Experts, Authors & Sugar Kickers Support The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge

Wow! The support has been tremendous!

Quotes are coming in from numerous experts, who are supporters of the first-ever Great
Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge, which kicks off my Gab With the Gurus Radio Show on Jan. 16 at 12 p.m. Eastern and via tantalizing tweets on the new TwitAsYouQuit site (from 12 noon Eastern on Jan. 16 to 12 p.m. on Jan. 17).

The response has been so phenomenal that we've decided to extend this event for two weeks so that the radio show kicks off the event and then you — dear readers of this blog — have two weeks to help us get a buzz going virally. We want to help you! We want to help obese and overweight people everywhere.

Check back here to this Sugar Shock Blog and to my new Gab With The Gurus Blog to get updates about this first-of-a-kind event that I'm co-coordinating with Dr. Scott Olson, a naturopathic doctor and author of Sugarettes through the end of January.

Here are some thoughts from supporters of our event:

"Many so-called mental health problems, including anxiety, depression,
insomnia, addiction and even bipolar illness have a strong relationship
to blood sugar imbalance, caused by eating–you guessed it, sugar!
These often-serious conditions can be overcome by eliminating sugar,
eating a healthy diet, and taking specific supplements, as needed. I
have helped many of my patients and readers replace medication using
this natural approach, with excellent results!…."

Hyla Cass M.D., integrative psychiatrist and author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health and Natural Highs

Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S.
"Sugar absolutely paralyzes the
immune system and is the major culprit behind diabesity."

– Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S., author of Get The Sugar Out: 500
Simple Ways to Cut the Sugar Out of Any Diet

"As a certified nutritional microscopist (live and dried blood analysis,
trained by Dr. Robert O. Young), I have seen the devastation caused by
the fermentation of sugar in the body.  You see, sugar will either burn
as a fuel (because you have enough oxygen present) OR since our body
has limits to how much oxygen we can intake…  sugar that cannot have
oxygen to be able to burn will ferment which increases acidity considerably."

– Rick Panson, Certified Nutritional Microscopist, Raw Food Creator of Raw Jaw Foods &  Water Filtration/ionization Consultant

"Sugar is a major cause of inflammation in the body and therefore a
cause of many modern diseases. I support your efforts fully!"

– Gerianne C. Geszler, M.D., The Center for Health and Restoration, Inc., Fayetteville, North Carolina

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"I'm excited to be a part of Connie Bennett's and Dr. Scott Olson's First Annual
Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge, because kicking my sugar habit five years
ago saved me from morbid obesity and certain heath destruction."

– Jimmy Moore, founder of the Livin' La Vida Low Carb Blogspot

Note from Connie: Please note that Jimmy also will join us on Friday, Jan. 16 on the special 90-minute Gab With the Gurus Radio Show on Blog Talk Radio. Jimmy will be one of several successful "Sugar Kickers," who will reveal how just removing that one substance made it easier to peel off the pounds.

Jimmy is a very captivating guest — as I learned when I interviewed him previously on my show. If you want to lose weight, you have to catch Jimmy's interview, because he'll tell you how he lost a whopping 180 pounds, mostly by kicking sugar.

"I am a registered nurse… and I have avoided sugars for 10 years now. I think that The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge is a great idea. Let's all decrease our sugar intake so that we can increase our intake of nutrient rich, delicious foods that will leave us healthy and satisfied. We'll feel better, look better, live longer, be more efficient, think more clearly and enjoy more."

– Laura Stanley, R.N., Author, Don't get Diabetes: a short and simple guide

"Sugar isn’t just bad for our bodies. When we consider its history – how it changed the nature of meals, fueled the Industrial Revolution, generated a brutal new form of slavery, jump started the fast-food revolution and fueled the obesity epidemic through soft drinks, we realize that sugar is also toxic to society in general. The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge is a great way to begin to challenge the supremacy of the seductive sweet stuff."

– Dr. Elizabeth Abbott, author of Sugar: A Bittersweet History

Russ bianchi
"Connie, Dr. Olson and these other health experts participating in this Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge could help cure the single largest cause of many diseases in America by exposing the fact that highly refined and processed foods and beverages are killing us, because they're full of harmful, refined sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup that can… lead to obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, as well as cause insulin harm and many forms of nutrient depletion. In particular, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS, which comes from corn), is dangerous because it's so pervasive in our food supply. In my opinion, corn is to real food what porn is to fine art. …You, your family, your friends, your colleagues, your associates, your clients and your fellow citizens are being led to early disease and death by processed food and beverages… Want to get well? Stop consuming any product or brand with refined sugar (cane or beet), high fructose corn syrup, fructose (which is not fruit sugar), agave (which is criminally fraudulently labeled and is chemically refined hydrolyzed high fructose inulin syrup), etc. It's shocking how much sugar we consume. The per capita consumption of refined sweeteners in the U.S. is almost 190 pounds per year when a century ago, it was less than 6 pounds per year. Perhaps it's so popular, because after air, water and salt, refined sweeteners are the least costly (for-profit) bulking ingredient in the food and beverage chain. We are what we eat and will we die (much faster, costlier and more painfully) when we eat junk, fast, take-out, processed, refined, food or beverages, full of bad-for-you sweeteners. We need to eat real foods in their natural state. Like Mark Bittman says in his short lecture, "What's Wrong with the Food We Eat" on or, 'It's not the beta carotene, it's the carrot.'"

– Russ Bianchi, Managing Director and CEO, Adept Solutions, Inc., a global, natural product development firm

MeMe Roth
"Sugar is so last millennium! We now know that refined carbs and sugar get us high (great fun for the moment!), then wreck our moods, endocrine system and, ultimately, our health. It's time to Sugar-Out this Friday and every day after. And for crying out loud, don't teach your kids to use sugar to get high. Instead give them the natural highs that come with playtime, holding hands and laughter. The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge: what a great idea!"

– MeMe Roth, Nutrition Adviser, National News Pundit and President, National Action Against Obesity

"Connie, you are doing more for the world than than any doctor or scientist. Keep it up."

– Jeraldine Saunders, author of Hypoglycemia: The Complete Health Care HandbookStephen Sinatra

"Cholesterol is not your enemy when it comes to heart disease. It’s sugar. Cholesterol may be found at the scene of the crime, but sugar is the major perpetrator, not cholesterol.”

– Cardiologist Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., contributing author of SUGAR SHOCK!

"Dramatically reducing refined carbohydrate intake is one of the greatest health challenges the U.S faces in the next decade, as we seek to restore our national health and health care system."
– Woodson Merrell, M.D., Chairman, Department of Integrative Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center & Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

"Sugar and high glycemic starches rapidly convert to sugar when eaten and they cause a highly destructive pro-inflammatory response in our bodies. This is the single greatest precipitator of aging and age-related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, certain forms of cancer, and wrinkled, sagging skin."

Nicholas Perricone, MD, CNS, Board certified dermatologist and best selling author

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"We must focus on educating the public about the
significant health benefits of eating whole and unprocessed foods to combat the
growing public health epidemic of obesity."

– Jill R. Baron,
MD, Primary Care and Holistic Medicine Specialist New York, New York

Do you support our Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge? Share with us now why.

Dieters, Sugar Addicts, Diabetics & Hypoglycemics To Be Helped By Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge on Jan. 16 (Press Release)

Note from Connie: Get help and hope, beginning this Friday if you're overly attached to sugar, want to lose weight, have diabetes, hypoglycemia or pre-diabetes. Here's the press release s going out tomorrow. Feel free to republish this, but please use in its entirety.

The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge Kicks Off Jan. 16 to Help Dieters, Sugar Addicts, Diabetics And Hypoglycemics Worldwide

Learn the Sour Sugar Facts from Experts Dr. Ann Louise
Gittleman, Dr. Nancy Appleton, Dr. Hyla Cass and Others

Another kind of inauguration is happening on Jan. 16: The
first ever annual Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge.

Health, wellness and sugar experts have come together to
draw attention to the many health hazards that could result from over-consuming
sugar and refined carbohydrates, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, infertility and Alzheimer's disease. (They warn about all caloric sweeteners, including sucrose, high fructose corn syrup and dextrose.)

This is the first time that a worldwide event has been
held to draw attention to the massive amounts of sugar that the typical person
consumes, which is about 170 pounds a year or one cup a day for the average
American and the same for someone living overseas.

The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge — which takes place through the end of January — is also the first
time authors of  "competing" sugar books have banded together to invite people worldwide to learn the sour sugar facts and to urge them to remove sugar for at least one day (or at least cut back on it).

Persons of all ages and sexes — even if they don't think
they have a sugar problem — are invited to find a buddy and take the Great
Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge.

The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge begins on Jan. 16, at noon Eastern, with a fast-paced, two-hour, sugar-consciousness-raising program on the Gab With the Gurus Radio Show (

The show will feature such health experts as Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, author of Get the Sugar Out; Dr. Peter H. Gott, nationally syndicated medical columnist and author of Dr. Gott’s No Sugar, No Flour Diet; Elizabeth Abbott, author of Sugar: A Bittersweet History; Dr. Nancy Appleton, author of Lick the Sugar Habit; Dr. Hyla Cass, integrative psychiatrist and author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health and Natural Highs; MeMe Roth, founder and president of the National Action Against ObesityDr. Woody Merrell, author of Unleash Your Natural Energy; Dr. Fred
Pescatore, author of The Hamptons Diet; Amy Kalafa, co-founder of “Two Angry Moms,” which is dedicated to cleaning up the school food environment;
Susan Linn, director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood; Roberta Ruggiero, founder of the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation;; Dr.
Larry McCleary, author of The Brain Trust  Program; and Dr. Eric Westman, director of Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. 

In addition, several happy, successful “Sugar Kickers” will participate, including popular low-carb blogger Jimmy Moore, who lost 180 pounds, mostly by cutting out sugar and refined or starchy carbs, and Amanda Lerner, who shed 25 pounds and got more energy, clearer skin, increased focus, creativity and a profound feeling of freedom. In addition, her cravings, depression, eczema, candida and fainting
spells disappeared.

The Sugar-Out Challenge is coordinated by Dr. Scott
Olson, author of “Sugarettes," and Connie Bennett, host of the Gab With
the Gurus Radio Show and author of "SUGAR SHOCK! How Sweets and Simple
Carbs Can Derail Your Life — And How You Can Get Back on Track." Low-carb
blogger Jimmy Moore and MeMe Roth of the National Action Against Obesity are Sugar-Out advisory board members.  

The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge also features a
24-hour twitfest, where frequent, inspiring, motivating, informative tweets
will be sent out from In addition, participants will give each other support. Twitter is a popular, fast-growing, microblogging program, with 6 million users now sending out
messages of up to 140 characters.

"Most people don't realize that whenever you eat or
drink foods or drinks from a bottle, can or package, you’re probably getting
sugar or high fructose corn syrup,” says "Sugar Liberator" and
Sugar-Out Challenge co-coordinator Bennett, a journalist, certified health
counselor, speaker and life coach.

"Of course, you get sugar and other sweeteners from
candy bars, soda and cookies, but you also get it from less obvious sources
like yogurt, whole grain cereal, peanut butter, salad dressings and mayonnaise,"
continues Bennett, who, before kicking sugar in 1998 “needed” frequent sugar
"fixes" to meet her article deadlines.

“People who want to lose weight as their New Year’s
resolution need to know that if you just cut out sugar and refined carbs, your
weight will lift right off.”

The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge co-planner Scott
Olson, N.D., a Colorado-based naturopath, who was once overly attached to
much-like-sugar carbs, such as breads, crackers and chips, adds, "People
assume that diseases are a normal part of aging, but that’s not true. Many
illnesses are caused by the sugary foods and drinks and refined carbohydrates
that we put into our mouths. Our mission is to get people and medical
authorities to admit to this reality."

The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge will take place
virtually, on the Internet:

= To join the challenge, sign up anytime by posting a comment at or click on the “Sign Up
for Sugar-Out Challenge” button (on the upper nav bar)

= Listen live on Jan. 16 (at noon Eastern) to a 2-hour
show/podcast on the Gab With the Radio Show on Blog Talk Radio. Or listen
later, at any time to:

= Get inspired by following a 24-hour-long TwitAsYouQuit campaign (from Jan. 16 at noon to Jan. 17 at 11:59 p.m.) on
Supportive, motivating, inspirational, 140-character tweets will help dieters,
sugar addicts, diabetics and hypoglycemics, who also will give each other
twitter support. (If you’re not yet on Twitter and don't know how to use it,
get a link to a great Columbia University, Twitter for Journalists podcast at

= Begin to immerse yourself in a sugar education at and

The goals of the Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge are:

= To wake people up to the sour truth about the huge
amounts (about 170 pounds per year) of sugar, high fructose corn syrup and
other sweeteners that they are consuming — often without knowing it.

= To educate people about the many dangers of sugar overloading, which could lead to more than 100 health problems, including obesity, heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome,
infertility, sexual dysfunction, Alzheimer's disease, failing memory, mood
swings, depression, anxiety, severe PMS, heart palpitations, acne and premature

= To motivate challenge-takers to eliminate sugar and other sweeteners all day, Fri., Jan. 16 and/or to stop anytime before the end of the month, and/or to begin phasing them out so they can lose weight, feel and look more youthful, boost their energy, diminish depression, concentrate better, rev up their sex drive and improve their
general health overall.


To take the Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge either on or after Jan. 16:

1) Just join at or go the “Sign Up for Sugar-Out Challenge.”

2) Then, listen to the Gab With the Gurus Radio Show  at
either live at noon Eastern or later, at your convenience.

3) Next, sign up at Twitter (if you don't have an account yet) and begin following and posting encouraging posts to other sugar addicts.

4) Read quotes from supporters of this first-of-a-kind
campaign att:



== Connie Bennett is the author of the book "SUGAR
SHOCK!," with cardiologist/anti-aging expert Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D.
"SUGAR SHOCK!" has a foreword by Dr. Nicholas Perricone and endorsements from numerous experts, including Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Christiane Northrup, former presidential candidate/former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, actress/author Marilu Henner and film producer Harvey Weinstein. Bennett — who is a journalist, certified health counselor, sugar-liberation expert, speaker and life coach — is a former sugar addict, who was once besieged by 44 baffling ailments, including ferocious headaches, crippling fatigue, troubling "brain fog" and severe PMS. More than 10 years ago, she reluctantly
kicked sugar on doctor’s orders and within days, she felt “reborn,” becoming
more energetic, focused, cheerful and more. Bennett has helped thousands of
people around the world break free from their sugar and carb addiction. She is
based in New York. Her website is; her radio show is, and her blogs are and


==Dr. Scott Olson is a naturopathic doctor, an expert in
natural medicine, as well as a writer, researcher, speaker, health adviser,
health coach and author of the book “Sugarettes,” which spotlights the
addictive, nicotine-like nature of sugar. He was once overly attached to
much-like-sugar carbs such as breads, chips and crackers. He is based in
Denver. Dr. Olson specializes in treating people with sugar addiction, cancer,
type 2 diabetes, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. His website is

To read quotes from supporters of the campaign, visit:

The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge: Ann Louise Gittleman, Nancy Appleton, Dr. Larry McCleary, Dr. Scott Olson & Other Experts Offer Inspiration & Information to Sugar Addicts Everywhere

Ann Louise Gittleman
Whenever a new year arrives, millions of Americans and people
around the world put losing weight, improving health and getting in
better shape as top resolutions.

group of us health experts challenge you to confront and defeat your
sugar habit as a vital, potentially life-changing step to help you peel
off pounds and perhaps resolve numerous health issues.

join about a dozen of us — authors of books about sugar, doctors and
nutritionists — on Jan. 16 at 12 noon Eastern on my Gab With the Gurus Radio Show when we issue the Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge.

On Jan. 16, a little over two weeks into the new year, we will
invite you sugar addicts out there (you know who you are) and
overweight or obese people, to either cut back or totally kick sugar
and refined carbs to lose weight, as well as help your mind, moods and
overall health.  

We also want to draw attention to the fact that
the average American consumes about 170 pounds of sugar per year or one
cup a day. (By "sugar," we mean all caloric sweeteners, including high
fructose corn syrup, glucose syrup and dextrose and honey.) People in
other countries take in too much sugar as well.

All of these
excess sweeteners could lead to more than more than 100 health
problems, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer,
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disease, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), failing memory, anxiey,
mental confusion, sexual dysfunction and infertility.In addition, too
much sugar can cut your life short and age you more quickly.

Among the experts who will join us for the special, hour-long Gab With the Gurus Radio Show is Dr. Nancy Appleton, Ph.D., author of Lick the Sugar Habit.
Nancy — one of my inspirations — is an anti-sugar pioneer, who has
been warning about the dangers of sugar since the 1970s. Perhaps you've
seen her jaw-droppingly large list of 146 Reasons Why Sugar is Ruining Your Health, an amazing, continually expanding checklist that's been been widely circulated.

We'll also be joined by "First Lady of Nutrition" Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., the diet/detox expert, visionary and author of the really helpful, practical book, Get the Sugar Out: 501 Simple Ways to Cut the Sugar Out of Any Diet. (Ann Louise's picture is at the top of this page.)

honored and delighted that both Nancy and Ann Louise are joining us,
because their books, along with William Dufty's eye-opening  Sugar Blues,were my main sources of comfort when I was kicking sugar back in 1998. (My own book SUGAR SHOCK! didn't come out until years later, in 2007.)

Dr_LarryMcCleary Also appearing for our Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge on the Gab With the Gurus Radio Show will be pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Larry McCleary, author of The Brain Trust Program. He will tell you how too much sugar can make your brain shrink, wither or atrophy. As I mentioned last January on my SUGAR SHOCK! Blog, he says that if you want to age your brain, all you have to do is eat the typical American diet!

Of course, kicking sugar to lose weight or resolve other horrible
health problems already has been proven by millions, who've followed
this advice offered in such books as The Atkins Diet, The South Beach Diet, Sugar Busters: Cut Sugar to Trim Fat, Dr. Gott's No Flour, No Sugar Diet and Potatoes, Not Prozac.

The idea for a worldwide challenge comes from Drscott Olson nd
Dr. Scott Olson, a Colorado-based naturopath, researcher and health adviser, whose 30-day challenge I chanced upon, thanks to Google alerts. Dr. Olson just released the new book, Sugarettes, whose title, of course, is intended to make you think of cigarettes. (Clever, eh?)

Anyhow, I was so impressed by Scott's passion and commitment to
people give up sugar for better health and and an improved life that I
immediately tracked him down in late December, called him and asked if
I could join his effort. When Scott eagerly invited me to come on
board, we then discussed designating one day to issue a challenge.
That's when I decided to hold a special,
hour-long Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge on my Gab With the Gurus
Radio Show and to invite  some experts or fellow sugar-book authors,
whom I'd  interviewed for my book SUGAR SHOCK!

I'm still inviting more authors of sugar books and experts, who've
endorsed my book. (Collaboration — even among so-called "competing
authors" — is so much more fun and
rewarding than doing things on your own.)

The concept of challenge is an effective one that appeals to people
the world over. In fact, I've heard from thousands of people from all
over the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Costa Rica, etc. who've read my
book SUGAR SHOCK! How Sweets and Simple Carbs Can Derail Your Life–And How You Can Get Back on Track and then took us (contributing author Dr. Stephen Sinatra and I) up on the 21-day challenge that we issued.

happy (what I call) "Sugar Kickers" write to proudly share that they've
taken the challenge to heart and found that removing sugar completely
transformed their lives, enabling them to get rid of excess weight, as
well as banish heart palpitations, infertility, low libido, anxiety and
severe PMS. Kicking or curtailing your sugar intake could even prevent
or enable you to manage type 2 diabetes, resolve or improve heart
problems and help cancer to go into remission. So join us on Friday,
Jan. 16 at 12 noon Eastern (or listen afterwards, at your convenience).

By the way, during our Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge on the Gab With the Gurus Radio Show,
you may hear differing points of view from the sugar experts about how,
why or how long you should quit sugar, because we just don't agree with
each other about everything. What this means is that you'll get ample
information to allow you to make a decision that works for you. (Some
of us strongly disagree about artificial sweeteners so you may hear one
person say it's OK while another such as myself might adamantly urge
you to cut them out entirely. You'll also get opposing views as to
whether you should kick cold turkey or gradually.)

all of us experts and authors of sugar books do agree upon is that too
much sugar — which is typically consumed by the average American or
typical person in other "civilized" countries around the world — can
wreak dangers galore on you, from heart disease to type 2 diabetes.

If you haven't quit sugar yet as a new year's resolution, you don't
have to turn your back on the substance yet. Just join us on Jan. 16 on
the Gab With The Gurus Radio Show
to learn how too much sugar could harm you and how your life will be
much better and healthier without sweets and refined carbs. You're sure
to be educated, inspired and motivated by us to take action that day.

Stay tuned for more details and names of guests to appear on The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge,
because I'm still working on getting more authors with "competing"
books. I'm getting such a kick out of doing this, and it'll be so fun
and inspiring to have us all together on Blog Talk Radio!

Please note that participants in The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge will be invited to use Twitter as a valuable tool and ally to help them while they're quitting. In fact, in addition to posting encouraging messages and other tidbits all day on Jan. 16 on, I will be posting tweets using my new account. (Name coming shortly.)

High Fructose Corn Syrup: Dig Deeper Before Believing the New Corn Lobby Ads & Consuming the Stuff

Have you seen any of the TV spots, print and online banner ads that seek to convince us that high fructose corn syrup is fun to consume?

Before you believe the many new ads from the Corn Refiners Association – which is spending a reported $20 million to $30 million to convince us of its safety — I urge you to get facts from my recent Gab With The Gurus Radio Show, where I had the following guests:

Before, during or after you listen to the Gab With the Gurus Radio Show about high fructose corn syrup, I recommend that you:

Remember, you can listen at any time to the Gab  With the Gurus Radio Show about high fructose corn syrup.

Halloween: Handing Out “Treats” Is “Tricky”—6 Tips To a Healthier Holiday

Here’s an article I wrote to help all of you. Feel free to distribute it, but please include the entire document, with the links to this Sugar Shock Blog.

Halloween: Handing Out “Treats” Is “Tricky”—6 Tips To a Healthier Holiday

By Connie Bennett, C.H.H.C.

Halloween is a spooky time and not because of goblins, ghosts or ghouls. Oct. 31 is downright frightening because it is a nationally accepted Sugar Overload Day.

Around Halloween, just about everyone “forgets” the truly scary facts: Kids have been growing more and more obese, even developing type 2 diabetes—conditions that researchers attribute to such unhealthy activities as over-consuming sweets and refined carbs and lack of exercise.

Despite the dangers to our children’s  health, every Halloween, it’s accepted—even encouraged—to pass out gobs of sugar-filled candies that could harm the health of our neighbors’ kids.

But every time you give candies to youngsters who come knocking on your door to playfully trick-or-treat, you’re tricking them, not treating them.

Indeed, the average child easily wolfs down about 20 to 40 teaspoons of sugar and more than 500 calories on that one night alone. Then, for days or weeks afterwards, the typical kid is still pigging out on leftover candies.

Research at Harvard, Yale and other institutions have discovered that eating fewer sweets and skipping the soda and other sugary drinks could help children and adults alike lose weight and reduce their risks of getting type 2 diabetes.

This Halloween, I invite you to quit encouraging sugar gorging and instead to begin to take some steps to make Halloween more healthy. Here are 6 tips to create a healthier holiday.

1.     Give raisins, nuts, cheese and seeds on Halloween. In other words, come up with some non- sugary options. For instance, you could pass out little packets of cheese, fruit leather (with no sugar), almonds, pistachios or shelled sunflower seeds. (Make sure to tell the trick or treaters not to eat what you give out if they have particular allergies.)

2.     Offer wrapped dark chocolate pieces. Try giving youngsters tiny pieces of less-sugar-filled dark chocolate rather than sugar-rich milk chocolate. Research shows that dark chocolate has beneficial antioxidant properties and it usually contains less sugar than the light chocolate counterparts.

3.     Hand out little water bottles. By offering water, you’ll be helping the young trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood stay hydrated.

4.     Feed your own kids well first. Before your kids cavort around the neighborhood on Halloween, make sure to give them a healthy meal of ample protein (such as a piece of free-range chicken) and quality carbs (like a salad, cooked veggies such as broccoli, a sweet potato with olive oil drizzled on top, a small portion of brown rice). Powering up with protein, quality carbs and superior fats will make your kids less inclined to eat too many candies.

5.     Pass out non-edible treats and toys. Bring healthy fun to Halloween by giving trick or treaters party favors, which you can find at drug stores and 99 cent stores. Children love getting toys, according to Marlene B. Schwartz, Ph.D., deputy director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University. In fact, Dr. Schwartz headed up a study, which found that half of 3- to 14-year-old trick-or-treaters preferred non-sugary favors over candies. Here are some ideas of non-sugary treats to pass out on Halloween:

  • Rubber worms, spiders or other animal figures
  • Creepy fingers
  • Engine whistles and kazoos
  • Plastic key chains
  • Baseball cards
  • Halloween-themed stickers
  • Orange-and-black-colored pens, pencils or chalk
  • Animal-shaped erasers
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Non-Halloween-themed party favors such as hair clips, hair bands, scrunchies, plastic bracelets and rings
  • Spin tops

6.  Watch out for high fructose corn syrup and sucrose. If you’re not ready yet to break away from the Halloween candy-giving tradition, then avoid passing out candies with lots of sugar, high fructose corn syrup or corn syrup. The easiest way to steer clear of these sweeteners is to make sure that they’re not the first five ingredients listed on food labels. (To find out how much teaspoons each piece of candy contains, just divide the number of grams by 4.)

Halloween can be a wonderful, festive celebration for you and your kids. So why not do your part this year to show your children that they can have lots of fun and excitement without so much emphasis on unhealthy candy?

Connie Bennett, C.H.H.C. is the author of SUGAR SHOCK! (Berkley Books). She is a “Sugar Liberator,” certified health counselor, life coach, writer, frequent TV and radio show guest (“CBS News Sunday Morning,” “Oprah & Friends Radio,” “The Howard Stern Show,” etc.) and speaker. In 1998, Connie quit sugar and refined carbs on doctor’s orders, and her horrible headaches, crippling fatigue and brain fog vanished, as did 41 other ailments.” Connie, who now laughingly dubs herself an “Ex-Sugar Shrew!,” has helped thousands of sugar addicts break free from the depressing, debilitating aftershocks of overloading on “culprit carbs.” She hosts the weekly Gab With The Gurus Radio Show (; runs the Sugar Shock! Blog (; and offers Break Free With Connie group and private coaching ( Connie is an experienced journalist and columnist, who has been widely published (The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, TV Guide,,, etc.) To learn if you’ve been brainwashed to become a sugar addict, take the SUGAR SHOCK! Quiz at

TV & Food Don’t Mix: Kids Eat More While Watching TV, Study Finds

We’ve heard much anecdotal evidence about how watching TV isn’t conducive to being fit and trim, but now a new Canadian study — hailed as "the first study of its kind" — suggests that eating in front of the boob tube can cause kids to consume more. Not only that, but apparently watching TV overrides our ability to know when to stop.

"What Television Can Tell Us about Childhood Obesity," a study headed up by University of Toronto nutritionist G. Harvey Anderson, Ph.D., showed that kids who received an extra calorie bump prior to their meal but who did not watch TV ("The Simpsons," by the way) ate the least.

Based on his results, Dr. Anderson this simple suggestion to parents—just turn off the TV during mealtime.

Hurray to Dr. Anderson for buttressing the don’t-watch-TV-or-you-could-get-fat argument with bona fide data.

Gerry Pugliese contributed to this report for the SUGAR SHOCK! Blog.

However, kids who watched TV consumed an average of 228 extra calories at lunch.

As the study, from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), points out, while 228 more calores "may not seem like much, the effect of such extra calories on a regular basis adds up."

"In effect, mindless television watching produces mindless eating,” Dr. Anderson told Reuters reporter Randall Palmer.

FlyLady & I Answered Your Questions in First Stop SUGAR SHOCK! Call-In Show — Listen Now

Today marked a first for the Stop SUGAR SHOCK! Radio Show.

With the help of the inspiring, popular Marla Cilley (a.k.a. FlyLady), I hosted the first live, question-and-answer hour on (This is the innovative site, where both FlyLady and I host our radio shows.)

What a blast! We answered questions from Charles, Angela, Joanne, Cindy, Angie, Adriana, Wanda and others.

In fact, the show was popular that by popular demand, another "Just Ask Us" radio show will take place Thursday, Jan. 3 from 3 to 4 pm EST.

(I’m thinking that it would be really fun to have rotating co-hosts so I’ll let you know shortly who the "us" will be next time. I’m waiting to hear back from another wonderful expert.)

Anyhow, save the date: On Thursday, Jan. 3, we’ll have another Just Ask Us show.

Also, save the date for Sat., Jan. 5 at 10 am, when I give a free, one-hour, live, online seminar on to help educate you about sugar’s dangers and inspire you to make changes this coming year.

School Lunches: Healthy Food is Hot

Who says you can’t get kids to eat healthy foods at school?

Give up your preconceived points of views. If healthy foods are served for school lunch, sales don’t decline, a University of Minnesota study found.

What’s more, those nutritious lunches don’t necessarily cost schools more to produce, researchers found.

Thanks to Yahoo News and Associated Press writer Steve Karnowski for alerting us to this promising phenomenon.

Among the more exciting conclusions: When researchers crunched the numbers, they learned that schools serving the healthiest lunches did not see a falloff in demand.

Tips to Tackle Post-Halloween Sugar-Overloading

Today, my heart goes out to you parents, who now have to deal with your sugar-shocked, candy-gorging children.

Here are some tips to help you get through the next few days.

Tips to Tackle Post-Halloween Sugar-Overloading

Watch out, parents, all that Halloween candy your children have been gorging on may send your young ones into sugar shock for the next few days, especially if they keep eating those leftover Halloween candies.

Get ready for some Jekyll-Hyde transformations. That’s right. Any parent will tell you that too much sugar wipes away their children’s smiles and transforms their normally mild-mannered youngsters into Little Monsters."

Right now, you need to muster up some patience. It’s important that you’re gentle, understanding and compassionate with them about their sugar overloading.

Here are some tips to turn Halloween havoc into fun sugar sleuthing and a way to begin to create new healthier habits.

1. Do NOT get angry at your kids for disobeying you and pigging out on candies. This kind of sugar overloading is to be expected.

2. Let your kids use their sugar binging to their advantage — pigging out on sweets is an ideal way to learn about sugar’s dangers firsthand. Invite your kids to become "Super Sugar Sleuths" and "Sugar Detectives" (kind of like Nancy Drew). Urge your youngsters to watch themselves like lab rats and find clues that show them what sugar can do to you (i.e., make you feel bad).

3. Begin to teach your children about sugar shock by going online and looking at the ingredients contained in the candies they indulged on Halloween night. (Lots and lots of sugar.) Explain the concept of empty calories.


Halt Halloween Havoc: Tips to Tame Your Sugar-Shocked Little Monsters — Listen to Our Special Stop SUGAR SHOCK! Radio Show

Did you catch our fun, special Halloween special on how to help your sugar-overloaded youngsters when they come back from trick-or-treating? Don’t fret if you missed it.

Listen now to our Stop SUGAR SHOCK! Radio Show, Halt Halloween Havoc: Tips to Tame Your Sugar-Shocked
Little Monsters

Thanks to the technologically advanced Blog Talk Radio, you can tune in any time.

While you’re at it, listen to the other recent shows, too.

In particular, I also invite you to check out my interview yesterday with the # 1 bestselling author Dr. Mehmet Oz, whose fabulous new book, YOU: Staying Young, comes out today.