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Share Your Sweet Success Story to this Sugar Shock Blog

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Have you shed weight, eliminated your horrible headaches, gotten rid of your pre-cancerous condition, or done away with another pesky health problem by kicking or cutting back on sugar, refined carbs and other high-glycemic foods such as corn nuts, potato chips, and French fries?
Kicking those rapidly processed “culprit carbs” is one of the most effective ways to lose weight and overcome a variety of health challenges, as thousands of people — whom I call “Sugar Kickers” or “Carb Kickers” — have been gleefully sharing with me for more than a decade.
We’d also like to hear from you if you’ve had a drastic health improvement by cutting out gluten, dairy or artificial sweeteners,
If you’re a Sweet Success Story — whether you lost weight, got more energy, improved your moods or got your diabetes under control — we want to read your tale her.
By sharing your story, you’ll be able to inspire, motivate, and encourage others.
Wondering what I mean? Read some motivational Sweet Success Stories shared here before:
Fellow blogger Jimmy Moore. (Catch our interview on my Gab With the Gurus Show.)
Jaime Jackson
Felicia DesRosiers
Karly Pitman
Want to tell your story? Contact me now.

Announcements

The Sugar World Summit Begins October 17: Save the Date

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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 virual 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:
Dr. Robert Lustig, ‎ pediatric endocrinologist and New York Times bestselling author of Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity & Disease. His “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” lecture has had more than 4.6 million hits on YouTube. Photo shown above.
Dr. Mark Hyman, chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine, medical editor at the Huffington Post, on the Medical Advisory Board at “The Doctor Oz Show,” and New York Times bestselling author of The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet..
JJ Virgin, P.h.D., C.N.S., celebrity nutritionist, fitness expert, New York Times bestselling author, whose new book, JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet: Drop 7 Hidden Sugars, Lose Up To 10 Pounds, Just 2 Weeks, is being published days after the Sugar World Summit.
Dr. David Perlmutter, “Empowering Neurologist,” Linus Pauling award-winner and author of the # 1 New York Times bestselling Grain Brain.
Sarah Wilson, acclaimed Australian blogger, TV personality, journalist, author of I Quit Sugar and founder of the popular I Quit Sugar Community
Dr. Pamela Peeke, internationally recognized expert, physician, scientist and author of the New York Times bestselling author of The Hunger Fix: the 3 Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction
Jimmy Moore, popular low-carb blogger, co-author with Dr. Eric Westman of Cholesterol Clarity. He shed 180 pounds and peeled off 20 inches by quitting sugar and going low carb.
Dr. Richard Johnson, a practicing physician, acclaimed clinical scientist and author of The Sugar Fix::What You Don’t Know about Fructose and HFCS Could Kill You.
Serge H. Ahmed, Ph.D., CNRS Research Director, Principal Investigator & Team Leader, Addiction, Compulsion and Dopamine Dysregulation Syndrome, Université de Bordeaux. He’s done fascinating research on addcition, sugar and cocaine.
Dr Pedram Shojai, former Taoist monk, physician of Chinese medicine and founder of founder of the popular site, Well.org,
Trudy Scott, nutritionist, food-mood expert and author of The Antianxiety Food Solution
Kristin Neff, PhD., Associate Professor, Human Development and Culture, Educational Psychology Dept., University of Texas at Austin and author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
Roberta Ruggiero, founder of the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation and author of Do’s and Don’ts of Hypoglycemia. An Every Day Guide to Low Blood Sugar.
Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., CNS, leading nutritional expert and bestselling author of 30 books, including Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution and Get the Sugar Out, Revised and Updated: 501 Simple Ways to Cut the Sugar Out of Any Diet
High Voltage (Kathie Dolgin), author of Sugar Savvy and founder of Energy Up Voltage Approved, Inc. (EUVA), a nonprofit organization to fight teenage obesity and to prevent type 2 diabetes and other diseases, particularly among teenage girls.
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.

Sugar Addiction

Dr. Mark Hyman’s 10 Day Detox Diet

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Dr. Mark Hyman, one the physicians I most admire, has a new book coming out soon, which offers a 10-day plan that can help you slim down, lower your blood pressure and blood sugar, and boost your health.
The Blood Sugar Solution 10 Day Detox Diet: Activate Your Body’s Natural Ability to Burn Fat and Lose Weight Fast — which you can pre-order now — was tested by 600 people, who achieved tremendous success.
Collectively, they peeled off a collective 4,089 pounds and saw their average blood sugar and blood pressure numbers drop by 20 points and 10 points respectively.
Dr. Hyman contends that people’s taste buds have been hijacked by processed, super-palatable, high-sugar foods that drive your hormones and neurotransmitters to make you eat more. (I totally agree.)
In addition, Dr. Hyman points out that people are ingesting “pharmacological doses of sugar and flour never before seen in the history of the human race” — about 146 pounds of flour and 152 pounds of sugar every year.”
Mark Hyman tosses sugar sugar11f-6-webRather than tell you about The 10 Day Detox Diet: I’ll encourage you to read this fabulous New York Daily News story by Nicole Lyn Pesce.
You also have a chance to read an excerpt from the book in the Daily News piece.
Please note that the photo to your left of Dr. Hyman dummping out sugar was taken by Ian Grey, and it appeared in the Daily News article.
Dr. Hyman’s credentials are impressive. He was former co-medical director of Canyon Ranch for a decade.
He is now chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine, founder and medical director of The UlCenter and a #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Blood Sugar Solution, Ultrametabolism, The Ultramind Solution, and The Ultrasimple Diet, and coauthor of Ultraprevention.
Check back here to learn more about 10 Day Detox Diet by Dr. Hyman. I’ll have some news about it to share shortly.

Sweet Stuff

Sweet Sunsets to Savor

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Are you feeling anxious, stressed out, frazzled?
Rather than let your worries overcome you, I invite you to instead take a quick antidote.
Breathe in two times. Now, take 15 seconds to relish these sunset photos I took recently.
As I mentioned last week, Sweet Sunsets to Savor is a new Sugar Shock blog feature, for which I’ll post some shots I’ve taken during the previous week.
You may be wondering what the connection is to health and wellness. A lot.
By giving you soothing photos to enjoy, you’ll come closer, I hope, to realizing that that seductive sweets, cunning carbs, and other junk foods just don’t have the entirement of nature in all its splendor.
Sunset 12-4-13 015As youi gaze at these photos, I encourage you to come up with your own meaningful connection.
What I’m finding intriguing about my new hobby is that as I did with sugary foods, I’m becoming more and more hooked on my special time on the beach at sunset.
But watching sunsets is a darn healthy addiction!
Sunset has become my favorite time of day, one that feels splendid and sacred. What a huge relief watching calm sunsets are, after my utteerly grueling Bittersweet Last Year with Mom.
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Remember you can catch more Sweet Sunsets to Savor here.
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Question: When was the last time you took time out to watch a sunset? Where was it? What happened to you when you watched it? We’d love to hear your sunset stories.

Announcements

Embrace Cravings as Your Allies, Not Enemies

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Are you hit by cravings in the morning, afternoon, and night, as well as in between?
How-to-fight-sugar-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 new article on Heal Your Life, “Craving Sugar and Carbs? Make them your allies instead!”

Announcements

Free Program: 4 Sweet Success Secrets to Declare Your Sugar Independence

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Please note: See your invite below to my free program, 4 Sweet Secrets to Sail through the 4th & Declare Your Independence.
The July 4th holiday weekend is around the corner.
Sure enough, every holiday weekend, you are inevitably faced by sugary and carb temptations galore at family gatherings and celebrations.
In fact, in this country (the U.S.), being patriotic is synonymous with eating sugar-laden, and high-starch temptations.
Before Independence Day, it’s time to Declare Your Independence from Sugar & Other Dangerous, High-Carb Non-Foods!
Let me help you breeze through the July 4th weekend by calmly facing those nutrient-lacking “treats” so that you’ll either not need or want to indulge or just partake a little. (Yes, I’m going to show you how to “sin a little” with sweets and quickie carbs so you don’t pig out.)
Join me for a free, short-and-sweet (only a half hour) program on Tuesday, June 26 at 5 pm PDT (8 pm EDT) to help you enjoy your July 4th weekend (and any holiday weekend).
If you can’t attend live, just sign up below anyhow, and you’ll get a replay.
Go below now and fill out your name and email address to attend my free program, 4 Sweet Success Secrets to Sail Through the 4th & Declare Your Independence.
In this free, half-hour program, 4 Sweet Secrets to Declare Your Independence, you’ll discover goodies that will nourish you and sustain you during the July 4th weekend.
For instance, you’ll discover:
Four powerful words that can nourish and nurture you throughout your weekend celebration.
A sweet Independence Practice that will help liberate you.
An empowering way to lean into temptation without being tempted. (Don’t worry — this will make sense soon.)
A fun way to bring alive the meaning of independence. (Yes, in this program, you’ll declare your independence from your sugar habit.)
Sign up now for this free half-hour program, 4 Sweet Secrets to Declare Your Sugar Indepence.
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Beyond Sugar Shock

Win a Copy of Beyond Sugar Shock as Sugar Shock Blog Celebrates Its 7th Birthday

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Today is a special day for the Sugar Shock Blog. It’s our 7th birthday!
I guess that makes me an old-timer!
See my first post in 2005.
What a great time to have a blog birthday or blogiversary. I’m now knee-deep into sharing the joy about my new book, Beyond Sugar Shock.
To celebrate the Sugar Shock Blogiversary, I’m holding a contest: one of you can win a copy of my book, Beyond Sugar Shock.
In addition, I’m giving away admission for one to my Sugar Freedom Now Course.
So convince us to give you a copy. Tell us here why you should win either my book, Beyond Sugar Shock, or admission to my Sugar Freedom Course.
And make sure to join my other contest, which is co-sponsored by Typepad, the blogging platform, where I host this Sugar Shock Blog.
Get details here.
This is an ideal opportunity to blog away your sugar addiction! Apply now.