Clearing the Carb Confusion

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Beware of Hidden Sugars

Tired? Moody? Depressed? You May Have Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia):

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Talk to us: Do you have any of these symptoms?
Do you often feel wiped out, weak, dizzy, forgetful, irritable or depressed?
Or, do you struggle with insomnia, headaches, obesity, anxiety, brain fog or heart palpitations?
And are you hounded by what I call Crazy Cravings™ and sudden, ravenous hunger?
Worse still, does your doctor insist, “It’s all in your head!”
Your doctor could be completely wrong!
Instead, you could be among millions, who have hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.
Hypolgycemia is an often-overlooked, debilitating medical condition, which means that your blood glucose drops too low for you to be able to go about your daily activities.
When your blood sugar plunges, you can get hit by dizziness, fatigue, headaches, mood swings, forgetfulness, brain fog, heart palpitations and dozens of other ailments.
Low blood sugar is the reverse of diabetes, which generally gets the most attention, but in my opinion, according to my extensive research, hypoglycemia is far more pervasive.
In fact, my research leads me to believe that about half of the people in the United States and millions more around the world have this condition — yes, it’s not a disease.
So what’s the cure for hypoglycemia?
Eat right! And exercise.
Yes, to manage your low blood sugar, you don’t need to take any medication.
You just need to cut out candies, cookies, cakes, breads, pasta, candies and other fast-acting carbohydrates, which I call carb crap.
Back in 1998, I discovered that my reactive hypoglycemia was to blame for my 44 ailments. (Yes, I had that many, as you can read about in my first book, Sugar Shock. See Chapter 13, which is about hypoglycemia.)
At the time, my savvy physician’s unusual prescription was unsettling.
“Quit sugar and processed carbohydrates,” my doctor ordered.
Letting go of my favorite sweet treats was the last thing I wanted to do! And it was no easy feat.
RobertaBut then, thankfully, I found the most amazing, kind, warm woman, Roberta Ruggiero,
Roberta — who has had her share of low blood sugar woes — is president of the non-profit Hypoglycemia Support Foundation, which she founded in 1980 to educate and support millions worldwide on how to prevent and manage their low blood sugar, came to my rescue.
This week, Roberta and her amazing organization are celebrating 34 years of serving desperate people worldwide.
In fact, last night, the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation had its fourth annual Hypoglycemia Take Center Stage Gala in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Alas, I was bummed out that I couldn’t attend this hugely successful affair. (I was at another amazing event in San Diego with Lisa Sasevich, The Queen of Sales Conversion.)
I cannot overstate how grateful I am to Roberta for helping me to kick sweets and quickie carbs and to learn about hypoglycemia.
Given that I first contacted Roberta in 1998 — well before the Internet was easy to access — I had to rely on books and Roberta for my hypo education.
Wow, did Roberta come through for me!
For instance, Roberta — whose phone number I tracked down — patiently explained to me that our bodies, and especially our brains, need glucose to survive.
During a number of conversations, Roberta explained that 80 million of us worldwide are plagued by many symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia, especially if we don’t watch our diets and eat sugars, many of which are hidden in processed foods. (I believe that her figure is too low.)
As I became healthier without sugar coursing through my system, I discovered that hypoglycemia has been called the “Great Imitator.”
That’s because low blood sugar’s strange, startling symptoms — some experts cite asm many as 125 of them — can make your doctor wrongly believe that you have bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, neurosis, mibgraines, Parkinson’s syndrome, chronic bronchial asthma, paroxysmal tachycardia (rapid heartbeat), rehematoid arthritis, cerebral arteriosclerosis (hardening of the brain’s arteries), menopause, mental retardation, alcoholism, hyperactive disorder, and even senility.
In short, when you have hypoglycemia — which I dub “hypo” — you and your doctor can get mighty confused.
As I was getting better, I then heard Roberta’s startling story. In fact, both she and many doctors over the years were completely baffled as to what was wrong with her. She was even subjected to grueling electroshock treatments when all she needed to do was quit sugar!
I invite you now to listen to my interview with Roberta Ruggiero on my Gab with the Gurus Show. The interview took place last year when while I was celebrating 15 years off sugar.
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Anyhow, again, thanks to to the amazing Roberta Ruggiero, for helping me to successfully quit sugar and refined carbs back in 1998.
HSFIn fact, I’m only here today helping people worldwide to break free of their sugar addiction and Sugar Shock because of Roberta.
Again, I invite you to listen now to last year’s interview with Roberta on my Gab with the Gurus Show.
I also urge you to learn more about Roberta and her valuable Hypoglycemia Support Foundation.
For instance, I recommend that you:
Fan the HSF on Facebook.
Donate to the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation. (When you offer your valuable contribution, please tell Roberta that Connie sent you.)
A very special thanks to Craig Cameron for the artwork above.
Talk to us: Do you have any of these symptoms?
Connie Bennett is a former pooped-out, fuzzy-headed, sugar-addicted journalist and “Ex-Sugar Shrew.” After quitting sugar on doctor’s orders in 1998, all 44 of her baffling, crippling ailments (brain fog, PMS, headaches, etc.) vanished.
Now, 16 years later, Connie is an acclaimed, energetic, charismatic Sugar Freedom Guide, transformational speaker, sugar ande carb expert, blogger, certified health coach, certified life coach, EFT practitioner, Gab with the Gurus host, and bestselling author.
Her latest book, Beyond Sugar Shock, was endorsed by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Dr. Daniel Amen, JJ Virgin, and many other experts, and her first book, Sugar Shock. was praised by such acclaimed gurus as Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Christiane Northrup.
Connie is now planning the first Sugar World Summit, which will feature the biggest names in sugar and carb addiction, recovery, mindful eating, compassion, weight loss, etc. Connie is also finishing her next book, Bounce Back After You Blow Your Diet: 22 Easy Ways to Ditch Sugar, Fat or Salt; Get Back on Track; & Shed Weight for Good. (Working title.)Connie’s upcoming book — which was inspired by her own embarrassing Carb Relapse after the death of her mother — is designed to help millions, who lose their way with food while being walloped and blindsided by Crazy Cravings™ and overpowering emotions as they deal with the death of a loved one, divorce, a breakup, moving, the loss of a job, or another life-changing event.
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CB – pink shirtWho is blog founder Connie Bennett? Connie is a former pooped-out, fuzzy-headed, sugar-addicted journalist. After quitting sugar on doctor’s orders in 1998, ALL 44 of her baffling, crippling ailments (brain fog, PMS, headaches, etc.) vanished,, and she became “reborn.” Now, 16 1/2 years later, Connie is devoted to helping people Get a Sweeter Life that Rocks™. She is the acclaimed, energetic, charismatic Sweet Freedom Guide, Bounce-Back-to-Your Best Body™ coach, a transformational speaker, sugar and carb expert, blogger, certified health coach, certified life coach, EFT practitioner, Gab with the Gurus host, and bestselling author of Beyond Sugar Shock, which was endorsed Beyond Sugar Shock_RGBby Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Dr. Daniel Amen, JJ Virgin, and many others, and Sugar Shock, which was praised by such respected people as Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Christiane Northrup. Connie is now planning the first Sugar World Summit, which will feature the biggest names in sugar and carb addiction, recovery, mindful eating, compassion, weight loss, etc. She is also completing her next book, The Bounce Back Diet™, which will help millions, who are blindsided by Crazy Cravings™ and overpowering emotions after the death of a loved one, a divorce or breakup, moving, losing a job, or another life-changing event. Get free gifts at www.Connie-Bennett.com

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Crave Something Sweet? Try Naked Sweet Potatoes

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Do you often crave something sweet but don’t know what to have that’s s both healthy and not loaded with bad-for-you sugar or other sweeteners?
When you yearn for something sweet, I recommend that you eat part of a yummy, nutritionally powerful sweet potato or yam.
But, when you indulge, make sure these starchy vegetables are totally naked.
Naked means don’t add any sugar on top.
Don’t ruin your healthy sweet potato by adding any sweet stuff on top like brown sugar or marshmallows.
SweetPotatoesBut feel free to add such spices as cinnamon (my favorite to use), cloves, allspice, nutmeg or cardamom.
You also don’t want to destroy your perfectly healthy dish by adding any allegedly “healthy sweeteners” either. In other words, skip unhealthy agave. (That’s right. Pass up on the agave. Although you may have heard otherwise, agave is not healthy. It’s a big health-food hoax. as I’ve shared here before.)
Some of My Favorite Sweet Potato Dishes
Right now, my three favorite dishes are:
Cacao-Chia, Comfort Mousse. This is a yummy comfort food, which allows you to feel like you’re splurging when you’re not. You don’t need to imbibe in a sugar-packed chocolate mousse, which is so cool! Stay tuned for my recipe.
Sweet Comfort Potato Fries. Also scrumptious, especially when you hanker for some greasy, fried, high-glycemic French fries. Recipe of this coming up, too.
Thick Cacao-Chia-Flax Shake. This is something I often have in the morning or as a snack. I always add sugar-free protein powder to it to give it more of a nutritional boost. Just cook a couple of yams or sweet potatoes in advance, refrigerate them and then add small, cold pieces as needed to your healthy shake.
Yummy and Nutritionally Dense
Here are some reasons why sweet potatoes are an excellent. For instance, sweet potatoes are:
High in fiber (half of which is soluble).
High in heart-healthy potassium.
Rich in powerful antioxidants, especially beta-carotene (vitamin A).
High in manganese, a trace mineral that helps metabolize carbohydrates and supports healthy blood sugar levels.
Rich in vitamins C and E, potent antioxidant vitamins that play an important role in disease prevention and longevity.
Low in calories. (A bare, medium-sized sweet potato has only 103 calories).
Special thanks to Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., author of The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, and NaturalNews and Danna Norek of AuraSensory.com for great information about the juicy nutritional content of sweet potatoes.
Now comes an important request. Share your Naked Sweet Potato Recipes. The person with the most creative recipe wins a copy of my book, Beyond Sugar Shock, which helps you to release your sugar habit.

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Snacks at the Office Can Derail You

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Check out this really timely, important op piece, “The High Cost of Free Office Snacks,” by New York Times contributor Ezekiel J. Emanuel.
For years — basically, since 1998 when I quit sugar — I’ve been irked by this phenomenon of offering sugary “treats” galore at company offices and meetings.
What I’ve found discouraging is that sweet “treats” — candies, cookies, cake, and soda — also are often offered at conferences intended to make you a better blogger, speaker, and author. But when you eat all that junk food, you’ll have trouble thinking straight and may not be able to remember all those good tips! And, of course, mindlessly noshing can also lead to challenges with your waistline if you don’t already have them.
Kudos again to Ezekiel J. Emanuel for getting people’s attention to an important topic.

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Join the Free Teleseminar for HealYourLife.com People on June 11

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Today, I did my best to answer the many questions from the many smart people during a special chat on the HealYourLife.com Facebook page.
But, darn, I couldn’t get to all your queries! And now I need to be somewhere now due to this being launch day for my new book, Beyond Sugar Shock.
So, since I didn’t get to replay all your questions on Facebook, I’ll present a special Quiz Connie Teleseminar next Monday, June 11 at the same time — 1 PDT. (Please note that this date is tentative.)
Make a comment here to indicate if this interests you. I want to help all of you, but I must run!
I do want to help you to break free, and the fact that you’ve been asking questions indicates that you’re ready to take action and move in the right direction.
So make sure to give me your email here, and I’ll be in touch to answer your questions.
In the meantime, I invite you to check out my new book, Beyond Sugar Shock, because it will get you started on a path to Sugar Freedom. “See” you soon!

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The Most Important Blog Post I Ever Wrote

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Dear Wonderful Visitors to this Sugar Shock Blog,
This is the most important post I’ve ever written.
As you no doubt know, obesity has skyrocketed among adults and youths alike; and children are on a track to die before their parents if they don’t change their unhealthy ways.
At the same time, coronary heart disease, cancer, stroke, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease have become our nation’s top killers. You probably know — or love — someone who has suffered from one or all of these.
But all of the above diseases are largely preventable.
I call them The Preventable Big Killers. And ALL of these potentially fatal illnesses — and many more — can be caused by overdosing on sugar and/or refined carbs.
Think this doesn’t include you? That’s what I used to believe.
But the average American — and person in any civilized country is consuming (either consciously or unconsciously) HUGE amounts of sweets and quickie carbs on a DAILY if not many-times-a-day basis.
Each of you may be taking in roughly 170 to 228 pounds of sweeteners per year and another 200 pounds of sugar’s sinful sisters, which I dub “culprit carbs.”
And every day, it seems, the news gets more frightening.
One of my favorite recent studies revealed that sugar can make you dumb!
More research suggests that it can make you violent.
Your sweet tooth even can trigger type 2 diabetes, even though your doctor may vehemently deny it.
Simply put, millions worldwide are in Sugar Shock.
For the past decade, it has my personal mission to inspire and empower sugar
and carb addicts worldwide.
I want to help them (you?) Get a Life that Rocks™, as I like to put it. (I began coaching people to Sugar Freedom in 2002, four years after I reluctantly quit sugar on doctor’s orders after being waylaid by 44 debilitating ailments.)
So I invite you now: Help me to help transform the lives of millions of sugar and carb addicts around the world!

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Sugar Freedom Now Course: Join Us Now

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Today, it’s my pleasure to share with you the new artwork for my Sugar Freedom Now Course.
This is the companion program to my new book, Beyond Sugar Shock, which you can pre-order now from Amazon and get in a few days!
Special thanks to talented Enrique Brooks, who was referred by my wonderful Facebook friend, Lynnis Woods- Mullins II.
What do you think of this new design? I’d love to hear what you think.
By the way, the next Sugar Freedom Now Course begins next Thursday, May 17.
If you act fast, you can join us this week and get in at the early bird rate. So join us now.