Do You Push Yourself Too Hard?

My Confession: Have You Over-Extended Yourself?

womanjugglingResizedOh 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.


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.


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.”


My Inspiring Nightmare

I Need to Help As Many of You ASAP With My Free Crush Your Cravings Virtual Workshop

Sunday night, after spending an incredibly inspiring five days with the most remarkable speakers who are helping millions — such luminaries as Jeff Walker, Reid Tracy, Susan Garrett, Ryan Levesque, and Justin Livingston — I had a strange, startling nightmare.

A full-blown, utterly frightening nightmare.


In my nightmare, I’d contracted a disease from a foreign country, I believe.

The illness was incurable. In short, I had only a few days to live. My time would be up soon.

And that’s when I woke up. I was going to die within days!

Knowing that I would die soon, you know what upset me the most? That I would die without haven’t served you enough.

This nightmare has been haunting and hounding me for the past two days.

I’ve been so troubled, rattled and shaken to the core — and I still am — that I never helped more of you, who struggle with bingeing, obesity or other health hazards.

I’ve been upset that I haven’t shared enough of the cool, amazing, super-simple, ninja tools I’ve been researching or creating over the past four years to help you Crush Your Cravings™ for sugar, flour, fat and salt.

How can I die without getting out there and helping you ASAP?

The good news is that — to the best of my knowledge — I don’t have a rare disease. I hope I’ll still live a long life.

But I just cannot live with the fact that many of you never got my help.

So I’m doing something to help you ASAP.  I’m re-opening my recent free Crush Your Cravings Virtual Workshop, which I hosted last week. This time, you’ll get to watch four instead of three videos. The third video will give you a sneak peek at what I’ve been researching and creating for years.

In this video, you’ll get 3 Super-Simple Ninja Moves to Crush Your Cravings—And Get Instant Relief.

In short, you’ll now benefit from my scary but Inspiring Nightmare.


My Crazy-Cravings Anniversary

How I Became Determined to Crack the Cravings Code: See My Videos to Learn How to Crush Your Cravings

Four years ago, around this time, after a grueling year watching the difficult death of my Mom, Crazy Cravings for salty carbs and fatty cheeses hit me hard. Now, for the first time, I’m revealing via video (for a short time) how I fell into a massive, months-long Carb Relapse, gained 21 pounds and became determined to Crack the Cravings Code. I’m also here with help for you.


Learn in this video how — although I never went back to eating overt sugar (as in candies, cookies or cakes) and stayed away from sweets, as I had for the past 14 years — I had plenty of covert sugar from less obvious sources as movie popcorn, onion rings, corn nuggets, sweet potato chips and more movie popcorn.

For months, my Crazy Cravings kept hounding me while I sought to face and rise above TAG (my phrase for Trauma, Abuse and Anger and Grief) and much more.

“Connie, Eat Me, Eat Me, Eat Me,” those crappy carbs called out to me while I was walloped by painful emotions.

For quite a while, I was mortified since a sugar and carb expert, for goodness sake!  In fact, it took me a full two years to get up the guts to publicly confess to my carb sinning on this blog.

These days, my Carb Relapse and TAG are long-ago history. My sense of humor, quirkiness and joie de vivre have returned.  Lately, the revelations have been pouring in.

Now, as I share in my new video, I realize that My Crazy Cravings Became My Greatest Teachers.  

So I’m back to serving you. Woo Hoo! I’m here to help you first learn about your cravings for junk foods full of sugar, flour, fat or salt.

Then I’m here to help you Crush Your Cravings.

Check out my free video series to discover my fascinating findings about cravings. (Please note that the video is up for only a few more days.)

Make sure to post your comments on the video page. Tell us: Have you ever been waylaid by intense cravings that threw you completely off course and goaded you into self-destructive bingeing?

Get Your Cravings-Crushing Guide?

Cravings-Crushing Monday Gift

Have you downloaded your free, Cravings-Crushing, Quick-Start Guide yet?



For this week’s Cravings-Crushing Monday, I want to make sure you’ve gotten your special gift to help you begin to easily, effortlessly, even playfully Crush Your Cravings for good.

Get help now to rise above your frustrating cravings.

Get ready to avoid temptation in this fast-food oriented, convenience-driven world.

I’m determined to help you Crush Your Cravings right away.

(In fact, for nearly four years, I’ve been studying and creating ways so you can Crush Your Cravings quickly and unobtrusively, using powerful, science-based tools.)

Ready to rock now?

Just sign up now to get your free, Cravings-Crushing, Quick-Start Guide.

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

Watch My Cravings Videos

Get Your Free Cravings-Crushing Videos

Woo Hoo! I’m so excited. After years of research, I’m ready to begin to help you Crush Your Cravings.

happpy-jumping-1227For the past four years, after I suffered my own embarrassing Carb Relapse, I’ve been quietly and diligently delving into this important subject.

Shortly, I’ll release a free video series.

In the first video, you’ll discover:

  • How many people get bashed around by their cravings. (You’ll be shocked.)
  • How your super-sized cravings make you eat super-sized foods and become super-sized.
  • How cravings rob you of your power.
  • And you’ll learn what cravings are.

But, trust me, I won’t leave you in the lurch without some help.

Then, I’ll guide you through my Cravings Excavating Adventurcise. (That’s what I call an Adventurous Exercise.)

You’ll also find out how to immediately connect with me and with people in the same boat as you—those, who also have cravings challenges.

Rather than more reveal details now, stay tuned for an announcement in a day or two.

To watch my free video series, just leave your name and email here.
You’ll also get a free Quick-Start Guide from me to help you begin to
Crush Your Cravings.

Take My Short Cravings Survey

Help Me to Help You -- A Special Message from Connie for Cravings-Crushing Monday

Dear Readers,

Will you help me to help you Crush Your Cravings?

Quick SurveyAt last, after years of research, I’m close to offering my long-awaited Crush Your Cravings Virtual Bootcamp.

I’m ready to share the awesome, fast, science-based Cravings-Crushing tactics I’ve been either creating or discovering.

Now that the finish line is in sight, I could really use your input.

This is where you come in.

Will you please help me make sure that I’ve covered absolutely everything that you want and need so you’ll easily, effortlessly Crush Your Cravings?

Here’s how to help me help you.

Just quickly take my Short Cravings Survey.

It takes only a few seconds to a minute, because I ask only two questions. Please complete My Short Cravings Survey now.


It’s Time to Stand Up, Speak out & Serve

Cravings-Crushing Monday Feature: I'm Conquering My Fears to Speak to Serve You (Announcing My New Column)

The time has come for me to make a deep, dark, vulnerable admission.

I have a deep fear of public speaking. What’s more, I’m utterly terrified to do videos, especially posting them on YouTube.

Unfortunately, my deep fear of public speaking — along with my preference to write and research in private, coach quietly via phone, enjoy peaceful time near the beach, hang out with one or a few close friends or loved ones — is preventing me from achieving my treasured mission and audacious goals, which is to inspire, guide and serve millions worldwide.

In short, my fear of both public speaking and doing videos is in direct opposition to my core beliefs, cherished dreams, and bold vision for the future.

Not giving enough talks is holding me back. And I’m fed up.

It’s high time for me to Stand Up, Speak out and Serve!

Is it time for you, too, to get out, speak and serve?

Since I”m now preparing and training to Speak to Serve™, I’ve decided to create a new column, in which I’ll periodically tell you about my speaking adventures and share insights and tips from heart-centered speakers and authors, who can help those of us with speaking fears. (For instance, I’ve already received wonderful help from the awesome Jeff Walker and Lisa Sasevich, whose tips I’ll share in future posts.)

Why am I finally making a public confession about my speaking fears? (more…)

Popcorn is Not a Dieter’s Best Friend

A Cravings-Crushing Monday Feature: Those Puffy Nibbles Aren't a "Free" Food

Popcorn is not a healthy dieter’s best friend.

Sure, you may read or heard that otherwise, but you’ve been misled.
Sure, it can be challenging to resist popcorn and other junk food, especially at movie theaters. The tantalizing sight, smell and possibly sounds of popcorn popping are tough to ignore.

But by gobbling a lot of popcorn, you’re overloading carbage (my phrase for carb gargage).

The equation is simple: Popcorn = Sugar

Just look at nutritional contents of popcorn and you’ll be shocked.

A medium bag, for instance — as shown in the image above from top cartoonist Isabella Bannerman — racks up a whopping 1,200 calories, 60 grams of fat and 83 grams of carbs. (Divide that by four to come up with the teaspoons of sugar.)

In effect, when you mindlessly shovel the contents of a medium popcorn into your mouth, you’re flooding your bloodstream with some 20.75 tsp. of sugar in one sitting, thereby vastly exceeding the American Heart Association’s recommendations of six tsp. of added sugars per day for women. (And I recommend that we consume far less.)

Let’s face it though. It’s easy to ignore the popcorn facts. I know I did back in 2012 to mid-2013, while reeling after the death of my mom and struggling with grief and PSTD.

Popcorn is Not a Healthy Diet Food

Now learn more why popcorn is not a healthy diet food.


Want Sweet? Grab Sour

Craving something sweet? Eat something bitter.


Although it’s been common wisdom for decades that you can lessen your interest in sweets by eating something bitter, now there’s scientific evidence that this folk remedy really works.

Enter such wonderful foods as arugula, chicory, broccoli rabe, grapefruit, sauerkraut or kimchee.

The Scientific Research: Neuroscientists at Ohio State University conducted studies to isolate the taste-bud cells responsible for sweet and bitter tastes.

They discovered that the cells for these polar-opposite tastes physically overlap. So when taste-bud cells release peptides in response to a bitter food, these signals can override signals stimulated by sugary foods and the cravings associated with sweets.

Your Simple Steps: