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 people?
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.)