I sure hope it’s okay to use. Very grateful! Check out this chariming CutestPaw site.

 

Make sure to send my article, “Is it Sugar You Crave … Or more sweetness in your days?” to your friends and loved ones? Then share your 3 biggest Ahahs!