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?

fast stress relief

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?

The Lyme Disease-Sugar Connection

Get Surprised & Helped with the Chronic Lyme Disease Summit

“Beverly Hills” housewife Yolanda Foster. “Soprano’s” star Jamie-Lynn Sigler. Singer Avril Lavigne. Actress Ashley Olsen. Singer Daryl Hall.Actor Richard Gere. Model Christy Turlington. The list goes on and on.

These celebs have reportedly suffered from Lyme disease, which now debilitates a staggering number of people in the United States. In fact, 300,000 people are infected with Lyme disease each year. Unfortunately, many of these victims are suffering from the worst-case scenario: Chronic Lyme Disease.

Do any of these symptoms sound familiar: Headaches, chills, swollen glands, muscle and joint pain and/or mental confusion?

You may not have a cold or flu. You may have Lyme disease.

It’s my honor and privilege to particulate in the Chronic Lyme Disease Summit (www.chroniclymediseasesummit.com), an online program, which you can listen to for free from Monday, April 4 to Monday, April 11.

The Chronic Lyme Disease Summit is an important event because it can give valuable, much-needed information to those, who’ve been misdiagnosed or are baffled by their unexplained symptoms.

Fact: You don’t need a visible bull’s eye rash or tick bite to prove that you have Lyme disease.

Another startling fact: More people are affected by Lyme disease each year than breast cancer.

During the Chronic Lyme Disease Summit, host Dr. Jay Davidson, who nearly lost his wife to chronic Lyme disease, will be interviewing me.

Kudos to Jay. Because of his wife’s struggles, he became prompted him to do lots of research and help others heal.

During this Chronic Lyme Disease Summit, you’ll learn about diagnosis, testing, an understanding of Lyme disease, cutting-edge information and research, plus practical health tips to get your life back on track.

Now you may be wondering: Why in the world would a sugar expert be so interested in sharing information about Lyme disease?

Read on to learn why.

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Take Garlic to Fight Colds

Oops! I've Been Sick -- Now Taking More Garlic

Maybe you’ve been on a plane. Or in a restaurant or mall. The sound in the air isn’t music playing. It’s the never-ending hacking of those, who are suffering with colds.

Unfortunately, for the past two weeks, I’ve been recuperating from my own monstrous, end-of-winter upper respiratory bug. (That’s why I had to take time to recuperate and therefore haven’t posted lately. There’s nothing like getting sick to make you do lots of planning. So I’ve laying the groundwork for some exciting programs. Stay tuned for details.)

Lately, since I eat so healthily, I’m trying to figure out what I could have done differently (other than those couple of nights when I didn’t get enough sleep). Oops. I overlooked garlic.  I just couldn’t follow my friend’s advice to inhale it before catching a plane. (No one would have wanted to sit near me!)

Now I want to share some fascinating facts about this powerhouse, which I’ve been putting into in soups for the last couple of days.

Indeed, garlic is a great way to avoid your dripping nose and loud cough in the first place.

Indeed, according to a study done by British scientists who tracked 146 healthy adults over 12 weeks, those who selected to receive a daily garlic supplement came down with 24 colds during the study period, compared twitch 65 colds in the placebo group.

Here are some juicy tidbits about garlic and why it’s one of your best stay-healthy weapons:

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Why We Overeat: The Toxic Food Environment & Obesity

What do a Bagel & a Candy Bar Have in Common?

Ever wondered why we overeat?

why we overeatDo you or your loved ones overeat? Have you or your family members been gaining unwanted excess weight? Are you concerned about our obesity crisis?

To gain insights into why two-thirds of us are getting fatter and sicker, I urge you to watch a video of this fascinating panel discussion, “Why We Overeat: The Toxic Food Environment & Obesity,” thanks to the Harvard School of Public Health and the Huffington Post.

I came across this fabulous video while doing research for research for my next book, Crush Your Crazy Carb Cravings™.

This program presented an illustrious panel, which included:

  • Walter Willett, Chair, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, and Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition
  • David Kessler, Former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco; and Author, The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite
  • Dariush Mozaffarian, Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School and
  • Michael Rich, Director, Center on Media and Child Health, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Plus, the “Why We Overeat” panel was moderated brilliantly by Meredith Melnick, Editorial Director for HuffPost Healthy Living.

This program has many fascinating points. In particular, I urge you to pay attention to these fascinating comments from Dr. Mozaffarian:

“Now sugar, I agree that sugar is a problem, but sugar is no greater a problem than totally unsweetened refined grains. And the worry I have about just focusing on sugar, it gives the refined grains, it gets them off the hook.

“So white bread, all refined cereals that have no added sugar at all, they say zero sugar on the panel, those are just as bad. And when we’ve looked at populations of hundreds of thousands of people, the weight gain associated with Skittles is exactly the same weight gain that is associated with Corn Flakes or white bread or a bagel. So to think that a bagel, that has no sugar, is different than candy is really misleading. …”

Also, I invite you to keep watching to check out the second video (at 59:00) from the HBO film, Weight of the Nation, .where you can discover which beverages contain the most sugar content, thanks to The WATCH Nutrition Clinic.

I’d love to hear what you think about this video.

 

Watch the video here. (I had to take it down, because it would automatically play every time you came to my Sugar Shock Blog.

Join the Conversation. What is your biggest Ahah! from this “Why We Overeat” video?

Special thanks to www.NoGrainer.com for the artwork on this blog. Given that I’m on tight deadline for my next book, I didn’t verify that it was okay to use this artwork. So, if I posted this and shouldn’t have, please let me know, and I’ll be happy to take it down.

FDA to Include Added Sugars on Nutrition Labels

Added sugars will be singled out for the first time, according to proposed label changes from the United States Food and Drug Administration.

This is very good news for those of us, who’ve been warning people about sugar’s dangers and who’ve been trying to help people reduce their consumption of potentially harmful sweeteners.

What you’ll see are two lines of information for the total amount of sugar contained.

One line will say, “Sugars,” and another line will state “Added Sugars,” according to the FDA.

By offering information about “Added Sugars,” this will help consumers to cut back on their sugar consumption. which the U.S. government now recommends.

It’s reassuring that the FDA is now making efforts to educate consumers about of how much sugar occurs naturally in a product, and how much has been added.

Other changes you’ll see will include:

  • Updated serving sizes, which will make it clearer for products that are consumed in one sitting. (You’ll find dual column labels that indicate both “per serving” and “per package” calorie and nutrition information for larger packages that could be consumed in one sitting or multiple sittings.)
  • Calorie information will be provided in a bigger font and bolder. Serving sizes would be bold, too. (The proposed label “would drive attention to calories and serving sizes,” Michael R. Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, said in a statement.
  • The new labels would take out Calories from Fat. (This decision was to show type of fat rather than amount so that consumers can choose products lower in saturated and trans fats.)

Changes Won’t Happen For 2 Years

Unfortunately, consumers won’t see changes right away. Food companies will have two years to comply with the new requirements, according to the FDA.

Even though this will take some time, the FDA’s plans are exciting, because they’re designed to reflect the latest scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease.

Learn about other FDA food label changes here.

Sugars on nutrition labelsSpecial thanks to Karl Tate, who created the above infographic for LiveScience.

 

Sugar Addicts: Get Secrets to Go Mostly Sugar-Free – 15 Years of Sweet Success

Sugar poisonSugar addicts and carb junkies, I bring you hope!

Indeed, this is a BIG week for me. It's been 15 years since I bid bye-bye to my sugar addiction — mostly — yes, I wasn't totally perfect.

So let me help you now.

If you're tired of being a sugar or carb addict and are fed up with gaining weight, getting spaced out, or have other health issues, discover Secrets to Let Sugar Go by listening anytime to this special Gab with the Gurus 15-year-mostly-sugar-free-iversary Show with my sugar-free mentor Roberta Ruggiero.

Back in 1998, I was so blessed to find Roberta, who, after dealing with her own issues of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar, went on to found The Hypoglycemia Support Foundation, Inc. She also wrote The Do’s and Don’ts of Hypoglycemia: An Everyday Guide to Low Blood Sugar,
which has been acclaimed by the American Library Association as “one of best
lay medical books public libraries.”

In our special Gab with the Gurus Show, you'll first learn our startling stories. You'll discover:

  • How when Roberta simply changed her diet by quitting sugar and those quickie carbs (processed carbohydrates that are metabolized quickly), she personally overcame 10 years of
    illness during which she saw dozens of doctors, endured countless
    medical tests, took thousands of pills and even underwent electric shock
    therapy! 
  • How when I finally let go of my sugar addiction — very reluctantly, though — presto, ALL 44 of my ailments (including crippling headaches, difficulty concentrating, awful PMS, excessive fatigue, cold hands and feet, embarrassing mood swings, scary heart palpitations, etc.) vanished! Wow!
  • How most people are consuming too many sweets whether they know it or not, especially if they eat foods in boxes, cans or jars. That sugar or quickie-carb habit can be deadly, leading to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and an early death.

On our Gab with the Gurus Show, you'll also find out Secrets to Go Mostly Sugar-Free. While I share some tactics in my book, Beyond Sugar Shock, Roberta and I go into more depth on this program, and we give you the personal touch, of course, because you get to listen to us chatting.

Among the Secrets to Go Mostly Sugar-Free, you'll discover:

  • How it's okay to be
    imperfect. In fact, not expecting that you'll do everything "right," frees you up to succeed marvelously.
  • How most people around the world — whether they know it or not — are eating far too much sugar (roughly 170 to more than 200 pounds per year) and/or quickie carbs (possibly as high as 200 pounds), thereby paving the way to diseases galore.
  • How you can take your slips and turn them into successes. You'll realize that your so-called "failures" lead you to lasting success.
  • How you want to change your relationship with those persistent cravings. (We'll talk about how to embrace them — yes! — and how they can become major allies.
  • How to take one of your absolute worst habits — something almost all of us do — and turn it into one of your biggest foolproof tools to bid your sugar addiction farewell.
  • How some people are wise to let a little sugar (some tastes here and there) into their lives. (You'll discover that I've modified my stance over the years.)
  • How, for many people, a few tastes can turn into a binge and they're better off to say sayonara to processed sweets.
  • How before I quit sugar, first I binged on candies for three weeks after my doctor's orders to "Quit sugar or die young."
  • How it's imperative that you keep track. Roberta discusses how it's very important to keep a symptom diary. (That way, you'll know what happens when you eat sweets. You want to get a clear message about how too much sugar leads to symptoms.)
  • How you need to be prepared, wherever you go.
  • How you can have fun replacing those sugary treats that you used to adore.
  • How it's vital to get support and learn about success stories. 
  • And much more.

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

Share your bigggest Ahahs! about this Gab with the Gurus Show.

A very special thanks to B. Eco Chic and founder Bethany Gonzalez Moreno for this sugar image with the poison symbol on it. This photo accurately demonstrates how sugar can kill you over time. I highly recommend that you find out about B. Eco Chic now and get on the mailing list for this blog.

Get Your Sweet Success Gifts Now

Dawn StricklandToday, you can order new book, Beyond Sugar Shock, which you’ll receive on Monday from Amazon.

In honor of my book becoming a reality after holding various incarnations of my Sugar Freedom Now Course for 10 years, I’m now offering you a series of fun Sweet Success Gifts.

In these short, audio gifts, you’ll get to listen to former sugar addicts tell you about their lives when they were hooked on sugar.

They’ll even share their rock-bottom moments with you.

Next, you’ll discover how their lives have been remarkably transformed.

Bear in mind that I’m not even asking you to quit sugar yet. I’m just inviting you to discover how your life can become much sweeter just because you’re quitting sweets.

The first short and sweet audio gift features chiropractor and fitness trainer Dawn Strickland, whose remarkable story will wow you, I predict.

You can read more about Dawn on page 75 of Beyond Sugar Shock, which you can pre-order here.

Food Addiction Program Featuring Dr. Robert Lustig, Michael Prager, Etc. Planned

Robert H. Lustig, M.D., whose YouTube video, Sugar: The Bitter Truth, hit viral, and Michael Prager, author of the exciting book, Fat Boy, Thin Man, are among the fascinating experts I'll have the pleasure of meeting and listening to in an exciting program about food addiction at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco next week

Stay tuned for some compelling points that you'll get from these amazing speakers. 

These are the experts lined up. 

Michael Prager, Author, Fat Boy Thin Man
Nicole Avena, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Florida
Eric Stice, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Oregon Research Institute
Dr. Vera Ingrid Tarman, MD., MSc., FCEP, CASAM, Medical Director, Renascent
Elissa Epel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Robert H. Lustig, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, in the Division of Endocrinology at UCSF

Now read the enticing description:

Addiction is about brains, not just about behaviors. We all have the brain reward circuitry that makes food rewarding; it’s a survival mechanism. In a healthy brain, these rewards have feedback mechanisms for satiety or "‘enough." For some, the circuitry becomes dysfunctional such that the message becomes "more." Michael Prager, author of Fat Boy Thin Man, will begin the discussion telling his very personal story of recognizing and then seeking treatment for his food addiction. Leading researchers and clinicians will discuss many aspects of this important topic. 

Dessert for Breakfast? Sugary Children’s Cereals

Kellogg's ServeImage.aspxHow would you feel if your kids had a Twinkie or even had cookies for breakfast?

Well, that's exactly what she or he — or maybe even you — may be doing most mornings.

Suffice it to say that millions of children are beginning their day going into Sugar Shock.

So found a scary new report on popular cereals, Sugar in Children's Cereal, from the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit, non-partisan research organization dedicated to using the power of information to protect human health and the environment.

The Environmental Working Group arrived at its frightening sugar findings after studying 84 popular brands of cereal, many of them marketed directly to children, to see if they meet either the federal government's proposed nutrition guidelines or the industry's looser nutrition guidelines.

And the EWG found lots about sugar, sugar, sugar.

Kellogg's Honey Smacks, which has nearly 56 percent sugar by weight, leads the list of the 10 worst children’s cereals, according to EWG’s analysis.

In fact, the EWG found, a one-cup serving of the brand contains more sugar than a Hostess Twinkie.

Meanwhile, one cup of any of the 44 other children’s cereals has more sugar than three Chips Ahoy! cookies.

Here's EWG's list of the 10 worst cereals.

10 Worst Children’s Cereals
Based on percent sugar by weight
1.) Kellogg’s Honey Smacks 55.6%
2.) Post Golden Crisp 51.9%
3.) Kellogg’s Froot Loops Marshmallow 48.3%
4.) Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s OOPS! All Berries 46.9%
5.) Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch Original 44.4%
6.) Quaker Oats Oh!s 44.4%
7.) Kellogg’s Smorz 43.3%
8.) Kellogg’s Apple Jacks 42.9%
9.) Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries 42.3%
10.) Kellogg’s Froot Loops Original 41.4%

Of course, this EWG report comes as no surprise to me, given that I often share information about sugar's pervasiveness and its dangers, as I did in my first book, Sugar Shock.

So why should you care about your kids eating so much sugar for breakfast?

As the EWG points out, studies suggest that children who eat breakfasts that are high in sugar have more problems at school.

For instance, they become more frustrated and have a harder time working independently than kids who eat lower-sugar breakfasts, as the EWG noted. And by lunchtime, these kids who filled up on sugar for breakfast have less energy, are hungrier, show attention deficits and make more mistakes on their work.

Kudos to the Environmental Working Group for sharing this important news.

Click here to see the best and worst cereals, as discovered by the EWG.

Wondering what's a good breakfast then? Well, for starters, why do your kids have to have cereal to start the day?

But if they do, make sure, as nutrition expert Marion Nestle, Ph.D., recommends that you pick:

  1. Cereals with a short ingredient list
  2. Cereals high in fiber.
  3. Cereals with little or no added sugars (such as honey, molasses, fruit juice concentrate, brown sugar, corn sweetener, sucrose, lactose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup and malt syrup).

An easy breakfast for children would be a piece of fresh fruit (like an orange or apple), a cooked of steel cut oats (sprinkled with cinnamon), some plain milk (if they can handle dairy), and a hard boiled egg (prepared the night before).

Have you heard yet that my next book, Beyond Sugar Shock, is due out next year? Stay tuned for details.

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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