Blogging for 15 Years!

Helping You Crush Your Cravings, Quit Sugar and Get Good Health

Wow, it’s my blogiversary. For 15 years now — ever since 2005, two years before publication of my first book, Sugar Shock — I’ve been dedicated to educating and entertaining readers of my blog with eye-opening, helpful tips, insights and info.

Join me in a trip down memory lane. Here’s the very first Sugar Shock blog post in early June 2005.

Over the years, I’ve written about a wide variety of health topics, including sugar addiction, health trends and tidbits and more recently (as in the past two years) about cravings. In fact, every week I post tips, information or insights to Crush Your Cravings or motivate you. (That’s why I call them either Cravings-Crushing Monday or Your Motivating Monday.

Here are some of my Craving-Crushing Monday posts:

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Is Your Cell Phone Making You Fat & Ruining Your Sleep?

The Problems with Blue Light & 9 Easy Ways to Improve Your Sleep - Your Motivating Monday

Do you use your cell phone, tablet or laptop after sundown? If so, you’re in good company, because 9 out of 10 of us use some type of electronic device at least an hour before bed.  But if  being so wired can ruin your sleep,  alter your metabolism  and make you gain weight. (Read on, because this photo with Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Swanwick shows you an easy way to stay wired at night but sleep better.)

So here’s our 21st century problem: Your favorite electronic gizmos before bedtime emit light of a blue wavelength, which trick your brain into thinking that it’s daytime. Not only that, but poor sleep is linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes and depression.

But, let’s face it, most of us probably won’t change our unhealthy tech habits once the sun sets.  For my part, my bad habit (or babit™, as I call it)—which, I’ve almost broken—is that I write blog posts or books into the wee hours.

What about you? Do you, too, have any of these popular 21st-century bad electronic habits?

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Ladies, Why Risk Getting Breast Cancer?

Preserve Your Precious Girls: Take Your Cell Phone Out of Your Bra, Please!

Normally, I don’t impulsively tap a woman on the shoulder to share a health warning. But recently, at Whole Foods, alarm bells went off in my head when a pretty, carefree, 20-or-30-something woman nonchalantly strode by, with her cell phone tucked into her bra.

I felt compelled to approach The Cell-Phone-in-Bra Chick. After my insistent nudge, she thrust me an annoyed look.

“I’m sorry to bother you, but I just wanted you to tell you that it’s very dangerous to keep your cell phone in your bra,” I cautioned her.

Cell-Phone-in-Bra Chick glared at me, as if to say, “Leave me alone. It’s none of your business.”

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Lyme Disease Symptoms

Are You & Your Doctor Confused by Your Fatigue, Night Sweats, Mental Confusion, Insomnia & More?

Are you suffering from headaches, fatigue, night sweats, sore throat, swollen glands, back pain, blurred vision, vertigo or depression?

And do you often frolic in nature, especially hiking or camping in wooded areas?

If so, you may be suffering from Lyme disease, which is spread by infected ticks to some 300,000 people each year.

Lyme disease, which I urged you to learn about recently, presents a variety of ailments, which often baffle physicians.

That’s, in fact, why Lyme disease is called “The Great Pretender.”

“Unfortunately, ill-informed doctors are often flummoxed when patients complain of
fatigue, headaches, fever or chills, muscle or joint pain, mental confusion, swollen lymph nodes and neurological symptoms. It’s an appalling display of indifference,” I wrote once in op ed piece for AOL News.

Now, to help out those of you with befuddling ailments, here are some common Lyme disease symptoms:

  •        Fatigue
  •        Low grade fevers, “hot flashes” or chills
  •        Night sweats
  •        Sore throat

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IMPORTANT: Learn about Lyme Disease

Did You Know that Celebrities Such as Avril Lavigne, Richard Gere, Debbie Gibson & Mel Gibson Have Been Bitten & Stricken?

Every year, some 300,000 people, especially those, who hike in nature or whose dogs frolic in deer-popular wooded areas come down with a host of strange ailments such as fatigue, night sweats, swollen glands, memory loss, depression, sleep disturbances, chest pain, blurred vision, vertigo, headaches, and more. They have the debilitating Lyme disease, which is known as The Great Pretender, because its symptoms mimic many diseases and conditions.

Every year since summer 2008, when I was unknowingly Bitten in the City by a disease-carrying tick, I’ve been really ticked off and determined to spread important information about this alarming disease.

No one is immune. Indeed, Lyme’s victims include many celebrities, including pop star Avril Lavigne (see video below); actors Richard Gere, Ashley Olsen, Parker Posey, Peter Sarsgaard, and Jamie-Lynn Sigler (“The Sopranos”); and authors Rebecca Wells (“Ya-Ya” novels), and Alice Walker (“The Color Purple”), Amy Tan (“The Joy Luck Club”).

Other well-known people stricken by Lyme disease include former President George W. Bush, former New York Gov. George Pataki.

Likewise, singers Debbie Gibson. Daryl Hall (of Hall and Oats) and Pete Seeger; and athletes such as golfer Tim Simpson and baseball player Pete Harnisch (New York Mets) also are Lyme sufferers.

Recently, Tom Nicoli, world renowned hypnotist and motivational speaker, shared with Facebook friends about his challenges with Lyme disease, too.

Now, it’s urgent that you get educated and alarmed by this insidious disease. First, I invite you to listen to Avril’s Lyme fight. (See video below.) Next, I invite you to listen to this Gab with the Gurus show,  during which you’ll learn about diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of one of the fastest spreading diseases in the U.S. (more prolific than AIDS). And it’s caused by a tick bite you may never know you’ve had.


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Are You a Mosquito Magnet? The Surprising Secret to Stop Them from Biting You

Are you one of those people, who tend to attract mosquitos, who bite you often?

I urge you to read this post to discover how to eat to keep the mosquitoes away.

keep mosquitoes awayFor years, every summer, mostly beginning on 4th of July weekend, I used to be a major magnet for mosquitoes.

Lately, come to think of it, those biting critters have been leaving me alone.

But it wasn’t until this morning, when I received a fascinating email from the empowering Dr. Sara Gottfried that I realized why those annoying mosquitoes have been letting me be in peace.

Dr. Gottfried, as you may already know is a wife, mother of two girls (ages 8 and 13), friend, scholar, seeker, yoga teacher, Harvard-trained MD with 20+ years of experience, and author of the amazing New York Times bestselling book,The Hormone Cure:The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep and Sex Drive; Lose Weight; Feel Focused, Vital, and Energized Naturally with the Gottfried Protocol.

Anyhow, Dr. Gottfried — who’s s enjoying the holiday week in in rural Idaho at a ranch with her family, doing horseback riding, river rafting, hiking, and fishing — is happy to find that she’s “rarely getting bitten by mosquitoes.”

Guess why both Dr. Gottfried and I are being left along by the mosquitoes?

As Dr. Gottfried points out, her friend Alan Christianson told her recently, mosquitoes pick their subjects based on several things, including the level of ketones in your blood and sweat.

In other words, if you’re eating lots of sweets or refined carbohydrates — or what I call quickie carbs — those mosquitoes will like us.

But, on the other hand, as Dr. Gottfried explains, when “you restrict carbohydrates past a certain threshold (usually 25 to 100 grams of carbs per day, but this varies person to person), you produce more ketones and your body odor smells less fruity.”

In other words, as Dr. Gottfried concludes: “Ketones repel mosquitoes”” Not only that, but they may be Nature’s best mosquito repellent.”

That led Dr. Gottfried to restrict her carbs to see if thatt kept the mosquitoes from swarming. Sure enough, it worked.

A hah!

Lately, I, too, have been restricting carbs — not to repel mosquitos, but to shed the remaining pounds I’d gained after my mother passed away. (More about that later.)

Now, we all have one more reason to stay away from those compelling carbs — the mosquitoes won’t like us!

Thanks to Dr. Sara Gottfried for the heads up on this fascinating simple mosquito repellant!

FYI, here are some other ideas to be unappealing to bugs.

Join the conversation. What have you done to keep the bugs away? Talk to us. We’d love to hear your experiences.

Special thanks to Vector Graphics for this fabulous artwork. If I’m supposed to pay, please forgive me, but I didn’t see any requirements to do so. http://www.vectors4all.net/preview/mosquito-vector-graphics.jpg