you lost weight or overcome another health problem by
completely kicking or cutting back on sugar, refined carbs and other
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:
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.
“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.”
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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 bookSUGAR 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.
Frequently, I hear from readers ofSUGAR 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?
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.)