In today’s world you need to be social even if you’re not naturally gregarious or extroverted.
To spread the word about your book, program, product, or professional expertise, you have to be active in social media in a BIG way, using such tools as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, your blog, Pinterest, etc.
But what if you’re feeling decidedly anti-social, because you’re facing a grueling Dark Night of the Soul?
Should you continue to post regularly on Facebook, Twitter, and your blog when you’re enduring an existential crisis like a terminally ill parent or spouse, the breakup of your long-term marriage, or the death of a cherished loved one?
Not because of neighborhood
kids masquerading as ghosts, goblins and ghouls.
But because of scary candies.
through the end of the year — for a whopping two-plus months — millions tend
to completely “forget” the fact that too much sugar can trigger harmful
effects on your children’s health, including obesity, of course. .
On Spooky Sugar Overload
Day – my phrase for Halloween — millions develop collective amnesia about how rates
of obesity, type 2 diabetes and other crippling sugar-triggered ailments are skyrocketing.
And every year, at
this time, I watch in astonishment at how cool, chic and accepted it’s become to
hurl your neighbor’s kids into Sugar Shock.
Of those sugar pushers, 72 percent
of those households will give away two or even three) pieces of candy per
Let’s put this in
simple terms: On Halloween night alone, the average child in your neighborhood may
mindlessly scarf down between 5 to 50 teaspoons of sugar and hundreds of
In short, Spooky
Sugar Overload Season starts with Halloween.
Factor in all the
sugar that most people will gobble up during Thanksgiving dinners, holiday
parties, as well as Christmas or Chanukah vacations.
All this sugar
gorging begs these questions:
has it simply become un-American NOT to hand out candies on Halloween?
is it outright weird NOT to give your neighbors’ kids sugar-filled treats, which
will surely send them into Sugar Shock? (Think anxiety, difficulty
concentrating, mood swings, temper tantrums, crankiness and much worse.)
is candy-giving expected even though just about everyone knows that too much
sugar (candies) can lead to obesity, type 2 diabetes and other diseases, which,
in turn, can kill you?
Thankfully, a small
but growing number of us are urging parents to give out safe, fun toys instead.
though, it’s far easier to find candies than it is to locate sweet, sugar-free toys
such as glow-in-the-dark insects, spooky fingers, Halloween-themed stickers or
pencils, rubber worms, creepy fingers, action figures, kazoos and whistles,
baseball cards, plastic animals, spin tops, and party favors like engine
whistles, key chains, pen, and stickers.
face it, these cool Halloween options cost more than sugar-filled, or high
fructose corn syrup-laden candies.
Right now, I urge you
parents to take charge. This Halloween, just become more mindful.
Every time you dish
out candies, think about just two things.
are an “enabler” – as drug addicts are to other drug addicts. Your neighbors
and you could be paving the way for neighborhood kids to crave candies. For
that matter, you could be addicting or re-addicting their parents, too. (A
number of coaching clients confessed to me that they stole their kids Halloween
could be contributing to soaring rates of obesity and other diseases in your
Do you really want to
have that on your conscience?
Instead, why don’t
you find ways to help your children and your neighbors’ kids to observe Halloween
in a safer, healthier way?
For instance, you
Offer your kid(s) a healthy meal
with ample protein, fiber and fat before she or he cavorts around the
Give away one candy per
trick-or-treater. (Don’t let kids grab a handful of sweets.)
Hand out small bottles of water.
That way, you’ll help trick-or-treaters stay hydrated.
When your child or children come
home from trick-or-treating, have fun together doing high-intensity play
or dancing for at least 10 minutes.
Hug your kids and figure out one
or two other ways to give them lasting sweetness.
Connie is also a certified health coach, certified life coach, EFT practitioner, widely published jouirnalist, columnist, and and essayist (AOL News, eDiets.com, The Los Angeles Times, www.SheKnows.com, etc.), as well as an in-demand speaker, entertaining TV and radio show guest
(“CBS News Sunday Morning,” “Oprah & Friends Radio,”
“The Howard Stern Show,” etc.).
In 1998, Connie was a tormented sugar-addicted journalist, who secretly “used” candies galore just to make all her deadlines. When she was bombarded by brain
fog, heart palpitations, severe PMS and 41 other baffling ailments, Connie finally turned in deperation to a doctor, who ordered her to quit sweets. Much to her surprise, all her ailments went poof!, and the journalist was reborn, filled with determination to spread the sour news about sugar.
Now sugar-free (mostly) for 15 years, Connie — now known as The Sugar Liberator — had helped thousands of people worldwide to break free of sweets and discover that Life is
The fact that cupcakes are on the cover of my upcoming book, Beyond Sugar Shock— officially out June 1 but available for pre-order now through Amazon and my publisher Hay House — has triggered some fascinating and even strong reactions. Quite surprising to me!
Natalie’s reaction and clever cover-them-up response got my wheels turning.
So last night, I sent an email to people on my mailing list to invite them to share their opinions about the cupcakes on the cover.
Did we make a cupcakes no-no, or is the cover a good one?
After all, I want to help people, not entice them!
So here are some of many replies I received about the cupcakes on the cover of Beyond Sugar Shock.
“I do not like the cover! I am sorely tempted by such things, visually speaking! It’s just like today’s women’s magazines, with a picture of chocolate cake on the front with the constant headlines that feature the latest diet underneath. Cruel. I really do not like the cupcake cover. I do love cupcakes though : )The cover needs to be changed or I will never recover this addiction and I need all the help I can get. I mean, a book on how to give up pornography with half naked women on the cover makes no sense either, eh? : )”
What intriguing comments. I never even looked at it that way!
Next, Bonnie had some brilliant observations:
“I think the cover is fine. But I guess I can say that because cupcakes aren’t my weakness, cookies are!! Homemade cookies!
“I have a couple ideas: One is to make a jacket that has something covering the cupcakes, and when you are ready, you can take the jacket off the book to reveal the original picture with cupcakes.
“The other one is the cupcakes would have things like insulin needles, bottles of medication etc. sticking out of it. Maybe one could have legs and be standing on a scale. One could be holding doctor’s bills!”
Oh how funny, Bonnie! We’ll see what my publisher, Hay House, says about your innovative ideas for future covers (once they sell out the initial books).
Meanwhile, Karen weighed in:
“Connie – I think cupcakes are a brilliant idea – I walk around NYC these days and see seemingly normal looking people strolling down the street eating giant cupcakes. I see cupcake bakeries on every corner, and cupcake TV shows on several cable channels. Good luck with the book!”
“I find the cupcakes on the cover offensive and sense that it is a marketing ploy to get people to notice the book. I feel it is manipulative. The title on the book is enough to take notice but the cupcakes make me feel that my problem is being taken lightly.”
Please, Linda, you know that I take your problem very seriously. Remember, I used to suffer myself from a very serious sugar addiction. (In fact, you can read my sour story in Beyond Sugar Shock.) You also may want to know that I’ve been dedicated to helping people break free of their sugar addiction since 2002, and I quit four years before that.)
Frances, a nutritionist, offered a more measured perspective:
“Connie, Congratulations on your upcoming book!! As for the cupcakes, I haven’t actually seen the cover………however seeing those moist delicious sugar bites is hard to refuse. When I read the Wheat Belly book, they had gorgeous bagels on the front that I could smell –they looked sooo good.
“I am a Nutritionist and all my clients are sugar addicts. Seeing the pictures of our favorite foods is hard, but hey, perhaps it will help us as we see the real thing out and about in our day to day living. Thanks for all you do to make this world a better place! Blessings to you!”
“WHY [did you do this]? Sabotaging decision that probably has roots in marketing. Not funny if you’re addicted to sugar. Would you put a booze bottle on the front a text for Alcoholics Anonymous? It is a concern that we even have to have this discussion. You and the publisher could apologize and put an appropriate image in its place.”
“Yeah, it would have been much better to make a photo of a generic young women / man in fitness gear to showcase the 6 week aspect! 😉 i think the cupcakes are bit too simple, suggesting its a cooking book or something similar, missing the ‘move beyond’ aspect but otherwise it is just a book cover – who ever is ‘offended’ by that needs to get a life. :)”
And then Mary wrote:
“Hello Connie, I honestly would have used something other than cupcakes for the cover…but, your intent will perhaps launch a whole new wave of Sugar Consciousness…because of the cupcakes! Onward and good luck! Mary”
Just know that my goal and intention is to give you and millions like you tools so that you can easily achieve a state of what I call “Sugar Freedom.” You can and will rise above feeling a prisoner to your habit, I believe, if you buy Beyond Sugar Shock, no matter what cover it has.
Please join our discussion. What do you think about the cupcakes on the cover? I’m eager to learn your opinion.
By the way, if you have a sugar addiction, I’m here for you. And please know that I’ve put years — more than a decade — into bringing you Beyond Sugar Shock. So, please don’t judge my book by its cupcakes cover!
Eager to get help personally from me? Join my Sugar Freedom Now Course, which you can attend either live or via pre-recorded programs.
As 2011 winds down and we approach the holidays, we’re about to enter what I call the Season of Overeating and the Season of Sugar Gorging.
So before you over-indulge this holiday season, I urge you to learn the sour news. You need to know that when by continually chomping on delicious desserts, sugar can ruin your health in nearly 150 ways.
An avid researcher, Dr. Appleton is also the best-selling author of Stopping Inflammation and Healthy Bones. In addition, she lectures extensively throughout the world, has appeared on numerous television and radio talk shows, and maintains a private practice in San Diego, California.
Incidentially, to this day, more than 13 years after I quit sugar myself, I’m grateful to Nancy. In fact, her book, Lick the Sugar Habit, helped me quit sweets back in 1998.
Now review Nancy’s shocking list of nearly 150 ways that sugar can ham you before you continue to overdo it on sweets this holiday season.
Nearly 150 Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D. (Reprinted with permission.)
1. Sugar can suppress your immune system.
2. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body.
3. Sugar can cause juvenile delinquencey in children.
4. Sugar eaten pregnancy and lactation can influence muscle force production in offspring, which can affect an individual’s ability to exercise.
5. Sugar in soda, when consumed by children, results in the children drinking less milk.
6. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses and return them to fasting levels slower in oral contraceptive users.
7. Sugar can increase reactive oxygen species (ROS), which can damage cells and tissues.
8. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, inability to concentrate and crankiness in children.
9. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
10. Sugar reduces the body’s ability to defend against bacterial infection.
11. Sugar causes a decline in tissue elasticity and function – the more sugar you eat, the more elasticity and function you lose.
If you're an author, speaker, coach, consultant, seminar leader or information marketer, you'll want to know about the exciting new organization, the Experts Industry Association.
The Experts Industry Association was created to help authors, speakers, coaches, and other experts to "collaborate, share best-practices, generate new leaders, and recognize and honor excellence and . . . legends."
According to the association, this is the "world's first membership community of professionals who make a difference and a living as authors, speakers, coaches, consultants, seminar leaders, and online information marketers."
Check out the roster of amazing leaders and professionals, who served as founders of the non-profit Experts Industry Association:
Brendon Burchard, New York Times bestselling author of "The Millionaire Messenger" and founder and President of Experts Industry Association
Jack Canfield, New York Times bestselling author of "The Success Principles" and co-creator of "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series
Dr. Daniel Amen, New York Times bestselling author of "Change Your Brain Change Your Life" and producer of a number of successful PBS shows.
Darren Hardy, Publisher of SUCCESS Magazine and author of "The Compound Effect"
Reid Tracy, CEO and Publisher, Hay House Inc.
Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author of "Happy for No Reason"
John Assaraf, featured expert in "The Secret" and author of "The Answer"
David Bach, New York Times bestselling author of "The Automatic Millionaire" (and 11 other NYTimes bestsellers)
Brian Tracy, author of "Maximum Achievement" and worldwide best-selling creator of "The Psychology of Achievement"
Chris Attwood, New York Times bestselling co-author of "The Passion Test"
Robert Allen, New York Times bestselling author of "Nothing Down" and "The One Minute Millionaire"
Gay and Katie Hendricks, co-author of many bestsellers, including "Conscious Loving" and "Five Wishes"
Harv Eker, New York Times bestselling author of "The Millionaire Mind"
Jeff Walker, creator of the "Product Launch Formula," the #1 online marketing training for product launches of all time
Frank Kern, creator of "Mass Control" and the highest paid internet marketing strategist in the world
Joe Polish, creator of the #1 bestselling marketing training in Nightingale Conant's history called "Piranha Marketing"
Rick Frishman, founder of Planned Television Arts, and Publisher, Morgan James Publishing
Dean Graziosi, New York Times bestselling author and the successful real estate educator
Bill Harrison, founders of Radio-TV Interview Report (TRIR), the twice monthly magazine that is used by 4,000 radio/TV producers to find guests
Scott Hoffman, literary agent and founder of Folio Literary
Andy Jenkins, founder of "The Video Boss" and online marketing strategist
Jeff Johnson, the #1 online affiliate marketer for high-priced programs
Janet Bray Attwood, New York Times bestselling co-author of "The Passion Test"
Mike Koenigs, founder of Traffic Geyser and creator of Main Street Marketing Machines
Jim Kwik, creator of Kwik Learning and Warmth Marketing
Jon Walker, Product Launch Manager
I'm looking forward to the first annual Experts Industry Association Conference, which is coming up soon. FYI, it's open to anyone interested in learning and mastering the advice and how-to industry. Learn more about RESET, the upcoming Annual Conference here.
Furthermore, I grew weary of being asked to review or comment on various foods or services that did not meet my rigorous standards. You never heard about this before, because I've been refusing to write about these sub-standard (in my opinion) foods and products. For years, however, I have, recommended many books I like.
In retrospect, I realize that Ii've been doing you a disservice by not seeking out and recommending foods, products and services that I love or respect.
So now, on this Sugar Shock Blog, you'll find ads or affiiate banners for foods, products, services and events that I consider to be of the highest caliber.
This means that for foods, NONE of them will ever contain sugar, fructose, maltodextrin, agave (which I consider worse than fructose), honey, artificial sweeteners or even organic cane sugar. (At least, as far as I now.) Meanwhile, I'll also strive to tell you about superior self-growth and other programs and services.
Anyhow, I intend to continue to behave like a woman and blogger of high integrity. To that end, I'd lke to share with you my Sweet, But Stringent Standards.
I just came back from my first bicycle ride since slamming head first into glass (while running) on July 4. I'm so excited and grateful that I could get on my beloved bike again.
At the beginning of the week, I was struck by dizziness and ferocious headaches. Then, I held five episodes on my Gab with the Gurus Radio Show about gratitude with 21 amazing experts. Get details about the shows here.
In addition, I saw my wonderful acupuncturist for the sixth time. (I call him my "miracle worker."
"All is well. Everything is working out for my highest good. Out of this experience, only good will come and I am safe."
Now, here I am at the end of the week able to begin exercising again. I've been on doctor-ordered rest for a while, which meant "no exercising." (Ugh! Something that's been a challenge.)
Granted, now I'm pooped out big time — I even had to take some stops along the way to rest — my head is now throbbing, aching, hurting and I need to lie down — but I suspect that I'm feeling better because :
I've been expressing gratitude a lot
I've been very focused on gratitude all week because of my five radio shows
I've been stating the affirmations Louise Hay recommends
I've been seeing my acupuncturist.
I've been listening over and over again to a healing download from my hypnotist friend Debra Berndt.
What do you think? Why do I feel better?
And have you ever relied on gratitude to get you out of pain or a mess?
P.S. I just finished lying down, falling asleep while listening to my healing download, and my head is only mildly achy! How exciting!
All I can say is I highly recommend that you try my five-pronged approach when you're in emotional or physical pain.
The evidence keeps pouring in pointing to the dangers of fructose, which are found in soft drinks and most processed foods, from breads to cookies to crackers.
The latest study, which finds that people who consume the amount of fructose found in two-and-a-half soft drinks a day appear to have a higher risk of hypertension, appears in the current issue of theJournal of the American Society of Nephrology
People who took in at least 74 grams (about 18.5 tsp.) per day had 26% to
77% greater odds of crossing various thresholds of elevated blood
pressure (P<0.05 for all), compared with lower levels of
consumption, according to Diana Jalal, MD, of the University of Colorado
Denver, and colleagues.
“Limiting fructose intake is readily feasible, and, in light of our
results, prospective studies are needed to assess whether decreased
intake of fructose from added sugars will reduce the incidence of
hypertension and the burden of cardiovascular disease in the U.S. adult
population,” they wrote online in the Journal of the American
Society of Nephrology.
One of the best ways to improve your health is to reduce your consumption of high fructose corn syrup — and that means, just nix the soft drinks. There is no human requirement for soda!
Over this holiday weekend, I encourage you to drink water rather than soda. You can pay a price for gulping all that fructose-laden sweetness.
Have you heard the much-talked about documentary film, “The Tapping Solution,”which spotlights the amazing power of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to change lives?
This breakthrough film — which features such renowned experts as Jack Canfield, Cheryl Richardson, Bruce Lipton, Carol Look, Dr. Joe Mercola, Joe Vitale, Dr. Norm Shealy, Bob Proctor, Carol Look and Dr. Patricia Carrington — documents EFT's effectiveness to change the lives of people around the globe.
It explores meridian tapping, a healing tool based on the body's
subtle energy systems and meridians.
In this riveting 90-minute film, “The Tapping Solution,” you may laugh and even cry, but most importantly, you'll learn the secrets to getting the most out of tapping so you, too, can experience
the miracles and breakthroughs that are cited in the film.
Now the creators of the "The Tapping Solution" have raised the ante. I'm intrigued by what they're proposing.
FYI, I'm a compensated affiliate for this program, which means that I can continue to bring you high-quality services and information. Please note, however, that I only share information about events, people or products in which I believe. Please stay tuned for an upcoming Gab with the Gurus Radio Show in which I interview experts in "The Tapping Solution."
This song makes me smile. I can't begin to remember how many times radio hosts have played this song before they interviewed me about my book Sugar Shock!
Please enjoy this. And of course, I'm not posting this to make you think about sweets (as in the sugary kind) but to think about having (non-sugary) sweetness in your life — something I invite you to find, get and create.