Twitter to the Ready: Catch What I’m Doing — Well, If I Choose to Tell

As you may have noticed within the last couple of days, I’m now telling you what I’m doing– that is, I feel like divulging it, thanks to Twitter, the hot, social networking and microblogging phenomenon.

Just look to your left under the "Get Inspired" heading, and you’ll see the new "Twitter Updates" section.

Twitter, which allows you to use instant messaging, SMS or a web interface (whatever those are — OK, I know about the former) — is all the vogue among techno people in the know.

But you need to talk in quick sound bites. You can only write little-iddy-biddy updates up to 140 characters. (That’ll be good for those of us who tend towards the more wordy and need a good editor to rein in our copy. No names mentioned, but I can think of a few blogger friends who should join me in an effort to be more concise. Admittedly, I’m also one of the worst offenders, as my two favorite editors will attest.)

Anyhow, I’m still learning how best to use Twitter so I hope you’ll enjoy my first fumbling entries and have fun with me as I’m figuring this out.

By the way, so far, some 2.2 million Twitter accounts were created, as of July 2008, according to Wikipedia. Not bad for a company that launched nearly two years ago, in Oct. 2006, as Crunchbase also informs us.

Already, a number of Twitterers have fans, as this Twitterholic website attests.

FYI, reportedly, the top three Twitter users–with 50,000-plus followers are Barack Obama, Kevin Rose, and LeoLaporter.

Since I’m a Twitter newbie — even though I joined a year ago and posted all of one post until a few days ago — I advise you to get educated by much more savvy media types than me.

Just read some of their informative items, such as those from Steve Rubel, Marshall Kirkpatrick, Charles Cooper (on cnet), Chris Brogan and Daniel Scocco.

One of the most fascinating applications of Twitter is that news outlets such as CNN, the BBC are using Twitter to disseminate breaking
news or offer information feeds for sporting events, according to Wikipedia. Suffice it to say that I’m very intrigued.

Still confused as to what’s Twitter’s all about?

Check out this video explaining Twitter in Plain English.

Thanks to the online health journalism group to which I belong for bringing up the Twitter topic and renewing my interest in this subject.

Howard Stern Show Airs My Interview Again In Which I Hung Up On the Show!

I’m amused. It seems like every few months, entertained fans(mostly guys) of the Howard Stern Show write to tell me that they just heard me on the show.

Interesting. Apparently, I’ve been getting people laughing so much that the Howard Stern Show keeps re-running an interview I unknowingly gave to the show in back in October 2007.

As I’ve laughed about on this blog several times, I flat out hung up mid-interview, as I explained here, and then then later here.

Yes, you got that right. I abruptly ended an interview, ending a phone call (politely, I think) with the Howard Stern Show!

Only I didn’t know I was being interviewed for the Howard Stern Show. NO one told me, as you can learn here. (And it’s been some six years since I listened to the show, when I lived in L.A. and sat in my car a lot.)

Anyhow, I’m taking it all in good humor, even if I’m repeatedly the butt of ridicule and laughter. FYI, here are two comments I just received:

Here’s Allen from Maryland: 

"Just heard an amusing "interview" with you on the Howard Stern Show. Not only do you dispense good informaiton <CQ> but you’re a good sport as well."

Surprised that it aired yet again — this must be at least the third or fourth time, guys have written to me — I wrote back to Allen to find out more. He further explained in a follow-up e-mail:

"I heard it on Friday morning and couldn’t stop
laughing. Hi Pitch Eric is the one that they use for phony phone calls a lot on the
show.

Meanwhile, Michael from Washington, D.C., also contacted me:

"Loved you on the Jack
and Rod Show!!!"

He also wrote back with more information, when I asked:

"It was
funny. You seemed to take the joke well. I think they aired it] yesterday [Wed., Aug. 13]… It was when the show started…they play some ‘bits’ before
Howard goes on air."

Thanks, guys, for keeping me in the loop. Fans of the Howard Stern Show, keep writing to let me know when the piece re-airs again.

And feel free to keep laughing both with and at me!

Americans Aren’t Boozing as Much…

From Gerry Pugliese for Connie’s SUGAR SHOCK! Blog

A beer and a shot of whiskey are American as apple pie (to use a sugary reference!) and cholesterol-lowering drugs, but according to a new study in The American Journal of Medicine, Americans may be drinking less alcohol than ever before.

The research, according to WebMD, compiled 50 years of data from 8,600 white adults born between 1900 and 1950 living in Framingham, Massachusetts.

The results showed that men and women in each generation actually drank less than previous generations — a good thing, because the American Diabetes Association links alcohol consumption with diabetes complications.

When asked why there was a drop in drinking, lead researcher Yuqing Zhang, DSc, from the Boston University School of Medicine, told WebMD, “I really don’t know.”

Well, at least it’s a happy ending, but I doubt college kids are chugging kegs of soymilk and playing orange juice pong!

Julia Cameron: Creavity Guru Gives You Easy Writing Ways to Lose Weight on the “Gab With the Gurus Radio Show” Tuesday

Julia_cameron_juliacolor_3Struggling with weight? You’ve got to tune into my Gab With the Gurus Radio Show at 3 p.m. Tuesday — or afterwards — when I interview the renowned creativity expert and award-winning writer Julia Cameron.

Cameron, who is one incredibly prolific writer — she’s penned a whopping 25 books, including The Artist’s Way, The Vein of Gold, and The Right to Write — will give tips on how to lose weight the writing way.

"Huh?" you might be wondering.

Indeed, Cameron — who has excelled in a variety of writing forms (she’s a novelist, playwright, songwriter and poet) — will reveal how putting words to paper can actually help you to peel off weight.

What’s more, being creative can actually keep you from overeating. Isn’t that an intriguing idea?

Cameron delves into this revolutionary concept in her groundbreaking new book, The Writing Diet: Write Yourself Right-Size. In fact, as she reveals, over the years, she noticed that her creativity clients were unexpectedly experiencing weight-loss success as a side effect of doing morning pages. (I’ll ask her about that on the show today.)

The Writing Diet: Write Yourself Right-Size is, in my opinion, the most exciting new diet book currently on the market.

Just listen to this glowing Publisher’s Weekly review:

Unlike so many diet books, this cheery a ddition to the self-help shelves wasn’t written by a nutritionist or a fitness pro, but rather by a "creativity expert" who "accidentally stumbled upon a weight-loss secret that works" while teaching a creative "unblocking course." While this might sound like so much snake oil, the optimism and common-sense attitude of author Cameron (The Artist’s Way) are winning. Her system is both simple and inexpensive, promoting exercise, food journaling, and something called "morning pages," which are stream-of-consciousness passages dieters record after getting out of bed: "A day at a time, a page at a time, we become mindful, acutely attuned to our personal feelings." The second half of the book is filled with exercises, some more goofy than practical ("if your museum has a gift shop, buy yourself five postcards glorifying the body type you’ve got"), and stories detailing chronic overeaters paths’ to weight loss success. These stories are sometimes inspiring, sometimes repetitive, but should motivate dieters to give writing a try.

Check out this video, too, in which Cameron talks about Weathering Challenges to the Creative Process.

Remember, you can listen to the Gab With the Gurus Radio Show either live at 3 p.m. EDT or afterwards, at your convenience.

Social Networking: Learn About it From 5 Acclaimed Experts on the “Gab With the Gurus Radio Show”

Social networking is one of the hottest new trends happening today. But what is it exactly?

Learn all about it today *May 13 at 3 p.m. EDT) when I present a special, one-hour Gab With the Gurus Radio Show featuring five experts:

To get an advance look at the subject of social networking, check out the following:

Now you’ll find more details about the five distinguished panelists:

1. New media specialist Sree_sreenivasan_smockvertSreenath Sreenivasan, Dean of Student Affairs and new media professor at Columbia Journalism School.

Sree also is WNBC’s technology reporter, founder of a helpful Sree Tips site and creator of the New to Sree blog.

He also teaches Smarter Surfing: Better Use of Your Web Time and Figuring Out Blogs and Whatever’s Next.

FYI, Sree also hosts a Sree Tips Radio Show on BlogTalkRadio.com, the same site where I host my show.

Yvonne_divitacdvsm22. Yvonne DiVita, author, speaker and president/founder of Windsor Media Enterprises, an author’s services company that helps authors write, edit, produce and market their books.

Yvonne runs a whopping seven blogs: Lipsticking, A-ha! (Authors Helping Authors), WME, Beneath the Cover, Scratchings and Sniffings (a pet blog), Labor and Employment Law Blog and WME Books Blog.

(As I mentioned earlier, I’m trying to figure out how Yvonne has time to work on so many blogs?!)

3. Rohit_150px_3Rohit Bhargava, founder of the Influential Marketing Blog, named one of the top 50 most influential marketing blogs in the world by AdAge magazine.

Rohit also is author of the new book, Personality Not Included, which is a guide for companies Personality_not_included_home_boo_2on "how authenticity is the new standard that brands need live up to in the social media era."

His book features a forward by bestselling author and entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki.

Rohit is senior vice president, Digital Strategy & Marketing, Ogilvy Public Relations.

He is also a founding member of the pioneering 360 Digital Influence team at Ogilvy, a leading agency in helping clients navigate the social media universe.

Toby_bloomberg4. Toby Bloomberg, creator of the Diva Marketing blog.

Toby has over 15 years of traditional strategic marketing experience.

Using lessons learned from adventures in social media over the past four years, Toby’s company, Bloomberg Marketing, helps marketers join the new conversation, from blogs, to social networking to blogger relations.

And they can do this, without, as she puts it, "getting blown-up."

David_riklan_2 5. David Riklan, president and founder of Self Improvement Online, the leading provider of self-improvement and personal growth information on the Internet.

David also is founder of four websites on self-improvement and natural health, SelfGrowth.com, SelfImprovementNewsletters.com, NaturalHealthNewsletters.com and NaturalHealthWeb.com.

David is also author of Self Improvement: The Top 101 Experts Who Help Us Improve Our Lives and  101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life.

Remember, if you miss the Gab With the Gurus Radio Show live, you can always listen later, at your convenience.

Please spread the word about this sure-to-be provocative, exciting and enlightening show.

(FYI, for those of you who’ve heard my radio show previously, you’ll notice that I’ve changed the name to the Gab With the Gurus Radio Show rather than the Stop SUGAR SHOCK! Radio Show to more accurately reflect the fact that I interview experts in a variety of fields, not just health. Please, note, however, that the URL remains the same — www.BlogTalkRadio.com/stopsugarshock)

Social Networking 101: New Media Specialists Sreenath Sreenivasan, Rohit Bhargava, Yvonne DiVita, Toby Bloomberg & David Riklan Appear on My Gab With the Gurus Radio Show Tuesday

Social networking: It’s a hot trend, but many people are still in the dark about this exciting development.

So get educated May 13 at 3 p.m. EDT when I host a special, one-hour Gab With the Gurus Radio Show on the subject. (Please note that my show was formerly called the Stop SUGAR SHOCK! Radio Show, but the URL remains the same.)

I’m thrilled to be able to present a group of distinguished panelists.

You’ll get tips and insights from the acclaimed new media specialist Sree_sreenivasan_smockvertSreenath Sreenivasan, Dean of Student Affairs and new media professor at Columbia Journalism School.

Sree also is WNBC’s tech reporter, founder of a helpful Sree Tips site and creator of the New to Sree blog.

He also teaches Smarter Surfing: Better Use of Your Web Time and Figuring Out Blogs and Whatever’s Next.

I also should note that Sree hosts a Sree Tips Radio Show on BlogTalkRadio.com, the same site where I host my show.

Yvonne_divitacdvsm2You’ll also hear from Yvonne DiVita, author, public speaker and president/founder of Windsor Media Enterprises, an author’s services company that helps authors write, edit, produce and market their books.

Yvonne runs a whopping seven blogs: Lipsticking, A-ha! (Authors Helping Authors), WME, Beneath the Cover, Scratchings and Sniffings (a pet blog), Labor and Employment Law Blog and WME Books Blog.

(I’m in awe of Yvonne. How the heck does she have the time to work on so many blogs? That’s truly amazing! I have enough on my plate just running one blog although soon, I’ll be starting a second one, too, in which I provocative, playful columns I’ve written. Stay tuned.)

Another panelist is Rohit_150px_3Rohit Bhargava, founder of the Influential Marketing Blog, named one of the top 50 most influential marketing blogs in the world by AdAge magazine.

He also is author of the new book, Personality Not Included, which is a guide for companies Personality_not_included_home_boo_2 on how authenticity is the new standard that brands need live up to in the social media era.

The book features a forward by bestselling author and entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki.

Rohit is senior vice president, Digital Strategy & Marketing, Ogilvy Public Relations.

He is also a founding member of the pioneering 360 Digital Influence team at Ogilvy, a leading agency in helping clients navigate the social media universe.

Toby_bloombergAlso joining us on for the social networking discussion on my Gab With the Gurus Radio Show is Toby Bloomberg, creator of the Diva Marketing blog.

Toby has over 15 years of traditional strategic marketing experience.

Combined with lessons she learned from her adventures in social media over the past four years, her company, Bloomberg Marketing, helps marketers join the new conversation, from blogs, to social networking to blogger relations, without, as she puts it, "getting blown-up."

David_riklanOur last panelist is David Riklan, who is president and founder of Self Improvement Online, the leading provider of self-improvement and personal growth information on the Internet.

David also is founder of four websites on self-improvement and natural health, SelfGrowth.com, SelfImprovementNewsletters.com, NaturalHealthNewsletters.com and NaturalHealthWeb.com.

David is also author of Self Improvement: The Top 101 Experts Who Help Us Improve Our Lives and  101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life.

To get an advance look at the subject, check out the article, The 15 Top Social Networking Sites.

Remember, if you miss the Gab With the Gurus Radio Show live, you can always listen later, at your convenience.

Please spread the word about this sure-to-be provocative, exciting and enlightening show.

Make Your Valentine’s Day Sweeter & More Romantic By Offering Heartfelt Gifts (Article)

Hope you enjoy the following article that I wrote, which is appearing on various websites.

Make Your Valentine’s Day Sweeter & More Romantic By Offering Heartfelt Gifts
By Connie Bennett, C.H.H.C.

Every Valentine’s Day, I’m saddened, because men all across America are unknowingly putting their honeys into sugar shock by lavishing them with super-sweet chocolate candies, placed, of course, in beautiful, red, heart-shaped boxes.

Of course, that gesture is intentioned and intended to show these significant others that they’re cherished, adored and beloved.

But this annual sugary ritual is one that sends women into diet frustration, chocolate fixation and agonized moments on the scale. Not only that, but chocolate and other candies could harm their chance for romance that evening.

Each year, I hear from many of these agonized, sugar-addicted women, who fear and despair that this innocent candy gift may trigger binging, falling off their diet, weight gain, mood swings, depression and even a decrease in libido.

Men, let me clue you in on something: For most of us females, a calorie-packed, sugar-filled chocolate is not the easy, fast way into our hearts and bedrooms.

Guys, I know you mean well, but in this day and age of obesity run rampant and type 2 diabetes soaring, it’s just not politically correct or considerate to give sweet chocolate on Valentine’s Day—despite the fact that candy companies invest heavily in advertising to convince you otherwise.

But, rest assured, men, you can still show your love in other creative, more healthful, heartfelt ways. Here are 7 gift ideas that women across America submitted to my Sweeter Gift Challenge survey at www.SweeterGiftChallenge.com. Unlike rich chocolate, these Valentine’s Day presents won’t send your sweetie into either sugar shock or dieting dismay:

1. Write your sweetheart personal poem and frame it. Then be loving by spending quality time with her—and not just on Valentine’s Day.

2. Go for the old standby—give her a dozen red roses. Flowers are always a better choice—and much more appreciated—than candy.

3. Pamper your lady by running her a bubble bath and giving her a luxurious, lengthy massage with wonderfully scented oils.

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Sugar Addiction: Find the Humor in Your Habit, Thanks to NewsTarget.com

I’m a big fan of relying on your sense of humor to get a proper perspective on your sugar habit.

In fact, I heartily encourage my private clients and members of my Break Free With Connie programs to laugh at their sugar addiction, which could pave the way to type 2 diabetes and hypoglycemia.

Chuckling and chortling about your unhealthy attachment to sweets and culprit carbs is a valuable part of the process of letting go.

My creative colleague Mike Adams of NewsTarget.com has a similar mindset about the importance of humor. Check out the clever cartoon about sugar addiction that he conceived, and which artist Dan Berger drew.

In case you’re in the dark, this cartoon is a funny take on some research, which reveals that rats, when given the option of drinking sugar water, went completely overboard in their attraction to the sweet substance. (We humans are very much like these sugar-crazed rodents.)

You can learn about this research in my book SUGAR SHOCK! in a chapter entitled, "Proof Pours In: New Studies Show That You Can Become Dependent on Sweets."

Many thanks to NewsTarget.com, which also features many other humorous cartoons.

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“Holiday Cookies” for Your Bath & Your Bod, Not Your Stomach

Marilee
My friend Marilee Tolen, the Home Spa Lady, just sent her e-zine subscribers an amusing recipe for holiday cookies.

Yes, I said, amusing!

That’s because you don’t eat these holiday cookies and run the risk of packing on the pounds.

Heck, these cookies don’t even contain any sugar.

Instead, you bathe with these captivating cookies.

You got me right: You get into your bathtub with cookies!

Here, then, is Marilee’s recipe for "Holiday Bath Cookies."

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Carrots High in Sugar Blamed for Bunny Obesity Epidemic

Note from Connie: Carrots are bad for bunnies? Well, if you consume them by the pound! You’ve got to read this enlightening, entertaining blog post from my researcher Karen James.

We’ve probably all seen our share of portly pooches and corpulent cats, but apparently bunnies have made it onto the list of pets that are rapidly widening, too.

Britain is experiencing an epidemic of rabbit rotundity that now affects about one-quarter of its pet bunny population, according to a recent pet insurance company survey reported on by Asian News International.

But hang on…indulgent owners don’t just feed their pets honey and chocolate, the story revealed.

Indeed, they give them carrots, and those sweet veggies are helping to trigger the obesity problem because of their high sugar content.

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