Do Junk Foods Make You Depressed?

When you’re depressed, do you turn to junk foods?

Then, do you get more depressed and gobble more junk foods?

For years, I’ve suspected and been convinced that there’s a bona fide connection.

Now yet another study, this one in Public Health Nutrition supports this junk foods-give-you-junky moods theory.

Read the conclusion of this study in Public Health Nutrition.

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Low Blood Sugar Today Could be Diabetes Later

Learn from the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation's New Infographic -- My Way of Celebrating 20 Years Off Sugar

Did you know that if you have low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) today, it could turn into type 2 diabetes tomorrow — well, maybe not tomorrow, but five, 10, 20, 30 years from now?

But what if you were able to prevent that from happening? Better yet, what if you could Thrive Sugar-Free for 20 Years after you were diagnosed with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)? How would you mark the occasion?

That was my challenge. Earlier this week (April 15), I marked 20 Years Sugar-Free.

Initially, I kicked sugar on doctor’s orders in 1998 because I had hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which triggered a whopping 44 ailments, including brain fog, heart palpitations and anxiety.

A few months ago, I began to consider my challenge. How could I celebrate 20 Years Sugar-Free? After all, I couldn’t or wouldn’t eat a sugar-filled cake or processed carbs. After all, I’m a recognized sugar and carb expert, the woman people call The Cravings Ninja™, and the bestselling author of the books, Sugar Shock and Beyond Sugar Shock.

Then, a few months ago, it hit me. The best way to celebrate 20 Years Sugar-Free would be to support the amazing woman, Roberta Ruggiero , who’d been so instrumental to my kick-sugar success. 

The hard-working, dedicated, charming Roberta Ruggiero is founder and president of the 38-year-old non-profit Hypoglycemia Support Foundation, Inc., which provides support, advocacy and information about the causes, prevention and management of low blood sugar. (That’s hypoglycemia’s other name.)

…So today, to celebrate my Thriving 20 Years Sugar-Free, I’m pleased to share what my gift to the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation has made possible. Roberta and the HSF CEO Wolfram Alderson worked hard to develop this HSF infographic, which will teach you about low blood sugar, a little-understood blood sugar disorder.

See the amazing HSF new infographic now on the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation website.

Then share this infographic with your friends, loved ones and social media buddies so you all can find out if you or your loved ones are one of millions on the blood sugar roller coaster.

You could save people of sooooo much suffering!

Share this infographic with millions of people worldwide, who badly need this information.

See the infographic here on the HSF website and then share this infographic with all your favorite peeps.

What the Heck Should You Eat?

Guest Post from Dr. Mark Hyman -- Catch Dr. Hyman on my Gab with the Gurus Podcast

Message from Connie: Special thanks to Dr. Mark Hyman, author of the new book, What the Heck Do I Eat? Dr. Hyman, a 10-time # 1 New York Times bestselling author, who is dedicated to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of Functional Medicine to transform healthcare. He is medical director at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine and founder of The UltraWellness Center.

Join us on my Gab with the Gurus Show on Mon., Feb. 26 (at 12:00 pm PT/ 3:00 pm ET), when Dr. Hyman will tell you how the food industry plots to make you a “a heavy user”; how you’re being fooled by so-called healthy foods; how to save money eating healthily an what to eat to have vibrant health. Now here’s his post:

“Most Americans don’t eat food anymore. They eat factory-made, industrially produced food-like substances – what I call Frankenfoods—that contain things like trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), monosodium glutamate (MSG), preservatives, pesticides, and antibiotics.

“Today’s industrial food-like substances have hijacked our taste buds and brain chemistry. Food giants have taste institutes, where they hire cravings experts to identify the `bliss points’ of foods to create `heavy users.’

“Our industrial food system, sponsored and supported by our government policies, has taken over our bodies, minds, and souls. Most of us have no clue. And worse, most of us blame ourselves for our bad habits, cravings, and weight gain.

“Even so-called healthy foods are hijacking our health. Manufacturers know that we’re becoming more health-conscious, and they’re staying three steps ahead of us. Most `healthy’ foods today are owned by big-food manufacturers. (more…)

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 with poles, 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.