I invite you now to “eavesdrop” on my fascinating conversation with Dr. Serge Ahmed. Instead of practicing my rusty French, I asked Serge in English so I wouldn’t miss anything about his sugar addiction research.
Just imagine Serge speaking with his adorable French accent.
He told me, “Connie, I was so surprised. We discovered that sugar may be as addictive as cocaine.”
You had to see Serge’s face to get a sense of this monumental discovery.
His eyebrows lifted. His eyes grew big. His face registered shock. He moved his hands about dramatically.
Thankfully, this is the first time in sevel months that my iPhone has gone missing for so long.
But more than a year ago, while my poor mother was being ravaged by cancer and I was helplessly watching her dying — a very painful time — I lost my iPhone repeatedly. Every few days, I couldn’t find it. A few days after she passed away, I even lost it twice in one day. I was that upset.
(In fact, after losing my iPhone the last time, I finally bought a new one, but then the old one surfaced while I was moving. Alas, I still can’t access photos of my Mom in her final days, because in my giref, I spaced out and punched in the wrong passcode too many times.)
Back to my cell phone that went M.I.A.. this week.
This week, apparently my joy, excitement, and desire to serve others distracted me.
Somehow, my cell phone went missing while I was getting more and more thrilled that so many big names have agreed to participate in the Sugar World Summit.
I am so excited!
This virtual Sugar World Summit — which I’ve scheduled to begin exactly two weeks before Halloween — or what I call Sugar Overload Day — will present world-renowned experts on sugar, carbs, stress, emotional eating, mindfulness training, addiction science, cravings, weight loss and more.
Such movers and shakers as Dr. Robert Lustig, Dr. Mark Hyman, and JJ Virgin all have agreed to join us.
In this Sugar World Summit, our gurus won’t just tell you The Sour Scoop. They’ll give you some Sweet Solutions, too, as I announced here.
Back to my missing iPhone. I haven’t bought a new cell phone yet, because I keep thinking it’ll turn up, but searching my car, desk, bedroom, kitchen and living room hasn’t helped.
I’m also waiting to talk to a friend of mine, who has an uncanny knack for helping me find missing things. (She’s off dealing with some personal issues.)
Anyhow, It’s been very strange to be phone-less.
No calling friends or family members while on a walk.
No calling friends while parked in my car.
No calling business colleagues if I get a hot idea.
No digging up phone numbers of important people.
No tweeting cool stuff, something I started doing recently.
The case of my MIA Cell Phone is intriguing me. In fact, NOT having my iPhone has taught me five main things.
I multitask far, far too much — like most of you? There’s no need to be on my cell phone while going for a wonderful walk along the ocean, when I can focus fully on waves crashing against the shore.
I’m entirely too reliant on my cell phone. This is not a necessary appendage!
I’m also entirely too dependent on my iPhone camera, on which I’ve taken the some beautiful sunset photos. (See one here that I previously downloaded to my computer.) But why don’t I buy a real camera instead, as I’ve been planning?
I need to totally unplug more often. Although I turn off my cell several times a day, that time without it is very cleansing. Darn am I being productive!
I need to get more in touch with nature and less attached to my cell.
By disconnecting from electronics, I’m reconnecting to my purpose, passions, and peace of mind. This is perhaps my biggest lesson. I’m really enjoying the calm of not being so attached to my cell phone. It’s a welcome relief during this time of book deadlines and Sugar World Summit planning.
While I’ve been without a cell phone, I’ve become quite creative in the kitchen. Instead of chatting on the phone with friends, I’ve been concocting a variety of culinary dishes (all sugar-free, of course) that taste pretty good, if I may say so myself. (More later about that.)
So now I have an idea. I was thinking about giving in and buying another iPhone, but today it hit me that I’m going to give myself a Cell Phone Challenge.
You see, I’m on tight deadline now for my next book — I’ll tell you more shortly — and I decided not to let myself buy another iPhone phone until I’m finished writing the book. Now that may be another three weeks or more, but how’s that for incentive to finish the book?!
If I finish the book, I get a cell phone!
If not, I have to go without my iPhone. Dislosure: I do, however, have a helpful land line.
Join the Conversation: What expert would you like to hear in the first Sugar World Summit? Let us know now.
Save the date Friday, October 17, 2014.
That’s when the frist Sugar World Summit — a virtual event — will take place to educate, entertain and motivate you to Take Back Your Sugar Power.
The Sugar World Summit begins Friday, October 17 — exactly two weeks before Halloween, or what I like to call Sugar Overload Day.
During this once-in-a-lifetime virtual event, you’ll have access to world-renowned anti-sugar pioneers, scientists, researchers, New York Times bestselling authors, educators, and wellness gurus, who specialize in weight loss, emotional eating, compassion, mindful eating, and cravings.
We’re also planning a few surprise celebrity guests.
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In this Sugar World Summit, you’ll get both The Sweet News and The Sour News.
You’ll not only find out about sugar’s dangers, but you’ll also discover sweet, simple tools to help you let go of your addiction to sugary foods and much-like-sugar carbs (or what I call auickie carbs or culprit carbs.).
Among those who’ve already agreed to participate are:
Dr. Pamela Peeke, internationally recognized expert, physician, scientist and author of the New York Times bestselling author of The Hunger Fix: the 3 Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction
High Voltage (Kathie Dolgin), author ofSugar Savvy and founder of Energy Up Voltage Approved, Inc. (EUVA), a nonprofit organization to fight teenage obesity and to prevent type 2 diabetes and other diseases, particularly among teenage girls.
Sign up now for this exciting Sugar World Summit so you won’t be left out in the cold this holiday season with all those tempting “treats,” which can trick you into weight gain, mood swings, low libido, heart disease, and more.
So why would you want to quit or cut back on sugar? Well, you could: :
Dr. Mark Hyman, one the physicians I most admire, has a new book coming out soon, which offers a 10-day plan that can help you slim down, lower your blood pressure and blood sugar, and boost your health.
Collectively, they peeled off a collective 4,089 pounds and saw their average blood sugar and blood pressure numbers drop by 20 points and 10 points respectively.
Dr. Hyman contends that people’s taste buds have been hijacked by processed, super-palatable, high-sugar foods that drive your hormones and neurotransmitters to make you eat more. (I totally agree.)
In addition, Dr. Hyman points out that people are ingesting “pharmacological doses of sugar and flour never before seen in the history of the human race” — about 146 pounds of flour and 152 pounds of sugar every year.”
You also have a chance to read an excerpt from the book in the Daily News piece.
Please note that the photo to your left of Dr. Hyman dummping out sugar was taken by Ian Grey, and it appeared in the Daily News article.
Dr. Hyman’s credentials are impressive. He was former co-medical director of Canyon Ranch for a decade.
He is now chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine, founder and medical director of The UlCenter and a #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Blood Sugar Solution, Ultrametabolism, TheUltramind Solution, and The Ultrasimple Diet, and coauthor of Ultraprevention.
Not because of neighborhood
kids masquerading as ghosts, goblins and ghouls.
But because of scary candies.
through the end of the year — for a whopping two-plus months — millions tend
to completely “forget” the fact that too much sugar can trigger harmful
effects on your children’s health, including obesity, of course. .
On Spooky Sugar Overload
Day – my phrase for Halloween — millions develop collective amnesia about how rates
of obesity, type 2 diabetes and other crippling sugar-triggered ailments are skyrocketing.
And every year, at
this time, I watch in astonishment at how cool, chic and accepted it’s become to
hurl your neighbor’s kids into Sugar Shock.
Of those sugar pushers, 72 percent
of those households will give away two or even three) pieces of candy per
Let’s put this in
simple terms: On Halloween night alone, the average child in your neighborhood may
mindlessly scarf down between 5 to 50 teaspoons of sugar and hundreds of
In short, Spooky
Sugar Overload Season starts with Halloween.
Factor in all the
sugar that most people will gobble up during Thanksgiving dinners, holiday
parties, as well as Christmas or Chanukah vacations.
All this sugar
gorging begs these questions:
has it simply become un-American NOT to hand out candies on Halloween?
is it outright weird NOT to give your neighbors’ kids sugar-filled treats, which
will surely send them into Sugar Shock? (Think anxiety, difficulty
concentrating, mood swings, temper tantrums, crankiness and much worse.)
is candy-giving expected even though just about everyone knows that too much
sugar (candies) can lead to obesity, type 2 diabetes and other diseases, which,
in turn, can kill you?
Thankfully, a small
but growing number of us are urging parents to give out safe, fun toys instead.
though, it’s far easier to find candies than it is to locate sweet, sugar-free toys
such as glow-in-the-dark insects, spooky fingers, Halloween-themed stickers or
pencils, rubber worms, creepy fingers, action figures, kazoos and whistles,
baseball cards, plastic animals, spin tops, and party favors like engine
whistles, key chains, pen, and stickers.
face it, these cool Halloween options cost more than sugar-filled, or high
fructose corn syrup-laden candies.
Right now, I urge you
parents to take charge. This Halloween, just become more mindful.
Every time you dish
out candies, think about just two things.
are an “enabler” – as drug addicts are to other drug addicts. Your neighbors
and you could be paving the way for neighborhood kids to crave candies. For
that matter, you could be addicting or re-addicting their parents, too. (A
number of coaching clients confessed to me that they stole their kids Halloween
could be contributing to soaring rates of obesity and other diseases in your
Do you really want to
have that on your conscience?
Instead, why don’t
you find ways to help your children and your neighbors’ kids to observe Halloween
in a safer, healthier way?
For instance, you
Offer your kid(s) a healthy meal
with ample protein, fiber and fat before she or he cavorts around the
Give away one candy per
trick-or-treater. (Don’t let kids grab a handful of sweets.)
Hand out small bottles of water.
That way, you’ll help trick-or-treaters stay hydrated.
When your child or children come
home from trick-or-treating, have fun together doing high-intensity play
or dancing for at least 10 minutes.
Hug your kids and figure out one
or two other ways to give them lasting sweetness.
Connie is also a certified health coach, certified life coach, EFT practitioner, widely published jouirnalist, columnist, and and essayist (AOL News, eDiets.com, The Los Angeles Times, www.SheKnows.com, etc.), as well as an in-demand speaker, entertaining TV and radio show guest
(“CBS News Sunday Morning,” “Oprah & Friends Radio,”
“The Howard Stern Show,” etc.).
In 1998, Connie was a tormented sugar-addicted journalist, who secretly “used” candies galore just to make all her deadlines. When she was bombarded by brain
fog, heart palpitations, severe PMS and 41 other baffling ailments, Connie finally turned in deperation to a doctor, who ordered her to quit sweets. Much to her surprise, all her ailments went poof!, and the journalist was reborn, filled with determination to spread the sour news about sugar.
Now sugar-free (mostly) for 15 years, Connie — now known as The Sugar Liberator — had helped thousands of people worldwide to break free of sweets and discover that Life is
How when Roberta simply changed her diet by quitting sugar and those quickie carbs (processed carbohydrates that are metabolized quickly), she personally overcame 10 years of
illness during which she saw dozens of doctors, endured countless
medical tests, took thousands of pills and even underwent electric shock
How when I finally let go of my sugar addiction — very reluctantly, though — presto, ALL 44 of my ailments (including crippling headaches, difficulty concentrating, awful PMS, excessive fatigue, cold hands and feet, embarrassing mood swings, scary heart palpitations, etc.) vanished! Wow!
How most people are consuming too many sweets whether they know it or not, especially if they eat foods in boxes, cans or jars. That sugar or quickie-carb habit can be deadly, leading to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and an early death.
On our Gab with the Gurus Show, you’ll also find out Secrets to Go Mostly Sugar-Free. While I share some tactics in my book, Beyond Sugar Shock, Roberta and I go into more depth on this program, and we give you the personal touch, of course, because you get to listen to us chatting.
Among the Secrets to Go Mostly Sugar-Free, you’ll discover:
How it’s okay to be
imperfect. In fact, not expecting that you’ll do everything “right,” frees you up to succeed marvelously.
How most people around the world — whether they know it or not — are eating far too much sugar (roughly 170 to more than 200 pounds per year) and/or quickie carbs (possibly as high as 200 pounds), thereby paving the way to diseases galore.
How you can take your slips and turn them into successes. You’ll realize that your so-called “failures” lead you to lasting success.
How you want to change your relationship with those persistent cravings. (We’ll talk about how to embrace them — yes! — and how they can become major allies.
How to take one of your absolute worst habits — something almost all of us do — and turn it into one of your biggest foolproof tools to bid your sugar addiction farewell.
How some people are wise to let a little sugar (some tastes here and there) into their lives. (You’ll discover that I’ve modified my stance over the years.)
How, for many people, a few tastes can turn into a binge and they’re better off to say sayonara to processed sweets.
How before I quit sugar, first I binged on candies for three weeks after my doctor’s orders to “Quit sugar or die young.”
How it’s imperative that you keep track. Roberta discusses how it’s very important to keep a symptom diary. (That way, you’ll know what happens when you eat sweets. You want to get a clear message about how too much sugar leads to symptoms.)
How you need to be prepared, wherever you go.
How you can have fun replacing those sugary treats that you used to adore.
How it’s vital to get support and learn about success stories.
Sugar and carb addicts, get help to free yourself from your potentially deadly habits on Sat., April 13 at 7 pm at Book Passage in Corte Madera.
Indeed, it’s now my honor and privilege to personally guide, coach, educate and empower sugar and carb addicts in the San Francisco Bay Area on Saturday, April 13, which is, coincidentally, two days before a momentous time for me.
Yes, on April 15, I will have gone 15 years sugar-free (mostly)! Bear in mind that I wasn’t perfect, and not beating up on myself too much or slipping is one of the keys to my success. (You’ll find out how you, too, can be imperfect but still triumph over your sugar addiction.)
The program at Book Passage is being presented, thanks to the remarkable organization, Left Coast Writers, a fabulous group that supports new and established writers.
The reason that I didn’t do any book signings or give any solo talks in 2012 (other than one appearance as part of a group of authors) is because I wanted to spend as much time as possible with my terminally ill Mom before she passed away. Recently, I lost her. (In fact, I moved from the East Coast to the West Coast to be near her and be of service to Mom before she passed away. (One of our most fabulous moments during our last year together was when two boxes of books arrived from my publisher, Hay House, and my mother raved, “Absolutely terrific” and “Beautiful.” I have a video of the special occasion.)
Anyhow, during my first Beyond Sugar Shockappearance on April 13, I’ll give you insights and simple starter secrets so you can:
Activate the positive power of one of procrastination. (Huh? Trust me — it’s a simple,
Quickly decode and then welcome (really!) your annoying sugar cravings.
Remember the sour scoop about sugar (that it can lead to cancer, type 2 diabetes and even kill you early) when you’re overcome by must-have-sugar-now! feelings.
yourself up after you’ve “slipped” and fallen off your less or no-sugar
plan, especially after emotionally trying times.
your desire for dangerous sweets but still enjoy tasty chocolate treats.
You’ll even find out how to get recipes for healthy choco-goodie and get to savor tasty sugar-free desserts.
duped by innocent-looking, seductive foods that are actually sugar traps.
my — and your — silly-on-sugar behavior. (You’ll chuckle at my former
Sugar Shrew ways!)
In short, in our time together, you’ll get to Turbocharge
your Sugar-Free Power.
The event on April 13 takes place at:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
For those of you who don’t know my background, here’s a short bio:
sour-to-sweet journey began in 1998, when she was pummeled by 44
ailments, including crushing fatigue, brain fog, horrible headaches,
rollercoaster mood swings, and severe PMS. When Connie’s new doctor
blamed every single symptom on her excessive sugar habit and ordered her
to quit consuming her cherished sweets, she reluctantly complied. Much to her
surprise, all her ailments vanished, and Connie became energetic,
focused, and free.
She triumphed over her dangerous habit, because while grudgingly giving up her favorite “treatsd,” Connie
created cool tools to ease her dreaded and difficult transition and turn
it into a positive, fun-filled, life-changing adventure. Since 2001, Connie has been coaching, guiding, and
inspiring thousands of people worldwide on how to easily triumph over their
carb addiction so they can discover that Life is Sweeter When Sugar
Doesn’t Seduce You.™
Now, Connie runs her popular Sugar Freedom Now Retreat (virtual, recorded, and live), which is the companion program to Beyond Sugar Shock.
She is also host of the Gab with the Gurus Radio Show, for which she
interviews top names in a variety of fields from health to the Law of
Attraction. Connie studied at the Institute for Professional Excellence
in Coaching (iPEC), the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), and
Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Get free gifts to help you reach Sugar Freedom at www.Connie-Bennett.com
Now, Connie guides, inspires and sweetens the lives of carb addicts
worldwide by playfully sharing her tried-and-true “Secrets to Easily,
Joyfully Release Your Sugar Addiction… Even if You’ve Failed Umteen Times Before.”
Connie is now on the road for The Sugar Freedom Tour, which celebrates her 15 years of
being mostly sugar-free (yes, she wasn’t totally perfect, and she’ll tell you why). To participate in this once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity and bring Connie to your home, religious or civic group, and/or place
of business, contact her (just fill in the form) at www.BeyondSugarshock.com. If desired, Connie also can offer private coaching to sugar addicts, coaches or other
health professionals to help them help their clients.
It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Cartoon Connie.
In this cartoon, “That Was Then… This is Now…,” you’ll get a glimpse at how sugar turned me into a Sugar Shrew..
Please bear in mind that this isn’t someone I know anymore.
This is the discouraged, depressed, frustrated Connie of 1998 — the Connie, who was besieged by by a whopping 44 ailments, including heart palpitations, difficulty concentrating, and mood swings.
But kicking sweets turned my life around.
By licking all those processed sweets, life turned sweeterlicious (my word for sweeter, delicious, luscious, scrumptious, and sensuous).
Connie’s Story: That Was Then… This is Now…
I hope this cartoon entertains you in its outrageous, exaggerated version of my once, sugar-addicted reality.
Of courrse, I didn’t gorge on red licorice while cowering in closets, but this silly image certainly captures the flavor of my previous addiction. (Pun intended.)
Anyhow, now that I’ve kicked sugar, I urge others to discover the power of living sugarfree..
The transformation was extraordinary!
Now, I urge you to find the humor in your sugar addiction.
When you see the absurdity of your sugar addiction, it can help you to break free so you can get a life that’s sweeterlicious — that’s my word for sweeter, delicious, luscious, scrumptuous and sensuous.
Would you like help to let go of your sugar addiction?
I invite you to discovfer how to easily, even joyfully release your habit. Just get my book Beyond Sugar Shock.