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.
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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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.