Is Your Sugar Addiction Making You Crabby?

Stop Sugar Shock! Large Are you moody, cranky and edgy for no apparent reason?

Well, it could be your sugar addiction that’s contributing to your embarrassing highs and lows.

Hurray to Well + Good NYC for pointing out this not-so-well-known fact about sugar’s effect on your moods.

Gratitude also goes to Well + Good NYC for interviewing me for this story, “Are you just cranky or addicted to sugar? A local expert explains the pernicious side of sweetness.

Do you live in or near New York City?

Please join me in my four-week course, which begins next Tuesday, Jan. 12 at the New York Open Center.

You’ll have a lot of fun breaking free of your sugar habit . Learn here about great tips you’ll get in the course.

What are your questions or experiences about sugar, hypoglycemia or type 2 diabetes? We’d love to hear from you on the Facebook Smart Habits Fans page.

Sugar Addicts: Get Free Support Now

Kick_sugar_with_us Now, that it’s a new year, would you like to overcome your sugar addiction?

In 2010, would you like to to connect with others, who also want to break free from a sugar habit and its accompanying frustrations?

And would you like to get support, encouragement and motivation from people who’ve successfully conquered their sugar addiction and carb addiction?

It would be my honor and privilege if you’d allow me to help you break free of your frustrating habit this year.

As I learned back in 1998, when you conquer your sugar addiction and carb addiction, life opens up to you in ways that you may have previously thought unimaginable. You may feel reborn like me!

Allow me to help you learn the wonders, joys and exhilaration that you get from leading a life free of an attachment to sweets and other artificial substances.

You can get support, encouragement and information to kick your sugar addiction in several ways.

  • Perhaps the best place to connect and chat with successful Sugar Kickers and soon-to-be Sugar Kickers is on Facebook, on the Smart Habits Fans page. There, you can ask questions, receive tips and tactics, get links to interesting articles, watch intriguing videos, learn about free teleseminars, lectures, coaching programs, get links to downloads and have access to me. Although I have a regular Facebook account elsewhere, if you’re a reader of SUGAR SHOCK! or desire support for your sugar habit, the Smart Habits Fans page is the best place to go.
  • You’re also invited to join the Stop Sugar Shock support group on Ning, where you can post a profile, ask questions, chat with fellow members, get information, watch videos, share recipes and more. I am hosting this site with my friend and colleague James Hahn II, who, like me, is a former sugar addict and life coach. In Stop Sugar Shock, you can learn about James’ remarkable journey to freedom here, in which he he peeled off nearly 100 pounds just by removing sugar. We hope to see you in Stop Sugar Shock soon. (Please note that this group began in Nov. 2002 as KickSugar on Yahoo, and it has now been renamed as Stop Sugar Shock and moved to Ning, which offers more interactive features.)
  • You also can attend a variety of free and paid programs with me, which I tell you about on this blog. For instance, no matter where you live around the country and world, I’m offering a free teleseminar/webinar on Thursday, Jan. 7 at 3 pm EST with my friends from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, which I attended. Find out now how you can have lunch with me in New York City (my treat) if you attend IIN, starting in February.
  • Then, on Monday, Jan. 11 at 8 pm EST, I’m offering another free teleseminar/webinar. Get details about this event by subscribing to my free Motivating Morsels ezine.
  • For those of you serious about changing your life and making your dreams come true, I also offer private and group coaching. Learn about coaching with me here.

I hope to see you very soon on Facebook or in Stop Sugar Shock and to meet you on one of my upcoming teleseminars/webinars.

High Fructose Corn Syrup: Sour Surprise

Bookcover Do you eat prepared, processed cereals, breads, pasta, yogurt, tomato sauce, crackers, frozen foods, pickles, canned vegetables or fruits? If so, then, without knowing it, you’re probably consuming a lot of sweeteners, especially high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

And did you know that when eat or drink too many sugars, especially HFCS, you can gain weight, as well as develop heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and numerous other life-shortening illnesses?

Learn more about HFCS in a mere three minutes by watching the 3 Minute Ad Age interview I gave last year. I just found out today that from the new Sweet Disguise blog that the video interview about HFCS is posted on YouTube so please spread the word to your friends and loved ones.

Find out more about the dangers of high fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners by getting my book SUGAR SHOCK!

  • You also can learn more about HFCS by visiting the new Sweet Disguise blog, which kindly featured my book and 3 Minute Ad Age Interview today.

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.

Grateful for You

Gratitude It’s Connie here to tell you that I’m VERY grateful to you, dear readers.

I really appreciate your support so that I can continue to serve you.

Now that it’s the holiday season, I feel that I want to tell you how grateful I am.

Grateful, as www.Dictionary.com tells us, means you’re “warmly Or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received.”

YOU, dear readers, are so important to me.

Because of YOU and 1) your willingness to learn, 2) your open-mindedness, 3) your desire to have a happier, healthier life and 4) your spreading the word about this Sugar Shock Blog, my book SUGAR SHOCK! and my coaching services, I can continue to help YOU and many more to break free of this health-Gratitude arms harming, mood-dampening addiction to sugar, refined carbs, artificial sweeteners and other bad habits
(or what I call babits™).

So thank you, YOU magnificent creature, YOU.

I love you, and as “Think Big” author Michael Port puts it, “not in a weird way.”

YOU Special One, I’m also here to remind you to remember that YOU are a wonderful, special, dazzling person with so great qualities.

So for the holidays through the end of the year, I invite you to remember to treasure your glorious body, which has been here for you no matter what.

When was the last time you thanked your body for all it does for you?

Let me gently suggest that you think twice before putting junk foods and sugar-filled, calorie-packed drinks into your body this holiday season, OK?

Before you slip a sweet “treat” into your mouth or nosh on fake, junk foods (that are artificially sweetened or filled with dyes and other additives), why not ask yourself, “What does my wonderful body really want?”I do hope that this post inspires you to treat your body like the temple it is. Wishing you all a fabulous rest of the  year!

Sugar Addiction: Get Help to Break Free, Beginning Jan. 5 at the New York Open Center

Open Center -- 6a00d834520ed269e20120a4ed2bf5970b-800wi With the new year coming soon, people often decide that it's high time to break free of their sugar habit.

And I'm here to help you conquer your habit in early 2010. 

Join me on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 6 pm, when you can get inspired and educated during a fun, often-interactive, life-changing free introductory class at the New York Open Center. which is the largest urban holistic center in the United States.

But that isn't all. You also can sign up for the four-week course at the New York Open Center from Jan. 12 to Feb. 2.

Please note that you get a free gift if you sign up for the Jan. 5 or the 4-week program because of reading about it on this blog.

But first join us for a complimentary introduction on Jan. 5.

In case you're wondering why you may want to consider kicking sugar, if you do so, you can:

  • Lose weight
  • Finally feel in control of their habit of consuming sugar and refined carbs
  • Feel free!
  • Get more energy on a consistent basis
  • Become more productive 
  • Walk your talk by consuming only healthy foods and drinks
  • Tap into your spirtuality
  • Be unfazed when desserts and sweet snacks abound
  • Feel exhilarated and excited about your many projects
  • Relish moving your body in a way you've never done
  • Enjoy more enriching, satisfying relationships
  • Boost your libido
  • Learn to calmly watch your sugar desires slide away
  • And much more

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Here's the description of the four-week course at the New York Open Center:

Do
you “need” a candy bar or soda just to get through the day? Are you
yearning to lose weight for good? Would you like to improve your moods,
banish brain fog, triple your energy and boost your libido? You can
peel off pounds, gain energy and improve your relationships just by
kicking sugar and refined carbohydrates. But removing culprit carbs can
be challenging.

Join “Smart Habits Girl” Connie Bennett, author of the
best-selling book SUGAR SHOCK!, who will show you that
breaking free of your sugar habit can be fun, exhilarating and
life-changing. In this four-week course, you’ll participate in
empowering exercises, eye-opening discussions and coaching scenarios to
discover how to identify your tempting triggers and well-meaning
saboteurs; how to soothe and nurture yourself in healthy ways; how to
use the “5 Ds” to squash your cravings; how to save money on food; what
to eat; how to “say no with sass”; if you should quit cold turkey or
phase out sweets; how to find hidden sugars; how to release your
bingeing-self-loathing cycle; if sugar substitutes are safe; and how to
find sweetness naturally.

Hope to see you there! Remember, if you sign up for the course because of learning about it on this blog, you get a free gift from me.

New Year’s Day: Kick Sugar With Me at the JCC in Manhattan

Nyday fitness fair esident_ad As most of you get ready for your holiday celebrations, I invite you to save New Year's Day (Jan. 1, 2010) if you live in or near New York City.

As we know New Year's Day is when most of us feel compelled to turn over a new leaf.

That's when a number of us wellness experts in New York City will be around to serve you — to help you become a better, healthier you.

Come hear me live from 1 pm to 2 pm  Eastern at JCC of Manhattan so you can kick your sugar habit or other bad habits (or what I call babits™).

Here is more information about my program:

Break Your Sugar Habit & Turn Your Babits™ (Bad Habits) into Blessings to Get a Life that Rocks!

Would you like to release excess weight, get energy and boost your libido?
You can do ALL that—and more—by quitting sweets and refined carbs. Get
easy tips and exercises you can enjoy as you discover:

  •  
    The “5 Ds” to squash sugar cravings anytime
  •  
    The 2 types of foods that drive away your “sweet tooth.”
  •  
    The truth about sugar substitutes.
  •  
    The single biggest mistake people make when trying to change a bad habit
  •  
    3 ways to save money on food.

Hope to see you there. If you come as a result of this blog post, you get a free gift from me so make sure to claim it!

Pre-register now, because the JCC in Manhattan is expecting lots of people.

Connie’s Confession: I’m a Health Hypocrite! Help Each Other

Sick_puppy-600x319 Normally, I don't reveal my vulnerabilities here, on this Sugar Shock Blog. Nor do I share a personal plight, but today, I feel a need to confess to you that I feel like the ultimate Health Hypocrite.

Sure, I eat healthy, wholesome, real foods. Yes, I religiously avoid sugary foods and carbs — and have since 1998 with only a handful of very minor infractions. I don't even smoke anymore. (Inhaling two packs of cigarettes is a thing of the past.) What's more, I've been shunning caffeine since a doctor suggested I do so more than a decade ago. And I don't even chew sugar-less gum or eat candies with artificial sweeteners anymore. In addition, I've triumphed over my diet soda slugging. Plus, I'm huge exercise aficionado. But feeding my body well and moving just aren't nearly enough.

Sleep My body craves — as does yours — ample sleep. We desperately need those zzzzzz's.Otherwise, I'm headed for sniffles, sneezing, coughing and congestion.

Well, lately — especially in the last week — I haven't walked my talk. Despite the fact that I know about the wonders of a good night's sleep and I'm even mentioning it as a "Smart Diet Habit" in my next book, I skimped on sleep myself last week. Now that I'm a health coach, I'm not going to indulge in self-blame. Rather, I'm going to use this realization as an opportunity.

The irony is that lately, I've been thinking a lot about and striving to do excellent self-care, because of my training as a health counselor and life coach and because I've been completing Cheryl Richardson's fabulous book, Take Time for Your Life, which was required reading for my life coaching program through iPEC.

I even just bought Cheryl Richardson's latest book, The Art of Extreme Self-Care, this weekend at this remarkable Hay House ouse Movers & Shakers conference. Both books have motivated me to think a lot about how we all will benefit if we devote ourselves wholeheartedly to treating ourselves with respect and reverence, even it it means we have to let go of current projects and disappoint people. 

Well, despite my commitment to treating myself right, last week, I neglected my needs when it came to snoozing. You see, I felt compelled to help you you a lot this month. I really wanted to:

Last week, I wanted to find time to:

My goals also are to:

  • Help support a friend or two, who is doing valuable work. This week, I spread the word about Donna Sonkin's event tomorrow, which unfortunately I may not be well enough to attend now.
  • Send send out an email blast to my mailing list about the exciting programs offered.
  • Plan the 2nd annual Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge in mid January, which includes lining up  top experts to join in our 24-hour twitfest and inviting them to add their names to a press release that will go out to members of the media as it did last year.
  • Send a pitch to The Dr. Oz Show suggesting a show about sugar addiction in January and to invite the producer to book both Stephen (Dr. Sinatra) and myself as well as other sugar experts and sugar addicts to appear on a much-needed episode. (Please help me suggest that we come on as guests to The Dr. Oz Show. And if you're a sugar addict in need of help, feel free to recommend yourself, too.)
  • Plan my radio shows for January. For example, on Wed., Jan. 6 at 2 p.m., you'll get valuable ideas from Gretchen Rubin on how to be happy. She is author of the new book, The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun. I'm also lining up shows tips with Gary Ryan Blair, the Goals Guy and author of the new book,Everything Counts: 52 Remarkable Ways to Inspire Excellence and Drive Results; and Annette Fix, who will give relationship pointers to use in the new year. (Stay tuned for details.)
  • Clear clutter in my apartment.
  • Buy a new printer, because my previous one broke down. 
  • Take time to exercise, meditate, do creative visualization, read inspiring passages and lay the groundwork to manifest a loving relationship.

Kleenex Wow, I'm exhausted just reading my list. Clearly, last week, I overworked, didn't work out enough and ignored valuable sleep time. One day I even put in about 20 hours. Or was it 22?

Clearly, I know better! For goodness sake, I'm both a health counselor and a life coach. People even dub me as the "Smart Habits Girl" (on Twitter), "Smart Habits Coach" or "Sugar Liberator."

But skipping sleep sent me straight to a sore, scratchy throat, hacking cough, a stuffy head and sheer exhaustion. Ironically, recently, I began to research the subject of sleep deprivation for my next book by reading articles such as this one and this one. Getting sick Now I have to miss two holiday parties tonight because of being sick.

While I'd rather be sleeping now, I'm writing because I really need your help. In return, I will help to bring out the absolute best in you. With  your assistance, I could get more sleep, help more people, have more fun, be more energized, take more time for me and lead the kind of balanced life that I help my clients to achieve.

…So I'm currently seeking several part-time independent contractors (2 to 10 hours a week). My goal and intention is to find:

  • An assistant producer for my Gab With the Gurus radio show (a fun gig!);
  • Several people to help build my community through social media — especially my new Facebook fan page and Stop Sugar Shock social network on Ning (also fun!);
  • 2 health writers or bloggers to research, write and post pieces about recent medical studies and other health and lifestyle developments on my Sugar Shock Blog and radio show updates on my Gab With the Gurus blog. The writers also would prepare press releases about upcoming programs to submit to ExpertClick.com (another fascinating project);
  • A marketing consultant, who can make suggestions about expanding my reach so I can help the people who most need my expertise;
  • 1 or 2 assistants to warmly greet attendees at my talks, make them feel welcome, pass out fliers at a variety of places in New York (or wherever I'm booked) and help line up more talks. (Right now I'm seeking people for my January talks — you just need to be warm, friendly and into serving others);
  • A tech-savvy person, who can do website updates (on Microsoft Front Page) and/or possibly move my entire Sugar Shock website to WordPress. This person also would set up my new Smart Habits Blog on WordPress before I add too much content on its current site.

At present, don't have a budget for these independent contractors. The good news is that I do have a BIG desire to help you live a better life. Plus, I have superb training from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), as well as my own experience being the Bad Habits Babe. I also have a proven track record, along with testimonials from clients about my ability to motivate, guide and coach people to break free of their self-sabotaging habits. (Check back here soon for more client kudos. I've been too busy coaching to get more testimonials.)

Life_coaching_logo Even if you're free of destructive patterns, we can still swap services.

I can coach you so you'll finally realize your dreams. (I can help anyone, but I do specialize in health, wellness and personal empowerment, and, in particular, I work with sugar addicts, stay-at-home moms, small business owners, authors, writers, health counselors, marketing experts.)

In addition, if you need writing or marketing services, I'm your gal.

Here's how it will work. You would devote a designated amount of time each week to help me in one of the above areas. In exchange, I'll either coach you in health, wellness and writing, or I"ll help you to write and/or edit something. Depending on how many hours you work for me, you would get either private coaching or you would be part of one of my Break Free With Connie group coaching programs. 

Sound intriguing?

If you're a fellow health expert, please join in the discussion here and on Facebook. Do you, too, feel sometimes like a Health Hypocrite? How? How have you overcome this? I'd love your ideas to improve.  (Plus, I'm working on a story for several sites.)

Enough writing. My shoulder and arm are very sore from typing, and I need to sleep, drink liquids, finish my chicken soup, take herbs and supplements and recuperate.

Hope you will take advantage of this amazing offer to help you set and reach your goals, tap into your inner purpose and passion and connect that with your outer goals to achieve extraordinary and sustainable results.

In the meantime, I'm now committing to you, dear readers, that I will conquer my destructive sleep deprivation habits. I need to live up to my "Smart Habits Coach" title. Besides, I know that I can lick this bad habit just as I have all my other bad habits over the years. But feel free to wish me luck!

Please spread the word about this offer — and feel free to share your thoughts here and on Facebook about my unhealthy hypocrisy!

Conquer Your Sugar Addiction With Me, Starting Jan. 5, at the New York Open Center

Since the new year is coming soon, if you live near New York City, I invite you to plan now to break free of your sugar habit so that you may be able to:

  • Lose weight
  • Finally make peace with sugar and refined carbs
  • Feel free
  • Get more energy on a consistent basis
  • Become more productive 
  • Walk your talk by consuming only healthy foods and drinks
  • Tap into your spirtuality
  • Be unfazed when desserts and sweet snacks abound
  • Feel exhilarated and excited about your many projects
  • Relish moving your body in a way you've never done
  • Enjoy more enriching, satisfying relationships
  • Boost your libido
  • Learn to meditate away your sugar desires
  • And much more

New York Open Center - 04 - Meditation Reserve your space now for Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 6 pm when you can get inspired and educated during my free introductory class at the New York Open Center.

Now, sign up for the four-week course at the New York Open Center from Jan. 12 to Feb. 2.

Let me know if you've signed up for this program, because I have special gifts for people who've enrolled to help you get through the holiday season.

Speed Shrinking is the Hot, New Trend

Check out this cool interview all about the new wave of Speed Shrinking, a trend that’s been created, thanks to my friend Susan Shapiro, author of the entertaining, new novel Speed Shrinking, which offers a humorous account about how a self-help guru (a sugar-addiction specialist, no less) going on a shrink shopping spree, seeing 8 in 8 days to help stop her cupcake binging right before a major TV appearance.

See the fun news story that ran about it. As you’ll see, I was one of the “Speed Shrinkers.”