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Delay to Conquer Sugar, Caffeine & Other Unhealthy Cravings

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Often, readers of my book SUGAR SHOCK!, participants in my Break Free programs or fans on Facebook want to know, “How do I kick sugar, caffeine or other bad habits? This is so hard!”
I feel empathy, compassion and sadness for these people, because at varying times in my life, I’ve been there myself, battling a host of bad habits, including addiction to sugar, refined carbs, diet soda, coffee, cigarettes and sugar-less gum.
Over the years, I’ve developed numerous tactics to conquer counter-productive routines, but in 1998, while quitting sweets and refined carbs on doctor’s orders, I came up with my best techniques.
In my book SUGAR SHOCK!, I share my Top 21 Sweet Sugar-Free Success Secrets and Strategies (plus a few more). Now, I’d like to share one tactic, which can be effective to help you conquer sugar, caffeine and other unhealthy cravings. Here’s an article I wrote to help you learn this invaluable technique.
Just Delay to Squash Your Sugar, Caffeine & Other Unhealthy Cravings
Creatively Procrastinate Your Way Out of Your Addictions
By Connie Bennett, M.S.J., C.H.H.C.
Quite often, people who want to kick sugar, curtail caffeine, stop drinking diet soda, lose weight or manage their diabetes ask me: “How can I conquer my cravings for these substances? Once I start, I just can’t help myself.”
One of the most powerful and potent strategies is so simple that you’ll wonder why you never tried it in the first place. Simply DELAY before you do anything – especially something that you’ll later regret.
Think about it: Most of us are pretty darn good at delaying or procrastinating, right?
You know how you keep putting off organizing your desk drawers, cleaning the house, giving your boss that proposal, helping your kids with their homework, donating old clothes or taking out the garbage? Clearly, we all have things we’ve been planning on doing but never got around to doing.
While quitting a bad habit such as a sugar addiction, I’ve found that you can actually transform delaying into something that’s fun, clever and positive. In other words, procrastinating can be a good thing — even wonderful.

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I’ll Be at Book Expo America This Week

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For this important week in publishing — during which Book Expo America takes place — my fun author friend Dr. Diana Kirschner and I are playfully going out on a limb to drum up interest in our books. Here’s a press release that’s now going out to the media today.
Authors Develop Zany, Outrageous Marketing Gimmicks to Nab Publishers & Fans in these Challenging Economic Times
NEW YORK—As thousands of authors vie for publishers’ and readers’ thumbs up in this uncertain economic climate, some innovative, pro-active authors are taking matters into their own hands by coming up with over-the-top, outrageous, humorous marketing gimmicks.
“It’s time to become an out-of-the-box-thinking author-preneur, who creates gutsy, captivating messages that nab the attention and tickle the funny bones of readers and publishers,” claims author Connie Bennett, who is laughingly walking around Book Expo America on Friday and Saturday sporting a provocative, 24”-by-30” sandwich board that says, “Are You ‘The One’?”
The amiable author’s “Are You `The One’?” message—which looks like a single’s ad—pokes fun of the fact that Bennett is both a single woman and an available author with a Big Platform, who’s seeking “a committed relationship” with a “compatible publisher” to release her second book.
“I wanted to playfully show that I have the guts, initiative and ingenuity to be a successful author no matter what the economic climate,” adds Bennett, an experienced journalist, certified health counselor, self-described “Ex-Sugar Shrew!” and author of SUGAR SHOCK! (Berkley Books) (www.SugarShock.com).
SUGAR SHOCK! (Berkeley Books)—a bestseller on Amazon—has a foreword by Dr. Nicholas Perricone and has been endorsed by Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Christiane Northrup and film mogul Harvey Weinstein. The book’s contributing author is cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra.
Bennett’s second book—for which she’s publisher hunting—is a fun, friendly, compassionate, diet book, The Better Habits Diet: Slim Down, Boost Energy, Rev Up Your Libido & Be Happier in Only 21 Days. Fans are already signing up in advance to buy it at a special website, www.BetterHabitsDiet.com.
[FYI, for those of you who are waiting for my next book, I just changed the title — it used to be called The White-Out Diet.]
The single author facetiously promises on her sandwich board, “Will put out on first date!!”—meaning that she’ll share information about her new book with interested publishers.
Admittedly, Bennett is “embarrassed” by her bold sign, and she’s even offering passers-by nuts to underscore the nuttiness of her marketing campaign.

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Joshua Rosenthal, Dr. Richard Linchitz & Others Are Involved in The Smart Diet Habits of Highly Successful Losers

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Naturally, when you buy a health or diet book, you want to know if any celebrities and health experts are behind it.
Well, I’m pleased to announce that The Better Habits Diet has the participation of some cutting-edge people in the fields of health and wellness.
In fact, some acclaimed people already have come on board.
Baden First of all, respected integrative physician Richard M. Linchitz, M.D. – a cancer survivor himself — will serve as medical consultant for The White-Out Diet.
Dr. Linchitz’s story is amazing. Back in 1998, he was diagnosed with lung cancer (despite never having smoked).
His doctor delivered a bleak diagnosis — he told him that 55 percent of lung cancer patients people lived for only five years.
Despite the negative news, Dr. Linchitz recovered by making massive changes to his diet and lifestyle.
In fact, Dr. Linchtiz will share his tale in The Better Habits Diet. And together, we’ll offer offer his tips so you, too, can achieve optimal health and possibly even put cancer at bay.
Joshua_message_pic In addition, I’m pleased to announce that Joshua Rosenthal MScEd, the acclaimed founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), the largest nutrition school in the country, is writing the introduction.
As I’ve indicated a number of times on my Sugar Shock Blog, I attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2005 to 2006, and found this to be a rewarding, uplifting and enriching experience for a number of different reasons.
First off, one of the most exciting things about attending IIN was that we regularly listened to lectures from big-name, stellar guest lecturers — people like Deepak Chopra, Dr. Andrew Weil, eating disorder specialist Geneen Roth and Dr. Walter Willett of Harvard.