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:

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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?

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Ladies, Why Risk Getting Breast Cancer?

Preserve Your Precious Girls: Take Your Cell Phone Out of Your Bra, Please!

Normally, I don’t impulsively tap a woman on the shoulder to share a health warning. But recently, at Whole Foods, alarm bells went off in my head when a pretty, carefree, 20-or-30-something woman nonchalantly strode by, with her cell phone tucked into her bra.

I felt compelled to approach The Cell-Phone-in-Bra Chick. After my insistent nudge, she thrust me an annoyed look.

“I’m sorry to bother you, but I just wanted you to tell you that it’s very dangerous to keep your cell phone in your bra,” I cautioned her.

Cell-Phone-in-Bra Chick glared at me, as if to say, “Leave me alone. It’s none of your business.”

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Lyme Disease Symptoms

Are You & Your Doctor Confused by Your Fatigue, Night Sweats, Mental Confusion, Insomnia & More?

Are you suffering from headaches, fatigue, night sweats, sore throat, swollen glands, back pain, blurred vision, vertigo or depression?

And do you often frolic in nature, especially hiking or camping in wooded areas?

If so, you may be suffering from Lyme disease, which is spread by infected ticks to some 300,000 people each year.

Lyme disease, which I urged you to learn about recently, presents a variety of ailments, which often baffle physicians.

That’s, in fact, why Lyme disease is called “The Great Pretender.”

“Unfortunately, ill-informed doctors are often flummoxed when patients complain of
fatigue, headaches, fever or chills, muscle or joint pain, mental confusion, swollen lymph nodes and neurological symptoms. It’s an appalling display of indifference,” I wrote once in op ed piece for AOL News.

Now, to help out those of you with befuddling ailments, here are some common Lyme disease symptoms:

  •        Fatigue
  •        Low grade fevers, “hot flashes” or chills
  •        Night sweats
  •        Sore throat

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IMPORTANT: Learn about Lyme Disease

Did You Know that Celebrities Such as Avril Lavigne, Richard Gere, Debbie Gibson & Mel Gibson Have Been Bitten & Stricken?

Every year, some 300,000 people, especially those, who hike in nature or whose dogs frolic in deer-popular wooded areas come down with a host of strange ailments such as fatigue, night sweats, swollen glands, memory loss, depression, sleep disturbances, chest pain, blurred vision, vertigo, headaches, and more. They have the debilitating Lyme disease, which is known as The Great Pretender, because its symptoms mimic many diseases and conditions.

Every year since summer 2008, when I was unknowingly Bitten in the City by a disease-carrying tick, I’ve been really ticked off and determined to spread important information about this alarming disease.

No one is immune. Indeed, Lyme’s victims include many celebrities, including pop star Avril Lavigne (see video below); actors Richard Gere, Ashley Olsen, Parker Posey, Peter Sarsgaard, and Jamie-Lynn Sigler (“The Sopranos”); and authors Rebecca Wells (“Ya-Ya” novels), and Alice Walker (“The Color Purple”), Amy Tan (“The Joy Luck Club”).

Other well-known people stricken by Lyme disease include former President George W. Bush, former New York Gov. George Pataki.

Likewise, singers Debbie Gibson. Daryl Hall (of Hall and Oats) and Pete Seeger; and athletes such as golfer Tim Simpson and baseball player Pete Harnisch (New York Mets) also are Lyme sufferers.

Recently, Tom Nicoli, world renowned hypnotist and motivational speaker, shared with Facebook friends about his challenges with Lyme disease, too.

Now, it’s urgent that you get educated and alarmed by this insidious disease. First, I invite you to listen to Avril’s Lyme fight. (See video below.) Next, I invite you to listen to this Gab with the Gurus show,  during which you’ll learn about diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of one of the fastest spreading diseases in the U.S. (more prolific than AIDS). And it’s caused by a tick bite you may never know you’ve had.


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Are You a Mosquito Magnet? The Surprising Secret to Stop Them from Biting You

Are you one of those people, who tend to attract mosquitos, who bite you often?

I urge you to read this post to discover how to eat to keep the mosquitoes away.

keep mosquitoes awayFor years, every summer, mostly beginning on 4th of July weekend, I used to be a major magnet for mosquitoes.

Lately, come to think of it, those biting critters have been leaving me alone.

But it wasn’t until this morning, when I received a fascinating email from the empowering Dr. Sara Gottfried that I realized why those annoying mosquitoes have been letting me be in peace.

Dr. Gottfried, as you may already know is a wife, mother of two girls (ages 8 and 13), friend, scholar, seeker, yoga teacher, Harvard-trained MD with 20+ years of experience, and author of the amazing New York Times bestselling book,The Hormone Cure:The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep and Sex Drive; Lose Weight; Feel Focused, Vital, and Energized Naturally with the Gottfried Protocol.

Anyhow, Dr. Gottfried — who’s s enjoying the holiday week in in rural Idaho at a ranch with her family, doing horseback riding, river rafting, hiking, and fishing — is happy to find that she’s “rarely getting bitten by mosquitoes.”

Guess why both Dr. Gottfried and I are being left along by the mosquitoes?

As Dr. Gottfried points out, her friend Alan Christianson told her recently, mosquitoes pick their subjects based on several things, including the level of ketones in your blood and sweat.

In other words, if you’re eating lots of sweets or refined carbohydrates — or what I call quickie carbs — those mosquitoes will like us.

But, on the other hand, as Dr. Gottfried explains, when “you restrict carbohydrates past a certain threshold (usually 25 to 100 grams of carbs per day, but this varies person to person), you produce more ketones and your body odor smells less fruity.”

In other words, as Dr. Gottfried concludes: “Ketones repel mosquitoes”” Not only that, but they may be Nature’s best mosquito repellent.”

That led Dr. Gottfried to restrict her carbs to see if thatt kept the mosquitoes from swarming. Sure enough, it worked.

A hah!

Lately, I, too, have been restricting carbs — not to repel mosquitos, but to shed the remaining pounds I’d gained after my mother passed away. (More about that later.)

Now, we all have one more reason to stay away from those compelling carbs — the mosquitoes won’t like us!

Thanks to Dr. Sara Gottfried for the heads up on this fascinating simple mosquito repellant!

FYI, here are some other ideas to be unappealing to bugs.

Join the conversation. What have you done to keep the bugs away? Talk to us. We’d love to hear your experiences.

Special thanks to Vector Graphics for this fabulous artwork. If I’m supposed to pay, please forgive me, but I didn’t see any requirements to do so. http://www.vectors4all.net/preview/mosquito-vector-graphics.jpg

The Sugar World Summit Begins October 17: Save the Date

Join the Conversation: What expert would you like to hear in the first Sugar World Summit? Let us know now.

Sugar-World-Summit_w_Date.fw_Save the date Friday, October 17, 2014.

That’s when the frist Sugar World Summit — a virtual event — will take place to educate, entertain and motivate you to Take Back Your Sugar Power.

The Sugar World Summit begins Friday, October 17 — exactly two weeks before Halloween, or what I like to call Sugar Overload Day.

Dr. Lustig During this once-in-a-lifetime virtual event, you’ll have access to world-renowned  anti-sugar pioneers, scientists, researchers, New York Times bestselling authors, educators, and wellness gurus, who specialize in weight loss, emotional eating, compassion, mindful eating, and cravings.

We’re also planning a few surprise celebrity guests.

Sign up below now to get exciting details delivered directly to your in box.

In this Sugar World Summit, you’ll get both The Sweet News and The Sour News.

You’ll not only find out about sugar’s dangers, but you’ll also discover sweet, simple tools to help you let go of your addiction to sugary foods and much-like-sugar carbs (or what I call auickie carbs or culprit carbs.).

Among those who’ve already agreed to participate are:

Sign up now for this exciting Sugar World Summit so you won’t be left out in the cold this holiday season with all those tempting “treats,” which can trick you into weight gain, mood swings, low libido, heart disease, and more.

So why would you want to quit or cut back on sugar? Well, you could: :

  • Easily shed your dreaded excess weight.
  • Leave behind your depression and get filled up with good cheer, passion and enthusiasm.
  • Have enough energy to keep up with your kids or perform well on the job..
  • Tame Your Cravings™ for sugary, salty or fatty unreal foods.
  • Banish your horribly annoying brain fog and begin to concentrate with a razor-sharp focus..
  • Rev up your libido so you’ll be thrilled with your time alone in the bedroom with your beloved..
  • Ditch those debilitating female ailments (either PMS or menopause, depending on your time of life.)
  • And much more.

Connie-headshot (2)Connie Bennett is a former sugar-addicted journalist. After kicking sugar on doctor’r orders in 1998, all 44 of her ailments vanished. Connie is now known as The Sweet Freedom Guide, and she is a transformational speaker, blogger, certified health coach, certified life coach, Gab with the Gurus host, and bestselling author of Beyond Sugar Shock, which was praised by many experts such as Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and Dr. Daniel Amen. Her first book, Sugar Shock. was  praised by Dr. Mehmet Oz. Connie’s next book will be out later this year.

Join the Conversation: What expert would you like to hear in the first Sugar World Summit?  Tell us know now.  

FDA to Include Added Sugars on Nutrition Labels

Added sugars will be singled out for the first time, according to proposed label changes from the United States Food and Drug Administration.

This is very good news for those of us, who’ve been warning people about sugar’s dangers and who’ve been trying to help people reduce their consumption of potentially harmful sweeteners.

What you’ll see are two lines of information for the total amount of sugar contained.

One line will say, “Sugars,” and another line will state “Added Sugars,” according to the FDA.

By offering information about “Added Sugars,” this will help consumers to cut back on their sugar consumption. which the U.S. government now recommends.

It’s reassuring that the FDA is now making efforts to educate consumers about of how much sugar occurs naturally in a product, and how much has been added.

Other changes you’ll see will include:

  • Updated serving sizes, which will make it clearer for products that are consumed in one sitting. (You’ll find dual column labels that indicate both “per serving” and “per package” calorie and nutrition information for larger packages that could be consumed in one sitting or multiple sittings.)
  • Calorie information will be provided in a bigger font and bolder. Serving sizes would be bold, too. (The proposed label “would drive attention to calories and serving sizes,” Michael R. Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, said in a statement.
  • The new labels would take out Calories from Fat. (This decision was to show type of fat rather than amount so that consumers can choose products lower in saturated and trans fats.)

Changes Won’t Happen For 2 Years

Unfortunately, consumers won’t see changes right away. Food companies will have two years to comply with the new requirements, according to the FDA.

Even though this will take some time, the FDA’s plans are exciting, because they’re designed to reflect the latest scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease.

Learn about other FDA food label changes here.

Sugars on nutrition labelsSpecial thanks to Karl Tate, who created the above infographic for LiveScience.

 

Dr. David Perlmutter of “Grain Brain” Fame on Gab with the Gurus

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Dr. David Perlmutter Do you have “Grain Brain”?

Find out from renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, M.D., author of the fabulous book, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar — Your Brain’s Silent Killers, who appeared on my Gab with the Gurus Show.

Dr. Perlmutter has come to recognition for blowing the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long — carbs are destroying your brain.

But he’s not talking about just unhealthy carbs. Even so-called healthy carbs such as whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.

Dr. Perlmutter will tell Gab with the Gurus listeners what happens when your brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age.

Of course, you can get lots more information in Dr. Perlmutter’s book, Grain Brain, but on our Gab with the Gurus Show, he will give you hope about how you can take control of our “smart genes” through specific dietary choices and lifestyle habits, demonstrating how to remedy our most feared maladies without drugs.

David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM is a Board-Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine where he was awarded the Leonard G. Rowntree Research Award for best research by a medical student. After completing residency training in Neurology, also at the University of Miami, Dr. Perlmutter entered private practice in Naples, Florida.

To tune into the show either live or later, go here.

Reformed Sugar Addict Alec Baldwin Interviews Dr. Robert Lustig on “Here’s the Thing”

Alec BaldwinDid you know that the formerly overweight actor Alec Baldwin is now a reformed sugar and carb addict, who used to consume  “a fish-tanked sized bowl of pasta” and other sweets but now is a sugar-free crusader?

Alec Baldwin also now has a fascinating podcast, Here’s the Thing, which you can learn about here.

Now listen to this intriguing interview Alec Baldwin had with Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at UC San Francisco, about our country’s addiction to sugar.

What a fabulous interview!

But here’s my overriding concern: We keep hearing about sugar’s dangers, but we’re not learning enough about how to quit this national addiction.

That was the impetus for my new book, Beyond Sugar Shock: The 6-Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction & Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter.

Given Alec Baldwin’s keen interest now in sugar addiction, I’d be honored to have the opportunity to share some tips for his listeners on how to break free of their sugar prison.