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

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.

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7 Secrets to a Serene Halloween

Special Cravings-Crushing Monday Gift


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.

The First Step to Quit Sugar

Dig Up Your Sugar Truth so You Can Break Free -- A Cravings-Crushing Monday Feature

People often ask me, “Connie, what’s the very first thing I should do help me kick my sugar habit for good?”

This has been one of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) I’ve been receiving for the past 18 years, ever since I reluctantly quit sweets and processed carbs on doctor’s orders. (For those of you want some help with the math, that was in 1998.)

So let me speed up your kick-sugar process.

The first things to do to Crush Your Cravings and quit processed sweets and carbs is to Dig Up Your Sugar Truth.

This is a conclusion I’ve reached after coaching and guiding thousands of sugar addicts, who long to ditch destructive dessert patterns, conquer carb fantasies and break free.

FYI, I use the word “sugar” to apply to agave, honey, barley malt or any processed carb.

Admittedly, it may be a little challenging or even embarrassing or downright disgusting to think about your Sugar Truth, but soon you’ll find it enlightening and eye-opening. It also will kick your butt!

Indeed, it’s so important and helpful for you to find out why you want that donut or Danish now.


How to Ward off a Popcorn Urge

A Cravings-Crushing Monday Feature: My First Interview in Years for the Free Yourself From Dieting... Losing Weight from the Inside Out Summit

This week, for Cravings-Crushing Monday, I’m going to share one ridiculously easy way to get a handle on your popcorn bingeing. However, this week, instead of writing about the tool, I’m urging you to listen to my first interview in about three years so you can discover how to take control of your popcorn intake while in the movie theater or when you’re on the run.

I share this really remarkable Popcorn-Ignoring Tool in an interview I gave to Denise Barry for her Free Yourself From Dieting… Losing Weight From the Inside Out Summit.


Are You Overdosing on Hidden Sugars? (Part 1 of 2)

A Cravings-Crushing Mondays™ Feature: Get the Shocking Sugar Truth!

You’re probably overdosing on some 60 to 90 teaspoons of Sneaky Hidden Sugars™—as I call them—at least 22 times a day.

Indeed, you may be dipping in and out of Sugar Shock for much of your day, and you may be unknowingly sabotaging your weight-loss efforts every single time you eat foods from cans, jars or packages.  How can you be eating that much sugar?


Eating Too Many Calories?

Guest Post from Nutrition Myth Buster Jonny Bowden: Get The Truth About Fat Loss This Week

Today, it’s s my pleasure to present a guest blog post from my friend and colleague Jonny Bowden, aka “The Nutrition Myth Buster.” An internationally recognized board-certified nutritionist (with a PhD in holistic nutrition), Jonny has written 15 books, including the controversial The Great Cholesterol Myth. He has spoken at conferences around the world, appeared on  “The Dr. Oz, Show,” “The Doctors” and every major television network, and has written or contributed to articles in over 200 print and online publications, from The New York Times to The National Enquirer. This week, Jonny is presenting his exciting Truth About Fat Loss Summit, which features 30-plus experts in from today, April 25, through May 2, 2016. Now, here’s Jonny’s fascinating blog post. (Please note that Jonny’s post replaces the regular Cravings-Crushing Mondays feature.)

One of the biggest myths about weight loss is that “it’s all about calories”.

Every one of us has been indoctrinated with the idea that we get fat because we eat too many calories.

“Calories in, calories out” has been the mantra of the diet establishment for the past 40 years.

Just think about the number of times you’ve heard this refrain:

If you eat more calories than you burn”, (experts have told us,, “you will gain weight.
But if you burn more calories than you eat, you will lose weight

Simple, right?

Except for one thing. It’s not true.

Well, let me amend that slightly. It’s MOSTLY not true.

Calories do count—but when it comes to gaining and losing body fat, they are very far from the complete story.

One of the many truths that emerged from the thirty plus hours of in-depth interviews with the world’s greatest experts in my upcoming Truth About Fat Loss Summit was this:

A calorie is NOT just a calorie. And all calories are very far from being created equally.


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.


The Lyme Disease-Sugar Connection

Get Surprised & Helped with the Chronic Lyme Disease Summit

“Beverly Hills” housewife Yolanda Foster. “Soprano’s” star Jamie-Lynn Sigler. Singer Avril Lavigne. Actress Ashley Olsen. Singer Daryl Hall.Actor Richard Gere. Model Christy Turlington. The list goes on and on.

These celebs have reportedly suffered from Lyme disease, which now debilitates a staggering number of people in the United States. In fact, 300,000 people are infected with Lyme disease each year. Unfortunately, many of these victims are suffering from the worst-case scenario: Chronic Lyme Disease.

Do any of these symptoms sound familiar: Headaches, chills, swollen glands, muscle and joint pain and/or mental confusion?

You may not have a cold or flu. You may have Lyme disease.

It’s my honor and privilege to particulate in the Chronic Lyme Disease Summit (, an online program, which you can listen to for free from Monday, April 4 to Monday, April 11.

The Chronic Lyme Disease Summit is an important event because it can give valuable, much-needed information to those, who’ve been misdiagnosed or are baffled by their unexplained symptoms.

Fact: You don’t need a visible bull’s eye rash or tick bite to prove that you have Lyme disease.

Another startling fact: More people are affected by Lyme disease each year than breast cancer.

During the Chronic Lyme Disease Summit, host Dr. Jay Davidson, who nearly lost his wife to chronic Lyme disease, will be interviewing me.

Kudos to Jay. Because of his wife’s struggles, he became prompted him to do lots of research and help others heal.

During this Chronic Lyme Disease Summit, you’ll learn about diagnosis, testing, an understanding of Lyme disease, cutting-edge information and research, plus practical health tips to get your life back on track.

Now you may be wondering: Why in the world would a sugar expert be so interested in sharing information about Lyme disease?

Read on to learn why.


Crush Your Crazy Cravings™ for Sugary, Salty, Fatty Junk Foods

Cravings-Crushing Mondays Begins -- Hope, Help or Tools Every Week

You know how absolutely awful it feels to be in the stranglehold of an overpowering urge to eat—or, rather scarf— a certain bad-for-you nonfood?

Do you feel like a hamster trapped on a spinning wheel—and against your will, you’re driven this urgent, burning, panicky need to shovel that edible junk food into your mouth now?

Then, do you find that you just can’t stop thinking or fantasizing about your favorite donut, popcorn or [fill in the name of your preferred drug—okay, I mean, your trigger food]?

Even worse, do those junk foods keep calling out to you so you’ll eat or binge on them?

Do the enticing-looking, savory-smelling goodies seem to beckon you, pleading “E-a-t me, e-a-t me?”

Throw stress into the mix, and you have a disastrous recipe for bingeing on unhealthy foods loaded with sugar, fat or salt.

Then add your time of month or time of life, grief, challenges with your honey or mother, work woes or other compelling reasons, and danger is on the way.

In short, do you get “possessed”—or so it feels—by what I call Crazy Cravings™?

But I’m here to bring you help every week. Welcome to Cravings-Crushing Mondays…

Crazy Cravings are the SINGLE Biggest Hurdle to Health & Weight-Loss Success

Why am I doing Cravings-Crushing Mondays?


Connie’s Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, Coconut Cacao Nib Cookies

Make Healthy Treats in this Season of Sugar Overload

Recently, a major cookie company sought my business during The Season of Sugar Overload, as I call it.

Obviously, the firm didn’t realize that its snazzy, color photos of sugary, buttery, super-sweet concoctions would NOT appeal to me, a dedicated anti-sugar advocate since 1998, when I quit sugar on doctor’s orders.

Indeed, I feel so healthy, energetic and happy by staying sugar-free — as I have for the past 17 years — that easily abstain.

But what about the millions of people who also received this or another tempting catalog filled with sugar-filled “goodies” galore? Inevitably, many will succumb to the holiday marketing hype and order cookies.

In fact, 39 percent of 3,000 shoppers surveyed said they were likely to buy gifts through the mail such as with a mail order cookie catalog, according to a 2015 nationwide survey of 3,000 people performed by Epsilon.

But you, dear reader, need to know that continually loading up on sugary, carb-loaded junk can leave you feeling terrible and harm your long-term health.

But, wait. You can enjoy yourself this holiday season. And you indulge in yummy, health-supportive ways.

To show you how you can enjoy healthy, sugar-free treats, I’m sharing my recipe for Connie’s Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, Coconut Cacao Nib Cookies.

This paleo-style recipe, sweetened with low-glycemic index stevia, won’t mess with your waistline or blood sugar levels.

Not only are these cookies gluten-free, nut-free and vegan, but this nourishing treat features superfoods such as coconut, which contains immune system-strengthening lauric acid and medium chain fatty acids, which keep your cardiovascular system strong.

Then, instead of sugary chocolate chips, Connie’s Clean Coconut Cacao Nib Cookies features a smattering of antioxidant-strong cacao nibs. (That’s basically raw, unprocessed, unsweetened chocolate.

Let me know how you and your family like them!

Connie’s Paleo Coconut Cacao Nib Cookies

Makes about 12

Rich with the immune-system-boosting benefits of coconut flour, coconut oil and cacao, this “Connie-approved” cookie is not only nourishing, but it’s delicious. Plus, you can eat one without worrying that it will set off a tsunami of rebound sugar cravings.