Now, I can see that my awful eating and lifestyle habits were pivotal, life-changing catalysts, which took me on an exciting adventure to become The Accidental Sugar Liberator™. The Sweet Freedom Coach, author of two bestselling books, Sugar Shock and Beyond Sugar Shock.
Now, I’m also recognized as The Cravings Ninja™ and author of the upcoming book, Crush Your Cravings On the Go.
My unexpected transition from brain-fogged, wiped-out, sugar-addicted journalist to bestselling author, wellness advocate and motivational speaker came about because I hit rock bottom.
It was spring 1998, and I was often pummeled by a whopping 44 ailments — I’m not making up this number although consultants have advised me to not mention this outrageous number in my bio.
Suffice it to say that on any given day, I was:
- Walloped and scared by heart palpitations
- Overcome by crushing fatigue
- Hit by unpredictable mood swings
- Suffering from severe PMS
- Attacked by embarrassing sobbing spells
- Seized by monstrous sugar and carb cravings
- Baffled by my very cold hands and feet;
- And a lot more.
Although I wasn’t overweight — only five pounds more than my goal — I just couldn’t get enough of red licorice, hard candies and small, refined crackers.
I desperately needed my legal sugar or carb “fixes” so I could meet my many article deadlines.
Finally, I found the doctor, who pieced it all together. Soon after learning about my double-digit ailments, my huge sugar and carb consumption and my horrible cravings, my new M.D. delivered his diagnosis.
“You have severe reactive hypoglycemia,” he concluded.
“All you need to do is to quit eating sugar and processed carbohydrates. Otherwise, you’ll die young.”
Shocked by the simple “solution,” I had no choice. Desperate to feel better, I gave up my favorite, sugary and processed “treats.” That was April 15, 1998.
With weeks, all 44 of symptoms vanished. I felt reborn, excited and energized.
Almost overnight, I became driven and determined to discover The Sour Scoop about Sweets.
While letting go of sugar — which admittedly wasn’t always easy — I began to create easy, effortless, powerful tools to quit the sweet, dangerous stuff.
Soon, people kept asking me for my kick-sugar secrets. By 2001, I was coaching, guiding, and inspiring thousands of people worldwide. Without ever planning it, I became recognized as The Sweet Freedom Coach.
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).
Next, many world-renowned experts praised it, including such luminaries as Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Mark Hyman, JJ Virgin, and actress/author Marilu Henner.
Then, in June 2012, after a decade-plus of helping sugar addicts and hosting my Sugar Freedom Course, my next 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.
I was thrilled when it was endorsed by Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Daniel Amen, Bernie Siegel and many other health and empowerment heroes.
- Frequent sobbing spells (often in the middle of the night or any times there were reminders of Mom)
- Huge depression
- Frequent bouts of anger
- Major jumpiness
- Hyperarousal (that means I was keyed up often)
- Persistent nightmares
- Huge insomnia
- Massive concentration issues (boy did I lose my car a lot)
In addition, while struggling with where to live, I often became:
- Startled by loud or even soft noises
- Stuck in major “what if” thoughts.
- Confused, frazzled and forgetful
- Very anti-social
- Walloped by huge carb cravings.
I’m also developing other ways to help you .
- I’m completing my next book, Crush Your Cravings On the Go.
- I’m about to unveil my new Crush Your Cravings System.
- I’ve co-founded the 1 New Thing a Day Facebook group.
- And I’ve created a free download that gives you 3 Super-Simple Secrets to Crush Your Cravings. Get it here.
As for my background, I’m also an experienced journalist, who has contributed to or been written about by many websites and publications such as AOL News, HealYourLife, eDiets.com and The Chicago Tribune,.
I’ve also appeared on many TV and radio programs, including CBS News Sunday Morning,” “Oprah & Friends Radio,” and “The Howard Stern Show.”
Since I’m committed to coaching people to Sweet Freedom, I’ve received additional training, becoming a certified life coach with the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), a certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), and a tapping practitioner through the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP).
Now, let’s keep in touch so I can help you:
See you soon!