Have you had a Diet Relapse where you ditched your clean diet and pigged out on processed carbs and sweets?
Then, did you feel low on will power, helplessly watch pounds pile on and beat up on yourself for caving into toxic treats (rapidly processed, quickie carbs, as I call them, or sugary snacks)?
It’s time to be glad that you’ve blown your diet.
Failure is, in fact, vital to your long-term diet success.
I came to understand this concept more than ever after I failed bigtime, incessantly stuffed my face with quickie carbs in late 2012 after my mother angrily died and then helplessly watched 21 pounds pile on.
For some six months, I felt angry, ashamed and disgusted with myself.
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:
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!
Your Cravings-Crushing Takeaway: This tactic is so darn easy! Just drink water before you even put food in your mouth. Doing so may reduce your cravings for sweets, carbs and other fattening foods so you’ll ramp up your weight loss.
In today’s webinar — just sign up here — you’ll also Discover Super-Simple, Powerful, Proven Ways to Triumph Over Cravings for Sugar, White Flour, Fat & Junk Foods.
You’ll get super-simple, research-based, extra-strong techniques so you will stick to your New Year’s diet resolution to kick sugary junk foods, carbage (my phrase for carb garbage), fatty snacks and other junk foods. And, of course, you’ll find out how to choose only healthy, sugar-free, nutrient-packed foods.
How a Whopping 77 percent of people stick to their New Year’s resolutions for only one little week! (That’s what the startling research finds.)
How Cravings are The Single Biggest Reason You’ll Break Your New Year’s Resolutions. (This info will make you go, “Oh, of course!”)
10 Other Reasons You’ve broken your previous New Year’s Resolutions to eat well and slim down.
What Percentage of People Get Sudden, Demanding, Aggravating Cravings for Sugar, Flour, Fat or Salt. (Bet you’ll be quite shocked! It’s alarming.)
The Dreadful Consequences of Caving Into Your Cravings. (You’ll get frightened to eat better and to ditch nutrient-stripped junk foods.)
How “Fast-and-Convenient” Is Both Your Enemy and Your Ally. (This is how you’ll Crack the Cravings Code.)
The Handy Cravings-Crushing Trick™ to Resist Temptations Galore. (Great for when you go to the movies, watch TV with your honey or do errands in the Junk Food Jungle. You’ll be surprised by how easy it is to say no to junk foods.)
The Turn-On-Your Willpower™ Tactic. (Ideal for bakeries, supermarkets, malls or any place you’re tempted to Cave Into Your Cravings.)
How to Surf the Urge. (This is an easy way to finally break seductive chocolate’s powerful spell on you.)
How to Crush Your Cravings for Good, slim down and Take Back Your Willpower this year. . (You’ll discover how to easily become a New, Slimmer You with my compassionate help and guidance..)
No, I'm not talking about drugs - Your Cravings-Crushing Monday, New Year's Jumpstarter
Now that the year is winding down, if you’re like millions, you’re starting to think about your deep desire to shed sugary, fatty, possibly gluten-filled junk foods; shed excess weight; and Take Back Your Willpower.
To help you keep on track on a daily basis, I’d like to introduce you to a simple acronym, which will help you easily remember what to do to take care of yourself on a daily basis so that you’ll easily Crush Your Cravings.
Every day, I urge you to Take Your Smart M.E.D.S. (as I call them) as to way to enrich yourself and to lead a sweeter, better happier life. Bear in mind that MEDs does not mean medication. Rather, I’m sharing some ideas with you that are safer and healthier than prescription pills.
You can print out this blog post and carry it with you to remind yourself of the fun, healthy, rewarding activities you can do instead of Caving into your Cravings for dangerous sugar, gluten, fat or salt cravings.
Learn now how to Crush Your Cravings by applying (not taking) what I call Smart M.E.D.S.
As you’ve undoubtedly been experiencing, every holiday season, there’s no escaping the annoying
excess of sugary foods and sweet “treats” that tempt, taunt and torment you
just about everywhere.
When you go to a holiday party, gingerbread men, colorful
sugar cookies and other “special” holiday desserts seem eager to jump into your
When you buy necessities like paper towels or batteries at the drug store,
you’ll be enticed by Santa’s favorite, red-and-white candy canes, along with bags and bags of candies, many with a holiday theme.
When you shop for groceries at the supermarket, you’ll find pies,
cupcakes, cakes, and more cookies displayed near the checkout line so that you’ll be enticed to make an impulse buy before you leave.
How can you “win” in these circumstances?
Naturally, in all of these scenarios, you could give in and
over-indulge — as many people do this time of year.
But you know that if you grabbed and gobbled all
those sweet “goodies,” you’d plunge into Sugar Shock. This means all that excess sugar could trigger a number of unwanted side effects, including headaches, mood swings, exhaustion, difficulty concentrating, weight gain, and worse.
As it is, most people over-indulge in sugar all year long — not just over the holidays. The average American consumes some 170 pounds a year (yes, that’s higher than the 140-pound figure most often cited). And all that sugar overdosing can lead to heart disease, cancer, and an early death.
Back to the holidays, though. You can choose to be kind to yourself during this holiday season without feeling deprived and without losing either your willpower or waistline.
(Now, if you already have weight you want to lose, you don’t have to gain more.)
What? The Sugar Freedom Coach (that’s me, Connie), is telling you that it’s okay to do a little bit of indulging?
Yes, I’m telling you that if you can handle it (and you may not be
able to do so), you may decide to indulge a little, but not splurge. You can
always quit sugar in January. (You’re even invited to join my Sugar Freedom Course, which begins Jan. 15.)
Admittedly, it’s not easy to say no to alluring desserts,
especially in this season of good cheer and endless partying and let’s face it,
the Holiday Season of Sugar Overload.
One of my friends recently recommended that I try a WaistLineTrainer to prevent any wait gain over the holidays, but I haven’t been able to get my hands on one yet! In the meantime, I’m dedicated to creating simple, fun ways to help you easily turn down or turn away from temptations, or to even partake just a little.
Here are five painless tips on How to Indulge over the
Holidays without Losing Your Willpower or Waistline.
1. Mingle Instead of Nibble or Gobble.
The holidays are really about celebrating with loved ones, friends, and colleagues, as well as connecting with and spreading good cheer to strangers. So, wherever you are, whether it’s a party, drug store or supermarket, step away from your sugar obsession and engage with people around you. Compliment the party hostess on her beautiful decorations.
Tell the drug store employee that you admire her beautiful blouse. Thank the
person bagging your grocery items for his dedication to serving people over the
2. Pick Your “Delight” Wisely.
You know the concept and phrase, “Pick your battles [fights] wisely”? That means you want to focus on one particular issue or annoyance rather than address too many challenges at once. The term actually refers to “a well-known aspect of military strategy, which suggests
that when troops are thinly stretched, they are often unsuccessful.” (Thanks to WiseGeek for this explanation.) In other words, if you’re a country at war, it’s better to fight on one front rather than two or more. Now, in your case, when you indulge, you want to zero in on the absolute best, most delicious-looking dessert. Forget those run-of-the-mill candies or cookies. You want to carefully select the sugary food that most appeals to you.
3. Really See the Sweets.
Usually sugar addicts scarf dessert foods with
lickety-split speed. They don’t even look at what they’re about to eat. Before
indulging, I invite you to seriously study the sugary food that most attracts
you. What colors are the cookies? What’s the texture of the cupcake? What
ingredients do you think were used in that beautiful cake? How long do you
think it took to make them? In other words, look at these sweets as untouchable
4. Claim Your Sugar Power: Know that You Can, but
Won’t—For Now. Make a Quick Getaway.
If you’ve tried the above two techniques
and you still want something sweet to eat, then it’s time to Claim Your Power.
Remember that you have a choice—many choices, a number of times a day,
according to consumer psychologist Brian Wansink, author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We
Think. So go ahead and pick up the tempting food. Then glare at it.
Seriously! Know that you can eat it, but you won’t—for now at least. Then
look at your watch or get the time from someone else and give yourself a
15-minute Time-Out. You will not indulge during that time. Then, Make a Quick
Getaway. If you’re at a party, go into another room and chat with other guests.
If you’re at a drug store or supermarket, try to leave as quickly as possible
without succumbing to any of those deceptively appealing treats.
a Taste, If You Can. (You Can Always Quit Sugar Later.)
There may come a time when you have had
“enough” of these cool tricks. Perhaps you’re tired of feeling “deprived.”
Besides, you may be thinking, “It’s the holidays, and they only come once a
year, so why can’t I indulge like everyone else does?” If you feel this way and
if you believe you can handle it, then go ahead: Take a Taste. Please note, however, that not everyone can
do this. Some people can stop after just one or two bites —but many others
find it brutally tough to have “a little” dessert. (There’s fascinating
research showing just how addictive sugar can be.) If you honestly think you have the kind of
personality and mindset to rein yourself in and you choose to Take a Taste,
decide in advance exactly how much you’ll have. I recommend one to four small
bites maximum, preferably just one. But before you put any sweets in your
mouth, toss out the rest—preferably into a compostable pail or garbage can.
(This may sound wasteful and disrespectful to starving people, but it’s far
more wasteful and disrespectful to your precious body to over-indulge like many
people do this Holiday Season of Sugar Overload.) Now that you’ve set aside
your modest, sweet portion, go back to really seeing the dessert, and slowly
savor your few bites. As you chew, think about how wonderful this treat tastes,
if it does. (You may find that your small dessert portion isn’t nearly as good
as you thought it would be, as clients have shared with me). Also contemplate
how much more wonderful it will be if you keep the healthy body you have or
even slim down a little over the holidays. Now, that really would be sweet!
Connie Bennett is author of the bestselling books, Beyond Sugar Shock and Sugar Shock. Connie has achieved
international recognition as the Sugar Freedom Coach, and she has helped
thousands of people worldwide to easily break free of their sugar addiction so
they can get slimmer, sexier and sweeter. Connie is also a charismatic
motivational speaker, a certified life coach, a certified health coach, and a
popular radio host (Gab with the Gurus). A former sugar addict, Connie knows
what it’s like to feel addicted to candies, cookies, and cakes. In 1998, she
reluctantly quit sugar on doctor’s orders, and all 44 of her ailments
disappeared, including her horrible headaches, scary heart palpitations, and
severe PMS. Connect with Connie on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SmartHabitsFans,
and learn about her Sugar Freedom Now Course at www.BreakFreeWithConnie.com.
I just wanted to thank all of you wonderful people, who've been sending me kind emails and even cards, because my mother passed away recently.
And I so appreciate that many of you clients or would-be clients have been so incredibly patient for nearly a year after I moved across country to be with Mom during her final months and stopped all coaching.
I'm also very grateful to those of you, who, although you wanted my coaching help and who signed up for my Sugar Freedom Now Course, have been patient as I've been taking time to heal after my big loss.
Right now, I'm still recovering from my big loss. I miss my mom so much! Anyhow, I've been unable to do help others, because I've been needing help myself since her death. In fact, I'm getting bereavement counseling, in therapy, attending a support group, doing lots of writing (my way of grieving), and going to special grief events.
For those of you with sugar or carb challenges, I'm now getting back to coaching you. Also, make sure to mark your calendar for Wed., Jan. 9, 2013, That's the first day of my upcoming Sugar Freedom Now Course.
Thank you so much, Linda Brendle, for this fabulous "I miss my mom" artwork, which I hope you're okay with my using. If you're a caregiver, check out Linda's Life After Caregiving blog.
This is the most important post I’ve ever written.
As you no doubt know, obesity has skyrocketed among adults and youths alike; and children are on a track to die before their parents if they don’t change their unhealthy ways.
At the same time, coronary heart disease, cancer, stroke, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease have become our nation’s top killers. You probably know — or love — someone who has suffered from one or all of these.
But all of the above diseases are largely preventable.
I call them The Preventable Big Killers. And ALL of these potentially fatal illnesses — and many more — can be caused by overdosing on sugar and/or refined carbs.
Think this doesn’t include you? That’s what I used to believe.
But the average American — and person in any civilized country is consuming (either consciously or unconsciously) HUGE amounts of sweets and quickie carbs on a DAILY if not many-times-a-day basis.
Each of you may be taking in roughly 170 to 228 pounds of sweeteners per year and another 200 pounds of sugar’s sinful sisters, which I dub “culprit carbs.”
And every day, it seems, the news gets more frightening.
One of my favorite recent studies revealed that sugar can make you dumb!
More research suggests that it can make you violent.
Your sweet tooth even can trigger type 2 diabetes, even though your doctor may vehemently deny it.
Simply put, millions worldwide are in Sugar Shock.
For the past decade, it has my personal mission to inspire and empower sugar
and carb addicts worldwide.
I want to help them (you?) Get a Life that Rocks™, as I like to put it. (I began coaching people to Sugar Freedom in 2002, four years after I reluctantly quit sugar on doctor’s orders after being waylaid by 44 debilitating ailments.)
So I invite you now: Help me to help transform the lives of millions of sugar and carb addicts around the world!
Join Me Tomorrow (Tuesday) & Email Your Friends, Loved Ones or Entire
Address Book to Get Beyond Sugar Shock
Please join me tomorrow (Tuesday), starting at midnight.
On Tuesday, email your friends, fans, colleagues, health and wellness experts, etc. and invite them to buy my new book, Beyond Sugar Shock, all day and night.
Invite your loved ones or special acquaintances to go online.
Or encourage them to visit their local Barnes and Noble store. (Beyond Sugar Shock will be on the front table of 200 stores. If you go, please take a photo and send it to me, and we’ll post it on Facebook.
By the way, Beyond Sugar Shockalready has been praised by numerous empowering gurus and wellness experts, including Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Daniel Amen, Brian Tracy, Dr. Joe Vitale, Kathy Smith, Marci Shimoff, and many others.
Joshua Rosenthal, founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition — which I attended in 2005-2006 — was even kind enough to write the foreword.
On Tuesday, the official launch day for my new book Beyond Sugar Shock, my intention is to reach millions across the world with powerful, nourishing, life-changing messages about the joy, excitement and exhilaration of Sugar Freedom.
But I can ONLY reach and HELP millions with your HELP!
So please help me to help millions take back their Sugar Power!
Millions need to discover how to break the seductive, powerful hold that tempting sweets and quickie carbs have over them.
Millions need to stand strong in the face of clever, deceptive marketing of dangerous junk foods and empty-calorie sugary beverages.
Millions need to get back their energy, vitality, and sex drive.
And, of course, millions need to slim down and get healthy.
Quitting Sugar Can Be Tough: My Goal is to Make it Easy, Effortless and Fun for You
Let’s face it, kicking or cutting back on a sugar or carb habit can be one of the toughest
challenges you’ll ever face.
That’s why I’m determined to make this simple for you.
And that’s why it’s absolutely necessary for you to put on a sweet suit of armor. You want to discover and use cutting-edge tools and tactics that strengthen and empower you so food manufacturers can’t seduce you to you eat their processed, nutrient-lacking junk just to boost their bottom line—which can add extra pounds to your bottom.
But sugar does a lot more than just make you fat, as I pointed out earlier. Lately, you’ve even
probably heard the phrase, “sugar is toxic.”
You also may have seen the provocative “60 Minutes” piece on the subject reported by Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
It’s easy to ignore this sugar-is-toxic warning. Even back in 1998, I knew that sugar was
bad for me, but I still indulged. (Learn my story in Chapter 1 of Beyond Sugar Shock.)
Now, I urge you to ask yourself: Are you, too, cheating yourself because you mindlessly stuff
those nutrient-poor silly sweets or quickie carbs into your mouth?
It would be my pleasure and privilege if you’d allow me to help you, your loved ones, friends
or colleagues easily break free of your sugar or carb addiction.
In fact, it’s my burning mission. Let me guide you to the Luscious Land of Sugar Freedom and Carb Consciousness.
My desire to help you is why I poured my heart (and many years) into this book and the
companion Sugar Freedom Now Course.
Why am I so committed to helping you regain your Sugar Power?
Because when you undertake recommended Adventurcises (adventurous exercises) and
other suggested activities in Beyond Sugar Shock, you’ll experience a massive transformation
unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.
That’s my prediction — no, my promise to you.
Sure, your goal may be just to lose weight, and yes, you will easily peel off extra pounds, but that’s only a small piece of the story.
Letting go of your sugar or carb addiction will turn your life around. It will make happier, sexier, stronger, more focused and balanced.
You’ll be a far better you without needing to rely on carbs as your crutch.
So, I invite you: will you tell your fans, loved ones, colleagues and acquaintances about Beyond Sugar
Shock on Tuesday, June 5?
Wishing you a Life that’s Sweeterlicious (That’s my word for Sweeter, delicious, scrumptious, luscious and elicious, and sensuous)
Connie Bennett, CHHC, CPC, ACC
Your Sugar Freedom Coach Author, Sugar Shock! and Beyond Sugar Shock
P.S. It will be a pleasure to connect with many of you on Facebook or in my Sugar Freedom Now
P.P.P.S. Stay tuned for many exciting free Beyond Sugar Shock Book Launch programs
on Tuesday and Wednesday. For instance, renowned TV personality Jane Velez-Mitchell
will be on my Gab with the Gurus Show tomorrow; I’ll be on two webinars, and I’ll give radio interviews.
I’ll even be on a Facebook chat tomorrow afternoon, thanks to my publisher, Hay House. And you’ll be
able to read my new article at www.HealYourLife.com.
P.P.P.S. Feel free to share this blog post with whomever you like. Better yet, I encourage you to share this email with your entire address book. And invite them to check out http://www.BeyondSugarShock.com/Book
This is the companion program to my new book, Beyond Sugar Shock, which you can pre-order now from Amazon and get in a few days!
Special thanks to talented Enrique Brooks, who was referred by my wonderful Facebook friend, Lynnis Woods- Mullins II, for designing this new graphic, which is intended to complement the book. Didn’t he do a wonderful job?
By the way, the next Sugar Freedom Now Course next begins Thursday, May 17. If you act fast, you can join us this week and get in at the early bird rate. So join us now so you can become slimmer, sexier, and sweeter.
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