Follow the advice of my creative Facebook friend Natalie Rothman, who came up with an innovative way of dealing with those enticing cupcakes on the cover of my book: Just cover up those annoying (but pretty) cupcakes by pasting a piece of paper over them!
Thank you, Natalie, for this brilliant idea and for sharing a photo with would-be readers of Beyond Sugar Shock about how you got rid of temptation.
Here's what prompted Natalie to cover the cupcakes on the cover of my book:
"For me 'out of sight is mostly out of mind' and seeing the cupcakes on the cover was really bugging me — making me think of cupcakes — so I covered them up! Maybe when i'm done the book and the process, it won't matter!"
When I learned about Natalie's cupcake challenges, I invited her to send a photo of her holding up a copy of my book. When I got the photo, I cracked up. (Please forgive me if that's politically incorrect!)
Now bear in mind that I'm not laughing at her — I'm cracking up at Natalie's ingenious way of dealing with the enticing cupcakes. She was quite clever. Indeed, sugar addicts, as I've discovered from working with them for a decade, are really sharp people.) Also, I can relate to Natalie, because I, too, was once tempted by just about any sweet I saw. I daresay that the sugar-addicted Connie of 1998 might have had the exact same reaction upon viewing the cupcakes.
It's now time for an apology to all you sugar addicts out there.
Please, please, please forgive me if the cupcakes on the cover of my new book, Beyond Sugar Shock, are too enticing for you right now!
But bear in mind that at the end of our six-week Mind-Body-Spirit adventure together, those cupcakes won't bother you if I do my job right as your Sugar Freedom Coach/guide and you use the innovative tools you get in this program.
In case you're wondering why cupcakes are on the cover of my book, here are thoughts from my perspective. My astute publisher, Hay House, probably has other brilliant marketing ideas.
Wherever you go these days, whether it's to the corner market, the drug store, a restaurant, or even a hospital, you will — without fail — be tempted, tortured or even taunted by sweets galore from cupcakes to donuts to sweet rolls to cakes. Usually, those tantalizing "treats" are really gorgeous, too. So what you see on the cover of Beyond Sugar Shock represents what's already facing you when you're "out there" in the real world.
My role, as your Sugar Freedom Coach and guide to the book's six-week program is to help arm you and make you strong enough by teaching you simple, but powerful tools and techniques so you can easily face temptation, whether they come in the form of cupcakes, cookies, or pies. So, over the course of our six weeks together, you'll learn to make peace with cupcakes or whatever dessert foods most tempt or bother you. My goal is for you to finish reading the book and doing the Adventurcises (adventurous exercise) and be unfazed by these cupcakes on the cover of the book. For instance, when I look at the cover of Beyond Sugar Shock, I just see something pretty — those cupcakes don't entice me in the least. Make sense?
Another reason cupcakes are on the cover of Beyond Sugar Shock is to draw the attention of sugar addicts everywhere. If the cover intrigues them — you? — enough, you'll pick up the book or go online to discover how it can help to dramatically change your life, right? (And my goal is lofty. I seek to help millions of sugar addicts. What better way to reach you than to have a book, which has a snazzy book cover such as this?)
Now, for one final thought as to why cupcakes are featured. I suggested to my publisher, Hay House, to put cupcakes on the cover, becuase lately, cupcakes have become all the rage. In fact, if you do a Google search for cupcakes today, you get 102,000,000 hits! But what's missing from just about every post featuring cupcake recipes and information is the dirt — you just don't learn how dangerous these sweets can be — how too many cupcakes or any kind of dessert can trigger disease and an early death.
So I hope you forgive me for the cupcakes on the cover. Now, let me help you overcome your desire for cupcakes or any other sweet, dangerous foods.
By the way, I just love getting feedback from readers. And coaching sugar addicts is something I feel compelled to do.
I also applaud Natalie for challenging me and asking me why cupcakes are on my book cover. You sugar addicts always give me amazing ideas! Thank you again, Natalie, for telling me about your cupcakes challenge and making me think about this.
For those of you who want to get help from my book but find the cupcakes too tempting, here's what I now recommend: Take the cupcakes test before you buy Beyond Sugar Shock!
If the cupcakes on the cover tempt you too much, cover them up as Natalie did after you bring it home. (Bear in mind that you're creating something that's only temporary.) Then, keep the cupcakes covered from you for as long as you need.
When you've succeeded in breaking free of your sugar addiction, then go back to the original cover.
And stay tuned, because we're going to hold a contest to see who can come up with the most creative interim cover to put over the three cupcakes on my book cover. (Bear in mind that your goal is to be able to see those cupcakes and not be tempted.)
So, are cupcakes your Achilles heel? Tell us now. And I'd love to hear from you — was putting cupcakes on the cover a good idea?
Please note: Beyond Sugar Shock is not officially published yet, but you can pre-order it now from either Amazon or my publisher, Hay House. The official publication date is June 1 in the United States and Canada and June 4 in Great Britain. Please keep checking back here, on this Sugar Shock Blog, to find out about exciting Beyond Sugar Shock Book Launch activities planned from June 5 to 14. You will, for instance, have opportunities, to listen to my interviews on my Gab with the Gurus Show with top health experts and leading thought leaders such as Jane Velez-Mitchell (on June 5, the official Beyond Book Launch Day) and Jeff O'Connell, author of the amazing book, Sugar Nation, on June 6. In addition, you'll have a chance to catch me interviewed on a number of radio shows and teleseminars or webinars.
As a journalist, author and radio host, I’ve interviewed hundreds, if not thousands of people on a variety of topics, from sugar addiction to vision boards to forgiveness to the power of the Law of Attraction.
Anita — whose story about her remarkable journey back from a near-death experience and her subsequent spontaneous remission of cancer is rapidly spreading on the Internet — gave a truly spectacular interview.
As 2011 winds down and we approach the holidays, we’re about to enter what I call the Season of Overeating and the Season of Sugar Gorging.
So before you over-indulge this holiday season, I urge you to learn the sour news. You need to know that when by continually chomping on delicious desserts, sugar can ruin your health in nearly 150 ways.
An avid researcher, Dr. Appleton is also the best-selling author of Stopping Inflammation and Healthy Bones. In addition, she lectures extensively throughout the world, has appeared on numerous television and radio talk shows, and maintains a private practice in San Diego, California.
Incidentially, to this day, more than 13 years after I quit sugar myself, I’m grateful to Nancy. In fact, her book, Lick the Sugar Habit, helped me quit sweets back in 1998.
Now review Nancy’s shocking list of nearly 150 ways that sugar can ham you before you continue to overdo it on sweets this holiday season.
Nearly 150 Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D. (Reprinted with permission.)
1. Sugar can suppress your immune system.
2. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body.
3. Sugar can cause juvenile delinquencey in children.
4. Sugar eaten pregnancy and lactation can influence muscle force production in offspring, which can affect an individual’s ability to exercise.
5. Sugar in soda, when consumed by children, results in the children drinking less milk.
6. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses and return them to fasting levels slower in oral contraceptive users.
7. Sugar can increase reactive oxygen species (ROS), which can damage cells and tissues.
8. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, inability to concentrate and crankiness in children.
9. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
10. Sugar reduces the body’s ability to defend against bacterial infection.
11. Sugar causes a decline in tissue elasticity and function – the more sugar you eat, the more elasticity and function you lose.
It's that time of year again. We're entering into what I call the Season of Sugar Overload, beginning with Halloween, where, as you well know, it's considered normal and inevitable for most of you to consume lots of candies.
Yes, Halloween on Oct. 31 is National Sugar Overload Day.
Unfortunately, most of you — i.e., the average American — doesn't need a National Sugar Overload Day to get license to over-indulge.
The average American consumes a whopping 22 teaspoons of refined sugar a day from hidden or overt sweeteners in packaged, boxed, or canned foods and beverages, according to recent statistics.
In my opinion, though, most of you are taking in far more sugar than that — you're consuming more like 50 teaspoons per person each day.
Of course, you may think you don't consume that much. Years ago, I didn't realize I was that hooked.
But after releasing my sugar addiction in 1998 (on doctor's orders), I learned that I was killing myself (and not so slowly) with sugar — specifically candies. For me, it was Halloween every day!
Now, I'm dedicated to dishing the sour scoop about sugar so that you can have a happier, healthier, more enjoyable life.
Which brings me back to this 22-teaspoons–day figure.
It's easy to consume that much In fact, just add up the sweeteners you get from a bowl of most breakfast cereals, a can of soda, a granola bar and three small cookies, and you've already topped 22 teaspoons of sugar.
Anyhow, given the fact that Halloween is upon us soon, a group of us health experts, researchers, authors, nutritionists, physicians, and concerned citizens have joined together to help wake you up to sugar's dangers.
Jill makes the important point that while Halloween may seem like an innocent occasion, but "the reality is that millions of Americans are hooked on refined sugars, and it starts in their youth."
Chronic consumption of sugar can lead to a plethora of diseases, including obesity, cancer, and type 2 diabetes, as I point out in my book Sugar Shock.
Join our worthwhile effort. Just check out the helpful website, End Sugar Addiction Now, where you can see a collection of healthy and inexpensive Halloween ideas that can take the place of sugar.
You'll also get some ideas for reducing sugar at home, in the schools, in the community and at work. The website also offers a list of resources about Sugar Addiction and an extensive Q & A section.
Those of us who support Sugar Addiction Awareness Day include:
Gary Taubes, award-winning journalist and best-selling author of Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat. Taubes is widely credited for writing groundbreaking pieces that have changed the way we understand today's chronic diseases.
Nicole Avena, Ph.D, University of Florida. Dr. Avena's pioneering research, using rodent models, has demonstrated the addictive qualities of highly palatable refined foods. (See a fascinating video here.)
Ashley Gearhardt, doctoral candidate, Clinical Psychology, and with the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University. Gearhardt’s 2011 study revealing patterns of addiction based on brain scans of people affected with compulsive overeating was widely reported. (Watch this fascinating video here about "Food & Addiction: What it is, How it is Measured in Humans."
Darlene Kvist, Licensed Nutritionist, host of the podcast "Dishing Up Nutrition." Ms. Kvist has helped thousands of clients lose addictions, lose weight and regain their health through proper nutrition. Ms. Kvist is located in Minnesota.
Jimmy Moore, host of "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb,” one of the most popular health podcasts on iTunes. Mr. Moore has interviewed hundreds of health experts, has written two books relating to the subject, and himself found recovery from sugar addiction through a low-carb food plan.
Fred Pescatore, M.D., weight loss physician and author of The Hamptons Diet. Dr. Pescatore, who began his career working with Dr. Robert Atkins, has been helping patients recover from Sugar Addiction and find permanent weight loss for decades.
Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., physician and author of Beat Sugar Addiction Now! Dr. Teitelbaum specializes in helping patients recover from chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and other conditions related at least in part to Sugar Addiction.
Yours Truly. I'm author of Sugar Shock. The reason I've been not as active lately is that I've been finishing my next book, Beyond Sugar Shock, which is set for release next spring from Hay House. (I kicked sugar back in 1998).
Although in an ideal world, you'd have no refined sugar at all, I'm realistic.
Adult men may have 9 teaspoons a day for adult men.
Meanwhile, the AHA’s recommends no more than 3 teaspoons for children.
As noted previously, today, most of you are vastly exceeding these maximums, with the average adult intake consuming about 22 teaspoons, and teens, about 34 teaspoons. (Again, I think most people consume more, but I'm using the often-cited stats.)
To illustrate sugar content of common foods, jsut look at how much sugar is found in soda, thanks to SugarStacks.com.
A study in the journal, Pediatrics cites a much higher figure. According researchers, soda contributed about "67% of all sugar-sweetened beverage calories among the adolescents, whereas fruit drinks provided more than half of the sugar-sweetened beverage calories consumed by preschool-aged children."
"On a typical weekday, 55% to 70% of all sugar-sweetened beverage calories were consumed in the home environment, and 7% to 15% occurred in schools."
The researchers concluded that children and adolescents today "derive 10% to 15% of total calories from sugar-sweetened beverages and 100% fruit juice." Plus, they taking in more and more.
"Schools are a limited source for sugar-sweetened beverages, suggesting that initiatives to restrict sugar-sweetened beverage sales in schools may have an only marginal impact on overall consumption. Pediatricians’ awareness of these trends is critical for helping children and parents target suboptimal dietary patterns that may contribute to excess calories and obesity."
Join us on Sugar Addiction Awareness Day and in the coming week, which I'm dubbing Sugar Addiction Awareness Week.
This is a wonderful opportunity to help us spread the word that if you just cut back on your consumption of candies, other refined desserts, and processed carbs, you could easily shed weight, get more energetic, possibly halt or reverse such diseases as cancer and type 2 diabetes, and boost your libido.
And if you're hooked, then get help from such resources as my book Sugar Shock, as well as the new book, Sugar Nation.
Please join the Sugar Addiction Awareness Hour on my Gab with the Gurus Radio Show. It will take place Tues., Nov. 1 at 2 pm EST, the day after Halloween, with a number of top experts. Stay tuned for details.
Also, stay tuned for some tips to deal with what I call Halloween Havoc.
What ideas fill your head as you get out of bed, hop in the shower, make breakfast, and prepare for the day ahead?
Do you dread the projects and duties that lie ahead of you? Or do you approach your day with happy anticipation?
No matter what challenges you are facing — whether it’s sugar addiction, financial issues, or other family situations — If you begin your day joyously and gratefully, you’ll have a fabulous day — and life.
Lately, I’ve been giving quite a bit of thought to how I begin my day, thanks to the fabulous new book, You Can Create an Exceptional Life, from two of my heroines, Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson, both mega-best-selling authors, who’ve helped millions around the world. (Follow these amazing ladies on Facebook — just click the links I just gave.)
Both of these remarkable women are living proof that the spiritual principles they discuss in their new book really do work. As you read You Can Create an Exceptional Life, you’ll discover that you, too, can create an exceptional life, too.
In fact, I now follow their wonderful advice religiously, and I urge you to do that, too.
For instance, Louise suggests that you begin your day by looking at yourself lovingly in the mirror and telling yourself how much you love yourself and how awesome you are. Try it! You’ll find that this simple little tool works amazing wonders!
Anyhow, in this fabulous new book, You Can Create an Exceptional Life, you get many wonderful affirmations to use as you begin and go through your day. (There’s an amazing Collected Affirmations section in the back of the book, which you’ll love, I predict.)
Since June — after getting quite exhausted, rundown, headachy, low on energy, and really burnt out (I developied electropollution from working long hours on my book, Beyond Sugar Shock) — I’ve been listening to I Can Do It or another Louise Hay CD every morning.
My daily Louise Hay booster shot helped to quickly bring back my natural energy, enthusiasm and joe de vivre. Wow! If you’re facing any kind of challenge, I urge you to check it out!
I want to tell the world about your blog so we can spread the word together about the health benefits and Sweetness of Being Sugar-Free.
If you have a sugar-free blog, just share your URL here and provide a one-or-two-sentence description of your sugar-free and/or weight loss journey and goal for your blog.
If your blog is listed below, please give some information, too.
If you haven't created a Sugar-Free Blog yet, I invite you to start one to publicly chronicle your sugar-shunning journey. Blogging can help you stay on the healthy path and create a life you love. Plus, you can help yourself and others at the same time.
So join the growing community of Sugar-Free Bloggers.
Here are a few Sugar-Free Bloggers I've found so far.
Guidelines to be Included: Please note that blogs to be listed here advocate using healthy products only. We will not feature blogs that promote the use of artificial sweeteners, agave, honey, sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
Note from Connie: Today, the Sugar Shock Blog presents a guest post from fellow writer/health coach/IIN grad Suzanne Boothby about new vending machines that healthier foods than you usually find. Full Disclosure: Suzanne is a spokesperson for HUMAN Healthy Vending, the company about which she is writing. In this instance, HUMAN stands for Helping Unite Man and Nutrition.
Snacking Made Easy & Healthier By Suzanne Boothby
There's been a lot of buzz recently about school nutrition and, in particular, the problem with junk-filled vending machines in schools.
"Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years," writes Dr. Oz Garcia in The Huffington Post. "Statistics show that nearly one in three American children are either overweight or obese."
Dr. Garcia points out that while parents play the most important role in teaching children healthy habits, the U.S. school system plays a very central part in developing a child's eating habits.
Another article on BusinessWeek, "School Vending Machines Undermine Student Nutrition," referenced a report from the Journal of Adolescent Health, showing the negative impact vending machine foods had on the purchasing choices of students at about 150 different U.S. schools.
More than 80% of the schools studied carried vending machines offering foods with minimal nutritional value, including chips, soda and candy bars.
Enter Sean Kelly and Andy Mackensen, co-founders of HUMAN Healthy Vending machines, which offer healthier fare in the 30-billion vending machine industry.
HUMAN Healthy Vending Machines offer foods that cater to various dietary needs, including those that look for foods that are 100% organic, no-sugar-added, gluten-free, allergen-free, low-fat and carb.
The new digitally interactive, eco-friendly Healthy Vending machines have some unique features. They display all ingredients via LCD before you purchase it. What this means is that you can select a product from a touch screen keypad, and then before you make your purchase, the machine shows you the nutritional info on that same touch-screen. Therefore, you don’t have to lose change by buying snacks that don't work for your particular diet.
In addition to providing healthier choices, HUMAN Healthy Vending machines include an eco-component with remote monitoring systems to ensure eco-friendly refilling. Plus, they contain LED lighting and energy-efficient refrigeration units to save power. In addition, the company donates 10% of proceeds to charitable causes that fight childhood obesity and malnutrition.
Comment from Connie: Special thanks to Suzanne for this blog post. These machines are a welcome development in our junk-food oriented society! These vending machines seem to contain something for everyone. Please note, however, that while these snacks are far healthier than what you find in traditional vending machines, not all of these foods are healthy by everyone's standards. So just follow your doctor's guidelines and eat what works for you. By the way, I'm thrilled with the feature that you can save yourself time and money by being able to check out the ingredients first via LCD screen. What a unique, cutting-edge feature!
Let’s face it, every holiday season, many women and men over spend, overeat, get anxious, depressed, drink too much alcohol, gain five pounds or so, get in a fight with a relative or loved one, become overwhelmed and have no time for themselves. When the holidays are over, they may even need a vacation from their vacation but instead are stuck with horrible gifts, excess weight, exhaustion and unbearable stress.
What if you could discover how to “design” your ultimate holiday season? Well, you can.
Just for signing up, you get great Bonus Gifts such as the audio programs, “Relieve Holiday Stress,” “How to Make Your Own Birthday Vision Board” and ““Do You Have What it Take to Earn $1 Million a Year?”
So why did plan this event?
Because this is my chance to serve YOU at the time of year when you most need help.
All 30+ of us experts are determined to encourage and empower YOU so that you can create your Happiest, Healthiest and Most Abundant Holiday Season Ever.
That’s why thousands of people from 100+ countries are signing up to join the Sweeter Holiday Movement.
Here are a few of the high-profile coaches, bestselling author and empowerment experts, with whom I’ll share the “stage.”
“Spiritual Entrepreneur” John Assaraf — Star in “The Secret,” Law of Attraction expert, certified life coach, New York Times bestselling author and founder of four multi-million dollar companies. He’ll help you discover what's blocking you from abundance and how to attract wealth, beginning before the holiday season. (He’ll be in the first program on Nov. 8, which begins at 7:30 pm Eastern.)
"America's Relaxation Expert" Darrin Zeer – Author of the New York Times bestselling book, “Office Yoga: Simple Stretches for Busy People.” He’ll lead you in lunchtime exercises to chuckle, stretch and breathe your way to good cheer. (He speaks Nov. 9 at 12 NOON Eastern for the first Tele-Web Wellness Lunchtime program.)
“FlyLady” Marla Cilley – the popular online coach, radio host and bestselling author, who helps overwhelmed, disorganized women living in C.H.A.O.S. (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome). She’ll help you to relieve holiday stress and have fun so that you’re not pulling your hair out, yelling at your kids, feeling like your head’s about to explode and raiding the refrigerator—and hating afterwards.
"Gift Guru" Robyn Freedman Spizman – New York Times Bestselling Author, Consumer Advocate and TV personality. She’ll save you time, money and energy this holiday season by telling you how to find the perfect gift to wow your loved ones.
Renowned Clinical Hypnotherapist Steve G. Jones – He’ll offer valuable help so you can easily pass up on holiday junk food and get into the abundance mindset.
Feng Shui Artist & Design Doctor Stephanie McWilliams – host of HGTV’s “Fun Shui.” She’ll reveal how to transform your home or office into a manifesting machine.
Success & Abundance Coach Carol Look – She’ll teach you the simple, proven technique of EFT/Meridian Tapping to help you clear limiting beliefs, build a prosperity consciousness, calm you down at family gatherings and stop sugar cravings.
Bestselling author Joyce Schwarz – Author of The Vision Board: The Secret to an Extraordinary Life. She’ll offer tips to create your own vision board to manifest the life of your dreams.
The “Ageless Sisters” Cynthia Rowland and Jackie Silver – They’ll share natural secrets to turn back the clock; get more full, kissable lips; and make you look 15 years younger –without going under the knife.
Hollywood Love Expert Lauren Frances – author of Dating, Mating and Manhandling. She’ll give you 7 simple steps to build a relationship you love and deserve that's full of passion, harmony and intimacy.
Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of Beat Sugar Addiction Now, and Yours Truly (Connie Bennett, author of Sugar Shock) — Dr. Teitelbaum will share The 5 Commandments of Holiday Eating, and I'll share another 5 Commandments. I'll also will share my easy techniques — Magic W.A,N.D., 5 D’s and W.O.W. — to use at holiday parties.
You’ll get all of this and much, more more!
Register now to get your information to either call in or join us via the Web. (Bear in mind that this is a teleseminar and webinar series.)
But you need to act FAST. There is a huge BUZZ about this Sweeter Holiday Summit, and space is limited. So sign up now.
I invite you to begin now to envision yourself having a happier, more peaceful, contented YOU this holiday season.