Reader Writes: “SUGAR SHOCK! Changed My Life.” What Are Your Questions?

Bookcover Often, I receive emails from readers of my book SUGAR SHOCK! Whenever I do, I'm so touched and honored that I've been able to help people from around the country and world. 

Here's a comment I received tonight from Ben in Massachusetts:

"Sugar Shock! changed my life. I [finally] got off sugar. For the first time in my life, I only eat non processed foods and no sugar. I feel calm all the time and [I'm] constantly energized. I feel great. It's easier to concentrate and exercise as well. …God bless you."

Ben then asked a few questions, which I'm answering soon in a Frequently Asked Questions project.

What would you like to know about sugar's dangers, quitting sugar or carbs? Please post your questions here.

In New York on New Year’s Day? Let’s Help Each Other

New-years-resolutions New Yorkers or people who live near New York City, will you be here on New Year's Day?

Get tips to break free of your sugar addiction at the JCC in Manhattan on Jan. 1, 2010. 

I'd be honored to have the chance to help you achieve extraordinary things.

Would you also be kind enough to help me for 2 to 3 hours on New Year's Day?

I'm seeking 6 people to help warmly greet attendees at my lecture and/or visitors to my booth.

How will you benefit? In several ways. Read on.

For those of you who live outside New York City, I would be honored to serve you, too.

So please stay tuned, because on Mon., Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. EST, I'm offering a free teleseminar/webinar to help you Break Free of Sugar & Other Bad Habits. (Details will come soon.)

Anyhow, for those of you who will be in New York City, here's how you'll benefit from helping me on New Year's Day:

  • You'll get a complimentary one-hour laser coaching session with me to make your dreams come true. 
  • You'll receive simple tips and tactics to better your life.
  • You'll feel absolutely wonderful knowing that you're helping me to serve other people!
  • You'll also benefit monetarily. (Contact me, and I'll explain.)

Learn more here about this exciting New Year's day event.

Again, please help me to help you!

To help out for 2 to 3 hours on New Year's Day, please write to me here or on Facebook here. or here.

Please spread the word, too.

Sugar Addict? Get Your Questions Answered Live Wed., Dec. 19 on my Stop SUGAR SHOCK! Radio Show on

Do you have questions about kicking sugar?

I’m here to help, especially since this time of year poses special sugar challenges.

On Wed., Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. EST., I will take your questions live during a special, one-hour Stop SUGAR SHOCK! Radio Show on

If you need help to kick sugar or confront your sugar habit, just call (646) 716-7312 between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. EST.

I will try my best to live up to my nickname as the "Sugar Sleuth" while answering your questions about how to lick your sugar addiction, how to successfully face holiday temptations, how to deal with your sugar-loving family members, what to do first and more.

Join me Wednesday. Remember, all you need to do is call (646) 716-7312 between 3 and 4 p.m. EST.

Learn more here about the "Just Ask Connie" one-hour special. Now click here to get details about my other radio shows, too.

Next week, I’m doing another show, too. On Tues., Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. EST, I’ll interview Mike Adams, editor of the popular website,, about confusing label claims such as "all natural."

Remember, you can ask questions live on Wed., Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. by calling (646) 716-7312.

Please spread the word!

Please note: This call-in show came about in this way. Firstly, for years, people have been besieging me with questions via e-mail and whenever they meet me in person.

Secondly, Marla Cilley ("FlyLady")who hosts her own wildly popular FlyLady, call-in radio show with Leanne Ely, also on — recommended that I host such a live, call-in show. Thanks, Marla!

By the way, it’s fun to host a show at What’s more, it’s becoming quite the happening place, with the audience quickly growing all the time — the site had over 1.7 million listeners in the month of November.

Dr. Mehmet Oz: Mark Your Calendars for Oct. 30 When Dr. Stephen Sinatra & I Interview Him on Stop SUGAR SHOCK! Radio

Save the date!

I just received confirmation that on Tues., October 30 at 2:30 EST, Dr. Mehmet Oz has agreed to appear on Stop SUGAR SHOCK! Radio Show.

This will be a very special show, because I will not be interviewing Dr. Oz by myself.

Dr. Stephen Sinatra, contributing author to SUGAR SHOCK!, will join me, and the two of us together will talk with Dr. Oz.

The idea for this special show came about, because Stephen (that’s Dr.
Sinatra) and I thought it would be really fun to turn the tables,
because a few months ago, Dr. Oz interviewed both Dr. Sinatra and I for Oprah & Friends Radio to talk about our book.

(It was such fun to watch the two doctors show each other such respect and admiration. Plus, it was a real treat to watch them share ideas and medical tips on nutrients, etc.)

Of course, on Oct. 30, Dr. Sinatra and I will do our best to ask Dr. Oz questions to help you lose weight and achieve better health. (We’ll have lots of questions planned, but you’re invited to submit your questions, too.)

During our interview with Dr. Oz, we’ll talk a lot about his new book, YOU: Staying Young.

Quite coincidentally, I asked for an interview on Oct. 30 not knowing that Dr. Oz’s new book, which he is co-authoring again with Dr. Michael Roizen, is scheduled to come off the press this week — specifically, a day later, October 31. (Amazon has the pub date listed as Oct. 30.) Great timing, eh?

So you, dear readers of this SUGAR SHOCK! Blog, get to be among the first to hear Dr. Oz talk about his new book. Sign up for updates here about the radio show.

Dr. Thornton’s Natural Health Report Spotlights Sugar’s Dangers — Interview With Me

Ktymlogo_3Today, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the friendly, cutting edge chiropractor William Thornton, D.C., who interviewed me for "Dr. Thornton’s Natural Health Report."

We had a really nice chat for his show, which airs Tuesdays at 9 am PST on KTYM Radio in Los Angeles.

The show is being described like this: "What do acne, cancer, and PMS have in common? Interview with special guest: Connie Bennett, author of the new book SUGAR SHOCK!" (July 24, 2007)

No problem if you missed the show. You can listen here now.

I posted this a couple of days ago, but I wanted to update this entry, because Dr. Bill just sent me this fabulous testimonial:

"Connie has the scoop on sugar. My radio audience got a new perspective on sugar’s deleterious effects on their health. Not only is sugar implicated in obesity and diabetes, but also in cancer and other degenerative diseases."

"The unique thing about Connie’s presentation is that the listeners have access to her for follow up via her blog and website, featuring lots of support and resources. Connie’s journalism background makes her book an easy and enjoyable read, while still being authoritative and informative. She speaks from experience, in a straight-forward, engaging manner. We had fun! Laughing and learning."

– William Thornton, DC – The Natural Health Report, KTYM 1460AM, Los Angeles

Wow, thank you!

Kids Still Bombarded With Junk Food Ads on TV

This a follow-up to yesterday’s item about the Kaiser Family Foundation’s study on how kids are bombarded with TV ads that peddle junk food.

As I’ve stated here before, such massive marketing to kids is one that offends me greatly, because our innocent, defenseless children are basically being almost brainwashed to eat their culprit carb foods. Not only could all this junk food lead to obesity, but it could trigger many other health and emotional problems.

Kids eating lots of junk food could have difficulty concentrating, get headaches, be excessively exhausted, anxious, depressed, moody, and even get bad grades.

Anyhow, see this thoughtful, thorough New York Times article from Elizabeth Olson today about the new study.

She writes:

"For years, health officials have warned that bombarding children with junk food commercials has contributed to the problem of childhood obesity. Food conglomerates, eager to fend off federal regulation, have made various commitments to improve, including a pledge in December to meet goals for promoting fitness and healthier foods.

"The Kaiser Family Foundation{cq} released a study yesterday that it said provides a way to measure the companies’ progress. The foundation, a nonprofit group that focuses on health care issues, found that 50 percent of ad time on children’s shows is devoted to food. Among the ads aimed at children and teenagers, 72 percent are for candy, snacks, sugary cereals or fast food."

The repoter continues:

"These advertisements `are largely for products that children should be eating less of, not more of, if we’re going to get a handle on childhood obesity,’ said Victoria J. Rideout, director of the foundation’s program for the study of entertainment media and health.

Of the food ads that the study examined, 34 percent were for candy and snacks, 28 percent for cereal and 10 percent for fast food. Ms. Rideout said that almost 100 percent of the cereals were sugared."

Do take time to read Elizabeth Olson’s entire New York Times story. It’s a great overview about the situation and the food industry’s defensive, "I’ve changed!" reaction.

Live in the Northeast? Become a Savvy Sugar Sleuth With Me Tuesday Morning When I’m On TV in Philadelphia (CN8)

Live in the Northeast? Wanna learn how not to get duped by those often misleading food labels? And have some fun laughing at Connie, the "Ex-Sugar Shrew"-turned-"Sugar Sleuth"?

Art_connie_medWatch me on the "Your Morning" show on CN8, The Comcast Network, when anchor and managing editor Connie Colla interviews me out of Philadelphia at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow (Tues., Feb. 6) about foods with hidden sugars. (Cool, I get to chat with another Connie!)

Tune in to get helpful, juicy pointers so you can choose foods that don’t contain all those unnecessary sweeteners.

Don’t fret if you don’t live in Philly. As the CN8 website explains, this network has a tremendous reach.

In fact, more than 9 million Comcast cable homes in 12 states and 20 TV markets from Maine to Virginia to Washington, D.C., will be able to to catch my interview tomorrow.

CN8, as its website explains, offers "a unique brand of live, interactive television delivered over its own fiber-optic network."

To clarify, you’ll be able to watch me on CN8 Tuesday morning in any of the following areas:

  • Albany
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Burlington
  • Charlottesville
  • Hartford-New Haven
  • Harrisburg
  • Harrisonburg
  • Johnston-Altoona
  • New York
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • Portland
  • Providence
  • Richmond
  • Roanoke-Lynchburg
  • Salisbury
  • Springfield
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Wilkes Barre-Scranton

We’re sure to have an eye-opening segment…

But I’ll give you a little hint now though…. Why avoid all these hidden sugars? Well, all those sweeteners can really add up when you’re unknowingly consuming them all day long, all week long, and all month long.

Indeed, excess sugars you’re unwittingly taking into your wonderful body can lead to a whole host of problems. (I reveal the shocking scooop about sugar in my new book SUGAR SHOCK! from Berkley Books.)

You’ll see me talk about buying:

  • Yogurt
  • Cereals
  • Crackers
  • Marinara sauce
  • Salad dressings
  • Peanut Butter
  • Energy or snack bars
  • And a surprise or two

After my TV appearance on CN8, I invite you to join in the discussion here. And, if you’d like some shopping help, you’ll be able to get my Sugar-Free Shopper’s Guide, too.

Bear in mind that we only have a few minutes for my interview, but you can get all kinds of helpful info on deciphering those food labels and in dispelling food-label misconceptions in my new book SUGAR SHOCK!, which is available at bookstores and online retailers nationwide.

Save the Date: Virtual Book Tour on Jan. 17

Mark your calendars! Wed., Jan. 17, 2007 will be a very exciting day.

At 1 p.m. EST (10 am) Dr. Stephen Sinatra, the medical consultant for my book, and I will be answering your questions during a very exciting Virtual Book Tour.

Wondering what the heck that is?

Essentially, it’s a 70-minute teleseminar where we will talk about whatever concerns you raise — as it pertains to sugars and refined carbs.

Details to come.

Join My Tele-Seminar Dec. 14 and Get Tips on How to Politely Put Off Those Well-Meaning, Holiday “Sugar Pushers”

Mark your calendars for next Thursday, Dec. 14, 8 p.m. EST. Read on…

You see, time and time again, around this time of the year, people approach me or write to my free, online KickSugar group with a tremendous sense of urgency. They plead for information about how to survive the holiday season without sugar sneaking back into their lives, without gaining weight, and without becoming a super-stressed person, especially around all those tempting "treats."

Before Christmas and Chanukah, folks inevitably get worried about those holiday celebrations. They ask me something like this: "Connie, how do I deal with those well-meaning, but terribly annoying holiday sugar pushers, who land up making me ruin my diet, eat sweets I’d rather not have, and feel horrible about it to boot?

They also wonder, "How the heck can I stay nonplussed and face all this holiday stress, betweeen seeing the relatives, giving gifts, and trying to refrain from all those sweets?"

I’ve been listening to your pleas for help. I’m pleased to announce that on Thursday, Dec. 14, I will offer a 70-minute tele-seminar, "How to Politely Put Off Those Well-Meaning, Holiday `Sugar Pushers.’"

On this call, I will be talking about subjects you choose. In other words, I’ll answer your most pressing questions. That’s right, you, my audience, is going to guide me to giving you what you want and need. All you have to do is go to and then submit your questions and then sign up for my tele-seminar.

Since you’re in my inner circle because you read my SUGAR SHOCK! Blog, I’m offering you a special VIP price of $9.97 — in fact, I marked down the price for special people like you. (It’s normally $29.97.)

I’m having a special guest on that night, too. Stay tuned for details.

Follow-Up: My Harrowing Night In The ER & Ambulance Journey

Off topic again…

Yeah! Finally. despite the intense pain from accidentally almost slicing off the tip of my thumb — with the help of Pergoset — I finally slept almost 12 hours!

Actually, by light of day, the incident was funny — well, more like quite picturesque!

Me bleeding all over the place (in sink, on towel, etc.) for 1/2 hour; going in an ambulance to a hospital but paramedics bandaging me first; getting a painful tetanus shot and excrutiatingly painful anesthia shots (which made me scream!); waiting in "Urgent Care"; etc.

Good news, though — which I’ll tell you about by typing ever-so-slowly, with one hand:

  • I cut my left hand (and I’m right-handed). Phew!
  • Missed slicing through my bone (by about 1/16 of an inch)!
  • I got an experienced M.D. with 9 years’ of ER experience
  • Friends, people have been very nice to me
  • Still have one good, functioning hand (thank God)
  • The 5 stitches put my thumb back together
  • I’ll be able to still sort of work (well, tomorrow, slowly, with one hand), when pain subsides

One dramatic moment: By the time I got home, I cleaned the large knife and put it away forever!

Too much pain now… Bummer. My best friends are out of town. Uh-oh. Feeling dopey. Nap time.