If you’re a fan of the TV show, “How to Get Away with Murder,” you remember the episode. Addiction psychologist and former heroin addict Isaac Roa (portrayed by Jimmy Smits) — the therapist for recovering alcoholic Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) — has a relapse and ends up in the hospital.
In short, the therapist got depressed, bottomed out and returned to heroin, his substance of choice.
What happened to Roa’s character in “How to Get Away with Murder” reveals that health care professionals with substance abuse disorders have had their share of relapses, as you can learn from this study and this research project.
Of course, the alcoholics and addicts the therapists are helping often have relapses, too, as this USNews.com article points out.
But I’ve been talking about drugs or alcohol.
Although, the term, relapse, is usually used to refer to people, who’ve fallen off the wagon after a period of recovery from alcohol, illicit drugs, or non-prescribed meds, it’s high time to expand the definition of which substances can hook you.
Indeed, you also can relapse with either sugar and/or processed carbs, as I’ve witnessed with my clients and myself.
Learn from the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation's New Infographic -- My Way of Celebrating 20 Years Off Sugar
Did you know that if you have low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) today, it could turn into type 2 diabetes tomorrow — well, maybe not tomorrow, but five, 10, 20, 30 years from now?
But what if you were able to prevent that from happening? Better yet, what if you could Thrive Sugar-Free for 20 Years after you were diagnosed with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)? How would you mark the occasion?
That was my challenge. Earlier this week (April 15), I marked 20 Years Sugar-Free.
Initially, I kicked sugar on doctor’s orders in 1998 because I had hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which triggered a whopping 44 ailments, including brain fog, heart palpitations and anxiety.
A few months ago, I began to consider my challenge. How could I celebrate 20 Years Sugar-Free? After all, I couldn’t or wouldn’t eat a sugar-filled cake or processed carbs. After all, I’m a recognized sugar and carb expert, the woman people call The Cravings Ninja™, and the bestselling author of the books, Sugar Shock and Beyond Sugar Shock.
The hard-working, dedicated, charming Roberta Ruggiero is founder and president of the 38-year-old non-profit Hypoglycemia Support Foundation, Inc., which provides support, advocacy and information about the causes, prevention and management of low blood sugar. (That’s hypoglycemia’s other name.)
…So today, to celebrate my Thriving 20 Years Sugar-Free, I’m pleased to share what my gift to the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation has made possible. Roberta and the HSF CEO Wolfram Alderson worked hard to develop this HSF infographic, which will teach you about low blood sugar, a little-understood blood sugar disorder.
Have you had a Diet Relapse where you ditched your clean diet and pigged out on processed carbs and sweets?
Then, did you feel low on will power, helplessly watch pounds pile on and beat up on yourself for caving into toxic treats (rapidly processed, quickie carbs, as I call them, or sugary snacks)?
It’s time to be glad that you’ve blown your diet.
Failure is, in fact, vital to your long-term diet success.
I came to understand this concept more than ever after I failed bigtime, incessantly stuffed my face with quickie carbs in late 2012 after my mother angrily died and then helplessly watched 21 pounds pile on.
For some six months, I felt angry, ashamed and disgusted with myself.
Please note: I never had the chance to ask a question in front of the 13,000 people at the Tony Robbins event, but just deciding to speak in front of this huge crowd helped me begin to lick my speaking fears. Stay tuned for announcements about upcoming speaking engagements.
This coming week, if Tony Robbins selects me at his Unleash the Power Within event, I will finally triumph over my absolute biggest fear in front of the 13,000 people in attendance.
Yes, I’m one of millions with a deep fear of public speaking, but if I can, I will speak at UPW even if it makes me feel uncomfortable, makes my stomach knotted up and scares me profoundly.
It’s not that I’d rather be in a coffin than speak, as some research suggests, and as Jerry Seinfeld joked, but it’s time to quit hiding away from stages no matter how big my fear.
Enough of playing small!
So why am I formally declaring my intention to Stand Strong and Speak to Serve™, as I put it?
When I was deep in Carb Relapse Shame (as I now call it), I hadn’t yet watched Brene Brown’s powerful TED talk about shame. Wow! If you, too, have blown your diet or done other things that make you want to crawl into a hole, this video will uplift, encourage and inspire you.
Get uplifted and encouraged now if you’re still deep in shame.
Watch the brilliant Brené Brown talk about vulnerability and shame and find out what can happen when you confront your shame head-on.
Guest Post by Angelika Ilina For Your Motivating Monday
Note from Connie: March is National Noodle Month. Up until a few years ago, you had to use vegetables for fake noodles. But now, when you’re on a low-carb food plan, you can enjoy the fat-free, calorie-free, fat-free, gluten-free noodles. Meet the healthy, no-sugar Shirataki or Miracle Noodle (which I discussed five years ago).
Check out the tasty, low-carb noodle dish, which my friend Angelika Ilina developed.