Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do

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Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Robert H. Schuller

This is the positive message that Robert H. Schuller wants to impart in his book titled the same. This is practical advice in building a positive self-image by not letting dire circumstances get the better of oneself.

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Have you Quit Sugar & Quickie Carbs: Share Your Sweet Success Story

Are you what I call a Sweet Success Story? Share your tale now.

quit sugar Have you shed excess weight, eliminated your horrible headaches, gotten rid of your pre-cancerous condition, or done away with another pesky health problem by kicking or cutting back on sugar, refined carbs and other high-glycemic foods such as corn nuts, potato chips, and French fries?
In short, are you now slimmer, happier, and sexier?
In other words, have you discovered the power of life without all those super-sweet or quickie-carb foods?

Do you now Enjoy Living Sweeter Naturally™?

If you’re a Sweet Success Story, we may want to tell your story to inspire others.

As you may already know — or your friends do — quitting sugary foods and rapidly processed carbohydrates (what I also call “culprit carbs”) can speed you on your weight loss journey.

Not only that but cutting out the culprit carbs can help you overcome a variety of health challenges, as thousands of people — whom I call “Sugar Kickers” or “Carb Kickers” — have been gleefully sharing with me for 16-plus years since I quit the dangerous carbs on doctor’s orders.

Readers of this Sugar Shock Blog love inspiring tales such as yours.

We’d like to hear from you if you’ve had a drastic health improvement by cutting out sugar, quickie carbs, gluten, dairy or artificial sweeteners.

If you’re a Sweet Success Story — whether you lost weight, got more energy, improved your moods or got your diabetes under control — we want to consider sharing your tale here.

Remember, by sharing your story, you’ll be able to inspire, motivate, and encourage people from around the world.

Wondering what I mean? Read some motivational Sweet Success Stories shared here previously:

Are you what I call a Sweet Success Story? Share your tale now. (Please submit info using the format used above, and we’ll get back to you.)

Salt, Sugar, Fat: Michael Moss Reveals How the Food Industry Addicted Us

Join the Conversation. What most surprised you from this fascinating interview with Michael Moss?

 

Salt, Sugar, FatLately, I’ve been planning the Sugar World Summit, which will feature some of the biggest names in sugar education, carb addiction, health, wellness, mindful eating, and personal empowerment.

For instance, in this virtual event, which will take place two weeks before Halloween, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Robert Lustig, JJ Virgin, Dr. Richard Johnson, Colette Baron-Reid, Sarah Wilson and many others will join us to give you The Sour Scoop or Sweet Solutions.

Anyhow, while preparing for the event, I came across this fascinating NPR interview with Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist Michael Moss, author of the extraordinary book, Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us..

In his fascinating book, Moss takes an insightful look at the $1 trillion processed food industry, which most health experts believe has triggered the obesity epidemic and put millions at risk for such chronic health conditions as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

Thanks to his many revealing interviews with leading food scientists and top food industry executives from companies such as Kraft and Coca-Cola, Moss explains how most Americans have become so dependent on processed food.

Get shocked now, thanks to this intriguing NPR interview.

 

Join the Conversation. What was your biggest A-hah?

Do you Multi-Task While Eating? It Makes Your Food Taste Bland

Do you multi-task at meal time?

If you eat while on the computer, watching TV or doing other things, this means there’s a good chance you’re over-indulging, too. (So found a variety of studies, which link distraction with mindless bingeing. A review of 24 studies drew that conclusion in the April 2013 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.)

Now, more research published in Psychological Science reveals that doing mentally taxing tasks while you eat will make your food taste bland, too.

In other words, when you juggle too many things at mealtime, you just won’t enjoy or appreciate your food as much.

We don’t want meal time to be dull and unsatisfactory, right?

What’s more, scientists at the Institute for Psychological Research at Leiden University in The Netherlands discovered that when participants ate sour, sweet and salty substances while doing various tasks, they consumed more food and preferred stronger tastes.

In addition doing other things while eating makes your food tastes bland. Indeed, researchers found that an “increased task load reduces people’s taste perception by limiting attentional capacity to assess taste intensity and that people adjust their consumption accordingly.”

In short, the researchers believe that cognitive load may compete with sensory input for our attention.

But let’s focus on the good news, as pointed out by Scientific American’s Tori Rodriguez. Other studies have found you eat less when you pay mindful attention to your food and fully focus on the taste, armona and texture.

The important takeaway, as I see it, is that if you want to peel off the pounds, cut out multi-tasking at meal time.

Besides, as this new study reveals, you’ll enjoy your more, too.

So join me: Mindfully savor each morsel or swallow at each meal or snack.

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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.

Sugar Shocker! Can You Believe It? Under Lock and Key

Since 1998, while quitting sugar on doctor's orders, the subject has astounded and enthralled me. In short, I've been absolutely astonished by a variety of Sugar Shockers! Today begins a new Sugar Shocker! feature, which I'll post from time to time. As you may know, I included a variety of Sugar Shockers in my first book, Sugar Shock (2007). Here's the first such entry.

SUGAR SHOCKER! FinalIt's hard to believe, but as William Dufty recounts in his landmark book, Sugar Blues, refined white sugar was locked up back in the 16th and 17th centuries in Europe and America.

At the time, the substance was so expensive (the equivalent of about $30 a pound or a year's salary for the average working man) that it was considered a delicacy reserved for the very wealthy, and the nobility certainly didn't want their servants stealing such an exorbitantly expensive substance.

To this day, Unani healers or hakims in Afghanistan reportedly keep sugar under lock and key, believing it to be a narcotic.

Excerpted from my book, Sugar Shock! How Sweets and Simple Carbs Can Derail Your Life — And How You Can Get Back on Track (p. 133).

If you know of any Sugar Shockers, please let me know so I can feature it on this Sugar Shock Blog.

Join the convversation. What do you think about this Sugar Shocker? Tell us now.

Holiday Gift for You: Download to Relieve Holiday Stress with Debra Berndt

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Love Bubble - 1379839_10151947500379402_1945532480_nThe holiday season can be a very stressful time between overwhelming family gatherings to polite sugar-pushing at holiday parties.

This year it’s my pleasure to give you a holiday gift, an uplifting, soothing Relieve Holiday Stress download with Love-Mind Expert Debra Berndt.

You can listen to the Relieve Holiday Stress Replay at your convenience.

In this exciting, soothing program, Debra — a master in creative visualization and hypnosis, who has helped thousands of people around the world  — explains how our subconscious mind works.

Then she guides you in three creative visualizations, which will leave you relaxed and refreshed.

Take a moment now to check out your Relieve Holiday Stress Replay Page, and then return to it, at your convenience, when you time to listen.

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Mom Berated & Fined $10 for Not Giving Child Grains

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Have you heard about the Mom, who was berated and then fined $10 for not including grains in her child's school lunch?

Seriously! A mother had to fork over $10, because she didn't add gluten to her kid's allegedly healthy lunch.

To make the lunch more well-rounded, the school then added some gluten-filled Ritz Crackers.

Ritz CrackersI'm saddened, appalled, and disheartened to discover that children — many of whom may be allergeic or sensitive to gluten, grains and sugar — may be encouraged to eat the very foods that they should avoid.

Admittedly, this is only one such instance (and overseas, too), but I believe this incident exemplifies the problem worldwide.

Both adults and children here in the United States and abroad are often being brainwashed or programmed to eat potentially dangerous, processed grains.

Small wonder then that millions of children and adults worldwide are suffering from obesity, type 2 diabetes and early death.

To learn about the dangers of gluten on your brain, I invite you to listen to this recent Gab with the Gurus Show, during which I interviewed Dr. Perlmutter, author of the bestselling book, Grain Brain.: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar — Your Brain's Silent Killers.
 

Special thanks: I'm very grateful to Weighty Matters, Boing Boing,, as well as Mark Freuenfelder and Dr. David Perlmutter, for the heads-up about this sad carb catch.

Join the Conversation. What would you do if your child's school berated you for not including grains in his or her lunch? Post your thoughts here.

9 Ways Strategic Social Media Breaks Make You More Social

FacebookIn today’s world you need to be social even if you’re not naturally gregarious or extroverted.

To spread the word about your book, program, product, or professional expertise, you have to be active in social media in a BIG way, using such tools as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, your blog, Pinterest, etc.

But what if you’re feeling decidedly anti-social, because you’re facing a grueling Dark Night of the Soul?

Should you continue to post regularly on Facebook, Twitter, and your blog when you’re enduring an existential crisis like a terminally ill parent or spouse, the breakup of your long-term marriage, or the death of a cherished loved one?

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

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.

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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.