Sugar Addiction, Caffeine Addiction, Etc.: 10 Steps to Break Free

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Are you frustrated and discouraged by your habit of consuming sugar, coffee
or diet soda, as well as procrastinating, smoking, being habitually
late, obsessively checking emails, nail biting or other bad habits?

Are you discouraged that, up until now, you’ve often gone out of
your way to cave into your “cravings” to unhealthy “treats” or patterns?

Wouldn’t it be nice to Break Free of Your Bad Habits (what I call “Babits™”) for good?

I bring you hope. You CAN Break Free of Your Babits™ such as your
dependence on sugary foods, coffee, soda (both with sugar and
artificial sweeteners), alcohol, late nights and putting thing off.
When you cut loose of babits such as sugar addiction, you will receive
many physical, emotional and spiritual benefits.

Perhaps it’s “Time to Say Good-Bye”. Just get encouraged and moved to action from Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman. (Listen below.)

Indeed, as I recounted in my book SUGAR SHOCK!,
after quitting sugar and refined carbs on doctor’s orders in 1998, all
44 of my ailments, from crushing fatigue to brain fog, completely
disappeared! I was amazed! You, too, can learn that licking sweets (pun
intended) and other health-robbing substances, as well as unproductive
habits, can help you to:

  • Shed excess weight,
  • Get consistent energy,
  • Boost your moods,
  • Calm you down,
  • Become more spiritual and centered,
  • Increase your passion and productivity,
  • Reduce your risk of getting type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer or hypoglycemia,
  • Manage these conditions, if you have them,
  • Rev up your libido,
  • Reduce your PMS symptoms,
  • And so much more!

In short, removing sugar and other negative patterns can help you
get a Life That Rocks!™. Here are 10 smart steps, which can help you
break free of your sugar addiction and other babits™ (bad habits).

1. Congratulate Yourself. To begin your journey to health and
wellness, I invite you to pat yourself on the back. You may wonder why
you would want to do that, especially if you’ve spent years abusing
your body. You want to applaud yourself, because the mere fact that
you’re beginning to look at your sugar addiction or other bad habit is
big! The first step to break away from sweets, refined carbs and other
babits™ is to NOT beat up on yourself. Granted, you may have gobbled or
guzzled high-calorie nutrient-poor sugary foods and drinks over the
years, but now is a time to be gentle with yourself, to treat yourself
with compassion and to take pride that you’re taking the much-needed
first step to treat your body with love and care. Go ahead: Lavish some
praise and kudos on yourself now that you’re finally confronting the bad habit that’s been plaguing you—perhaps for years. Share your excitement
in your journal or in a heart-to-heart conversation with a loved one.
Then imagine that you’re at the starting line of a race like a runner
athlete and that you’re ready to make a massive positive shift. Please
also remember to acknowledge and celebrate your every little
accomplishment. For example, when you make it through a meal without
sugary foods, diet soda or caffeine—or if you at least consume less of
them—take pride and applaud yourself. After all, each time you make
healthier choices, you get closer to more energy, a trimmer body and a
better life.

2. Move With Your Mind & Mantra. Before you begin to try
to kick your sugar addiction or another babit™, it’s time to embark on
Seven Smart Starter Habits (through Step #8) to cement your confidence
that good health, inner calm and new patterns await you. That’s because
whenever you seek to remove an old habit and replace it with a new one,
your work begins before you even try to make changes. In other words,
before you begin to “diet” or make important lifestyle changes, you
want to convince your mind that you CAN succeed. Begin each day knowing
in the depth of your being that you’ve already licked your unhealthy
habit. To get both your subconscious and conscious mind to accept that
you’ve succeeded—or are on the path to succeeding—create an
easy-to-repeat phrase, affirmation or mantra such as “I, [Your Name],
choose only nourishing foods and drinks, which keep me slim, toned and
healthy.” Repeat your positive statement at least 30 times a day. Make
sure to say it in the morning, right after you wake up, and in the
evening, before you go to sleep. Repeating it about 10 to 20 times
before meals also can help. Back in 1998, when I finally kicked sugar,
repeating my mantra enabled me to succeed. Now, my clients find this
technique effective, too.

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Speed Shrinking With Author Susan Shapiro

SpeedShrinking-NewQuote (3) Recently, my friend, the talented author Susan Shapiro, came out with her first work of fiction, Speed Shrinking.

This book offers a very humorous account about a female sugar expert, who fell prey to her cupcake cravings right before she was set to appear on a national TV show.

Sue, a master marketer, has been doing a series of "Speed Shrinking" events to dramatize what her main character went through — she checked about 8 shrinks in eight days!

Anyhow, check out this story in the Independent from writer Claire Prentice about the Speed Shrinking event last Friday.

Susan was kind enough to invite me to be one of the "speed shrinkers," as you can see in the article. A photo of me is also included.

Now, before the holidays, is a good time for you to get Susan's entertaining book Speed Shrinking.

It's ideal for those of you, who have sugar issues, who are eager to lose weight, who would like to be entertained and read some beautiful writing, and who to laugh at your food challenges. If anyone can get you to do it, Susan can.

Read about Susan's other Speed Shrinking events, too.

Make Your Valentine’s Day Sweeter & More Romantic By Offering Heartfelt Gifts (Article)

Hope you enjoy the following article that I wrote, which is appearing on various websites.

Make Your Valentine’s Day Sweeter & More Romantic By Offering Heartfelt Gifts
By Connie Bennett, C.H.H.C.

Every Valentine’s Day, I’m saddened, because men all across America are unknowingly putting their honeys into sugar shock by lavishing them with super-sweet chocolate candies, placed, of course, in beautiful, red, heart-shaped boxes.

Of course, that gesture is intentioned and intended to show these significant others that they’re cherished, adored and beloved.

But this annual sugary ritual is one that sends women into diet frustration, chocolate fixation and agonized moments on the scale. Not only that, but chocolate and other candies could harm their chance for romance that evening.

Each year, I hear from many of these agonized, sugar-addicted women, who fear and despair that this innocent candy gift may trigger binging, falling off their diet, weight gain, mood swings, depression and even a decrease in libido.

Men, let me clue you in on something: For most of us females, a calorie-packed, sugar-filled chocolate is not the easy, fast way into our hearts and bedrooms.

Guys, I know you mean well, but in this day and age of obesity run rampant and type 2 diabetes soaring, it’s just not politically correct or considerate to give sweet chocolate on Valentine’s Day—despite the fact that candy companies invest heavily in advertising to convince you otherwise.

But, rest assured, men, you can still show your love in other creative, more healthful, heartfelt ways. Here are 7 gift ideas that women across America submitted to my Sweeter Gift Challenge survey at www.SweeterGiftChallenge.com. Unlike rich chocolate, these Valentine’s Day presents won’t send your sweetie into either sugar shock or dieting dismay:

1. Write your sweetheart personal poem and frame it. Then be loving by spending quality time with her—and not just on Valentine’s Day.

2. Go for the old standby—give her a dozen red roses. Flowers are always a better choice—and much more appreciated—than candy.

3. Pamper your lady by running her a bubble bath and giving her a luxurious, lengthy massage with wonderfully scented oils.

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Fast Food Nightmare: Kids With Good Grades “Win” McDonald’s Happy Meals in Florida

In school, kids are supposed to learn reading, writing and arithmetic. Is it too much to ask that children also begin to get some nutrition basics from at least one of their teachers?

Apparently, in Florida’s Seminole County, the notion of teaching kids about healthy eating and good food is a foreign one.

The school board there struck the most ill-conceived, nutritionally horrific, jaw-droppingly bad deal with McDonald’s restaurants in Seminole County: For the 2007-2008 school year, elementary school kids with good grades and near-perfect attendance are rewarded with Happy Meals.

That’s right. If you’re one of the 27,000 school kids from kindergarten through fifth grade who does well in school and comes all but one or two days to classes, you get a “food prize” — nutritionally lacking, fatty, sugar-or-culprit-carbs laden, calorie-packed junk food.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, as part of this so-called “report card incentive” program, the Seminole County schools also are allowing McDonald’s to turn report cards into advertising vehicles. In fact, Stuart Elliot of the New
York Times
so aptly puts it, the Florida schools are “using children’s report cards to help stimulate sales [at McDonald’s].”

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7 Simple Steps to a Sweeter You by Connie Bennett, C.H.H.C.

Here’s an article I wrote that I hope will help you. This piece is to inspire both sugar addicts and those who are immune (or relatively unfazed) by sugary temtpations.

7 Simple Steps to a Sweeter You
By Connie Bennett, C.H.H.C.

With the winter holidays here and the New Year on the horizon, it’s the ideal time to take stock of where you are and where you’d like to go. In other words, it’s invaluable to take a probing look inward and make some moves in the direction of your dreams. Ask yourself:

•    Are you the kind of person you’d like to be?
•    Are you achieving your heart’s desires?
•    How can you be kinder, better and sweeter?
•    What traits and skills do you need to develop or cultivate to get to where you want to go?

Or let’s put it another way: It’s time to do some internal housecleaning. Since we’re human, each of us can always find something about ourselves to improve.

My clients have found that doing this kind of assessing and goal setting helps them to build confidence, achieve inner joy and love themselves.

Here are 7 areas to explore that can lead you to personal growth and transformation so you become a person you like, admire and respect.

1) Take delight. Do you view the glass as half full rather than half empty? Do you feel joy, delight and glee when you view a sunset, when you see trees, when your child looks at you with adoring eyes, when you first bite into an organic apple, when you walk down the street, or when you’re immersed in a project? Make yourself to look at the bright side of things. No one wants to be around a killjoy so concentrate on fostering that part of you that’s childish, innocent, sweet and fun. Become the kind of person people love to be around.

2) Listen with zeal. Do you pay close attention to other people when they speak? Do you care about their worries, goals and fears? Or are too wrapped up in yourself? There’s nothing more annoying than someone who cuts you off in the middle of saying something. Challenge yourself to really focus on what people are saying. That way others will want to share with you more. Besides, you’ll like yourself better, too.

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Halloween: Don’t Trick Kids With Candies! Treat Them With Healthy, Fun “Goodies” Instead

Here’s an article I wrote to help you and your family have a healthy and happy Halloween.

Halloween: Don’t Trick Kids With Candies! Treat Them With
Healthy, Fun “Goodies” Instead

By Connie Bennett, C.H.H.C.

Halloween is downright spooky. And I’m not talking about the
cavorting children dressed up as gruesome goblins, ghouls, monsters or pirates.

Rather, the scariest part of Halloween is that it’s
become our nationally observed, mandatory “Spooky Sugar Overload Day” (and
week).

Sadly, most Americans follow this accepted, but outdated
ritual despite our alarming rates of obesity and skyrocketing numbers of children
getting type 2 diabetes.

This Halloween, it’s time for us to face the frightening facts:
When kids come trick-or-treating, you are tricking them rather than treating
them by giving them sugary candies galore to gobble and gorge.

In short, you could be sending unsuspecting children into
sugar shock.

When children overdose on sweets, they could become
moody, anxious, depressed, unsociable, brain-fogged, obese, quarrelsome,
confrontational, hyperactive, rowdy, raging and tantrum-throwing kids. In
short, they could be transformed into “Sugar Brats.”

By my calculations, the average child scarfs down between
20 to 50 teaspoons of sugar and hundreds of calories on Halloween night alone. And
that doesn’t include the massive sugar overdosing in the days that follow.

What’s more, Halloween sets the stage for sugar
overloading year round. And this sugar habit, research shows, could pave the
way to obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, failing memory, early
aging and many more health problems. 

Many parents think that since Halloween only comes once a
year, they needn’t worry about their child’s sugar intake. Quite the contrary.

The average American consumes between 142.6 pounds to 170
pounds of sugar per year—or nearly a cup of sugar per day. But many children take
in much more than that.

These figures are a far cry from the average sugar
consumption nearly two centuries ago when the average person only tasted 2.2
teaspoons of sugar a day. 

So, this Halloween, why put your child’s health at risk
by handing over sugar-loaded candies?

Hand
Out Toys as “Treats” Instead

Thankfully, some savvy, nutrition-minded health experts now
recommend that parents give out fun, colorful, non-edible Halloween “treats”
and fun party favors instead of candy.

For instance, you could offer such healthy, Halloween-themed
goodies as bats, spiders, beetles and mice. Or you could hand out slinkees,
kazoos and glow-in-the-dark fingers. (More ideas can be found at www.SugarShockBlog.com.)

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Halloween: 5 Tips to Treat Kids, Not Trick Them & Have a Healthier Holiday

With Halloween around the corner, I wrote an article to help parents and adults who give out "goodies" to the costumed trick-or-treaters. You may republish this story, but you need to provide the credit provided at the end of the piece. Hope this helps!

Halloween: 5 Tips to Treat Kids, Not Trick Them &
Have a Healthier Halloween

By Connie Bennett, C.H.H.C.

Halloween frightens me.

Not because of ghosts, goblins or ghouls – or even the
costumed monsters, witches and pirates.

What’s spooky about the holiday is that it’s a mandatory “Sugar
Overload Day.”

I’m dismayed that, despite soaring rates of obesity and type
2 diabetes among kids, on Halloween, it’s an accepted tradition to send your
and your neighbors’ kids into sugar shock.

But, let’s face it, when kids come knocking on your door to
playfully trick-or-treat , you’re actually tricking them, not treating them, by giving them candies galore
to gobble.

Around Halloween, people tend to completely forget and ignore
the fact that too much sugar could spell downright scary news for your children’s
health.

Even more spooky: The average child scarfs down between
20 to 50 teaspoons of sugar and hundreds of calories on that one night alone!

But research suggests that cutting back on sugar could
give your kids more energy, put them in better spirits, enable them to them focus better and score higher grades, get along better with their peers, and, of course, lose weight and minimize their risk of type 2 diabetes.

So why give in to the accepted sugar-gorging way of
celebrating?

Instead, I invite you to pass up on all those candies in your neighborhood drug store and instead help your children and your neighbors’
kids to observe Halloween in a safer, healthy way.

Here are 5 tips to create a healthier Halloween.

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Stop SUGAR SHOCK! Radio Presents “Lick the Sugar Habit” Author Nancy Appleton, Ph.D.

Nancy_appletonDuring tomorrow’s Stop SUGAR SHOCK! Radio Show (at 4 p.m. EST), I will have the honor to present one of the first people to speak out about sugar’s dangers.

I’m thrilled to have the chance to interview Nancy Appleton, Ph.D., author of the classic, Lick the Sugar Habit. Nancy is one of my mentors and also a major anti-sugar pioneer, who has been spreading the news about sugar’s dangers since the 1980s.

It’s always exciting for me to interview Nancy. She was kind enough to be interviewed for my book SUGAR SHOCK! and now, she has agreed to come on my radio show to give you helpful tips to get over your sugar addiction for good.

Remember, if you miss the show live, you can always listen afterwards, at your own convenience.

Slipped? Destroyed Your Diet? 7 Tips to Get Back on Track

Lately, I’ve been hearing from people who started eating sugar again and who wanted some guidance. Here’s an article I wrote to help them — and you — if you fell off the no-sweets wagon.

Slipped? Destroyed Your Diet? 7 Tips to Get Back on Track
By Connie Bennett, C.H.H.C.

Did you fall off the diet wagon? Did you eat foods you promised to forego? Are you upset with yourself for "stupidly" eating sugary or fast-acting carbs?

Time and time again, my clients and readers of my book SUGAR SHOCK! complain to me about how they stumbled and fell down again. They desperately want to know how to get out of their muck and kick sugar for good.

Here are 7 tips to pick yourself up and get back on track and finally succeed.

1. Be gentle with yourself. If you slip and forego your good intentions, this is not the time to berate and belittle yourself. Instead use this "mistake" to lavish yourself with compassion, understanding and sympathy. Yes, you messed up, but give yourself a break!

2. Accept that you’re imperfect. People with food issues often tend to expect themselves to get everything exactly right–or perfect. That sets you up for a huge letdown. Now that you’ve slipped, use this as a chance to claim your humanity, which means you’ll make mistakes from time to time. Owning up to your limitations can be quite freeing.

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How To Forgive Your Loved Ones, Yourself Or Strangers: 7 Simple Steps to Let Go

Dear Readers, I do hope that the following article helps and uplifts you.

7 Simple Steps to Forgive Others & Yourself
By Connie Bennett, C.H.H.C.

No matter what your goals — whether you yearn to feel free, become empowered, lose
weight, be more loving or break a sugar habit, you may not be able to move forward or succeed until you forgive your loved ones, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, yourself or even strangers who harmed and wronged you, whether deliberately or unintentionally.

When you feel forgiveness in your heart, it’s much easier to be happy, productive, accomplish your goals and be at peace with yourself.

During the Jewish New Year—a 10-day period for self-examination, atonement and forgiveness—I realized that I hadn’t fully let go of the hurt, pain and sadness that someone special had caused me. Once it dawned on me that I hadn’t yet completely released my anger, disappointment and regret, I initially berated
myself, but then I immediately created a plan to graciously pardon his affronts with dignity.

All of us—of every religion or belief—should be contrite and confront our sorrowful, hostile and critical feelings and thoughts head-on and then make amends. Not facing up to our emotions could lead us to overeat, gain weight, turn to sugar or alcohol, work too hard or develop other unhealthy habits. Denying our
feelings also could cause us to withhold warmth, tenderness and love from our friends and family members. Then, we just won’t fully enjoy our lives.

Many of us don’t realize that by forgiving other people and ourselves, we’re really being compassionate and considerate of ourselves. But if we hang onto our bitterness and harbor grudges and don’t find it in our hearts to be forgiving and merciful, we’re cheating and betraying ourselves. Sure, it may feel right to hold resentment, ill will and hard feelings in our hearts, but we’re really committing a sin against ourselves.

So kindly absolving and pardoning another is really less about other people and more about being true, kind and respectful of yourself. Likewise, humbly and remorsefully atoning for your sins and transgressions against another is a way to give yourself the esteem and value you deserve.

Not forgiving someone else and not repenting for the wrongs you’ve committed can:

  • Rob you of your power.
  • Strip you of your dignity.
  • Keep you trapped in anger, indignation and resentment.
  • Make you feel helpless, stuck and  frustrated.
  • Harm you physically or emotionally. 
  • Turn you into a killjoy, who’s unpleasant to be around.
  • Keep you from moving forward to enjoy relationships or revel in your accomplishments.

On the
other hand, forgiving someone else or yourself – and the flip side, asking for
forgiveness – can:

  • Free, heal, nurture and release you.
        
  • Fill you with lightness, compassion and good will.
  • Lift your mind, spirit and soul.
  • Ennoble, empower and enliven you.
        
  • Lift a tremendous load off your heart and spirit.
  • Bring you closer to God or goodness (however you choose to look at it).
  • Refresh, reward and renew you like nothing else can.

To really
and truly forgive, one helpful approach is to begin to buy and read books from
such renowned forgiveness experts as
Dr. Fred Luskin, Everett
Worthington
, Gary
Zukav
and Rabbi
Irwin Kula
.

But until
your book(s) arrive, you can take a fast track to forgiveness by embarking upon
7 easy steps that I developed, which spell out the word "Forgive."

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