Sugar Shock World Summit Scheduled

Save the Date: Oct. 15 to 22, 2018

It’s my pleasure to announce that the first Sugar Shock World Summit — which was previously called the Sugar World Summit — will take place from Oct. 15 to 22, 2018.

This free event is scheduled to start right before what I call Sugar Overload Day, or Halloween.

Although Halloween is an doesn’t take place around the world, October to December marks the Season of Sugar Overload in just about every civilized country, from the United States to Great Britain to Australia.

During those two months, millions mindlessly stuff sweets and processed carbs — from candy canes to candied yams — into their poor bodies. All that carb garbage (carbage, as I call it) can pave the way for sugar and carb gorgers to get hypoglycemia, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, many other diseases and possibly an early death. (more…)

7 Ways to Ditch Liquid Sugar (Soda, Sweet Iced Tea, Juice Drinks, Etc.)

Cravings-Crushing Monday: Don't Let Beyonce & Other Celebs Convince You to Drink Unhealthy Sugar-Laden Drinks

Are you among almost one-third of Americans, who day drinks at least one sugar-sweetened soda, iced tea, energy drink, vitamin water drink or fruit drink each day?

sodaWith the holiday season upon us and sweet temptations abounding at parties, I invite you to look at your consumption of sugary beverages, which research reveals can increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and gout.

Indeed, liquid sugar is the single largest source of added sugars in the American diet (36 percent), according to SugarScience.org. (FYI,  SugarScience bases its findings based on a comprehensive review of more than 8,000 scientific studies on the health impacts of sugar.)

Now, I invite you to dream with me. Think about how awesome it would be to Take Back Your Liquid Sugar Power?

Of course, it’s understandable that you’ve been swayed and convinced to swig soda and other sugar-filled drinks by celebrity endorsements from the likes of Beyonce, Selena Gomez, and LeBron James.

Remember, though, that these “Celebrity Sugar Pushers” — as I call them — have been paid millions to entice you to swig those dangerous, potentially life-shortening sugar-filled sodas and drinks.

Beyonce, for instance, took a “$50 million Deal with the Devil,” as journalist Kristin Wartman brilliantly put it in a piece about her multi-year contract with PepsiCo.

Sure, you may not feel ready to give up your habit of swigging soda or sweetened iced tea. So to get you in the right frame of mind to Take Back Your Sugar Power, I invite you to review some scary, shocking, alarming facts about the dangers of sugar-sweetened beverages.

Bear in mind I’m only citing a few of many, many studies.

Then, while you quickly review this compelling research, bear in mind that when you slash sugary drinks and drink more water, you’ll begin to Crush Your Cravings, shed your excess weight and probably better manage or even halt the progression of dangerous diseases.

Are you ready to get Sugar Shocked? Sugary beverages have huge health risks. Learn just a few:

If you’re one of millions hooked on soda, here are seven easy ways to ditch sweetened drinks — and shed hence the pounds.

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Say No with Sass and Class

Share Your Best Ways to Tell Sugar Pushers to Back off This Holiday Season

The Sugar Overload Season is upon us. So help me to help you.

Sugar PushersDon’t be a mindless Sugar Zombie this holiday season.

This year, I’m determined to help you easily, quickly, even happily turn down those dangerous, sweet temptations.

Soon, I’ll share some simple ways to Say No with Sass or Class.

But first, you’re invited to get in on the action.  Share your ideas here at http://tinyurl.com/SayNoWithSass

Submit your best quips, replies, reactions to those inevitable Sugar Pushers so you won’t be a Sugar Zombie this holiday season.

Share your ideas now.

Make sure to sign up for my mailing list so you’ll get a copy of these Say No with Sass and Class.

 

7 Secrets to a Serene Halloween

Special Cravings-Crushing Monday Gift

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Counter Halloween Sugar Overload.

halloween sugar overloadIt’s National Sugar Overload Season again. (That’s what I call this time — from now to the end of the year.)

Yes, sadly, Halloween is the trigger for a year-end bout of sugar gorging.

Today, I come bearing a gift, a webinar I did on 7 Secrets to a Serene Halloween.

Click here to get your sweet, safe Halloween gift.

Sugar Shocker! Are You Overloading on Hidden Sweeteners? (Part 2)

A Cravings-Crushing Feature: You Be Unknowingly Gorging on 60 to 90 Tsp. of Added Sweeteners Each Day!

It’s time to get Sugar Shocked. Every day, you may be among millions, who are unknowingly gorging on some 60 to 90 teaspoons of Sneaky Hidden Sugars™, as I call them.

Without realizing it, you may be overdosing on hidden sweeteners a whopping 22 times a day, as I revealed in Part 1 of this blog post

How did I arrive at this astounding figure?

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10 Lessons from Staying Off Sugar

In Honor of My 18-Year Sugar-Free-iversary

This year, I finally remembered on the actual day.  Today is my official Sugar-Free-iversary. In 1998 — that’s eighteen years ago — I said bye-bye to sugar on doctor’s orders.

As I think about my 18 years of being mostly sugar-free, here are some lessons I’ve learned.

1)  Being a Sugar and Carb Addict was a Big Blessing.

It’s taken me a while to reach this conclusion, but if I’d never hit rock bottom as a sugar addict, I never would have discovered the joy, peace and calm that I now derive from treating my body with the respect, love, and appreciation it deserves.

In short, because I once treated my poor body so badly and mindlessly, quickly shoved processed carb crap into my mouth, I now relish putting nourishing foods into it.

 

2) It’s Horrible to Feel Like a Sugar Slave!

Being addicted to sugar is one of the most awful feelings imaginable. I never ever want to go back there again. That thought has helped to keep me on the sweet sugar-free path.

If I gave into sugar, I would feel powerless, trapped, and disappointed with myself.

And I’d feel much like Cartoon Connie above. Crazy Cravings for junk food galore would be hounding and haunting me all the time. But, thankfully, no more.

Whenever I’ve been tempted–which just doesn’t happen much anymore, I remember that Sweet Freedom is super delicious.

3) To Strive for Perfection is Pointless. But 90 Percent is Possible.

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Tired? Moody? Depressed? You May Have Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia):

Kudos to the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation

manage hypoglycemia

Do you often feel wiped out, weak, dizzy, forgetful, irritable or depressed?

Or, do you struggle with insomnia, headaches, obesity, anxiety, brain fog or heart palpitations?

And are you hounded by what I call Crazy Cravings™ and sudden, ravenous hunger?

Worse still, does your doctor insist, “It’s all in your head!”

Your doctor could be completely wrong!

Instead, you could be among millions, who have hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.

Hypolgycemia is an often-overlooked, debilitating medical condition, which means that your blood glucose drops too low for you to be able to go about your daily activities.

When your blood sugar plunges, you can get hit by dizziness, fatigue, headaches, mood swings, forgetfulness, brain fog, heart palpitations and dozens of other ailments.

Low blood sugar is the reverse of diabetes, which generally gets the most attention, but in my opinion, according to my extensive research, hypoglycemia is far more pervasive.

In fact, my research leads me to believe that about half of the people in the United States and millions more around the world have this condition — yes, it’s not a disease.

So what’s the cure for hypoglycemia?

Eat right! And exercise.

Yes, to manage your low blood sugar, you don’t need to take any medication.

You just need to cut out candies, cookies, cakes, breads, pasta, candies and other fast-acting carbohydrates, which I call carb crap.

Back in 1998, I discovered that my reactive hypoglycemia was to blame for my 44 ailments. (Yes, I had that many, as you can read about in my first book, Sugar Shock. See Chapter 13, which is about hypoglycemia.)

At the time, my savvy physician’s unusual prescription was unsettling.

“Quit sugar and processed carbohydrates,” my doctor ordered.

Letting go of my favorite sweet treats was the last thing I wanted to do! And it was no easy feat.

RobertaBut then, thankfully, I found the most amazing, kind, warm woman, Roberta Ruggiero,

Roberta — who has had her share of low blood sugar woes — is president of the non-profit Hypoglycemia Support Foundation, which she founded in 1980 to educate and support millions worldwide on how to prevent and manage their low blood sugar, came to my rescue.

This week, Roberta and her amazing organization are celebrating 34 years of serving desperate people worldwide.

In fact, last night, the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation had its fourth annual Hypoglycemia Take Center Stage Gala in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Alas, I was bummed out that I couldn’t attend this hugely successful affair. (I was at another amazing event in San Diego with Lisa Sasevich, The Queen of Sales Conversion.)

I cannot overstate how grateful I am to Roberta for helping me to kick sweets and quickie carbs and to learn about hypoglycemia.

Given that I first contacted Roberta in 1998 — well before the Internet was easy to access — I had to rely on books and Roberta for my hypo education.

Wow, did Roberta come through for me!

For instance, Roberta — whose phone number I tracked down — patiently explained to me that our bodies, and especially our brains, need glucose to survive.

During a number of conversations, Roberta explained that 80 million of us worldwide are plagued by many symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia, especially if we don’t watch our diets and eat sugars, many of which are hidden in processed foods. (I believe that her figure is too low.)

As I became healthier without sugar coursing through my system, I discovered that hypoglycemia has been called the “Great Imitator.”

That’s because low blood sugar’s strange, startling symptoms — some experts cite asm many as 125 of them — can make your doctor wrongly believe that you have bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, neurosis, mibgraines, Parkinson’s syndrome, chronic bronchial asthma, paroxysmal tachycardia (rapid heartbeat), rehematoid arthritis, cerebral arteriosclerosis (hardening of the brain’s arteries), menopause, mental retardation, alcoholism, hyperactive disorder, and even senility.

In short, when you have hypoglycemia — which I dub “hypo” — you and your doctor can get mighty confused.

As I was getting better, I then heard Roberta’s startling story. In fact, both she and many doctors over the years were completely baffled as to what was wrong with her. She was even subjected to grueling electroshock treatments when all she needed to do was quit sugar!

I invite you now to listen to my interview with Roberta Ruggiero on my Gab with the Gurus Show. The interview took place last year when while I was celebrating 15 years off sugar.

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Anyhow, again, thanks to to the amazing Roberta Ruggiero, for helping me to successfully quit sugar and refined carbs back in 1998.

HSFIn fact, I’m only here today helping people worldwide to break free of their sugar addiction and Sugar Shock because of Roberta.

Again, I invite you to listen now to last year’s interview with Roberta on my Gab with the Gurus Show.

I also urge you to learn more about Roberta and her valuable Hypoglycemia Support Foundation.

For instance, I recommend that you:

A very special thanks to Craig Cameron for the artwork above.

 

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Basketball Great LeBron James Ditches Sugar, Quickie Carbs & Dairy for 67 Days

LeBron James diet

Hurrah to a leaner LeBron James, who’s now drawing attention to a cleaner way of eating, thanks to his strict, off-season diet.

His slimmer physique came about because he ate “no sugars, no dairy, no carbs.” (Well, that’s not exactly true, because vegetables contain carbs and fruits contain natural sugars.)

“All I ate was meat, fish, veggies and fruit. That’s it. For 67 straight days,” James told reporters at the unveiling of his new LeBron 12 sneaker.

The athlete’s meals — photos of which he’s posted on Instagram — look quite tasty.

For one lunch, as he shared, he ate arugula salad with chicken, strawberries, mango, cashews and olive oil or lemon oil vinaigrette dressing.

James stuck to his diet while vacationing in Greece, and he even turned down a personalized cake offered to him, because it contained sugar.

The 6-foot-8-inch Cleveland Cavaliers forward, who is entering his 12th NBA season, says he lost weight to be in top shape for training camp and to test his “mental fortitude.”

While we don’t know exactly how much weight James lost, it’s probably between 10 to 20 pounds.

James was quite disciplined and determined even though, as he joked, “I had a cookie monster chasing me a few times in my dreams.”

You can watch James below discuss his diet, starting at 2:44.

Join the conversation: Are you ready to try a diet like this?

Kids Get Sugar Savvy, Thanks to High Voltage (Kathie Dolgin)

Kathie Dolgin

It’s time to get Sugar Shocked.

Recently, as I posted here, Katie Couric presented a fabulous episode, The Not-So-Sweet-Side of Sugar, which educated viewers about sugar’s dangers.

The episode began with some alarming information from pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Robert Lustig.(See the video below.)

In that  same episode, you can learn about One Woman’s Mission to Educate Kids About Hidden Sugars.

That woman is th health and  fitness pioneer, Kathie Dolgin, aka High Voltage (seen to your left), who has spend 12 years spearheading a pro program, Energy Up,  which is designed which helps helps school children become what she dubs “sugar savvy,”

In the segment, Voltage then displays how much sugar is contained in a bottle of soda, a granola bar and a milk shake. (Like other health advocates, Voltage suggests that kids consume no more than 24 grams of sugar in 24 hours. That comes to 6 teaspoons.)

Now, watch the last episode of Katie’s sugar segment and learn about the benefits gained by a family, who took the sugar challenge.f you don’t feel ready to let go of sugar, I invite you to discover, Is it Sugar You Crave or Sweetness in Your Days?

Now here’s the first segment.

Low-Carb & Weight-Loss Dream: The NoOodle or The Miracle Noodle with Glucomannan

Konjac plantDo you crave pasta but are worried about all the carbs?

Meet shirataki, the traditional Japanese food I recently discovered, thanks to vegetarian chef Sarah Nee, who uses it to create an amazing Organic Coconut Kelp Noodle dish. Yummy!

If you haven’t yet tasted this calorie-free, fat-free, gluten-free noodle, you’ve been missing out on a great food and find.

Sold on varying websites and stores, The NoOodle, The Miracle Noodle, or etc. is the ideal weight-loss food for people, who are seeking to restrict sugar, calories, and carbs.

Often called konnyaku noodles, these traditional Japanese textured noodles are thin, chewy, translucent, gelatinous, and have almost no flavor by themselves.

Super low in carbs with zero calories, their key ingredient is a water-soluble dietary fiber called Glucomannan, which is derived from the root of yam-like Konjac plant grown in Japan and China.

Pasta lovers 001If weight is an issue with you, this food is your ally. In fact, Shape Magazine called Glucomannan The Weight-Loss Supplement Dr. Oz Loves.

But weight loss is only one of its many virtues. Not only does this food help you shed weight, but it is highly versatile.

For instance, you can create Chicken Vegetable NoOodle Soup. Or you can make Primavera NoOodle and Mama Mia Marinara. (If dairy is an issue, I recommend skipping the Parmesan cheese).

Split-Pea-Dal-Soup-with-Miracle-Noodle-Rice-Spinach-and-TomatoesYou also could try Split Pea Dahl Soup with Miracle Noodle Rice, Spinach, and Tomatoes.

Manufacturers of this versatile product note that this zero-calorie, low-carb food has many benefits.

For instance, according to the NoOodle company website, their product allegedly:

  • Delays hunger and lowers calorie uptake.  Glucomannan in NoOodle increases the viscosity of gastro-intestinal content and extends the feeling of fullness so one doesn’t feel hungry for a longer period of time. It also reduces rate of food absorption in the small intestine.
  • Promotes satiety.  Glucomannan is made up largely of water, which fills one up quickly, making you feel satiated..

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