What No One Tells You About Carbs

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.

In fact, after I came clean about my Carb Relapse in late 2012 after after my Mom died and I’d been eating cleanly for 14-plus years, your incredibly supportive response helped me realize that I was onto something.

Millions of you, too, may have had relapses, but not with drugs. You may have relapsed with sweets and quickie carbs.

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Celebrating 20 Years Sugar-Free

But No, I Wasn't Perfect -- I Had a Major Carb Relapse in 2012

This is a big week for me. Specifically this Sunday.

On that day, I’ll have gone an entire 20 Years Sugar-Free.

I’m announcing this in advance, because I know that I’ll make it.

But bear in mind that when I state 20 years:

  • I’m not including my lengthy Carb Relapse and 21-pound weight gain during the grueling time from late 2012 to mid-2013, when I was pigging out on quickie carbs after my mother died.
  • I’m also not counting the very few times that I had a bite or two of sweets to experiment with having tastes of sugar here and there. (For years, I don’t even do that.)
  • And I’m not counting a few slips at the beginning of my cutting out sweets.

Stay tuned, because soon, I’ll host a webinar on How You, Too, Can Stay Sugar-Free & Healthy.

Talk to us: What’s the longest you’ve gone without sugar and/or processed carbs? How did you feel? Just go here to post your comment.

I Was So Ashamed and Embarrassed

Wow, You Related! Read Some of Your Confessions, Then Share Your Tale, Too

Wow, you so related to my tale of shame, embarrassment and self disgust when processed carbs had me under their control.

You knew exactly what I meant when I said that those toxic carbs (movie popcorn, corn snacks and other chips) cast a spell on me.

You, too, have felt Crazy Cravings™, which have led you, too, to do so much Heartbreak Bingeing™ that you gained a lot of weight quickly.

A little history is in order. Recently, I confessed to the thousands of people on my mailing list, which you, too, can join that back in late 2012 to mid-2013 after the death of my Mom and the grueling last year with her, during which my cancer-ridden mother inadvertently angrily abused, belittled and betrayed me, I mindlessly rushed to nutrient-poor quickie carbs. Months later, I’d gained 21 pounds.

At last, four-plus years later, I have the courage to easily confess to my extended Carb Relapse without shedding a tear, getting choked up or feeling mortified. I’m now vulnerably but confidently confessing that for some six months after Mom left this earth that I mindlessly, powerlessly shoveled processed carbs into my mouth with an irrational fury and velocity and completely blew my diet.

After coming back from an awesome Tony Robbins mastermind, I felt moved to write to the confessed to my list.

Read some comments I received from people who felt fed up with having sugar or carb relapses. I’m only using first names to protect the people, who’ve slipped with sugar or carbs.

One email was more poignant than the next. Linda wrote:

Hello Connie,

Thank you for being truthful and honest with your readers. 

I have been on a detox diet, lost a bunch of weight and am now trying to figure out my new eating.

Unfortunately, I am a sucker for free food. 

Yesterday I was at a wine tasting fundraiser and overate because there was food that I hadn’t had in a long time and “wouldn’t be able to eat again.” Tonight I went to a networking event and the same thing happened. 

You would think I lived in a 3rd world country with no access to good food. (Note from Connie: My emphasis.)

FOMO, feeling deprived, feeling like I deserved it……., all feelings that I didn’t know how to handle.

I’m terribly afraid that my hard work will be undone. This all or nothing thinking has got to go!

Would love to hear how you got back on track. Thank you!

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Celebrating 20 Years Sugar-Free

Let Me Help You, Too, Reach Sweet Sugar Freedom

I just couldn’t contain my excitement or wait any longer to make my big, sweet announcement.

Woo Hoo! It’s with great joy, tremendous pride and awesome peace of mind that I’m here to tell you that I’m now celebrating 20 Years Sugar-Free.

Although my actual anniversary date is two months away (on April 15), I feel that I can confidently announce now. At this point, it’s a no-brainer that be eating right for the next two months.

If you’re on the fence about whether or not to kick sugar, consider some of the many, truly amazing benefits that I received: (more…)

Off to Get Inspired, Intrigued & Challenged

Attended a Tony Robbins Conference to a Bulletproof Conference: Seeking to Serve You Better

Lately, I’ve been taking lots of time for me — so I can grow, heal and become better at serving you.

I’ve been in major planning mode so I can create a better future.

Just check out Abraham Lincoln’s quote to get an idea about what I mean.

In order to create an awesome future, I’ve been in conference-attending mode.

That’s why, last week and earlier this week, I attended the Tony Robbins Plat Relationship Event in Hawaii, at which I was introduced to some amazing, intriguing speakers and some intriguing ideas.

Now, after only a day of rest — during which I did some life coaching to get recertified and other projects — I’m headed out to the Bulletproof Biohacking Conference with Dave Asprey and many exciting speakers.

So tonight I need to get some zzzs so I can drive up early to Pasadena.

I invite you to think about your potentially glorious future, too.

You can create an awesome one in which you’ll find it easy to Crush Your Cravings for junk foods.

So please know that I’m off thinking about you often. In fact, soon on my Gab with the Gurus Show, I’ll be introducing you to some awesome products and people, who seek to help you to Get a Life that Rocks, as I like to put it.

 

Do You Binge When You’re Angry?

Cravings-Crushing Monday: The More You Forgive, the Less You'll Crave Junk Foods

What do you do when you’re angry, bitter or resentful?

When you’re consumed by anger, do you or have you turned to chips, candies or other junk foods full of sugar or processed carbs?

In short, did you get cravings when you’re furious?

Then did you binge?

And did that lead to weight gain?

You’re in good company.

Millions overeat junk foods and become obese, because they shove toxic foods into their mouths while consumed by toxic emotions such as anger.  (Of course, other emotions may play into this, too.)

Anger is one of the most dangerous emotions.

Research shows that if you suppress it or express your anger, you may develop a variety of diseases, including coronary heart disease, bulimia and type 2 diabetes, as well as cancer, which also has been linked to anger.

I invite you to ask yourself: Are you one of those, who pigs out when you’re angry?

Indeed, the more you forgive, the less you’ll crave.

Rather than just tell you to quit being angry, I invite you to learn about the power of forgiveness.

Once you forgive, you’ll get less cravings and find less of a need to binge.

To get you on the road to forgiveness, I recommend that you check out two books: One is The Forgiveness Solution by Dr. Philip Friedman.and Forgive for Good by Dr. Fred Luskin.

While you’re waiting for one or both books to arrive, I invite you to listen to the fascinating interviews that I did with Drs. Friedman and Luskin, who both offer fascinating information about the power of forgiveness.

First,  I invite you to listen do Dr. Luskin’s take on forgiveness.

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What You Are Afraid To Do Is What You Should Do Next

What is Your Big Fear? -- Share This Image With Your Friends & Loved Ones

What you are afraid to do is a clear indicator of the next thing you need to do.” Anthony Robbins

This Tony Robbins quote above so accurately points out that the one thing we most fear is what we most need to tackle.  Give it some thought. You know exactly what you’ve been scared to complete.

do something we are afraid to do

Of course, it’s easy to ignore what we know we must do.  That’s why so many of us become stuck, become paralyzed by fear and even allow ourselves to to stagnate.

But facing our fears head on can be exhilarating, invigorating and uplifting.  When we do that which we fear, we make major breakthroughs.

Doing what we fear can move us towards something great.

Enjoy this week’s Shareable Quote from the brilliant Tony Robbins, who will make you think about your fears and then make exciting plans to conquer them.

Okay, I confess: As I’ve shared here earlier, I’ve been working on conquering my fear of public speaking so I can get out there and Speak to Serve™, as I like to say.

What about you? What’s your big fear? Tell us here.

Now share this inspiring message with your friends, colleagues and loved ones.

Please come back every week to get motivated, encouraged and/or entertained by a Shareable Image or Fun Cartoon.

Click here to see my complete collection of Shareable Images and Fun Cartoons. Then share them via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

How Do You Start to Kick Your Sugar & Carbs Cravings?

Answering one of Your Top FAQ -- Your Easy Cravings-Crushing Monday Pointer

Whenever people meet me, take one of my programs,  do private or group coaching with me, they invariable immediately ask me: “Connie, how can I kick my sugar or carb cravings?”

sugar cravings

One of the simplest, but most powerful strategies is so easy you’ll be shocked by its effectiveness.

Let me introduce you to my Delay Away Your Cravings Tactic™, which I also call Creative Procrastination™.

In short, Just Delay before you put any sweets or carbs into your mouth–even if all you plan to do is nibble. (As you may know, your good intentions to have just a taste or two can lead to a binge.)

I hit on my Delay Away Your Cravings Tactic back in 1998 when I was reluctantly kicking sweets and refined carbs on doctor’s orders. To this day, I continue to be amazed at how easy, effortless, and darn effective it is.

Think about it:  If you mindlessly nosh on fast-acting sweets or much-like-sugar carbs™ (my phrase for processed carbs),  you’ll become headachy, wiped out, spaced out, moody, depressed or even angry at yourself, as you’ve revealed in surveys you’ve taken with me.

But what you do in that minute or two after your craving hits can make or break your diet.

In short, if you cave into cravings, it may be bye-bye, weight loss; hello, weight gain.

But I’m determined to help you get over that “Must-Have Sugar Now! hurdle.”

Let’s delve into this Delay Before You Cave into Cravings.

Just think about it: What’s one of the things many, if not most of us, do when we don’t want to do something? We procrastinate.

Usually people think of procrastinating as a bad thing, but you can make it quite powerful, positive and health enhancing.

So when you want to Crush Your Cravings, the starting point is to procrastinate.

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8 Reasons to Celebrate When You Reach Sugar Independence

Just Think: You Can Be Free of Your Cravings for Processed Sweets & Carbs

While we celebrate Independence Day weekend in the United States, I invite you to think about how glorious it will feel to Celebrate Sugar Independence.

Even if you now feel trapped, discouraged and overwhelmed by your sugar addiction, imagine that you’ve actually broken free of over-attachment to sugar. Here are 8 Reasons to Celebrate Your Sugar Independence.

1) When you’ve kicked sugar and processed carbs, you’ll enjoy a delicious feeling of freedom.

You know how your sugar and carb addiction makes you feel trapped, burdened and weighed down (emotionally and literally, of course)?

Well, the reverse can be true. When you no longer have a sugar or carb addiction dogging you, you’ll feel the most amazing feeling of freedom.

2 ) When you turn your back on sugar and achieve Sugar Independence, you’ll Enjoy a Sweeter Life Naturally.

Admittedly, the taste of sweet snacks and desserts may entice you, but only momentarily. That sugar “rush” will vanish pretty quickly, and you’ll feel wiped out, discouraged and disappointed in yourself.

But when you Let Your Sugar Addiction go, Life is Sweeter Naturally, as I like to say.

3) When you shed sugar, you’ll easily shed weight, too. Maybe you’ll even turn heads soon.
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Clear Clutter to Move Forward

Let Go to Pave the Way for Your Awesome Life & Success - Your Motivating Monday Message

If you’re getting over a trauma, sugar addiction or heartbreak, one of the best things you can do is to clear clutter.

Even your health can suffer if you become a pack rat.

But when you clear clutter, you can get:

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