Back in 1998, I never would have imagined that my awful sugar addiction and huge habit of eating processed carbs would lead me on an exciting adventure to become The Sweet Freedom Coach, author of two bestselling books, Sugar Shock and Beyond Sugar Shock, and now, The Cravings Ninja™.
My unexpected transition from brain-fogged, wiped-out, sugar-addicted journalist to wellness advocate, motivational speaker and Cravings Ninja came about because I hit rock bottom in spring 1998.
At the time, I was regularly was pummeled by many of 44 ailments, including scary heart palpitations, crushing fatigue, unpredictable mood swings, severe PMS, and sobbing spells.
What’s more, although I wasn’t overweight, I just couldn’t get enough of red licorice, hard candies and small, refined crackers. I needed my legal “fixes” so I could meet my many article deadlines.
Fast forward to my appointment with doctor, who saved my life. After quizzing me about my sugar and carb consumption, my new M.D. quickly diagnosed severe reactive hypoglycemia and prescribed, “Quit eating sugar and processed carbohydrates. Otherwise, you’ll die young.”
Upset that I had to give up my favorite treats but desperate to feel better, I took his advice and quit quickie carbs on April 15, 1998.
With weeks, all of my ailments vanished. Reborn, excited and energized, I became determined to discover The Sour Scoop about Sweets. And my new career was born.
While letting go of sugar, I began to create easy, effortless tools to quit. Soon, people wanted to know my kick-sugar secrets and by 2001, I was coaching, guiding, and inspiring thousands of people worldwide.
In late 2006, my first book, Sugar Shock: How Sweets and Simple Carbs Can Derail Your Life–And How You Can Get Back on Track, was published (Berkley Books). Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra was contributing author, Dr. Nicholas Perricone wrote the foreword, and many experts such as Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Mark Hyman, and actress/author Marilu Henner praised it.
Then, in June 2012, after a decade-plus of helping sugar addicts and hosting my Sugar Freedom Course, my book, Beyond Sugar Shock: The 6-Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction & Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter (Hay House) quickly became an international bestseller, which was endorsed by Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Daniel Amen, Bernie Siegel and many other health and empowerment heroes.
Fast forward three years, and I’m now devoted to help you Crush Your Cravings for junk foods filled with sugar, carbs, fat or salt.
- Visit my blog every week for Cravings-Crushing Mondays.
- I’m completing my next book, Crush Your Cravings On the Go and
- I’m launching my new Crush Your Cravings Virtual Bootcamp.
- To begin to Crush Your Cravings, sign up for my free gift here.
- You also can get helpful cartoons and other inspiring tidbits on Pinterest.
Wondering about my background? As a health expert, I’ve written for many websites and publications such as AOL News, The Chicago Tribune, and eDiet.com. In addition, I’ve appeared on many TV and radio programs such as CBS News Sunday Morning,” “Oprah & Friends Radio,” and “The Howard Stern Show.”