9 Ways Strategic Social Media Breaks Make You More Social

FacebookIn 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?

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Why do Millions Have Collective Forgetfulness on Spooky Sugar Overload Day (Halloween)?

It’s that spooky time
of year again.

Not because of neighborhood
kids masquerading as ghosts, goblins and ghouls.

Halloween candyBut because of scary candies.

Beginning Halloween,
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.

For instance:

  • Of those sugar pushers, 72 percent
    of those households will give away two or even three) pieces of candy per
    trick-or-treater.

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
calories.

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:

  • Why
    has it simply become un-American NOT to hand out candies on Halloween?
  • Why
    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.)
  • Why
    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.

Unfortunately,
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.

Furthermore, let’s
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.

  • You
    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
    candies!)
  • You
    could be contributing to soaring rates of obesity and other diseases in your
    neighborhood.

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
could:

  1. Offer your kid(s) a healthy meal
    with ample protein, fiber and fat before she or he cavorts around the
    neighborhood.
  2. Give away one candy per
    trick-or-treater. (Don’t let kids grab a handful of sweets.)
  3. Hand out small bottles of water.
    That way, you’ll help trick-or-treaters stay hydrated.
  4. 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.
  5. Hug your kids and figure out one
    or two other ways to give them lasting sweetness.

About the Author:

Connie Bennett, CHHC, CPC, ACC, is a self-mocking former sugar addict and author of two bestselling books, Sugar Shock! and Beyond Sugar Shock.

Her first book, Sugar Shock! How Sweets and Simple Carbs Can Derail Your Life– and How You Can Get Back on Track, was praised by Dr. Mehmez Oz and many others.

 

Her latest book, Beyond Sugar Shock: The 6-Week Plan to Break Free of Your
Sugar Addiction & Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter
, has been endorsed by numerous luminaries, including Wayne Dyer, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Bernie Siegel, Joe Vitale, Marci Shimoff, Kathy Smith, John Assaraf, Colette Baron-Reid, Janet Bray Atwood, Donna Gates, Alex Jamieson, and Dr. JJ Virgin.

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
Sweeter Naturally™.

Get free gifts at www.Connie-Bennett.com. Then discover if you’ve been
brainwashed to become a sugar addict by taking The Sugar Shock Quiz at
www.SugarShockBlog.com.

Cupcakes on the Cover of Beyond Sugar Shock: Backlash?

Beyond Sugar Shock final coverOh goodness!

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!

Discussion about cupcakes on the cover began when my Facebook friend Natalie told me on my fan page that the cupcakes bothered her so she simply covered them up with a piece of paper.

See her photo here and my response as to why cupcakes were on the cover.

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.

Mary wrote:

“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!”

Linda also was upset with the cupcakes on the cover of Beyond Sugar Shock:

“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!”

And Dina wrote on my Facebook fan page about the cupcakes on the cover:

“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.”

Dina, I apologize if the cupcakes bother you.

I also said I’m sorry here, too. And the day before, I conveyed my sincere regrets here, too.

Nicole also posted on Facebook:

“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”

Thanks, readers, for sharing your thoughts.

CartoonConnie

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.

Post your thoughts here or on my Facebook page.

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.

Before You Indulge this Holiday Season, Consider Nearly 150 Ways Sugar Ruins Your Health

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.

Suicide by SugarBelow you’ll find an extensively researched list from my mentor and heroine, Nancy Appleton, Ph.D., author of Suicide by Sugar: A Startling Look at Our #1 National Addiction.

If you doubt the facts on this list, bear in mind that Nancy has been researching sugar’s dangers for more than three decades, and she found (and cites) medical studies to back up all of the claims on this list.

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.

12.  Sugar reduces high-density lipoproteins (HDL).

13.  Sugar can lead to chromium deficiency.

14.  Sugar can lead to ovarian cancer.

15.  Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose.

16.  Sugar causes copper deficiency.

17.  Sugar interferes with the body’s absorption of calcium and magnesium.

18.  Sugar may make eyes more vulnerable to age-related macular degeneration.

19.  Sugar raises the level of neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.

20.  Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.

21.  Sugar can lead to an acidic digestive tract.

22.  Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline levels in children.

23.  Sugar is frequently malabsorbed in patients with functional bowel disease.

24.  Sugar can cause premature aging.

25.  Sugar can lead to alcoholism.

26.  Sugar can cause tooth decay.

27.  Sugar can lead to obesity.

28.  Sugar increases the risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

29.  Sugar can cause gastric or duodenal ulcers.

30.  Sugar can cause arthritis.

31.  Sugar can cause learning disorders in school children.

32.  Sugar assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections).

33.  Sugar can cause gallstones.

34.  Sugar can cause heart disease.

35.  Sugar can cause appendicitis.

36.  Sugar can cause hemorrhoids.

37.  Sugar can cause varicose veins.

38.  Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.

39.  Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.

40.  Sugar contributes to saliva acidity.

41.  Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.

42.  Sugar can lower the amount of Vitamin E in the blood.

43.  Sugar can decrease the amount of growth hormones in the body.

44.  Sugar can increase cholesterol.

45.  Sugar increases advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which form when sugar binds non-enzymatically to protein.

46.  Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein.

47.  Sugar causes food allergies.

48.  Sugar can contribute to diabetes.

49.  Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.

50.  Sugar can lead to eczema in children.

51.  Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.

52.  Sugar can impair the structure of DNA.

53.  Sugar can change the structure of protein.

54.  Sugar can make the skin wrinkle by changing the structure of collagen.

55.  Sugar can cause cataracts.

56.  Sugar can cause emphysema.

57.  Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.

58.  Sugar can promote an elevation of low-density lipoproteins (LDL).

59.  Sugar can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in the body.

60.  Sugar lowers enzymes ability to function.

61.  Sugar intake is associated with the development of Parkinson’s disease.

62.  Sugar can increase the size of the liver by making the liver cells divide.

63.  Sugar can increase the amount of liver fat.

64.  Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.

65.  Sugar can damage the pancreas.

66.  Sugar can increase the body’s fluid retention.

67.  Sugar is the number one enemy of the bowel movement.

68.  Sugar can cause myopia (nearsightedness).

69.  Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.

70.  Sugar can make tendons more brittle.

71.  Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.

72.  Sugar plays a role in pancreatic cancer in women.

73.  Sugar can adversely affect children’s grades in school.

74.  Sugar can cause depression.

75.  Sugar increases the risk of gastric cancer.

76.  Sugar can cause dyspepsia (indigestion).

77.  Sugar can increase the risk of developing gout.

78.  Sugar can increase the levels of glucose in the blood much higher than complex carbohydrates in a glucose tolerance test can.

79.  Sugar reduces learning capacity.

80.  Sugar can cause two blood proteins – albumin and lipoproteins – to function less effectively, which may reduce the body’s ability to handle fat and cholesterol.

81.  Sugar can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.

82.  Sugar can cause platelet adhesiveness, which causes blood clots.

83.  Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance – some hormones become underactive and others become overactive.

84.  Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones.

85.  Sugar can cause free radicals and oxidative stress.

86.  Sugar can lead to biliary tract cancer.

87.  Sugar increases the risk of pregnant adolescents delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant.

88.  Sugar can lead to a substantial decrease the in the length of pregnancy among adolescents.

89.  Sugar slows food’s travel time through the gastrointestinal tract.

90.  Sugar increases the concentration of bile acids in stool and bacterial enzymes in the colon, which can modify bile to produce cancer-causing compounds and colon cancer.

91.  Sugar increases estradiol (the most potent form of naturally occurring estrogen) in men.

92.  Sugar combines with and destroys phosphatase, a digestive enzyme, which makes digestion more difficult.

93.  Sugar can be a risk factor for gallbladder cancer.

94.  Sugar is an addictive substance.

95.  Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.

96.  Sugar can aggravate premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

97.  Sugar can decrease emotional stability.

98.  Sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese people.

99.  Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit disorder (ADD).

100.   Sugar can slow the ability of the adrenal glands to function.

101.   Sugar can cut off oxygen to the brain when given to people intravenously.

102.  Sugar is a risk factor for lung cancer.

103.  Sugar increases the risk of polio.

104.  Sugar can cause epileptic seizures.

105. Sugar can increase systolic blood pressure (pressure when the heart is contracting).

106. Sugar can induce cell death.

107. Sugar can increase the amount of food that you eat.

108. Sugar can cause antisocial behavior in juvenile delinquents.

109. Sugar can lead to prostate cancer.

110. Sugar dehydrates newborns.

111. Sugar can cause women to give birth to babies with low birth weight.

112. Sugar is associated with a worse outcome of schizophrenia.

113. Sugar can raise homocysteine levels in the bloodstream.

114. Sugar increases the risk of breast cancer.

115. Sugar is a risk factor in small intestine cancer.

116. Sugar can cause laryngeal cancer.

117. Sugar induces salt and water retention.

118. Sugar can contribute to mild memory loss.

119. Sugar water, when given to children shortly after birth, results in those children preferring sugar water to regular water throughout childhood.

120. Sugar causes constipation.

121. Sugar can cause brain decay in pre-diabetic and diabetic women.

122. Sugar can increase the risk of stomach cancer.

123. Sugar can cause metabolic syndrome.

124. Sugar increases neural tube defects in embryos when it is consumed by pregnant women.

125. Sugar can cause asthma.

126. Sugar increases the chances of getting irritable bowl syndrome.

127. Sugar can affect central reward systems.

128. Sugar can cause cancer of the rectum.

129. Sugar can cause endometrial cancer.

130. Sugar can cause renal (kidney) cell cancer.

131. Sugar can cause liver tumors.

132. Sugar can increase inflammatory markers in the bloodstreams of overweight people.

133. Sugar plays a role in the cause and the continuation of acne.

134. Sugar can ruin the sex life of both men and women by turning off the gene that controls the sex hormones.

134. Sugar can cause fatigue, moodiness, nervousness, and depression.

135. Sugar can make many essential nutrients less available to cells.

138. Sugar can increase uric acid in blood.

139. Sugar can lead to higher C-peptide concentrations.

140. Sugar causes inflammation.

141. Sugar can cause diverticulitis, a small bulging sac pushing outward from the colon wall that is inflamed.

142. Sugar can decrease testosterone production.

143. Sugar impairs spatial memory.

144. Sugar can cause cataracts.

Go here now to find find Nancy’s extensive references, which back up the citations on this list.

To learn more about sugar’s dangers, I urge you to get Nancy’s book, Suicide by Sugar. I also invite you to read my book, Sugar Shock.

In addition, find out more about more about sugar’s dangers by listening to a special Gab with the Gurus Radio Show on which I interviewed Dr. Nancy Appleton.

Listen to internet radio with Gab With the Gurus on Blog Talk Radio

Experts Industry Association Forms to Guide Authors, Speakers, Coaches, Etc.

Jack_canfieldIf 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."

You can learn about the association's code of ethics here

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
  • And more.

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

Sugar Shock Blog Now Promotes Quality Foods, Products & Services

Your_ad_here As you may have noticed, recently the Sugar Shock Blog began promoting certain foods, products or services with affiliate links or banner ads.

I've resisted doing this since the Sugar Shock Blog made its debut on June 7, 2010 because I was focused on bringing you great information and I wanted to maintain the quality of this blog.

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.

Thank you for supporting fabulous companies such as Vital Choice, U.S. Wellness Meats, the makers of the amazing X-iser and Hay House, which is publishing my next book, Beyond Sugar Shock. Speaking of my new publisher, will I see you at the upcoming I Can Do It Conference in Florida?

Showcase: Hay House, Inc.

I also invite you to visit my new Sugar Shock Shop on Open Sky, where you can find organic nut butters, chia seeds, colorful Buddha Bowls, organic shea butter, organic lavendar bath salts, organic cacao nibs,  a yoga mat cover and much more.

If you'd like to recommend a company, food or product to advertise here, let me know. But first, please read my Sweet, But Stringent Standards.

 

Grateful to Bike!

Gratitude_ornament - from shiningsungardenworks 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."

Plus, I kept repeating this affirmation recommended by the renowned, inspirational, self-help author Louise Hay to use whenever there is a problem. I've been saying over and over again, as she suggests:

"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 :

  1. I've been expressing gratitude a lot 
  2. I've been very focused on gratitude all week because of my five radio shows
  3. I've been stating the affirmations Louise Hay recommends
  4. I've been seeing my acupuncturist.
  5. 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. 

High Fructose Consumption Linked to High Blood Pressure

Soda TheDangersSoda1 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 the Journal 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
Denve
r, 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
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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.

To get a flavor for how soft drinks can pack on the pounds — one that will make your stomach turn — watch this “Pouring on the Pounds” ad from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Tap Your Way to Breakthroughs: “The Tapping Solution”

Tapping Solution 51A91dQUeiL._SL500_AA300_ 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.

I recommend that you find out now what’s going on here

FYI, this incredible opportunity is only available for FIVE days. So you'll want to act fast.

By the way, this film is ONLY for those of you who are ready to change. To create and manifest what you most
dream of and desire in life, learn about "The Tapping Solution" now.

In case you haven't heard about EFT, it has been used:

  • To help people overcome addictive patterns like over-eating and smoking
  • To overcome fears related to public speaking, concentration and sports.
  • To release pain and trauma
  • To clear limiting beliefs
  • To put the Law of Attraction into effect
  • To let go of fears
  • To resolve insomnia.
  • To manage your depression, anger and other disturbing emotions.
  • And much more.

I invite you now to check out "The Tapping Solution" and to share this with your friends, too. Just send them to http://tinyurl.com/TappingSolution-Connie

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."

Sugar Sugar Time (And I Don’t Mean Sweets!)

The_Archie_Show Thanks to talented journalist Dana Kennedy — creator of the clever blog,  A Year Without Candy — for reminding me of the fun pop song, Sugar, Sugar by the Archies.

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.

Dana 52 And, readers, please join me in congratulating Dana for making it 90 days without candies, cookies, etc. Way to go, Dana!

See my interview with Dana here, in which she articulately shared why she's choosing to go A Year Without Candy. 

Would you like to join her? Can you go A Year Without Candy or another unhealthy substance or activity?