Which Book Would You Buy?

Please Vote Now on Start-Again Monday

“I blew my diet! Now what?”

Have you ever repulsively made a retort similar to that after you mindlessly polished off yet another bag of processed potato chips, a large bucket of movie popcorn, or an enormous slice of chocolate cake?

At last, it’s time for my big reveal.

Five-plus years ago, after losing my Mom, I blew my healthy diet, did lots of Heartbreak Bingeing™ (as I call it) of carbage (carb garbage), gained 21 pounds, and got horribly ashamed. After all, I’m the Sugar-Free Queen.

But my “failure” made me realize that I’m not alone. Then it lit a fire under me, because the more I researched and the more I talked with others, who’d stopped eating healthy, the more I realized that every day, millions of you blow your diets, too.

So for the past five-plus years, I’ve been doing research, writing, and slimming down.

Now I’m making plans to release my next book, I blew my diet! Now what?

I’ll share more about the book later, but now, I’d love your input. You see, to serve you well, I need your opinion.

Which book would you buy?

  • Would you buy Book # 1 with the crumpled napkin?
  • Or would you buy Book # 2 with the cleaned-off plate?

Click here to vote now.


Stay tuned to learn the results.


Send Your Favorite Sugar-Free, Truly Paleo Recipes for My Next Book

Experiment in the Kitchen for Start-Again Monday

Do you make a delicious gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb vegetable-rich lasagna? Can you create delectable veggie fries that has everyone raving about how they’re better than French fries? Do you know how to whip up scrumptious, low-carb, sugar-free, Paleo cookies?

In short, do you have amazing Paleo recipes, which contain no agave, no honey, no maple syrup, no coconut sugar, and no wine? I call this way of eating Truly Paleo or Sugar-Free Paleo.

For years — especially since I first started my Sugar Shock Blog in 2005 — have been asking me for such recipes, so they can lose or maintain weight and lead a healthy Paleo diet. They’ve been getting frustrated, because many recipes call for adding sweeteners such as agave, honey, or coconut sugar, or even alcohol.

Now, I’d love to feature some of your healthiest, sugar-denying, carb-busting, sugar-free, Truly Paleo recipes in my next book, I Blew My Diet! Now What?  The Super-Simple Plan to Rebound After Your Carb Relapse to Lose Weight for Good. In addition, I’ll feature more recipes in another upcoming book.

So for this week’s Start-Again Monday, I invite you to have some sugar-free fun in the kitchen.

First, you want to know what it means to follow a Paleo diet. Your dish cannot include: (more…)

I Blew My Diet! Now What? Podcast is Coming

Please pick your favorite logo (of the two shared)

Since 2007, I’ve been hosting the Gab with the Gurus Show, where I’ve interviewed hundreds of renowned experts and bestselling authors in health, wellness, fitness, sugar, personal empowerment and blogging. I will continue that show but on a less regular basis.

Soon, I’m also starting a new “I Blew My Diet! Now What?” Podcast,” for which I’ll bring on leading  authors, bloggers and podcasters, who specialize in weight loss, fitness, mindset, and willpower so you can get the slim, trim body and beautiful life you seek.

Now, I’d like your help to pick the cover art for the podcast. First cover option is included to your left. (See end of this post to find out how to vote for these covers.)

First, learn about the premise behind the podcast by seeing if you can relate to this.

For weeks, months, years, you’ve been diligently cutting out carbs, avoiding white sugar and processed carbs and banning most anything that’s unhealthy. You’re oh-so-excited. Your slim pants are finally fitting, your energy is soaring, your enthusiasm is high, and then …. something life-changing, challenging or heartbreaking happens. For instance:

  • You could be reeling after the death of a loved one.
  • Maybe you’re going through a difficult divorce.
  • Perhaps you’re healing after verbal or physical abuse.
  • Or you’re under massive stress at work or at home.
  • In short, you may have been TAGGED — that’s my acronym for Traumatized, Abused, Gripped by Grief or Emotionally Devastated.

What do most of you do when our hearts are breaking, times get tough and/or we feel terribly stressed? About two-thirds of us—mostly us ladies—behave badly around food. In short, we blow our diets.

Whatever your emotional drivers, you began to do what you swore would happen again. You buy and then mindlessly gobble on sugary cookies, chips, bread, doughnuts or ice-cream – or, perhaps all of the above. Plus, you may even guzzle a soda or sweet ice tea.

Shortly, you get angry, upset and fed up with yourself, because you had a Carb Relapse or Sugar Relapse, as I call it. How could this happen after you were doing so well?

I’m intentionally using the word relapse although I’m not talking about drugs, booze or porn. I’m using the word relapse to refer to sweets and toxic carbs, because ample research now reveals that sugar—and, by extension, processed, fiber-stripped carbs, which quickly send sugar into your bloodstream—are as addictive as cocaine or heroin.

Then you just can’t stop your sugar or carb bingeing. Let’s face it, for most, you can’t have just a one-time binge. Once you’re surfing the Carbs-Clamoring, or Sugar-Sinning wave, it’s hard to climb out of that sugar sea.Then, days or weeks, or even years, go by and you’re off doing more and more Heartbreak Bingeing (as I call it).

You become filled with self-loathing. You’re so disappointed in yourself. And you keep wondering, “Where did my willpower go?”

Then, you keep complaining to a close friend, a work colleague, a close relative or all who’ll listen: “I’m so mad at myself! I Blew My Diet! Now What do I do?”

Does this sound familiar? Have you been in this dismal place, too? As I shared previously, I had this dreadfully difficult experience myself in late 2012. After my Mom died, I Blew My Diet bigtime, had a massive Carb Relapse, packed on 21 embarrassing pounds, and quickly flipped from empowered to powerless.

But out of that pain my new expertise was born. For the past few years, I’ve been in deep research mode to find out how to help you Take Back Your Power using tools that are FEPPP™.  That’s my acronym for Fast, Easy, Proven, Powerful, Portable.

  • Now, it’s time to share the exciting news. I’m wrapping up my next book, which will be titled, I Blew My Diet! Now What? The Super-Simple Plan to Rebound After Your Carb Relapse and Lose Weight for Good
  • In addition, as I shared earlier, I’m starting my I Blew My Diet! Now What? Podcast. (That way you’ll be able to get tips, tactics and help to Rebound After Relapse before my book comes out.)

For now, please share your thoughts. Which of these two cover images do you like for the new cover art for my new podcast? I’m eager to hear what you think.

Just post here or email me directly to tell me which one you like best:

Option # 1: The Cartoon Connie on the Bulldozer — My cartoon character (to your left is flattening
tempting, dangerous, fiber-stripped “treats.”


Option # 2: Rebound Ninja Connie —
Cartoon Connie is kicking those carb-stripped junk
foods to smithereens.

Which choice do you like best?

Option 1 or Option 2?

If you don’t like either option and have an idea for something else, let me know here.

Stay tuned for updates about my upcoming “I Blew My Diet! Now What?” Podcast.

Is Diet a Dirty Word?

Share Your Thoughts: Start-Again Monday™

Is Diet a Dirty Word? What do you think?

Let’s face it. In certain circles these days, people steer clear of the word “diet,” because it’s deemed politically incorrect. More important, it may mean deprivation, restriction, frustration, difficulty or even struggle.

Here’s the catch. What other word should I use to convey that you’re cleaning up your eating, mindfully consuming the best, healthiest,  nutritious, real foods into your mouth? Sure, you’re eating less, but you’re still going to feel full.

Is it wrong to use the word diet?


Create Your Love Potion

Start-Again Monday Fun

Even if you blew your diet last week, this week you can Start Again.

Today’s Adventurcise™ (my word for Adventurous Exercise) will be fun to do.

The best part is that you’ll be able to benefit ALL week, month, year long.

Today’s Adventurcise offers you an easy way to take an important first step to get the slimmer, happier, lovely body you want.

Here’s what you’ll do today.

Find three words to describe the body that you want to have.

Now bear in mind that slim isn’t all you want.

You want — and already have a body — that nurtures, supports
and helps you all day long.

Ready for some fun?

Here are a few words you can choose/use:


Why It’s Now Start-Again Monday

Wow! The smartest people are on my mailing list. Yesterday, I sent out my weekly email to the thousands on my list to announce that henceforth, I’ll be calling the first day of the week Start-Again Monday™ instead of Cravings-Crushing Monday.

Before telling you why I’ve renamed it that, I decided to ask my those people why they thought I was renaming the day, Start-Again Monday.

Of course, I was opening myself up to a deluge of emails! Anyhow, since I received so many emails, I’m choosing some of the most clever responses I received.

So to fill you in on this, my question was, Why do you think I’m renaming that first day of the week Start-Again Monday?

Here are the best replies:

      • Lorene said: “It is because Monday is a new day to start from where you were and got lost, to getting back on track.”
      • Enid wrote: “Because we all think we can just Start Over on Monday.”
      • Jan was also dead-on correct: “Compensate for weekend failure.”
      • John’s reply was so true that it cracked me up: “Because of relapse Sunday?”
      • Kim realized:  “I think it’s because of straying from the diet and workout later in the week, so we say, `I’ll start over on Monday and stick with it this time.’ That’s been my experience many times, anyway.”
      • Traci replied: “To provide everyone with a reset –  to keep trying & never give up. To instill hope and encouragement.”
      • And K identified a lot: “Can totally relate!  We start the week being careful about not having sugar and other good food habits, and by the time the weekend is over, we’ve blown it, so we start again on `start again Monday.'”

I couldn’t have summed up these reasons any better.

Do why else do you think I renamed the first day of the week, Start-Again Monday?

What is Your Biggest Question about Kicking Sugar or Carbs?

Help Me to Help You: 101 Frequently Asked Questions Book is On the Way

Please help me to help you. What would you like to know about sugar, carb addiction, weight loss, etc.?

Post your burning question(s) below on this blog or on my Facebook fan page

The reason I’m asking is that I’m now working on a book in which I answer 101 Frequently Asked Questions. (I’m doing this in honor of my 20th Year Sugar-Free.)

So ask me your burning question(s) now here on this blog or on my Facebook fan page.

For instance, here are some questions I’ll be answering:

  • Can too much sugar really kill you?
  • Can you really get addicted to sugar and/or carbs?
  • Why do I get cravings?
  • Why do I keep blowing my diet over and over again?
  • Can just one or two bites of dessert trigger an all-out binge?
  • Can kicking sugar help me lose weight?
  • Are “natural sweeteners” such as agave, honey or coconut sugar safe to consume?
  • Is popcorn a good diet food?
  • Can I still eat and enjoy chocolate?

Help me to help you now.

Now submit your question(s) here on my blog or on my Facebook fan page.


The Fastest Way to Bounce Back

The Solution is remarkably simple.
Just Shower yourself with compassion.


What No One Tells You About Carbs

If you’re a fan of the TV show, “How to Get Away with Murder,” you remember the episode. Addiction psychologist and former heroin addict Isaac Roa (portrayed by Jimmy Smits) — the therapist for recovering alcoholic Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) — has a relapse and ends up in the hospital.

In short, the therapist got depressed, bottomed out and returned to heroin, his substance of choice.

What happened to Roa’s character in “How to Get Away with Murder” reveals that health care professionals with substance abuse disorders have had their share of relapses, as you can learn from this study and this research project.

Of course, the alcoholics and addicts the therapists are helping often have relapses, too, as this USNews.com article points out.

But I’ve been talking about drugs or alcohol.

Although, the term, relapse, is usually used to refer to people, who’ve fallen off the wagon after a period of recovery from alcohol, illicit drugs, or non-prescribed meds, it’s high time to expand the definition of which substances can hook you.

Indeed, you also can relapse with either sugar and/or processed carbs, as I’ve witnessed with my clients and myself.

In fact, after I came clean about my Carb Relapse in late 2012 after after my Mom died and I’d been eating cleanly for 14-plus years, your incredibly supportive response helped me realize that I was onto something.

Millions of you, too, may have had relapses, but not with drugs. You may have relapsed with sweets and quickie carbs.


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.