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.”