The Lyme Disease-Sugar Connection

Get Surprised & Helped with the Chronic Lyme Disease Summit

“Beverly Hills” housewife Yolanda Foster. “Soprano’s” star Jamie-Lynn Sigler. Singer Avril Lavigne. Actress Ashley Olsen. Singer Daryl Hall.Actor Richard Gere. Model Christy Turlington. The list goes on and on.

Lyme tickThese celebs have reportedly suffered from Lyme disease, which now debilitates a staggering number of people in the United States. In fact, 300,000 people are infected with Lyme disease each year. Unfortunately, many of these victims are suffering from the worst-case scenario: Chronic Lyme Disease.

Do any of these symptoms sound familiar: Headaches, chills, swollen glands, muscle and joint pain and/or mental confusion?

You may not have a cold or flu. You may have Lyme disease.

It’s my honor and privilege to particulate in the Chronic Lyme Disease Summit (, an online program, which you can listen to for free from Monday, April 4 to Monday, April 11.

The Chronic Lyme Disease Summit is an important event because it can give valuable, much-needed information to those, who’ve been misdiagnosed or are baffled by their unexplained symptoms.

Fact: You don’t need a visible bull’s eye rash or tick bite to prove that you have Lyme disease.

Another startling fact: More people are affected by Lyme disease each year than breast cancer.

During the Chronic Lyme Disease Summit, host Dr. Jay Davidson, who nearly lost his wife to chronic Lyme disease, will be interviewing me.

Kudos to Jay. Because of his wife’s struggles, he became prompted him to do lots of research and help others heal.

During this Chronic Lyme Disease Summit, you’ll learn about diagnosis, testing, an understanding of Lyme disease, cutting-edge information and research, plus practical health tips to get your life back on track.

Now you may be wondering: Why in the world would a sugar expert be so interested in sharing information about Lyme disease?

Read on to learn why.


2016 Reader Survey: Your Cravings Are Winning

Cravings-Crushing Mondays Feature™: Most of You Have Tried to Stop Indulging “Too Many Times to Remember.”

The results are in: You want your chocolate (several times a day) and dream of cookies, cakes and pastries.


In my recent survey focusing on cravings, the data indicates that all of the above are the big culprits when it comes to triggering your food cravings. But even if you give in “too many times” to your food cravings—as most of you revealed—there is good news.

SurveyResultsareinYou’re not alone. Of the 100 respondents who shared their cravings-profiles, 31 percent admitted that they give in to unwanted food urges at least twice a day.

Plus, nearly half (48 percent) reported that they fall victim to food cravings at least five to ten times in a week. But you don’t just crave sweets. Many of you also yearn for a toxic mix of sweets and salty, fatty snacks.

Here are some interesting statistics that should serve as your wake-up call to make some real changes in the name of health:

  • Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of survey respondents said they get hit by salt, carb or fat cravings at least three times a day, and some (19 percent) reported craving-attacks four, five, up to ten times a day.
  • Nearly four in ten (39 percent) of those surveyed said they had over 11 food cravings a week.


Take Garlic to Fight Colds

Oops! I've Been Sick -- Now Taking More Garlic

Maybe you’ve been on a plane. Or in a restaurant or mall. The sound in the air isn’t music playing. It’s the never-ending hacking of those, who are suffering with colds.


Unfortunately, for the past two weeks, I’ve been recuperating from my own monstrous, end-of-winter upper respiratory bug. (That’s why I had to take time to recuperate and therefore haven’t posted lately. There’s nothing like getting sick to make you do lots of planning. So I’ve laying the groundwork for some exciting programs. Stay tuned for details.)

Lately, since I eat so healthily, I’m trying to figure out what I could have done differently (other than those couple of nights when I didn’t get enough sleep). Oops. I overlooked garlic.  I just couldn’t follow my friend’s advice to inhale it before catching a plane. (No one would have wanted to sit near me!)

Now I want to share some fascinating facts about this powerhouse, which I’ve been putting into in soups for the last couple of days.

Indeed, garlic is a great way to avoid your dripping nose and loud cough in the first place.

Indeed, according to a study done by British scientists who tracked 146 healthy adults over 12 weeks, those who selected to receive a daily garlic supplement came down with 24 colds during the study period, compared twitch 65 colds in the placebo group.

Here are some juicy tidbits about garlic and why it’s one of your best stay-healthy weapons:


Hit by Cravings? Take a Walk

A Cravings-Crushing Monday™ Tip

Whether you’re yearning for pizza, jonesing for a donut or hankering for any other junky, sugary or carb-heavy snack, cravings relief could be as easy as breathing deeply and taking a short walk.



It’s my pleasure to introduce you to a simple concept called breathwalking.

An ancient practice going back several thousand years, breathwalking is rooted in several spiritual traditions, including the Zen Buddhism practice of kinhin.

With breathwalking, you’ll be more peaceful and contented, which, in turn, will help you to better control your cravings, according to research published in the medical publication, World Journal of Gastroenterology.

So how does breathwalking help?

What gives breathwalking its curative powers, according to researchers, is the combination of walking (which stimulates the circulatory system to improve brain function, release hormones, and elevate mood) and synchronized breathing, which calms the metabolism, stabilizes heart rate, and releases the serotonin ‘feel good’ hormone.

Ancient Herb Combats Stress

A Cravings-Crushing Monday™ Feature

You know the feeling. You feel wired. You feel on edge. Your blood pressure rises.


Your adrenal glands begin to pump out cortisol, the stress hormone. You feel a momentary burst of energy that quickly escalates into heart-thumping anxiety.

But what does all this have to do with cravings? A lot, actually.

Here’s the quick equation: Stress = Cortisol = Sugar or Carb cravings.

If cravings strike when you’re stressed out, consider taking the Indian herb ashwagandha, which Ayurvedic practitioners have prescribed for several thousand years to relieve anxiety, stress, insomnia, menstrual cramps; and balance female hormones.

The word “ashwagandha” means “smell of horse,” alluding to another benefit — it can give the user the vigor and strength of a stallion, according to The Chopra Center. (Ashwagandha increases DHEA, which you need for a healthy libido.)

What you’ll find helpful if you get wired and if you get big huge cravings is that according to research, ashwagandha helps combat stress and creates a feeling of calm by lowering serum cortisol levels.

Please Note: Before you take this herb, bear in mind that you should first consult your health care provider. Also know that the FDA has not tested this herb for safety.

If you decide to try ashwagandha to unwind, a general dose is 300 mg to 600 mg twice a day, taken with food. To determine whether ashwagandha is working for you, it helps to keep a daily cravings journal so you can track your cravings.


  • While ashwagandha is generally considered safe, it may cause vaginal bleeding in some women.
  • Plus, among pregnant woman, it can cause miscarriage when taken in large doses. Therefore, pregnant women should avoid this herb.
  • Also don’t take ashwagandha if you’re sensitive to plants in the nightshade, or Solanaceae, family. (Other such plants include tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, green and red peppers).

Join the Cravings-Crushing Mondays movement. Each week, usually on Monday morning (often by Sunday) you’ll get fast, easy tools, or insights. Just sign up [to your right] to get your free 3 Super-Simple Secrets to Crush Your Cravings Quick-Start Guide. Then you’ll get updates in your in-box every week so you can easily, calmly, joyfully Crush Your Cravings in our convenience-foods jungle.

Most of Us Have Cravings

A Cravings-Crushing Mondays Shocker: 9 Out of 10 of Us Get Urges for Sugary, Fatty or Salty Foods!

Do you find that you’re hounded by what I call Crazy Cravings™? Take heart. You’re in the company of millions. More than nine out of ten of us have food cravings, especially the females among us.



People just like you from around the world get overwhelmed—well, more like assaulted, pounced on, and then pummeled—by Crazy Cravings™, as I call them.

Indeed, studies have discovered that most of us have cravings.

Let’s quickly review a few statistics:

  • Some 97 percent of women and 68 percent of men have cravings, according to a study from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging in Boston, which surveyed 95 people, average age of 49 years. Results were published in the October 2014 issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Appetite.
  • Rather, 95 percent of young women and men aged 29.5 (the average) experience daily cravings, according to another study, published in the August 2014 in the journal Eating Behaviors. Not only that, but the 646 women and men surveyed by scientists from Yale University’s School of Nursing, School of Medicine and the Yale Stress Center, showed “a significant positive relationship between BMI [Body Mass Index, which measures body fat] and food cravings.”
  • Instead, 91 percent of females have cravings, according to Tufts University researchers, who found that after six months of dieting, cravings rose to 94 percent among the 32 healthy, overweight women, aged 20 to 42, as they reported in the International Journal of Obesity in 2007. But there’s some good news, too: The women, who lost more weight had fewer food cravings.

In short, more than 94 percent of us have food cravings. Let’s take a brief look at the intriguing results from these three studies:

  • More than nine out of ten of us have food cravings, especially the females among us.
  • If you’re overweight or obese, you’re more likely to have cravings.
  • If you diet, your cravings may escalate.
  • But once you lose weight, your cravings dial down.

Indeed, the facts are evident: Cravings are a constant problem for most of us.

Join the Cravings-Crushing Mondays movement. Each week, you’ll get fast, easy tools, or insights on Cravings-Crushing Mondays. Just sign up [to your right] to get your free 3 Super-Simple Secrets to Crush Your Cravings Quick-Start Guide. Then, you’ll get updates in your in-box every week so you can easily, calmly, joyfully Crush Your Cravings in our convenience-foods jungle.

Join the Conversation. How do you feel about these stats?

Tormented by Leftover Valentine Chocolates?

The Stronger-Than-Chocolate Tactic! A Cravings Crushing Mondays™ Tip

Are you being tormented by leftover Valentine’s Day chocolates? If you suffer from crazy chocolate cravings, this holiday can be tough—even after it’s over.



Chocolate is still everywhere. According to the marketing research firm MarketingResearch, Americans purchase 58 million pounds of chocolate on Valentine’s Day, much of which tempts you well after February 14 is gone.

If you’ve ever been in the grip of a chocolate craving, then you know how overpowering the urge to indulge can be. Just seeing the (half-finished) boxes of chocolates, red-wrapped snack-sized candy bars and other sweet tidbits—hanging around this week or next on coworker’s desks and sold for 50% off in stores—can be a chocolate-cravers’ nightmare.

There is a better, more self-loving way to deal with leftover Valentine’s Day chocolate and the cravings it brings up: Put on your comfy shoes and head for a walk with or without your sweetie.

Yes, becoming stronger than your urge for chocolate can be as simple as walking away from it…literally.

That may sound too easy to be true, but the scientific evidence tells us that a brisk walk can make your forget your urges for a bite of chocolate.

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Please Take My Reader Survey

Help Me to Help You by Sharing Your Cravings Challenges

If you’re addicted to sugary, salty or fatty foods or carb “treats,” I want to help you.



But to give you what you really want, need and seek, I need to ask you some questions.

Indeed, to best serve you, I need to know your weaknesses, strengths and goals.

Which brings me to the reason for this post.

Since my goal is to help you easily, effortlessly Crush every single one of your cravings, I’m running a Cravings Survey.

I’ve spent weeks creating, developing and refining this Cravings Survey.

By answering questions about your cravings, I’ll be able to give you tips and tools to help you triumph over your trigger foods, specific times of day when you’re most vulnerable, and ways to get you through tough times.

So please take my Cravings Survey now to find out more about your cravings and to help me help you.

By the way, when you complete this survey:

  • You’ll get a chance to influence what goes into my next book, Crush Your Crazy Cravings, and my upcoming, companion Crush-Your-Crazy Cravings Funline (Fun, Online) Course.
  • Make sure to let me know if I can your name. (Just provide it in the survey.)

Are you ready to Crush Your Crazy Cravings?

Take my Cravings Survey now. I’m eager to get your answers so I can help you in the ways you need and seek.

Overextended? Overwhelmed?

Sometimes It's Best to Regroup & Readjust Your Schedule -- Why Cravings-Crushing Mondays™ Are Starting Later

Have you ever felt so overextended and overwhelmed that just can’t get everything done that you’d planned?



About a billion or more of us feel that way, as you can discover by Googling the word “overwhelmed” or the phrase, “too much to do.”

This brings me to my Cravings-Crushing Mondays™ Confession.

At the beginning of the year, I’d excitedly, joyfully, energetically announced that Cravings-Crushing Mondays were starting.

Since I’ve done so much research about cravings for the past three years for my upcoming book, Crush Your Crazy Cravings, I’m eager to begin to give you a few of the many simple, powerful cool tools I’ve either discovered or created.

But I erroneously acted like I was Superwoman! On and off during the past six weeks, I’ve been so overextending myself, scrambling to get too much done in too short a period of time.

My whirlwind schedule led to my getting the flu and becoming wiped out several times. (I also got a bad fatigue-reaction to some herbs I was taking. or was is my years-old Lyme disease?)

So here are a few things I’ve been doing to get ready to serve you. Recently, I’ve been:


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Crazy Cravings™ for sugary, fatty, salty foods can, as you, of course, know, can be insistent, frustrating, and downright exasperating. I’m determined to help you triumph over these badly behaving, annoying intruders. But to give you the easiest, simplest, most powerful tools to Crush Your Crazy Cravings™ (as I put it), I need your input. So please take my 2016 Reader Survey now.


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frequency-survey-scale-1-1236504As you’ll soon see, this 2016 Reader Survey is really easy to fill out. You tell me about your cravings and then I’ll bring you the most effective, portable, innovative tips and tools so you can easily, effortlessly Crush Your Crazy Cravings, break free of food obsessions, shed weight for good and take back your Sweet Power.

To best serve your need, I need to know more about you and your cravings.  Bear in mind that when you take my 2016 Reader Survey, you’re sharing insights so I can help you and many like you.



Connie Bennett



Connie Bennett, CHHC, CPC, ACC
The Cravings Crusher™
Author of Sugar Shock, Beyond Sugar Shock: The 6-Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction & Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter and the upcoming Crush Your Crazy Cravings.


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