Low Blood Sugar Today Could be Diabetes Later

Learn from the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation's New Infographic -- My Way of Celebrating 20 Years Off Sugar

Did you know that if you have low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) today, it could turn into type 2 diabetes tomorrow — well, maybe not tomorrow, but five, 10, 20, 30 years from now?

But what if you were able to prevent that from happening? Better yet, what if you could Thrive Sugar-Free for 20 Years after you were diagnosed with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)? How would you mark the occasion?

That was my challenge. Earlier this week (April 15), I marked 20 Years Sugar-Free.

Initially, I kicked sugar on doctor’s orders in 1998 because I had hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which triggered a whopping 44 ailments, including brain fog, heart palpitations and anxiety.

A few months ago, I began to consider my challenge. How could I celebrate 20 Years Sugar-Free? After all, I couldn’t or wouldn’t eat a sugar-filled cake or processed carbs. After all, I’m a recognized sugar and carb expert, the woman people call The Cravings Ninja™, and the bestselling author of the books, Sugar Shock and Beyond Sugar Shock.

Then, a few months ago, it hit me. The best way to celebrate 20 Years Sugar-Free would be to support the amazing woman, Roberta Ruggiero , who’d been so instrumental to my kick-sugar success. 

The hard-working, dedicated, charming Roberta Ruggiero is founder and president of the 38-year-old non-profit Hypoglycemia Support Foundation, Inc., which provides support, advocacy and information about the causes, prevention and management of low blood sugar. (That’s hypoglycemia’s other name.)

…So today, to celebrate my Thriving 20 Years Sugar-Free, I’m pleased to share what my gift to the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation has made possible. Roberta and the HSF CEO Wolfram Alderson worked hard to develop this HSF infographic, which will teach you about low blood sugar, a little-understood blood sugar disorder.

See the amazing HSF new infographic now on the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation website.

Then share this infographic with your friends, loved ones and social media buddies so you all can find out if you or your loved ones are one of millions on the blood sugar roller coaster.

You could save people of sooooo much suffering!

Share this infographic with millions of people worldwide, who badly need this information.

See the infographic here on the HSF website and then share this infographic with all your favorite peeps.

Celebrating 20 Years Sugar-Free

But No, I Wasn't Perfect -- I Had a Major Carb Relapse in 2012

This is a big week for me. Specifically this Sunday.

On that day, I’ll have gone an entire 20 Years Sugar-Free.

I’m announcing this in advance, because I know that I’ll make it.

But bear in mind that when I state 20 years:

  • I’m not including my lengthy Carb Relapse and 21-pound weight gain during the grueling time from late 2012 to mid-2013, when I was pigging out on quickie carbs after my mother died.
  • I’m also not counting the very few times that I had a bite or two of sweets to experiment with having tastes of sugar here and there. (For years, I don’t even do that.)
  • And I’m not counting a few slips at the beginning of my cutting out sweets.

Stay tuned, because soon, I’ll host a webinar on How You, Too, Can Stay Sugar-Free & Healthy.

Talk to us: What’s the longest you’ve gone without sugar and/or processed carbs? How did you feel? Just go here to post your comment.

Kicking Sugar Begins in Your Mind

Your Motivating Monday Message: Get Inspired by Napoleon Hill

Do you doubt your ability to kick sugar and ditch processed carbs?

cravings ninja

Are you tired of failing diet after diet?

Take heart.

Today, I invite you to see it, feel it, enjoy it.

By “it,” I mean your new joyous, freedom-filled life, where you have outgrown your addiction to sugar or carbs.

Back in 1998, when I kicked sweets and processed carbohydrates on doctor’s orders, I discovered that conquering my sugar and carb addiction began in my mind.

After initially doubting myself, I decided and knew without a doubt that I would succeed in kicking the dangerous foods.

Believing that I could do it helped me accomplish what I once thought unthinkable.

If you’ve been finding it tough to turn down tempting, but unhealthy sweets or fast carbs or break other bad habits (what I call “babits™), you need to know that it’s possible.

You need to believe first that you can succeed.

You want to see yourself breaking your horrible habits to accomplish your dreams.

That’s why I encourage people, who seek to kick sugar or get better habits to immerse themselves in positive literature, movies and thoughts.

In fact, while quitting sugar, I heavily relied on can-do books and thinking, even if I was feeling low on will power and uncertain of my eventual success.

Now, thanks to YouTube, you can listen get encouraged by master motivator Napoleon Hill, who shares how Andrew Carnegie inspired him to have loftier thoughts and dreams.



Of course, Napoleon Hill — who has inspired millions — is author of the huge bestseller, Think and Grow Rich.

Today, I invite you to get inspired by Hill. First check out some of his motivating quotes.

Then watch this inspiring great Napoleon Hill video.

Again, remember, as Hill advises, no matter what your goals, you should begin with a clear picture of what you’d like to achieve.

Can you envision your Freedom from Sugar Shock?

Thanks to my Facebook friend Vanessa Bey for turning me onto this inspiring video.

Diet Success Often Begins as Failure

Why I Came Out of the Shame Closet

Have you had a Diet Relapse where you ditched your clean diet and pigged out on processed carbs and sweets?

Then, did you feel low on will power, helplessly watch pounds pile on and beat up on yourself for caving into toxic treats (rapidly processed, quickie carbs, as I call them, or sugary snacks)?

It’s time to be glad that you’ve blown your diet.

Seriously!

Failure is, in fact, vital to your long-term diet success.

I came to understand this concept more than ever after I failed bigtime, incessantly stuffed my face with quickie carbs in late 2012 after my mother angrily died and then helplessly watched 21 pounds pile on.

For some six months, I felt angry, ashamed and disgusted with myself.

How could I fall flat on my face like that?

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Is Speaking Your Biggest Fear?

Why I'm Determined to Speak to Serve

Please note: I never had the chance to ask a question in front of the 13,000 people at the Tony Robbins event, but just deciding to speak in front of this huge crowd helped me begin to lick my speaking fears. Stay tuned for announcements about upcoming speaking engagements.

This coming week, if Tony Robbins selects me at his Unleash the Power Within event, I will finally triumph over my absolute biggest fear in front of the 13,000 people in attendance.

Yes, I’m one of millions with a deep fear of public speaking, but if I can, I will speak at UPW even if it makes me feel uncomfortable, makes my stomach knotted up and scares me profoundly.

It’s not that I’d rather be in a coffin than speak, as some research suggests, and as Jerry Seinfeld joked, but it’s time to quit hiding away from stages no matter how big my fear.

Enough of playing small!

So why am I formally declaring my intention to Stand Strong and Speak to Serve™, as I put it?

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Are You Deep in Sugar Shame?

Let Brené Brown Guide You to Confront Your Shame

Recently, I confessed to my email list and my blog about the horrible shame in late 2012 to 2013 I felt when I clamored after carbs and gained 21 pounds after the grueling, heartbreaking, stressful Bittersweet Last Year With Mom.

When I was deep in Carb Relapse Shame (as I now call it), I hadn’t yet watched Brene Brown’s powerful TED talk about shame. Wow! If you, too, have blown your diet or done other things that make you want to crawl into a hole, this video will uplift, encourage and inspire you.

Get uplifted and encouraged now if you’re still deep in shame.

Watch the brilliant Brené Brown talk about vulnerability and shame and find out what can happen when you confront your shame head-on.

Have you, too, felt Sugar Shame or Blow-Your-Diet Shame? Have you told anyone about it yet? Share your thoughts here.

Feel free to email me, too. I’d love to hear your stories of Sugar Shame.

Low-Carb Buttered Noodles with Smoked Oysters and Baby Greens

Guest Post by Angelika Ilina For Your Motivating Monday

Note from Connie: March is National Noodle Month. Up until a few years ago, you had to use vegetables for fake noodles. But now, when you’re on a low-carb food plan, you can enjoy the fat-free, calorie-free, fat-free, gluten-free noodles. Meet the healthy, no-sugar Shirataki or Miracle Noodle (which I discussed five years ago).

Check out the tasty, low-carb noodle dish, which my friend Angelika Ilina developed.

Please note that this tasty recipe features oysters, which are often considered an aphrodisiac.

Make sure to share photos of the noodle dishes you create, thanks to Angelika’s recipe:

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages Shirataki noodles (I use Miracle Noodle® Angel Hair or House Foods brands)
  • 2 packages smoked oysters in pure olive oil (I use Crown Prince Natural brand)
  • 2 tablespoons grass-fed butter (or cooking fat of choice such as ghee, coconut oil, or avocado oil)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups baby greens such as spinach, arugula, kale, Swiss chard or a blend
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt, or to taste (I use Himalayan pink salt)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper, or to taste
  • Flat-leaf Italian parsley for garnish (optional)

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I Was Furious at their Customer Service

How I Stumbled on the BEST Way to Resolve a Problem with a Company That Messes Up -- Off Topic

Note from Connie: This is off topic but it can help so many of you to resolve bad customer service that I just had to post it.

How did I raise my voice to angrily declare my outrage and shock!

I simply had no choice.

I’d just returned from an empowering, butt-kicking, financial mastermind with Tony Robbins, and I was eagerly looking forward to implementing so many wonderful things.

And then with suitcase in hand, as I neared the door of my new place, I found that a vendor for one of my new had a delivery service dump five boxes right near my place.

I lost my cool.

For days, it was as if there was a sign saying, “Hey, the tenant isn’t home.”

Scared, I opened the door to my new place hoping that I wasn’t robbed.

You see, I’ve been robbed something like four or five times in three different cities (Chicago, New York City and northern California) over the years. So, I’m ultra careful these days.

There went calm, focused, excited Connie.

Instead, Connie the lion appeared out of nowhere. (I’m a Leo by the way.)

Yeah, I know that anger harms your heart, weakens your immune system and harms your health.

But I could have been robbed yet again.

I called the company to declare my outrage and their callous disregard for my safety.

Multiple phone calls later and the issue still unresolved, I hit on a fast, speedy, savvy way to resolve my customer service problem.

It was so simple and brilliant.

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I Was So Ashamed and Embarrassed

Wow, You Related! Read Some of Your Confessions, Then Share Your Tale, Too

Wow, you so related to my tale of shame, embarrassment and self disgust when processed carbs had me under their control.

You knew exactly what I meant when I said that those toxic carbs (movie popcorn, corn snacks and other chips) cast a spell on me.

You, too, have felt Crazy Cravings™, which have led you, too, to do so much Heartbreak Bingeing™ that you gained a lot of weight quickly.

A little history is in order. Recently, I confessed to the thousands of people on my mailing list, which you, too, can join that back in late 2012 to mid-2013 after the death of my Mom and the grueling last year with her, during which my cancer-ridden mother inadvertently angrily abused, belittled and betrayed me, I mindlessly rushed to nutrient-poor quickie carbs. Months later, I’d gained 21 pounds.

At last, four-plus years later, I have the courage to easily confess to my extended Carb Relapse without shedding a tear, getting choked up or feeling mortified. I’m now vulnerably but confidently confessing that for some six months after Mom left this earth that I mindlessly, powerlessly shoveled processed carbs into my mouth with an irrational fury and velocity and completely blew my diet.

After coming back from an awesome Tony Robbins mastermind, I felt moved to write to the confessed to my list.

Read some comments I received from people who felt fed up with having sugar or carb relapses. I’m only using first names to protect the people, who’ve slipped with sugar or carbs.

One email was more poignant than the next. Linda wrote:

Hello Connie,

Thank you for being truthful and honest with your readers. 

I have been on a detox diet, lost a bunch of weight and am now trying to figure out my new eating.

Unfortunately, I am a sucker for free food. 

Yesterday I was at a wine tasting fundraiser and overate because there was food that I hadn’t had in a long time and “wouldn’t be able to eat again.” Tonight I went to a networking event and the same thing happened. 

You would think I lived in a 3rd world country with no access to good food. (Note from Connie: My emphasis.)

FOMO, feeling deprived, feeling like I deserved it……., all feelings that I didn’t know how to handle.

I’m terribly afraid that my hard work will be undone. This all or nothing thinking has got to go!

Would love to hear how you got back on track. Thank you!

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