Announcements

Sugar Shock Readers: What Would You Like in My Next Book? (Last Call)

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Attention, readers of my first book, Sugar Shock.
Amazon Sug Sh 51RDZ7DBVAL._SL110_ This is the last call for any ideas on what to include in my next book.
I’m now making last-minute changes and editing to my next book, The Sugar Shock Diet,which will be released next year by Hay House. (Here’s the original announcement.)
My next book will provide you a simple, six-week mind-body-spirit plan that will allow you to easily cut back on those quickie carbs so you can shed excess weight, boost your libido, increase your energy, and much more.
Please, dear readers of Sugar Shock, as I’m doing final rewriting and editing for Sugar Shock Diet, tell me what you’d like to see included.
What would make your life easier and sweeter?
Please tell us now, on this Sugar Shock Blog, and on the Facebook Smart Habits Fans Page what you’d like to see in this next book.

Blood Sugar Blues

Obesity & Sex: New Study Finds Surprising Results

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People who are obese are less likely to have been sexually active in the past year, but even though they had fewer intimate encounters, single obese women reported unplanned pregnancies four times more than thinner, unmarried women, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal.
In addition, obese people were more likely than people of average weight to have sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies, the researchers from France found upon surveying more than 12,000 men and women between age 18 and 69.
While weight didn’t appear to affect women’s ability to climax, erectile dysfunction was two and a half times as common in obese men as in men with healthy BMIs.
As iVillage so aptly points out, this research underscores “how important it is to always put your health first.”
From my perspective as a former sugar addict and author of the book Sugar Shock!, it seems that people who are obese or overweight often feel are more interested in sweets, refined carbs and other junk foods than in getting in the sack with a partner.
But from time to time, though, they realize that those nutrient-deprived foods they’re so reliant on don’t give them what they really want — which is to become emotionally and physically intimate with a significant other.
For those of you who are struggling with weight, I invite you to ask yourself: Do you want to seek “comfort” in food or in the arms of loved ones?
FYI, I realize that it can be tough to break free of your addiction to sugar and refined carbs, which is why I’m dedicated to helping people do just that.

Cause of the Day

World Diabetes Day

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Today is World Diabetes Day, a global awareness campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) that highlights the diabetes epidemic and aims to bring hope to the 285 million people living with diabetes worldwide. World Diabetes Day is celebrated each year on 14 November, a date chosen to mark the birthday of Sir Frederick […]

Blood Sugar Blues

Halloween Cartoon “Shows” Sugar’s Reaction

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Special thanks to Mike Adams and NewsTarget.com for this cartoon, which cleverly illustrates the dangers of trick-or-treating for candies on Halloween.
Consuming too much sugar can harm your kids in many ways, including causing them to gain weight, develop type 2 diabetes, and beven become more violent, according to a recent study in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Announcements

My Author Friend & I Are Going Zany During 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 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).

Boos, Jeers & Hisses

Obesity: All Americans May Become Obese by 2048? Absurd!

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According to a frightening new study in the research journal Obesity , by 2048, all American adults may become overweight or obese.
A whopping 100 percent of us in the U.S. obese? What an absurd notion!
Despite the fact that the projections are based on national survey data, etc., I just don’t buy this outrageous idea. There’s just no way that all of us will allow ourselves to become fat!
Millions of us care way too much about being at optimal health, putting quality food into our bodies and getting or staying in shape to let ourselves fall prey to flab.
Just go to any gym and you’ll see the exercise-driven people, who would never let themselves become obese.
My workout buddies and any fitness enthusiast would simply scoff at this projection.
After all, every year, millions take drastic measures to peel off pounds — in particular, they buy diet products and diet books to get slim bodies. (In fact, I’m hoping that my upcoming book, The White-Out Diet(TM), will become a major bestseller. Soon, I’ll be asking you for your help to make this happen.)
What do you think of these nightmarish projections? Would you let yourself become obese?

Announcements

Sugar Addicts, Dieters, Hypoglycemics & Diabetics: Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge Kicks Off at 12 Noon Eastern Today

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Today’s a big day for sugar addicts around the globe. You will get 24 hours of help. Here’s a press release that’s going out. Feel free to pass this along to friends in its entirety. Please note that we need someone overseas (Australia, Great Britain or other non-American countries) to help send out tweets when we’re asleep over in the U.S. Write to me if available.
Obese and Overweight People and Sugar Addicts Can Get Back on Dieting Wagon By Joining The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge from Jan. 16 to Jan. 31
Learn Sour Sugar Facts and Get Sweet Benefits by Listening to Experts Dr. Peter Gott, Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, Dr. Nancy Appleton, Dr. Hyla Cass and Others
Millions of Americans who, like Oprah, have fallen off the diet wagon and are now obese or overweight can get inspiration and education for the next two weeks by joining the Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge, which kicks off Jan. 16.
This is the first time that health and wellness experts—including authors of so-called “competing” sugar books—have banded together to issue a wake-up call to help obese and overweight people for whom food (often culprit-carb snacks) is their “drug of choice.”
The health experts — who are seeking to help the 34 percent of Americans who are obese and the 32.7 who are overweight — feel compelled to speak out in this New Year’s resolution-oriented month to deliver the sour sugar news: Over-consumption of sugar and refined carbohydrates could lead to obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, infertility and Alzheimer’s disease. (The experts warn about all caloric sweeteners, including sucrose, high fructose corn syrup and dextrose.)
While most Americans may think they they’re not big sugar eaters, the facts disagree. The average American consumes about 170 pounds a year or one cup a day. Figures for people overseas vary, but excessive sugar consumption is also a huge problem in Great Britain and Australia, among others.
But the health experts also bring lots of hope, too, to people in all parts of the world.
Already, millions of people have discovered the enormous benefits of kicking or reducing sugar and refined carbs. For instance, they could lose lots of weight, as well as reverse or prevent type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease and Azheimer’s disease.
For years, many celebrities have been savvy about sugar’s dangers and the many benefits you get from eliminating it or cutting back on consumption of it.
Marilu Henner, Suzanne Somers, Daisy Fuentes, Vanessa Marcil, Halle Berry, Mariette Hartley and Susie Coelho are among those who’ve previously spoken to reporters about this subject.
Meanwhile, people of all ages and sexes around the world — even if they don’t think they have a sugar problem — are invited to find a buddy and take the Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge for the next two weeks.
The challenge kicks off Fri., Jan. 16, at noon Eastern, with a fast-paced, two-hour, sugar-consciousness-raising program on the Gab With the Gurus Radio Show (http://tinyurl.com/sugar-out-challenge-radio-show) featuring numerous health experts and authors of sugar books.