I Was So Ashamed and Embarrassed

Wow, You Related! Read Some of Your Confessions, Then Share Your Tale, Too

Wow, you so related to my tale of shame, embarrassment and self disgust when processed carbs had me under their control.

You knew exactly what I meant when I said that those toxic carbs (movie popcorn, corn snacks and other chips) cast a spell on me.

You, too, have felt Crazy Cravings™, which have led you, too, to do so much Heartbreak Bingeing™ that you gained a lot of weight quickly.

A little history is in order. Recently, I confessed to the thousands of people on my mailing list, which you, too, can join that back in late 2012 to mid-2013 after the death of my Mom and the grueling last year with her, during which my cancer-ridden mother inadvertently angrily abused, belittled and betrayed me, I mindlessly rushed to nutrient-poor quickie carbs. Months later, I’d gained 21 pounds.

At last, four-plus years later, I have the courage to easily confess to my extended Carb Relapse without shedding a tear, getting choked up or feeling mortified. I’m now vulnerably but confidently confessing that for some six months after Mom left this earth that I mindlessly, powerlessly shoveled processed carbs into my mouth with an irrational fury and velocity and completely blew my diet.

After coming back from an awesome Tony Robbins mastermind, I felt moved to write to the confessed to my list.

Read some comments I received from people who felt fed up with having sugar or carb relapses. I’m only using first names to protect the people, who’ve slipped with sugar or carbs.

One email was more poignant than the next. Linda wrote:

Hello Connie,

Thank you for being truthful and honest with your readers. 

I have been on a detox diet, lost a bunch of weight and am now trying to figure out my new eating.

Unfortunately, I am a sucker for free food. 

Yesterday I was at a wine tasting fundraiser and overate because there was food that I hadn’t had in a long time and “wouldn’t be able to eat again.” Tonight I went to a networking event and the same thing happened. 

You would think I lived in a 3rd world country with no access to good food. (Note from Connie: My emphasis.)

FOMO, feeling deprived, feeling like I deserved it……., all feelings that I didn’t know how to handle.

I’m terribly afraid that my hard work will be undone. This all or nothing thinking has got to go!

Would love to hear how you got back on track. Thank you!


Is Sitting Killing You?

Will You Move More and Sit Less With Me?

Do you, like millions, sit for hours and hours?

Up until yesterday, I was one of those, who sat far too much.

You see, I’m writing this blog post while swaying my hips, doing squats, balancing on one foot after another, and/or dancing to cool music in front of my new awesome Standing Desk in my new place.

Bye-bye, back pain! Hello, happier, healthier, slimmer body.

No more sitting for hours on end while in the flow writing books, talks and blog posts.

You see, for all my intentions to be healthy and active, I’ve been naughty for years.

All that sitting has injured my back twice — we’re talking major pain — while I’ve been on deadline for my books, Sugar Shock and Beyond Sugar Shock.

Do you sit a lot as I did until quite recently?

If so, you need to learn about the deadly consequences.

Sitting can shorten your life — even if you exercise.


Crush Sugar Shock this Halloween

Do You Want to Fall Prey to Halloween Havoc This Year?

Every year, come Halloween, millions of people get walloped around by Sugar Shock, because they overdose on nutrient-deprived, sugary candies.

As this cartoon illustrates, all those sweets can trigger a huge case of Sugar Shock, complete with anxiety, insomnia and brain fog.

This year, you can take a different approach to Halloween. Instead, you could take Take Back Your Sugar Power.

You don’t need to gorge on sweets and then keep going, now through the end of the year, as millions do.

This year, I invite you to become pro-active and to treat your magnificent, exquisitely designed body with respect and admiration.

Don’t let wily, sneaky sugary candies rule you.

You are in control over sweet, dangerous temptations.

You have the power to turn your back on those “treats.”

Before I share three super-simple tactics, I invite you to share 1 to 3 easy things you can do to stay away from those dangerous, high-fructose-corn syrup-filled temptations.

Share your 1 to 3 best Halt Halloween Havoc tips.

Then, later this week I’ll share your ideas as well as some of my easy ways to Crush Your Cravings for those dangerous candies.

So what are 1 to 3 simple things you can do to avoid Sugar Shock this Halloween? Share your thoughts here.


8 Reasons to Celebrate When You Reach Sugar Independence

Just Think: You Can Be Free of Your Cravings for Processed Sweets & Carbs

While we celebrate Independence Day weekend in the United States, I invite you to think about how glorious it will feel to Celebrate Sugar Independence.

Even if you now feel trapped, discouraged and overwhelmed by your sugar addiction, imagine that you’ve actually broken free of over-attachment to sugar. Here are 8 Reasons to Celebrate Your Sugar Independence.

1) When you’ve kicked sugar and processed carbs, you’ll enjoy a delicious feeling of freedom.

You know how your sugar and carb addiction makes you feel trapped, burdened and weighed down (emotionally and literally, of course)?

Well, the reverse can be true. When you no longer have a sugar or carb addiction dogging you, you’ll feel the most amazing feeling of freedom.

2 ) When you turn your back on sugar and achieve Sugar Independence, you’ll Enjoy a Sweeter Life Naturally.

Admittedly, the taste of sweet snacks and desserts may entice you, but only momentarily. That sugar “rush” will vanish pretty quickly, and you’ll feel wiped out, discouraged and disappointed in yourself.

But when you Let Your Sugar Addiction go, Life is Sweeter Naturally, as I like to say.

3) When you shed sugar, you’ll easily shed weight, too. Maybe you’ll even turn heads soon.

Time for You to Be a Cravings Ninja

Let me Show You How to Easily, Quickly Crush Your Cravings

Are you like a trapped hamster, who endlessly spins on a wheel while stuffing your face with licorice, ice cream and chips? Worse still, are you rushing towards depression, cancer and diabetes.

But what’s keeping you trapped? Cravings.

After years of research, I’ve come to the inevitable conclusion that you keep bingeing on dangerous, processed junk foods because you can’t escape your cravings.

To help you, a little over a year ago, I began a weekly series, Cravings-Crushing Monday, to bring you fast, subtle, powerful tools to help you Crush Your Cravings.

As your Cravings Ninja™, I’m here to show you how to achieve Sweet Victory over your powerful cravings for junk foods full of sugar, carbs, fat and salt so you can easily, quickly  ignore temptation, shed pounds, and step into your willpower.

So why am I talking about your need to become a “Cravings Ninja”?


8 Favorite Sugar-Free Protein Powders

Crush Cravings & Avoid Agave, Sweeteners, Honey, Gluten or Dairy

Ever since I began eating cleanly more than a decade ago (no sugar, no agave, no honey, no barley malt and no other sweeteners, plus, no dairy and no gluten), I’ve been hunting for high-quality, nutrient-rich, dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free protein powders to use in my nutrient-rich Cacao-Cado-Chia-Berry Protein Shake every morning.

Sugar-Free Protein Powders


But this week, in particular, I’m actually surviving and thriving on Power Shakes alone, because I’m recovering from painful dental surgery, can’t eat solid foods for a week, and need ample protein to quickly heal my sore mouth.

So protein powders are on my mind, and I’m so grateful that in recent years, I’ve found plenty of sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free protein powders. Here are my current 8 Favorite Sugar-Free Protein Powders, which can help you get valuable nutrients that you might otherwise not get.

Frankly, it weren’t for my morning shakes, especially this week — when I can’t have any solid food due to dental surgery — I’d be starving or fainting. So here are the protein powders I like best. Please note that I recommend the unflavored ones so you won’t get any sugar, agave, honey or other sweeteners. Since I like all of these options, I’ve put them in alphabetical order. (more…)

Blogging for 15 Years!

Helping You Crush Your Cravings, Quit Sugar and Get Good Health

Wow, it’s my blogiversary. For 15 years now — ever since 2005, two years before publication of my first book, Sugar Shock — I’ve been dedicated to educating and entertaining readers of my blog with eye-opening, helpful tips, insights and info.

Connie Bennett

Join me in a trip down memory lane. Here’s the very first Sugar Shock blog post in early June 2005.

Over the years, I’ve written about a wide variety of health topics, including sugar addiction, health trends and tidbits and more recently (as in the past two years) about cravings. In fact, every week I post tips, information or insights to Crush Your Cravings or motivate you. (That’s why I call them either Cravings-Crushing Monday or Your Motivating Monday.

Here are some of my Craving-Crushing Monday posts:


Feel Anxious & Sleepless? Crave Carbs?

Meet the Amazing GABA -- Guest Post, Thanks to Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert & Certified Nutritionist

Note from Connie: Do you feel anxious, overwhelmed or stressed out? Would you like help to calm down, sleep better, and Crush Your Cravings?  

What if if you could quiet your mind, easily relax, cut out insomnia and calm your cravings without taking drugs?

GABA Anti-Anxiety Supplement

You may want to try GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA), a neurotransmitter that sends chemical messages through the brain and the nervous system.  Recently, I rediscovered GABA, thanks to a nutritionist, who’s helping me with my anxiety over health and housing challenges.

Today’s guest blog post is excerpted from two informative posts (here and here) by Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist.

First, I’m quoting from Trudy’s post. GABA, the calming amino acid: expert opinions:

‘GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) is one of my top nutrient recommendations for clients with physical tension, anxiety, overwhelm and panic attacks. I’m often asked if it really works and is it even worth taking so here is some feedback from practitioners from the Anxiety Summit, all of whom I consider experts on the topic.’


Is Your Cell Phone Making You Fat & Ruining Your Sleep?

The Problems with Blue Light & 9 Easy Ways to Improve Your Sleep - Your Motivating Monday

Do you use your cell phone, tablet or laptop after sundown? If so, you’re in good company, because 9 out of 10 of us use some type of electronic device at least an hour before bed.  But if  being so wired can ruin your sleep,  alter your metabolism  and make you gain weight. (Read on, because this photo with Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Swanwick shows you an easy way to stay wired at night but sleep better.)

So here’s our 21st century problem: Your favorite electronic gizmos before bedtime emit light of a blue wavelength, which trick your brain into thinking that it’s daytime. Not only that, but poor sleep is linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes and depression.

But, let’s face it, most of us probably won’t change our unhealthy tech habits once the sun sets.  For my part, my bad habit (or babit™, as I call it)—which, I’ve almost broken—is that I write blog posts or books into the wee hours.

What about you? Do you, too, have any of these popular 21st-century bad electronic habits?


Get Your Free Crush Your Cravings Gift

Cravings-Crushing Gift: 3 Super-Simple Secrets to Crush Your Cravings for You, Your Loved Ones & Online Friends

Since just about wherever you go this holiday season, you’ll be tempted by sugary, salty, fatty junk foods, I have a special gift for you, which will help you begin to easily, effortlessly, even playfully Crush Your Cravings for good.
unnamedIt’s time to get my newly revised Crush Your Cravings, Quick-Start Guide, which will give you 3 Super-Simple Secrets to Crush Your Cravings.

This Quick-Start-Guide — which I updated recently to add one more tip and to make it faster and easier for you to download — will help you rise above your frustrating cravings, beginning immediately.

So you can start to Crush Your Cravings this holiday season.

Bear in mind that if you do not Crush Your Cravings for sugar, carbs, fat or salt, you’ll probably pig out, gain weight and feel powerless.

So learn three easy, powerful, proven ways to Crush Your Cravings.

Over the holidays, you can use these super-simple, fast-acting, science-based techniques quickly and even secretly, while you’re out and about in our temptation-filled, convenience-driven world.

In your free Quick-Start Guide, you’ll discover:

  • How “Fast-and-Convenient” is both your Enemy and Your Ally.
  • What percentage of us get cravings and why. (You’ll be shocked by my findings.)
  • The Handy Cravings-Crushing Trick™. (Use this in movie theaters. It works brilliantly!)
  • The Turn-On-Your Willpower Tactic™. (Ideal for when you’re tempted on the go.)
  • How to Surf the Urge, Step Aside & Thank Your Cravings. (Yes, you can thank your cravings for waking you up.)
  • How to get weekly, Cravings-Crushing help so you can ignore those unhealthy, sugary, fatty, salty sort-of foods.

Why do I know so much about cravings? Well, for four years this month, I’ve delved deeply into this subject. It all began after the death of my mother when I was pounced on by Crazy Cravings, gained 21 pounds and lost my willpower for a few months.

But now that I’m the Master of my Cravings — actually, I only get good cravings now — I’m determined to help you Crush Your Cravings, no matter where you are, who you’re with and what junk foods entice you.

Ready to rock now?

Sign up now to get your free, Cravings-Crushing, Quick-Start Guide.

Just click the link here to get your 30-page, fun, fascinating, science-based Quick-Start Guide, which gives you 3 Super-Simple Secrets to Crush Your Cravings.

Let my Cravings-Crushing, Quick-Start Guide whisk you away from temptation for junk non-foods and and into the glorious, delicious, liberating world of self-control.

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