Does Halloween Trigger You?

Laugh With Lisa Kotin at Candy Craziness

The Season of Sugar Overload is now in high gear. It’s that time of year again when sugar-loaded children will bounce off the walls and when adult sugar addicts buy super-sized bags, give out a lot of candies but later over-gobble the sweet stuff so that they end up in Sugar Shock.

Today, I invite you to let the funny recovered sugar addict Lisa Kotin — author of the upcoming, entertaining, poignant sugar addiction book, My Confection, entertain you with her first vlog. See it below.


You’ll be hearing a lot more about Lisa Kotin.

For now, I invite you to think ahead.


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Your Halloween?

Will You Gorge on Candies or Plan Smart Stop Sugar Shock Moves?

Recently, with Halloween around the corner, I’ve shared three blog posts — 7 Easy Ways to Face Halloween, some sad, ineffective candy-corn memories; and what you’ll get in today’s special Gab with the Gurus Show. Now, I invite you to enjoy the provocative cartoon below while you decide: Will you suffer the fate of these trick’r treaters?ConnieBennett Halloween 1027

Feel free to share this cartoon on Facebook, Twitter and to your candy-hooked friends. Just send them to this link.

Join the Conversation. Will you just see candies and fell prey to Crazy Cravings?

Instead, I invite you to plan ahead to do some smart things to to soften Sugar Shock this Halloween for both your kids and you? Get 7 Easy Ways to Face Halloween here.

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Healthy Halloween Tips

Tips for Parents on Gab with the Gurus to Help your Kids Soften Sugar Shock

On National Sugar Overload Day — my phrase for Halloween — millions of children and adults alike will be lured like flies into a spider trap to eat and probably pig out on sugar-laden candies.

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This established sugar-gorging holiday also often stresses out frazzled parents, who just don’t know how to deal with their little “Sugar Monsters” once they come home from trick ‘r treating.

To help you make this sugar-centered holiday one that isn’t fraught with frustration, I’ve often interviewed a number of experts, who give you some simple tips on how to how your kids can have fun and how to make Halloween more healthy.

Check out this week’s Gab with the Gurus Show to listen to easy tips from a team of stellar experts. You will hear easily doable ideas from:

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On this Gab with the Gurus Show — which will be a repeat from a previous show — will discover:


Halloween Used to Mean Candy Corn to Me

Now I'm Immune to Their Charms

I used to love candy corn. Indeed, I used to have Crazy Cravings™ for them. Just seeing them led me to privately pig out on these adorable, sweet kernels. Especially before and after Halloween.

Candy CornFor years, those little tri-colored “treats” tempted and taunted me again and again to shove them into my mouth. Well, that’s sure how it felt.

For the past 17 years, though, I’ve been immune to the sweet charms of candy corn and other Halloween “goodies.”

To my joy, I’m no longer a hardcore candy addict, who feels trapped, frustrated and frazzled by these alluring “treats.”

Much to my continued amazement, I haven’t put one candy corn in my mouth since 1998.

That was the year I reluctantly quit sugar and refined carbs on doctor’s orders, because my M.D. thought that doing do would banish all 44 of my mysterious ailments. He was right, much to my amazement.

Now, as Halloween fast approaches, candy corn is again out in full force. And millions of Americans will be handing out lots of the sweet stuff to cute little trick-or-treaters.

Not only that, but millions of kiddies and their parents, as well as adults with no children, will mindlessly plop these insidious tri-colored “goodies” into their mouths.

But Halloween isn’t the only day, candy corn calls out to people. Inevitably, many will gobble candy corn for weeks, if not months, while blithely unaware of the potentially dangerous consequences of over-indulging on sweets.

To many, candy corn is quite tasty — especially if you’re used to the super-sweet taste — so it can be hard to stop. It once was for me. Now, I easily say no to this popular treat, which, as you can see here, contain “Sugar, Corn Syrup, Confectioner’s Glaze, Salt, Dextrose, Gelatin, Sesame Oil, Artificial Flavor, Honey, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, and Red 3.”  (more…)

7 Easy Ways to Face Halloween

Simple Tips to Become a Sugar Sleuth before You or Your Kids Pig Out on this "National Sugar Overload Day"

Halloween, which is around the corner, is the scariest day of the year. That’s because it’s become an approved National Sugar Overload Day.

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For Halloween, 157 million well-meaning Americans  (or nine out of 10 shoppers) will fork over a whopping $ 2.1 billion to buy candy corn and lots of chocolate “treats.” (Indeed, 72 percent of all money spent this Halloween will be on sugary chocolate.)

Every Halloween, millions of mindless, health-unconscious adults — parents and non-parents alike — take an ultra-permissive, Ditch the-Diet approach to Spooky Snacking.

Many  of you will experience collective Sugar Ignorance.

You simply “forget” everything you’ve ever heard of or learned about the dangers of sugar overloading, including its connection (confirmed by many stellar researchers) to obesity, heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, and more.

Instead, parents will likely lovingly, good-naturedly tell their innocent, sugar-craving kids, “Sure, you can have some candy [on Halloween and for days afterwards], but brush your teeth afterwards.”

Not only that, but you and your friendly, well-intentioned neighbors will kindly give out candies galore to all those cute, young, costumed trick-or-treaters.

I’m not blaming you for being among the candy pushers every Halloween. You’re a product of our sugar-obsessed environment.

But this year, I invite you to take these seven simple steps before you take your children trick-or-treating.


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.

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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…



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?

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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:


Have You Seen Our Cartoons?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To see all Sugar Shock Funnies, go here.

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

Read on to get the Permissions to Use Guidelines.



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.

Plus, you’ll get valuable tips and insights from:


High Heels Can Harm You

Sure, You May Look Suave & Snazzy, But is the Pain or Potential Pain Worth It?

ConnieBennettHighHeelsJan14Recently, I’ve attended several events and traveled to several cities, where I saw many women wearing very high heels that rose two, three, even four or five inches off the ground. Admittedly, I may be a little envious since I can’t wear  high heels myself (due to pronated feet and two ankle injuries), but I began worrying about the millions of smart, suave, sophisticated ladies, who may be causing irreparable damage, all because they want to look chic.

Undoubtedly you’ve seen or are among those women, who walk awkwardly, tilt forward while standing, and aren’t comfortable in their own shoes.

So just how dangerous are high heels? You’ll be astounded.

The pain doesn’t seem to matter. Close to half of women (49 percent)  wear high heels, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)

I’m not advocating ditching your high heels. But limiting wearing them makes sense. Matthew Garoufalis, DPM and past president of the APMA agrees.  “With high heels, moderation is key.  It’s best not to wear them every day,” he wrote in an May 19, 2014, APMA article.

Why are high heels so dangerous? To begin, they put your ankle joint in an unnatural position by forcing your foot into plantar flexion (flexing your toes or foot downward in the direction of the sole of your foot).

Now before you dismiss my concerns about high heels as crazy, consider some of recent findings: