The Power of Food Advertising

Are Your Junk Food Decisions Your Own? For Crush-Cravings Monday

Let’s face it. During the holiday season, in particular, it can be especially tough to pass up on fatty, salty, sugary temptations, which will pack on pounds, make your clothes too tight, and lead you to believe that you have no will power.

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The first step to step into your strength is to realize that advertising influences our eating behaviors and may trigger our cravings for certain junk foods.

Try to remember the last time ads subtly recommended that you eat some junk foods.

  • Were you reclining on your couch or bed, watching your favorite television show(s) and then up popped ads for rich, enticing, super-savory chocolate treats?
  • Or while at the movie theater, did you see ads subtly recommending that you drink soda or eat popcorn?

Did you feel out of control later?

  • Did you feel driven to get some chocolate, popcorn or soda?
  • Were you make your own choices or did the ads dictate your behavior?

That’s the power of food cues in advertising.

But you can Take Back Your Food Power, even during the holiday season when advertising for unhealthy food substances is in full force.

Later, I’ll share Easy Ways to Take Back Your Power, but for now, you need to know that science shows the power of advertising.

Indeed, recent reviews of the scientific evidence on advertising and eating behavior reveal a definitive link.

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Did You Overeat Recently? Shower Yourself with Compassion

Pigged Out on Thanksgiving or Recently? Easy Cravings-Crushing Monday Tip

So did you overeat and go back for seconds or thirds on Thanksgiving or at a recent holiday party? You’re in good company. Millions of you have already caved into your cravings for sugary, salty, fatty junk-food treats.

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Today, for Cravings-Crushing Monday, I’m here with one easy way to let yourself off the hook.

Let’s say you pigged out last week at Thanksgiving.

Or you overate in the days that followed.

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, you feel yourself sliding down a slippery slope.

You may feel like a runaway train.

You’re now finding it hard to say “No thank you” to many sugary, fatty, salty temptations.

How do you stop your downward spiral?

Just Shower Yourself with Compassion.

This powerful tactic can rescue you no matter how much you’ve pigged out.

As I shared here, self-compassion can even help you lose weight.

Considerable research reveals the remarkable healing power of self-compassion.

And if you’ve blown your diet recently, self-compassion is exactly what you need.

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Crush Your Cravings over the Holidays

It's Super-Simple to Take Charge of What You Put in Your Mouth

Every holiday season, people cave into their cravings for the worst kinds of foods.

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Many Crazy Cravings — as I call them — come on full strong when people just look at temptations.

It’s inevitable.

You’ll see candy canes, pumpkin pie, gingerbread houses, candied yams and other sweet or carb-filled temptations.

And, like clockwork, inevitably, people around the world eat. .

So for this week’s Cravings-Crushing post, I want to make it easy for you to begin to easily, effortlessly, even playfully rise above your temptation-triggered cravings this holiday season.

Get ready to avoid the bevy of temptations over the holiday season in our junk-foods-driven world.

Let me help you Crush Your Cravings right away.

Bear in mind that this holiday season, you don’t need to eat robotically.

You can quickly, easily Crush Your Cravings that were triggered when you saw junk foods.

All you have to do is unobtrusively use simple, but powerful, science-based tools.)

Ready to rock now?

Just sign up now to get your two super-simple tactics right away.

In this easy-to-read, fun Cravings-Crushing, Quick-Start Guide, you’ll discover:

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3 Simple Shifts to Stop Holiday Overeating

Ah, Thanksgiving…a day of togetherness and celebration, a day set aside for expressing gratitude for our many blessings. Now, though, this holiday — smack in the middle of The Season of Sugar Overload — has become synonymous with pigging out. For many, it’s a foodie free-for-all, which can make you gain weight, play havoc with your moods and plunge you into self-hating remorse. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Discover 3 Simple Shifts to Stop Holiday Overeating.

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  1. Grow Bigger Eyes

You probably know the expression, “My eyes were bigger than my stomach?” This holiday is the perfect time for you to look at this old adage in a new way. Instead of using the maxim to explain away the mound of food on your plate, take this as your goal: You want to Grow Bigger Eyes. By this, I mean you want to develop and then actually see a grander, better, bolder vision of yourself. In that split-second moment during which you decide how much to pile on your plate at your family-style Thanksgiving meal or buffet (or, while you’re getting up the courage to say, “No thank you” to your host), envision how you’d like to look and feel next week, next month, next year.

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7 Secrets to a Serene Halloween

Special Cravings-Crushing Monday Gift

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Counter Halloween Sugar Overload.

halloween sugar overloadIt’s National Sugar Overload Season again. (That’s what I call this time — from now to the end of the year.)

Yes, sadly, Halloween is the trigger for a year-end bout of sugar gorging.

Today, I come bearing a gift, a webinar I did on 7 Secrets to a Serene Halloween.

Click here to get your sweet, safe Halloween gift.

Are You like a Sugar-Craving Rat?

Have You Heard about the Rodents, Who Chose Sugar over Cocaine? (For Cravings-Crushing Monday)

Have you heard about the rats, who found sugar or saccharin more tantalizing than cocaine?

In this study, most of the critters studied — a whopping 94 percent — wanted sugar or saccharin, NOT cocaine.

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Recently, while planning my upcoming Crush Your Cravings Boot Camp, I was reminded of a fascinating study from Dr. Serge Ahmed, a scientist with the University of Bordeaux in France.

Back in 2009, I had the pleasure of meeting Serge while taking a ferry to a Food Addiction conference on IslandWood in Bainbridge Island, where I had the honor to give fitness guru Jack LaLanne a Lifetime Achievement Award.

I invite you now to “eavesdrop” on my fascinating conversation with Dr. Serge Ahmed. serge-ahmed-maxresdefaultInstead of practicing my rusty French, I asked Serge in English so I wouldn’t miss anything about his sugar addiction research.

Just imagine Serge speaking with his adorable French accent.
He told me, “Connie, I was so surprised. We discovered that sugar may be as addictive as cocaine.”

You had to see Serge’s face to get a sense of this monumental discovery.

His eyebrows lifted. His eyes grew big. His face registered shock. He moved his hands about dramatically.

The next day, at the conference, Serge laid out his findings in more detail to the attendees of this event about Food Addiction: The Obesity Epidemic Connection.”

The title of Serge’s presentation told it all. It posed the question, “Is Sugar as Addictive as Cocaine?”

Ultimately, Serge and his research team discovered that intense sweetness “is much more rewarding and probably more addictive than intravenous cocaine.”

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My Inspiring Nightmare

I Need to Help As Many of You ASAP With My Free Crush Your Cravings Virtual Workshop

Sunday night, after spending an incredibly inspiring five days with the most remarkable speakers who are helping millions — such luminaries as Jeff Walker, Reid Tracy, Susan Garrett, Ryan Levesque, and Justin Livingston — I had a strange, startling nightmare.

A full-blown, utterly frightening nightmare.

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In my nightmare, I’d contracted a disease from a foreign country, I believe.

The illness was incurable. In short, I had only a few days to live. My time would be up soon.

And that’s when I woke up. I was going to die within days!

Knowing that I would die soon, you know what upset me the most? That I would die without haven’t served you enough.

This nightmare has been haunting and hounding me for the past two days.

I’ve been so troubled, rattled and shaken to the core — and I still am — that I never helped more of you, who struggle with bingeing, obesity or other health hazards.

I’ve been upset that I haven’t shared enough of the cool, amazing, super-simple, ninja tools I’ve been researching or creating over the past four years to help you Crush Your Cravings™ for sugar, flour, fat and salt.

How can I die without getting out there and helping you ASAP?

The good news is that — to the best of my knowledge — I don’t have a rare disease. I hope I’ll still live a long life.

But I just cannot live with the fact that many of you never got my help.

So I’m doing something to help you ASAP.  I’m re-opening my recent free Crush Your Cravings Virtual Workshop, which I hosted last week. This time, you’ll get to watch four instead of three videos. The third video will give you a sneak peek at what I’ve been researching and creating for years.

In this video, you’ll get 3 Super-Simple Ninja Moves to Crush Your Cravings—And Get Instant Relief.

In short, you’ll now benefit from my scary but Inspiring Nightmare.

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My Crazy-Cravings Anniversary

How I Became Determined to Crack the Cravings Code: See My Videos to Learn How to Crush Your Cravings

Four years ago, around this time, after a grueling year watching the difficult death of my Mom, Crazy Cravings for salty carbs and fatty cheeses hit me hard. Now, for the first time, I’m revealing via video (for a short time) how I fell into a massive, months-long Carb Relapse, gained 21 pounds and became determined to Crack the Cravings Code. I’m also here with help for you.

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Learn in this video how — although I never went back to eating overt sugar (as in candies, cookies or cakes) and stayed away from sweets, as I had for the past 14 years — I had plenty of covert sugar from less obvious sources as movie popcorn, onion rings, corn nuggets, sweet potato chips and more movie popcorn.

For months, my Crazy Cravings kept hounding me while I sought to face and rise above TAG (my phrase for Trauma, Abuse and Anger and Grief) and much more.

“Connie, Eat Me, Eat Me, Eat Me,” those crappy carbs called out to me while I was walloped by painful emotions.

For quite a while, I was mortified since a sugar and carb expert, for goodness sake!  In fact, it took me a full two years to get up the guts to publicly confess to my carb sinning on this blog.

These days, my Carb Relapse and TAG are long-ago history. My sense of humor, quirkiness and joie de vivre have returned.  Lately, the revelations have been pouring in.

Now, as I share in my new video, I realize that My Crazy Cravings Became My Greatest Teachers.  

So I’m back to serving you. Woo Hoo! I’m here to help you first learn about your cravings for junk foods full of sugar, flour, fat or salt.

Then I’m here to help you Crush Your Cravings.

Check out my free video series to discover my fascinating findings about cravings. (Please note that the video is up for only a few more days.)

Make sure to post your comments on the video page. Tell us: Have you ever been waylaid by intense cravings that threw you completely off course and goaded you into self-destructive bingeing?

Get Your Cravings-Crushing Guide?

Cravings-Crushing Monday Gift

Have you downloaded your free, Cravings-Crushing, Quick-Start Guide yet?

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For this week’s Cravings-Crushing Monday, I want to make sure you’ve gotten your special gift to help you begin to easily, effortlessly, even playfully Crush Your Cravings for good.

Get help now to rise above your frustrating cravings.

Get ready to avoid temptation in this fast-food oriented, convenience-driven world.

I’m determined to help you Crush Your Cravings right away.

(In fact, for nearly four years, I’ve been studying and creating ways so you can Crush Your Cravings quickly and unobtrusively, using powerful, science-based tools.)

Ready to rock now?

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

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Popcorn is Not a Dieter’s Best Friend

A Cravings-Crushing Monday Feature: Those Puffy Nibbles Aren't a "Free" Food

Popcorn is not a healthy dieter’s best friend.

Sure, you may read or heard that otherwise, but you’ve been misled.
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Sure, it can be challenging to resist popcorn and other junk food, especially at movie theaters. The tantalizing sight, smell and possibly sounds of popcorn popping are tough to ignore.

But by gobbling a lot of popcorn, you’re overloading carbage (my phrase for carb gargage).

The equation is simple: Popcorn = Sugar

Just look at nutritional contents of popcorn and you’ll be shocked.

A medium bag, for instance — as shown in the image above from top cartoonist Isabella Bannerman — racks up a whopping 1,200 calories, 60 grams of fat and 83 grams of carbs. (Divide that by four to come up with the teaspoons of sugar.)

In effect, when you mindlessly shovel the contents of a medium popcorn into your mouth, you’re flooding your bloodstream with some 20.75 tsp. of sugar in one sitting, thereby vastly exceeding the American Heart Association’s recommendations of six tsp. of added sugars per day for women. (And I recommend that we consume far less.)

Let’s face it though. It’s easy to ignore the popcorn facts. I know I did back in 2012 to mid-2013, while reeling after the death of my mom and struggling with grief and PSTD.

Popcorn is Not a Healthy Diet Food

Now learn more why popcorn is not a healthy diet food.

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