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.

(more…)

17 Ways to Recover from a Sugar Overdose

Lessons from My My Horrid, Accidental Sugar Hangovers

You know how drunk people stagger, lose coordination, and get mentally confused?  Well, if you’d seen me earlier this week, you might have assumed I was sloshed on booze.

But I wasn’t recovering from alcohol overuse. Instead, recently, I had a horrible Sugar Hangover.

And I felt utterly a-w-f-u-l!

What irks and embarrasses me is that I ate sugar by mistake. Because I know better, it should have been easy for me to avoid.

For those of you who haven’t heard my story, I’ve been sugar-free since the spring of 1998, when I quit all sweets and processed carbohydrates on doctor’s orders.

As a result, all 44 of my baffling ailments vanished. They went poof! Nagging symptoms, such as horrid headaches, overwhelming dizziness, and unsettling anxiety disappeared. I was truly “reborn.”

Now, 17 years later, that’s why staying off sugar and quickie carbs is so important to me.

I feel awesome when I’m sugar-free. Eating cleanly makes me energetic, focused, and puts me at the top of my game.

But I feel horrible if I partake of any sweeteners.

Although I haven’t been totally perfect—I slipped a few times early on in my sugar sobriety—I’m always diligent about reading food labels and quizzing waiters so I can avoid all hidden sugars.

But, recently, I let my guard down and inadvertently ingested the sweet stuff.

Here’s what happened a few days ago, while I was at the movie theater.

How Hidden Sugars Nabbed Me

My accidental Sugar Poisoning was my own darn fault.

I know how important it is to always, always, always read food labels very, very, very carefully, —even if a food is allegedly “healthy.” That way I can identity any hidden sugars.

By hidden sugars, I don’t just mean sucrose or brown sugar. I also mean honey, agave nectar, barley malt, coconut sugar, inulin, evaporated cane juice, cane sugar, maltodextrin, monk fruit, eand so on

(more…)

Sharing is Freeing!

Have You, Too, Succumbed to Your Crazy Cravings™ & Had a Relapse?

Have you badly blown your diet, fallen flat on your face and stuffed your face with chips, candies or cookies as if you just couldn’t ever get enough? Were you consumed by utterly Crazy Cravings™, as I now put it?

A year ago, with much professional embarrassment, great reluctance and huge shame, I made what I now call My Carb Confession.

At the time, I shared that after I’d endured a tormented, turbulent year witnessing my Mom dying from a virulent cancer, I became badly TAGGED-B — that’s my acronym for Traumatized, Abused, Gripped by Grief, Emotionally Devastated and Betrayed.

Then, while reeling and healing from a year of incessant fight-or-flight reactions, I was suddenly seized and gripped by what I now dub Crazy Cravings™.

Although sugary desserts didn’t beckon me as they had back in 1998, before I kicked sweets on doctor’s orders, sugar’s dangerous cousins — especially processed carbohydrates such as corn crunchies, movie popcorn, and sweet potato chips — lured me often, leading to do lots of what I now Heartbreak Bingeing™. Not surprisingly, I quickly packed on 21 pounds. Then, about 11 months after I began relapsing, it hit me that I’d been plunging in and out of Carb Shock™, which is like Sugar Shock.

(more…)

Sugar Shock Blog Celebrates 10 Years

Get Tips, Tidbits & News on Sugar, Carbs & Living a Sweet Life

Sugar Shock Blog is 10 years old! How could I have neglected to write a blog post about this important milestone?

So it’s time to mark this momentous occasion.

At the same time, I invite you to help me make this Sugar Shock Blog better.

It’s now time for some history. The Sugar Shock Blog made its debut on June 7, 2005, while I was writing my first book, Sugar Shock.

Back in 2005, my goals were to educate, entertain and entice you to consider leading a healthier, sweeter, sugar-free life.

For most of its 10 years, I hosted the Sugar Shock Blog on Typepad. As you may have noticed, recently, we moved the Sugar Shock Blog over to WordPress, and it’s now an important part of my main website.

Over the years, many of the Sugar Shock Blog goals have remained the same. Now, our goals are:

(more…)

Book Giveaway Contest Now Underway

Get a Complimentary Copy of Beyond Sugar Shock: Limited Copies Available

Beyond Sugar ShockGet a complimentary copy of my latest book, Beyond Sugar Shock (Hay House).

Yes, until my limited supply runs out, you can get my latest book in my first-ever Book Giveaway.

Why am I giving away free copies of Beyond Sugar Shock? First, I want to help you. Secondly, I’d like your help.

To begin, here are two ways I can serve you:

I’ll share easy, valuable, cutting-edge tactics to help you let go of your “need” for sugar, processed carbs (what I call “quickie carbs”) or other salty, fatty non-foods so you can shed weight, get more energy, reverse pre-diabetes or other diseases, and live a longer, happier, sweeter life.

In addition, when you, as a valuable member of my audience, tell me what you want and need, I can tailor-make articles, blog posts, and products just for you.

If you’re in a hurry or desperate for help, please note that to get a free book, you need to follow the Book Giveaway Guidelines. So if you’re short on time, please jump to the next page to learn about the guidelines to get Beyond Sugar Shock.

(more…)

Enjoy “The Bliss of Healing” & Then Pass it On to Soothe Others

Music, as you know, can calm you down, help you tune in, and invigorate you.

In short, music is tremendously healing

Indeed, music can and should be a vital part of your journey to health and wellness.

For my part, after my mother died, listening to lots of music really helped me to break through my grief, shock, PTSD, despair, anxiety, turmoil, etc.

Indeed, The Power of Music is astounding and far-reaching, as Elena Mannes reveals in her book of the same name, on NPR and to audience members at the Westport Library.

For instance, did you know that music can lower stress, reduce depression, help your heart health and protect your metal sharpness?

Today’s Woo-Hoo, Feel-Good Tune — a feature I revived yesterday on my Facebook fan page after my much-needed healing hiatus — is the awesome “Bliss of Healing,” from the Pure Heart Ensemble.

While at the Chopra Center recently to see Elizabeth Gilbert, Joan Borysenko, and, of course, Deepak Chopra, I discovered this enticing CD.

As you’ll find, this melody is very, very soothing and healing. Pass it on.

And join us on my Facebook fan page for more great Woo-Hoo, Feel-Good tunes

Have you Quit Sugar & Quickie Carbs: Share Your Sweet Success Story

Are you what I call a Sweet Success Story? Share your tale now.

quit sugar Have you shed excess weight, eliminated your horrible headaches, gotten rid of your pre-cancerous condition, or done away with another pesky health problem by kicking or cutting back on sugar, refined carbs and other high-glycemic foods such as corn nuts, potato chips, and French fries?
In short, are you now slimmer, happier, and sexier?
In other words, have you discovered the power of life without all those super-sweet or quickie-carb foods?

Do you now Enjoy Living Sweeter Naturally™?

If you’re a Sweet Success Story, we may want to tell your story to inspire others.

As you may already know — or your friends do — quitting sugary foods and rapidly processed carbohydrates (what I also call “culprit carbs”) can speed you on your weight loss journey.

Not only that but cutting out the culprit carbs can help you overcome a variety of health challenges, as thousands of people — whom I call “Sugar Kickers” or “Carb Kickers” — have been gleefully sharing with me for 16-plus years since I quit the dangerous carbs on doctor’s orders.

Readers of this Sugar Shock Blog love inspiring tales such as yours.

We’d like to hear from you if you’ve had a drastic health improvement by cutting out sugar, quickie carbs, gluten, dairy or artificial sweeteners.

If you’re a Sweet Success Story — whether you lost weight, got more energy, improved your moods or got your diabetes under control — we want to consider sharing your tale here.

Remember, by sharing your story, you’ll be able to inspire, motivate, and encourage people from around the world.

Wondering what I mean? Read some motivational Sweet Success Stories shared here previously:

Are you what I call a Sweet Success Story? Share your tale now. (Please submit info using the format used above, and we’ll get back to you.)

Sugar World Summit Date Change — You’ll Learn the Sour Scoop & Break Free

Sugar World Summit headerPlease note that the exciting first Sugar World Summit, was originally scheduled to begin today, two weeks before Halloween, has been delayed.

I’ll announce a new date shortly.

So please rest assured, those of you who’ve written to me concerned that you’ve missed out on the many exciting programs, which will feature the biggest names in sugar education and addiction, relapse prevention, mindful eating, compassion, etc.

The Sugar World Summit is still happening. In fact, my team and I are deep into planning it.

JJ Virgin Sugar Impact DietSo why did we delay the first Sugar World Summit?

A bit of history is in order.

Many months ago, I excitedly scheduled the first Sugar World Summit to begin today, exactly two weeks before Halloween, the biggest candy-eating day in the United States — a day I dub Halloween National Sugar Overload Day.

This Sugar World Summit was timed to coincide with my big comeback.

After three years, I’d finally recoveried from My Bittersweet Last Year with Mom,  which had left me TAGGED (Traumatized, Abused, Gripped by Grief and Emotionally Devastated)..

Thankffully, I’ was now emerging healed and slimmed down after I’d suffered a horribly humiliating and humbling Carb Relapse.

Now emerging triumphant, I was ready now to help millions.

As we got deep into planning the first Sugar World Summit, the biggest names in the field — most of whom I’ve known for years, since before the release of my first book, Sugar Shock in 2006 — agreed to come on board. Our goal was to reach 250,000 to 500,000 people worldwide.

But as I kept inviting more and more exciting speakers and reconnecting with health colleagues after three years, I learned about launches by other esteemed experts, all of whom I greatly admire and respect.

These are people I want to support. These are also people, who can help you. It became quickly obvious that the best thing to do was to get out of the way of my colleagues’ launches.

JJ VirginIn particular, after inviting my colleague, the acclaimed nutrition and fitness expert and bestselling author JJ Virgin, to participate in the Sugar World Summit, I discovered that she was launching a new book about sugar, JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet, at about the same time.

That made me immediately rethink the time frame for the Sugar World Summit.

FYI, this is a big week for JJ Virgin. She is now giving away copies of her new book (until they run out).

JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet is an important book, in which JJ takes an original, doable approach to cutting out sweets.

If you missed JJ’s book giveaway — she ran out of books — then go ahead and get her free Sugar Impact Diet 2-Week Cookbook so you can make tasty, sugar-free recipes.

By the way, I’m greatly, greatly indebted to JJ. For about a decade, she’s been supportive of me. Not only did she endorse both of my books, Sugar Shock and Beyond Sugar Shock, but she helped me get my Lyme disease quickly diagnosed years ago.

Sugar-savvy-bookBack to the Sugar World Summit. Since I wanted to support JJ and other colleagues, it became evident that I needed to move back this important event.

But delaying the Sugar World Summit turns out to be just what this event most needs. Now, the Summit will be much bigger, better and more well organized.

(In fact, I’m very gratefufl to Jeff Walker, the launch guru, whose amazing Product Launch Formula Live conference, which I attended earlier this week, helped me discover many innovative ways to spread the word for the first Sugar World Summit.)

So now I invite you: Learn more about the first Sugar World Summit and the amazing colleagues, who will participate in it.

At present, we’re honored to have received “yeses” from the following movers and shakers. Among those who’ve agreed to participate are:

Sign up now for this exciting Sugar World Summit.

Fat ChanceStay tuned to get the full and not-so-sweet scoop on how those those tempting sugary “treats” and quickie-carb snacks can damage you bigtime. Our experts will tell you how shoveling sugar and fast carbs into your poor body can make you gain weight and widen your waistline, get frustrating mood swings, find it tough to concentrate, mess up your precious brain, lose interest in sex, develop heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes, and even die at an early age.

Now, I urge you to begin to get educated by reading some books about sugar by some of my super-healthy, brilliant colleauges. For example, I invite you to check out Fat Chance by Dr. Robert Lustig; and the new books, Sugar Savvy Solution by High Voltage, and JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet.

Perhaps you’re wondering: “Why would I want to quit or cut back on sugar? It tastes so good!”

Here are some reasons to ditch the sweet stuff and fast-acting carbs. You can:

  • Easily shed your dreaded excess weight.
  • Fit into your skinny clothes;
  • Leave behind your depression and get filled up with good cheer, passion and enthusiasm.
  • Get enough energy to keep up with your kids or perform well on the job..
  • Tame Your Crazy Cravings™ (as I call them) for sugary, salty or fatty unreal foods.
  • Banish your annoying brain fog and concentrate with a razor-sharp focus.
  • Rev up your libido so you’ll be thrilled with your time alone in the bedroom with your beloved.
  • Ditch those awful, debilitating, tough-to-handle female ailments (either PMS or menopause, depending on your time of life.)
  • And much more.

Sign up now for the upcoming Sugar World Summit. And tell us what you’d like to learn during this event.

 

CB - pink shirtAbout Sugar Shock Blog Founder: Connie Bennett, CHHC, CPC, ACC is a former pooped-out, fuzzy-headed, sugar-addicted journalist and “Ex Sugar Shrew,” whose 44 baffling ailments completely vanished after kicking sugar and quickie carbs on doctor’s orders in 1998. Now, 16 years later, Connie is the acclaimed, energetic, charismatic Sweet Freedom Guide, a transformational speaker, sugar and carb expert, blogger, certified health coach, certified life coach, EFT practitioner, Gab with the Gurus host, and bestselling autho of Beyond Sugar Shock, which was endorsed by many health and empowerment luminaries such as Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Dr. Daniel Amen, JJ Virgin. Connie’s first book, Sugar Shock. which was published in 2006, was praised by such acclaimed gurus as Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Christiane Northrup. Now, Connie is planning the first Sugar World Summit, which will feature the biggest names in sugar and carb addiction, recovery, mindful eating, compassion, weight loss, etc. Connie is also finishing her next book, The Bounce Back Diet: 22 Easy Ways to Rebound After Relapse; Ditch Sugar, Fat or Salt, and Shed Weight for Good. (Working title.) The Bounce-Back Diet — which was inspired by Connie’s embarrassing Carb Relapse after her mother’s traumatic terminal illness and death — can help millions worldwide to slim down and tone up although they’re walloped by Crazy Cravings™ and overpowering emotions following the death of a loved one, a divorce or breakup, moving or another life-changing loss. Make sure to sign up at the Sugar World Summit site to find out about the new dates and speakers.

Mindful Eating Summit: Catch Up on All Interviews Tomorrow: Listen to Me Now, Too

Join the Conversation. What's your biggest Ahah! from the Mindful Eating Summit? 

top mindful eating expertEarlier on this Sugar Shock Blog,  I mentioned this fabulous Mindful Eating Summit,which is presented by top mindful eating expert Dr. Susan Albers.

Susan has done a truly magnificent job with this event, which features top mindful eating experts such as Dr. Brian Wansink, Evelyn Tribole, and Margaret Floyd.

I was also one of those interviewed. If you missed it, catch it now.

Just listen below. (Alas, I couldn’t get Skype to work so we did an audio program instead of a video interview, but I invite you to listen to this short interview ASAP.

Please think about what point I made that most resonates with you to help shed light on what I call Your Crazy Cravings.

I also urge you to sign up now for the Mindful Eating Summit to catch all the interviews tomorrow (a replay of this wonderful event).

You’ll get help galore!

Join the Conversation. What’s your biggest Ahah! from the Mindful Eating Summit?

Why We Overeat: The Toxic Food Environment & Obesity

What do a Bagel & a Candy Bar Have in Common?

Ever wondered why we overeat?

why we overeatDo you or your loved ones overeat? Have you or your family members been gaining unwanted excess weight? Are you concerned about our obesity crisis?

To gain insights into why two-thirds of us are getting fatter and sicker, I urge you to watch a video of this fascinating panel discussion, “Why We Overeat: The Toxic Food Environment & Obesity,” thanks to the Harvard School of Public Health and the Huffington Post.

I came across this fabulous video while doing research for research for my next book, Crush Your Crazy Carb Cravings™.

This program presented an illustrious panel, which included:

  • Walter Willett, Chair, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, and Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition
  • David Kessler, Former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco; and Author, The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite
  • Dariush Mozaffarian, Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School and
  • Michael Rich, Director, Center on Media and Child Health, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Plus, the “Why We Overeat” panel was moderated brilliantly by Meredith Melnick, Editorial Director for HuffPost Healthy Living.

This program has many fascinating points. In particular, I urge you to pay attention to these fascinating comments from Dr. Mozaffarian:

“Now sugar, I agree that sugar is a problem, but sugar is no greater a problem than totally unsweetened refined grains. And the worry I have about just focusing on sugar, it gives the refined grains, it gets them off the hook.

“So white bread, all refined cereals that have no added sugar at all, they say zero sugar on the panel, those are just as bad. And when we’ve looked at populations of hundreds of thousands of people, the weight gain associated with Skittles is exactly the same weight gain that is associated with Corn Flakes or white bread or a bagel. So to think that a bagel, that has no sugar, is different than candy is really misleading. …”

Also, I invite you to keep watching to check out the second video (at 59:00) from the HBO film, Weight of the Nation, .where you can discover which beverages contain the most sugar content, thanks to The WATCH Nutrition Clinic.

I’d love to hear what you think about this video.

 

Watch the video here. (I had to take it down, because it would automatically play every time you came to my Sugar Shock Blog.

Join the Conversation. What is your biggest Ahah! from this “Why We Overeat” video?

Special thanks to www.NoGrainer.com for the artwork on this blog. Given that I’m on tight deadline for my next book, I didn’t verify that it was okay to use this artwork. So, if I posted this and shouldn’t have, please let me know, and I’ll be happy to take it down.