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.”
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.
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:
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!
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.)
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.
You get to meet fabulous new friends! That is so cool!
You are consistently educated, inspired and motivated. How can you not be
when your fellow classmates are all sweet, dedicated, empowering
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.
You learn about yourself as a person. Plus you’ll grow!
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.
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.
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.)
Everything almost always runs smoothly. (They really do pull off major logistical miracles.)
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.
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.
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.)
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:
Please join me New Year's Day, Jan. 1 at 1 pm, for my free inspiring talk where I help you to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction and other Bad Habits at the JCC in Manhattan (334 Amsterdam Avenue at West 76th Street).
On Fri., Jan. 14, from 12 to 3 pm, you're encouraged to come hang out with me at Willner's Chemists at 100 Park Ave. in Midtown, when I sign copies of my book SUGAR SHOCK! (You'll have a chance to have your questions answered.)
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.
Next, on Mon., Jan. 11 at 8 pm EST, you can join us from anywhere around the world for a complimentary teleseminar/webinar to learn how to make your New Year's Resolutions a Reality. Sign up for my free Motivating Morsels ezine to get the call-in details.
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 Mercola.com); 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?
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?
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 world's largest nutrition school.
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.
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?
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.
1) The talented nutritionist Randi Luckman, founder of HealthGifts.com, 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.)
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.
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.
TheGiftionary.com 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.
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.
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 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 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.