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.

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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.
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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.

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Want Sweet? Grab Sour

Craving something sweet? Eat something bitter.

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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:

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Join Us on Cravings-Crushing Monday

Get Weekly Help to Crush Your Cravings so You Can Slim Down, Get Energy & Seize Your Power

For many people who blow their diets, Monday is often the day they plan to finally get back on track with their diet.

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Monday is when reality hits hard. Over the weekend, many ate chips, candies or other unhealthy, processed foods or drinks.

“I’ll start a diet again on Monday,” many clients have confessed to me.

Monday, and even Sunday night, is often when self-loathing and excessive self-recriminations set set in. So let’s put Monday remorse to our advantage.

Join us on what I call Cravings-Crushing Monday.

Monday, after a weekend of blowing your diet, you want to begin to take charge and consider why you were triggered and why those triggers led to overpowering, insidious, can’t-ignore, Crazy Cravings™, as I call them.

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Seriously? Shocking!

A Day Promoting Junk Food?

 

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Seriously?

Today is National Junk Food Day.

Why devote any attention to promoting the very processed, nutrient-deprived foods that can make you gain weight, develop diseases galore and cut your life short?

This day is an abomination to those of us, who are dedicated to helping those of you, who struggle with sugar addiction, carb addiction and cravings for the very junk foods that can fatten you up, trigger diseases galore, and possibly make you die before your time.

In fact, if I had my druthers, today would be National No Junk Food Day.

Please join me.

Rise up and eat healthy, wholesome, sugar-free, gluten-free foods instead so you can be happy, healthy and energetic.

Join the Conversation: What do you think of this alarming idea to designate a National Junk Food Day? Post your thoughts here.

Movie Popcorn Shocker

Eating Popcorn is Like Overdosing on Sugar! A Cravings-Crushing Monday Feature

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What’s one of the first things you do upon arriving in a movie theater? When accosted by the tantalizing sights, sounds and smells of movie popcorn, many buy a bucket of the stuff.

Nearly four years ago — while reeling after the death of my mother, her inadvertent abuse of me and my resulting PTSD — I found it tough to pass up on movie popcorn.

Never before has popcorn held such massive, overpowering allure to me. For months after Mom died, I was trapped in a huge movie popcorn-eating cycle. Usually, I didn’t even care (or notice) that the popcorn didn’t taste that great.

I just couldn’t get enough of the fiber-stripped, nutrient-lacking carbs.

Within a few months, my popcorn bingeing, along with other “carb sinning,” made me gain 21 unwanted pounds, as well as often feel anxious, confused, sluggish, depressed, and overly emotional.

Sure, I wasn’t eating sugar, but of course, I was lying to myself. Worse still, I was in major sugar denial. After all, Popcorn = Fast Carbs = Sugar. 

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Do You Get Crazy Cravings Too?

Get Help on Cravings-Crushing Monday

You know how absolutely awful it feels to be in the stranglehold of an overpowering craving to eat—or, rather scarf— a certain bad-for-you nonfood?

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Do you often feel like a hamster trapped on a spinning wheel—and against your will, you’re driven this urgent, burning, panicky need to shovel that edible junk food into your mouth now?

And do you find that you can’t stop thinking or fantasizing about your favorite donut, popcorn or [other trigger food]?

Even worse, do those junk foods keep calling out to you? (Or at least, that’s what it feels like.)

Do the enticing-looking, savory-smelling goodies seem to beckon you, pleading “E-a-t me, e-a-t me?”

Throw stress into the mix, and you have a disastrous recipe for bingeing on unhealthy foods loaded with sugar, fat or salt.

Then, add your time of month or time of life, grief, challenges with your honey or mother, work woes or other compelling reasons, and danger is on the way.

In short, do you get “possessed”—or so it feels—by what I call Crazy Cravings™?

There’s no need for you to suffer anymore. I’m here to bring you help every week. Welcome to Cravings-Crushing Monday…

Crazy Cravings are the SINGLE Biggest Hurdle to Health & Weight-Loss Success

Why am I doing Cravings-Crushing Mondays?

Four years ago, when I was walloped by my own Crazy Cravings four years ago (after a particularly traumatic time), it hit me hard.

Crazy Cravings are the single biggest hurdle to weight-loss success.

Just ask anyone seeking to shed excess pounds and she or he will unleash a torrent of complaints about overpowering, can’t-ignore, cravings for fiber-stripped, sugary, fatty or salty snacks and “treats.”

Typically, the whine goes like this:

“I always promise myself to go on a diet, eating only healthy, slimming foods.

“I start out with a bang. I’ll be ‘good’ for a day, a week or even several months.

“Then, suddenly one day—usually when I pass a donut shop, fast-food joint or candy store and I’m dealing with stress, frustration or that time of month—one sight of the goodies in the shop window and a whiff of the sweet aroma sends me dashing inside.

“I then become `possessed’ by an urgent need for a sweet roll or [fill in the name of your biggest trigger food]. I feel that it’s calling out to me!

“Pretty soon, I’ll zone out, mindlessly polish off one, two, three or more of [put in your trigger food], and I just can’t stop. Within days, weeks or months, I’ve gained five, 20, 40 pounds.

“It’s awful. I feel so out of control. I hate being a slave to my Crazy Cravings!”

Darn—or, if you like it, add your preferred expletive here—those Crazy Cravings can derail the most well-intentioned of us.

When our sudden, unpredictable Crazy Cravings take hold of us, our best-planned diet intentions can quickly slide down a gutter as if they were misbehaving bowling balls.

But you don’t have to be at the mercy of your Crazy Cravings…

It’s time to take charge, and I’ll be here all year on Cravings-Crushing Mondays to give you fast, convenient information and tools to whip out at a moment’s notice in our fast, convenience-driven world.

What are Cravings-Crushing Mondays?

Since many people blow their diets over the weekend and plan to get back to healthy eating the first day of the week, I’m presenting Cravings Crushing Mondays.

Every week in 2016, you’ll get fast, convenient, science-backed tips, tools and pointers so you can easily eat clean despite our fast, convenience-driven culture.

Taking Time to Unplug

It's Digital Detox Time

I’m utterly wiped out.

Years of not taking enough time for me — including worrying about my terminally ill Mom, grieving for her, healing from PTSD and then feeling massive digital overload  while trying to catch up so I can serve millions — has done me in.

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So now I’m taking vital down time for me so I can serve you better later.

For the past few years, I’ve been in massive creation mode, and all that writing, researching and creating Cravings-Crushing tools has drained me.

Before I get sick, I’m taking time off.

The recent vacation (and road trip) I took wasn’t much of a vacation, since I was stuck driving up and down the windy, treacherous Highway 1, which is one of America’s most dangerous roads. Talk about stressful.

Sure, it was beautiful but I had to be ever-so alert with the ocean below, while I was was working though the final vestiges of PTSD, or learning many new things.

I can’t even begin to tell you how konked out I feel. I desperately need down time from all that information juggling, finding new cravings research and creating tools to Crush Your Cravings.

Learn more about the dangers of digital overload and how it can really mess you up, including making you less productive.

Digital overload can really mess you up.

Now learn 7 Important Reasons to Unplug.

Have you felt wiped out recently? Have you taken down time? What did you do? Post your comments below (just following this link).

See you on Cravings-Crushing Monday.

Watch Out for Hidden Sugars on Your Holiday

Cravings-Crushing Monday (In Advance) Because of the Long July 4 Weekend

Independence Day in the United States is, of course, in the height of the picnic season. That means you’ll be offered and partake of a veritable feast of sugar-laden snacks and main courses — whether you know it or not.

CB-Patrioticfruittable (003)If you suffer from sugar cravings — or even if you don’t — this holiday can be tricky, especially if you aren’t armed with the right information.

You don’t need to be a nutritionist to know that it’s best to avoid sugar-sweetened cookies, brownies or cake cake—no matter how patriotically you decorate them.

But the Sneakiest Sugars in Disguise often grace your picnic tables.

And you wonder why you get Crazy Cravings after your ostensibly healthy meal?

Here’s a list of some popular picnic favorites and better options, which will help you to get through the day (or any sugar-laden holiday) feeling good.

Remember, the American Heart Association recommends that you limit your daily intake of added sugars to no more than 6 teaspoons if you’re a woman, or 9 teaspoons if you’re a man. And, as I’ve shared, I always advise eating less.

So here are a few tips to avoid big picnic offenders, many of which aren’t even sweet. (more…)