Send Your Favorite Sugar-Free, Truly Paleo Recipes for My Next Book

Experiment in the Kitchen for Start-Again Monday

Do you make a delicious gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb vegetable-rich lasagna? Can you create delectable veggie fries that has everyone raving about how they’re better than French fries? Do you know how to whip up scrumptious, low-carb, sugar-free, Paleo cookies?

In short, do you have amazing Paleo recipes, which contain no agave, no honey, no maple syrup, no coconut sugar, and no wine? I call this way of eating Truly Paleo or Sugar-Free Paleo.

For years — especially since I first started my Sugar Shock Blog in 2005 — have been asking me for such recipes, so they can lose or maintain weight and lead a healthy Paleo diet. They’ve been getting frustrated, because many recipes call for adding sweeteners such as agave, honey, or coconut sugar, or even alcohol.

Now, I’d love to feature some of your healthiest, sugar-denying, carb-busting, sugar-free, Truly Paleo recipes in my next book, I Blew My Diet! Now What?  The Super-Simple Plan to Rebound After Your Carb Relapse to Lose Weight for Good. In addition, I’ll feature more recipes in another upcoming book.

So for this week’s Start-Again Monday, I invite you to have some sugar-free fun in the kitchen.

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Is Diet a Dirty Word?

Share Your Thoughts: Start-Again Monday™

Is Diet a Dirty Word? What do you think?

Let’s face it. In certain circles these days, people steer clear of the word “diet,” because it’s deemed politically incorrect. More important, it may mean deprivation, restriction, frustration, difficulty or even struggle.

Here’s the catch. What other word should I use to convey that you’re cleaning up your eating, mindfully consuming the best, healthiest,  nutritious, real foods into your mouth? Sure, you’re eating less, but you’re still going to feel full.

Is it wrong to use the word diet?

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Create Your Love Potion

Start-Again Monday Fun

Even if you blew your diet last week, this week you can Start Again.

Today’s Adventurcise™ (my word for Adventurous Exercise) will be fun to do.

The best part is that you’ll be able to benefit ALL week, month, year long.

Today’s Adventurcise offers you an easy way to take an important first step to get the slimmer, happier, lovely body you want.

Here’s what you’ll do today.

Find three words to describe the body that you want to have.

Now bear in mind that slim isn’t all you want.

You want — and already have a body — that nurtures, supports
and helps you all day long.

Ready for some fun?

Here are a few words you can choose/use:

Agile
Alert
Amazing
Attractive
Awesome
Beautiful
Fabulous
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Why It’s Now Start-Again Monday

Wow! The smartest people are on my mailing list. Yesterday, I sent out my weekly email to the thousands on my list to announce that henceforth, I’ll be calling the first day of the week Start-Again Monday™ instead of Cravings-Crushing Monday.

Before telling you why I’ve renamed it that, I decided to ask my those people why they thought I was renaming the day, Start-Again Monday.

Of course, I was opening myself up to a deluge of emails! Anyhow, since I received so many emails, I’m choosing some of the most clever responses I received.

So to fill you in on this, my question was, Why do you think I’m renaming that first day of the week Start-Again Monday?

Here are the best replies:

      • Lorene said: “It is because Monday is a new day to start from where you were and got lost, to getting back on track.”
      • Enid wrote: “Because we all think we can just Start Over on Monday.”
      • Jan was also dead-on correct: “Compensate for weekend failure.”
      • John’s reply was so true that it cracked me up: “Because of relapse Sunday?”
      • Kim realized:  “I think it’s because of straying from the diet and workout later in the week, so we say, `I’ll start over on Monday and stick with it this time.’ That’s been my experience many times, anyway.”
      • Traci replied: “To provide everyone with a reset –  to keep trying & never give up. To instill hope and encouragement.”
      • And K identified a lot: “Can totally relate!  We start the week being careful about not having sugar and other good food habits, and by the time the weekend is over, we’ve blown it, so we start again on `start again Monday.'”

I couldn’t have summed up these reasons any better.

Do why else do you think I renamed the first day of the week, Start-Again Monday?

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.

Kicking Sugar Begins in Your Mind

Your Motivating Monday Message: Get Inspired by Napoleon Hill

Do you doubt your ability to kick sugar and ditch processed carbs?

cravings ninja

Are you tired of failing diet after diet?

Take heart.

Today, I invite you to see it, feel it, enjoy it.

By “it,” I mean your new joyous, freedom-filled life, where you have outgrown your addiction to sugar or carbs.

Back in 1998, when I kicked sweets and processed carbohydrates on doctor’s orders, I discovered that conquering my sugar and carb addiction began in my mind.

After initially doubting myself, I decided and knew without a doubt that I would succeed in kicking the dangerous foods.

Believing that I could do it helped me accomplish what I once thought unthinkable.

If you’ve been finding it tough to turn down tempting, but unhealthy sweets or fast carbs or break other bad habits (what I call “babits™), you need to know that it’s possible.

You need to believe first that you can succeed.

You want to see yourself breaking your horrible habits to accomplish your dreams.

That’s why I encourage people, who seek to kick sugar or get better habits to immerse themselves in positive literature, movies and thoughts.

In fact, while quitting sugar, I heavily relied on can-do books and thinking, even if I was feeling low on will power and uncertain of my eventual success.

Now, thanks to YouTube, you can listen get encouraged by master motivator Napoleon Hill, who shares how Andrew Carnegie inspired him to have loftier thoughts and dreams.



Of course, Napoleon Hill — who has inspired millions — is author of the huge bestseller, Think and Grow Rich.

Today, I invite you to get inspired by Hill. First check out some of his motivating quotes.

Then watch this inspiring great Napoleon Hill video.

Again, remember, as Hill advises, no matter what your goals, you should begin with a clear picture of what you’d like to achieve.

Can you envision your Freedom from Sugar Shock?

Thanks to my Facebook friend Vanessa Bey for turning me onto this inspiring video.

I Was Furious at their Customer Service

How I Stumbled on the BEST Way to Resolve a Problem with a Company That Messes Up -- Off Topic

Note from Connie: This is off topic but it can help so many of you to resolve bad customer service that I just had to post it.

How did I raise my voice to angrily declare my outrage and shock!

I simply had no choice.

I’d just returned from an empowering, butt-kicking, financial mastermind with Tony Robbins, and I was eagerly looking forward to implementing so many wonderful things.

And then with suitcase in hand, as I neared the door of my new place, I found that a vendor for one of my new had a delivery service dump five boxes right near my place.

I lost my cool.

For days, it was as if there was a sign saying, “Hey, the tenant isn’t home.”

Scared, I opened the door to my new place hoping that I wasn’t robbed.

You see, I’ve been robbed something like four or five times in three different cities (Chicago, New York City and northern California) over the years. So, I’m ultra careful these days.

There went calm, focused, excited Connie.

Instead, Connie the lion appeared out of nowhere. (I’m a Leo by the way.)

Yeah, I know that anger harms your heart, weakens your immune system and harms your health.

But I could have been robbed yet again.

I called the company to declare my outrage and their callous disregard for my safety.

Multiple phone calls later and the issue still unresolved, I hit on a fast, speedy, savvy way to resolve my customer service problem.

It was so simple and brilliant.

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Find Out How to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Gab with the Gurus Presents Dr. Joel Kahn, America's Healthy Heart Doc

February is American Heart Month, and it’s time to talk about heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, one in four deaths are due to heart disease.

But heart disease often can be prevented by making healthy choices.

In this Gab with the Gurus Show, we talk to Dr. Joel Kahn, America’s Healthy Heart Doc, who practices a unique brand of Eastern and Western medicine.

Dr. Kahn, who is author of The Plant Based SolutionThe Whole Heart Solution and Dead Execs Don’t Get Bonuses. 

He is also founder of the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity, owner of GreenSpace Cafe in Royal Oak and Ferndale, Michigan and a professor at Wayne State University Medical School.

In our Gab with the Gurus Show, Dr. Kahn will tell you:
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Do You Push Yourself Too Hard?

I Went to Too Many Events, Then Moved & Now I'm Sick With Pneumonia, Then Bronchitis!

I’m so eager to serve you this year, but, alas, I’m still home recovering from pneumonia, as I shared here when I shared my friend Angelika’s Chicken  Bone Broth recipe.

Although I’m a lot better, I still get weak quickly and easily. And I still don’t have any stamina to work out. Please note that next I got bronchitis, too!

What’s weird is that don’t fit into the at-risk categories so why did I get so darn sick?

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Santa is a Huge Sugar Addict, Who Skips Self Care

Please Enjoy This Playful Post -- Fun, Quirky Thoughts While Stuck Home with Pneumonia

Santa Claus may embody cheerful generosity and innate goodness, but the beloved, jovial character has some serious health problems.

To begin, he is a huge sugar addict.

At every house he visits, the beloved gift-giver noshes on sugary, gluten-filled cookies that well-intentioned parents left for him.

Come to think of it, aren’t millions of us like Santa?

No wonder Santa can’t resist the sweet stuff.

Just think of Santa’s plight.

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