My Books

Sugar Shock! (Berkley Books, 2006)

Learn more about Sugar Shock Most people already know that succumbing to candies, cookies and other sugary foods too often can lead to obesity and diabetes. What many people don’t know, however, is that too many sweets and fast-acting carbohydrates (think quickie carbs such as potato chips, refined crackers and popcorn) also can bring on a host of other maladies-such as brain fog, fatigue, mood swings, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer. Therefore, millions may be suffering from Sugar Shock — without knowing it — because of their sugar or carb habits.

Once besieged by 44 seemingly unconnected symptoms, former sugar addict Connie Bennett — an experienced journalist, who “needed” her sugar fixed to meet her frequent, demanding deadlines — kicked sweets and simple carbs on doctor’s orders in 1998. Not only did her health dramatically improve, but she then went on to uncover extensive medical research, which substantiated her theory that people who eat too many low-caliber, culprit carbs are Sugar Shock.

Based on hundreds of interviews with and the insights of physicians, nutritionists, researchers, and sugar sufferers worldwide, Sugar Shock! not only addresses how badly sugar affects your body, but it demonstrates how everyone can easily kick the sugar habit. Order now on Amazon!

PRAISE FOR Sugar Shock!:

“Connie’s work spills the beans on the shocking impact of simple carbohydrates on aging and quality of life—a double whammy for humanity.”

– Mehmet Oz, M.D., coauthor of the # 1 New York Times bestseller, YOU: The Owner’s Manual

“When I finally decided to turn my life around through exercise and better nutrition, one of the first things I did was give up eating refined, processed sugar. SUGAR SHOCK! by Connie Bennett is the definitive look at how Americans are simply eating too much sugar and how this is having a profound negative impact on millions of people. This well-researched book should be considered must reading for anyone interested in the complex health discussion underway in America today!”

– Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee

“This book is long overdue. Millions of people, including me, have been plagued by their relationship with Sugar, and Connie Bennett has done a superb job bringing the topic into the public’s eye. I wholeheartedly recommend SUGAR SHOCK! to anyone interested in improving their health.”

– Film producer Harvey Weinstein (“Chicago,” “The English Patient,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Life is Beautiful,” “Good Will Hunting,” and many more)

“How can the once-sickly, depressed, unfocused Connie—who sought medical treatment from me in 1998—be the same woman, who, years later, researched and wrote this groundbreaking book about sugar’s many dangers? Little did I realize that by helping Connie to confront her sugar habit that she would turn around and help countless others to conquer their sugar problems, too. Sugar Shock! is an easy-to-read encyclopedia of information about the negative effects of refined sugars and carbohydrates on the human body. I am sure that it will become the leading authority on this subject.”

– Keith DeOrio, M.D., integrative physician and Connie’s doctor (and hero) back in 1998

“This groundbreaking, hard-to-put-down book opens your eyes to little-known facts about how the typical American diet [high in sugar and refined carbs] could be wreaking havoc on your health, emotions, and relationships. You’re hooked from the first chapter, when author and journalist Connie Bennett offers an entertaining, insightful account of how her sugar habit made her so moody that her boyfriend bid her farewell. SUGAR SHOCK! is a must-read—especially if you want harmony in your relationships.”

– Human relations expert Barbara DeAngelis, Ph.D., author of 14 bestsellers, including the # 1 New York Times bestsellers, Secrets About Men Every Woman Should Know and Are You The One For Me? 

SUGAR SHOCK! offers the best kind of `sweet’ that exists. This book is `Brain Candy’ for the smart consumer!”

– Marilu Henner, actress and author of Marilu Henner’s Total Health Makeover

“What’s holding you back from having the energy and body you want? What’s holding you back from being the best you can be? Connie Bennett has the answer! For so many people, it’s the sugar habit. Like a poison, sugar takes your body on a roller coaster ride of highs and lows, wreaking havoc on your blood sugar and nervous system as you tailspin out of control and reach for more. Follow Connie’s powerful advice in SUGAR SHOCK! and finally break the sugar habit for good.”

– Fitness expert Kathy Smith, author/creator of bestselling books and DVDs

“This book accurately depicts sugar addiction as a disease, which has many similarities to and underlying mechanisms in common with drug and alcohol abuse. Through Connie’s exhaustive research, interviews, and citations, she convinces us that, like drug addiction, sugar addiction is an environmental-biological disorder and a disease, not a moral weakness. Fortunately, Connie’s interesting and clear writing, combined with a positive overtone, gives us hope that through behavioral change, people can reverse their SUGAR SHOCK! disease and live longer, healthier, and happier lives.

– Marilyn E. Carroll, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the University of Minnesota, who has spent 30 years researching drug addiction and its interaction with feeding behavior

“Sweet as sin and deadly as a bullet. Sugar will make you fat, ruin your health, and end your life. In SUGAR SHOCK! Connie Bennett tells us all about it—and how we can stop it. A must read!”

– Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., author of the international bestseller, Brain Longevity

Sugar Shock! tells the shocking truth about the devastating physical and mental effects of over consumption of sugar and refined carbs. And most importantly, it lays out the path to kicking the sugar habit and reclaiming your health!”

– Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of the bestsellers, Mother-Daughter Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause, and Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom 

Sugar Shock! gives us the opportunity to waken from our sweetened slumber to the serious, well-researched health implications of consuming a diet high in sugar and flour. Read this book. It could save your life.”

Mark Hyman, M.D., author of New York Times bestseller Ultra-Metabolism  

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Beyond Sugar Shock (Hay House, 2012)

From Connie Bennett, author of the bestseller Sugar Shock! — the book that Mehmet Oz said “spills the beans” on the shocking impact of sugar and simple carbohydrates — comes Beyond Sugar Shock, the first book to provide a simple, practical, mind-body-spirit plan to help readers break free of their sugar or carb addiction.

For the millions of people worldwide who suffer with such frustrating problems as excess weight, low libido, overpowering fatigue, and many other unexplained ailments, Beyond Sugar Shock provides a simple, step-by-step, six-week program to gently guide readers to a healthier, happier, sweeter life.

In this friendly, compassionate book, readers will get:

  • A playful, but serious Sugar Shock Quiz to help them learn about their personal sugar addiction;
  • Easy, tried-and-true techniques that Connie, her clients and Sugar Freedom Now participants have used to successfully conquer their dangerous sugar habits;
  • Dozens of easy tips and tactics to stomp out carb cravings;
  • Simple meal plans,
  • Tasty recipes;
  • Entertaining, interactive “adventurcises” (adventurous exercises) such as “Do Sugary Soul Searching,” “Party with the Produce,” and “Snatch the E-Z Vitamins” ;
  • Affirmations to refresh, rejuvenate, and renew the mind, body, and spirit;
  • Remarkable Sweet Success Stories with before-and-after photos.

In Beyond Sugar Shock, readers will find out that letting go of their sugar or carb addiction is much simpler than it seems-and it can even be fun! And once they’ve addressed their addiction, readers will not only look and feel better, but will also experience an overpowering sensation of joyous freedom and a sweeter, balanced life. Order now on Amazon!

ENDORSEMENTS FOR Beyond Sugar Shock

“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
“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
“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
“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 

“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“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””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

“Connie Bennett’s Sugar Shock! is one of the best books ever written about the toll taken 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!

“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; author, Sugar Savvy Solution, and founder of 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

Beyond 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

Beyond 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”

“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

“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 “adventurcizes.”  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!)