Salt, Sugar, Fat: Michael Moss Reveals How the Food Industry Addicted Us

Join the Conversation. What most surprised you from this fascinating interview with Michael Moss?

 

Salt, Sugar, FatLately, I’ve been planning the Sugar World Summit, which will feature some of the biggest names in sugar education, carb addiction, health, wellness, mindful eating, and personal empowerment.

For instance, in this virtual event, which will take place two weeks before Halloween, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Robert Lustig, JJ Virgin, Dr. Richard Johnson, Colette Baron-Reid, Sarah Wilson and many others will join us to give you The Sour Scoop or Sweet Solutions.

Anyhow, while preparing for the event, I came across this fascinating NPR interview with Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist Michael Moss, author of the extraordinary book, Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us..

In his fascinating book, Moss takes an insightful look at the $1 trillion processed food industry, which most health experts believe has triggered the obesity epidemic and put millions at risk for such chronic health conditions as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

Thanks to his many revealing interviews with leading food scientists and top food industry executives from companies such as Kraft and Coca-Cola, Moss explains how most Americans have become so dependent on processed food.

Get shocked now, thanks to this intriguing NPR interview.

 

Join the Conversation. What was your biggest A-hah?

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.  

Berries Benefit Your Brain

Do you regularly eat luscious strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or raspberries? Do you know that berries are good for your brain?

berries are good for your brainExciting new findings reveal that berries can boost your brain power.

Researchers writing in the American Chemical Society‘s (ACS) Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, conclude that eating more blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and other berries may help prevent age-related memory loss and other mental status changes.

Berries benefit your brain in several ways. They’re already known for their high levels of antioxidants, which are compounds “that protect cells from damage by harmful free radicals,” found the researchers, Barbara Shukitt-Hale, Ph.D., and Marshall G. Miller.

Research also shows that berries alter the manner in which neurons in the brain communicate. “These changes in signaling can prevent inflammation in the brain that contribute to neuronal damage and improve both motor control and cognition,” said ACS, a nonprofit organization chartered by Congress.

This new study adds to the growing body of research, which has identified neurological benefits associated with consuming berries.

This sweet berry news emphasizes the fact that if you don’t eat refined sugar, you can still enjoy sweet foods — and benefit at the same times. Now that you have more reasons to eat berries, here are two ideas on how to consume them:
  • Try adding a modest portion (1/4 or 1/2 cup of blueberries, raspberries or other berries_ into a tasty, healthy, sugar-free Berry Cacao-Cado Protein Shake (as I did this morning).
  • Make your own yummy, sugar-free berry dessert, thanks to the new Dessert Bullet, as I shared earlier on this Sugar Shock Blog.

Join the Conversation: What’s your favorite way to eat berries? Share your thoughts now.

Special thanks to Natural News and reporter J.D. Heyes for the heads up about this new research.
 

How to Skip Overeating This Thanksgiving: 3 Simple Tips for a Sweeter, Slimming Holiday

Every Thanksgiving, being grateful often takes a back seat to over-indulging at family gatherings.

Gulping down fast-acting, processed carbohydrates, sugar-loaded desserts, and gluten-rich foods is far more common than pleasurably savoring the various culinary concoctions.

20101117-stuffingFor many, Thanksgiving means they’ll go into Sugar Shock and Carb Shock (as I dub it), and develop “Grain Brain,” as Dr. David Perlmutter puts it in his book of the same name.

In fact, I predict that on Thanksgiving, most Americans will overeat, especially those culplrit carbs.

It’s simply a given that you’ll over-indulge on this holiday. One gym even suggested that you “work out before you pig out.”  Aargh!

It’s time to ignore the insidious programming that drives you to overeat on Thanksgiving.

Even if you’ve stuffed yourself at previous holiday feasts, instead this Thanksgiving you can achieve Sweet Freedom.

To begin the Sweet Freedom Thanksgiving Funcise (Fun Exercise), think ahead to the day after Thanksgiving,

Choose now not to get an upset stomach. Plan now not to pig out. Select the smarter choice — to savor the sweet holiday experience.

This Thanksgiving, you can easily shift your attention away from those cunning carbs and desserts, which most Americans over-consume and which ample research shows can contribute to more than 100-plus diseases and ailments, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes, and even an early death.

It’s time to take back your Sugar Power and Carb Control. This Thanksgiving, you can avoid being overly tempted by:

Here’s a three-part simple way to skip over-indulging this Thanksgiving and take leisurely, sociable tastes instead. (I recommend you take two to four small bites maximium of each dish.)

But before you dig into those tantalizing carb creations, just ask yourself these three simple questions:

  1. Would I rather overeat [fill in name of food(s)] tonight and feel sluggish, fuzzy-headed, and cranky tomorrow (for up to three days afterwards)?  OR would I rather have a slim, healthy body and mind? (If you have weight to lose, this thought can stop you from over-indulging.)
  2. Would I rather overeat those carbs or sweets or enjoy the good company of family and friends on this special day?
  3. Wouldn’t I rather feel better about myself by shifting my focus from the carb-food to gratitude, which, of course, is supposed to be the whole point of this celebration? Remind yourself that night of list of “5 Things for Which I’m Most Grateful.”

This simple, three-part mental exercise can take your attention away from those potentially harmful carb substasnces and instead put you on the path toward feeling good and enjoying your life -–  not just on this holiday but during the whole holiday season ahead.

Have a sweet, joyous and healthy Thanksgiving.

 

New to this Sugar Shock Blog? Connie Bennett is a former lethargic, dejected sugar-addicted journalist, who reluctantly quit sugar on doctor’s orders in 1998 after being pummeled by 44 strange ailments (brain fog, heart palpitations, mood swings, etc.). Now, 15 years later, the energetic, uplifting Connie spreads the word that Life is Sweeter When Sugar Doesn’t Seduce You™. She is recognized as the Sweet Freedom Coach, and she is a life coach, health coach, blogger, and motivational speaker, who has helped thousands of sugar and carb addicts worldwide. Connie is author of two bestselling books, Sugar Shock and Beyond Sugar Shock, which have been praised by many acclaimed health gurus and celebrities, including America’s Favorite Doctor, Dr. Mehmet Oz, as well as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Daniel Amen, Brian Tracy, Bernie Siegel, Mark Sisson, Marci Shimoff, John Assaraff, JJ Virgin, Katie Dolgin (“High Voltage”), and Jimmy Moore.

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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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Embrace Cravings as Your Allies, Not Enemies

I’m away on a transformational retreat. In my absence, I invite you to get some help with your cravings.

Are you hit by cravings in the morning, afternoon, and night, as well as in between?

embrace cravingsAnd do you detest when your cravings for sugar, carbs or something rich get the best of you? Especially when the number on the scale keeps getting higher?

What if you changed your attitude about your cravings?

What if instead of dreading them, you welcomed them and even invited them in?

Just think how much easier your relationship with food would be if you embraced your cravings as your allies!

You want to welcome your cravings, because they’re giving you valuable messages. And once you decode your cravings, you’ll be able to give yourself what you really want.

Confused? Discover 20 messages your cravings may be telling you.

Just read my article on Heal Your Life, “Craving Sugar and Carbs? Make them your allies intead!”


 

Sugar Freedom Now Course: Join Us Now

Beyond Sugar Shock_Companion Course6 (2)Today, it’s my pleasure to share with you the new artwork for my Sugar Freedom Now Course.

This is the companion program to my new book, Beyond Sugar Shock, which you can pre-order now from Amazon and get in a few days!

Special thanks to talented Enrique Brooks, who was referred by my wonderful Facebook friend, Lynnis Woods- Mullins II, for designing this new graphic, which is intended to complement the book. Didn’t he do a wonderful job?

Both Beyond Sugar Shock and the companion Sugar Freedom Now Course show you how to easily, effortlessly release your sugar addiction — and have fun at the same time!

By the way, the next Sugar Freedom Now Course next begins Thursday, May 17. If you act fast, you can join us this week and get in at the early bird rate. So join us now so you can become slimmer, sexier, and sweeter.

Praise for Beyond Sugar Shock: Thank You Dr. Dyer, Dr. Amen, Brian Tracy & More!

Praise for Beyond Sugar ShockBuzz is now quickly building for my upcoming book, Beyond Sugar Shock, thanks to 43 (so far) acclaimed thought leaders and distinguished health leaders, including Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Daniel Amen, Brian Tracy, Dr. JJ Virgin, Dr. Christiane Northrup.

I’m so honored, grateful, and humbled that so many amazing wellness experts, empowerment gurus, and even fellow sugar-educators have come on board to endorse Beyond Sugar Shock, which I wrote to help you sugar addicts and carb addicts easily and effortlessly let go of your sugar and carb addiction.

In this Hay House book — which is officially published June 1 but you can order now on Amazon and get your copy within days — I gently take you by the hand and bring you along on a fun, compassionate six-week Mind-Body-Spirit adventure so you can easily release your sugar addiction using a variety of simple, but powerful tools and tips.

By book’s end, you’ll be leading — that’s my goal — a life that’s sweeterlicious (the word I coined to convey sweeter, delicious, scrumptious, luscious, and sensuous).

JoshuaRosenthalBeyond Sugar Shock has a foreword from one of my mentors, Joshua Rosenthal, the pioneering founder and director of the remarkable Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the largest nutrition school in the world. (I attended IIN in 2005-2006 and am now a certified health coach.)

Now, here are the endorsements received to date for Beyond Sugar Shock.

Dr. Wayne dyer_photo“I have taken the advice and guidance that Connie offers here and used it to reclaim my  own well being. We have unknowingly and unwittingly become a nation of addicts, and here in this book you are given a blueprint for living a life of perfect health. Follow the easy-to-apply guidelines, and then you will be able to look in the mirror and say, `I AM finally living a healthy life.’ There is no greater feeling and it is your birthright. You were not designed to walk around in shock. A much needed book. —Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, internationally renowned author and speaker and bestselling author of more than 30 books

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“If you are ready to love yourself and your body, abandon the wounds of your past, and free yourself from unhealthy addictions, then read Beyond Sugar Shock. Then, combine the information it contains with your new-found inspiration.” –Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of A Book of Miracles and Faith, Hope & Healing

“We are born loving sugar for its sweetness and its ability to help us store up fat for lean times. Times are no longer lean for most and too much sugar is ruining our health and our lives. Beyond Sugar Shock gives you everything you need to bring more sweetness and health into your life….. without the risk of sugar!” — Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers:Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause (Photo above)

Daniel-amen“Sugar is NOT good for your brain. It increases erratic brain cell firing, promotes inflammation and is clearly addictive.  Beyond Sugar Shock can help you get sugar out of your life and replace it with health and vitality.  It is a powerful program full of easy tips and tactics.” –Daniel G. Amen, M.D., bestselling author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, Magnificent Mind at Any Age, and Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

 

Brian-Tracy1“This enjoyable book shows you how to change your diet, reduce your sugar intake, lose weight and enjoy greater energy than ever before.” –Brian Tracy, motivational speaker and author, Earn What You’re Really Worth 

“If you have any trouble at all losing weight and keeping it off or feel like you may be aging too fast, then you absolutely must read Beyond Sugar Shock by Connie Bennett. Everyone must seek out this life-saving information before it’s too late.” — Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., President/Medical Director, Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation

Jj-virgin(3)“Quitting sugar is no easy feat, but Connie Bennett’s life-changing book, Beyond Sugar Shock, makes it simple, fun, and do-able. I’ll be recommending this book to my clients.” – JJ Virgin, Ph.D., Celebrity Fitness Nutrition & Fitness Expert, author of Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy co-star of the TLC reality series, “Freaky Eaters”

 

Kathy-smith-beach-275x175“If you’re a sugar addict like most people, you need to read Beyond Sugar Shock. This compassionate, comforting, uplifting book will change your life.” —Kathy Smith, International Fitness Expert

 

Debbie Philliips“Sweet! Connie Bennett has done it again. Only this time she offers a step-by-step guide that includes the best tools to detox from all levels of sugar addiction. This informative handbook for the mind, body and spirit includes quizzes, affirmations and “adventureizes.”  It’s a simple and fun approach to a more joyous life — just like having Connie by your side.” –Debbie Phillips, Founder, Women on Fire and author Women on Fire: 20 Inspiring Women Share Their Life Secrets (and Save You Years of Struggle!)

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Fellow Sugar Experts and Authors

When you’re an author, it’s always an honor when your colleagues support your work, which is why it’s heartwarming that fellow sugar experts have endorsed Beyond Sugar Shock, too.

“Connie Bennett’s Sugar Shock! is one of the best books ever written about the toll Jeff O'Connelltaken by excess sugar consumption, and Beyond Sugar Shock! is a worthy and logical follow-up. Anyone can use her six-week action plan to break their sugar addiction—and make no mistake, sugar is addictive, not to mention complicit in diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and an long list of other health calamities when consumed to excess. Connie is a true expert in the field, and this latest book of hers represents yet another major contribution. I give it my highest recommendation.” –Jeff O’Connell, Bodybuilding.com Editor-in-Chief, author of Sugar Nation  

“Tired of being a sugar junkie? Ready to feel better instead of guilty? Then this book is for you. Connie Bennett, Sugar Freedom Coach extraordinaire, will show you how to ditch your sugar addiction by treating your body, mind and spirit with tenderness, compassion, and even humor!”–Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., integrative physician and author, Beat Sugar Addiction Now!

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“Thank you, Connie, for continuing your important mission to WAKE America up to our S.A.D. relationship with SUGAR and what to do about it!!!!! Your new book, Beyond Sugar Shock, answers a huge hunger millions have for an easy way out of their horrible addiction. You’re changing people’s lives with your powerful, amazing books!–Kathie Dolgin (a.k.a. “High Voltage,” health and pioneer; sugar addiction expert; author of Energy Up, and founder of the Energy Up Voltage-Approved (EUVA) inner city health and wellness program, which is spearheading the first Sugar Free public school in New York City

“Connie has written another engaging book that makes the reader a participant in a fun ride to better health. Beyond Sugar Shock offers an engaging, interactive, approach to quitting sugar and losing weight in which the reader not only becomes an active participant but becomes the conductor to gain control of his or her own health.  Bravo, Connie!” –Richard J. Johnson, M.D.,  Tomas Berl Professor of Medicine, Chief, Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension, University of Colorado, Denver, and author, The Sugar Fix: The Sugar Fix: The High-Fructose Fallout That Is Making You Fat and Sick

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“As Connie shows, just cutting out sugar and processed carbs is the fast track to weight loss and vastly improved health.  If that seems challenging, or even impossible, think again.  This book will show you that even though sugar drugs and addicts us, anyone with the right tools can break out of Sugar Bondage forever. A respected pioneer in this field, Connie packages her considerable experience and knowledge with her always-spunky writing style in a motivating, readable, invaluable book.” –Jill Escher, author, Farewell, Club Perma-Chub: A Sugar Addict’s Guide to Easy Weight Loss, and founder, www.EndSugarAddiction.com

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Ann-louise-gittleman3Beyond Sugar Shock fearlessly tackles the nation’s Number One health crisis – the diabesity epidemic. Connie Bennett offers real life solutions, recipes, take-action programs and spot on science to help break the sugar addiction that is fueling our nation’s health epidemic.  In the right hands,  this book could change the course of America’s health with Connie Bennett’s unique 6-week plan for a slimmer, sexier and sweeter YOU!” –Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S. author of The Fat Flush Plan and Fat Flush for Life

“Break free! This refreshing and enlightening book shows how to release sugar addiction easily. It can save your life. Read it!” –Dr. Joe Vitale, author, The Attractor Factor

John_assaraf_02Beyond Sugar Shock ambitiously breaks new ground in the field of sugar addiction! Connie shows you how to bravely and easily shift away from negative and harmful thinking to positive and productive thinking to help get you healthier and happier. She will show you how to develop hobbies and activities that nurture and nourish you; and use cutting-edge techniques that lift you to a higher plane. You must read this book if you are serious about making a change in your health and lifestyle to finally live the life you want and more importantly, deserve!” —John AssarafNew York Times Bestselling Author, The Answer and Having It All and featured in the featured in the Blockbuster Movie, “The Secret”

Marci_Shimoff_headshot_lg“As I’ve discovered myself, one of the keys to being happy is eating well, which includes limiting sugar consumption. But as any sugar addict knows, this is a tough habit to kick! In Beyond Sugar Shock, Connie Bennett shows you an easy and empowering way to say farewell to those `sweet poisons.’” —Marci ShimoffNY Times bestselling author, Happy for No Reason and Love for No Reason

“If we as a nation are going to stop the obesity crisis, we must overcome our addiction to sugar.  We have raised a generation of children, who think sugary cereals, chocolate milk, gummy candies and the like are part of every meal: This must change.  We absolutely must overcome our sugar addiction, and Beyond Sugar Shock—with its powerful tips, stories and recipes—can help you. This book is an important tool in the fight against obesity.” —Ann Cooper, “The Renegade Lunch Lady” and author of Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children

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“Wow! Beyond Sugar Shock is a must-read book for millions of overweight and sugar-addicted people worldwide. At the end of this six-week program, you’ll wonder why you ever wanted sweets in the first place, because your life will be so much happier, fuller, and healthier without those nasty insulin-blasting non-foods.“ –Oz Garcia, Ph.D., Celebrity Nutrition Expert, whose clients include Oscar winner Hilary Swank and singer Roberta Flack

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“It’s very easy and expected to become hooked on sugar and refined carbs. Just look at what the millions of overweight or obese Americans are eating and you’ll see why they stay that way. But breaking free of sugar’s hold can be incredibly tough. That’s why Connie’s book, Beyond Sugar Shock, is exactly what people need. Get this book and save your waistline, your relationships, your moods, and even your life.” –Brian Alman, Ph.D., Best-selling weight-loss expert and author of The Voice: Overcome Negative Self-Talk and Discover Your Inner Wisdom 

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Fellow Hay House Authors

As a Hay House author, it’s now my honor to receive endorsements from a number of fellow authors.Indeed, I feel privileged to be in the company of dozens of dynamic, life-changing movers and shakers, including Colette Baron-Reid, Donna Gates, Caroline Sutherland, Dr. Ken Druck, Julie Daniluk, and Lauren Mackler.

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“If you’re one of millions who feels trapped by your sugar and carb addiction, you want to get Beyond Sugar Shock from Connie Bennett, a former sugar addict-turned-life-and-health coach. This book will take you on a fun, exciting, transformative six-week adventure, from which you’ll emerge healthier, sexier, slimmer, and happier. Plus, you’ll finally feel free!” –Colette Baron-Reid, internationally renowned intuitive coach and author of the groundbreaking new book and program Weight Loss for People Who Feel Too Much and The Map: Finding the Magic and Meaning in the Story of Your Life

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“’Avoid Sugar!’ That’s a reminder we can’t hear often enough—this substance is so bad for us!  So why are you still eating it? Connie Bennett knows exactly how to help you break your habit. She struggled with and conquered the addiction herself. Now, her easy-to-read and solidly convincing book, Beyond Sugar Shock, is full of soul-satisfying tools you can implement immediately to nourish your natural, innate desire for a sweeter life. A must read!” – Donna Gates, author of The Body Ecology Diet and The Baby Boomer Diet: Body Ecology’s Guide to Growing Younger: Anti-Aging Wisdom for Every Generation

“Are you hooked on sugar and fed up with your excess weight? If you’re like most people, you’ve been trapped for years and keep failing over and over again. There’s good news for you sugar addicts. Beyond Sugar Shock is the only book you’ll ever need on the subject. Read this book, and you’ll release your addiction at long last—and be able to get a balanced, peaceful, delicious life in the process.” –Lauren Mackler, author of the bestseller, Solemate: Master the Art of Aloneness and Transform Your Life

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“Sugar is a DRUG! Sugar feeds cancer cells, robs you of vital energy, and keeps you hooked. If there is one item to leave out of your diet, it’s sugar! Connie Bennett shows you how to do it easily in her book, Beyond Sugar Shock.” –Caroline Sutherland, bestselling author of The Body knows…How to Stay Young

Beyond Sugar Shock masterfully shows us how to finally get control our sugar or carb addictions — and go from self-loathing to self-love.” –Ken Druck, Ph.D., pioneer of life coaching and author, The Real Rules of Life: Balancing Life’s Terms With Our Own

“In her book, Beyond Sugar Shock, Connie Bennett gives an excellent step-by-step guild to help break free of one of the world’s most addictive substances…sugar! It is well known that that spiking Julie_danilukyour blood sugar can wreak havoc with your body and mind. By using Connie’s techniques, you can reduce your mental and physical dependence on refined carbohydrates and heal yourself from their harmful effects. Removing sugar from my own diet made revolutionary changes to my health, and I support Connie in her mission to help people get off the roller coaster of sugar imbalances.” –Julie Daniluk, TV Host and author, Meals that Heal Inflammation

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Jimmy-moore“For many years, Connie Bennett has been on the forefront of warning us of the dangers of what she describes as SUGAR SHOCK! Now she’s taking us ‘beyond’ that on a journey to healthy healing from our sweet obsession with an effective six-week plan devised to help you beat your sugar addiction through a methodical path through your mind, body and spirit. It’s time to make life a lot more ‘sweeterlicious’ than it’s ever been before and to get inspired to make it happen for yourself as well through real-life examples of those who did and lived to tell about it.” – Jimmy Moore, founder, Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Blog & Podcast, http://www.livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog and author, 21 Life Lessons From Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb: How The Healthy Low-Carb Lifestyle Changed Everything I Thought I Knew

Marc_david“There’s no more time to waste when it comes to empowering ourselves around diet and health. Connie Bennett has taken on perhaps the most powerful nutritional challenge of all – sugar – and has come out victorious. With an approach filled with the right ingredients – good facts, smart suggestions, and topped with a little Vitamin L, Love, Beyond Sugar Shock is a powerful tool for transforming your health, weight, and happiness.” –Marc David, bestselling author of Nourishing Wisdom and The Slow Down Diet and Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating

Mark-sisson-2“Most people want to lose weight, increase their energy, gain muscle, reduce stress or just look and feel healthier. Of course, we all know that we need to eat fresh, organic, unprocessed food—and that means no junk! But, for most people, if you tell them to NOT do something, they want to do the exact opposite. That’s why Beyond Sugar Shock is so needed. Even if you do NOT want to quit sugar or reduce your intake of processed carbs, Connie Bennett will help you make your habit history—and easily, too! Get this book or risk being trapped in a sugar rollercoaster for years to come—or getting diabetes, cancer, and other deadly diseases.” –Mark Sisson, founder of Mark’s Daily Apple and author of The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation: A step-by-step, gene reprogramming action plan

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“If you have a sugar addiction, who should you turn to for help? Someone who walks their talk and has been there too! In her book, Beyond Sugar Shock, Connie Bennett—a journalist and former sugar addict-turned-life-and-health coach, who runs the groundbreaking Sugar Freedom Now program—presents a brilliant, foolproof plan to rescue you even if you’ve been trapped for years.” –Janet Bray Attwood, – Co-author of the New York Times Bestseller, The Passion Test – The Effortless Path To Living Your Life Purpose

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Beyond Sugar Shock is fabulous!!! It’s loaded with secrets to for you to release your sugar addiction and create what Connie calls a Sweeterlicious Life.  Follow this program and  break free to real happiness and joy!” –Diana Kirschner, Ph.D., author of Love in 90 Days and Sealing the Deal: The Love Mentor’s Guide to Lasting Love

“I’m so proud of Connie. When she came to see me in 1998, she had severe hypoglycemia exacerbated by her powerful sugar addiction. Now, 14 years later, she’s not only still sugar-free, but she’s a best-selling author, a renowned Sugar Freedom Coach, and acclaimed speaker. Her eye-opening first book, Sugar Shock, was brilliantly researched and eloquently presented. Now, in her follow-up book, Beyond Sugar Shock, Connie is giving millions exactly what they need—a simple, do-able plan that’s full of compassion and that bedside manner we doctors aspire to possess. As a physician for more than two decades, I’ve seen firsthand the many ailments and diseases sugar can cause and the incredible difficulties patients face in overcoming their sugar addiction—even though they know their carb addiction can be deadly. All sugar addicts need to read Beyond Sugar Shock. I’ll be recommending it to all my patients. –Keith R. DeOrio, M.D., D. Hom

JonnyBowden“Connie Bennett’s Beyond Sugar Shock is a valuable and important addition to the growing literature on sugar addiction.” — Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, aka “The Rogue Nutritionist”(TM) author of Living Low Carb and The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth

“Connie Bennett’s determination to educate people about sugar’s devastating effects are nothing short of impressive!  Since learning she had hypoglycemia in 1998, Connie has valiantly forged a campaign to empower millions so they, like her, can successfully triumph over their horrible habit. Now, in her latest book, Beyond Sugar Shock, Connie compassionately presents amazing tools that really work! To everyone who has a sugar problem—and that’s almost all of us—you must read this remarkable book!” –Roberta Ruggiero, President/Founder  The Hypoglycemia Support Foundation, Inc. and author, The Do’s and Don’ts of Hypoglycemia: An Everyday Guide to Low Blood Sugar

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PatriciamorenoFellow Graduates of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition:

“Thank you, Connie for writing Beyond Sugar Shock. It’s amazing! I am telling everyone about it! I love how easy to read and yet how informative it is!” –Patricia Moreno, ounder, intenSati, and author of The intenSati Method

“Kicking your sugar addiction is one of the most difficult challenges on the path to healthier Jared-Koch-articleeating. Beyond Sugar Shock provides you with a powerful and valuable program to do it once and for all.–Jared Koch, nutritional consultant and founder, Clean Plates, guides (in various cities) to the healthiest, tastiest, and most sustainable restaurants for both vegetarians and carnivores 

StaceyAndCarey“Beyond Sugar Shock is a must read for everyone who’s got a sweet tooth that just won’t quit. Connie will show you how to say no with sass, so you can say YES to more life.” –Stacey Morgenstern & Carey Peters, Creators of Holistic MBA

“If you’re addicted to sugar, tired of feeling tired and blue, and just want to end the sugar cravings for good, Connie’s book is for you. With detailed lifestyle and food plans, Beyond Sugar Shock is a new way to improve your health, love your food, and enjoy your life without the pain.” –Alex Jamieson, certified health coach, healthy gourmet chef, and author (The Alex JamiesonGreat American Detox Diet and Vegan Cooking for Dummies. Featured in the award-winning documentary, Super Size Me and appeared on “Oprah”

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“As a health expert and hypnotherapist, I know how tough it is for people to quit sugar and processed carbs. But Connie Bennett has made the process smooth, simple, and powerful in her book, Beyond Sugar Shock. You must read this book if you’re among the millions who can’t say no to cookies or candies.” –Mark Patrick, author of Wake Up Skinny

Roberta-leeBeyond Sugar Shock spells out the insidious and destructive nature of how sugar addiction robs you of your health. But once you discover that you are addicted you realize that stopping the addiction is not simple. Experts have shown that every effective health change always has better success with a concrete plan and  this book does just that.” –Roberta Lee, M.D., Vice Chair , Department of Integrative Medicine, Continuum Center for Health and Healing, Beth Israel Medical Center, and author, The SuperStress Solution

 

Brigitte-Mars1“Finally a book that teaches one to let go of sugar addiction by following a personal body, mind and spirit program that gets to the emotional core of sugar addiction, allowing those hooked on sugar to be their own best ally in letting go of a harmful substance.” —Brigitte Mars, author of Rawsome!, Addiction Free Naturally, The Country Almanac of Home Remedies and The Sexual Herbal

 

 

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“People crave sweetness in their lives, but as Connie Bennett wisely points out, you have many more choices than refined sugar. If you’ve substituted sugar for love, you can find out how to get the Real thing by following Connie’s 6-Week Plan.” –Carolyn Dean M.D., N.D., creator of the Completement Now! Online Wellness Program

 

Russ_bianchi feature“Connie Bennett has done it AGAIN!  More succinct and 100% empirically valid assistance on how to not be poisoned, by the food and beverage chain.  We are grossly over fed in current western dietary intake, we are heavily under nourished.  Connie provides straight forward FACTS and SOLUTIONS on how to take back your life and not be harmed by food and beverage companies and (and death profiteers and regulators harming you and your family).  I STRONGLY recommend this book for anyone seeking how to make at least 100 years of quality life through good nutrition! —Russ Bianchi, Managing Director & CEO, ADEPT SOLUTIONS, INC., A Global Food, Beverage, Drug, Cosmetic, Flavor, and Functional Nutrition Product Development Corporation

 

Jill BaronBeyond Sugar Shock gives us the tools and techniques to deal with our sugar addiction and affliction.  Connie empowers us to move beyond our need for sugar, and in the process, she helps us create a life of balance and health.  I can’t wait to recommend this book to my patients!” –Jill R. Baron, M.D., P.C.., Integrative Physician and Weight Loss Coach

 

Cynthia Rowland

 

“Connie’s new book, Beyond Sugar Shock, is written from her heart and soul. This amazing wan really walks her talk—and has since 1998! Now, let Connie help you kick sugar to the curb like she has countless others.  I will definitely recommend this book to my audience—women and men, who use facial exercise to maintain their youthfulness. Let Connie transport you Beyond Sugar Shock so you can stay healthy and whole on the inside and have healthiness show on your face and body.” –Cynthia Rowland, anti-aging specialist and creator of Facial Magic® and Luscious Lips®

 

Debra Berndt

 

“Beyond Sugar Shock is a not your average healthy-eating book, but it offers a complete life transformation! Unlike other health books that just tell you about the right foods to eat, Connie Bennett helps you get to the root of your eating behaviors and heal the body, mind and spirit for lasting change. The book is informative, fun and easy to follow to make the shifts you need to live healthy and happy ever after.” –Debra Berndt, author of Let Love In: Open Your Heart & Mind to Attract Your Ideal Partner

Dawn Strickland

“WOW!! Connie is so right on target. When you read this book, you’ll become a happy sugar kicker, too. It’s been three years since I gave up sugar, thanks to Connie and her fabulous coaching. I owe my freedom from sugar to her. You, too, will never have to go back to that pain.  I recommend this book to all those who want energy, feel good, and reach their full potential.” –Dawn Strickland, D.C., CFT, chiropractor, certified fitness trainer and former coaching client of Connie’s

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“At last the long wait for the perfect follow- up to Sugar Shock is here! I have been waiting for Connie to add her wit, wisdom, insight, and research to a subject that is dear to my heart and is in need of up-to-date information, can-do strategies, and direct yet compassionate guidance. Thanks to this book, my patients, clients, and I will be rewarded with a definitive resource on how to win the sugar addiction war once and for all.” –Roberta Mittman, L.Ac., Owner, Park Avenue Center for Wellbeing, Wellness and Weight Loss Mentor

 

Droz-290x219By the way, for my previous book, Sugar Shock, many experts also came on board to praise it. For instance, bestselling author and renowned physician Dr. Mehmet Oz said nice things. At the time, he hadn’t started still hadn’t started the much-loved “Dr. Oz Show.” He said: “Connie’s work spills the beans on the shocking impact of simple carbohydrates on aging and quality of life—a double whammy for humanity.”
Others who endorsed Sugar Shock included:
  • Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee
  • Dr. Joseph Mercola, founder, www.Mercola.com, the # 1 ranked natural health website
  • Marilu Henner, actress and author of Marilu Henner’s Total Health Makeover
  • Film Producer Harvey Weinstein (“Chicago,” “The English Patient,” “Life is Beautiful,” etc.
  • Human relations expert and bestselling author Dr. Barbara De Angelis
  • Shane Ellison, M.Sc., author, Health Myths Exposed
  • Mark Hyman, M.D., bestselling author
  • Fred Pescatore, M.D., author of The Hamptons Diet 
  •  Nancy Appleton, Ph.D., author, Lick the Sugar Habit and Lick the Sugar Habit Sugar Counter; who has studied sugar’s dangers since the 1980s
  • Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of One-Minute Millionaire and co-author of more than 65 titles in the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series
  • Julia Havey, eDiets.com Master Motivator and author of The Vice Busting Diet
  • Chiropractor Dr. Eric Plasker, Founder and CEO, The Family Practice, Inc.
  • Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN, Author, Digestive Wellness and Digestive Wellness for Children and founder of Innovative Healing and Access to Health Experts
Now, would you be kind enough to help me build the buzz even more about Beyond Sugar Shock? Here’s how you can help.
  • Just “like” this page and spread the word to your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Send a link to this blog post to your sugar-addicted friends.

In the meantime, save the dates June 5 and 6. That’s when you’ll be invited to build the buzz in an even bigger way as we celebrate the Beyond Sugar Shock Book Launch Week.I’m deeply grateful for your help as, I hope, will be the millions I believe I can help with this book.

Get Your Sweet Success Gifts Now

Dawn StricklandToday, you can order new book, Beyond Sugar Shock, which you’ll receive on Monday from Amazon.

In honor of my book becoming a reality after holding various incarnations of my Sugar Freedom Now Course for 10 years, I’m now offering you a series of fun Sweet Success Gifts.

In these short, audio gifts, you’ll get to listen to former sugar addicts tell you about their lives when they were hooked on sugar.

They’ll even share their rock-bottom moments with you.

Next, you’ll discover how their lives have been remarkably transformed.

Bear in mind that I’m not even asking you to quit sugar yet. I’m just inviting you to discover how your life can become much sweeter just because you’re quitting sweets.

The first short and sweet audio gift features chiropractor and fitness trainer Dawn Strickland, whose remarkable story will wow you, I predict.

You can read more about Dawn on page 75 of Beyond Sugar Shock, which you can pre-order here.

Kick Your Sweet Tooth to the Curb: Thanks to Vital Juice

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Do you have a sweet tooth?

Feeling a prisoner to your sugar habit?

Get some help now, thanks to Vital Juice, whose talented editor Maridel Reyes, interviewed me.

Read this package of articles now:

 

Vital Juice

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Kick your sweet tooth to the curb.

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What’s your biggest Ahah!?

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