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.
First, you want to know what it means to follow a Paleo diet. Your dish cannot include: (more…)
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Since 2007, I’ve been hosting the Gab with the Gurus Show, where I’ve interviewed hundreds of renowned experts and bestselling authors in health, wellness, fitness, sugar, personal empowerment and blogging. I will continue that show but on a less regular basis.
Soon, I’m also starting a new “I Blew My Diet! Now What?” Podcast,” for which I’ll bring on leading authors, bloggers and podcasters, who specialize in weight loss, fitness, mindset, and willpower so you can get the slim, trim body and beautiful life you seek.
Now, I’d like your help to pick the cover art for the podcast. First cover option is included to your left. (See end of this post to find out how to vote for these covers.)
First, learn about the premise behind the podcast by seeing if you can relate to this.
For weeks, months, years, you’ve been diligently cutting out carbs, avoiding white sugar and processed carbs and banning most anything that’s unhealthy. You’re oh-so-excited. Your slim pants are finally fitting, your energy is soaring, your enthusiasm is high, and then …. something life-changing, challenging or heartbreaking happens. For instance:
You could be reeling after the death of a loved one.
Maybe you’re going through a difficult divorce.
Perhaps you’re healing after verbal or physical abuse.
Or you’re under massive stress at work or at home.
In short, you may have been TAGGED™ — that’s my acronym for Traumatized, Abused, Gripped by Grief or Emotionally Devastated.
What do most of you do when our hearts are breaking, times get tough and/or we feel terribly stressed? About two-thirds of us—mostly us ladies—behave badly around food. In short, we blow our diets.
Whatever your emotional drivers, you began to do what you swore would happen again. You buy and then mindlessly gobble on sugary cookies, chips, bread, doughnuts or ice-cream – or, perhaps all of the above. Plus, you may even guzzle a soda or sweet ice tea.
Shortly, you get angry, upset and fed up with yourself, because you had a Carb Relapse or Sugar Relapse, as I call it. How could this happen after you were doing so well?
I’m intentionally using the word relapse although I’m not talking about drugs, booze or porn. I’m using the word relapse to refer to sweets and toxic carbs, because ample research now reveals that sugar—and, by extension, processed, fiber-stripped carbs, which quickly send sugar into your bloodstream—are as addictive as cocaine or heroin.
Then you just can’t stop your sugar or carb bingeing. Let’s face it, for most, you can’t have just a one-time binge. Once you’re surfing the Carbs-Clamoring, or Sugar-Sinning wave, it’s hard to climb out of that sugar sea.Then, days or weeks, or even years, go by and you’re off doing more and more Heartbreak Bingeing™ (as I call it).
You become filled with self-loathing. You’re so disappointed in yourself. And you keep wondering, “Where did my willpower go?”
Then, you keep complaining to a close friend, a work colleague, a close relative or all who’ll listen: “I’m so mad at myself! I Blew My Diet! Now What do I do?”
Does this sound familiar? Have you been in this dismal place, too? As I shared previously, I had this dreadfully difficult experience myself in late 2012. After my Mom died, I Blew My Diet bigtime, had a massive Carb Relapse, packed on 21 embarrassing pounds, and quickly flipped from empowered to powerless.
But out of that pain my new expertise was born. For the past few years, I’ve been in deep research mode to find out how to help you Take Back Your Power using tools that are FEPPP™. That’s my acronym for Fast, Easy, Proven, Powerful, Portable.
Now, it’s time to share the exciting news. I’m wrapping up my next book, which will be titled, I Blew My Diet! Now What? The Super-Simple Plan to Rebound After Your Carb Relapse and Lose Weight for Good
In addition, as I shared earlier, I’m starting my I Blew My Diet! Now What? Podcast. (That way you’ll be able to get tips, tactics and help to Rebound After Relapse before my book comes out.)
Learn from the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation's New Infographic -- My Way of Celebrating 20 Years Off Sugar
Did you know that if you have low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) today, it could turn into type 2 diabetes tomorrow — well, maybe not tomorrow, but five, 10, 20, 30 years from now?
But what if you were able to prevent that from happening? Better yet, what if you could Thrive Sugar-Free for 20 Years after you were diagnosed with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)? How would you mark the occasion?
That was my challenge. Earlier this week (April 15), I marked 20 Years Sugar-Free.
Initially, I kicked sugar on doctor’s orders in 1998 because I had hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which triggered a whopping 44 ailments, including brain fog, heart palpitations and anxiety.
A few months ago, I began to consider my challenge. How could I celebrate 20 Years Sugar-Free? After all, I couldn’t or wouldn’t eat a sugar-filled cake or processed carbs. After all, I’m a recognized sugar and carb expert, the woman people call The Cravings Ninja™, and the bestselling author of the books, Sugar Shock and Beyond Sugar Shock.
The hard-working, dedicated, charming Roberta Ruggiero is founder and president of the 38-year-old non-profit Hypoglycemia Support Foundation, Inc., which provides support, advocacy and information about the causes, prevention and management of low blood sugar. (That’s hypoglycemia’s other name.)
…So today, to celebrate my Thriving 20 Years Sugar-Free, I’m pleased to share what my gift to the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation has made possible. Roberta and the HSF CEO Wolfram Alderson worked hard to develop this HSF infographic, which will teach you about low blood sugar, a little-understood blood sugar disorder.
Please note: I never had the chance to ask a question in front of the 13,000 people at the Tony Robbins event, but just deciding to speak in front of this huge crowd helped me begin to lick my speaking fears. Stay tuned for announcements about upcoming speaking engagements.
This coming week, if Tony Robbins selects me at his Unleash the Power Within event, I will finally triumph over my absolute biggest fear in front of the 13,000 people in attendance.
Yes, I’m one of millions with a deep fear of public speaking, but if I can, I will speak at UPW even if it makes me feel uncomfortable, makes my stomach knotted up and scares me profoundly.
It’s not that I’d rather be in a coffin than speak, as some research suggests, and as Jerry Seinfeld joked, but it’s time to quit hiding away from stages no matter how big my fear.
Enough of playing small!
So why am I formally declaring my intention to Stand Strong and Speak to Serve™, as I put it?
It’s my pleasure to announce that the first Sugar Shock World Summit — which was previously called the Sugar World Summit — will take place from Oct. 15 to 22, 2018.
This free event is scheduled to start right before what I call Sugar Overload Day, or Halloween.
Although Halloween is an doesn’t take place around the world, October to December marks the Season of Sugar Overload in just about every civilized country, from the United States to Great Britain to Australia.
During those two months, millions mindlessly stuff sweets and processed carbs — from candy canes to candied yams — into their poor bodies. All that carb garbage (carbage, as I call it) can pave the way for sugar and carb gorgers to get hypoglycemia, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, many other diseases and possibly an early death. (more…)
Guest Post by Angelika Ilina For Your Motivating Monday
Note from Connie: Since it’s winter, often cold in most parts of the world, and I’m home sick with pneumonia, my friend Angelika Ilina — founder of the Love On the Table blog for health-conscious foodies — was kind enough to share her tasty, easy, low-carb version of her Grandma’s Chicken Broth Recipe. As you’ll note, this recipe contains no gluten-filled noodles.