High Heels Can Harm You

Sure, You May Look Suave & Snazzy, But is the Pain or Potential Pain Worth It?

HighHeelsTake5Recently, I’ve attended several events and traveled to several cities, where I saw many women wearing very high heels that rose two, three, even four or five inches off the ground. Admittedly, I may be a little envious since I can’t wear  high heels myself (due to pronated feet and two ankle injuries), but I began worrying about the millions of smart, suave, sophisticated ladies, who may be causing irreparable damage, all because they want to look chic.

Undoubtedly you’ve seen or are among those women, who walk awkwardly, tilt forward while standing, and aren’t comfortable in their own shoes.

So just how dangerous are high heels? You’ll be astounded.

The pain doesn’t seem to matter. Close to half of women (49 percent)  wear high heels, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)

I’m not advocating ditching your high heels. But limiting wearing them makes sense. Matthew Garoufalis, DPM and past president of the APMA agrees.  “With high heels, moderation is key.  It’s best not to wear them every day,” he wrote in an May 19, 2014, APMA article.

Why are high heels so dangerous? To begin, they put your ankle joint in an unnatural position by forcing your foot into plantar flexion (flexing your toes or foot downward in the direction of the sole of your foot).

Now before you dismiss my concerns about high heels as crazy, consider some of recent findings:


Time to Sort, Donate & Clear Clutter

How Organized Are You? How Can Organizing Help You?

Recently, I had to face some hard facts. During the past three years, ever since my mother died, I’d become a pack rat — worse than I’ve ever been. And all those mounds of papers, decorative objects and various doodads were dragging me down.  Uh-oh, it was time to get organized!

Are you, too, being held back because you’re not organized? Tell us now on Facebook.

The words How Organized Are You on a thermometer to communicate now is the moment to get things in order, coordinate a mess, create a process or system to keep things tidy, clean and neat

The words How Organized Are You on a thermometer to communicate now is the moment to get things in order, coordinate a mess, create a process or system to keep things tidy, clean and neatAll that STUFF was keeping me stuck and holding me back from my cherished goal, which is to help exasperated sugar junkies and carb addicts, who long to break free of their addictions and to Crush their Crazy Cravings™ (as I put it).

The words, “How Organized are You?” on a thermometer remind you that now is the moment to get things in order, straighten out your mess, and create a process or system to keep things tidy, clean and neat.

Recently, it hit me that I’ve been stuck in an organizational predicament. All that STUFF has been keeping me stuck and holding me back from my cherished goal, which is to help exasperated sugar junkies and carb addicts break free of their addictions and Crush their Crazy Cravings™ (as I put it).

Sure, I’d made lots of progress. For three years, I’ve spent many hours — often with the help of others — wading through, saving or tossing thousands of Mom’s photos, mementos and many other things that I’d stored in four places in three cities.

But for the last two months, as both the anniversary of Mom’s death and the Jewish High Holidays drew near, I ramped up my organizing. I’ve become determined to clear my massive amounts of clutter.

Why get organized? Because clearing clutter is freeing, and it moves you forward.

You reap many benefits from getting organized and clearing clutter.

For instance:

  1. When you get organized just a little bit every day, you relieve your stress and reduce feelings of helplessness, according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists News Bulletin.



Tossing, Clearing Clutter & Healing

Time to Jump Forward to Serve You

Recently, I’ve been hibernating so I can toss, clear clutter and heal. I’m now ready to jump forward and serve you better.

Jump - unsplash - Joshua EarleFor the past three years, I’ve been healing after My Bittersweet Last Year with Mom, rebounding after My Dark Night of the Soul, researching and writing my next book, Crush Your Crazy Cravings™  and getting ready to serve you.

Recently, while sadly marking the three-year anniversary of my mother’s death, I’ve been quite busy.

I’m tossing, clearing clutter, and doing more healing.

So I’m off now—until the Jewish holidays are over—to finish shedding papers, getting organized, donating or sell Mom’s remaining things, etc.

See you soon with some new tools and tips to help you, too, Crush Your Crazy Cravings.

When was the last time you tossed, cleared clutter, and healed? Share your experiences here.

Photo: Thanks to Unsplash and Joshua Earle.

Zumba® Happy & Zumba High Today

Are You 1 of 15 Million Fans in 180 countries?

Today, I’m Zumba® happy, thanks to this morning’s exhilarating, upbeat, high-energy class, which combined salsa, merengue, mambo, squats, lunges and many other fitness steps.

If you’re not among the 15 million fans, who take Zumba classes in over 200,000 locations in 180 countries, you’re missing out on so much fun!

You’re missing an invigorating, fun, high-intensity, calorie-burning experience, which can incorporate movements from flamenco, cumbia, flamenco, samba, mambo, reggaeton and rumba. Some lively instructors even add elements of hip-hop, belly dance or Indian Bollywood. Oh are these classes are so good!

Zumba isn’t just fun. It’s an awesome way to exercise, because you burn a lot of calories and improve your aerobic efficiency, as confirmed by an independent study commissioned by the American Council on Exercise (ACE.

Not only that, but Zumba gives you an amazing high, which lasts all day long. In short, this type of exercise can lift your moods and make you happier. Zumba also relieves stress and boosts endorphins — you know, the much touted “runner’s high.” Talk about getting a sweet, healthy, exhilarating after-Zumba glow. And thanks to Zumba, you can kiss your cravings good bye!

The Zumba fitness craze was accidentally started by Colombian trainer Alberto “Beto” Perez, who tells you this remarkable story on a Gab with the Gurus Show. See below to listen.


The Wayne Dyer Called Me!

In Memoriam: The Kind, Caring, Self-Help Giant Rescued Me in My Time of Need

“Hello Connie, this is Wayne Dyer.”

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I sat up straight. My heart quickened.

The Wayne Dyer?,” I excitedly asked.

My frail, terminally ill mother leaned in from the car seat beside me to eavesdrop.

“Yes, Connie, I got your touching letter, and I called to encourage you.”

“Wow, thank you so much for calling, Dr. Dyer!”

The mellifluous, unmistakable Dyer voice continued while my dying mother sat in the car, beaming.

“I wanted to tell you,” he said, “that you’re doing such a wonderful thing to stand by your mother at the end of her life.”

All this week, since finding out that bestselling author Dr. Wayne W. Dyer had died, I’ve been deeply sad, as I shared earlier this week.

But I’ve also been awed, comforted, and determined.

That’s because I keep thinking about the wonderful private phone conversation I had with Dr. Dyer three years ago, just a few weeks before my mother died.

This super busy self-help giant actually took time to call me personally—not even through an assistant—because he was touched by my letter.

Just imagine my delighted shock.

Actually, Dr. Dyer was responding to my second letter, because the first one I’d sent him had gone unanswered.

That should’ve come as no surprise.

My first letter was cool, business-like — in short, sanitized.

It didn’t reflect the compassionate Connie, who longs to educate, motivate and change the lives of sugar and carb addicts worldwide. (more…)

3 Things I Learned from Wayne Dyer

Huge Loss for the Self-Empowerment Movement

625px-WayneDyerByPhilKonstantinI feel so incredibly sad.

The kind, compassionate self-help guru, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, whose books have sold more than six million copies, passed away over the weekend at the age of 75.

The remarkable Dyer — who I’ve had the pleasure of hearing speak and meeting three or four times at I Can Do It events presented by our mutual publisher, Hay House — was the author of more than 30 books, including Your Erroneous Zones and Change Your Thoughts — Change Your Life.

Over the years, Dr. Dyer’s influence on me has been huge.  Here are 3 lessons he taught me:

  1. If you’ve been burned or betrayed, you can rise above it, write about it and inspire others.
  2. You can find “Spiritual Solutions,” as he puts it, to your problems.
  3. And you can activate intention to become “a modern-day sorcerer.” as he describes it.

I’m also thankful and honored that Dr. Wayne Dyer showed me tremendous compassion.

Read about how overjoyed I was when The Wayne Dyer Called Me during my time of need, rescued me from despair and encouraged me while my mother was dying.

Also learn about for over a year now, Wayne Dyer still inspires and motivates me every morning.


Photo by Phil Konstantin.

Dance With Me Virtually

Get Up, Then Shut Up & Dance, Thanks to Walk to the Moon

Have you discovered the joy of dancing? Have you ever tried dancing instead of getting depressed, pigging out or feeling sorry for yourself?


Every week, one of my favorite things to do is Zumba.

So after a recent, fun Zumba class, I just had to invite you to Dance with Me Virtually.

In the class, we boogied to this awesome this awesome tune, Shut Up & Dance from Walk the Moon.

If you haven’t discovered the joy of dancing or Zumba yet, now is the time.

This song will lift you up and you’ll be able to dance your troubles away. To learn how to find a Zumba class in your area, go here.

I invite you now to get forget what you’re doing, get off your derriere and Shut Up & Dance  — the Walk the Moon tune you may be hearing everywhere.

Join the Conversation: If junk food has been calling out to you, has it stopped after you danced a little? Share your thoughts here, on this  Sugar Shock Blog.


Preserve Your Precious Girls: Take Your Cell Phone Out of Your Bra, Please!

Normally, I don’t impulsively tap a woman on the shoulder to share a health warning. But recently, at Whole Foods, alarm bells went off in my head when a pretty, carefree, 20-or-30-something woman nonchalantly strode by, with her cell phone tucked into her bra.ConnieB cellphone2lines826

I felt compelled to approach The Cell-in-Bra Chick. After my insistent nudge, she thrust me an annoyed look.

“I’m sorry to bother you, but I just wanted you to tell you that it’s very dangerous to keep your cell phone in your bra,” I cautioned her.

Cell-in-Bra Chick glared at me, as if to say, “Leave me alone. It’s none of your business.”


Learn How to be a “Healthy Conscious Traveler”

Dr. Robyn Benson Tells You How on Gab with the Gurus

Are you headed out of town next holiday weekend? Do you travel a lot by plane, train or automobile? And when you visit places on the other side of the country or world, do you know how to be Healthy on the Road? Listen to this week’s Gab with the Gurus guest, who will help you learn the secrets to healthy traveling.CB-Book1and2
On today’s Gab with the Gurus Show, my guest, Dr. Robyn Benson, author of The Healthy Conscious Traveler: 8 Pathways to Smart and Effortless Travel, will give you tips on how to stay refreshed, energized and protected while you’re traveling.

For those of you doing end-of-summer traveling, you’ll want to tune into this Gab with the Gurus Show to discover:

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Lyme Disease Symptoms

Are You & Your Doctor Confused by Your Fatigue, Night Sweats, Mental Confusion, Insomnia & More?

Are you suffering from headaches, fatigue, night sweats, sore throat, swollen glands, back pain, blurred vision, vertigo or depression?

Woman with headacheAnd do you often frolic in nature, especially hiking or camping in wooded areas?

If so, you may be suffering from Lyme disease, which is spread by infected ticks to some 300,000 people each year.

Lyme disease, which I urged you to learn about recently, presents a variety of ailments, which often baffle physicians.

That’s, in fact, why Lyme disease is called “The Great Pretender.”

“Unfortunately, ill-informed doctors are often flummoxed when patients complain of
fatigue, headaches, fever or chills, muscle or joint pain, mental confusion, swollen lymph nodes and neurological symptoms. It’s an appalling display of indifference,” I wrote once in op ed piece for AOL News.

Now, to help out those of you with befuddling ailments, here are some common Lyme disease symptoms:

  •        Fatigue
  •        Low grade fevers, “hot flashes” or chills
  •        Night sweats
  •        Sore throat