Most Americans get one-third of their daily calories from nutrient-poor foods such as sweets,
pastas, soft drinks, French fries, white rice, hamburgers on white buns, and alcoholic beverages.
But most of us dont know that too many culprit-carb comfort foods could contribute to or trigger a
host of baffling ailments such as fatigue, mood swings, mental confusion, depression, headaches,
PMS, heart palpitations, crying spells, wrinkles, acne, and even diminished libido or sexual
dysfunction. Even more serious, excessive carbs could lead to infertility, birth defects, heart
disease, cancer, diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, premature aging, and obesity.
In fact, millions of Americans are in Sugar Shock! because of the inferior carbs they
mindlessly consume. So contends veteran journalist Connie Bennett, author of Sugar Shock!:
How Sweets and Simple Carbs Can Derail Your Lifeand How You Can Get it Back on
Track (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; January 2, 2007; $14.95).
Connie is all-too-familiar with the nightmarish Sugar Shock! syndrome. Back in 1998,
the slim reportera zealous fan of red licorice and hard candieswas besieged by 44 baffling
and seemingly unconnected symptoms. She was often exhausted, suffered splitting headaches,
and survived frequent bouts of brain fog. Then, her boyfriend dumped her because he couldnt
take her off-putting sugar-shrew moments and irrational crying spells. Finally, a savvy doctor
linked Connies ailments to her excessive sugar habit and her hypoglycemia. Reluctantly, she
followed her M.D.s prescription to kick sweets and quickie carbs, and to her joy, all 44 of her
perplexing ailments disappeared and she was restored to good health and humor.
Now, nine years later, in this well-researched book, Sugar Shock!, Connie tells the full
sugar story. (The national diabetes and obesity epidemics are only a small part of the picture.)
Thanks to enlightening interviews with some 250 experts; first-rate reporting about recent, cutting-
edge medical studies; and the insights of thousands of sugar sufferers, Connie dishes the sour
scoop about sweets and reveals many, often-ignored pitfalls of sugars and quickie carbs.
This groundbreaking bookwhich is endorsed by numerous experts, including medical
consultant Stephen Sinatra, M.D.explains how our reliance on sweets and much-like-sugar
carbs could unknowingly ravage both our emotional and physical health and even possibly
jeopardize our relationships. Moreover, Connie empathetically shares simple strategies to help
readers stomp out sugar cravings, avoid hidden sugars, and decipher misleading food labels.
A provocative, engaging expos and self-help book, Sugar Shock! tells readers about
the dark side of sugars and culprit carbs. Ultimately, this books message is one of hope as
Connie offers helpful tips and tactics so readers can kick (or least curtail) their sugar habit for
good to reclaim their health and moods.
For more information and to find out if youre in Sugar Shock!, visit
www.SugarShock.com and www.connie-bennett.com.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Connie Bennett , M.S.J., C.H.H.C. is an experienced journalist and former sugar addict, who
now laughingly dubs herself a Sugar Shrew No More! She is a certified holistic health counselor
and amiable coach, who helps people worldwide break free of their sugar and quickie-carb habit
through her 21-Day, KickSugar Countdown Diet; a free KickSugar, international online support
group; and her acclaimed www.connie-bennett.com. Connie, who received a masters in
journalism from Northwestern University, has contributed to such media outlets as The Los
Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, TV Guide, and eDiets.com.
How Sweets and Simple Carbs Can Derail Your Lifeand How You Can Get it Back on Track
by Connie Bennett
with Stephen Sinatra, M.D.
Berkley Trade Paperback Original * January 2, 2007 * $14.95 * ISBN: 978-0-425-21357-5
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