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:

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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.

Get Goodies Galore from 20 of Us in the Love Your Body More Telesummit

Woman hugging herself is853062 You're invited to join 20 experts — including me — for the Love Your Body More Now Telesummit.

You get to spend 27 minutes with each of us next week from Monday, October 10th through Friday, October 14th.

Grab your phone or boot up your
computer, and get ready to learn
secrets and tips from more than 20
experts.

More than 20 experts in health,
beauty, and empowerment will give you juicy information galore.

For instance, you'll receive: 

  • Practical takeaways
  • Step-by-step information
  • Gifts and 
  • Bonuses galore.

Your cost is nothing.

Click here to RSVP Now.

The Love Your Body More Now Telesummit is for you, if you…

  • Struggle with negativity, discouragement, worry, or frustration in your life. 
  • Drag through the day while the rest of the world seems to hum along. 
  • Are confused about what to eat and how to exercise–for your body.
  • Are eager to ensure successful relationships through inspired mindset and body language.
  • Are looking for cutting-edge, must-know information that slices through the confusion and overload.
  • Have wanted to learn more about eating, hormones, energy, and stress -and what to do about them today.

As readers of the Sugar Shock Blog, I know you're eager for knowledge like this–because in one or more
areas, you feel you could be doing somewhat or a great deal better.

Actually, I've found that it's not that people don't want to take good care of themselves and feel more
empowered with improved self-esteem…it's that they're confused as to what is the best route to take to get there. The Your Body Now Telesummit will help you get there. So join us next week.

Each fun, lively interview will take only 27 minutes of your valuable time and will be available
for listening until the end of the day of its presentation.

Again, each call series costs exactly $0.00, and there is no obligation to buy anything ever, but if you ever do, know that I'm an affiliate of this event–which means I believe in the value of what we're creating together–and I may receive commission from any sales generated.
 
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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.

Delay Away Your Sugar Cravings (Creatively Procrastinate)

Stop Sugar Shock Blog Here's an article I wrote to help you those of you, who are sugar addicts or junk food junkies, who need help to sweetly say, "No, thank you!" when offered those tempting, unhealthy "treats."

Delay Away Your Sugar Cravings™: Creatively Procrastinate to Ditch Your Sugar Addiction & Excess Weight

By Connie Bennett, MSJ, CHC, ACC, CPC

Whenever people meet me, join my Sugar Freedom Now program or work privately with me or read my book SUGAR SHOCK!, they almost immediately ask me (either in person or via e-mail), "How can I overcome my sugar cravings?"

It can be challenging to say "No, thank you!" when your favorite, tempting dessert is right there, in front of you.

Because it's what you do in that very first one or two minutes that can make or break your diet, I'm determined to help you get over that "Must-Have Sugar Now! hurdle."

Let me share a tactic that helped me on many occasions (back in 1998) and that now helps my clients and Facebook Smart Habits Now fans.

One of the most powerful and effective strategies is so simple that you’ll wonder why you never tried it in the first place.

It's this: Simply DELAY before you put any sugar or dessert foods in your mouth. That's right, DELAY before you something that you'll later regret such as when you look at your scale a day or two later or when your pants don't fit anymore or when you become edgy and unfocused after your Sugar High.

Let's be honest: If you do mindlessly nosh on those fast-acting sweets or much-like-sugar carbs™ into your mouth, won't you become feel headachy, wiped out, spaced out, moody, depressed or even angry at yourself (and maybe your loved ones)?

Let me introduce you to the Delay Away Your Sugar Cravings Method (also called Do Creative Sugar Procrastination™).

Delay Away Your Sugar Cravings, and Sweetness Will Fill Your Life Instead. — Connie Bennett

Think about it: Most of us excel at putting things off or procrastinating, right?

We have every good intention to clear off our desks, donate old clothes, organize our drawers, ditch (recyle) those not-needed papers, help kids with their homework, throw out the garbage, etc.?

Clearly, all of us have things we've been planning to do but we just haven't got around to doing it. 

Well, I invite you to take a positive look at procrastinating. It can be a wonderful, Won't-Have-Sugar-Just-Yet Strategy.

I hit upon this incredible simple technique back in 1998 when I reluctantly kicked sweets and refined carbs on doctor's orders. To this day, I continue to be amazed at how easy, effortless, and darn effective it is to just delay.

What's so wonderful about this Delaying Now Method is that people of all ages—unless maybe you’re a tot—can easily cultivate this tactic.

So, here's how to do it: Just promise yourself to delay eating that tempting "treat" for a certain amount of time, say 10 minutes. You can do that, of course!

In other words, you will Delay Away Your Sugar Cravings for 10 minutes at a time. Then, you can delay over and over again — for another 10 minutes — for a while, like an hour even. It's that easy!

Now think ahead to the next morning when you're so relieved and proud of yourself that you didn't cave into your cravings.

Here are 7 ways Delaying or Creatively Procrastinating becomes your ally to help you pull the plug on your unwanted sugar addiction. (Delaying is one of the "7 D’s” that I developed to help “Sugar Kickers.”)

  1. First delay 10 minutes before you eat that cookie, candy bar or brownie that's calling out to you. When you do that, you begin to detach from your destructive impulses.
  2. When you delay for 10 minutes, then another 10 minutes, and another 10 minutes, your cravings will subside while you get involved with other things. At that point, you'll also be able to put your cravings into proper perspective. 
  3. When you Delay Away Your Cravings, you're taking powerful, positive, health-promoting action by simple inaction. Yes, doing absolutely nothing can be pivotal when you kick or cut back on sweets and quickie carbs. See how simple this is? 
  4. When you delay, you turn procrastinating into a useful, proactive skill. Procrastinating becomes a good thing!
  5. When you delay, you can take time to find out which foods—if any—you’re really craving. Is your body really needing cookies, cake, and pretzels? Of course not! Your Amazing Body might instead be begging you for water, fresh vegetables and fruits, high-quality protein or healthy fats?
  6. When you delay, you can get in touch with your true feelings. By putting your sugar binging on hold for 10 minutes or more, you can figure out what the heck is really going. Ask yourself, "Why do I feel like I must have these sweets now?"
  7. When you delay, you'll be so proud of yourself! You'll be filled with a longer-lasting joy than the very short-lived, self-defeating immediate gratification you'd get from a cookie. What is your real goal? Are you seeking to shed excess weight, get more energy, concentrate better, improve your health and boost your libido? So delaying gives you a chance to think about what you really want rather than suffer the consequences of your moment of weakness.)

Want more simple techniques from Gurus Galore and me? Just join the juicy, life-changing six-week Sugar Freedom Now course, which starts June 14. This session will feature renowned experts such as mindfulness expert Dr. Lilian Cheung and Law of Attraction Expert Christy Whitman. Plus, you'll be able to listen to other inspiring people on the private membership website.

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The Dark Side of Sugar

Sugar stop Learn more about the Sour Side of Sugar in this fascinating article on DailyRx.com from reporter Laurie Stoneham.

FYI, I'm one of the experts quoted in this story, "The Dark Side of Sweet: Sugar is everywhere and it may just be killing you."

Read this important article on DailyRx now.

Then, tell us: Does this article help inspire you to quit the stuff — or at least reduce your consumption?

If you're stumped as to how to let go of your sugar habit, join me next Thursday week in a free teleseminar.

Sign up here for the program, Fast-Track Secrets to Release Your Sugar Addiction & Shed Excess Weight.

Now, tell us why do you want to quit your sugar addiction?    

Bye-Bye, Holiday Blues… This is Filling Fast! Announcing Sweeter Holiday Summit

SweeterHoliday_16 Let’s face it, every holiday season, many women and men over spend, overeat, get anxious, depressed, drink too much alcohol, gain five pounds or so, get in a fight with a relative or loved one, become overwhelmed and have no time for themselves. When the holidays are over, they may even need a vacation from their vacation but instead are stuck with horrible gifts, excess weight, exhaustion and unbearable stress.

No more! 

What if you could discover how to “design” your ultimate holiday season?  Well, you can.

I have a special treat for you…

It’s the exciting, first-of-a-kind Sweeter Holiday Summit, a F*R*E*E teleseminar/webinar series from Nov. 8 to Dec. 14.

In this revolutionary event — which you can read about at www.SweeterHoliday.com — you’ll have access to thirty-plus (30+) of the greatest minds in:

  • Health
  • Wealth
  • Vitality
  • The Law of Attraction
  • Fitness
  • Visioning
  • Hypnosis
  • Weight loss
  • Sugar addiction
  • Beauty
  • Gift-giving
  • Personal development
  • Inner peace
  • Hypnosis
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationships
  • Herbs and aromatherapy
  • Feng Shui
  • Office Yoga
  • Chinese medicine
  • EFT
  • Meditation and Mindfulness
  • Emotional Eating and
  • Stress Management.

f you’re in a hurry, go here now to register for the Sweeter Holiday Summit.

But you need to act fast, because this event is filling up.
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Just for signing up, you get great Bonus Gifts such as the audio programs, “Relieve Holiday Stress,” “How to Make Your Own Birthday Vision Board” and ““Do You Have What it Take to Earn $1 Million a Year?”

So why did plan this event?

Because this is my chance to serve YOU at the time of year when you most need help.

All 30+ of us experts are determined to encourage and empower YOU so that you can create your Happiest, Healthiest and Most Abundant Holiday Season Ever. 

It’s no surprise that there’s such BUZZ about this Sweeter Holiday Summit.

That’s why thousands of people from 100+ countries are signing up to join the Sweeter Holiday Movement.

Here are a few of the high-profile coaches, bestselling author and empowerment experts, with whom I’ll share the “stage.”

  • “Spiritual Entrepreneur” John Assaraf — Star in “The Secret,” Law of Attraction expert, certified life coach, New York Times bestselling author and founder of four multi-million dollar companies. He’ll help you discover what's blocking you from abundance and how to attract wealth, beginning before the holiday season. (He’ll be in the first program on Nov. 8, which begins at 7:30 pm Eastern.)
  •  "America's Relaxation Expert" Darrin Zeer – Author of the New York Times bestselling book, “Office Yoga: Simple Stretches for Busy People.” He’ll lead you in lunchtime exercises to chuckle, stretch and breathe your way to good cheer. (He speaks Nov. 9 at 12 NOON Eastern for the first Tele-Web Wellness Lunchtime program.)
  • “FlyLady” Marla Cilley – the popular online coach, radio host and bestselling author, who helps overwhelmed, disorganized women living in C.H.A.O.S. (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome).  She’ll help you to relieve holiday stress and have fun so that you’re not pulling your hair out, yelling at your kids, feeling like your head’s about to explode and raiding the refrigerator—and hating afterwards.  
  • "Gift Guru" Robyn Freedman Spizman – New York Times Bestselling Author, Consumer Advocate and TV personality. She’ll save you time, money and energy this holiday season by telling you how to find the perfect gift to wow your loved ones.
  • Renowned Clinical Hypnotherapist Steve G. Jones – He’ll offer valuable help so you can easily pass up on holiday junk food and get into the abundance mindset.
  • Feng Shui Artist & Design Doctor Stephanie McWilliams – host of HGTV’s “Fun Shui.” She’ll reveal how to transform your home or office into a manifesting machine.
  • Success & Abundance Coach Carol Look – She’ll teach you the simple, proven technique of EFT/Meridian Tapping to help you clear limiting beliefs, build a prosperity consciousness, calm you down at family gatherings and stop sugar cravings. 
  • Bestselling author Joyce Schwarz – Author of The Vision Board: The Secret to an Extraordinary Life. She’ll offer tips to create your own vision board to manifest the life of your dreams.
  • The “Ageless Sisters” Cynthia Rowland and Jackie Silver – They’ll share natural secrets to turn back the clock; get more full, kissable lips; and make you look 15 years younger –without going under the knife.
  • Hollywood Love Expert Lauren Frances – author of Dating, Mating and Manhandling. She’ll give you 7 simple steps to build a relationship you love and deserve that's full of passion, harmony and intimacy.
  • Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of Beat Sugar Addiction Now, and Yours Truly (Connie Bennett, author of Sugar Shock) — Dr. Teitelbaum will share The 5 Commandments of Holiday Eating, and I'll share another 5 Commandments. I'll also will share my easy techniques — Magic W.A,N.D., 5 D’s and W.O.W. — to use at holiday parties.

You’ll get all of this and much, more more!

Register now to get your information to either call in or join us via the Web. (Bear in mind that this is a teleseminar and webinar series.)

But you need to act FAST.  There is a huge BUZZ about this Sweeter Holiday Summit, and space is limited. So sign up now.

I invite you to begin now to envision yourself having a happier, more peaceful, contented YOU this holiday season.

Find out how to have it now!

Hope to “see you” there.

Warmly,

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P.S You MUST check out this remarkable Sweeter Holiday Summit schedule now!

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Sugar & Carb Addicts: What do You Need & Want?

 

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Are you overly attached to sugar, desserts and simple carbs?

If so, please tell me what you need and want in the way of help so that you can easily release your sugar or carb habit.

You see, I’m currently working on my next book, Beyond Sugar Shock for Hay House, and I’d like to know what would help you.

As you may already know — I hope you do since you’re here — my first book is Sugar Shock, which provides an expose about sugar’s dangers.

Please share your questions here so I can better help you.

By the way, I also run a companion Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction in 6 Weeks Program, which is delivered using a variety of technologies, including:

  • Dozens of emails;
  • Six teleseminars/webinars;
  • Short audio messages for all 42 days of the program (plus more);
  • Weveral bonus audio replays featuring interviews with top experts in mindful eating, meditation, fitness, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and stress management;
  • Access to a private membership website full of content; and
  • Live, weekly half-hour Laser Liberation Coaching.

The next Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction in 6 Weeks Program begins again Sept. 14. To join us, please visit www.BreakFreeWithConnie.com

I look forward to your input. What will help you to let go of your sugar or carb addiction?

Sugar Addicts: Share Your Success Stories from Sadness to Sweetness

Happiness 168321589_14089ed14c Calling former sugar addicts:
Have you kicked sugar and refined carbs?

And are you a reader of SUGAR SHOCK! who was then inspired to remove refined sweets from your life?

Did cutting out sugar enable you to boost your energy, release weight, become more cheerful, have better relationships and get other amazing benefits? If your
sugar addiction is a thing of the past — or is under control — we want
to hear from you!

Share your Sugar-Free Success story with me so I
can share it on this Sugar Shock Blog and other places. Please help me
to encourage, educate and inspire other people.

Wondering what a
Sugar-Free Success Story sounds like? Read motivational Kick-Sugar
Success Stories shared previously on the Sugar Shock Blog.

To be featured as a Kick-Sugar Success Story on this Sugar Shock Blog
and on other places, you should have either cut out or heavily cut back
on your sugar and quickie-carb consumption for at least 3 months and
achieved wonderful results. By sharing your story, you agree that I can
publish all or parts of it on my Sugar Shock Blog, any other websites or
in an upcoming book or books. You agree that I can use your name and
photo and that I will edit your story for accuracy and readability. You
agree that you are contributing this piece to help others and that you
are sharing it without compensation. (Sorry!) To tell your sour-to-sweet
story and to be considered for inclusion in this column, just write to me
with answers to the following questions. Please also send photos —
preferably before-and-after photos.

  • Your Name (full or first name only), City, State & Country (or
    just list state, if you like) & Age (if you choose):
  • Your Previous Weight & Height & Your Present Height:
  • Favorite Hobbies & Activities Now:
  • When did you kick sugar? Have you quit other foods, too? If so,
    what?
  • What are the biggest BENEFITS you've received from kicking sugar?
  • What was your rock-bottom moment before you decided you needed to
    change your diet?
  • Just how bad were you feeling? What ailments did you have? Please be
    specific.
  • Please describe any pivotal moments. For example, you could share
    something that happened in your doctor's office, how you behaved
    towards a loved one (like I confessed in Chapter 1 of my book SUGAR
    SHOCK!
    ), or what embarrassing event made you decide that it was
    high time to tackle your sugar habit, etc.
  • What made you finally decide to eliminate sugar and refined carbs to
    help with your health issues?
  • Describe the day that you finally decided it was time to break
    free! 
  • What were the very first 3 things that you did to prepare yourself
    to quit sweets?
  • DS (During Your Sugar Days), what did you used to eat?
  • Tell us how bad you felt. What was your lowest point? What was it
    like?
  • What do you think most people don't know about processed carbs that
    they need to know?
  • How did you first learn about the dangers of sugars and refined
    carbs?
  • Did you find a doctor or other health professional (acupuncturist,
    nutritionist, etc.), who understood all about how eating sugar triggers
    drastic blood sugar swings, etc. Tell us about him or her.
  • What were your biggest challenges when kicking sugar and refined
    carbs?
    Please help prepare others for any potential pitfalls ahead.
  • Do you have any favorite websites, blogs, books, organizations or
    support groups that have helped you to lick your habit?
  • What are your best 3 tips and tactics to help other people kick
    sweets and quickie carbs?
  • Please share some final words of wisdom, inspiration, encouragement
    or
    motivation to others who are thinking of cutting out sugar and simple
    carbs.
  • Add your own question and response, if you like:

Please feel free to share this call for Confessions of Sugar Addicts No
More on your blog or website, in your ezine, on your Facebook page or
via Twitter. Please note that Connie Bennett, author of SUGAR SHOCK!,
and the founder of the Sugar Shock Blog (http://www.SugarShockBlog.com)
is compiling this collection. Please let me know if you've shared this
call to action.

If you are not yet a success story but want to me,
learn how to Break Free of
Your Sugar Addiction in 6 Weeks
.

Can You Go a Year Without Candy? Join Blogger Dana Kennedy

Dana Kennedy Can you go a year without candy? Specifically, can you quit your favorite candies, cookies, cakes, ice cream, pastries and any sugar-based desserts for 365 days running? Not only that, but can you chronicle your candy-curbing adventures publicly, doing so with panache, humor and even literary aplomb?

That’s exactly what talented journalist Dana Kennedy is now doing on her entertaining, insightful, healthily addictive A Year Without Candy Blog, which she began on Feb. 28.

Now one month into her sugar-squashing mission, Dana — who contributes to AOL News, People Magazine, TIME and other outlets – began her blog announcing her “choice to abstain from” her “addiction of choice – candy, ice cream,
cakes and all manner of sweet treats – for at least a year.” A few days later, she also humorously announced her candy-cutting mission on the Huffington Post blog, admitting being “as hooked on cheap and delicious American candy like Hershey bars, Junior Mints and candy corn (bite it, dessert snobs) as I am on creme brulee, moelleux au chocolat and tarte tatin.”

Candycorn If, like most people, you can’t resist the urge to indulge in sweets (either often or periodically), I urge you to follow A Year Without Candy Blog, where the former correspondent for ABC News, Fox News and MSNBC offers a compelling mix of confessional moments (like the time she was Dreaming of Red Twizzlers and Relapses or when chocolate lured her on Wicked Wednesday); tangible accomplishments (such as when she survived three weeks without candies); and scary motivational tidbits (such as Dr. Nancy Appleton’s eye-opening list of 146 ways that Sugar Can Kill You).

However, Dana is at her best when she dishes out original, self-mocking observations or quirky musings that illustrate her fun-loving nature, such as when she asked on Day One: “Is there a less-sexy addiction than being Anne-francis-smoking-film-noir-sweater-girl a sugar freak? Or a more infantile one? Doubtful.

“Have you ever seen a film noir with the possibly-murderous icy blonde reclining on a sofa and waiting for the next sucker to lure into her evil web – while pulling on a Twix bar?

“Or have you ever gone a hot date with a cool guy and after dinner,
leaned back seductively, locked eyes with him, reached into your purse
and said, `Do you mind if I… toss down a few Gummi bears?’ How wholesome. How very
not treacherous femme fatale.”

The articulate, anti-candy crusader graciously took time to share how her blog has been an ally in mission to kick candy.

Connie:  Dana, what made you decide to quit candy and to announce publicly, on a blog?

Dana: The idea to stop eating candy and blog about it came to me like a bolt out of the blue the night of my birthday on February 27. It’s almost as if a power greater than me to stay on the straight and narrow was to go public with this.

I’ve tried to quit candies and sweets so many times before – always beginning with the greatest of intentions – and then I’d last anywhere from 4 days to 2 weeks, but I’d always find some reason to go back to it. I would then lose my motivation, and that’d be the end of it. And it set up the cycle of being discouraged that I couldn’t get the monkey off my back.

Connie:  Well, you certainly came up with a clever way of holding yourself “accountable,” to use life-coaching parlance.

Dana: Well, what motivates me more than anything is the idea of a challenge, and the blog is a public challenge to myself. The blog is like my conscience. People could tell me all day long how bad candy is for me, what emotional effects it has on me and what [nutrient-poor] ingredients are in it, but what gives me more motivation is having to be held accountable to somebody or something — in this case, the blog.

Unwittingly, I did the perfect thing for my personality, which is to issue a public challenge to myself. Although I know that if I fall off the wagon tomorrow and close my blog, I’m sure the world would go on, but in my mind, I would have failed with this personal challenge. The blog is really me saying to the public and to myself — this is what I’m going to do — please support me.

Connie:  Has your blog led to any unexpected reactions?

Dana:  Yes. What’s been really surprising is the number of people, who have reacted positively to the blog and who wrote to say that they were inspired and that they’ve [been helped by] things they’ve learned on the blog. I’m really surprised that people like it.

Connie:  I’m not surprised. It’s a fabulous, fascinating blog. Dana, again, let me congratulate you for surviving a month without candies. That’s a major accomplishment. How were you able to pull it off?

Dana: Support has helped me keep going — which is the name of the game if you’re trying to give up any kind of addiction.

Connie:  Now that you’ve gone a month being candy-free, how have things changed for you?

Dana:  Lots of things have changed. First off, I’ve been helped by lots of people [whom I’ve connected with] because of the blog, including you. I’ve received a lot of support that I didn’t expect to get. It’s a completely different experience [to quit sugar while writing a blog] than to kick sweets by yourself. If you’re an alcoholic, you can go to AA every night and be with people who have your issues all the time, and it’s taken seriously. But if you say, “I wish I could have some fudge,” [many] people who don’t understand look at you [with confusion].

Connie:  How else do you feel differently now that you’re not eating sweets?

Dana: I feel lighter – and not just weight-wise – although I’ve lost 5 pounds so far.  I feel happier. And I feel like people are easier to get along with. I feel like I’m starting to conquer my candy addiction – and that makes me feel lighter.

Connie:  That’s awesome, Dana. Keeping your blog can be eye-opening to people, who think they’re alone. Many people don’t realize that you can get addicted to sweets.

Dana:  Yes, most people don’t talk about having a candy addiction. [Initially,] I didn’t think that many people could relate.

Connie:  So, now you’re discovering that people around the world identify with you?

Dana:  Yes, I’m really surprised at how alike we are. Most of the time I’ve been the only one I know who’s a candy addict.

Connie:  What was a typical day before you chose to cut out candies?

Dana:  On a typical day, I’d eat a candy bar like a Bounty or Mars bar for lunch, another candy bar after dinner and/or a couple of packages of Haribo.  Maybe I’d also have a scoop of ice cream from a delicious French ice cream shop or dessert whenever possible.

Connie:  Some people may think that isn’t really an addiction.

Dana: True, but I felt addicted. It weighed heavily [on me]. I was a candyaholic. Just like there are different kinds of alcoholics such as the skid row alcoholic or the binge alcoholic, [there are different kinds of sugar addicts]. If I were going to compare myself to an alcoholic, I was like someone, who has to have two to three glasses of wine every day.  But it’s up to you whether or not you [consider] yourself an alcoholic or sugar addict. Yes, I never went on a binge or went off to eat candies in secret. This is not a story of me in a closet chowing down on cookies. I’m just somebody who likes candy too much. It sounds like nothing.

But I always had sweets every day—even if not in huge quantities. The fact that I wanted candy or sweets every day is not Dana blog swimming-piglet good. There was never a day that went by that I didn’t have candy bar. And I felt bad about having it [because] I know that candy’s not good. You don’t have to be a binger or classic overeater to have issues with a substance. If I could have a candy bar only once or twice a week, then we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

Connie:  Dana, I’m sure your readers will want to know, as I do:
Why do you often use a photo of a piglet on your A Year Without Candy
Blog?

Dana:  The piglet is my alter ego. The piglet is
trying to keep her head above water. Anyone who eats candy every day
has a bit of piglet in them.

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Agave is Worse for You than High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS): Please Stay Away From the Stuff!

Agave_syrup1 In recent years, health-minded people and health food restaurants have been excitedly ingesting and switching to the supposed, “safe, “all natural” sweetener agave or agave nectar.

Time and time again, since 2003, four years before my book Sugar Shock! was published in December 2006, I’ve been warning people that agave is not safe. In fact, I’ve been telling people, it may be worse for you than high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

Again, for some seven years now, whenever people have asked me if agave is a good idea to use, my answer has always been the same:

“Stay away from agave, because it’s very high in fructose and may have more fructose than high fructose corn syrup.”

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