Share Your Stop Sugar Shock Success Story

Happy people Have
you lost weight or overcome another health problem by
completely kicking or cutting back on sugar, refined carbs and other
high-glycemic foods?

Kicking those "culprit carbs" (what I call them) is one of the most effective ways to
lose weight and overcome a variety of health challenges, as
thousands of people — whom I call "Sugar Kickers" — have been telling
me for years.

If you're a Kick-Sugar Success Story — whether you lost weight, got more energy, improved your moods or got your diabetes under control — I want to tell your tale here! By sharing your story, you'll be able to inspire, motivate, and encourage others.

Wondering what I mean? Read some motivational Kick-Sugar Success Stories we've told so far:

Want to tell your story? Contact me now.

Not a success story yet? No problem!

If you haven't yet kicked sugar or refined carbs, don't fret. I know
that many of you won't want to deal with your quickie-carb habit until
you learn "What's in it for me?"

To learn about the amazing benefits of stomping out your sugar habit
for good, I've interviewed 12 "Sugar Kickers," who told their
exciting stories in free teleseminars I conducted. Listen now to their stories here. (There is no cost.)

In addition, you can hear my tale as well as that of Roberta
Ruggiero, who was my Kick-Sugar Guardian Angel back in 1998.

Get inspired now! Listen for free to our kick-sugar success stories.

Remember: I want to hear from you! Do you have a Kick-Sugar Success
Story to share? Just send a comment to this blog, and I get back to you

Ellen DeGeneres Kicks Sugar! Join Her!

Ellen-degeneres-33rd-annual-daytime-emmy-awards-arrivals-knfxlo Ellen DeGeneres deserves a hearty congratulations goes to you for making it to Day 3 of kicking sugar. Hurray for you!

Please read my first post here about Ellen’s boot-the-sugar adventure. You can even watch her humorous announcement there, too.

Anyhow, please join me in thanking Ellen for drawing the attention of millions to the need to cut sugar out of their lives. Congratulations, Ellen! It’s great, as you say here that you want “pure energy.”

Hang in there, Ellen. Yes, you can briefly go through some unpleasant side effects such as exhaustion, jittery and cranky, but the symptoms will soon disappear.

I predict that soon, you’ll get benefits galore. Expect to get more energy, find it easier to concentrate, painlessly shed a few pounds and maybe even be funnier — though I can’t fathom how that’s possible, because you’re already so hilarious!

And thank you, Ellen, for pointing out that we need to bring sweetness into our lives. So true! Interestingly, I like to point out — as I do in talks and as I did in my book SUGAR SHOCK!that life is much sweeter without all sugar and refined sweets.

Friends and readers of this Sugar Shock Blog, join Ellen in her kick-sugar quest!

Learn how to Be a Part of the Show here.

For those of you who seek to kick sugar, I invite you to get lots of tips and FREE STUFF at my website to help you release your habit.

You can get more ideas in my most recent article, My ABC’s to Break Free of Sugar Addiction, Sleep Skimping And Other Bad Habits, which appeared today on my Huffington Post Blog.

Now I invite you, Ellen, and Sugar Shock Blog readers to get entertained by my new YouTube video, which I just completed on Monday. Please watch until the surprise ending, which is funny, I hope.

Make sure to watch Ellen’s funny announcement here. Yes, kicking sugar can be funny!


Bookcover Thankfully, I often hear from fans of my book SUGAR SHOCK!

But yesterday, I was honored and grateful for this amazing remark from Ellen, one of my Smart Habits Fans on Facebook. She wrote:

“Thank you you dearly for a truly transformational motivational piece of work in
your book.I have recommended your book to perhaps 50 plus friends and
acquaintances. I now keep them on hand to share with others who are
sincerely interested and those who care to change. Putting my the
knowledge to use caused my body to… morph inside and out. I will send shocking photos of myself before and after. Thanks Bunches.”

All I can say is Wow!

Suffice it to say that this comment made my day! I invite you to get a sneak peek of SUGAR SHOCK! now.

Sugar Addicts: Get Free Support Now

Kick_sugar_with_us Now, that it’s a new year, would you like to overcome your sugar addiction?

In 2010, would you like to to connect with others, who also want to break free from a sugar habit and its accompanying frustrations?

And would you like to get support, encouragement and motivation from people who’ve successfully conquered their sugar addiction and carb addiction?

It would be my honor and privilege if you’d allow me to help you break free of your frustrating habit this year.

As I learned back in 1998, when you conquer your sugar addiction and carb addiction, life opens up to you in ways that you may have previously thought unimaginable. You may feel reborn like me!

Allow me to help you learn the wonders, joys and exhilaration that you get from leading a life free of an attachment to sweets and other artificial substances.

You can get support, encouragement and information to kick your sugar addiction in several ways.

  • Perhaps the best place to connect and chat with successful Sugar Kickers and soon-to-be Sugar Kickers is on Facebook, on the Smart Habits Fans page. There, you can ask questions, receive tips and tactics, get links to interesting articles, watch intriguing videos, learn about free teleseminars, lectures, coaching programs, get links to downloads and have access to me. Although I have a regular Facebook account elsewhere, if you’re a reader of SUGAR SHOCK! or desire support for your sugar habit, the Smart Habits Fans page is the best place to go.
  • You’re also invited to join the Stop Sugar Shock support group on Ning, where you can post a profile, ask questions, chat with fellow members, get information, watch videos, share recipes and more. I am hosting this site with my friend and colleague James Hahn II, who, like me, is a former sugar addict and life coach. In Stop Sugar Shock, you can learn about James’ remarkable journey to freedom here, in which he he peeled off nearly 100 pounds just by removing sugar. We hope to see you in Stop Sugar Shock soon. (Please note that this group began in Nov. 2002 as KickSugar on Yahoo, and it has now been renamed as Stop Sugar Shock and moved to Ning, which offers more interactive features.)
  • You also can attend a variety of free and paid programs with me, which I tell you about on this blog. For instance, no matter where you live around the country and world, I’m offering a free teleseminar/webinar on Thursday, Jan. 7 at 3 pm EST with my friends from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, which I attended. Find out now how you can have lunch with me in New York City (my treat) if you attend IIN, starting in February.
  • Then, on Monday, Jan. 11 at 8 pm EST, I’m offering another free teleseminar/webinar. Get details about this event by subscribing to my free Motivating Morsels ezine.
  • For those of you serious about changing your life and making your dreams come true, I also offer private and group coaching. Learn about coaching with me here.

I hope to see you very soon on Facebook or in Stop Sugar Shock and to meet you on one of my upcoming teleseminars/webinars.

Share Your Stop Sugar Shock Success Story

Have you licked sugar and refined carbs and lost weight, become more focused, improved your moods or experienced other benefits?

If you're a kick-sugar success story — whether it was to lose
weight, get more energy, feel better mood-wise or get your insulin
resistance under control — I want to tell your tale here!

By sharing your story, you will have a golden opportunity to go forth
and inspire, motivate, and encourage others. Just send me a comment
here, and I'll get in touch with you immediately.

Read some previous Success Stories to get a flavor for what we're seeking:

Need inspiration and motivation to take control of your culprit-carbs habit?

If you haven't yet kicked sugar or refined carbs, you may be wondering, "What's in it for me?"

To learn about the amazing benefits of stomping out your sugar habit
for good, I interviewed 12 "Sugar Kickers," who told their
exciting stories in free teleseminars that I conducted. Listen to their stories here at no cost to you.

You'll also have a chance to listen to hypoglycemia expert Roberta
Ruggiero interview me.

Want to get inspired? Listen now for free to our kick-sugar success stories.

Remember: I want to hear from you! Do you have a Kick-Sugar Success
Story to share? Just send a comment to this blog, and I'll get back to you

If you're not yet a success, you can get tips, inspiration and more in our free Stop Sugar Shock Social Network and in my group coaching programs.

CLA May Speed Reduce Stubborn Fat Around the Middle

CLA Frequently, clients ask me what they can do to reduce reduce stubborn fat around their mid-section other than quit sugar and refined carbs and regularly exercise.

My friend Jonny Bowden — one of the most knowledgeable nutritionists in America today — just wrote a fascinating post on his blog that touts the virtues of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), noting its effectiveness in losing body fat, especially around the tummy.

While “losing pounds is CLA’s most notable claim to fame,” Jonny points out, its benefits also have been known to also include “slowing the spread of cancer cells, help stop bone loss in postmenopausal women and interestingly, calming of inflammation linked to asthma and a host of other things.”

Jonny writes about CLA, because a study in the prestigious American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that CLA is effective at reducing body mass index (BMI) and total fat tissue without altering lean body mass among obese, postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes.

The information about CLA is quite intriguing. “In 2005, nearly 300 studies were published on CLA, including studies in which CLA slowed the spread of cancer cells, helped stop
bone loss in postmenopausal women, calmed the inflammation of asthma,
was linked to lower rates of colon cancer, and boosted immune function,” according to Harry Preuss, M.D. of Georgetown University Medical Center professor, co-author of The Natural Fat Loss Pharmacy and president of the Executive Committee of the American College of Nutrition.


Sugar Addict? Get Inspired by “Speed Shrinking’s” Susan Shapiro

Are you struggling with a sugar habit or another addiction?

Take heart. You can get out of your self-destructive cycle. 

Just listen anytime to this week's Gab With the Gurus Radio Show with Susan Shapiro, author of the entertaining novel Speed Shrinking.

Susan will tell you how life becomes much richer and better when you get out from under your addiction.

Sugar Addiction: Are You Committing Suicide by Sugar? Nancy Appleton Shares the Dirt on My Gab With the Gurus Radio Show: Listen Live or Later

Suicide by Sugar.pc2 Did you know that eating sugary foods and drinking sweet beverages can send you early to your grave?

Well, health expert and former sugaraholic Nancy Appleton — who's been warning about sugar's dangers since the 1970s — will appear on my Gab With the Gurus Radio Show on Oct. 20 at 2 pm EST to dish you the dirt about America's sweetheart, sugar.

Now, the friendly, enthusiastic, always-energetic Dr. Appleton has come out with a new book, Suicide by Sugar: A Startling Look at Our #1 National Addiction, which offers some startling information about this legal but dangerous, nearly ubiquitous, addictive white powder.

You'll be shocked when you listen to this radio interview, which you can catch either live at 2 pm EST on Oct. 20 or later, here on this SUGAR SHOCK Blog, by clicking the player at the bottom of this post.

Some of you have asked me, "Connie, why do you promote other sugar experts and sugar books when you've got your own to publicize?"

Well, I strongly believe that all of us sugar authors and experts have something special and unique to offer. Together, we can give you the information and inspiration that you need to begin to remove sweets to live a happier, healthier life.

Besides, as my tormented, frustrated sugar-addicted clients often reveal, people yearn for lots of scary information and eye-opening facts from a variety of sources so they can get more motivated to conquer their overpowering addiction. For instance, when I kicked sugar back in 1998, Nancy's book Lick the Sugar Habit was one of several that I read. I also appreciated having the books, Sugar Blues and Get the Sugar Out, to spur me to action. And now, part of what I'm doing is banding with other sugar addiction specialists to help serve you. For instance, I'm now working with fellow life coach James Hahn, II — also a former sugar addict. Together, we just launched our Stop SUGAR SHOCK! Social Network, which you're invited to join.   

NancyAppleton Back to Nancy. Of all sugar experts other than myself, she is hands-down my favorite. She has been my sweet, kind mentor for years.

I cannot rave enough about Nancy, my idol, who I had the pleasure of finally meeting in late April at a Food Addiction: The Obesity Epidemic Connection conference at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island. (You can watch a video here of me interviewing Jack LaLanne at the conference.).

Back to Nancy. For some four to five years, while I was researching and writing
my book SUGAR SHOCK!, Nancy was incredibly kind, generous and helpful to me. She gave time to me and answered my many, many questions without hesitating and with no thought of herself. Her only goals were to get accurate information out to as many unsuspecting, sugar-addicts as possible.

When I was writing my book, Nancy has absolutely no way of knowing that SUGAR SHOCK! would sell well, and that years later I would finally be able to help her. 

So I encourage now, go out and buy Nancy's amazing new book, Suicide by Sugar: A Startling Look at Our #1 National Addiction.

To listen to the Gab With the Gurus Radio Show with Nancy either live on Oct. 20 at 2 pm EST — or later, at your convenience, just click on the player below or listen live at

For more news about upcoming radio guests, visit the Gab With the Gurus Blog.

Reader Admits That Her Sugar Addiction Story is Embarrassing, Too: What Do You Think?

Frequently, I hear from readers of SUGAR SHOCK!  In fact, of the hundreds of emails I receive daily, those from readers are the most heartwarming.

Here are some comments that came in yesterday in response to my email, in which I invited people to take a sneak peek of my book, get my shocking definition of sugar shock; learn my rather embarrassing story and how I used to act quite undignified when consuming sugar; and discover startling information about how millions are harmed by their excessive sugar consumption.

Kim [I changed her name to protect her privacy] from Michigan wrote:

"Embarrassing [sugar] story? It's exactly like my own life! Talk about humiliation. I've spent years in hiding, afraid that someone would find out. Yesterday, I received my copy of 'Sugar Shock' in the mail and I promise to do those things that freed you from a life of shame. My husband will reap all the benefits of having a much happier wife. We have been right at the door of divorce for almost 19 yrs. [He] has tried everything to get rid of this dark cloud of depression! Thank you, Connie for being our answer to prayer. Sincerely, [name], a trampled housewife, in Michigan"

Don't those remarks just bring tears to your eyes — or at least choke you up?

If you're a reader of SUGAR SHOCK!, please write to me. Just post here to share your thoughts about the book, no matter what they are.

Talk to us now.

(You can read more thoughts from readers here.)

Would you like help to break free of your sugar habit so you can lose weight, get more energy, enjoy better relationships and become happier? Learn how to break free now. (Next program begins tomorrow.)

Jack LaLanne: Sugar is Ruining Millions of People’s Lives

Did you know that fitness icon Jack LaLanne used to be a sugar addict 80 years ago?

Tonight, at a food addiction and obesity conference on Bainbridge Island, I had the pleasure of interviewing him.

Check out this video from years ago, where you can see how Jack was so ahead of his time.

Now watch this interview I conducted with Jack last Saturday, at this amazing conference.