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…)

Crush Sugar Shock this Halloween

Do You Want to Fall Prey to Halloween Havoc This Year?

Every year, come Halloween, millions of people get walloped around by Sugar Shock, because they overdose on nutrient-deprived, sugary candies.

As this cartoon illustrates, all those sweets can trigger a huge case of Sugar Shock, complete with anxiety, insomnia and brain fog.

This year, you can take a different approach to Halloween. Instead, you could take Take Back Your Sugar Power.

You don’t need to gorge on sweets and then keep going, now through the end of the year, as millions do.

This year, I invite you to become pro-active and to treat your magnificent, exquisitely designed body with respect and admiration.

Don’t let wily, sneaky sugary candies rule you.

You are in control over sweet, dangerous temptations.

You have the power to turn your back on those “treats.”

Before I share three super-simple tactics, I invite you to share 1 to 3 easy things you can do to stay away from those dangerous, high-fructose-corn syrup-filled temptations.

Share your 1 to 3 best Halt Halloween Havoc tips.

Then, later this week I’ll share your ideas as well as some of my easy ways to Crush Your Cravings for those dangerous candies.

So what are 1 to 3 simple things you can do to avoid Sugar Shock this Halloween? Share your thoughts here.


Crush Your Cravings over the Holidays

It's Super-Simple to Take Charge of What You Put in Your Mouth

Every holiday season, people cave into their cravings for the worst kinds of foods.

dealing with holiday cravings

Many Crazy Cravings — as I call them — come on full strong when people just look at temptations.

It’s inevitable.

You’ll see candy canes, pumpkin pie, gingerbread houses, candied yams and other sweet or carb-filled temptations.

And, like clockwork, inevitably, people around the world eat. .

So for this week’s Cravings-Crushing post, I want to make it easy for you to begin to easily, effortlessly, even playfully rise above your temptation-triggered cravings this holiday season.

Get ready to avoid the bevy of temptations over the holiday season in our junk-foods-driven world.

Let me help you Crush Your Cravings right away.

Bear in mind that this holiday season, you don’t need to eat robotically.

You can quickly, easily Crush Your Cravings that were triggered when you saw junk foods.

All you have to do is unobtrusively use simple, but powerful, science-based tools.)

Ready to rock now?

Just sign up now to get your two super-simple tactics right away.

In this easy-to-read, fun Cravings-Crushing, Quick-Start Guide, you’ll discover:


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?


Does Halloween Trigger You?

Laugh With Lisa Kotin at Candy Craziness

The Season of Sugar Overload is now in high gear. It’s that time of year again when sugar-loaded children will bounce off the walls and when adult sugar addicts buy super-sized bags, give out a lot of candies but later over-gobble the sweet stuff so that they end up in Sugar Shock.

Today, I invite you to let the funny recovered sugar addict Lisa Kotin — author of the upcoming, entertaining, poignant sugar addiction book, My Confection, entertain you with her first vlog. See it below.


You’ll be hearing a lot more about Lisa Kotin.

For now, I invite you to think ahead.


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Self-Compassion Helps You Lose Weight

Dr. Kristin Neff Shares One Simple Way to Stick to Your Diet, Face Grief & More

If I told you there was one simple thing you could do so that you’d stick to your diet, quit carbs, ditch sugar, or clean up your diet what would you say?

It’s ridiculous to expect perfection, especially when it comes to dieting. That’s downright impossible.

As a delightfully imperfect human being, you may “slip” at some point on your healthy adventure. And that’s fine. It’s to be expected.

But when or if you fall off the wagon,” what you do matters.

If you use your binge as an excuse to beat up on yourself, you’ll pave the way for more failure and inevitable weight gain.

If, on the other hand, after you slip and eat sugar, carbs or other unhealthy snacks, you can ultimately succeed if you shower yourself with kindness, self-compassion, and understanding.

In fact, a growing body of research reveals that self-compassion is exactly what you need when you start or blow your diet or if you need help to get back on track, according to Kristin Neff, Ph.D., author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself.

For instance, compassion can help you:


Sugar Was Once Under Lock and Key!

Now That's a Sugar Shocker!

Since spring 1998, while quitting sugar on doctor’s orders, I’ve been astounded by a variety of shocking facts, which I call Sugar Shockers.

Here’s one surprising Sugar Shocker, which I discovered, thanks to author William Dufty, while writing my first book, Sugar Shock.

These days, sugar is cheap and easy to get. But back in the 16th and 17th centuries, the refined white powder was locked up!

Just imagine: Back in the 16th and 17th centuries, sugar was so darn expensive — the equivalent of about $30 a pound or a year’s salary for the average working man! — that it was considered a delicacy reserved for the very wealthy! And the nobility didn’t want their servants to steal the exorbitantly expensive sweet substance!


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.


You Can Retrain Your Brain to Prefer Healthier Foods!

Join the Conversation: Does this news excite you, too?

Say-no-to-junk-foodIf you find it hard to say no to candies, cookies, chips, it may be because your brain is addicted to them, according to a new study.

In short, your brain is actually hooked on junk food, which, of course, leads to weight gain and obesity and other harmful dieases.

But promising news came out recently, which reveals taht you you can literally ‘reprogram’ your brain so that you not only break your food addictions, but you actually develop a preference for healthier non-fattening foods so you lose weight.

For my part, I’m simply thrilled by this exciting news.

You may wonder, though, is this just too good to be true? Not so!

Some definitive proof this is possible came from a September 2014 study by scientists at Tufts University and Harvard Medical School. The researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging to show how the brains of volunteers had been altered during a six-month experiment, during which they forsake high caloric foods for low caloric ones.

Thirteen overweight or obese adults between the ages of 21 and 65 were placed in either an intervention group or a control group. The intervention group received 19 hour-long support group sessions during the 24 weeks in which they were taught how to use portion-controlled menus and recipe suggestions designed for high-satiety. The foods consumed in this plan were low-glycemic index carbohydrates along with high fiber and high protein (known as the idiet.) FYI, these are the foods I recommend, too, as you can discover in Beyond Sugar Shock.

These foods” have “a slower digestion profile and reduction fluctuations in blood glucose that could reduce hunger,” according to the study. The control group received no such counseling or support.

What’s intriguing is that before the experiment began and six months later, on its completion, all study participants underwent the fMRI scans as they were shown 40 food and 40 non-food images. The foods were half high caloric and half low caloric.

While being scanned, the volunteers rated the desirability of the images they saw on a scale of 1 to 4, with 1 being undesirable and 4 being extremely desirable. Those who had gone through the six months of intervention measured significantly less response in the striatum region of their brains (an area governing reward processing) when shown the high caloric foods and more responsivity  when shown the low caloric images.

It was as if the brain charges they previously got from these foods had been disconnected. They also achieved significant weight loss, whereas the control group lost little weight and still had no control over how their brains craved certain unhealthy foods.

One of the study co-authors, Sai Krupa Das, Ph.D., who is with the United States Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center, observed how the weight loss program they used with high-fiber, low glycemic foods worked hand in hand with behavior change education to bring about the remarkable changes in weight and brain activity related to cravings.

“The weight loss program is specifically designed to change how people react to different foods, and our study shows those who participated in it had an increased desire for healthier foods along with a decreased preference for unhealthy foods, the combined effects of which are probably critical for sustainable weight control,” according to Dr. Das. “To the best of our knowledge this is the first demonstration of this important switch.”

Sources: “Training your brain to prefer healthy foods.” Tufts University. http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-09-brain-healthy-foods.html.

“Pilot randomized trial demonstrating reversal of obesity-related abnormalities in reward system responsivity to food cues with a behavioral intervention.” Deckersbach T. Et al. Nutrition & Diabetes. September 2014. http://www.nature.com/nutd/journal/v4/n9/full/nutd201426a.html

iDiet program. https://www.theidiet.com/content/food

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Are You a Mindless Eater? Get Help Now in the Mindful Eating Summit (I’m one of the Guests)

Even if you’re one mindless eater, there’s hope for you yet..

MindfulEatingSummitDrAlbersIt’s my honor to be included in the Mindful Eating Summit, which is presented this week by my friend and colleague, Susan Albers, Psy.D, author of Eating Mindfully and a Cleveland Clinic psychologist.

For this amazing Mindful Eating Summit, Dr. Albers has interviewed 20 of the world’s top leading eating experts, who share information that you won’t hear anywhere else.

In the Mindful Eating Summit, the experts (of which I’m one) teach you how to boost your nutrition, end mindless overeating, and stop feeling guilty when you eat.

You’ll have a chance to learn tools, strategies and techniques you can apply right now to eat healthier.

Plus, you’ll discover the cutting edge science that is shaping the world of nutrition and how you can apply it right now.

Here are a few of the presenters in the Mindful Eating Conference, all of whom offer their own rich, in-depth perspective on health, wellness and mindfulness:

  • Dr. Brian Wansink Director of Cornell Food & Brand Lab and best-selling author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think
  • Evelyn Tribole Award-winning registered dietitian an author of Intuitive Eating (co-author)
  • Dr. Jim Painter Producer of Portion Size Me, a documentary about fast food and health and featured on CBS’s Early Show
  • Margaret Floyd, author of Eat Naked.
  • Dr. David Katz, author of Disease Proof and contributor to O, the Oprah Magazine
  • Dr. Daniel Siegel, Professor of at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center.
  • Dr. Alan Christianson specializes in natural endocrinology with a focus on thyroid disorders.
  • Jonathan Bailor, author of The Calorie Myth
  • Trudy Scott, author of The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution and the upcoming Anxiety Summit in November
  • And yours truly.

MindfuleatingyouWhen you sign up for the Mindful Eating Summit, you’ll also receive a free ebook, The Emotional Eater’s Tool Kit, so you can start taking charge of your eating right now.

The Mindful Eating Summit is presented by Susan Albers, Psy.D., a psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic who specializes in eating issues, weight loss, body image concerns and mindfulness. Dr. Albers conducts mindful eating workshops across the country. She is author of six books about mindful eating, including EatQ: Unlock the Weight-Loss Power of Emotional Intelligence and 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food.

Catch all of our interviews now. Just sign up for the Mindful Eating Summit.