Agave is Worse for You than High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS): Please Stay Away From the Stuff!

Agave_syrup1 In recent years, health-minded people and health food restaurants have been excitedly ingesting and switching to the supposed, “safe, “all natural” sweetener agave or agave nectar.

Time and time again, since 2003, four years before my book Sugar Shock! was published in December 2006, I’ve been warning people that agave is not safe. In fact, I’ve been telling people, it may be worse for you than high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

Again, for some seven years now, whenever people have asked me if agave is a good idea to use, my answer has always been the same:

“Stay away from agave, because it’s very high in fructose and may have more fructose than high fructose corn syrup.”


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I invite everyone to connect with me now on Facebook.

You can join me in two ways.

Join the Smart Habits Fans (that's to:

  • Get a Smart Habit Tip of the Day to help you kick sugar or break other bad habits (or what I call babits™), improve your life and inspire you, I hope!
  • Watch cool videos.
  • Receive links to interesting articles and much more.
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When you ask me to be your friend, please let me know how I know you, because I always like to learn more about you first. I love meeting new people!

For instance, when you ask me to be your Facebook friend, please tell me:

  • If we met at a conference or at one of my talks.
  • If you read my book SUGAR SHOCK!
  • If you're a fellow health counselor, life coach, author, journalist, solopreneur or wellness advocate.

Connect with me now.

First, join the Smart Habits Fans.

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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.

Institute for Integrative Nutrition: Learn About This Amazing School Thursday

IIN 3085333270_0c0b637805 People often ask me if I recommend the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) when they learn that I attended this largest nutrition school in the world. (I’m a June 2006 grad.)

One of the biggest questions I get is: “Connie, what can the Institute for Integrative Nutrition do for me?

Find out this Thursday.

Join me Thursday, Jan. 7 from 3 pm to 3:30 pm EST in a free teleseminar/webinar to discover:

  • The 1 powerful principle I learned at IIN, which changed my life and opened my eyes
  • 2 simple, life-changing tips to break your sugar habit — or for that matter, any bad habit (or what I call babits)
  • What inspired me to attend the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
  • How  attending the IIN wowed me, because I had the opportunity to meet absolutely amazing, positive, compassionate, health-conscious people, who seek to make a difference in the world and to do their part to improve the quality of other people’s lives
  • How the Institute for Integrative Nutrition gives lots of practical, focused help through its special Fast Track program that helps you build a successful career as a health counselor
  • What I was doing before and while attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition

You can listen to this teleseminar/webinar either live or later, at your convenience.

Institute for Integrative Nutrition In the meantime:

– Learn about the IIN difference

– Check out the remarkable curriculum

– Or take a quiz to learn if IIIN and you are a match.

Then get my answers to your Frequently Asked Questions about IIN:

You: Do you recommend the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Connie?

Absolutely! Attending IIN was a fabulous, life-changing experience. I absolutely loved it, and I wholeheartedly
recommend that you speak to an admissions advisor now to learn more.

You: What are some of the things I can expect if I attend the Institute for Integrative Nutrition?

You will get so much from attending IIIN. For instance:

  1. You have the opportunity to attend or listen via Ipod to lectures by world-renowned speakers — big names like Deepak Chopra, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Joe Mercola and, plus you learn from experts in self care, dancing, eating disorders — you name it, you get it! (Learn about the stupendous speakers here.) This, for me, was one of the big draws that prompted me to sign up for the school. These lecturers are amazing!
  2. You get to meet hundreds of amazing, high-energy, positive-thinking people from all over the country even the world. What’s so exciting is that you meet people all on your wave length — you’re all into eating healthfully, making a difference
    and becoming a better person. By attending IIN, it’s sort of like joining one big, health-minded, optimistic family. Whenever you meet anyone from IIN, you instantly bond. (Meet graduates here and notable alumni.)
  3. The curriculum is all encompassing. For instance, you learn about a variety of dietary theories,
    from Atkins to macrobiotics. (What other nutrition school does this? None of which I’m aware. Sure, as with any school or program, you may not agree or relate to everything you learn. But that’s perfectly OK. For instance, I disagree with the sweetener recommendations. But I can live with that, because that’s just one very tiny piece of what this wonderful school teaches. What’s that expression? Why throw out the
    baby with the bath water? You will LOVE all this instruction on conflicting theories! That’s my prediction.
  4. You get educated about the value and importance of what founder/director Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd calls “primary food.” I just love this concept — one that I’ve been advocating for years myself (using a different name). You’ll hear me talk about primary food on our Thursday call. So make sure to sign up here for the free Thursday teleseminar/webinarI
  5. You get to meet fabulous new friends! That is so cool!
  6. You are consistently educated, inspired and motivated. How can you not be
    when your fellow classmates are all sweet, dedicated, empowering
  7. You get much, much more than a nutrition education.
    You get a whole experience. For instance, you do fun, interactive
    exercises. You even attend meetings and study groups in your
    area.You connect with classmates in many ways.
  8. You learn about yourself as a person. Plus you’ll grow!
  9. You get lots of practical training to help you build your
    health-counseling career, which to my knowledge, no other nutrition
    program does to this extent. They teach you some really wonderful
    skills and techniques. The marketing instruction from Robert Notter is simply fabulous.
  10. You can chat with classmates through the wonderful, nurturing, fun online
    education community. On the “OC,” as we called it, you also can get questions
    answered, find out about upcoming programs, read articles, etc. (I spent a lot of time on the OC while attending IIN, because I was spending a lot of time home researching and writing my book SUGAR SHOCK! during this time.)  You can even
    participate in an alumni OC after you graduate.
  11. You’re greeted and helped by warm, welcoming, hard-working Graduate Leaders and professional staff members whether you attend live or through the distance learning program. Believe you me, they have one incredibly challenging job to do! (FYI, if you attend live in New York City starting in February, you may be able to meet me, because I’m applying to be a Graduate Leader.)
  12. Everything almost always runs smoothly. (They really do pull off major logistical miracles.)
  13. After you graduate, you’re still welcomed and invited to attend alumni conferences, continuing education teleseminars and functions. Plus, if you’d like to get more involved, you can attend immersion.

You: Can I really begin a career as a health counselor after attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition either live or through the distance learning program?

Absolutely. What’s so impressive about IIN is that you get such incredible training not only in nutrition principles but in how to build a career.

You: So, how would you sum up what you get from attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition either live or through the distance learning program?

To sum it up, I’d say that at IIN, you get a lot more than just a nutrition education. You get an exhilarating, expansive, nourishing, life-changing experience.

You: If I attend classes live in New York City, can I meet you and pick your brain about kicking sugar or building a health coaching career?

Yes, let’s meet for lunch one of the weekends. Not only that, but I will take you to lunch — my treat.

You: How would we meet if I sign up the distance learning program?

It would be my pleasure to give you a complimentary laser coaching call or just a fun Q & A if you attend the distance learning program.

You: How can I learn more about IIN?

Join us Thursday from 3 pm to 3:30 pm EST in a free teleseminar/webinar to find out about this amazing school and my experiences there. You’ll even get some tips to break free of your sugar habit, too. In fact, IIN was kind enough to post this on the Integrative Nutrition Blog about the sugar blues, too. (FYI, my figures are higher. People consume more like 170 to 190 pounds of sweeteners per year per person.)

You: How can I sign up?

It’s easy.

I hope this Q &A answers your questions about the Institute for
Integrative Nutrition. If you have more questions, feel free to contact

Join us Thursday from 3 pm to 3:30 pm EST in the free teleseminar/webinar! Can’t make it live? Listen later.

Please make sure to mention that Connie Bennett, author of SUGAR SHOCK!, sent you. And tell these wonderful people that I said hi.

Now learn about some exciting Case Histories, too.

Now watch some IIN grads talk about their experience at the school:

Meatless Monday: Will You Join Us?

Meatless Monday Tomorrow, I’m joining the important Meatless Monday campaign.

I now pledge to do my part in 2010 to help reduce meat consumption by 15 percent “in order to improve personal health and the health of our planet.”

Will you, too, join this important, healthy, fast growing movement, which is a non-profit initiative sponsored in association with the Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health?

Of course, you smart, astute, health-conscious readers will have questions. Get answers and learn important information below how going meatless on Monday can improve your health, save gasoline and much more.

Get some history about this important program.

Why go Meatless?

Why Monday?

Learn about Movers & Shakers going Meatless.

Michael Pollan quote about Meatless Monday

And find out about Top Meatless Monday Moments in 2009 involving Michael Pollan, the movie Food, Inc., Al Gore, Lou Dobbs, Glen Beck, Laura Ingraham, Kathy Freston and Paul McCartney.

Make Meatless Monday one of your New Year’s resolutions, too.

Let’s get down to basics now. What can you eat if you skip the meat?

It’s very easy to go meatless on Monday. Instead of having chicken, beef or pork,
just get your protein (2 to 3 servings) from beans, legumes, eggs, nuts and seeds instead.

Naturally, you’ll want to eat ample vegetables (5 to 5 servings) and fruits (2 to 3 servings), as well as, whole grains (if you choose) and small portions of quality fats (2 to 3 tablespoons).

Plus, I’m excited to learn, the Meatless Monday folks encourage you to limit sweets, sweetened beverages, fried foods, salty snacks and foods with hydrogenated oils. Of course, as readers of this Sugar Shock Blog and my book SUGAR SHOCK! know,  I highly recommend cutting out or at least cutting back on sugary foods and drinks for the sake of your health, moods and relationships.

Get some tips on easy substitutions to eat here.

Now get answers on your nutritional quandaries.

Learn about Seasonal Picks.

Join the Movement now.

Learn about Meatless Monday in the Media. 

Listen to what the experts are saying.

Al Gore quote about Meatless Monday

Get some Monday Recipe Videos, too.

You can even get cool ideas for foods to try on the Meatless Monday site. Learn now about magnificent almonds. and get a recipe for Almond Butter Cups. (I’m not sure if the chocolate chips are sugar-free. I hope so.)

Are you a blogger. Join Bloggers on Board to promote Meatless Monday to our readers.

Special thanks to Joshua Rosenthal, founder and executive director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, for inspiring me to join Meatless Monday. It was this article, which I learned about on Facebook, which inspired me to action.

Find out about IIN this Thursday, Jan. 7 from 3 pm to 3:30 pm EST, when I’m interviewed for a teleseminar/webinar. Sign up now.

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.

Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction, etc. & Be Happy With Me in 2010!

Happy-new-year-2009 Wishing you very happy new year to all you wonderful readers of this Sugar Shock Blog.

May your 2010 be the year in which you fulfill your fondest dreams and wishes.

Now, I invite you to start the year on a very happy, liberating note with me!

If you're in New York:

If you're in another part of the country or world, please join us virtually or telephonically so that you can still get tips, tactics and tempting tidbits.

Deepak Chopra, Dr. Andrew Weil, Etc. Will Inspire You: Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s Holiday Gift

Deepakchopra I bring you exciting news.

Starting soon, you can get inspired and educated by some of the biggest names in health in wellness all in the comfort of your own home or in the flesh.

You can be motivated and instructed by spiritual guru Deepak Chopra; wellness advocate Dr. Andrew Weil; raw food expert David Wolfe; Dr. Arthur Agatson, the founder of the renowned South Beach Diet; Dr. Joseph Mercola (of; and many other Movers & Shakers in in the fields of health, wellness and nutrition.

Plus, you can have lunch with me in New York — MY treat.

Over lunch, you can quiz me over lunch about
sugar, artificial sweeteners, your procrastination situation or
whatever else is on your mind.

Plus, I’ll even throw in a complimentary
laser coaching session.


Wouldn't it be cool to hang out with some of the biggest Movers and Shakers in the field of health and wellness?

Dr. andrew weil. ny And wouldn't it be fun to have lunch with me and to ask me all your pressing questions about sugar and sugar addiction and whatever else is on your mind?

How can you hang out with all of us?

It's easy. just sign up for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN).

I'm writing today, because my friends at IIN, the world's largest nutrition school, are offering my friends and fans a special holiday gift.

If you register now for the coming year, you'll not only get inspired by such gurus as Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil and David Wolfe, but you can get a special tuition scholarship for $500.

Being in the presence of ALL of these wellness Movers & Shakers is exhilarating. Andy, David, Joe and many more will move you to change your life! (OK, I confess, I didn't actually hang out with them in a private room. But I got to be in their magnificent presence, and it was thrilling to be in the same space with these remarkable Movers & Shakers!)

You, too, can enjoy the company and information from those AMAZING wellness gurus. They can become YOUR personal guides, too, when you register for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) the IIN curriculum world's largest nutrition school.

While attending this amazing place,  Deepak, Andy, David, IIN founder/executive director Joshua Rosenthal (a man with a vision) and the other incredible speakers can help you learn about good nutrition.

Not only that, but my friends at IIN can help you to look at food in a whole new light.

They also can help you to learn how you can be “reborn” just by choosing the right foods for you that nourish your body and soul.

IIN bnr_HHWEpisode33 What's more, IIN can help you discover all about “primary food,” the most important food of all—-and, hint-hint, it’s not a food you put in your mouth. (You’ll love this concept!)

You can even become a health counselor by attending IIN and take on your own clients.

Because I so love the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and all that they do, I wanted to tell you about their very special holiday gift —  which you can get only because you’re my friend or fan.

Again, now, as a special Holiday gift, through the end of December, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition is giving away a $500 Tuition Scholarship. (Darn! Wish I’d had this opportunity back in 2006, before I attended IIN!)

To take advantage of IIN’s generosity, you need to act by December 31, 2009.

Remember, by signing up for IIN now, you can attend live classes with world leaders in health such as Deepak Chopra and Andrew Weil, meet me for lunch one Saturday and receive an amazing nutrition education.

If you can’t slip away from city or town in the U.S. or abroad, you can be in the company of these wellness Movers & Shakers by iPod. Just enroll now in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) Distance Learning program. You'll simply download these incredible lectures directly to your iPod. Since we can't meet in the flesh over lunch in New York City, I'll devote one hour to you over the phone to answer your questions and laser coach you.

Sign up now to to take control of your health and well being. Just call now at (877) 730-5444. When you enroll, please mention that you received this gift from Connie Bennett so you’ll get your $500 Tuition Scholarship.

Remember, you want to act now, because this scholarship gift expires December 31, 2009.

Would you like to learn more about the Institute for Integrative Nutrition?

Join me Thursday, Jan. 7 from 3 to 3:30 pm EST in a special teleseminar.

Listen to me share:

  • How my life changed after kicking my sugar addiction.
  • 3 top tips to break your sugar addiction and other bad habits.
  • About my next book, The Smart Diet Habits of Highly Successful Losers.
  • What inspired me to enroll in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
  • How IIN helped me to build a successful career.
  • Pointers to people starting out in the field of holistic health and nutrition.

Remember, when you enroll and attend Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) classes live in New York City, I want to take you for lunch, answer all your questions and offer you a complimentary laser coaching session.

Register now for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN).

Now sign up for the exciting webinar/teleseminar with me on Thursday, Jan. 7 from 3 to 3:30 pm EST.

Call IIN now directly at (877) 730-5444. Please remember to tell them that Connie Bennett sent  you.

See you in February in New York?

Learn more about IIN with me on Jan. 7, too.

Institute for Integrative Nutrition Grads Offer Heartfelt, Healthy Gifts

Iin Now that it’s the season to be merry, are you wondering what kind of Heartfelt, Healthy Gifts to get for loved ones?

Get great ideas here, on my Sugar Shock Blog, and also on a special Gab With the Gurus Radio Show.

Iloveme ring Special thanks are due to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and its founder/director Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd..

You see, because of IIN, I was fortunate enough to connect with three guests, who appeared yesterday on this Heartfelt, Healthy Holiday Gifts Gab With the Gurus Radio Show. Listen to the show now (see below).

These three guests, like me, are grads of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school, which Joshua founded in 1992.

Get your questions answered about the Institute for Integrative Nutrition here, on my Sugar Shock Blog. (As you’ll soon learn, I highly recommend IIN.)

Health Gifts - Sleep Tight Anyhow, learn about wonderful, Heartfelt, Healthy Gifts, especially those offered by the following, fellow IIN grads:

1) The talented nutritionist Randi Luckman, founder of, whose Sleep Tight HealthKit is shown here (above left). Randi offers many incredible packages, which she often custom creates for a client.

Please check back here soon, to the Sugar Shock Blog, to see a picture and get a complete list of the items included in (drum roll here, please) The Sweeter Life Gift  Basket that Randi and I are now creating for you.

For instance, The Sweeter Life Gift Kit may include ginger herbal tea, bath salt, bubble bath, fish oil, organic almonds, a relaxation CD and powdered stevia. (FYI, we’re very excited about this product, which we’ve been planning to develop for a while.)

Cleanfood-cvr You’ll also learn on this Heartfelt, Healthy Gifts Gab With the Gurus Radio Show about:

2) The creative Arielle Fierman, founder of Be Well With Arielle and creator of beautiful I Love Me rings and other jewelry (shown above).

You’ll also get to hear from IIN grad:

3) Terry Walters, author of the acclaimed, award-winning book,  CLEAN FOOD: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source With More Than 200 Recipes for a Healthy and Sustainable You..

Clean plates 4) Although he couldn’t appear on the show, thanks to IIN, I also met Jared Koch, another IIN grad, who is  performing a vital service for New Yorkers.

Jared is co-author, with experienced restaurant critic Alex Van Buren, of Clean Plates N.Y.C., a handy guide to healthy places to eat in Manhattan.

5) Finally, if you’ll permit me, I invite you to get my book SUGAR SHOCK! How Sweets and Simple Carbs Can Derail Your Life–And How You Can Get Back on Track
as a holiday gift for loved ones.By the way, I was researching and writing this SUGAR SHOCK! while attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. (What a welcome relief it was to head over to classes as a break from all the working!)

Bookcover Anyhow, my book is intended to help wake you up to the dangers of
sugars and refined carbs and then to give you valuable tips and tactics
so you can break free from your dangerous habit of over consumption.

This post is in honor of these four and the thousands of fellow graduates over the years of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

continue to be amazed by the wonderful projects and activities former
IIN-ers are doing! Read about some amazing success stories here.

You’re also invited to listen now to this radio show I hosted last year, which featured more than a dozen graduates of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Listen now to the Heartfelt Gifts Radio Show with Randi Luckman, Terry Walters and Arielle Fierman.

Heartfelt Holiday Gifts

Stress buster Wow! What a wonderful Gab With the Gurus Radio Show we had about Heartfelt Holiday Gifts!

Five charming, dazzling guests just appeared on the show to offer you suggestions for Heartfelt Holiday Gifts.

1) On this Heartfelt Holiday Gifts show on — which you can listen to at any time (see below) –  you'll hear from Randi Luckman, founder of Randi, who I met while attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), tells you about … drum roll here… The Sweeter Life Gift Basket that we've developed for you.

This Sweeter Gift Basket will contain such things as ginger tea, bath salt, a relaxation CD, cinnamon, aromatherapy oil, some organic almonds, fish oil, powdered stevia and body oil.

Please note that the basket shown (above left) is Randi's Stress Buster package. Stay tuned, because you'll soon get more details and have a chance to see a photo of our new Sweeter Life Gift Basket, which will be available in standard delicious and deluxe packages. 

2) In addition, on this Heartfelt Holiday Gifts show, you'll also get inspirational, heartwarming Gifts_Giving_Back suggestions and thought-provoking thoughts about gift-giving from the "Queen of Gift Giving" Robyn Spizman,  founder of and author of The Giftionary: An A-Z Reference Guide for Solving Your Gift-Giving Dilemmas . . . Forever! . has thousands of ideas that can help you to show your loved ones you care by offering Gifts That Give Back.

3) Meanwhile, Debra Berndt, creative-visualization guru and love-mind expert Debra Berndt — author of the upcoming book Let Love In — tells you about two life-changing products that she's steeply discounting just for you.

You can get her soothing Complete Relaxation Set (9 MP3s) and Weight Loss Hypnosis Set (4 MP3s). You'll be shocked when you learn how the low price at which she's offering them to you.

To get your special discount, all you Relax set CRS-2 need to do is type in the code "sweet" to get the special discount.)

To get a flavor for Debra's amazing talents at relaxing you, check out our free, soothing holiday gift. That's right — you get a free download from our Relieve Holiday Stress program which we held last week.

We're offering this present to you as our way of wishing you a happy, healthy, calm holiday. You can listen to your audio download now, through the end of the month.

To get there quickly and easily, just go to

Iloveme ring Please feel free to spread the word, too, to your friends around the world about this free holiday gift. Just  send them to:

When you've listened to our free holiday gift, pleae let us know what you think.

4) You'll also hear from Arielle Fierman,
who creates amazing jewelry, especially the I Love Me rings shown above).

Again, just give her the code "sweet" to get your discount only available to readers of the Sugar Shock Blog, listeners of the Gab With the Gurus Radio Show and fans and followers of all of guests appearing on this show.  

5) On this Heartfelt Holiday Gifts show, you'll get ideas for inexpensive healthy gifts that you can cook from Cleanfood-cvr Terry Walters, author of the wonderful, award-winning book, CLEAN FOOD: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source With More Than 200 Recipes for a Healthy and Sustainable You.

Terry will even tell you how you can cook edible, healthy gifts on a budget.

For further information, I encourage you to visit all of our guests' websites.  (If you buy something from them, you're invited to mention how you heard about them — through this Sugar Shock Blog, the Gab With the Gurus Radio Show or one of the guests on the show today.) Please check out their beautiful sites, which contain wonderful, heartfelt, high-quality products.

Clean plates On the Heartfelt Holiday Gifts show, I also mentioned four of my favorite books, which would make great gifts, in my humble opinion.

I also highly recommend:

The fabulous books, The Art of Extreme Self-Care and Take Time for Your Life from life coach and bestselling author Cheryl Richardson. I cannot rave enough about these books, which will help you to take back your life and become a master at treating yourself well.

Clean Plates N.Y.C. from Jared Koch and Alex Van Buren. Every health-minded New Yorker will enjoy having this handy little book, which is a guide to the healthiest, tastiest restaurants in Manhattan. (And it's small enough to fit in your handbag or briefcase.)

SUGAR SHOCK!, which, admittedly, is my book. By giving this to a friend or loved one, you're Bookcover saying that you care about them and their health and you'd like to help them to live sweeter lives. In the book, which involved my interviewing hundreds of health experts  and connecting with thousands of sugar addicts worldwide, you get educated about the dangers of sugars and refined carbs. In addition, you get many simple, useful tips to help you to break free of your harmful habit. In SUGAR SHOCK!, I strove to take a gentle, compassionate approach, and my intention is to serve as your friendly, compassionate, sugar-free guide, who holds you by the hand to help you become more healthy, happy and centered.

Now that you have a number of ideas for Heartfelt Gifts, let me also help you breeze through the holidays with poise, dignity and peace of mind.

Read my 7 Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress story on my Huffington Post blog.

FYI, please note that the last live Gab With the Gurus Radio Show of 2009 will take place next Tuesday (Dec. 15) at 2 pm EST, when you'll learn how to Love Your Body, Love Your Life with Sarah Maria, a body image expert.

Later in the month, you'll also have a chance to listen to replays of two favorite show from 2009. 

Listen to the Heartfelt Holiday Giving show now.