New Website/Blog is Under Construction To Serve You Better

What Do You Suggest?

Website Under ConstructoinPlease note that my new Website is under construction, and a number of changes are in the works:

  • For the first time in 10 years — since I started my Sugar Shock Blog elsewhere — my blog will be part of my main Website.
  • My new Website will be more user-friendly.
  • You’ll find it easier to share posts, quotes, tantalizing tidbits, and fun graphics to your Facebook friends, Twitter followers, Pinterest buddies, etc.
  • Soon, you’ll find my new logo and branding, too.

I’m eager to get your ideas and input so this site will be awesome! What changes do you recommend that will make this site more provocative, user-friendly, and inspiring?

Interns & Volunteers Sought: Sugar Addicts, Get Free Coaching!

Beyond Sugar Shock final coverWith my next book, Beyond Sugar Shock, scheduled for publication in the United States and Canada on June 1 (and on Nov. 1 in Australia), I need lots of help from dedicated volunteers or interns to spread the word about it.

Sugar addicts and carb addicts around the world need to know, I firmly believe, that this simple, friendly book can help them to easily release destructive habit for good so they can get slimmer, sexier, and sweeter. To help people, we’re planning many Book Launch activities. (Stay tuned for another post.)

If you come on board as a Beyond Sugar Shock volunteer or intern, you’ll get a number of benefits. Of course, you’ll get the satisfaction and “warm fuzzies” from knowing that you’re helping others, but you’ll receive much more. Keep reading to learn how I’ll help you if you help me.

So let’s get to you — how will you benefit when you volunteer or intern for me?

Specifically, anyone who interns or volunteers to help build buzz for Beyond Sugar Shock and the companion Sugar Freedom Now Program, gets:

  • Frequent access to me. (Previous interns and volunteers tell me that just being around me has helped them to improve their lives.)
  • A chance to have your many questions answered.
  • Complimentary admission to my programs, including one that helps you Bust Stress, another on How to Write How-to Articles with Joan Stewart, and, of course, my popular, six-week Sugar Freedom Now Course, which is the companion program to Beyond Sugar Shock.
  • Free, weekly, half-hour group coaching calls, during which you pick the topics. Previous volunteers and interns have found this to be powerful in helping them to lick sugar or another bad habit (what I call a “babit”). By the way, you don’t don’t to have sugar issues to get helped, because I’m both a certified certified health coach and certified life coach, thanks to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC).
  • Valuable work experience or, if you’re a student, great resume-building duties.

These are the positions now available.

  • Social Media Interns – 2 or 3
  • Book Launch Publicist Intern(s) – 2 available
  • Graphic designer
  • Bloggers/Writers – 2 or 3
  • Radio Show/Book Launch Assistant Producer Intern
  • Expert in SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  • Blog Webmaster (To Update Website on WordPress)
  • Community Builder (SparkPeople Beyond Sugar Shock Team)
  • Another position that’s ideal for you (Feel free to suggest something!)

If you are interested in any of these positions, reply here, and my assistant and I will get back to you ASAP. (You can include all info here, which we will not publish.)

Be ready to provide:

  • Thoughts as to why an internship or volunteer position appeals to you.
  • How you heard about me and Beyond Sugar Shock.
  • Your time availability. We’d prefer at least 6 hours a week, but less is okay, too.
  • A copy of your resume or bio. Please do NOT include an attachment.
  • 2 references

Please note that we’re looking for people who are:

  • Reliable and organized.
  • Compassionate.
  • Gracious under pressure.
  • Very accurate.
  • Interested in health, wellness, personal empowerment, nutrition or exercise.
  • Interested in serving others and making a difference in the lives of millions.

One or more of these positions are ideal for:

  • Self-starters.
  • Stay-at-home moms, homemakers, entrepreneurs, or sugar addicts.
  • Budding health and health coaches, who graduated or are studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
  • Students (graduate or undergraduate).
  • People who have skills in journalism, PR, social media, etc.
  • You if you want to find a community of people dedicated to health and wellness.

Other details:

  • You’ll work 8 to 15 hours per week. You can work at home.
  • These are unpaid positions initially. May develop into paid positions.
  • Must have high-speed Internet access.

Thank you in advance for helping me to help people break free of their sugar addiction so they can easily move Beyond Sugar Shock. I couldn’t do this without you!

Please note that we will NOT publish your responses. These are for our internal use only — we will respect and honor your privacy.

Reply now if you’d like to volunteer or intern with me.

Dr. Bernie Siegel, Dr. Daniel Amen, Brian Tracy, Kathy Smith, Jeff O’Connell, Etc. Endorse Beyond Sugar Shock

Beyond Sugar Shock

Awesome news! Thrilling!

My upcoming book, Beyond Sugar Shock — which is due out in June from Hay House — has been endorsed by a Who’s Who of health and empowerment experts.

To date, the following gurus have endorsed this follow-up to my first book, Sugar Shock.

Read  what people are saying about Beyond Sugar Shock, which provides a six-week Mind-Body-Spirit adventure so you can easily break free of your sugar addiction:

“If you are ready to love yourself and your body, abandon the wounds of your past, and free yourself from unhealthy addictions, then read Beyond Sugar Shock. Then, combine the information it contains with your new-found inspiration.” –Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of A Book of Miracles and Faith, Hope & Healing

“We are born loving sugar for its sweetness and its ability to help us store up fat for lean times. Times are no longer lean for most and too much sugar is ruining our health and our lives. Beyond Sugar Shock gives you everything you need to bring more sweetness and health into your life….. without the risk of sugar!” Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers: Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

“Sugar is NOT good for your brain. It increases erratic brain cell firing, promotes inflammation and is clearly addictive.  Beyond Sugar Shock can help you get sugar out of your life and replace it with health and vitality.  It is a powerful program full of easy tips and tactics.” –Daniel G. Amen, M.D., bestselling author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, Magnificent Mind at Any Age, and Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

“Break free! This refreshing and enlightening book shows how to release sugar addiction easily. It can save your life. Read it!” –Dr. Joe Vitale, author, The Attractor Factor

“As I’ve discovered myself, one of the keys to being happy is eating well, which includes limiting sugar consumption. But as any sugar addict knows, this is a tough habit to kick! In Beyond Sugar Shock, Connie Bennett shows you an easy and empowering way to say farewell to those `sweet poisons.’”
Marci Shimoff, NY Times bestselling author, Happy for No Reason and Love for No Reason

Beyond Sugar Shock ambitiously breaks new ground in the field of sugar addiction! Connie shows you how to bravely and easily shift away from negative and harmful thinking to positive and productive thinking to help get you healthier and happier. She will show you how to develop hobbies and activities that nurture and nourish you; and use cutting-edge techniques that lift you to a higher plane. You must read this book if you are serious about making a change in your health and lifestyle to finally live the life you want and more importantly, deserve!” —John Assaraf, New York Times Bestselling Author, The Answer and Having It All and featured in the featured in the Blockbuster Movie, “The Secret”

Beyond Sugar Shock fearlessly tackles the nation’s Number One health crisis – the diabesity epidemic. Connie Bennett offers real life solutions, recipes, take-action programs and spot on science to help break the sugar addiction that is fueling our nation’s health epidemic.  In the right hands,  this book could change the course of America’s health with Connie Bennett’s unique 6-week plan for a slimmer, sexier and sweeter YOU!” –Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S. author of The Fat Flush Plan and Fat Flush for Life

“If you’re a sugar addict like most people, you need to read Beyond Sugar Shock. This compassionate, comforting, uplifting book will change your life.” —Kathy Smith, International Fitness Expert

“Connie has written another engaging book that makes the reader a participant in a fun ride to better health. Beyond Sugar Shock offers an engaging, interactive, approach to quitting sugar and losing weight in which the reader not only becomes an active participant but becomes the conductor to gain control of his or her own health.  Bravo, Connie!” –Richard J. Johnson, M.D.,  Tomas Berl Professor of Medicine, Chief, Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension, University of Colorado, Denver, and author, The Sugar Fix: The Sugar Fix: The High-Fructose Fallout That Is Making You Fat and Sick

“Connie Bennett’s Sugar Shock! is one of the best books ever written about the toll taken by excess sugar consumption, and Beyond Sugar Shock! is a worthy and logical follow-up. Anyone can use her six-week action plan to break their sugar addiction—and make no mistake, sugar is addictive, not to mention complicit in diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and an long list of other health calamities when consumed to excess. Ms. Bennett is a true expert in the field, and this latest book of hers represents yet another major contribution. I give it my highest recommendation.” –Jeff O’Connell, Bodybuilding.com Editor-in-Chief, author of Sugar Nation 

“This enjoyable book shows you how to change your diet, reduce your sugar intake, lose weight and enjoy greater energy than ever before.” –Brian Tracy, motivational speaker and author, Earn What You’re Really Worth 

“If we as a nation are going to stop the obesity crisis, we must overcome our addiction to sugar.  We have raised a generation of children, who think sugary cereals, chocolate milk, gummy candies and the like are part of every meal: This must change.  We absolutely must overcome our sugar addiction, and Beyond Sugar Shock—with its powerful tips, stories and recipes—can help you. This book is an important tool in the fight against obesity.” —Ann Cooper, “The Renegade Lunch Lady” and author of Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children

Beyond Sugar Shock masterfully shows us how to finally get control our sugar or carb addictions — and go from self-loathing to self-love.” –Ken Druck, Ph.D., pioneer of life coaching and author, The Real Rules of Life: Balancing Life’s Terms With Our Own

“Tired of being a sugar junkie? Ready to feel better instead of guilty? Then this book is for you. Connie Bennett, Sugar Freedom Coach extraordinaire, will show you how to ditch your sugar addiction by treating your body, mind and spirit with tenderness, compassion, and even humor!”–Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., integrative physician and author, Beat Sugar Addiction Now!

“Wow! Beyond Sugar Shock is a must-read book for millions of overweight and sugar-addicted people worldwide. At the end of this six-week program, you’ll wonder why you ever wanted sweets in the first place, because your life will be so much happier, fuller, and healthier without those nasty insulin-blasting non-foods.“ –Oz Garcia, Ph.D., Celebrity Nutrition Expert, whose clients include Oscar winner Hilary Swank and singer Roberta Flack

“Quitting sugar is no easy feat, but Connie Bennett’s life-changing book, Beyond Sugar Shock, makes it simple, fun, and do-able. I’ll be recommending this book to my clients.” – JJ Virgin, Ph.D., Celebrity Fitness Nutrition & Fitness Expert, author of Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy co-star of the TLC reality series, “Freaky Eaters”

“If you’re one of millions who feels trapped by your sugar and carb addiction, you want to get Beyond Sugar Shock from Connie Bennett, a former sugar addict-turned-life-and-health coach. This book will take you on a fun, exciting, transformative six-week adventure, from which you’ll emerge healthier, sexier, slimmer, and happier. Plus, you’ll finally feel free!” –Colette Baron-Reid, internationally renowned intuitive coach and author of the groundbreaking new book and program Weight Loss for People Who Feel Too Much and The Map: Finding the Magic and Meaning in the Story of Your Life

“’Avoid Sugar!’ That’s a reminder we can’t hear often enough—this substance is so bad for us!  So why are you still eating it? Connie Bennett knows exactly how to help you break your habit. She struggled with and conquered the addiction herself. Now, her easy-to-read and solidly convincing book, Beyond Sugar Shock, is full of soul-satisfying tools you can implement immediately to nourish your natural, innate desire for a sweeter life. A must read!” – Donna Gates, author of The Body Ecology Diet and The Baby Boomer Diet: Body Ecology’s Guide to Growing Younger: Anti-Aging Wisdom for Every Generation

“Sugar is a DRUG! Sugar feeds cancer cells, robs you of vital energy, and keeps you hooked. If there is one item to leave out of your diet, it’s sugar! Connie Bennett shows you how to do it easily in her book, Beyond Sugar Shock.” –Caroline Sutherland, bestselling author of The Body knows…How to Stay young

“There’s no more time to waste when it comes to empowering ourselves around diet and health. Connie Bennett has taken on perhaps the most powerful nutritional challenge of all – sugar – and has come out victorious. With an approach filled with the right ingredients – good facts, smart suggestions, and topped with a little Vitamin L, Love, Beyond Sugar Shock is a powerful tool for transforming your health, weight, and happiness.” –Marc David, bestselling author of Nourishing Wisdom and The Slow Down Diet and Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating 

“Thank you, Connie, for continuing your important mission to WAKE America up to our S.A.D. relationship with SUGAR and what to do about it!!!!! Your new book, Beyond Sugar Shock, answers a huge hunger millions have for an easy way out of their horrible addiction. You’re changing people’s lives with your powerful, amazing books!–Kathie Dolgin (a.k.a. “High Voltage,” health & wellness pioneer; addiction expert; author of Energy Up, and founder of the Energy Up Voltage-Approved (EUVA) inner city health and wellness program, which is spearheading the first Sugar Free public school in New York City

“Thank you, Connie for writing Beyond Sugar Shock. It’s amazing! I am telling everyone about it! I love how easy to read and yet how informative it is!” –Patricia Moreno, Founder, intenSati, and author of The intenSati Method.

“If you have a sugar addiction, who should you turn to for help? Someone who walks their talk and has been there too! In her book, Beyond Sugar Shock, Connie Bennett—a journalist and former sugar addict-turned-life-and-health coach, who runs the groundbreaking Sugar Freedom Now program—presents a brilliant, foolproof plan to rescue you even if you’ve been trapped for years.” –Janet Bray Attwood, – Co-author of the New York Times Bestseller, The Passion Test – The Effortless Path To Living Your Life Purpose

Beyond Sugar Shock is fabulous!!! It’s loaded with secrets to for you to release your sugar addiction and create what Connie calls a Sweeterlicious Life.  Follow this program and  break free to real happiness and joy!” –Diana Kirschner, Ph.D., author of Love in 90 Days and Sealing the Deal: The Love Mentor’s Guide to Lasting Love

“Are you hooked on sugar and fed up with your excess weight? If you’re like most people, you’ve been trapped for years and keep failing over and over again. There’s good news for you sugar addicts. Beyond Sugar Shock is the only book you’ll ever need on the subject. Read this book, and you’ll release your addiction at long last—and be able to get a balanced, peaceful, delicious life in the process.” –Lauren Mackler, author of the bestseller, Solemate: Master the Art of Aloneness and Transform Your Life

Beyond Sugar Shock is a must read for everyone who’s got a sweet tooth that just won’t quit. Connie will show you how to say no with sass, so you can say YES to more life.” –Stacey Morgenstern & Carey Peters, Creators of Holistic MBA 

Beyond Sugar Shock spells out the insidious and destructive nature of how sugar addiction robs you of your health. But once you discover that you are addicted you realize that stopping the addiction is not simple. Experts have shown that every effective health change always has better success with a concrete plan and  this book does just that.” —Roberta Lee, M.D., Vice Chair , Department of Integrative Medicine, Continuum Center for Health and Healing, Beth Israel Medical Center, and author, The SuperStress Solution

“Connie Bennett’s Beyond Sugar Shock is a valuable and important addition to the growing literature on sugar addiction.” — Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, aka “The Rogue Nutritionist”(TM) author of Living Low Carb and The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth

“Connie Bennett’s determination to educate people about sugar’s devastating effects are nothing short of impressive!  Since learning she had hypoglycemia in 1998, Connie has valiantly forged a campaign to empower millions so they, like her, can successfully triumph over their horrible habit. Now, in her latest book, Beyond Sugar Shock, Connie compassionately presents amazing tools that really work! To everyone who has a sugar problem—and that’s almost all of us—you must read this remarkable book!” –Roberta Ruggiero, President/Founder  The Hypoglycemia Support Foundation, Inc. and author, The Do’s and Don’ts of Hypoglycemia: An Everyday Guide to Low Blood Sugar

“Kicking your sugar addiction is one of the most difficult challenges on the path to healthier eating. Beyond Sugar Shock provides you with a powerful and valuable program to do it once and for all.–Jared Koch, nutritional consultant and founder, Clean Plates, guides (in various cities) to the healthiest, tastiest, and most sustainable restaurants for both vegetarians and carnivores

“Connie’s new book, Beyond Sugar Shock, is written from her heart and soul. This amazing wan really walks her talk—and has since 1998! Now, let Connie help you kick sugar to the curb like she has countless others.  I will definitely recommend this book to my audience—women and men, who use facial exercise to maintain their youthfulness. Let Connie transport you Beyond Sugar Shock so you can stay healthy and whole on the inside and have healthiness show on your face and body.” –Cynthia Rowland, anti-aging specialist and creator of Facial Magic® and Luscious Lips®

“Finally a book that teaches one to let go of sugar addiction by following a personal body, mind and spirit program that gets to the emotional core of sugar addiction, allowing those hooked on sugar to be their own best ally in letting go of a harmful substance.” —Brigitte Mars, author of Rawsome!, Addiction Free Naturally, The Country Almanac of Home Remedies and The Sexual Herbal.

“People crave sweetness in their lives, but as Connie Bennett wisely points out, you have many more choices than refined sugar. If you’ve substituted sugar for love, you can find out how to get the Real thing by following Connie’s 6-Week Plan.” —Carolyn Dean MD, ND, creator of the Completement Now! Online Wellness Program.

“Connie Bennett has done it AGAIN!  More succinct and 100% empirically valid assistance on how to not be poisoned, by the food and beverage chain.  We are grossly over fed in current western dietary intake, we are heavily under nourished.  Connie provides straight forward FACTS and SOLUTIONS on how to take back your life and not be harmed by food and beverage companies and (and death profiteers and regulators harming you and your family).  I STRONGLY recommend this book for anyone seeking how to make at least 100 years of quality life through good nutrition! —Russ Bianchi, Managing Director & CEO, ADEPT SOLUTIONS, INC., A Global Food, Beverage, Drug, Cosmetic, Flavor, and Functional Nutrition Product Development Corporation

“As a health expert and hypnotherapist, I know how tough it is for people to quit sugar and processed carbs. But Connie Bennett has made the process smooth, simple, and powerful in her book, Beyond Sugar Shock. You must read this book if you’re among the millions who can’t say no to cookies or candies.” –Mark Patrick, author of Wake Up Skinny

“Connie Bennett has done it again!! Beyond Sugar Shock gives us the tools and techniques to deal with our sugar addiction and affliction.  She empowers us to move beyond our need for sugar, and in the process, she helps us create a life of balance and health.  I can’t wait to recommend this book to my patients!” –Jill R. Baron, M.D., P.C., Integrative Physician and Weight Loss Coach

“Beyond Sugar Shock is a not your average healthy-eating book, but it offers a complete life transformation! Unlike other health books that just tell you about the right foods to eat, Connie Bennett helps you get to the root of your eating behaviors and heal the body, mind and spirit for lasting change. The book is informative, fun and easy to follow to make the shifts you need to live healthy and happy ever after.” –Debra Berndt, author of Let Love In: Open Your Heart & Mind to Attract Your Ideal Partner

“WOW!! Connie is so right on target. When you read this book, you’ll become a happy sugar kicker, too. It’s been three years since I gave up sugar, thanks to Connie and her fabulous coaching. I owe my freedom from sugar to her. You, too, will never have to go back to that pain.  I recommend this book to all those who want energy, feel good, and reach their full potential.” –Dawn Strickland, D.C., CFT (chiropractor and certified fitness trainer) and former coaching client of Connie’s

Now, can you help me build the buzz?

Are you friends with or have friends of friends of any celebrities or bestselling authors, who you think should know about Beyond Sugar Shock?

Please contact me here and let me know to whom you can spread the word. And please click “like” on this page and spread the word to your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Also, stay tuned for my upcoming announcement. Soon, I’ll be leading a group of people to Break Free of Sugar.

Sugar Shock Readers: What Would You Like in My Next Book? (Last Call)

Attention, readers of my first book, Sugar Shock.

Amazon Sug Sh 51RDZ7DBVAL._SL110_ This is the last call for any ideas on what to include in my next book.

I'm now making last-minute changes and editing to my next book, The Sugar Shock Diet,which will be released next year by Hay House. (Here's the original announcement.)

My next book will provide you a simple, six-week mind-body-spirit plan that will allow you to easily cut back on those quickie carbs so you can shed excess weight, boost your libido, increase your energy, and much more.

Please, dear readers of Sugar Shock, as I'm doing final rewriting and editing for Sugar Shock Diet, tell me what you'd like to see included.

What would make your life easier and sweeter?

Please tell us now, on this Sugar Shock Blog, and on the Facebook Smart Habits Fans Page what you'd like to see in this next book.

Sugar Shock Readers: What Would You Like in My Next Book?

Amazon Sug Sh 51RDZ7DBVAL._SL110_ Attention, readers of my first book, Sugar Shock.

Please give your feedback!

I'm now wrapping up my next book, The Sugar Shock Diet, which will be released next year by Hay House, which brings you empowering self help, inspirational and transformational books, products and events. (Here's the original announcement, and yes, the title of my book may be changing.)

Please, dear readers of Sugar Shock, as I'm rewriting and editing The Sugar Shock Diet, please tell me what you'd like to see included.

What would make your life easier and sweeter?

We're eager to get your feedback now!

So what would you want included in my next book, The Sugar Shock Diet? Tell us now here, on this Sugar Shock Blog, and on the Facebook Smart Habits Fans Page.

Global Water Prayer at Noon Your Time Today: Masaru Emoto Issues Invitation

Emoto Peace Project top I'm on deadline writing my book, Beyond Sugar Shock for Hay House — it's due in one week! — but I need to take time out to share this very important message. Thanks to Stacey Robyn of Go Gratitude for telling me about this.

Renowned water researcher and lover Masaru Emoto has issued a global prayer invitation for March 31, 2011 at noon your time.  See his note below, and join us at Noon to send Love and Gratitude to the waters of Japan and to all waters of the world.

"Thank you for adding your energy, Love, Gratitude and intention to this day of Global Prayer," Stacey writes. "Remember, each and every person makes a world of difference, and that person is YOU!"

URGENT: A letter from Dr Masaru Emoto, author of Messages
in Water plus other related books.

A letter from Dr Masaru Emoto:

To All People Around the World,

URGENT: A letter from Dr Masaru Emoto, author of Messages
from Water
plus other related books.

A letter from Dr Masaru Emoto:

To All People Around the World,

Please send your prayers of love and gratitude to water at
the nuclear plants in Fukushima , Japan !   By the massive
earthquakes of Magnitude 9 and surreal massive tsunamis,
more than 10,000 people are still missing…even now… It has
been 16 days already since the disaster happened. What makes
it worse is that water at the reactors of Fukushima Nuclear
Plants started to leak, and it's contaminating the ocean, air
and water molecule of surrounding areas.

Human wisdom has not been able to do much to solve the
problem, but we are only trying to cool down the anger of
radioactive materials in the reactors by discharging water
to them.   Is there really nothing else to do?   I think there is.

During over twenty year research of dado measuring and
water crystal photographic technology, I have been witnessing
that water can turn positive when it receives pure vibration
of human prayer no matter how far away it is.   Energy
formula of Albert Einstein, E=MC2 really means that
Energy = number of people and the square of people's
consciousness.

Now is the time to understand the true meaning. Let us all
join the prayer ceremony as fellow citizens of the planet
earth. I would like to ask all people, not just in Japan , but
all around the world to please help us to find a way out the
crisis of this planet!!

The prayer procedure is as follows.

Day and Time:  March 31st, 2011 (Thursday)
12:00 noon in each time zone

Please say the following phrase:

"The water of Fukushima Nuclear Plant, we are sorry to
make you suffer. Please forgive us. We thank you, and
we love you."

Please say it aloud or in your mind. Repeat it three times
as you put your hands together in a prayer position.
Please offer your sincere prayer.   Thank you very much
from my Heart.

With love and gratitude,

Masaru Emoto Messenger of Water

See his message below.

The Wonders of Sleep & Get Your Free Holiday Gifts

wonders of sleep As you may have read yesterday, I confessed that I’ve been skimping on sleep by working too hard, and now I’m gotten sick — scratchy throat, cough, headache and strange voice, which a friend called really sexy. (LOL!)

Yeah, I feel much better after many hours of those valuable, recuperative zzz’s — one the best vitamins out there!

Ah the wonders and benefits of sleep!

Despite my being sick, I still would like to help you have a sweet holiday season. Get your 3 gifts:

1) Go here now to learn how to receive your complimentary audio replay on how to Release Holiday Stress. Or go straight to the download now here. You’ll get three wonderful guided visualizations.

2) Listen later today to my Gab With the Gurus Radio Show to learn from Dr. Audrey Nelson How to Talk to Men Over the Holidays. (Thanks to BlogTalkRadio.com, where I host my show for featuring this show today.)

You can listen to it below either live at 2 pm EST or later:

3) Catch my special Gab With the Gurus Radio Show tomorrow about How to Find Heartfelt Gifts from gift-giving guru Robyn Spizman and Giftionary.com founder, health gifts expert Randi Luckman, relaxation/guided visualization expert/Love-Mind Guru Debra Berndt, (who will tell you about her amazing Complete Relaxation Set (9 MP3s) and Weight Loss Hypnosis Set (4 MP3s) and Arielle Fierman, who creates amazing jewelry, especially the I Love You ring. *If you get any of their amazing gifts, make sure to tell them that Connie Bennett sent you.)

Listen to it below either live at 2 pm Wed. or later, at your convenience:

Do you live in New York or nearby?

Learn tonight, Dec. 8, How to Stay Slim Through the Holidays with my friend Donna Sonkin. (I’m sorry, but you won’t see me there tonight since I’m sick, but you’ll have a chance to win a raffle for one of two copies of my book SUGAR SHOCK!)

And on Jan. 5, catch my Breaking Free of Sugar Addiction talk on Jan. 5 at the New York Open Center.

Dear readers, please know that I value your comments, suggestions and feedback. So please connect with us on Facebook, the Stop Sugar Shock social network or write to me personally.

I’m going back to doze more and meditate so I can heal quickly and present my radio show at 2 pm EST today on How to Talk to Men Over the Holidays. 

Worried about what to give to friends and loved ones for the holidays? Give them the gift of relaxation. Send them now to this free holiday program — http://tinyurl.com/RelieveHolidayStress.

Connie’s Confession: I’m a Health Hypocrite! Help Each Other

Sick_puppy-600x319 Normally, I don't reveal my vulnerabilities here, on this Sugar Shock Blog. Nor do I share a personal plight, but today, I feel a need to confess to you that I feel like the ultimate Health Hypocrite.

Sure, I eat healthy, wholesome, real foods. Yes, I religiously avoid sugary foods and carbs — and have since 1998 with only a handful of very minor infractions. I don't even smoke anymore. (Inhaling two packs of cigarettes is a thing of the past.) What's more, I've been shunning caffeine since a doctor suggested I do so more than a decade ago. And I don't even chew sugar-less gum or eat candies with artificial sweeteners anymore. In addition, I've triumphed over my diet soda slugging. Plus, I'm huge exercise aficionado. But feeding my body well and moving just aren't nearly enough.

Sleep My body craves — as does yours — ample sleep. We desperately need those zzzzzz's.Otherwise, I'm headed for sniffles, sneezing, coughing and congestion.

Well, lately — especially in the last week — I haven't walked my talk. Despite the fact that I know about the wonders of a good night's sleep and I'm even mentioning it as a "Smart Diet Habit" in my next book, I skimped on sleep myself last week. Now that I'm a health coach, I'm not going to indulge in self-blame. Rather, I'm going to use this realization as an opportunity.

The irony is that lately, I've been thinking a lot about and striving to do excellent self-care, because of my training as a health counselor and life coach and because I've been completing Cheryl Richardson's fabulous book, Take Time for Your Life, which was required reading for my life coaching program through iPEC.

I even just bought Cheryl Richardson's latest book, The Art of Extreme Self-Care, this weekend at this remarkable Hay House ouse Movers & Shakers conference. Both books have motivated me to think a lot about how we all will benefit if we devote ourselves wholeheartedly to treating ourselves with respect and reverence, even it it means we have to let go of current projects and disappoint people. 

Well, despite my commitment to treating myself right, last week, I neglected my needs when it came to snoozing. You see, I felt compelled to help you you a lot this month. I really wanted to:

Last week, I wanted to find time to:

My goals also are to:

  • Help support a friend or two, who is doing valuable work. This week, I spread the word about Donna Sonkin's event tomorrow, which unfortunately I may not be well enough to attend now.
  • Send send out an email blast to my mailing list about the exciting programs offered.
  • Plan the 2nd annual Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge in mid January, which includes lining up  top experts to join in our 24-hour twitfest and inviting them to add their names to a press release that will go out to members of the media as it did last year.
  • Send a pitch to The Dr. Oz Show suggesting a show about sugar addiction in January and to invite the producer to book both Stephen (Dr. Sinatra) and myself as well as other sugar experts and sugar addicts to appear on a much-needed episode. (Please help me suggest that we come on as guests to The Dr. Oz Show. And if you're a sugar addict in need of help, feel free to recommend yourself, too.)
  • Plan my radio shows for January. For example, on Wed., Jan. 6 at 2 p.m., you'll get valuable ideas from Gretchen Rubin on how to be happy. She is author of the new book, The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun. I'm also lining up shows tips with Gary Ryan Blair, the Goals Guy and author of the new book,Everything Counts: 52 Remarkable Ways to Inspire Excellence and Drive Results; and Annette Fix, who will give relationship pointers to use in the new year. (Stay tuned for details.)
  • Clear clutter in my apartment.
  • Buy a new printer, because my previous one broke down. 
  • Take time to exercise, meditate, do creative visualization, read inspiring passages and lay the groundwork to manifest a loving relationship.

Kleenex Wow, I'm exhausted just reading my list. Clearly, last week, I overworked, didn't work out enough and ignored valuable sleep time. One day I even put in about 20 hours. Or was it 22?

Clearly, I know better! For goodness sake, I'm both a health counselor and a life coach. People even dub me as the "Smart Habits Girl" (on Twitter), "Smart Habits Coach" or "Sugar Liberator."

But skipping sleep sent me straight to a sore, scratchy throat, hacking cough, a stuffy head and sheer exhaustion. Ironically, recently, I began to research the subject of sleep deprivation for my next book by reading articles such as this one and this one. Getting sick Now I have to miss two holiday parties tonight because of being sick.

While I'd rather be sleeping now, I'm writing because I really need your help. In return, I will help to bring out the absolute best in you. With  your assistance, I could get more sleep, help more people, have more fun, be more energized, take more time for me and lead the kind of balanced life that I help my clients to achieve.

…So I'm currently seeking several part-time independent contractors (2 to 10 hours a week). My goal and intention is to find:

  • An assistant producer for my Gab With the Gurus radio show (a fun gig!);
  • Several people to help build my community through social media — especially my new Facebook fan page and Stop Sugar Shock social network on Ning (also fun!);
  • 2 health writers or bloggers to research, write and post pieces about recent medical studies and other health and lifestyle developments on my Sugar Shock Blog and radio show updates on my Gab With the Gurus blog. The writers also would prepare press releases about upcoming programs to submit to ExpertClick.com (another fascinating project);
  • A marketing consultant, who can make suggestions about expanding my reach so I can help the people who most need my expertise;
  • 1 or 2 assistants to warmly greet attendees at my talks, make them feel welcome, pass out fliers at a variety of places in New York (or wherever I'm booked) and help line up more talks. (Right now I'm seeking people for my January talks — you just need to be warm, friendly and into serving others);
  • A tech-savvy person, who can do website updates (on Microsoft Front Page) and/or possibly move my entire Sugar Shock website to WordPress. This person also would set up my new Smart Habits Blog on WordPress before I add too much content on its current site.

At present, don't have a budget for these independent contractors. The good news is that I do have a BIG desire to help you live a better life. Plus, I have superb training from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), as well as my own experience being the Bad Habits Babe. I also have a proven track record, along with testimonials from clients about my ability to motivate, guide and coach people to break free of their self-sabotaging habits. (Check back here soon for more client kudos. I've been too busy coaching to get more testimonials.)

Life_coaching_logo Even if you're free of destructive patterns, we can still swap services.

I can coach you so you'll finally realize your dreams. (I can help anyone, but I do specialize in health, wellness and personal empowerment, and, in particular, I work with sugar addicts, stay-at-home moms, small business owners, authors, writers, health counselors, marketing experts.)

In addition, if you need writing or marketing services, I'm your gal.

Here's how it will work. You would devote a designated amount of time each week to help me in one of the above areas. In exchange, I'll either coach you in health, wellness and writing, or I"ll help you to write and/or edit something. Depending on how many hours you work for me, you would get either private coaching or you would be part of one of my Break Free With Connie group coaching programs. 

Sound intriguing?

If you're a fellow health expert, please join in the discussion here and on Facebook. Do you, too, feel sometimes like a Health Hypocrite? How? How have you overcome this? I'd love your ideas to improve.  (Plus, I'm working on a story for several sites.)

Enough writing. My shoulder and arm are very sore from typing, and I need to sleep, drink liquids, finish my chicken soup, take herbs and supplements and recuperate.

Hope you will take advantage of this amazing offer to help you set and reach your goals, tap into your inner purpose and passion and connect that with your outer goals to achieve extraordinary and sustainable results.

In the meantime, I'm now committing to you, dear readers, that I will conquer my destructive sleep deprivation habits. I need to live up to my "Smart Habits Coach" title. Besides, I know that I can lick this bad habit just as I have all my other bad habits over the years. But feel free to wish me luck!

Please spread the word about this offer — and feel free to share your thoughts here and on Facebook about my unhealthy hypocrisy!

Help Me to Help You — The White-Out Diet Will Be In Your Hands Jan. 2010, Helping You, If You Spread the Word Now

Special Announcement:

Greetings, wonderful, savvy people,

Exactly 11 years ago today, I first kicked sugar and refined carbs and got a better life.

And today, more than a decade since I became reborn, I'm launching an unusual marketing campaign to promote my next book, The White-Out Diet.

The catch is that it's not out yet. My goal is to have it hit bookstores and your favorite online retailer Jan. 2009.

The economy is prompting me to do something really
different so that I can get a book deal for my next book, The White-Out Diet,
which I know could help many.

Please see this email (below), which I just sent to members of my mailing list.

If you can help, I'd really, really appreciate it!

Anyhow, my goal is to help millions, and I think I can, but I need wonderful people like you to spread the word! Please read on.

Thanks in advance ever so much!See letter below.

Warmly and gratefully,

Connie

Subject: Help me, please… The White-Out Diet, my next book, is coming with your help — benefits galore

Dear [Your Name Goes Here],

 

Would you like to lose weight for good,banish fatigue,
boost your energy, feel and look

more youthful, get more oomph in the bedroom
and build a life of passion, purpose and pizzazz?

 

Well, The White-Out Diet, my next book (the follow-up to SUGAR SHOCK!), is intended to help YOU

achieve ALL of that — and more.

 

This book, I hope, will come out in January 2010.

 

But here's the catch: I need your help so that this book will become a reality and be available to you through bookstores,libraries and
online retailers.

 

You see, while this fun, easy-to-read,

friendly, compassionate book can help

you in so many ways, these challenging

economic times are prompting me to

rely on you.

 

Let me explain.

 

Like all other industries, the

publishing industry has been hit

by the economic downturn.

 

Publishers are tightening their belts and making less
acquisitions.

So my literary agent explains to me.

 

More importantly, major publishers only want to make book

deals with people, who are household names

— movie stars, TV personalities, celebrities and so on.

 

And publishers only want authors with a "Big
Platform"

— this means millions (or least hundreds of

thousands) of followers, fans and friends.

 

Therein lies my challenge.

 

While editors at publishing houses loved my White-Out
Diet

concept and my background as author of an acclaimed

book (SUGAR SHOCK!)
from a major publisher (Berkley Books,

part of the Penguin Group), their
enthusiasm was dampened

because I'm not a household name — yet.

 

And while I do have a Big Platform,

it's not big ENOUGH — yet.

 

But I'm determined to get The White-Out Diet published so
it can help you.

 

So I realized that it's time to put the Law of Attraction
into action.

 

And I'd be grateful to you for any help you can give to
make this happen.

 

The White-Out Diet is a great book, and it deserves to be
in your

hands next January, 2010, so it can help you.

 

Ultimately, this challenge presents an

incredible opportunity.

 

It's time for me to become pro-active,

creative and what I call "author-preneurial."

 

I'm even planning some outrageous, exciting activities

to
drum up the necessary attention in The White-Out Diet, because

I KNOW this book
can really enhance, improve and change your life.

 

(Got any clever, out-of-the-box marketing and promotion
ideas? Know any celebrities?

Please share this info with me

ASAP, but privately.)

 

So would you be kind enough to act now (spending only
about a

minute or two) to support the campaign to get The White-Out Diet

into
the hands of people who need it?

 

Act now, please. Just go here:

 

=====>>>>>

http://www.WhiteOutDiet.com

 

=======================================

My Intention: Get 500,000 or More in Pre-Sales
Commitments

for The White-Out Diet From People Like You


=======================================

 

So here's my intention, my wonderful,

health-minded friends, fans and colleagues.

 

I would like to guarantee publishers that The White-Out
Diet will

sell 500,000 or more copies.

 

Will you help me — and yourself? Would you please:

 

1) Promise to buy 1 or more copies of

The White-Out Diet

 

2) Tell 2 or more friends and loved ones about this fun,
friendly, helpful

book. Just send them to www.WhiteOutDiet.com
and

 

3) Tell your entire online community and friends through
social media sites. This

means posting (preferably several times) links to http://www.WhiteOutDiet.com

on your
Facebook page and those of your friends.

 

And for those of you on Twitter.com,

would you send out lots of tweets? Just refer people to http://www.WhiteOutDiet.com

Here's one I wrote for you:



Join the White-Out Diet Super Friends campaign. This could help you, your friends, etc. http://www.WhiteOutDiet.com


=======================================

Visualize With Me: The White-Out Diet

Is In Your Hands Now, Helping YOU

=======================================

 

Will you join with me now?

 

You see, I'm utterly convinced that with your support,
we'll get an

amazing momentum going.

 

Just envision this: Even if only 1 percent of the people
on Facebook

(200 million) and Twitter (6 million) spread the word and make
pre-sales

commitments, this book will become a mega-bestseller before it's even
published!

 

In fact, if hundreds of your friends and friends of
friends get involved, The White-Out Diet

will get way more than 500,000 in
pre-sales commitments.

 

I've now shared my dream with you. (Guess it's not
private any more? LOL!)

 

Will you join me in this dream so that I can help you and
your friends with The White-Out Diet?

 

Just think: You could be on the ground floor of an
empowering, cutting-edge, life-changing

guerilla marketing campaign that helps
millions.

Do you feel great or what?

 

I hope you're excited.

 

Just imagine The White-Out Diet helping you to become
healthier and to

accomplish amazing things.

 

=======================================

More About The White-Out Diet

=======================================

 

Let me tell you more about this book

so you can understand why I'm so eager for you to be able
to get it in January 2010.

 

The White-Out Diet — whose

subtitle is A 21-Day Plan to Peel Off

Pounds, Boost Energy, Rev Up Libido,

Banish Toxins & Turn Back the Clock —

could help you to:

 

* Easily lose weigh*t for good

 

* Feel and look more youthful

 

* Banish fatigue and boost your energy

 

* Rev up your libido

 

* Become more calm, cheerful and content

 

* Have a better memory

 

* Find out which "white" foods are

wiping you out and doing you in;

 

* Learn 21 days of easy tools, tips and

tactics to accomplish all of the above; 

 

* Turn your life around so that you can

plunge into a life of passion, purpose & pizzazz; and

 

* Open up your life in new ways (you

see, this isn't just a diet book — it's more of a
lifestyle book)

 

The White-Out Diet also has the

participation of cutting-edge people in

the fields of health and wellness. For instance:

 

* Joshua Rosenthal, MScED, Founder &

Director of the Institute for

Integrative Nutrition (IIN)– has kindly agreed to write
the introduction.

 

(I'm so honored, excited and

grateful to Joshua, because he's busy running the largest
nutrition school  in the world.

I just love IIN, which I attended.

It attracts the most wonderful, fellow grads, students
and staffers.)

 

The White-Out Diet also will involve the participation of
other acclaimed

health experts and celebrities:

 

* A famous medical expert will do

the foreword. (I'm eagerly awaiting

word from someone who is really famous.) Dr. Nicholas
Perricone wrote

the foreword for my first book, SUGAR SHOCK!

 

* Integrative physician Richard M.

Linchitz, M.D. – a cancer survivor

himself — will serve as medical

consultant for The White-Out Diet. 

 

(Dr. Linchitz has an amazing

tale himself. Back in 1998, he

overcame lung cancer making many of the lifestyle changes

we tell you about in The White-Out Diet. (FYI, he got cancer despite never
having smoked.)

 

* Plus, The White-Out Diet will have meal plans created
by

recognized nutritionist Jill Lane, C.N.C. 

 

* In addition, as with SUGAR

SHOCK!, The White-Out Diet will have

numerous endorsements from well-known

health experts and celebrities.

 

Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Christiane Northrup,

Kathy Smith, former presidential

contender and former Arkansas Gov. Mike

Huckabee, film producer Harvey

Weinstein, actress/author Marilu Henner

and Dr. Joseph Mercola were among those

who have endorsed SUGAR SHOCK!

 

So, can I count on you to spread the

word about The White-Out Diet to help me get a book deal?

 

Just go now to

======>>>>>

www.WhiteOutDiet.com

 

=======================================

Gifts to You For Helping Bring

The White-Out Diet to Bookstores,

& Online Retailers

=======================================

 

Of course, because of you're providing

vital help so The White-Out Diet can

get into your hands, you'll get benefits as a token of my
gratitude.

 

To find out what these gifts are and to join the exciting
White-Out Diet,

Royal Treatment Super Friend campaign, go here now:

 

=====>>>>

www.WhiteOutDiet.com

 

From the bottom of my heart, I thank

you in advance for your invaluable support!

 

Just imagine: Because of you, The White-Out Diet will be
in your hands

in January 2010, and it will help you and millions like you.

 

Again, thank you so much for helping me

to help you by guaranteeing that The White-Out Diet can
help people like you.

 

Gratefully yours,

Connie

 

P.S. Make sure to spread the word to 2 or more friends
now. Just send them to the new blog:

 

===== >>>>>

www.WhiteOutDiet.com

 

While there, you'll see a really fun, creative White-Out
Diet design from the

talented Hillary Carlip, whose clients have included such
big names as Jennifer Anniston.

 

P.P.S. If you have great marketing ideas, contacts in the
media or celebrity friends,

please write to me ASAP at connie@sugarshock.com

 

Connie Bennett. C.H.H.C. – Stop Sugar Shock

 


Facebook: Is It a Fast Path to Friends, Fun & Even Fame? Get the Scoop with Gurus Jesse Stay, Mari Smith, Shama Hyder, Etc. on March 24

Facebook
Are you on Facebook yet? What about Twitter or LinkedIn?

If not, it's time to get on the social networking bandwagon!

First, I strongly urge you to join the more than 175 million hip people now using the wildly popular Facebook social networking service!

If you're not on Facebook yet, would you like to know how to find friends, become popular, get people to check out your services, attend your teleseminar, etc.? Of course, the answer is "Yes!," right?

If you are already on Facebook, would you like to learn how to use it to find friends, fun and even fame?

So newbies and veterans alike, get a Facebook education!

Join me — for free — on March 24 at 3 p.m. EST on my Gab With the Gurus Radio Show. You can listen live or later.

Get details now on my Gab With The Gurus Blog here.

Twitter
Also, stay tuned for 2 more social networking shows — March 31 is a hot Twitter show with gurus galore and a LinkedIn show is on April 7.

Got any ideas for experts for the LinkedIn show?

We need your help. My wonderful new Gab With the Gurus Associate Producer Meghan Walker and I can't do it all ourselves.

Send suggestions for LinkedIn speakers now.

Tell your friends now about the Facebook show, which they can listen to live or later. For details, send them to http://tinyurl.com/FacebookForAll-GabWithGurus