We’re now well into what I call The Season of Sugar Shock. What I mean is that this holiday season, you’ll be tempted just about everywhere you go.
I’m not saying this to scare you but to help you be prepared for an onslaught of temptations.) If you enter a supermarket, you’ll see many shelves of holiday-themed cookies, candies, and pies. When you go to holiday gatherings, you’ll be offered an array of sugar-filled treats. Even TV shows may feature families, sweethearts, and neighbors decorating gingerbread houses with colorful, gummy, gooey, sugar-filled concoctions.
Now I’d like to share again my definition of Sugar Shock, which you can find in my 2006 book, Sugar Shock!: How Sweets and Simple Carbs Can Derail Your Life–and How You Can Get Back on Track from Berkley Books. In addition, you’ll find Sugar Shock Defined in this previous post, this earlier one, and this post.
Sugar Shock Defined
Sugar Shock!™ – A mood-damaging, personality-bending, health-destroying, confusion-creating constellation of symptoms affecting millions of peoople worldwide, who often turn to processed sweets and much-like-sugar carbs, which send their blood sugar levels wildly soaring and plummeting.
The term Sugar Shock is intended to encompass the often-misdiagnosed and maligned condition of reactive hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), as well as other blood sugar disorders, from insulin resistance to diabetes.
Considerable research reveals that repeatedly overconsuming sweeteners, dessert foods, and culprit, quickie carbs (such as white rice, French bread, chips, etc.) wreaks havoc on your blood sugar levels, overstimulates insulin release, triggers inflammation, and could contribute to some 150 health problems, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, polycystic ovary syndrome, severe PMS, failing memory, depression, mental confusion or “brain fog,” mood swings, Candida, sexual dysfunction, infertility, wrinkles, acne, and early aging.
Victims of Sugar Shock also may experience such baffling symptoms as excessive fatigue, headaches, dizziness, cold sweats, anxiety, irritability, tremors, crying spells, drowsiness or the opposite (sleeplessness), forgetfulness, heart palpitations, nightmares, blurred vision, muscle pains, temper outbursts, suicidal thoughts, and more.
Ultimately, this insidious Sugar Shock roller-coaster effect brought on by eating too many inferior carbs hampers sufferers’ ability to function at full throttle–or even half throttle.Connie Bennett, Author, Sugar Shock!: How Sweets and Simple Carbs Can Derail Your Life–and How You Can Get Back on Track from Berkley Books.
My mission, of course, is to take you Beyond Sugar Shock to Sugar Freedom. That’s the goal of my second book, Beyond Sugar Shock. You see, when you’ve moved Beyond Sugar Shock, you break the mesmerizing stranglehold that sugar and toxic carbs have over you. You’ll achieve that now-elusive feeling of independence, excitement, joy, and delight, which is unlike anything you’ve ever felt.
So now that we’re in the middle of another Season of Sugar Shock, I invite you to check out my 2006 book,Sugar Shock! if you can find a copy. (My book has been out since December 2006.)
You may also wish to get the 2020 book, Sugar Shock: The Hidden Sugar in Your Food and 100+ Smart Swaps to Cut Back.
Admittedly, it’s taken me more than a year to blog about this newer book. I’ll be upfront with you. At first, I was troubled, because I’d spent more than a decade (closer to 15 years) using the phrase Sugar Shock. So, I was taken aback when another book was published with the same title as mine. But in the world of publishing, you can use a book title that’s been used before, as Writers Digest explains. After all, Sugar Shock is such a darn good book title!
Anyhow, this post is long overdue, but for the past year, I haven’t been blogging much, because I’ve been deep into researching and writing my next book, I blew my diet! Now what?
Now that I’m catching up on many projects while awaiting my editor’s notes, it’s high time that I mention this second book, Sugar Shock, which has a foreword by Valerie Goldstein, MS RD CDE, an introduction by Samantha Cassetty, MS RD, and is edited by Carol Prager. After all, we authors needs to support each other. Besides, our approaches are quite different.
Now, during this Season of Sugar Shock, it’s important thing to remember is that both of our books, Sugar Shock, can help you.
Any book that draws attention to the benefits of limiting sugar is welcome indeed. Indeed, we’re all on the same team to help you cut back on your sugar intake, help you shed weight, and improve your health.