The Power of Food Advertising

Are Your Junk Food Decisions Your Own? For Crush-Cravings Monday

Let’s face it. During the holiday season, in particular, it can be especially tough to pass up on fatty, salty, sugary temptations, which will pack on pounds, make your clothes too tight, and lead you to believe that you have no will power.

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The first step to step into your strength is to realize that advertising influences our eating behaviors and may trigger our cravings for certain junk foods.

Try to remember the last time ads subtly recommended that you eat some junk foods.

  • Were you reclining on your couch or bed, watching your favorite television show(s) and then up popped ads for rich, enticing, super-savory chocolate treats?
  • Or while at the movie theater, did you see ads subtly recommending that you drink soda or eat popcorn?

Did you feel out of control later?

  • Did you feel driven to get some chocolate, popcorn or soda?
  • Were you make your own choices or did the ads dictate your behavior?

That’s the power of food cues in advertising.

But you can Take Back Your Food Power, even during the holiday season when advertising for unhealthy food substances is in full force.

Later, I’ll share Easy Ways to Take Back Your Power, but for now, you need to know that science shows the power of advertising.

Indeed, recent reviews of the scientific evidence on advertising and eating behavior reveal a definitive link.

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Help Me Choose a Weekly Theme

What Do You Think? Cravings-Crushing Monday or One Easy Way Monday

Quick SurveyEvery week on my blog (at www.ConnieB.com), I share one super-simple, powerful, proven tool, which can help you easily Crush Your Cravings so you’ll become Calm, Slim, Strong™.

In short, my goal is to lead a happier, healthier life.

Please take the survey below to help me decide which of these two themes I should use.

 

 

Did You Overeat Recently? Shower Yourself with Compassion

Pigged Out on Thanksgiving or Recently? Easy Cravings-Crushing Monday Tip

So did you overeat and go back for seconds or thirds on Thanksgiving or at a recent holiday party? You’re in good company. Millions of you have already caved into your cravings for sugary, salty, fatty junk-food treats.

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Today, for Cravings-Crushing Monday, I’m here with one easy way to let yourself off the hook.

Let’s say you pigged out last week at Thanksgiving.

Or you overate in the days that followed.

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, you feel yourself sliding down a slippery slope.

You may feel like a runaway train.

You’re now finding it hard to say “No thank you” to many sugary, fatty, salty temptations.

How do you stop your downward spiral?

Just Shower Yourself with Compassion.

This powerful tactic can rescue you no matter how much you’ve pigged out.

As I shared here, self-compassion can even help you lose weight.

Considerable research reveals the remarkable healing power of self-compassion.

And if you’ve blown your diet recently, self-compassion is exactly what you need.

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Crush Your Cravings over the Holidays

It's Super-Simple to Take Charge of What You Put in Your Mouth

Every holiday season, people cave into their cravings for the worst kinds of foods.

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Many Crazy Cravings — as I call them — come on full strong when people just look at temptations.

It’s inevitable.

You’ll see candy canes, pumpkin pie, gingerbread houses, candied yams and other sweet or carb-filled temptations.

And, like clockwork, inevitably, people around the world eat. .

So for this week’s Cravings-Crushing post, I want to make it easy for you to begin to easily, effortlessly, even playfully rise above your temptation-triggered cravings this holiday season.

Get ready to avoid the bevy of temptations over the holiday season in our junk-foods-driven world.

Let me help you Crush Your Cravings right away.

Bear in mind that this holiday season, you don’t need to eat robotically.

You can quickly, easily Crush Your Cravings that were triggered when you saw junk foods.

All you have to do is unobtrusively use simple, but powerful, science-based tools.)

Ready to rock now?

Just sign up now to get your two super-simple tactics right away.

In this easy-to-read, fun Cravings-Crushing, Quick-Start Guide, you’ll discover:

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3 Simple Shifts to Stop Holiday Overeating

Ah, Thanksgiving…a day of togetherness and celebration, a day set aside for expressing gratitude for our many blessings. Now, though, this holiday — smack in the middle of The Season of Sugar Overload — has become synonymous with pigging out. For many, it’s a foodie free-for-all, which can make you gain weight, play havoc with your moods and plunge you into self-hating remorse. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Discover 3 Simple Shifts to Stop Holiday Overeating.

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  1. Grow Bigger Eyes

You probably know the expression, “My eyes were bigger than my stomach?” This holiday is the perfect time for you to look at this old adage in a new way. Instead of using the maxim to explain away the mound of food on your plate, take this as your goal: You want to Grow Bigger Eyes. By this, I mean you want to develop and then actually see a grander, better, bolder vision of yourself. In that split-second moment during which you decide how much to pile on your plate at your family-style Thanksgiving meal or buffet (or, while you’re getting up the courage to say, “No thank you” to your host), envision how you’d like to look and feel next week, next month, next year.

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7 Ways to Ditch Liquid Sugar (Soda, Sweet Iced Tea, Juice Drinks, Etc.)

Cravings-Crushing Monday: Don't Let Beyonce & Other Celebs Convince You to Drink Unhealthy Sugar-Laden Drinks

Are you among almost one-third of Americans, who day drinks at least one sugar-sweetened soda, iced tea, energy drink, vitamin water drink or fruit drink each day?

sodaWith the holiday season upon us and sweet temptations abounding at parties, I invite you to look at your consumption of sugary beverages, which research reveals can increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and gout.

Indeed, liquid sugar is the single largest source of added sugars in the American diet (36 percent), according to SugarScience.org. (FYI,  SugarScience bases its findings based on a comprehensive review of more than 8,000 scientific studies on the health impacts of sugar.)

Now, I invite you to dream with me. Think about how awesome it would be to Take Back Your Liquid Sugar Power?

Of course, it’s understandable that you’ve been swayed and convinced to swig soda and other sugar-filled drinks by celebrity endorsements from the likes of Beyonce, Selena Gomez, and LeBron James.

Remember, though, that these “Celebrity Sugar Pushers” — as I call them — have been paid millions to entice you to swig those dangerous, potentially life-shortening sugar-filled sodas and drinks.

Beyonce, for instance, took a “$50 million Deal with the Devil,” as journalist Kristin Wartman brilliantly put it in a piece about her multi-year contract with PepsiCo.

Sure, you may not feel ready to give up your habit of swigging soda or sweetened iced tea. So to get you in the right frame of mind to Take Back Your Sugar Power, I invite you to review some scary, shocking, alarming facts about the dangers of sugar-sweetened beverages.

Bear in mind I’m only citing a few of many, many studies.

Then, while you quickly review this compelling research, bear in mind that when you slash sugary drinks and drink more water, you’ll begin to Crush Your Cravings, shed your excess weight and probably better manage or even halt the progression of dangerous diseases.

Are you ready to get Sugar Shocked? Sugary beverages have huge health risks. Learn just a few:

If you’re one of millions hooked on soda, here are seven easy ways to ditch sweetened drinks — and shed hence the pounds.

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Say No with Sass and Class

Share Your Best Ways to Tell Sugar Pushers to Back off This Holiday Season

The Sugar Overload Season is upon us. So help me to help you.

ConnieBZombiesJan.14Don’t be a mindless Sugar Zombie this holiday season.

This year, I’m determined to help you easily, quickly, even happily turn down those dangerous, sweet temptations.

Soon, I’ll share some simple ways to Say No with Sass or Class.

But first, you’re invited to get in on the action.  Share your ideas here at http://tinyurl.com/SayNoWithSass

Submit your best quips, replies, reactions to those inevitable Sugar Pushers so you won’t be a Sugar Zombie this holiday season.

Share your ideas now.

Make sure to sign up for my mailing list so you’ll get a copy of these Say No with Sass and Class.

 

7 Secrets to a Serene Halloween

Special Cravings-Crushing Monday Gift

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Yes, sadly, Halloween is the trigger for a year-end bout of sugar gorging.

Today, I come bearing a gift, a webinar I did on 7 Secrets to a Serene Halloween.

Click here to get your sweet, safe Halloween gift.

Do You Push Yourself Too Hard?

My Confession: Have You Over-Extended Yourself?

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Oh no, it’s happening again.

I’m not rushing into the arms of carbs or sweets or junk foods, but I’m now dealing with something that many women and men face.

I’ve overextended myself again.

Can you relate?

Many of us ladies and men have a to-do list that’s a mile long.

We need to go to the grocery store (preferably a good one for healthy nibbles and necessities), we need  to get that report done, and of course, we need to be there for our loved ones.

You know how it goes — the never-ending list errands go on and on and on.

Well, I’ve slipped yet again.

I’ve totally overextended myself.  And I’m so completely knocked out.

Sure, it may be the Lyme disease I got a few years back, and which periodically wipes me out.

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Are You like a Sugar-Craving Rat?

Have You Heard about the Rodents, Who Chose Sugar over Cocaine? (For Cravings-Crushing Monday)

Have you heard about the rats, who found sugar or saccharin more tantalizing than cocaine?

In this study, most of the critters studied — a whopping 94 percent — wanted sugar or saccharin, NOT cocaine.

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Recently, while planning my upcoming Crush Your Cravings Boot Camp, I was reminded of a fascinating study from Dr. Serge Ahmed, a scientist with the University of Bordeaux in France.

Back in 2009, I had the pleasure of meeting Serge while taking a ferry to a Food Addiction conference on IslandWood in Bainbridge Island, where I had the honor to give fitness guru Jack LaLanne a Lifetime Achievement Award.

I invite you now to “eavesdrop” on my fascinating conversation with Dr. Serge Ahmed. serge-ahmed-maxresdefaultInstead of practicing my rusty French, I asked Serge in English so I wouldn’t miss anything about his sugar addiction research.

Just imagine Serge speaking with his adorable French accent.
He told me, “Connie, I was so surprised. We discovered that sugar may be as addictive as cocaine.”

You had to see Serge’s face to get a sense of this monumental discovery.

His eyebrows lifted. His eyes grew big. His face registered shock. He moved his hands about dramatically.

The next day, at the conference, Serge laid out his findings in more detail to the attendees of this event about Food Addiction: The Obesity Epidemic Connection.”

The title of Serge’s presentation told it all. It posed the question, “Is Sugar as Addictive as Cocaine?”

Ultimately, Serge and his research team discovered that intense sweetness “is much more rewarding and probably more addictive than intravenous cocaine.”

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