Lean on Rose Quartz to Calm You

Cravings-Crushing Monday: Get Soothed by this Stone Rather than Sugar

Most of you may associate red with the color of love (think, Valentine’s Day), but I invite you to get and cherish a heart-shaped, pink rose quartz, which has been hailed as a powerful healing crystal and as the love Stone.

 

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Rose quartz can be your powerful ally in a number of ways.

To begin, it can have a calming, peaceful, soothing effect—which, of course, is far better than the temporary high you can get from sweets or quickie carbs.

What’s more, although most people think red is best for your Valentine, the color pink is also associated with love. (Naturally, it’s affiliated with breast cancer awareness, too.)

When you see pink, you evoke healing, sweetness, and safety, experts say.

“Focusing on pink is a way to do something healing and loving for yourself,” suggests herbalist and nutritional consultant Brigitte Mars.

Feng Shui experts also use pink to soothe the energy in a room, especially in the southwest area of your space, which is is connected to love and marriage.

Think about it. When do you eat sugary foods? Sure enough, you may use sweets as a substitute for love, as many of you have confided in me.

If you’d like to feel love — whether or not you have a special someone this Valentine’s Day — I invite you to rely on rose quartz.

Rose quartz also has been hailed for its ability to to help “open your heart to give and receive love” and to encourage you to “forgive others and especially yourself.”

Crystal and metaphysical experts also recommend:

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Merry Christmakah or Happy Christmukkah

Happy Holidays to All, Whether You Celebrate Christmas, Chanukah or another religious holiday

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This year, Christmas and Chanukah both fall on December 25 (although the Jewish celebration continues for another seven days).In honor of that dual holiday, cartoonist Isabella Bannerman created a fun cartoon. Enjoy your holiday, all, no matter what you celebrate.

Sweet Sunset to Savor

Join the Conversation. We’d love to hear from you. Post a comment about this Sweet Sunset to Savor.

Isn’t getting hooked on watching sunsets a lot more enticing than dessert foods or quickie carbs?

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Can you believe I took this on my iPhone?

Please spread the Sunset Love to your friends and fans.

Join the Conversation: When was the last time you watched a sunset? How did it make you feel? Post your comment now. 

Kelly Ripa, Kim Kardashian, Seth Green, Eva Langoria Parker Go for Over-the-Top Cakes

Cake - kelly-ripa-435 Many of us would-be, health-conscious people strive often (or at times) to cut culprit carbs and shove candies, cookies, cakes and chips out of our lives for our emotional or physical health.

But who can blame Tori Spelling, Kelly Ripa, Kim Kardashian, Eva Langoria Parker, Guy
Ritchie, Flavor Flav, Seth Green, Spencer Pratt and Kid Rock for using creative, elaborate cakes to memorialize major occasions?

I don't mean to unnecessarily entice you with these images (to your left), but I'm amused, entertained and intrigued by these over-the-top, sugary concoctions that People Magazine shares with us in a snazzy photo essay.

My sugar-free — albeit sometimes jealous — funny bone nudges me to poke fun of this sugar-filled hoopla in this way: Well, let them eat cake!

(For the record, my comment was NOT intended to be malicious — it was my silly, sleep-deprived remark.)

Hey, sometimes you just have to laugh at — and accept — our nation's habit of celebrating events with sugar-filled cakes. Let's face it, this is a trend you just can't buck.

So I invite you to set some limits for yourself at your next beautiful cake-celebrated event. I urge you to have just one teeny, tiny piece — and to have it after a good meal with healthy foods (quality protein, healthy carbs such as veggies and a small amount of fat like olive oil). That's right, I challenge you to partake of one tiny slice!

Cake tori-spelling-660 Speaking of challenges, it can be a challenge to figure out how to observe important milestones such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, bar mitzvahs, christenings and graduations without cute cakes.

So, now I'm presented with a challenge. Given that I don't eat sweets, how the heck should I celebrate my 12 years off sugar on April 15?

I invite your suggestions. Because frankly I'm at a loss! Please send in your ideas!

In case you're new to this Sugar Shock Blog and your'e wondering why I would want to pass up such delectable treats as those shown here, consider this: Would you rather suffer from 44 horrible ailments or skip the sweets and feel great?

That's the choice had to reluctantly make back in 1998, when my doctor ordered me to quit my sugar habit. To learn about my sad-to-sweet story, read it in Chapter One of my book SUGAR SHOCK!

If you're annoyed with me for unnecessarily enticing you, come join me tonight when low-carb blogger Jimmy Moore — who lost 180 pounds and kept it off, partly from cutting out cakes — and I tell you "The Top 10 Reasons You Failed to Lose Weight or Kick Sugar." Just sign up here. (If you can't make it live, you can listen to an audio replay later, for a limited time.)

My ABC’s to Break Free of Your Bad Habits (YouTube Video)

I’ve been busy lately doing a video for a contest sponsored by Hay House for attendees of a recent Movers & Shakers conference.

In this video, I’m answering the question that I most often get from clients. Everyone wants to know: “What should i do first to tackle my sugar addiction or other bad habit.”

So watch this to get my ABC’s to Break Free. Please make sure to watch to the end for an entertaining, surprising, humorous conclusion. Please let me know what you think.

I Committed a “Robbery” on Rosh Hashanah! The Economy Made Me Do It (Personal Essay)

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Note from Connie: As readers of this SUGAR SHOCK! Blog know by now, I like to write about a variety of topics other than health. Here's a fun personal essay, which I wrote too late (alas) to get published elsewhere. I encourage you to pass it around, post it on Facebook, tweet about it and/or Digg it. Hope it entertains you.

I Committed a "Robbery" on Rosh Hashanah! The Economy Made Me Do It By Connie Bennett

NEW YORK CITY—On Rosh Hashanah, when I should have been atoning for my sins of the past year, pulled off a smart, but stingy sin. In my defense, the economy made me do it.

Fully cognizant of my High Holidays wrongdoing, I stuck into services at a fancy hotel in New York City. By arriving late, no one was checking tickets at the door anymore. So, holding my head high, I quickly took my place among the worshippers.

In short, on Rosh Hashanah no less, I committed the perfect sin for this economic climate. I “robbed” a worthwhile Jewish organization of $150. (That was the fee to attend all High Holiday services.)

Sad to say, but I didn’t feel guilty about my transgression. That’s because, like many Americans, the economy has impacted me. If anything, I was proud that I’d saved $150 of my hard-earned money.

Certainly, I’m not alone in my economically driven High Holidays quandary. Many of us fellow Jews, I’m sure, are facing the same frustrations, especially now that we may have given up our expensive synagogue dues. This leaves us with a challenge. We want to atone, but we’d rather not pay to pray. (Of course, this plight holds true for people of all religions.)

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My Author Friend & I Are Going Zany During Book Expo America This Week

For this important week in publishing — during which Book Expo America takes place — my fun author friend Dr. Diana Kirschner and I are playfully going out on a limb to drum up interest in our books. Here's a press release that's now going out to the media today.

Authors Develop Zany, Outrageous Marketing Gimmicks to Nab Publishers & Fans in this Uncertain Economic Climate:

Author Connie Bennett Playfully Wears Sandwich Board Asking, “Are You ‘The One?’” at Book Expo America

                CONTACT: Connie Bennett, connie@sugarshock.com, (866) 542-5784 

(May 28, 2009) NEW YORK—As authors vie for publishers’ and readers’ attention in this uncertain economic climate, some innovative, pro-active authors are developing over-the-top, outrageous, humorous marketing gimmicks.

“It’s time to become an out-of-the-box-thinking author-preneur, who creates captivating messages and publicity stunts that nab the attention of readers and publishers,” claims author Connie Bennett, who is laughingly walking around Book Expo America on Friday and Saturday sporting a provocative, 24”-by-30” sandwich board that says, “Are You ‘The One’?”

The amiable author’s “Are You `The One?’” message—which looks like a single’s personal ad—pokes fun of the fact that Bennett is available as a single woman and as an author with a Big Platform. Her sandwich board goal: A “committed relationship” with a “compatible publisher” to release her second book.

“I wanted to playfully show that I have the guts, initiative and ingenuity to be a successful author no matter what the economic climate,” adds Bennett, an experienced journalist, certified health counselor, self-described “Ex-Sugar Shrew!,” the Better Habits Coach™ and author of the book SUGAR SHOCK! (Berkley Books) (www.SugarShock.com).

SUGAR SHOCK! (Berkeley Books)—a bestseller on Amazon—has a foreword by Dr. Nicholas Perricone and has been endorsed by Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Christiane Northrup and film mogul Harvey Weinstein. The book’s contributing author is cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra.

Bennett’s second book—for which she’s publisher hunting—is a fun, friendly, compassionate, diet book,
The Better Habits Diet: Slim Down, Boost Energy, Rev Up Your Libido & Be Happier in Only 21 Days. Fans of Bennett already are signing up in advance to buy it at the blog, www.BetterHabitsDiet.com.

The single author facetiously promises on her sandwich board, “Will put out on first date!!”—meaning that she’ll be happy to share information about her new book with interested publishers. Admittedly, Bennett is “embarrassed” by her bold sign. To that end, she’s even offering passers-by nuts to underscore the nuttiness of her marketing campaign. The author also promises to meet publishing suitors—not at the Empire State Building like “Sleepless in Seattle”—but at “Booth 3534 at the Top of Every Hour.”

Another author using out-of-the-box marketing techniques is psychologist and relationship expert Diana Kirschner, Ph.D., who, in March began starring with her 4-pound Pomerian, Madison, in a series of zany, dating-advice videos posted on YouTube to drum up sales for her new book, Love in 90 Days: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Own True Love (Center Street).

In Dr. Diana’s “Simply Irresistible Flirting Moves” webisode series (www.YouTube.com/lovein90days), she humorously illustrates flirting techniques with her adorable pooch, who “plays” a hot guy. In one month, the series has had 40,000 views. Dr. Dianas videos, which she launched without publisher support, also have attracted more than 56,000 friends, over 81,000 viewers and nearly 3,000 new subscribers to her YouTube channel. The author’s zany marketing gimmick has been so successful that YouTube—which links directly to the Amazon sales page for her book—has granted Dr. Diana partner status, driving even more traffic to her website. (www.lovein90days.com).

With the publishing industry at a crossroads, Bennett and Dr. Diana are part of an emerging trend of pro-active author-preneurs, who are building their platforms and driving book sales through creative PR stunts that also bring laughter into the equation.           # #  #

Howard Stern Show Pokes Fun of Me Again!

It seems like every few months I hear from listeners of "The Howard Stern Show" about how they heard the interview I did a while back in which I was the brunt of their jokes, as I blogged about first here and then again here.

At this point, I’ve lost track of the number of times people — mostly cool guys — have written to me after the segment aired — it must have run easily three, four, five (?) times. It’s all very amusing.

Anyhow, I just received a wonderful e-mail from John, a Howard Stern fan in British Columbia, Canada. Here’s what he wrote:

"Hi Connie,

Just wanted you to know that we think that you must have a really great sense of humour to allow the Howard Stern Show to air the "interview" you had with High Pitch Eric posing as a sugared-up
little girl.

You may have heard this from other Howard fans, but we found you and are spending time exploring your site, solely because we love Howard and by extension, anyone who has enough of a sense of humour to laugh, even at themselves.

Thanks for one of the one of the most classic laughs ever. We just heard it again this morning and were inspired to visit your site.

Wishing you continued success in your admirable work."

What a sweet e-mail! Any other Howard Stern fans just hear the interview again?

FYI, the reason I was so ideal to is that it’s been years since I listened to Howard Stern (I was a fan while living in L.A. and trapped in traffic a lot) and I didn’t know that High Pitch Eric is just a fun, wacko character. See, for instance, his MySpace profile (if it’s to be believed?)

Twitter Talk is Today — Gurus Shel Israel, Arik Hesseldahl, David Mathison, Warren Whitlock & Gedeon Maheux

Have you started using Twitter?

If you’re a fan of Twittter already — or if you’re not — I invite you (as I did previously) to learn about this wildly popular social networking phenomenon on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. Eastern on a special panel on my Gab With the Gurus Radio Show.

In case you’re in the dark, Twitter is the microblogging service which helps you stay connected with your friends, loved ones and co–workers by posting quick remarks — always less than 140 characters –which answer the simple question, "What are you doing?"

It’s also one hot habit that’s captivated and lured some 3 million folks around the world, as Twittervision illustrates.

So get Twitter-educated on Tuesday at 3 p.m. Eastern on my Gab With the Gurus Radio Show. (As always, if you miss the show, you can listen later, too.)

My guests are:

These twitter-knowledgeable gurus will tell you why Twitter is all the rage. They’ll explain:

  • What is Twitter?
  • What’s the best way to use it?
  • What are the Twitter terms like tweet, etc.?
  • Is Twitter teaching people that short is sweeter and that it’s important to get to the darn point already?
  • How can Twitter be used to build your brand, to network and to get PR?
  • Is tweeting a time drain?
  • What are some cool Twitter tales? (You know, stories about people who’ve met and made contact with via tweeting, leading to some amazing joint event or project.)
  • Can Twitter be liberating? I’m using "liberating" for a reason here — my favorite story to date is about how American journalist James Buck twittered his way out of jail in Egypt using one-word tweets. Fascinating! Read more here.
  • Is Twitter just a fad of the moment?
  • What’s better — to be a follower or to have a following? Isn’t that exhausting to do?
  • What hot Twitter trends are in the works?

And, now for a plug for me (smile), if you’ll allow me. Catch my, not-so-frequent, non-trivial tweets at www.Twitter.com/conniebennett

Remember, catch the Twitter gurus live Tuesday at 3 p.m. Eastern or later, at your convenience. Just listen here.