Do You Get Stressed Out?

Are You One of Millions Who Crave Carbs Under Stress? Cravings-Crushing Monday/Your Motivating Monday

Do you often feel stressed?

If you’re like millions of us in America, Great Britain, and Australia, you get stressed, which may often “make” you do such unhealthy things such as eat (or, more likely, overeat) processed carbs and sugary snacks and do other unhealthy things.

Today is the first in a series of blog posts in which I help you discover Simple Ways to Shut Down Stress. No need to rush anymore to processed carbs and sugary snacks to unwind, calm down and soothe you.

Now, let’s find out which stresses are now applicable for you.

Admittedly, the inspiration for writing about stress grew out of my own massive, seemingly endless, overpowering stress in the past four years, ever since I moved across country for my dying Mom; helplessly watched for a year while she lost the battle to lung cancer; moved several times (now for the fifth or sixth time); got walloped by carb cravings, overate carbs (which was initially quite embarrassing), gained 21 pounds (which I’ve now lost); recovered from PTSD, started a new life in another part of the country, etc.

Admittedly, I haven’t handled this persistent stress the best on many occasions, so I decided to get tips from fellow health experts on How to Shut Down Stress. I got many ideas from a number of amazing colleagues, who are active in the health and wellness Mindshare Summit Facebook Group, created by JJ Virgin, bestselling author of The Sugar Impact Diet, and most recently, Miracle Mindset: A Mother, Her Son, and Life’s Hard Lessons.

Now I’m stressed out (that’s a joke) about how to write about stress, because these fabulous health experts had so many ideas that I just couldn’t put all their tiips into one blog post.  Because they shared so many brilliant suggestions, I decided to turn this into a series of blog posts about stress.

To begin talking about stress, let’s turn to health psychologist and Stanford University Kelly McGonigal, who offers a revolutionary look about stress — that it’s not necessarily bad.

Thanks to Mindshare Summit colleague Dr Alan Christianson, author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Adrenal Reset Diet, who suggested that we look at stress in a different way.

“…maybe all you have to do is not be stressed about your stress,” Alan pointed out. “Those who see it as excitement seem to bypass the physiological damage.”

He then suggested that you and I watch  McGonigal’s 2013 TED talk, “How to Make Stress Your Friend,” which is one of the 20 Most Viewed TED talks of all time, with 10 million views. The author of the Upside of Stress points out that the goal is not to get rid of stress but to get better at understanding, embracing and using it.

Join the Conversation: So what was your biggest takeaway from McGonigal’s TED talk?

My Crazy-Cravings Anniversary

How I Became Determined to Crack the Cravings Code: See My Videos to Learn How to Crush Your Cravings

Four years ago, around this time, after a grueling year watching the difficult death of my Mom, Crazy Cravings for salty carbs and fatty cheeses hit me hard. Now, for the first time, I’m revealing via video (for a short time) how I fell into a massive, months-long Carb Relapse, gained 21 pounds and became determined to Crack the Cravings Code. I’m also here with help for you.

Learn in this video how — although I never went back to eating overt sugar (as in candies, cookies or cakes) and stayed away from sweets, as I had for the past 14 years — I had plenty of covert sugar from less obvious sources as movie popcorn, onion rings, corn nuggets, sweet potato chips and more movie popcorn.

For months, my Crazy Cravings kept hounding me while I sought to face and rise above TAG (my phrase for Trauma, Abuse and Anger and Grief) and much more.

“Connie, Eat Me, Eat Me, Eat Me,” those crappy carbs called out to me while I was walloped by painful emotions.

For quite a while, I was mortified since a sugar and carb expert, for goodness sake!  In fact, it took me a full two years to get up the guts to publicly confess to my carb sinning on this blog.

These days, my Carb Relapse and TAG are long-ago history. My sense of humor, quirkiness and joie de vivre have returned.  Lately, the revelations have been pouring in.

Now, as I share in my new video, I realize that My Crazy Cravings Became My Greatest Teachers.  

So I’m back to serving you. Woo Hoo! I’m here to help you first learn about your cravings for junk foods full of sugar, flour, fat or salt.

Then I’m here to help you Crush Your Cravings.

Check out my free video series to discover my fascinating findings about cravings. (Please note that the video is up for only a few more days.)

Make sure to post your comments on the video page. Tell us: Have you ever been waylaid by intense cravings that threw you completely off course and goaded you into self-destructive bingeing?

Tossing, Clearing Clutter & Healing

Time to Jump Forward to Serve You

Recently, I’ve been hibernating so I can toss, clear clutter and heal. I’m now ready to jump forward and serve you better.

For the past three years, I’ve been healing after My Bittersweet Last Year with Mom, rebounding after My Dark Night of the Soul, researching and writing my next book, Crush Your Crazy Cravings™  and getting ready to serve you.

Recently, while sadly marking the three-year anniversary of my mother’s death, I’ve been quite busy.

I’m tossing, clearing clutter, and doing more healing.

So I’m off now—until the Jewish holidays are over—to finish shedding papers, getting organized, donating or sell Mom’s remaining things, etc.

See you soon with some new tools and tips to help you, too, Crush Your Crazy Cravings.

When was the last time you tossed, cleared clutter, and healed? Share your experiences here.

Photo: Thanks to Unsplash and Joshua Earle.

Anita Moorjani: On Cancer, Near Death & Treasuring Our Magnificence

Dying To Be MeAs a journalist, author and radio host, I’ve interviewed hundreds, if not thousands of people on a variety of topics, from sugar addiction to vision boards to forgiveness to the power of the Law of Attraction.

Today, I was deeply honored and profoundly touched by my interview with Anita Moorjani on my Gab with the Gurus Radio Show.

Anita — whose story about her remarkable journey back from a near-death experience and her subsequent spontaneous remission of cancer is rapidly spreading on the Internet — gave a truly spectacular interview.

If you haven’t yet heard of Anita, you need to discover her and her riveting, magnificent, new book, Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing.

Dying to Be Me has a foreword by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, the internationally renowned speaker and author in the field of self development.

In our Gab with the Gurus interview, Anita offered her compelling thoughts and insights about a variety of topics, such as:

  • Why she got cancer in the first place.
  • How emotions play a “grossly overlooked” role in the development of cancer.
  • Her key to healing so quickly.
  • The role of fear in getting cancer and not recovering from it.
  • Why she chose not to undergo chemotherapy.
  • What her near-death experience was like.
  • How it’s important — imperative, if you will — to live fearlessly, joyously and authentically.

In particular, for you skeptics out there, I asked a number of questions to clarify for you her unique claims. For instance, you’ll discover:

  • How ample medical proof documents her claims of having a near-death experience and spontaneous remission of her cancer.
  • How recognized oncologist Dr. Peter Ko of the University of Southern California carefully reviewed her medical chart and was simply astounded by her recovery
  • How other medical professionals also are intrigued by her experiences.

Listen now to this fascinating Gab with the Gurus interview with Anita Moorjani. Remember, you can listen anytime.

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Now, share this fascinating interview with your Facebook friends, Twitter followers, family members, and loved ones.

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.

    Begin Your Day With Positive Thoughts to Create an Exceptional Life, Louise Hay Urges

    You Can Create an Exceptional Life 5718_c1.gifHow do you begin each and every day?

    What are the very first thoughts you think?

    What ideas fill your head as you get out of bed, hop in the shower, make breakfast, and prepare for the day ahead?

    Do you dread the projects and duties that lie ahead of you? Or do you approach your day with happy anticipation?

    No matter what challenges you are facing — whether it’s sugar addiction, financial issues, or other family situations — If you begin your day joyously and gratefully, you’ll have a fabulous day — and life.

    Lately, I’ve been giving quite a bit of thought to how I begin my day, thanks to the fabulous new book, You Can Create an Exceptional Life, from two of my heroines, Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson, both mega-best-selling authors, who’ve helped millions around the world. (Follow these amazing ladies on Facebook — just click the links I just gave.)

    Both of these remarkable women are living proof that the spiritual principles they discuss in their new book really do work. As you read You Can Create an Exceptional Life, you’ll discover that you, too, can create  an exceptional life, too.

    In fact, I now follow their wonderful advice religiously, and I urge you to do that, too.

    In You Can Create an Exceptional Life, which features the collective wisdom of Louise and Cheryl, you get many wonderful tidbits of advice on how lead a glorious life.

    For instance, Louise suggests that you begin your day by looking at yourself lovingly in the mirror and telling yourself how much you love yourself and how awesome you are. Try it! You’ll find that this simple little tool works amazing wonders!

    Also, see this wonderful YouTube video with Louise and Cheryl.

    Anyhow, in this fabulous new book, You Can Create an Exceptional Life, you get many wonderful affirmations to use as you begin and go through your day. (There’s an amazing Collected Affirmations section in the back of the book, which you’ll love, I predict.)

    By the way, another one of my absolute favorite CDs/books is, I Can Do It: How to Use Affirmations to Change Your Life, also from Louise Hay.

    Since June — after getting quite exhausted, rundown, headachy, low on energy, and really burnt out (I developied electropollution from working long hours on my book, Beyond Sugar Shock) — I’ve been listening to I Can Do It or another Louise Hay CD every morning.

    My daily Louise Hay booster shot helped to quickly bring back my natural energy, enthusiasm and joe de vivre. Wow! If you’re facing any kind of challenge, I urge you to check it out!

    Let us know here what you think of both of these fabulous books, You Can Create an Exceptional Life and I Can Do It: How to Use Affirmations to Change Your Life.

    Stay tuned for photos of me with Louise and Cheryl at Louise’s recent 85th birthday party. 

    So what new affirmations and thoughts are you having as you begin your day?

     

    (Full Disclosure: My next book, Beyond Sugar Shock, is for Hay House, which is the same publisher for both You Can Create an Exceptional Life and I Can Do It: How to Use Affirmations to Change Your Life, but just because we’re in the same publishing family does not affect my thoughts about these books. Both of these books are amazing, and I’d be raving about them no matter what. Get them now to change your life, and tell us what you think!)