Need a Vacation? Take a Nap

Join the Conversation. When did you last have a nap?
2738888912_0fe1a1c130_zIf, like me, you badly need of a vacation but can’t seem to find the time or resources to get away, try the next best thing: A nap.
When you take a quick snooze, you’re in the company of such famous nappers as Winston Churchill, Salvador Dalí, Albert Einstein, Lyndon Johnson, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Thomas Edison, who all enjoyed afternoon naps.
In fact, according to the AARP, John D. Rockefeller allegedly said: “A little rest now and then helps a man to accomplish more.”
Meanwhile, short naps — along with suffficient sleep at night, an anti-inflammatory diet and daily exercise — help Dr. Andrew Weil feel “positive, energetic, and ready to tackle the challenges that life presents.”
Celebrity physician Dr. Mehmet Oz — who, incidentally, was recently grilled by senators for extolling weight-loss supplements on his Dr. Oz Show which didn’t pass scientific muster — also believes in napping.
Not only did Dr. Oz admit that he regularly takes an afternoon siesta, but he hailed napping as The 10-Minute Fix that Cures Exhaustion.
Napping has many benefits. It:
Improves your attention, concentration, memory, performance and alertness.
Boosts your moods.
Enhance your workplace performance.
Reduces accidents and mistakes.
Boosts your creativity.
Improves your health.
Helps you lose weight.
Reduces stress.
Now I’m not suggesting that napping will make up for being sleep-deprived, but it’s a start. However, you really want to get ample zz’s at night, too.
Did you know, for isntance, that being sleep deprived can boost your appetite and can trigger funk food cravings?
By the way, when you nap, don’t fret if you can’t actually doze off for 10 minutes. One study found that asleep or not, a short period spent resting in bed is just as relaxing.
For some tips on napping, turn to Michael Hyatt, who helps leaders leverage influence.
Let’s have some fun now!
Check out these amusing photos of cats napping it up, thanks to the Daily Mail.
Join the Conversation. When did you last have a nap?

Institute for Integrative Nutrition: Should You Go?

IIN – n25111276360_3734 This month, as usual, more people have sought me out to quiz me about the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I went to school.
Often, special, positive-thinking, health-minded folks track me down to ask me if they should attend this world’s largest nutrition school.
Given that I’m on deadline for my next book, The Sugar Shock Diet (that’s the official announcement), I’ll quickly answer some of your questions.
Please note that while I can share my personal experiences, I’m not an IIN staffer. I am, however, an Ambassador though now — a very part-time thing I took on so people can ask me about the school.
What I’ve found is that inevitably, people ask the same questions over and over again. That’s why I’ve prepared a number of blog posts to to help you out.
First, let me refer you to perhaps the best place for answers about IIN.
Get your IIN questions answered here: http://www.sugarshockblog.com/2010/01/institute-for-integrative-nutrition-deepak-chopra-dr-andrew-weil-more.html
You can find even more replies here: www.sugarshockblog.com/2008/02/
You can even listen to me participate in a special IIN program here: http://www.sugarshockblog.com/2010/01/institute-for-integrative-nutrition-listen-to-yesterdays-program.html
And you can get yummy recipes for kale chips and scallops here: http://www.sugarshockblog.com/2009/12/recipe-kale-chips-from-the-institute-for-integrative-nutrition.html and then here: http://www.sugarshockblog.com/2010/09/recipe-iin-winner-frank-giglios-seared-scallops-with-cucumber-salad.html
As you can tell, I’ve written about IIN a lot over the years. I even ecstatically shared when I graduated from the schoole in 2006: http://www.sugarshockblog.com/2006/06/its_official_i_.html
Of course, you’ll have more questions, too. So get your questions answered liveinstance on July 21 or July 28.
Here’s how to attend an Info Session.
By the way, I also found this post, which includes a little info about me at the bottom.
And I just noticed that I’ve been added to the Notable Alumni list. Cool!
One thing that I loved about IIN is how people are encouraged to follow their passion and find one area where you can most help people.
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a Sugar Freedom Expert. My mission is to help people release their sugar or carb addiction. You can sign up for the self-guided program here).
By the way if you’ve “fallen flat on your face” by making dietary goofs galore, here are some tips to get you back on track that appear on my Huffington Post blog.
If you’re an IIN grad or someone considering attending IIN, feel free to write to us. And make sure to let me and them know if you attend!
Disclosure: Yes, if you attend and give my name, I will receive a little something, which, of course, goes to help me continue to serve people around the world.

Deepak Chopra, Dr. Andrew Weil, Etc. Will Inspire You: Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s Holiday Gift

I bring you exciting news.
Starting soon, you can get inspired and educated by some of the biggest names in health in wellness all in the comfort of your own home or in the flesh.
You can be motivated and instructed by spiritual guru Deepak Chopra; wellness advocate Dr. Andrew Weil; raw food expert David Wolfe; Dr. Arthur Agatson, the founder of the renowned South Beach Diet; Dr. Joseph Mercola (of Mercola.com); and many other Movers & Shakers in in the fields of health, wellness and nutrition.
Plus, you can have lunch with me in New York — MY treat.
Over lunch, you can quiz me over lunch about sugar, artificial sweeteners, your procrastination situation or whatever else is on your mind.
Plus, I’ll even throw in a complimentary laser coaching session.
Just IMAGINE!
Wouldn’t it be cool to hang out with some of the biggest Movers and Shakers in the field of health and wellness?
Dr. andrew weil. ny And wouldn’t it be fun to have lunch with me and to ask me all your pressing questions about sugar and sugar addiction and whatever else is on your mind?
How can you hang out with all of us?
It’s easy. just sign up for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN).
I’m writing today, because my friends at IIN, the world’s largest nutrition school, are offering my friends and fans a special holiday gift.
If you register now for the coming year, you’ll not only get inspired by such gurus as Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil and David Wolfe, but you can get a special tuition scholarship for $500.
Being in the presence of ALL of these wellness Movers & Shakers is exhilarating. Andy, David, Joe and many more will move you to change your life! (OK, I confess, I didn’t actually hang out with them in a private room. But I got to be in their magnificent presence, and it was thrilling to be in the same space with these remarkable Movers & Shakers!)
You, too, can enjoy the company and information from those AMAZING wellness gurus. They can become YOUR personal guides, too, when you register for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) the IIN curriculum world’s largest nutrition school.
While attending this amazing place, Deepak, Andy, David, IIN founder/executive director Joshua Rosenthal (a man with a vision) and the other incredible speakers can help you learn about good nutrition.
Not only that, but my friends at IIN can help you to look at food in a whole new light.
They also can help you to learn how you can be “reborn” just by choosing the right foods for you that nourish your body and soul.

Superfoods to Supercharge Your Life with David Wolfe

As you may remember, I am a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), where I studied with many of the top names in holistic wellness and nutrition, including Andrew Weil and Deepak Chopra.
I am excited to let you know that IIN is hosting a webinar on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 3 pm ET with acclaimed superfoods expert, David Wolfe.
In this webinar, “Superfoods to Supercharge Your Life,” David will share information about the health benefits of superfoods such as goji berries, cacao, noni and blueberries.
David Wolfe — who appeared previously on my Gab With the Gurus Radio Show — is one of the world’s top authorities on natural health, beauty nutrition, herbalism, chocolate, raw foods and organic superfoods. He is the author of several bestselling books, including Eating for Beauty, The Sunfood Diet Success System, and Naked Chocolate.
Sign up for this webinar now to find out how adding just a few superfoods into your daily routine can help you:
* To lose weight
* Increase your energy
* Get clearer skin
* Boost your immunity
* To protect against cancer, heart disease and other illnesses
In this webinar, you’ll also learn about the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s curriculum and how you, too, can learn from such recognized experts as David Wolfe, Dr. Andrew Weil and Deepak Chopra.
Register now for “Superfoods to Supercharge Your Health” with David Wolfe, Thursday, December 17 at 3PM ET.
Space is limited, so I recommend that you register immediately for this exciting webinar.
Please note that if you can’t attend the webinar on Thursday, you can still register and download a recording of it later. If you do contact IIN, please make sure to tell them that Connie Bennett referred you.