The Insomnia-Carb-Cravings Connection

A Cravings-Crushing Monday Feature

It happens to many of us: We spend a night tossing and turning and then the next day, we’re blearily dragging ourselves through work, meetings, family obligations, or other planned activities.

Your head may ache, you find it hard to stay focused, your energy levels plummet, and almost inevitably, you crave just about every donut, bagel or chocolate chip cookie in sight.

Sound familiar?

Sure, you can blame your sleeplessness on stress, your late-night meal, your late-afternoon coffee, your hormones, lots of EMF, or a loud neighbor. Or maybe you just needed to run to the restroom.

Whatever the reasons, you want and need to go back to sleep.

Next week, I’ll share 7 Ways to Get Back to Sleep, but now, you need to know about the all-important Insomnia-Carb-Cravings-Connection.

Not enough sleep can bring on wicked carb cravings — the kind that are really tough to resist.


Have You Seen Our Cartoons?

Sugar Shock Cartons™ Helps You Smile or Giggle at Health Challenges

Have you seen the new Shock Cartoons™, which recently made their debut here, on this Sugar Shock Blog?

Why, you may wonder, am I inviting you to laugh at serious health and health and wellness subjects? That’s because humor is powerful.

Smiling or laughing about something serious can inspire you to make positive changes.

Indeed, back in 1998, before I kicked sugar, I saw the humor in my sugar-seeking behavior.

Likewise, in 2012, after my Carb Relapse, I found silliness in my carb-crazed bingeing.

So let me help you laugh or smile and then change for the better.

To see all Sugar Shock Cartoons, go here.

And, of course, feel free to share Sugar Shock Cartoons with your friends, loved ones, and social media colleagues so they’ll smile, chuckle, think and change, too.

Read on to get the Permissions to Use Guidelines.



The Exercise-Soda Conundrum

Sugar Shock Funnies: Get the Truth About Soda Drinking, Exercise & Weight Gain

Recently, the media and the Internet have been abuzz about how soft drink giant Coca-Cola, through its initially furtively funded “scientific,” non-profit energy-balance group, erroneously claims that Americans are getting fatter because they’re not exercising enough, not because they’re drinking soda.

To reply to such an absurd, head-shaking conclusion, I conferred with talented cartoonist Isabella Bannerman, with whom I recently started Sugar Shock Funnies.  See our cartoon-response below, and free to share it on Facebook, Twitter, etc. after you’ve sadly smiled.

In case you missed the controversy, here’s a quick recap: Thanks to this brilliant New York Times expose from reporter Anahad O’Connor, we now know about Coke’s efforts to get soda-drinking Americans to wrongly think that they’re gaining weight because they’re not working out enough, not because they’re drinking soft drinks. That’s just flat out untrue.


Sugar Shock Funnies™

Smile, Chuckle & Share so We Can Take Back Our Health Together

Sugar Shock Funnies™ recently made its debut on this Sugar Shock Blog, which is now an integral part of my website.

Cartoon Connie WavingMirth and merriment, giggles and guffaws are exactly what we need, especially when we look at serious health and wellness subjects.

The goal of Sugar Shock Funnies is to amuse and entertain you and to inspire you to take positive action to take back your health and life.

We invite you to share the Sugar Shock Funnies so you can make your friends, loved ones, and social media colleagues smile, chuckle, think and change, too. Read on to get the Permissions to Use Guidelines.

Finding humor in your horrible health habits can catapult you to positive change.

Laughter, after all, has been hailed as the best medicine.

Finding humor is therapeutic. Those guffaws are helpful for your cardiovascular system. Cracking up also helps to relieve stress.

Not only that, but laughter leads to learning.


Sugar Shock Funnies

Run These Cartoons on Your Site -- Learn How With Permissions Guidelines

Sugar Shock Funnies recently made their debut. These cartoons are meant to be shared with friends, colleagues, loved ones, Facebook fans or friends, Twitter followers, Pinterest buddies and LinkedIn contacts. Before you pass them on, I urge you to see the Permissions Guidelines below.

If you’d like to run one or more Sugar Shock Funnies on your blog or website, please play fair and learn about reprint rights.

Permissions-to-Use Guidelines: Want to use this cartoon? Specific, limited permission is granted to reprint Sugar Shock Funnies in any website, magazine, newspaper, book, movie, animation or other media under the following “professional courtesy”‘ conditions:

  1. Cartoon creator Connie Bennett and artist Isabella Bannerman should be conspicuously credited.
  2. Please notify us whenever you reprint a cartoon and run the following copy: “Reprinted with permission from, home of Cravings Crusher™ Connie Bennett, health and sugar expert Connie Bennett’s website,
  3. The specific web address should be posted below and/or adjacent to the cartoon in a conspicuous manner. If on the web, the link must be clickable.
  4. You may not use this cartoon in a disparaging context or manner.
  5. You may not charge for this cartoon.
  6. This website retains all ownership, rights and copyrights.
  7. Reprint rights may be revoked, without notice, on a case by case basis, if reprint courtesy is, in our opinion, abused.

Thank you for playing fair!


Sugar Shock Cartoons™ Make Debut

Laugh, Smile & Share to Spotlight Shocking Facts & Get Motivated

Sugar Shock Cartoons™ makes its debut today.

Mirth and merriment, giggles and guffaws are exactly what we need, especially when we look at serious health and wellness subjects.

Today’s comic strip pokes fun at the Blood Sugar Rollercoaster effect, which you get when you over-indulge — as do millions — in sugary and quickie-carb “treats.”

sxchxisygravatarTo create Sugar Shock Cartoons, I’ve teamed up with the talented Isabella Bannerman, who is the Monday artist for Six Chix, a clever, comic strip internationally syndicated by King Features.

Isabella’s award-winning cartoons and illustrations have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, Glamour, The Funny Times, World War 3 Illustrated, and Hudson Mod Magazine. In addition, as an animator, she has worked on MTV’s “Doug,” “Pee Wee’s Playhouse,” MTV spots, and other television shows and commercials.

So what’s the purpose of this new Sugar Shock Funnies? And how can you run a cartoon on your website or blog? Read on.