Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do

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Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Robert H. Schuller

This is the positive message that Robert H. Schuller wants to impart in his book titled the same. This is practical advice in building a positive self-image by not letting dire circumstances get the better of oneself.

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8 Reasons to Celebrate When You Reach Sugar Independence

Just Think: You Can Be Free of Your Cravings for Processed Sweets & Carbs

While we celebrate Independence Day weekend in the United States, I invite you to think about how glorious it will feel to Celebrate Sugar Independence.

Even if you now feel trapped, discouraged and overwhelmed by your sugar addiction, imagine that you’ve actually broken free of over-attachment to sugar. Here are 8 Reasons to Celebrate Your Sugar Independence.

1) When you’ve kicked sugar and processed carbs, you’ll enjoy a delicious feeling of freedom.

You know how your sugar and carb addiction makes you feel trapped, burdened and weighed down (emotionally and literally, of course)?

Well, the reverse can be true. When you no longer have a sugar or carb addiction dogging you, you’ll feel the most amazing feeling of freedom.

2 ) When you turn your back on sugar and achieve Sugar Independence, you’ll Enjoy a Sweeter Life Naturally.

Admittedly, the taste of sweet snacks and desserts may entice you, but only momentarily. That sugar “rush” will vanish pretty quickly, and you’ll feel wiped out, discouraged and disappointed in yourself.

But when you Let Your Sugar Addiction go, Life is Sweeter Naturally, as I like to say.

3) When you shed sugar, you’ll easily shed weight, too. Maybe you’ll even turn heads soon.
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Courage To Continue That Counts

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The courage that counts. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill A Churchillism attributed to Winston Churchill for his relentless energy in getting things done. With his experience in peace and war, he understood the need for getting things done and keeping them that way.  “Keep buggering on” or KBO is how he ended almost every phone call. It  aptly describes this attitude.

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Clear Clutter to Move Forward

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If you’re getting over a trauma, sugar addiction or heartbreak, one of the best things you can do is to clear clutter.

Even your health can suffer if you become a pack rat.

But when you clear clutter, you can get:

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For this week’s Cravings-Crushing Monday, I want to make sure you’ve gotten your special gift to help you begin to easily, effortlessly, even playfully Crush Your Cravings for good.

Get help now to rise above your frustrating cravings.

Get ready to avoid temptation in this fast-food oriented, convenience-driven world.

I’m determined to help you Crush Your Cravings right away.

(In fact, for nearly four years, I’ve been studying and creating ways so you can Crush Your Cravings quickly and unobtrusively, using powerful, science-based tools.)

Ready to rock now?

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Authors, Speakers & Leaders: Get Guidance

The Amazing Influence and Impact Summit from Michael Hyatt

Are you an author or speaker, with something to say or sell?

If so, you must attend the remarkable Influence and Impact Summit, presnted by Michael Hyatt, the New York Times bestselling author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World and the former CEO and Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The first program began today, and it was so fascinating that I listened to it twice.

During Michael Hyatt’s one-week, online Influence & Impact Summit conference, you’ll be able to listen to top presenters on personal branding, leadership, and effective platform building.

These experts are influencing and impacting millions of people worldwide with their products, services, messages, or causes.

Sign up now for the Influence & Impact Summit to learn what works, what doesn’t, and how to leap ahead in your field, wherever you are right now.

During this fabulous event:

  • Jen Hatmaker explains how she turned criticism into an inflection point for her personal brand.
  • Chris Brogan reveals where 78 percent of his revenue comes from—and it’s not his blog.
  • Carrie Green unpacks how the dance between confidence and self-doubt can make all the difference in how you leverage video and more.
  • Amy Porterfield shares what finally pushed her to leave a lucrative 9-to-5 job and how she made it on her own.
  • Dave Ramsey tells you the hardest thing about building an effective organization.

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Sugar World Summit Date Change — You’ll Learn the Sour Scoop & Break Free

Sugar World Summit headerPlease note that the exciting first Sugar World Summit, was originally scheduled to begin today, two weeks before Halloween, has been delayed.

I’ll announce a new date shortly.

So please rest assured, those of you who’ve written to me concerned that you’ve missed out on the many exciting programs, which will feature the biggest names in sugar education and addiction, relapse prevention, mindful eating, compassion, etc.

The Sugar World Summit is still happening. In fact, my team and I are deep into planning it.

JJ Virgin Sugar Impact DietSo why did we delay the first Sugar World Summit?

A bit of history is in order.

Many months ago, I excitedly scheduled the first Sugar World Summit to begin today, exactly two weeks before Halloween, the biggest candy-eating day in the United States — a day I dub Halloween National Sugar Overload Day.

This Sugar World Summit was timed to coincide with my big comeback.

After three years, I’d finally recoveried from My Bittersweet Last Year with Mom,  which had left me TAGGED (Traumatized, Abused, Gripped by Grief and Emotionally Devastated)..

Thankffully, I’ was now emerging healed and slimmed down after I’d suffered a horribly humiliating and humbling Carb Relapse.

Now emerging triumphant, I was ready now to help millions.

As we got deep into planning the first Sugar World Summit, the biggest names in the field — most of whom I’ve known for years, since before the release of my first book, Sugar Shock in 2006 — agreed to come on board. Our goal was to reach 250,000 to 500,000 people worldwide.

But as I kept inviting more and more exciting speakers and reconnecting with health colleagues after three years, I learned about launches by other esteemed experts, all of whom I greatly admire and respect.

These are people I want to support. These are also people, who can help you. It became quickly obvious that the best thing to do was to get out of the way of my colleagues’ launches.

JJ VirginIn particular, after inviting my colleague, the acclaimed nutrition and fitness expert and bestselling author JJ Virgin, to participate in the Sugar World Summit, I discovered that she was launching a new book about sugar, JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet, at about the same time.

That made me immediately rethink the time frame for the Sugar World Summit.

FYI, this is a big week for JJ Virgin. She is now giving away copies of her new book (until they run out).

JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet is an important book, in which JJ takes an original, doable approach to cutting out sweets.

If you missed JJ’s book giveaway — she ran out of books — then go ahead and get her free Sugar Impact Diet 2-Week Cookbook so you can make tasty, sugar-free recipes.

By the way, I’m greatly, greatly indebted to JJ. For about a decade, she’s been supportive of me. Not only did she endorse both of my books, Sugar Shock and Beyond Sugar Shock, but she helped me get my Lyme disease quickly diagnosed years ago.

Sugar-savvy-bookBack to the Sugar World Summit. Since I wanted to support JJ and other colleagues, it became evident that I needed to move back this important event.

But delaying the Sugar World Summit turns out to be just what this event most needs. Now, the Summit will be much bigger, better and more well organized.

(In fact, I’m very gratefufl to Jeff Walker, the launch guru, whose amazing Product Launch Formula Live conference, which I attended earlier this week, helped me discover many innovative ways to spread the word for the first Sugar World Summit.)

So now I invite you: Learn more about the first Sugar World Summit and the amazing colleagues, who will participate in it.

At present, we’re honored to have received “yeses” from the following movers and shakers. Among those who’ve agreed to participate are:

Sign up now for this exciting Sugar World Summit.

Fat ChanceStay tuned to get the full and not-so-sweet scoop on how those those tempting sugary “treats” and quickie-carb snacks can damage you bigtime. Our experts will tell you how shoveling sugar and fast carbs into your poor body can make you gain weight and widen your waistline, get frustrating mood swings, find it tough to concentrate, mess up your precious brain, lose interest in sex, develop heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes, and even die at an early age.

Now, I urge you to begin to get educated by reading some books about sugar by some of my super-healthy, brilliant colleauges. For example, I invite you to check out Fat Chance by Dr. Robert Lustig; and the new books, Sugar Savvy Solution by High Voltage, and JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet.

Perhaps you’re wondering: “Why would I want to quit or cut back on sugar? It tastes so good!”

Here are some reasons to ditch the sweet stuff and fast-acting carbs. You can:

  • Easily shed your dreaded excess weight.
  • Fit into your skinny clothes;
  • Leave behind your depression and get filled up with good cheer, passion and enthusiasm.
  • Get enough energy to keep up with your kids or perform well on the job..
  • Tame Your Crazy Cravings™ (as I call them) for sugary, salty or fatty unreal foods.
  • Banish your annoying brain fog and 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 awful, debilitating, tough-to-handle female ailments (either PMS or menopause, depending on your time of life.)
  • And much more.

Sign up now for the upcoming Sugar World Summit. And tell us what you’d like to learn during this event.

 

CB - pink shirtAbout Sugar Shock Blog Founder: Connie Bennett, CHHC, CPC, ACC is a former pooped-out, fuzzy-headed, sugar-addicted journalist and “Ex Sugar Shrew,” whose 44 baffling ailments completely vanished after kicking sugar and quickie carbs on doctor’s orders in 1998. Now, 16 years later, Connie is the acclaimed, energetic, charismatic Sweet Freedom Guide, a transformational speaker, sugar and carb expert, blogger, certified health coach, certified life coach, EFT practitioner, Gab with the Gurus host, and bestselling autho of Beyond Sugar Shock, which was endorsed by many health and empowerment luminaries such as Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Dr. Daniel Amen, JJ Virgin. Connie’s first book, Sugar Shock. which was published in 2006, was praised by such acclaimed gurus as Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Christiane Northrup. Now, Connie is planning the first Sugar World Summit, which will feature the biggest names in sugar and carb addiction, recovery, mindful eating, compassion, weight loss, etc. Connie is also finishing her next book, The Bounce Back Diet: 22 Easy Ways to Rebound After Relapse; Ditch Sugar, Fat or Salt, and Shed Weight for Good. (Working title.) The Bounce-Back Diet — which was inspired by Connie’s embarrassing Carb Relapse after her mother’s traumatic terminal illness and death — can help millions worldwide to slim down and tone up although they’re walloped by Crazy Cravings™ and overpowering emotions following the death of a loved one, a divorce or breakup, moving or another life-changing loss. Make sure to sign up at the Sugar World Summit site to find out about the new dates and speakers.

Curb Your Cravings by Tapping: Excerpt from Nick Ortner’s New Book

If you’re grappling with sugar or carb cravings and weight challenges, I highly recommend that you start tapping, a simple, but powerful process.

You can learn about this remarkable technique in Nick Ortner’s new book, The Tapping Solution: A Revolutionary System
for Stress-Free Living
. Thanks to the publisher, Hay House, I’m now presenting an excerpt so you can discover more how tapping can help you to break the hold that sugar, carbs or food has over you.

At the end of this Sugar Shock Blog post, you’ll see an audio player for the fascinating Gab with the Gurus episode with Nick Ortner.

Losing Weight and Letting Go of Fear, Guilt, and Shame around Food

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. —  Thomas A. Edison

“Tapping,” is said to be a combination of
ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology, and works with the body’s
meridian points. Meridians, the basis of the ancient Chinese medical system of
acupuncture, are defined as energy channels that carry the vital life force, or
qi, to the organs and others systems of the body.

Running up and down either
side of the body, each meridian is associated with a different organ—stomach,
gall bladder, kidney, etc. Each meridian also has what’s called an “endpoint,”
a specific  location where you can access
the energy channel on the surface of the body. This point can be manipulated
using acupuncture needles or simple touch (acupressure) to balance or unblock
the energy flow through that particular meridian.

“EFT,” or “Emotional Freedom Techniques” is a
single tapping sequence that is designed to hit all the major meridian
endpoints, and starts with the hand, then moves to the inner eyebrow, the outer
eyebrow, underneath the eye, under the nose, the chin, the collarbone, and the
side of the rib cage, then ends at the top of the head.

When you’re experiencing a negative emotional
state—angry or upset or fearful—your brain goes on alert. Your adrenaline
pumps, your muscles tense, and your blood pressure, heart rate, and blood sugar
all rise to give you extra energy to meet the challenge; your body is preparing
you to fight or flee.

The ongoing fight-or-flight response leaves us worn down,
sick, upset, overweight, and stressed out. What tapping does, with amazing efficiency, is
halt the fight-or-flight response, or stress response, and reprogram the brain
and body to act—and react—differently.

Why Does Tapping Help with Weight
Loss? The Stress Connection

The stress response can cause a massive
cascade of events in your body, including:

  • On average four times less blood flow to your digestive system.
  • Lower absorption of nutrients.
  • Less enzyme production in your gut. (As much as 20,000 times less!
    This is one of the reasons why, when you eat a meal while you’re stressed,
    you’ll often feel bloated and uncomfortable.)
  • Decrease in gut flora population.
  • Increase in cholesterol.
  • Increase in cortisol and insulin levels.

The last item is particularly important for
weight loss, because when your cortisol is consistently elevated, it’s hard to
lose weight or build muscle. In fact, you’re more likely to gain weight, particularly around your
midsection. When you lower your stress level (and obviously it’s not just
stress about food, but lowering stress about everything and everything) your
body will respond.  You’ll lose weight,
increase the absorption of nutrients, increase enzyme production (so you won’t
feel bloated), increase healthy gut flora population, lower your cholesterol,
and lower your cortisol and insulin levels. What is this magic diet? What do
you eat? Whatever you want! Just relax while you’re doing it. . . .

EFT for Food Cravings

Another problem I often turn to is food
cravings, because those are also easy to witness and measure.

Working with food cravings in front of a live
audience follows a similar trajectory every time. First, we all have some good
laughs as I introduce a bag of candy, chocolates, cookies, or other treats
people often crave.  I pass around the
bag and have people pick their favorite. I have them look at it, smell it, and
do whatever else it takes to bring their craving levels up. Then I ask for a
few volunteers who want to work live onstage to reduce those cravings.

I first ask the volunteers to describe the
intensity of their craving on a 0-to-10 scale—and what, in particular, they are
feeling or noticing about the candy or chocolate. I immediately get answers
like this:

“The craving is a 10. It smells so good . . .
can I have a little bite? I love Snickers, and I’m so hungry!”

“It’s an 8. I didn’t eat much at lunch, and
this would really fill me up.”

We all have some more laughs, as it becomes
obvious that the volunteers are desperate to eat these treats!

And then we begin some very general tapping, and
we tap through the points for several rounds.

This generally dulls the edge of the
craving—that almost crazed desire for the food—and it’s what you can use
yourself whenever you’re having a craving. Start with the most general and
basic tapping to calm the body down.  The
next question I usually ask is, “If there was an emotion behind this craving,
what would it be.  If we don’t get to the
root of the craving, to what’s causing it in the first place, it’s likely to
come back a few hours or days later.  Sure,
you can tap it down each time. But why not handle the emotion right up front
and get rid of the craving once and for all?

As people tune in to the emotions behind the
craving, that’s when the laughter often turns into tears. Many of us use food
to suppress or dampen negative emotions, events, and the overall stress in our
lives.

As my friend Carol Look likes to say, “It’s not about the food!” The food is
covering up or masking what’s really going on underneath. When you address the
underlying patterns, emotions, events, and beliefs, that’s when your
relationship with the food can shift toward something much more healthy.

Now, catch the Gab with the Gurus Show with Nick Ortner, who discusses the wonders of tapping.

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Sugar Addicts: Get Secrets to Go Mostly Sugar-Free – 15 Years of Sweet Success

Sugar poisonSugar addicts and carb junkies, I bring you hope!

Indeed, this is a BIG week for me. It's been 15 years since I bid bye-bye to my sugar addiction — mostly — yes, I wasn't totally perfect.

So let me help you now.

If you're tired of being a sugar or carb addict and are fed up with gaining weight, getting spaced out, or have other health issues, discover Secrets to Let Sugar Go by listening anytime to this special Gab with the Gurus 15-year-mostly-sugar-free-iversary Show with my sugar-free mentor Roberta Ruggiero.

Back in 1998, I was so blessed to find Roberta, who, after dealing with her own issues of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar, went on to found The Hypoglycemia Support Foundation, Inc. She also wrote The Do’s and Don’ts of Hypoglycemia: An Everyday Guide to Low Blood Sugar,
which has been acclaimed by the American Library Association as “one of best
lay medical books public libraries.”

In our special Gab with the Gurus Show, you'll first learn our startling stories. You'll discover:

  • 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
    therapy! 
  • 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. 
  • And much more.

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A very special thanks to B. Eco Chic and founder Bethany Gonzalez Moreno for this sugar image with the poison symbol on it. This photo accurately demonstrates how sugar can kill you over time. I highly recommend that you find out about B. Eco Chic now and get on the mailing list for this blog.

Meet Cartoon Connie!

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…

C1_jekyll-hyde_72dpiI 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.

 

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