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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Do you doubt your ability to kick sugar and ditch processed carbs?
Are you tired of failing diet after diet?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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:
- 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)