How to Skip Overeating This Thanksgiving: 3 Simple Tips for a Sweeter, Slimming Holiday

Every Thanksgiving, being grateful often takes a back seat to over-indulging at family gatherings.

Gulping down fast-acting, processed carbohydrates, sugar-loaded desserts, and gluten-rich foods is far more common than pleasurably savoring the various culinary concoctions.

20101117-stuffingFor many, Thanksgiving means they’ll go into Sugar Shock and Carb Shock (as I dub it), and develop “Grain Brain,” as Dr. David Perlmutter puts it in his book of the same name.

In fact, I predict that on Thanksgiving, most Americans will overeat, especially those culplrit carbs.

It’s simply a given that you’ll over-indulge on this holiday. One gym even suggested that you “work out before you pig out.”  Aargh!

It’s time to ignore the insidious programming that drives you to overeat on Thanksgiving.

Even if you’ve stuffed yourself at previous holiday feasts, instead this Thanksgiving you can achieve Sweet Freedom.

To begin the Sweet Freedom Thanksgiving Funcise (Fun Exercise), think ahead to the day after Thanksgiving,

Choose now not to get an upset stomach. Plan now not to pig out. Select the smarter choice — to savor the sweet holiday experience.

This Thanksgiving, you can easily shift your attention away from those cunning carbs and desserts, which most Americans over-consume and which ample research shows can contribute to more than 100-plus diseases and ailments, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes, and even an early death.

It’s time to take back your Sugar Power and Carb Control. This Thanksgiving, you can avoid being overly tempted by:

Here’s a three-part simple way to skip over-indulging this Thanksgiving and take leisurely, sociable tastes instead. (I recommend you take two to four small bites maximium of each dish.)

But before you dig into those tantalizing carb creations, just ask yourself these three simple questions:

  1. Would I rather overeat [fill in name of food(s)] tonight and feel sluggish, fuzzy-headed, and cranky tomorrow (for up to three days afterwards)?  OR would I rather have a slim, healthy body and mind? (If you have weight to lose, this thought can stop you from over-indulging.)
  2. Would I rather overeat those carbs or sweets or enjoy the good company of family and friends on this special day?
  3. Wouldn’t I rather feel better about myself by shifting my focus from the carb-food to gratitude, which, of course, is supposed to be the whole point of this celebration? Remind yourself that night of list of “5 Things for Which I’m Most Grateful.”

This simple, three-part mental exercise can take your attention away from those potentially harmful carb substasnces and instead put you on the path toward feeling good and enjoying your life -–  not just on this holiday but during the whole holiday season ahead.

Have a sweet, joyous and healthy Thanksgiving.


New to this Sugar Shock Blog? Connie Bennett is a former lethargic, dejected sugar-addicted journalist, who reluctantly quit sugar on doctor’s orders in 1998 after being pummeled by 44 strange ailments (brain fog, heart palpitations, mood swings, etc.). Now, 15 years later, the energetic, uplifting Connie spreads the word that Life is Sweeter When Sugar Doesn’t Seduce You™. She is recognized as the Sweet Freedom Coach, and she is a life coach, health coach, blogger, and motivational speaker, who has helped thousands of sugar and carb addicts worldwide. Connie is author of two bestselling books, Sugar Shock and Beyond Sugar Shock, which have been praised by many acclaimed health gurus and celebrities, including America’s Favorite Doctor, Dr. Mehmet Oz, as well as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Daniel Amen, Brian Tracy, Bernie Siegel, Mark Sisson, Marci Shimoff, John Assaraff, JJ Virgin, Katie Dolgin (“High Voltage”), and Jimmy Moore.

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3 Gifts to Have a Sweeter Holiday Season

0511-1001-0321-2234_Happy_People_Dancing_Retro_Silhouette_clipart_imageFor many of you, the holiday season is filled with anxiety, stress, financial worries, loneliness, family arguments, gift-giving concerns, many irritations (from flight delays to family squabbles) and many tasty temptations — mostly high-calorie and sugar-filled that you find hard to resist but that pack on the pounds, sap your energy and ruin your moods.

 In fact, many people leave the holiday season feeling drained, deprived and 5 or more pounds heavier.

But I'm here to help you lose weight, get organized, become more organized, joyful, calm down, look younger, plan a vision for the future, attract abundance, and much more.

In other words, my goal is to bring you peace of mind, happiness, and super-simple cool tools to start using so you can have a Sweeter Holiday Season. 

Therefore, it's my pleasure to give you three special gifts.

All three gifts were the opening programs in last year's much-acclaimed Sweeter Holiday Season, which featured a whopping 38 programs featuring a Who's Who in the fields of health, wealth, fitness, personal empowerment, feng shui, organizing, happiness, Law of Attraction, and so much more.

So here are the gifts you're getting now:

Your First Gift with Law of Attraction Guru John Assaraf

John_assaraf_150pxwidthFor your first gift, you'll get inspired and educated by the remarkable John Assaraf, one of the stars of The Secret, founder of several multi-million dollar companies, a Spiritual Entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author.

In our special program, John — who is also a Law of Attraction expert and certified life coach — will help you ll discover:

* What's blocking you from abundance.
* How the super-successful John didn't come from a family of scholars or multimillionaires, but somehow he managed to learn about quantum physics and neuroscience and build several 5 multimillion dollar companies and write a couple of New York Times bestselling books along the way.

  • How oceans and stars are not the last frontier for mankind but the human brain is.
  • Why some people achieve enormous business and financial success while others don't.
  • How there is an inner game to wealth and success and an outer game.
  • Why it's so hard for people to change.
  • What are the exact steps people can take to change from the inside out so that their results are 5,10 20 times better in the next 12-24 months.
  • How some people settle for less than what they can achieve and how you can easily break free from that pattern, achieve huge transformations; and become incredibly confident.
  • How to find out about John's super-sophisticated, amazing brain training program (which I love).

Your Second Gift with America's Relaxation Expert Darrrin Zeer

Darrin-zeerFor your second gift with Relaxation Expert Darrin Zeer, you'll get some very simple, fast techniques to tame your stres.

For instance, you'll discover:

* How to do what Darrin calls "The Bear Claw."
* How to calm down with "The Ragdoll Pose."
* What to do if you get headaches.
* How to do "Keyboard Calisthenics.:
* How to do something called "Email Meditation" (yes, meditation!)
* How to do the "Really Fun Laughter Exercise."

Your Third Gift with the Renowned "FlyLady" Marla Cilley

Flylady_toonThen, your final gift — also from the Sweeter Holiday Summit — comes from the renowned "FlyLady" Marla Cilley, who will give you tools galore to help you get through the holidays. For instance, Marla will reveal:

* How to change your life in 15-minute increments.
* How to crisis-clean your home.
* What to do which days of the week so you don't feel so overwhelmed.
* How to avoid last-minute, gift wrapping challenges.
* What to do before you go to holiday parties.
* How to put the fun in your cleaning and decluttering endeavors.
* How to give "action" gifts.
* How to go on a "cruise" this holiday season.
* And much more. 

These three programs were all part of the Sweeter Holiday Summit, last year's amazing program, during which You'll also get one bonus gift on "How to Relieve Holiday Stress."

In this program, with Love Hypnotist Debra Berndt, author of Let Love In, you'll get easy ways to calm down quickly, no matter where you are. 

To get your three exciting gifts (and the one bonus gift, go here:

    How You Found Us

Make sure to tell me how you like your gifts and what A Hah moments you've had. Just talk to us on my Facebook fan page.

Attract Abundance with Steve G. Jones

Steve G Jones World renowned hypnotherapist Steve G. Jones was the guest earlier this week as part of the Sweeter Holiday Summit, which is presenting 35+ experts in the fields of health, wellness, fitness, Law of Attraction, wealth and personal empowerment.

In his Sweeter Holiday Summit program, Steve showed you How to Feel Filled Up (Not Deprived) at Holiday Parties & How to Tap Into Your Wealth Mindset, Starting Now.

You’ll love the short (about 5 mins.) hypnosis session, in which Steve guided you to modest amounts and not to overindulge at holiday parties. He also led us through another fabulous session to help you attract abundance.

In this exciting program:

  • You’ll discover how your internal thinking limits your external success.
  • You’ll get tips on how to avoid making the biggest mistake—failing to believe in yourself.
  • You’ll also find out how to re-train your inner dialogue whenever it becomes negative
  • You’ll learn what you can do to combat frustration.
  • You’ll find out about the value (for many) of a “A Guilt-Free Play Plan”
  • You’ll get pointers on how to distance yourself from a situation that may appear to be negative.
  • You’ll discover how to tap into the abudance mentality.
  • And much more.

The exciting Sweeter Holiday Summit replay is available for free until Sunday so that you can benefit from these amazing tips.

Because you’re so busy this holiday season, you can upgrade any time to the Sweetest VIP All-Access to listen anytime to all 35+ speakers in the Sweeter Holiday Summit. That way, you’ll gain admission to a private website to be inspired whenever you want from these amazing speakers.

Some of the amazing experts coming up include:

  • Marilyn Migliore, an emotional eating expert
  • Marilee Tolen, an aromatherapist and holistic nurse and
  • Weight loss Brad King, who will help you to lose — not gain weight — this holiday season

To sign up for FREE to listen to all the experts presented in the Sweeter Holiday Summit, just go here:

Special thanks to Tanya Lily-Reid for help on this blog post.

Hurrah! Computer Fixed!

Computer_6_tnb After a fabulous weekend getting inspired and exhilarated by the Hay House I Can Do It! Conference in Tampa and listening to such fabulous people as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Cheryl Richardson, Marianne Williamson, Robert Holden and Dr. Brian Weiss, I came back home to a tempermental computer.

Suffice it to say that a virus blasted my computer to smithereens.

For two days, it was downright tough to work, because everythng was SLOW, SLOW, SLOW.

Every little step I took would stall my computer.

Firefox wouldn't stay open — it was shutting down often.

Sending emails was pretty much impossible.

In short, my computer was so sluggish, sputtering and malfunctioning that I was fearful it would just die in the middle of my Sweeter Holiday webinars/teleseminars.

So I had to make a tough decision. I had to cancel last night's programs with Gift Guru Robyn Spizman and acclaimed hypnotherapist Steve G. Jones. Don't worry: we're rescheduling them.

How awful it would have been if my computer had shut down in the middle of a program!

Heart-smiley-face-download For hours — I think it was five, maybe six or seven — my computer guy worked hard at fixing my computer. (He's still catching up.)

Ultimately, he had to take out my hard drive, put in a new one, install a new Windows 7, move over all my data, including the book I'm writing (Beyond Sugar Shock for Hay House), set up my email account again, etc., etc.

Now, I'm hunting for documents and I'm way behind!

But, yeah! I'm now a very happy woman with a super fast computer that's making it possible to get my work done so much quicker!

My computer guy says it's now even better than new. And thankfully, I have lots more space, too, because I was running out of space, too! (Lots of space is NICE and NEEDED since I'm now writing my next book, Beyond Sugar Shock, for Hay House.)

So we're back today for the Sweeter Holiday Summit. Join us tonight's exciting programs at 6 pm Eastern with Steve G. Jones.

Wondering what the Sweeter Holiday Summit is?

This event features 40 experts, whose mission is to help you thrive this holiday season.

SweeterHoliday_blog size 18 Sign up now at, and you'll be able to listen to the fabulous program with the acclaimed FlyLady yesterday. (Thankfully, I was still able to hold that program before my computer got even worse. Stay tuned for a post about our fabulous webinar/teleseminar with her.)

Just submit your email address at Then, you can listen for FREE for 48 hours to all programs. If your schedule is hectic, don't fret, because you can listen afterwards, at any time if you upgrade to the V.I.P. All Access Anytime Pass.  

We'd love to have you join us. But hurry and sign up now, because space is limited.

Please note that the figure is incorrect. We're now having more than 30 experts — at present 40 Gurus in health, wealth, wellness, Feng shui, inner peace, finance, Law of Attraction, weight loss and more will help you to make this your best holiday season yet.

New Year’s Day: Get Inspired in New York & Break Free

New York Dear Sugar Shock Blog readers, do you live near New York City?

If so, I invite you to join me New Year’s Day at the JCC in Manhattan for a very exciting New Year’s Day Fitness Fair.

In particular, from 1 pm to 2 pm at the JCC in Manhattan, come have fun with me while getting motivated, educated and charged up to take positive actions in the new year.

Of course, as the new year rings in, this is an ideal time to begin to create a new, improved you.

One of the best ways to better yourself is to gently, compassionately look at yourself and how you’ve been treating your lovely body.

During my New Year’s Day talk from 1 pm to 2 pm at the JCC in Manhattan, you will have an opportunity to have fun while beginning to kick your sugar habit or other bad habits (or what I call babits™).

My intention is to help gently guide you to look at your bad habits
(babits™) and to engage in fun, uplifting, adventurcises™ (adventurous exercises) so you
can get you can inspired to take some positive, life-changing actions
in the new year.

Why study your babits™ such as over-reliance on sugar, caffeine and artificial sweeteners?

Because if you set aside your babits™, you can get more energy, shed excess pounds, lift your moods, get along better with your loved ones, become more productive, accomplish more, boost your confidence and even rev up your libido. The benefits are HUGE if you break free!

Please do spread the word. Invite your friends and loved ones and my talk from 1 pm to 2 pm at the JCC in Manhattan. If you come as a result of reading this blog post, let me know, because you get a free gift from me.

Here is more information about my program:

Break Your Sugar Habit & Turn Your Babits™ (Bad Habits) into Blessings to Get a Life that Rocks™!

Would you like to release excess weight, get energy and boost your libido?
You can do ALL that—and more—by quitting sweets, refined carbs and other bad habits (babits™). Get
easy tips and exercises you can enjoy as you discover:

  • The “5 Ds” to squash cravings for sugar or other babits™.
  • The 2 types of foods that drive away your “sweet tooth.”
  • The truth about sugar substitutes.
  • The single biggest mistake people make when trying to change a bad habit
  • 3 ways to save money on food.

Please spread the word to your friends and loved ones about this New Year’s Day event at the JCC in Manhattan. You’re encouraged to tell your Facebook friends and Twitter followers, too. See you there!

Grateful for You

Gratitude It’s Connie here to tell you that I’m VERY grateful to you, dear readers.

I really appreciate your support so that I can continue to serve you.

Now that it’s the holiday season, I feel that I want to tell you how grateful I am.

Grateful, as tells us, means you’re “warmly Or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received.”

YOU, dear readers, are so important to me.

Because of YOU and 1) your willingness to learn, 2) your open-mindedness, 3) your desire to have a happier, healthier life and 4) your spreading the word about this Sugar Shock Blog, my book SUGAR SHOCK! and my coaching services, I can continue to help YOU and many more to break free of this health-Gratitude arms harming, mood-dampening addiction to sugar, refined carbs, artificial sweeteners and other bad habits
(or what I call babits™).

So thank you, YOU magnificent creature, YOU.

I love you, and as “Think Big” author Michael Port puts it, “not in a weird way.”

YOU Special One, I’m also here to remind you to remember that YOU are a wonderful, special, dazzling person with so great qualities.

So for the holidays through the end of the year, I invite you to remember to treasure your glorious body, which has been here for you no matter what.

When was the last time you thanked your body for all it does for you?

Let me gently suggest that you think twice before putting junk foods and sugar-filled, calorie-packed drinks into your body this holiday season, OK?

Before you slip a sweet “treat” into your mouth or nosh on fake, junk foods (that are artificially sweetened or filled with dyes and other additives), why not ask yourself, “What does my wonderful body really want?”I do hope that this post inspires you to treat your body like the temple it is. Wishing you all a fabulous rest of the  year!

Sugar Addicts No More! Happy People Share Success Stories

Happy_people_1_by_alivepixel At this time of year, with all the sweet temptations around you, from candy canes to gingerbread cookies to eggnog, you feel a desire to just throw in the towel and not worry about how you eat.

It's certainly understandable. But what you put in your mouth can affect your moods, your energy levels, your immune system and your ability to get along with others. That's why you want to be at your best this holiday season. 

That's why I'd like to share a gift with you. You'll enjoy this present, I predict.

Listen now to happy people talking about their triumphs over their sugar habit.

You'll be shocked, inspired and awestruck (in my opinion) after hearing tales of how their sugar habit was ruining their lives and how life changed for them after kicking sweets and processed carbs and adopting a low-carb or quality-carbs meal plan.

You can even hear my story, too. (I embarrass myself for your benefit! LOL!)

Listen now to how Sugar Addicts became Successful Sugar Kickers.

Let me know what you think of their sour-to-sweet stories.

Stay tuned for an announcement about my five-week Break Free With Connie teleseminar/webinar program, beginning Wed., Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. (Save the dates now — Wed., Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27 and Feb. 3 at 8 pm EST.)

Please note that this program is accessible from anywhere around the world, and if you can't catch the program live (due to your work or family schedule or different (out-of-the-U.S.) time zone, you can listen later for 48 hours afterward. Details are coming later.

Get Your Gift: Be Calm this Holiday Season

Holiday gifts acca940e-4302-413f-8a30-1de8ac2d6c4b This holiday season, wouldn’t it be nice NOT to be stressed out?

To give this a more positive spin, would you like to be calm, relaxed and refreshed?

Break away from your worries.

Join creative visualization expert Debra Berndt, the Love-Mind Expert, and me for 3 soothing, guided visualizations. This is our holiday gift to you.

Claim your gift now. Just listen here (below), or go to our replay page.

Relieve Holiday Stress with us now.

You’ll feel renewed and rejuvenated after hearing Debra’s soothing voice and meditation. Now learn about her amazing s Complete Relaxation Set (9 MP3s) and Weight Loss Set (4 MP3s).


Overeating Since gingerbread cookies, eggnog, candy canes and chocolate geld (coins) abound at this time of year and you'll undoubtedly often be offered those and other tempting sweets this month, I invite you to start a process of self-discovery.

That's right, in my opinion, December is not the month to kick your sugar habit (unless you insist!)

Instead, I encourage you to learn what shock is and then do what I call "sugary soul searching" so you can learn if this applies to you.

Ask yourself such questions as:

When do sugary "treats" call out to you? Why do you cave into your candy cravings? How do you feel after eating sweets?

Then, just pay attention to how you behave all month. (Next month, we'll delve into the value of doing sugary soul searching and how it can help you to break free of your harmful habit.)

Now, let's revisit the definition of SUGAR SHOCK! — which I gave here on this blog, in October 2006.

The idea to do this hit me, because my new Facebook friend Terri asked me, "What do you mean by Sugar Shock Connie?? I love how it sounds!!"

So here's my definition of sugar shock, which is also included in my book of the same name. (You can get a sneak peek of my book SUGAR SHOCK! here.)

Please bear in mind that sugar shock is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide, including some one-quarter to one-half of the U.S. population.

SUGAR SHOCK!™ defined – A mood-damaging, personality-bending, health-destroying, confusion-creating constellation of symptoms affecting millions of peoople worldwide, who often turn to processed sweets and much-like-sugar carbs, which send their blood sugar levels wildly soaring and plummeting.

The term SUGAR SHOCK! is intended to encompass the often-misdiagnosed and maligned condition of reactive hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), as well as other blood sugar disorders, from insulin resistance to diabetes.

Considerable research reveals that repeatedly overconsuming sweeteners, dessert foods, and culprit, quickie carbs (such as white rice, French bread, chips, etc.) wreaks havoc on your blood sugar levels, overstimulates insulin release, triggers inflammation, and could contribute to more than 150 health problems, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, polycystic ovary syndrome, severe PMS, failing memory, depression, mental confusion or "brain fog," mood swings, Candida, sexual dysfunction, infertility, wrinkles, acne, and early aging.

Victims of SUGAR SHOCK! also may experience such baffling symptoms as excessive fatigue,  headaches, dizziness, cold sweats, anxiety, irritability, tremors, crying spells, drowsiness or the opposite (sleeplessness), forgetfulness, heart palpitations, nightmares, blurred vision, muscle pains, temper outbursts, suicidal thoughts, and more.

Ultimately, this insidious SUGAR SHOCK! roller-coaster effect brought on by eating too many inferior carbs hampers sufferers' ability to function at full throttle–or even half throttle.

Does this sound like something you or a loved one is going through? Would you like to learn more about sugar shock?

Grab a sneak peek now of my book SUGAR SHOCK! now.

Or just get your copy of SUGAR SHOCK! now to read during or after the holidays. This book is ideal to read in January so you can break free of your habit to lose weight, get energy, focus better, become happier and, of course, healthier.

Gift for You to Release Your Holiday Stress

relieve holiday stress Happy Chanukah to those of you who are Jewish. Here’s my holiday gift to you, no matter what your religion.

Get your free download now to Release Holiday Stress.

This is a replay of a soothing program with creative visualization guru and Love-Mind Expert Debra Berndt, who has created the amazing Complete Relaxation Set (9 MP3s) and the Weight Loss Hypnosis Set (4 MP3s).

To help you have a holiday season, read my 7 Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress article at my Huffington Post blog.

Listen to your complimentary Relieve Holiday Stress program now. You can listen our guest through the end of the month.