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Basketball Great LeBron James Ditches Sugar, Quickie Carbs & Dairy for 67 Days

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Hurrah to a leaner LeBron James, who’s now drawing attention to a cleaner way of eating, thanks to his strict, off-season diet.
HIs slimmer physique came about because he ate “no sugars, no dairy, no carbs.” (Well, that’s not exactly true, because vegetables contain carbs and fruits contain natural sugars.)
“All I ate was meat, fish, veggies and fruit. That’s it. For 67 straight days,” James told reporters at the unveiling of his new LeBron 12 sneaker.
The athlete’s meals — photos of which he’s posted on Instagram — look qjuite tasty.
For one lunch, as he shared, he ate arugula salad with chicken, strawberries, mango, cashews and olive oil or lemon oil vinaigrette dressing.
James stuck to his diet while vacationing in Greece, and he even turned down a personalized cake offered to him, because it contained sugar.
The 6-foot-8-inch Cleveland Cavaliers forward, who is entering his 12th NBA season, says he lost weight to be in top shape for training camp and to test his “mental fortitude.”
While we don’t know exactly how much weight James lost, it’s probably between 10 to 20 pounds.
James was quite disciplined and determined even though, as he joked, “I had a cookie monster chasing me a few times in my dreams.”
You can watch James below discuss his diet, starting at 2:44.
Join the conversation: Are you ready to try a diet like this?

Beyond Sugar Shock

Berries Benefit Your Brain

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Do you regularly eat luscious strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or raspberries?
BerriesExciting new findings reveal that berries can boost your brain power.
Researchers writing in the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, conclude that eating more blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and other berries may help prevent age-related memory loss and other mental status changes.
Berries benefit your brain in several ways. They’re already known for their high levels of antioxidants, which are compounds “that protect cells from damage by harmful free radicals,” found the researchers, Barbara Shukitt-Hale, Ph.D., and Marshall G. Miller.
Research also shows that berries alter the manner in which neurons in the brain communicate. “These changes in signaling can prevent inflammation in the brain that contribute to neuronal damage and improve both motor control and cognition,” said ACS, a nonprofit organization chartered by Congress.
This new study adds to the growing body of research, which has identified neurological benefits associated with consuming berries.
This sweet berry news emphasizes the fact that if you don’t eat refined sugar, you can still enjoy sweet foods — and benefit at the same times. Now that you have more reasons to eat berries, here are two ideas on how to consume them:
Try adding a modest portion (1/4 or 1/2 cup of blueberries, raspberries or other berries_ into a tasty, healthy, sugar-free Berry Cacao-Cado Protein Shake (as I did this morning).
Make your own yummy, sugar-free berry dessert, thanks to the new Dessert Bullet, as I shared earlier on this Sugar Shock Blog.
Join the Conversation: What’s your favorite way to eat berries? Share your thoughts now.
Special thanks to Natural News and reporter J.D. Heyes for the heads up about this new research.

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Tasty, Sugar-Free, Cacao-Cado Frozen Treat: Guess What’s In it & Win My Book, Beyond Sugar Shock

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Read below to learn how to win a copy of my most recent book, Beyond Sugar Shock. Just guess what to create the tasty, frozen treat shown below..
Often, when people discover that I’ve been sugar-free for nearly 16 years, they’re alarmed, worried, and overcome by fear.
Mostly, people are worried that they’ll have to go without tasty desserts?
Their voices just exude anxiety and apprehension.
“Connie, yes, I know I should kick sugar, but I just don’t want to go without ice cream or frozen yogurt!”
Now, I bring you fabulous news.
You can now easily go sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, agave-free and artifiical sweetener-free and still be able to eat the most delectable dessert.
Not only that, but your dessert will be chock full of nutrients, minerals, anti-oxidants and other good stuff.
Thanks to the amazing, simple-to-use Dessert Bullet, you can easily make your own tasty, frozen treat. (FYI, I get no money for telling you about this cool product.)
Just check out the Tasty, Sugar-Free, Cacao-Cado Frozen Treat I created in about 5 minutes for an afternoon snack! Yummy!
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Can you believe my delectable dessert had sugar sugar, no agave, no honey, no dairy, no gluten and no artificial sweetener? Tough to imagine, right?
Let’s have some fun now.
If you accurately guess exactly what I put in this delectable dessert, I will personally give you a signed copy of my most recent book, Beyond Sugar Shock.
Join the conversation. What ingredients do you think I used to create my Tasty, Sugar-Free, Cacao-Cado Frozen Treat? Post your thoughts now.
The deadline to post your ideas is next Thursday, Feb. 15. Share your thoughts now.

Catching Up With Connie

Check Out Tasty NuttZo

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Nuttzo ef4efac4092338feb4e677dad1fa2311-1I’m always on the lookout for healthy, unsweetened, organic foods. that won’t put you into Sugar Shock. People often ask me for foods to recommend.
Well, I’m delighted to report that I found Organic NuttZo, a yummy, crunch nut butter that has no sugar or sweeteners added.
Recently, I had some, and it’s really tasty! Having a tablespoon of that, I believe, can help to help you (or many of you) to quit thinking about sweets.
Try some yourself, and let me know if you like NuttZo as much as I do.
My Criteria: FYI, I’m pretty careful as to what foods or beverages I’ll recommend. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve turned down requests to feature a product, because it just didn’t meet my stringent standards. For instance, here are the things I look for. Whenever possible, I prefer organic. In addition, I will NOT recommend anything that contains any sugars or sweeteners, including agave, honey, maltodextin or raw cane sugar. And I will NOT advocate foods containing artificial sweeteners.
Remember to let me know what you think of NuttZo.