Are You like a Sugar-Craving Rat?

Have You Heard about the Rodents, Who Chose Sugar over Cocaine? (For Cravings-Crushing Monday)

Have you heard about the rats, who found sugar or saccharin more tantalizing than cocaine?

In this study, most of the critters studied — a whopping 94 percent — wanted sugar or saccharin, NOT cocaine.

Recently, while planning my upcoming Crush Your Cravings Boot Camp, I was reminded of a fascinating study from Dr. Serge Ahmed, a scientist with the University of Bordeaux in France.

Back in 2009, I had the pleasure of meeting Serge while taking a ferry to a Food Addiction conference on IslandWood in Bainbridge Island, where I had the honor to give fitness guru Jack LaLanne a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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.

The next day, at the conference, Serge laid out his findings in more detail to the attendees of this event about Food Addiction: The Obesity Epidemic Connection.”

The title of Serge’s presentation told it all. It posed the question, “Is Sugar as Addictive as Cocaine?”

Ultimately, Serge and his research team discovered that intense sweetness “is much more rewarding and probably more addictive than intravenous cocaine.”

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7 Lessons I Learned Because I Lost My Cell Phone — Again!

lost your cellJoin the Conversation. Have you ever lost your cell? What did you do? How long did you go without it? Talk to us now.

I lost my cell phone a few days ago.

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.

Photos 4-2-14 004This 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.

  1. 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.
  2. I’m entirely too reliant on my cell phone. This is not a necessary appendage!
  3. 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?
  4. 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!
  5. I need to get more in touch with nature and less attached to my cell.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. Have you ever lost your cell? What did you do? How long did you go without it? Talk to us now.

Special thanks to the TeleComBlog.com and to Matt Klassen. Forgive me if I shouldn’t have used this art from your story. I’ll take it down if you ask.

The Sugar World Summit Begins October 17: Save the Date

Join the Conversation: What expert would you like to hear in the first Sugar World Summit? Let us know now.

Sugar-World-Summit_w_Date.fw_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.

Dr. Lustig 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.

Sign up below now to get exciting details delivered directly to your in box.

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:

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: :

  • Easily shed your dreaded excess weight.
  • Leave behind your depression and get filled up with good cheer, passion and enthusiasm.
  • Have enough energy to keep up with your kids or perform well on the job..
  • Tame Your Cravings™ for sugary, salty or fatty unreal foods.
  • Banish your horribly annoying brain fog and begin to concentrate with a razor-sharp focus..
  • Rev up your libido so you’ll be thrilled with your time alone in the bedroom with your beloved..
  • Ditch those debilitating female ailments (either PMS or menopause, depending on your time of life.)
  • And much more.

Connie-headshot (2)Connie Bennett is a former sugar-addicted journalist. After kicking sugar on doctor’r orders in 1998, all 44 of her ailments vanished. Connie is now known as The Sweet Freedom Guide, and she is a transformational speaker, blogger, certified health coach, certified life coach, Gab with the Gurus host, and bestselling author of Beyond Sugar Shock, which was praised by many experts such as Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and Dr. Daniel Amen. Her first book, Sugar Shock. was  praised by Dr. Mehmet Oz. Connie’s next book will be out later this year.

Join the Conversation: What expert would you like to hear in the first Sugar World Summit?  Tell us know now.  

Dr. Patricia Farris on How Cutting Out Sugar Makes You Look Great

sugar can age youDid you know that sugar can age you more quickly?

Not only that, but the sweet stuff can give you wrinkles so you look older than you really are.

Learn about how giving up sugar can turn back the clock.

Join Patricia Farris, M.D., FAAD and me on my next Gab with the Gurus Show, so you can discover how to rejevenate your face.

Dr. Farris is co-author with Brooke Alpert, M.S., R.D., C.D.N. and of The Sugar Detox: Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Look Years Younger.

In this Gab with the Gurus Show, you will learn:

  • How too much sugar can cause wrinkles.
  • How to repair your sugar-damaged skin.
  • Whether sugar causes more damage than sun to your skin.
  • Why a nutritionist and dermatologist partnered to write this book, The Sugar Detox.
  • How you can pamper yourself with a sea mud mask to help you get through the first three days off sugar
  • How exercise hellps control your blood sugar.
  • And more. is good for your skin. (You’ll look better by not eating sweets.)

Listen live below to this show or later, at your convenience.

Spread the word to your friends and fans, too.

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Dr. Mark Hyman’s 10 Day Detox Diet

10DD-image_WebReadyDr. 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.

The Blood Sugar Solution 10 Day Detox Diet: Activate Your Body’s Natural Ability to Burn Fat and Lose Weight Fast — which you can pre-order now — was tested by 600 people, who achieved tremendous success.

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.”

Mark Hyman tosses sugar sugar11f-6-webRather than tell you about The 10 Day Detox Diet: I’ll encourage you to read this fabulous New York Daily News story by Nicole Lyn Pesce.

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, The Ultramind Solution, and The Ultrasimple Diet, and coauthor of Ultraprevention.
Check back here to learn more about 10 Day Detox Diet by Dr. Hyman, who incidentially endorsed by my first, Sugar Shock.
I’ll have some news about it to share shortly.

Why do Millions Have Collective Forgetfulness on Spooky Sugar Overload Day (Halloween)?

It’s that spooky time
of year again.

Not because of neighborhood
kids masquerading as ghosts, goblins and ghouls.

Halloween candyBut because of scary candies.

Beginning Halloween,
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.

For instance:

  • Of those sugar pushers, 72 percent
    of those households will give away two or even three) pieces of candy per
    trick-or-treater.

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
calories.

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:

  • Why
    has it simply become un-American NOT to hand out candies on Halloween?
  • Why
    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.)
  • Why
    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.

Unfortunately,
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.

Furthermore, let’s
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.

  • You
    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
    candies!)
  • You
    could be contributing to soaring rates of obesity and other diseases in your
    neighborhood.

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
could:

  1. Offer your kid(s) a healthy meal
    with ample protein, fiber and fat before she or he cavorts around the
    neighborhood.
  2. Give away one candy per
    trick-or-treater. (Don’t let kids grab a handful of sweets.)
  3. Hand out small bottles of water.
    That way, you’ll help trick-or-treaters stay hydrated.
  4. 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.
  5. Hug your kids and figure out one
    or two other ways to give them lasting sweetness.

About the Author:

Connie Bennett, CHHC, CPC, ACC, is a self-mocking former sugar addict and author of two bestselling books, Sugar Shock! and Beyond Sugar Shock.

Her first book, Sugar Shock! How Sweets and Simple Carbs Can Derail Your Life– and How You Can Get Back on Track, was praised by Dr. Mehmez Oz and many others.

 

Her latest book, Beyond Sugar Shock: The 6-Week Plan to Break Free of Your
Sugar Addiction & Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter
, has been endorsed by numerous luminaries, including Wayne Dyer, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Bernie Siegel, Joe Vitale, Marci Shimoff, Kathy Smith, John Assaraf, Colette Baron-Reid, Janet Bray Atwood, Donna Gates, Alex Jamieson, and Dr. JJ Virgin.

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
Sweeter Naturally™.

Get free gifts at www.Connie-Bennett.com. Then discover if you’ve been
brainwashed to become a sugar addict by taking The Sugar Shock Quiz at
www.SugarShockBlog.com.