I Was So Ashamed and Embarrassed

Wow, You Related! Read Some of Your Confessions, Then Share Your Tale, Too

Wow, you so related to my tale of shame, embarrassment and self disgust when processed carbs had me under their control.

You knew exactly what I meant when I said that those toxic carbs (movie popcorn, corn snacks and other chips) cast a spell on me.

You, too, have felt Crazy Cravings™, which have led you, too, to do so much Heartbreak Bingeing™ that you gained a lot of weight quickly.

A little history is in order. Recently, I confessed to the thousands of people on my mailing list, which you, too, can join that back in late 2012 to mid-2013 after the death of my Mom and the grueling last year with her, during which my cancer-ridden mother inadvertently angrily abused, belittled and betrayed me, I mindlessly rushed to nutrient-poor quickie carbs. Months later, I’d gained 21 pounds.

At last, four-plus years later, I have the courage to easily confess to my extended Carb Relapse without shedding a tear, getting choked up or feeling mortified. I’m now vulnerably but confidently confessing that for some six months after Mom left this earth that I mindlessly, powerlessly shoveled processed carbs into my mouth with an irrational fury and velocity and completely blew my diet.

After coming back from an awesome Tony Robbins mastermind, I felt moved to write to the confessed to my list.

Read some comments I received from people who felt fed up with having sugar or carb relapses. I’m only using first names to protect the people, who’ve slipped with sugar or carbs.

One email was more poignant than the next. Linda wrote:

Hello Connie,

Thank you for being truthful and honest with your readers. 

I have been on a detox diet, lost a bunch of weight and am now trying to figure out my new eating.

Unfortunately, I am a sucker for free food. 

Yesterday I was at a wine tasting fundraiser and overate because there was food that I hadn’t had in a long time and “wouldn’t be able to eat again.” Tonight I went to a networking event and the same thing happened. 

You would think I lived in a 3rd world country with no access to good food. (Note from Connie: My emphasis.)

FOMO, feeling deprived, feeling like I deserved it……., all feelings that I didn’t know how to handle.

I’m terribly afraid that my hard work will be undone. This all or nothing thinking has got to go!

Would love to hear how you got back on track. Thank you!

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Water Can Wash Away Your Cravings

1 Easy Way to Crush Your Cravings — Cravings-Crushing Monday

This week’s Crush Your Cravings tip is so darn easy that you can do it anywhere, any time. Like most tactics I share, this one is incredibly simple. Otherwise, you may not want to do it, right?

The the next time a craving for candies, cookies or chips strikes, just drink one or two glasses of water and wait five minutes to a half-hour before eating. Yes, it’s that easy!


Bear in mind that despite its simplicity, this tool — as with all the Cravings-Crushing techniques I share — is based on solid science.

Plus, this tactic is very powerful.

Of course, you already know that drinking ample water offers many health benefits.

For those of you with weight issues, you need to know that drinking water before eating a meal or snack can reduce your cravings and appetite.

And what happens when you have less cravings?

You eat less, and you lose weight. Just check out the fascinating science:

Your Cravings-Crushing Takeaway:  This tactic is so darn easy! Just drink water before you even put food in your mouth. Doing so may reduce your cravings for sweets, carbs and other fattening foods so you’ll ramp up your weight loss.

Join the Cravings  Conversation: How has drinking water shut down your cravings and accelerated weight loss? Tell us how it worked for you.

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.

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Want Sweets? Try Cinnamon Instead

Cravings-Crushing Monday™ Presents a Fast, Easy Tool

One of the tastiest ways to nix your sugar cravings is with a spice you probably have in your cupboard right now: Cinnamon.

You may know this culinary spice for the warm, aromatic flavor it gives baked goods.

Cinnamon, in my opinion, is one undervalued space.

Indeed, cinnamon has been treasured for more than 3,000 years for its medicinal

properties.

For instance, cinnamon has been used to treat muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhea, infections, the common cold, loss of appetite, erectile dysfunction and many other conditions. Pretty impressive for an ingredient derived from the bark of a small evergreen tree.

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Eating Too Many Calories?

Guest Post from Nutrition Myth Buster Jonny Bowden: Get The Truth About Fat Loss This Week

Today, it’s s my pleasure to present a guest blog post from my friend and colleague Jonny Bowden, aka “The Nutrition Myth Buster.” An internationally recognized board-certified nutritionist (with a PhD in holistic nutrition), Jonny has written 15 books, including the controversial The Great Cholesterol Myth. He has spoken at conferences around the world, appeared on  “The Dr. Oz, Show,” “The Doctors” and every major television network, and has written or contributed to articles in over 200 print and online publications, from The New York Times to The National Enquirer. This week, Jonny is presenting his exciting Truth About Fat Loss Summit, which features 30-plus experts in from today, April 25, through May 2, 2016. Now, here’s Jonny’s fascinating blog post. (Please note that Jonny’s post replaces the regular Cravings-Crushing Mondays feature.)

One of the biggest myths about weight loss is that “it’s all about calories”.

Every one of us has been indoctrinated with the idea that we get fat because we eat too many calories.

“Calories in, calories out” has been the mantra of the diet establishment for the past 40 years.

Just think about the number of times you’ve heard this refrain:

If you eat more calories than you burn”, (experts have told us,, “you will gain weight.
But if you burn more calories than you eat, you will lose weight
”.

Simple, right?

Except for one thing. It’s not true.

Well, let me amend that slightly. It’s MOSTLY not true.

Calories do count—but when it comes to gaining and losing body fat, they are very far from the complete story.

One of the many truths that emerged from the thirty plus hours of in-depth interviews with the world’s greatest experts in my upcoming Truth About Fat Loss Summit was this:

A calorie is NOT just a calorie. And all calories are very far from being created equally.

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Sweet Liberty or Sugar Slavery?

Heart-Centered Entrepreneurs, You Need to Eat Right & Be Healthy to Make Your Big Why Happen

I’m really troubled.

Lately, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about some amazing, driven, heart-centered entrepreneurs I recently, thanks to inspiring conferences presented by the remarkable “Queen of Sales Conversion” Lisa Sasevich and innovative Product Launch Formula creator Jeff Walker.

Why am I so concerned about these women and men, who clearly — because they’re attending Lisa’s or Jeff’s events — have a Big Why, a burning mission and a huge desire to help many, possibly hundreds of thousands of people?

Because among the hundreds of people in attendance — many of whom traveled from all over the world to learn from Jeff or Lisa — I keep coming across movers and shakers, who seem to be ruled often by their Crazy Cravings™ for candies, cookies, or other junk foods.

They are sugar-addicted, carbs-obsessed, or weight-challenged.

Alas, these Heart-Centered Entrepreneurs — who have so much to give — just aren’t Healthy.

The more I hung out with some of these truly amazing, cheerful, generous people, the more worried I became…

Please note that I have HUGE respect for these Heart-Centered Entrepreneurs.

They are driven by their Big Why. And some of them are succeeding in stellar ways — or, they’re on the way there. They are making a Big Difference…

But…

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Self-Compassion Helps You Lose Weight

Dr. Kristin Neff Shares One Simple Way to Stick to Your Diet, Face Grief & More

If I told you there was one simple thing you could do so that you’d stick to your diet, quit carbs, ditch sugar, or clean up your diet what would you say?

It’s ridiculous to expect perfection, especially when it comes to dieting. That’s downright impossible.

As a delightfully imperfect human being, you may “slip” at some point on your healthy adventure. And that’s fine. It’s to be expected.

But when or if you fall off the wagon,” what you do matters.

If you use your binge as an excuse to beat up on yourself, you’ll pave the way for more failure and inevitable weight gain.

If, on the other hand, after you slip and eat sugar, carbs or other unhealthy snacks, you can ultimately succeed if you shower yourself with kindness, self-compassion, and understanding.

In fact, a growing body of research reveals that self-compassion is exactly what you need when you start or blow your diet or if you need help to get back on track, according to Kristin Neff, Ph.D., author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself.

For instance, compassion can help you:

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Overdosed on Halloween Candies? 6 Easy Ways to Rebound After Relapse


Please let us know how you’re doing. What are your favorite ways to get back on track?

Halloween_funny_pic_07-400x300If you’re like millions of Americans, yesterday, you overdosed on candies, in large part, because Halloween is a sanctioned National Sugar Overload Day.

For years now — ever since 1998, when I kicked sugar on doctor’s orders — on The Day After Halloween, I hear from frustrated, disappointed, Sugar Shocked people, who want to know how to Get Back on Track.

For instance, today, a determined Christie wrote to say:

“I’m ready to kick sugar again…..again!!! Ready to sleep better at night, have more energy during the day, and have the brain fog lifted!”

If you, like millions of Americans, pigged out on Halloween candies, you’re probably reeling from Sugar Shock — which means you may be feeling dizzy, headachy, sluggish, irritable or wiped out.

Since you’re not feeling so great, here are 6 easy ways to help you Rebound After Relapse™, as I call it,

1. Drink plenty of water. That, of course, you probably know. Add some lemon, too, if you can.

2. Ditch the Sweet Stuff or Hide it in Your Car Trunk. Please don’t keep leftover candies in your home. Temptation can lead to one bite, which, of course, can lead to many more.

Now, if you’d rather not be restrictive with your kids because you feel that they’ll then want more candies, then ration them out. Let your childreen have 2 small candies per day. Then hide the rest in your car trunk or another place that’s not easily accessible.

3. Treat Yourself to Nutritions Meals.

Given that yesterday you tricked yourself, today’s the day to treat yourself with nourishing meals. Think quality protein (free-range chicken, fish, etc.), healthy fats (like a little olive drizzled over your dinner), and quality carbs (a salad and veggies).

4. Savor Sweet Potato & Sweeten with Cinnamon.

If you find yourself craving something sweet today — which can be expected — try sprinkling some cinnamon on a cooked sweet potato or pumpkin. Not only is this combo yummy, but cinnamon, as a 2007 study showed, may lower your blood sugar after meals, (See the actual study here.)  You also can add a dash of olive oil or flax oil, which makes your dish quite tasty. In fact, you can make this your dessert.

5. Sniff Away Your Cravings & Stress.

Since today, you may be feeling especially stressed since you ate a lot of sugar-filled candies, try dabbing on some lavender, which research shows can diminish stress, which is a prime trigger for food cravings. The various chemicals in lavender — such as Linalol, linalyl acetate, geranyle, eucalyptol, pinene, limonene, cineole, phenol, coumarins, and flavonoids — work together by “ stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which then send messages through the nervous system to the limbic system.” That’s “the part of the brain that controls emotions,” according to The Mayo Clinic.

6. Join fitness and nutrition expert JJ Virgin, for for another livestream event with top health experts.

JJ, whose new book, The Sugar Impact Diet, comes out next week, is following up her previous event on Thursday. Today, she’ll speak to cultured foods expert Donna Gates, along with nutritionist Christa Orecchio and Dr. Nalini Chilkov,, who will discuss sugar’s connection to cancer.

A very special thanks to YouOffendMeYouOffendMyFamily.com for this entertaining graphic.

Personal Note from Connie: As you may know, I’m home now with a nasty flu, but I really wanted to help you Get Back on Track after Halloween whille I rest.

Please let us know how you’re doing. What are your favorite ways to get back on track?

Basketball Great LeBron James Ditches Sugar, Quickie Carbs & Dairy for 67 Days

LeBron James diet

Hurrah to a leaner LeBron James, who’s now drawing attention to a cleaner way of eating, thanks to his strict, off-season diet.

His slimmer physique came about because he ate “no sugars, no dairy, no carbs.” (Well, that’s not exactly true, because vegetables contain carbs and fruits contain natural sugars.)

“All I ate was meat, fish, veggies and fruit. That’s it. For 67 straight days,” James told reporters at the unveiling of his new LeBron 12 sneaker.

The athlete’s meals — photos of which he’s posted on Instagram — look quite tasty.

For one lunch, as he shared, he ate arugula salad with chicken, strawberries, mango, cashews and olive oil or lemon oil vinaigrette dressing.

James stuck to his diet while vacationing in Greece, and he even turned down a personalized cake offered to him, because it contained sugar.

The 6-foot-8-inch Cleveland Cavaliers forward, who is entering his 12th NBA season, says he lost weight to be in top shape for training camp and to test his “mental fortitude.”

While we don’t know exactly how much weight James lost, it’s probably between 10 to 20 pounds.

James was quite disciplined and determined even though, as he joked, “I had a cookie monster chasing me a few times in my dreams.”

You can watch James below discuss his diet, starting at 2:44.

Join the conversation: Are you ready to try a diet like this?

Quick Tools to Tame Your Cravings™

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An Apple Cider Vinegar Tip.

apple cider vinegar tipDo you feel ruled by your Crazy Cravings?

Take heart. You’re in good company. Almost every woman and most men are driven by urges for unhealthy, sugary, salty, fatty foods, which can pave the way for bad health and unhappiness.

But here, we bring you hope, help and cool tools to you can become The Master of Your Cravings.

Now, I invite you to begin to experiment with the following simple tactics.

An Apple Cider Vinegar Dose a Day Keeps Your Cravings Away

 

Join the Converrsation. Have you tried any of these tools? Which ones? And what happened?

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