Does Halloween Trigger You?

Laugh With Lisa Kotin at Candy Craziness

The Season of Sugar Overload is now in high gear. It’s that time of year again when sugar-loaded children will bounce off the walls and when adult sugar addicts buy super-sized bags, give out a lot of candies but later over-gobble the sweet stuff so that they end up in Sugar Shock.

Today, I invite you to let the funny recovered sugar addict Lisa Kotin — author of the upcoming, entertaining, poignant sugar addiction book, My Confection, entertain you with her first vlog. See it below.

 

You’ll be hearing a lot more about Lisa Kotin.

For now, I invite you to think ahead.

 

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Zumba® Happy & Zumba High Today

Are You 1 of 15 Million Fans in 180 countries?

Today, I’m Zumba® happy, thanks to this morning’s exhilarating, upbeat, high-energy class, which combined salsa, merengue, mambo, squats, lunges and many other fitness steps.

If you’re not among the 15 million fans, who take Zumba classes in over 200,000 locations in 180 countries, you’re missing out on so much fun!

You’re missing an invigorating, fun, high-intensity, calorie-burning experience, which can incorporate movements from flamenco, cumbia, flamenco, samba, mambo, reggaeton and rumba. Some lively instructors even add elements of hip-hop, belly dance or Indian Bollywood. Oh are these classes are so good!

Zumba isn’t just fun. It’s an awesome way to exercise, because you burn a lot of calories and improve your aerobic efficiency, as confirmed by an independent study commissioned by the American Council on Exercise (ACE.

Not only that, but Zumba gives you an amazing high, which lasts all day long. In short, this type of exercise can lift your moods and make you happier. Zumba also relieves stress and boosts endorphins — you know, the much touted “runner’s high.” Talk about getting a sweet, healthy, exhilarating after-Zumba glow. And thanks to Zumba, you can kiss your cravings good bye!

The Zumba fitness craze was accidentally started by Colombian trainer Alberto “Beto” Perez, who tells you this remarkable story on a Gab with the Gurus Show. See below to listen.

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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.

Fun Friday Tune: Dale Dale

Great Zumba music.

I invite you to enjoy this sweet start to get you ready for the weekend ahead.

Enjoy boogying to this Fun Friday Tune, “Dale Dale,” along with choreographer, singer, songwriter, dancer Francesca Maria.

(By the way, “dale” means  “go ahead,” “give it” or “do it,” according to this Wild104fm site. If you’re a girl and someone shouts “Dale” at you, it means they think you’re cute.)

You may be wondering about the sugar connection here.

Essentially, when you bring sweetness into your life — in this case, it’s energetically doing Zumba to an upbeat — you’ll get a life that’s sweeter without junky sweets.

Best Times to Post on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest & Your Blog [Infographic]

Best Times To Post on Social Media.

When should you post updates on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn or your blog?

That’s the big question we all want answered so we can get lots of eyeballs to grace our fan pages, read and retweet our tweets, connect with us on LinkedIn, right?

Woo Hoo, now, thanks to Fannit for sharing this infographic, you get answers about when to put your social media feet forward.

Bear in mind, though, that it’s a good idea to check out if these times hold true for your audience.

Fannit’s Isaac Campbel advises: “Post at the right time and bump up your online presence to a high degree; post at the wrong time and you’ll fail to reach your audience.”

Post at the right time and bump up your online presence to a high degree; post at the wrong time and you’ll fail to reach your audience. – See more at: http://www.fannit.com/social-media-infographic-when-are-the-best-times-to-post/#sthash.Kf92uPRj.dpuf
Post at the right time and bump up your online presence to a high degree; post at the wrong time and you’ll fail to reach your audience. – See more at: http://www.fannit.com/social-media-infographic-when-are-the-best-times-to-post/#sthash.Kf92uPRj.dpuf

FYI, I’m trying to find out what time zone to post. I’ll let you know.

Share this with your friends and fans. And tell us about your experiences with different posting times.

best times to post

Source: Special thanks to Isaac Campbell of Fannit for the great infographic. And special thanks go to Social Buzz Club founder Laura Rubinstein for letting us know about this.

Many Thanks & Wows to Anne Lamott

Help Thanks Wow 1lamott1209I’m now recovering from being very sick (cold, flu,
utter exhaustion, and grief over my mother’s recent death), but I wanted to get out of bed to
extend many thanks and wows to the talented, prolific, motivating writer Anne
Lamott, author of the fabulous book, Help,
Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers
.

Annie
— whom I had the pleasure of hearing speak while she was launching her
remarkable book, Help,
Thanks, Wow

— kindly mentioned me and my newest book, Beyond
Sugar Shock
,
on both her popular Facebook
page
and
in her
reprinted article on Style, Substance, Soul.

While I’m very grateful for the mention of Beyond
Sugar Shock

and my sugar freedom coaching, there’s a far bigger reason that I want to
extend my deep, heartfelt gratitude to Annie.

Although
the inspiring Anne Lamott asked me for help with her sugar challenges (after we
met at her book signing for Help,
Thanks, Wow
) and while it’s been an honor and privilege to offer her text coaching, what Annie didn’t know was that while I was giving her support, she was giving me a tremendous amount of support, too.

Indeed, without realizing it, the remarkable Anne Lamott was probably helping me just as much, if not a lot more, than
I was helping her.

A little background is in order. I met Annie while I was (and have been) going through a very
rough time. In fact, I barely dragged myself to Annie’s book signing while
nursing a broken heart. Recently, my mother passed away, and I’ve been reeling in
absolutely excruciating grief, profound anguish, and utter agony after what I
now call My
Bittersweet Last Year with Mom
, as well as some recent, very painful
discoveries.

At the same time, I’d been feeling lost and in limbo. I was (and
still am) trying to decide where to live, because soon after discovering that Mom was terminally
ill, I gave up my apartment in New York City (which I’d enjoyed for a decade) and
moved across country to California to be there for my mother in her dying days. I’m
now in a temporary, cramped, but wonderfully peaceful place. Read about my
truly beautiful, but utterly gut-wrenching time on my new Bittersweet Year blog.

Annelamott-0337The
delicious irony about my having been there for Annie Lamott since late December (right before Christmas) is that in between or after texting or emailing tips, ideas, encouragement and insights and the joy of eating healthily and staying away from sugary non-treats, I’d often turn to three of her many marvelous booksHelp,
Thanks, Wow
; Traveling
Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith
; and
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life — as well as her fabulous Facebook
page
,
to get tips, ideas, encouragement, and insights.

It
seemed like every time that I visited Annie’s Facebook
page
or picked up  Help,
Thanks, Wow
; Traveling
Mercies
or Bird by Bird, I’d find more inspiring, thought-provoking,
butt-kicking words of wisdom.

Indeed, whenever I veered off track, Anne
Lamott — and also Louise Hay (more about that later) — kindly, generously,
magnanimously reached out to me and gave me solace and encouragement though her
words and concepts, which helped to propel my thoughts to a better plane such
as moving away from sorrow and grief to gratitude or optimism.

For instance,
Anne inspired me by writing:

“There’s
freedom in hitting bottom. . . relief in admitting you’ve reached the place of
great unknowing. This is where restoration can begin,…”

Or, in Help,
Thanks, Wow
, Anne Lamott urged me to find freedom and value in my funk with these words:

“I
have seen many people survive unsurvivable losses, and seen them experience
happiness again. How is that possible?

“.
. . In most cases, their pain evolved slowly into help for others. The great
Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore wrote, “I slept and dreamt that life was
joy. / I awoke and saw that life was service. / I acted and behold, service was
joy.”

Ah
yes, how true. Thanks, Annie, for reminding me that I’m here to serve people.
And while I heal, I can and shall serve.

Meanwhile, I’ve been getting awesome ideas from her. For instance, in Help,
Thanks, Wow
,
Annie offers the suggestion to store your woes in a God box. (I love that
idea, and I’m now experimenting with this.)

It’s truly remarkable how every time I’ve
turned to Help,
Thanks, Wow
; Traveling
Mercies
; or Bird by Bird, I’ve found something that really speaks to me. (One of my favorite things to do
with inspiring books is to shut my eyes, pick a page and then find a quote or
comment that helps me.)

What
I also find fascinating is that although Anne Lamott and I are different
religions — I’m Jewish and she’s
a Christian, who welcomes Jesus into her life
— she still inspires me mightily.

Anyhow,
after my nap today — remember, I’m very sick, flu-ish, and utterly exhausted — I’ll turn again to Help,
Thanks, Wow,

or what she’s now playfully
calling Hips, Thighs, Waist.

Meanwhile,
Anne Lamott has helped to wake me up. It’s as if she’s been nudging me to focus
and refocus.

She
helped me to realize that I really need to say, “Help,” more often,
especially in my time of profound grief. But that’s not all. I also need to
gratefully and repeatedly say, “Thanks.” And then later, I should
continue to marvel, “Wow.”

Anne
Lamott, thank you for all you’ve done for me while I’ve hoped to be there
for you, too. You’ve motivated me to say “Help, Thanks, Wow,” more
often and more meaningfully.

Now, dear readers of any religion, whatever you’re going through at
present, I strongly urge you to get, read, and re-read Anne Lamott’s
latest book, the spectacular Help,
Thanks, Wow
.

My
prediction is that you, too, will begin to learn the value of saying,
“Help, Thanks, Wow.”

Is Sugar Toxic? “60 Minutes” Explores Issue: Hurrah!

Robert LustigTonight,  on “60 Minutes,” multiple Emmy-award winning chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta will tell the show’s viewers about new studies, which suggest that sugar is toxic.

Specifically, on “60 Minutes,” Dr. Gupta will tell viewers:

“New research coming out of some of America’s most respected institutions is starting to find that sugar could be a driving force behind some of this country’s leading killers.”

Of course, this sugar-is-toxic conclusion — which has been gaining momentum for years — is nothing new to those of you, who are regular visitors to this Sugar Shock Blog and to readers of my first book, Sugar Shock, which was first published in 2007.

Sanjay GuptaFor my part, I’m thrilled that “60 Minutes” is devoting time to explore the question of whether or not sugar is toxic. I’ve been hoping for such a segment for years.

What I find especially exciting is that Dr. Gupta will spotlight the close cancer-sugar connection, which I also explored in my book, Sugar Shock.

I also examine recent sugar-can-cause-cancer research in my upcoming book, Beyond Sugar Shock, which is being published in June by Hay House. (In the book, I guide readers to eaily break free of their sugar addiction by joining me in a fun, six-week Mind-Body-Spirit adventure.)

Anyhow, in the “60 Minutes” segment about sugar, you’ll watch Dr. Gupta interview respected pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Robert H. Lustig, whose YouTube video, Sugar: The Bitter Truth, has gone viral, attracting 2,159,456 viewers (as of today).

Dr. Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, is not alone in his sugar-is-toxic view.

Amazon Sug Sh 51RDZ7DBVAL._SL110_Indeed, many cutting-edge physicians, including Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, medical consultant for my book Sugar Shock, contend that the high amount of sugar in the American diet is killing us. (By the way, I disagree with the low figures usually cited — most Americans consume far more than the 130 or 150 pounds a year that’s often mentioned in news reports.)

While I applaud “60 Minutes” for telling the nation that sugar can be toxic, I also need to congratulate Dr. Mehmet Oz for his important work drawing attention to sugar’s dangers in several episodes of the top-rated “The Doctor Oz Show.”

In one episode, Dr. Mehmet Oz even called sugar “The # 1 food Dr. Oz Wants Out of Your House.” Hurrah!

By the way, I’m honored that Dr. Oz praised my book, Sugar Shock.

Again, congratulations to “60 Minutes” for devoting a segment to this important sugar subject.

 Join us on my Facebook fan page during and after “60 Minutes” airs to share your thoughts and feelings about the is-sugar-toxic segment.

Make sure to tell your friends and family members to watch this important “60 Minutes” episode.

Watch the full episode below.

If you have a sugar addiction and are worried about the toxic effects, stay tuned for free teleseminars that will help you to break free of your dangerous behavior.

I also invite you to keep a lookout for my next book, Beyond Sugar Shock, which gives you a simple, compassionate six-week Mind-Body-Spirit Plan to let your addiction float away into nothingness.

Dr. Wayne Dyer Endorsed My Book, Beyond Sugar Shock, for Hay House: He Joins Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, Dr. Christiane Northrup & Others

Wayne-dyer-2008-2Woo Hoo! Best-selling author and beloved teacher Dr. Wayne W. Dyer just gave me the most exciting, amazing gift!

The remarkable Dr. Dyer — author of many bestsellers, including his latest, Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting — has just endorsed my next book, Beyond Sugar Shock.

This endorsement means so much to me at this time. Although I've been a fan for years, lately, I've been relying and turning to his motivational works and books over and over again.

For instance, every morning now, I chant and listen religiously to his Meditations for Manifesting: Morning and Evening Meditations to Literally Create Your Heart's Desire.

I'm also very eager to get his new I AM Wishes Fulfilled Meditation, that Dr. Dyer and James F. Twyman have created. I'm sure it will be miraculous.

So here the endorsement that Dr. Dyer so kindly gave:

"I have taken the advice and guidance that Connie offers here and used it to reclaim my  own well being. We have unknowingly and unwittingly become a nation of addicts, and here in this book you are given a blueprint for living a life of perfect health. Follow the easy-to-apply guidelines, and then you will be able to look in the mirror and say, `I AM finally living a healthy life.' There is no greater feeling and it is your birthright. You were not designed to walk around in shock. A much needed book. –Wayne Dyer"

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Dr. Dyer!

Now, I encourage you to watch these fascinating interviews with him. 

And make sure to sign up for a chance to get Dr. Dyer's new book, Wishes Fulfilled, and a copy of Anita Moorjani's Dying To Be Me, offered by Hay House, his (and my) publisher.

Watch Dr. Wayne Dyer Wishes Fulfilled | Preview on PBS. See more from pbs.

 

Wayne Dyer - Event Tour

Dr. Dyer is joining many other wonderful experts, who've generously provided endorsements, including Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, Brian Tracy, Dr. Joe Vitale, Marci Shimoff, Janet Bray Atwood, John Assaraf, and Brian Alman, Ph.D.

Nutrition gurus Dr. JJ VirginDr. Oz GarciaDr. Jonny Bowden, Ann CooperMarc David, and Mark Sisson also said kind words about Beyond Sugar Shockwhich offers you a fun, simple, compassionate six-week Mind-Body-Spirit adventure to easily and effortlessly release your sugar addiction.

In the book, I take you by the hand, so to speak, and coach you to Sugar Freedom so that by the time you finish the book, you're now leading a life that's sweeterlicious (that's my word for delicious, combined with scrumptious, delicious, and of course, sweet).

Even fellow sugar experts have been kind enough to praise it–which gives me such profound joy. 

I bow my head in gratitude to such amazing authors of sugar books or programs as Jeff O'Connell (to your left), Dr. Jacob TeitelbaumRichard J. Johnson, M.D.Jill Escher, and Kathie Dolgin (a.k.a. "High Voltage"), to whom I'm so grateful for writing endorsements for Beyond Sugar Shock.

It's also been an honor to have several authors published byHay House (my publisher) offer endorsements.

Dr. Christiane NorthrupA very special thanks go to Dr. Christiane Northrup (see photo to your left), Colette Baron-Reid, Dr. Ken DruckDonna Gates,Lauren Mackler, and CarolineSutherland.

Read my recent Sugar Shock Blog post to read the nice things other empowering speakers and best selling authors have said about Beyond Sugar Shock

Kick Your Sweet Tooth to the Curb: Thanks to Vital Juice

Sugar-addiction

Do you have a sweet tooth?

Feeling a prisoner to your sugar habit?

Get some help now, thanks to Vital Juice, whose talented editor Maridel Reyes, interviewed me.

Read this package of articles now:

 

Vital Juice

Sweets Surpise
Kick your sweet tooth to the curb.

How have these sugar articles have helped you?

What’s your biggest Ahah!?

Let Vital Juice know on their Facebook fan page.

Then make sure to share your thoughts on our Facebook fan page, too.

Tony Horton Dishes Great Tips & Info on Gab with the Gurus

 

Tony Horton

Did you catch today’s Gab with the Gurus Radio Show with fitness guru Tony Horton?

 

Get ready to be motivated, encouraged, challenged, excited, and intrigued.

Tony — the founder of the amazing P90X and other programs and author of Bring It! The Revolutionary Fitness Plan for All Levels That Burns Fat, Builds Muscle, and Shreds Inches — shared lots of valuable information.

You’ll love our Gab with the Gurus interview!

Listen now — or whenever you like — to this amazing interview.

Listen to internet radio with Gab With the Gurus on Blog Talk Radio

Tell your friends on Facebook, Twitter, etc. to listen, too.