Sugar Shocker! Are You Overloading on Hidden Sweeteners? (Part 2)

A Cravings-Crushing Feature: You Be Unknowingly Gorging on 60 to 90 Tsp. of Added Sweeteners Each Day!

It’s time to get Sugar Shocked. Every day, you may be among millions, who are unknowingly gorging on some 60 to 90 teaspoons of Sneaky Hidden Sugars™, as I call them.

Without realizing it, you may be overdosing on hidden sweeteners a whopping 22 times a day, as I revealed in Part 1 of this blog post.

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How did I arrive at this astounding figure?

If you’re eating or drinking processed foods and beverages from bottles, cans, jars or packages, you may be shoveling in Sneaky Hidden Sugars repeatedly into your poor body.

Now, in Part 2, I’ll show you the many “innocent,” subtle and unlikely places where Sneaky Hidden Sugars hide.

Remember, whenever you eat hidden sugars, they can put your sugar cravings into high gear.

Now discover how easily Sneaky Hidden Sugars can slip into your body 22 times a day without your consent.

  1. 6 or 7 a.m.: You pour 1/4 cup of soy milk (which contains about 1/3 of a teaspoon of sugar), along with 1 teaspoon of sugar into one a large cup of coffee or tea before you head out to work or drive the kids to school. (That’s 1 1/3 tsp. of sugar.)
  2. 8 a.m.: You hurriedly down an allegedly healthy 6-ounce container of fruit-flavored yogurt before leaving home. (6 teaspoons of sugar—double the amount of sugar in plain low-fat yogurt. Please note that the sugar in plain yogurt is naturally occurring and therefore may be okay for many to consume—that is, if you don’t have medical reasons to avoid dairy.)
  3. 9 a.m.: When you get to work, you gulp down another two cups of coffee, with more sugar. (Add 2 teaspoons of sugar.)
  4. 12 p.m.: For lunch, you virtuously order a salad, but then you pour on two packets of pomegranate vinaigrette (While sugar content in vinaigrette dressings vary, this particular type has about 4.5 teaspoons of sugar.)Dried Canberries
  5. Also, 12 p.m: You toss in about 1/3 cup of dried cranberries to your salad. (Add roughly 9 1/2 teaspoons of mostly added sugar.)
  6. Same time: With your midday meal, you have half a whole wheat bagel, thinking you’re being “good” by not eating the whole thing. (4/5 of a teaspoon of sugar.)
  7. Still lunchtime: For vital protein, you toss in a generous portion (4 ounces) of antibiotic-free turkey onto your salad. (That’s 1 teaspoon of sugar that comes from honey and maple syrup. Yes, most kinds of deli meats contain sweeteners.)
  8. 2 p.m.: When your throat gets scratchy, you take two cough drops. (Add another 1.5 teaspoons or more of sugar that comes from both sugar and starch syrup, a sugar-based syrup.)
  9. 3 p.m.: While facing deadlines at work and/or being upset because your child got a failing grade in math, you nervously chew two pieces of gum. (Calculate another 3 teaspoons. But sugarless gum is no better. The sweet taste can cause insulin surges, according to researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine, as reported in the journal Diabetes Care. Plus, compelling research suggests that sugar-free foods may activate sugar cravings.)
  10. 4 p.m.: For a snack, you gobble two big spoonfuls (about 2 tablespoons) of almond butter onto three pieces of celery. (Again, you think you’re being “so good,” but oops, two tablespoons of the brand you selected has about 3/4 teaspoons of sugar.
  11. Same time: You also nosh on 15 wheat crackers. (Some brands have no added sugar—which I’ll tell you about in an upcoming blog post—but this one has 1 teaspoon.)

Wait your sugar-filled day is only half over. Here’s what the rest of your typical day may look like:

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Are You Overdosing on Hidden Sugars? (Part 1 of 2)

A Cravings-Crushing Mondays™ Feature: Get the Shocking Sugar Truth!

You’re probably overdosing on some 60 to 90 teaspoons of Sneaky Hidden Sugars™—as I call them—at least 22 times a day.

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Indeed, you may be dipping in and out of Sugar Shock for much of your day, and you may be unknowingly sabotaging your weight-loss efforts every single time you eat foods from cans, jars or packages.

The sad truth is, if you’re like most Americans, Australians or others living in “civilized countries,” you’re likely consuming Sneaky Hidden Sugars every few hours, without even realizing it.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been cautiously phasing out or nixing obvious sugars so you’ll lose weight, get more energy, improve your health, and crush your cravings.

If you don’t quiz waiters or examine food labels and be ultra-vigilant, you may still be pigging out on Sneaky Hidden Sugars without knowing it.

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Since 1998, when I kicked sugar and other sweeteners on doctor’s orders, I’ve been on a mission to help you avoid those dangerous, Sneaky Hidden Sugars.

Then, since two recent disastrous experiences with Sneaky Hidden Sugars—such as the time I accidentally ate sugar and got super-sick for three days—I’ve become more committed and determined to help turn you into a Savvy Sugar Sleuth.

Lately, I’ve become especially concerned with the fact that we’re getting duped over and over and over again.

If you’ve been oblivious to the news about sugar’s many dangers, let me briefly share a few reasons why you want to avoid Sneaky Hidden Sugars.

  • To begin, research shows that all those packaged “treats” may be triggering your cravings for more sugar-laden foods. Bear in mind that I’m not talking about just sweets. You can be getting Sneaky Hidden Sugars from foods that don’t taste sweet. (Stay tuned, because soon, I’ll share how I arrived at this astounding 60-to-90 tsp. figure.)
  • Secondly “even three teaspoons of refined sugars can throw your body out of balance and compromise its health,” points out Nancy Appleton, Ph.D., author of Suicide by Sugar.
  • Plus, those Sneaky Hidden Sugars—along with obvious sweeteners in desserts or sweet snacks—can pave the way to more than 100 health conditions or diseases, including cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, early aging, hypoglycemia, mood swings, anxiety, and difficulty concentrating. (You can learn about sugar’s many dangers in my books, Sugar Shock and Beyond Sugar Shock?

So are you among millions unknowingly pumping your body full of Sneaky Hidden Sugars?

And are those Sneaky Hidden Sugars causing your Crazy Cravings™ to reel out of control?

The worst part about Sneaky Hidden Sugars is that they add up very quickly, especially if you don’t carefully read food labels like a Savvy Sugar Sleuth.

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The Insomnia-Carb-Cravings Connection

A Cravings-Crushing Monday Feature

It happens to many of us: We spend a night tossing and turning and then the next day, we’re blearily dragging ourselves through work, meetings, family obligations, or other planned activities.

Your head may ache, you find it hard to stay focused, your energy levels plummet, and almost inevitably, you crave just about every donut, bagel or chocolate chip cookie in sight.

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Sound familiar?

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Sure, you can blame your sleeplessness on stress, your late-night meal, your late-afternoon coffee, your hormones, lots of EMF, or a loud neighbor. Or maybe you just needed to run to the restroom.

Whatever the reasons, you want and need to go back to sleep.

Next week, I’ll share 7 Ways to Get Back to Sleep, but now, you need to know about the all-important Insomnia-Carb-Cravings-Connection.

Not enough sleep can bring on wicked carb cravings — the kind that are really tough to resist.

While you’re just trying to make it through the day, you may become fixated on fast fuel — foods that will enter your bloodstream quickly.

  • Fast fuel means sugar, candies, cookies, chips and any other rapidly processed carbohydrates (what I call quickie carbs, much-like-sugar carbs or toxic carbs).
  • Fast fuel means those “carb treats,” which send your blood sugar levels soaring, followed by blood sugar crashes and a plethora of symptoms, from brain fog to headaches  to the jitters.
  • Fast fuel means those toxic snacks, which can ultimately cut your life short.

When you’re sleep-deprived, your willpower wanes, but a donut, muffin or cookie won’t help.

There’s fascinating science, which explains why you get sleep-deprived-triggered cravings.

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Want Sweets? Try Cinnamon Instead

Cravings-Crushing Monday™ Presents a Fast, Easy Tool

One of the tastiest ways to nix your sugar cravings is with a spice you probably have in your cupboard right now: Cinnamon.

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You may know this culinary spice for the warm, aromatic flavor it gives baked goods.

Cinnamon, in my opinion, is one undervalued space.

Indeed, cinnamon has been treasured for more than 3,000 years for its medicinal

properties.

For instance, cinnamon has been used to treat muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhea, infections, the common cold, loss of appetite, erectile dysfunction and many other conditions.

 

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Pretty impressive for an ingredient derived from the bark of a small evergreen tree.

For those of you who crave sugary foods, however, it’s cinnamon’s ability to control blood sugar levels that make it really exceptional. According to several recent studies—including those published in Diabetes Journal, Nutrition Journal and Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics—consuming up to a half-teaspoon of cinnamon per day helps control blood sugar levels by preventing insulin spikes after you eat—not just after a sugar-rich meal, but after any meal.

Why is this a good thing?

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One Fast Way to Shed Stress

How to Feel the Pain in Private

It’s perhaps one of the easiest ways to shed stress and Crush Your Cravings. Plus, you can even hide out when you’re doing it and no one will “eavesdrop” on your goings-on.

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This one simple stress-cutting tactic is to cry.

There’s one problem though. Although shedding tears is important to our well-being — learn 7 ways how here, in this week’s Cravings-Crushing Monday post — many people still think that if you do so in public or in front of a loved one, you’re being manipulative, over-indulgent, or undignified.

Or, if you let people see you sob, they may brand you as emotionally weak, mentally unstable and un-together.

Indeed, although many health experts insist that crying good for you — see AgingCare.com, Psychotherapy Networker, and Elite Daily — crying in public is often considered taboo.

These crying naysayers are wrong.

I encourage you: Have a good cry. But before you sob and wail, you need to know how to deal with people around you, especially those who don’t know the tremendous value of a good cry.

You know — those judgmental, meddlesome, embarassed or over-concerned passersby?

I’m here with crying solutions for you. Here are 7 Ways to Face People When You Cry.

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7 Reasons It’s Good To Cry

A Cravings-Crushing Monday Feature

It’s Cravings-Crushing Monday, and today, I have a confession. Lately, I’ve become a big crier.

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I’ve been that way for nearly four years since my mother died and all those tears began to turbo-charge my healing.

Until recently, I’ve been really embarrassed by all my sobbing in public.

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Now. I’m rethinking my attitude. Why should I — or you — be embarrassed if we cry in front of other people?

After all: Crying, the research shows, is good for you.

For my part, recently, it’s been impossible for me to turn off the waterworks or anticipate when my tears would flow. For instance:

  • After Mom passed away, I cried during high-intensity Zumba or spinning classes at the gym, while watching a film with a loving mother and daughter and a myriad of other reasons such as anger, grief, blame, shame, depression, shock and those nagging what ifs.
  • The floodgates also opened perhaps hundreds?  of times while I wrote and edited the introduction to my next book, Crush Your Cravings and admitted to my own Crazy Cravings after the death of my mother.
  • Then, a month ago, while taking three yoga classes at the Seduction of Spirit workshop with the Chopra Center, I had to dart out of the room several times to sob privately in the ladies room. (Yoga, as I’ll share in a future blog post, can unlock your emotions.)
  • Two weeks ago, while going indoor skydiving as a group breakthrough activity with our coach, the heart-centered entrepreneur Lisa Sasevich, tears again came out of nowhere. As before, I quickly sought refuge in the bathroom so I could weep alone.
  • And this past weekend, while eagerly planning to help millions at the amazing PLF (Product Launch Formula) Live event with Jeff Walker and 1,000 attendees, I had to hurriedly leave the seminar several times to let loose with weeping in the restroom.

Although I’ve been embarrassed and ashamed that I’ve been crying in public places and professional workshops, I now realize that I’ve been wrong.

Crying is very therapeutic.

  • Each time, after I shed tears, I felt incredibly relieved, soothed, invigorated.
  • After crying, I became determined to help sugar and carb addicts worldwide.
  • Plus, the more I’ve cried, the less I craved those crappy carbs that called out to me after losing Mom.

Now I’m curious. Why has crying gotten such a bad rap?

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Eating Too Many Calories?

Guest Post from Nutrition Myth Buster Jonny Bowden: Get The Truth About Fat Loss This Week

Today, it’s s my pleasure to present a guest blog post from my friend and colleague Jonny Bowden, aka “The Nutrition Myth Buster.” An internationally recognized board-certified nutritionist (with a PhD in holistic nutrition), Jonny has written 15 books, including the controversial The Great Cholesterol Myth. He has spoken at conferences around the world, appeared on  “The Dr. Oz, Show,” “The Doctors” and every major television network, and has written or contributed to articles in over 200 print and online publications, from The New York Times to The National Enquirer. This week, Jonny is presenting his exciting Truth About Fat Loss Summit, which features 30-plus experts in from today, April 25, through May 2, 2016. Now, here’s Jonny’s fascinating blog post. (Please note that Jonny’s post replaces the regular Cravings-Crushing Mondays feature.)

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One of the biggest myths about weight loss is that “it’s all about calories”.

Every one of us has been indoctrinated with the idea that we get fat because we eat too many calories.

“Calories in, calories out” has been the mantra of the diet establishment for the past 40 years.

Just think about the number of times you’ve heard this refrain:

If you eat more calories than you burn”, (experts have told us,, “you will gain weight.
But if you burn more calories than you eat, you will lose weight
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Simple, right?

Except for one thing. It’s not true.

Well, let me amend that slightly. It’s MOSTLY not true.

Calories do count—but when it comes to gaining and losing body fat, they are very far from the complete story.

One of the many truths that emerged from the thirty plus hours of in-depth interviews with the world’s greatest experts in my upcoming Truth About Fat Loss Summit was this:

A calorie is NOT just a calorie. And all calories are very far from being created equally.

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Distract Away Your Cravings

A Cravings-Crushing Monday™ Tip: The Power of a Puzzle

Have you ever watched a magician perform a trick in which your attention was distracted long enough for you to be completely fooled by what that person is doing?

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You can easily perform a similar sleight of hand to diminish or ditch your food cravings. And like other Cravings-Crushers I share, this is simple, but powerful.

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Although I’ve been recommending distraction as an easy, effective Cravings-Crushing technique for years, there’s now legitimate research, which validates this simple tool.  What’s especially wonderful is that even people, who are highly sensitive to visual cues can use this fast method.

Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to distract yourself, given the proliferation of transportable video games and phone apps such as Angry Birds and Subway Surfers.

Although I like to call this technique “Distract Away Your Cravings,” psychologists and brain researchers use the fancy phrase, “mental resource blocking.” Now, learn more about these fascinating findings.

The Science: In two separate studies done in Holland, brain researchers at the Leiden University Institute for Brain and Cognition tested two large groups of people to determine their sensitivity to food cues and the intensity of the cravings these cues triggered. Then the scientists tested the study participants after they distracted themselves from their food cravings by solving a puzzle. (more…)

10 Lessons from Staying Off Sugar

In Honor of My 18-Year Sugar-Free-iversary

This year, I finally remembered on the actual day.  Today is my official Sugar-Free-iversary. In 1998 — that’s eighteen years ago — I said bye-bye to sugar on doctor’s orders.

As I think about my 18 years of being mostly sugar-free, here are some lessons I’ve learned.ConnieB Chasing 1227

1)  Being a Sugar and Carb Addict was a Big Blessing.

It’s taken me a while to reach this conclusion, but if I’d never hit rock bottom as a sugar addict, I never would have discovered the joy, peace and calm that I now derive from treating my body with the respect, love, and appreciation it deserves.

In short, because I once treated my poor body so badly and mindlessly, quickly shoved processed carb crap into my mouth, I now relish putting nourishing foods into it.

 

2) It’s Horrible to Feel Like a Sugar Slave!

Being addicted to sugar is one of the most awful feelings imaginable. I never ever want to go back there again. That thought has helped to keep me on the sweet sugar-free path.

If I gave into sugar, I would feel powerless, trapped, and disappointed with myself.

And I’d feel much like Cartoon Connie above. Crazy Cravings for junk food galore would be hounding and haunting me all the time. But, thankfully, no more.

Whenever I’ve been tempted–which just doesn’t happen much anymore, I remember that Sweet Freedom is super delicious.

3) To Strive for Perfection is Pointless. But 90 Percent is Possible.

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