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Connie Bennett, CHHC, CPC, ACC
California
I'm a bestselling author and author of <i>Sugar Shock</i> and <i>Beyond Sugar Shock</i>. , a motivational speaker, life coach, health coach, and former sugar addict-turned Sugar Freedom Coach (who helps carb addicts around the world).
Interests: bicycling, Zumba, tennis, photography, meditation, etc., skiing, walking for miles, films (all genres), personal empowerment events, reading novels and non-fiction books, writing essays and blog posts, spinning and having scintillating conversations.
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So very glad to hear it! You so brightened my day, because my goal is to hellp people. Stay tuned for more Cravings-Calming techniques. Keep in touch, too.
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Join the Conversation. Have you tried the following Cravings Calmer? Let us know if it worked. If you're like most women and many men, your overwhelming cravings for sugary, salty or fatty processed foods often taunt you. At times, you may even feel that those chocolate donuts, onion rings or pretzels are actually calling out to you, "Eat me! Eat me!" Of course, we both know that such thoughts are prepostrerous. Doesn't matter. In fact, for the past 16 years -- since I reluctantly quit sugar and refined carbohydrates on doctor's orders -- many sugar or carb addicts have used this exact same language in bemoaning to me that they feel ruled by their urges for "bad foods." It's time for good news. You do not have to be at the mercy of what I call your Crazy Cravings™. Today, let me share one simple way to calm your cravings. To begin, let me remind you of an old adage. It's one many of us were told by our mothers or parental figues. It goes like this: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Well, thanks to research, I've come up with a new twist on this idea. As I put it, "An apple cider vinegar dose a day keeps your cravings away.” Apple cider vinegar, made from fermented apples, is high in acetic acid, which is why you get that sharp, tangy taste. This acetic acid helps increase your satiety, which means you get fewer and less severe food cravings for hours after you have consumed apple cider vinegar with a snack or meal. Let's now look at a study, which backs up this assertion. The Scientific Research Swedish researchers at Lund University found that cravings were significantly lowered in a group of people, who consumed two or three tablespoons of vinegar in water, with a piece of wheat bread compared to group who did not. (Please note that I don't recommend the bread, because it can rasie your blood sugar levels.) The study used regular vinegar, but apple cider vinegar is better because of its higher acetic acid level and more palatable taste.) The Simple Steps Apple Cider Vinegar1) If you feel a craving coming on, before a meal, drink a glass of water mised with one or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Because the flavor is so powerful, it's easier to drink when you add water. The apple cider vinegar I prefer is Bragg's Liquid Amino. 2) If drinking the diluted liquid is still too potent for you, just add some apple cider vinegar to your salad or other food. 3) Repeat as necessary throughout the day if your cravings persist. How It Works The acetic acid in the apple cider vinegar acts on the body’s glucose and insulin responses. This, in turn, increases your satiety (your feeling of fullness). That's why you get fewer and less severe food cravings for hours after you’ve consumed apple cider vinegar with your meal or snack. How It Works: Acetic acid in apple cider vinegar acts on the body’s glucose and insulin responses and this in turn affects satiety. Join the Conversation. Have you tried the following Cravings Calmer? Let us know if it worked. Are your friends gripped by cravings? Feel free to share this post. When you do, please include the following: Former sugar-addicted journalist: Connie Bennett, CHHC, CPC, ACC is author of the bestselling book, Sugar Shock!, which has been praised by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Christiane Northrup. Her latest is Beyond Sugar Shock, which was endorsed by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and others. Connie is a certified life coach, certified health coach, experienced reporter, and host of the Gab with the Gurus Radio Show, which is available on iTunes. The former sugar and carb addict is now dedicated to helping people around the world to Break Free of their Addictions to Babits™. (Bad Habits). Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Sugar Shock Blog
Ryan, I am just so excited by your fabulous idea! Thanks again for the nudge to be kind! Glad you liked my non-sugary twist! Kindness trumps food and sugar addiction. Got my first thank you letter ready to send tomorrow! Thanks again! Connie
Mari Ann, You entertained me. It's really that you've crossed over to the healthier side! Thanks for sharing! Connie
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Join the conversation. Please tell us what you're doing as part of The 31 Days of Kindness-and-Sweetness Campaign. How will or are you being kind and sweet to others? When was the last time you did something really kind and sweet for someone else with no expectation of getting anything back in return? Have you noticed that when you give freely to other people or organizations that you tend to forget or at least ignore your pressing problems? Plus, you feel so good for being so generous. Now, for those of you who ned to weight , your frustrations about about the number on your bathroom scale won't seem all that important when you're focused on giving. Plus, if you're a sugar or carb addict, your plight will fade away or at least greatly diminish when you do something sweet for someone else or several something elses. In fact, being kind and sweet makes you feel so good that it's a lot easier and more enjoyable to eat healthy, wholesome, unrefined, natural foods that don't contain a lot of sugar, gluten, salt, fat or other additives. Anyhow, I'm so excited to invite you to join me for The 31 Days of Kindness Challenge. Although I'd love to be able to claim this fabulous idea as my own, I can't. This great suggestion for The 31 Days of Kindness Challenge. comes from speaker/communicator Ryan Avery,, who is co-author with Jeremey Donovan of Speaker, Leader, Champion: Succeed at Work Through the Power of Public Speaking, featuring the prize-winning speeches of Toastmasters World Champions. Ryanaverys31daycahllengeFYI, please note that I'm personalizing the experience. Although I plan to do kind and sweet things every day for 31 days (and probably longer) and I'm printing out Rya'ns list, I won't t follow his guidelines exactly. Rather, I'll use them as suggestions. Ryan-Avery-Keynote-Speaker-300x300Furthermore, with Ryan Avery's blessing, I hope, for my fans, I'd like to rename this The 31 Days of Kindness-and- Sweetness Campaign, because you'll be focused on giving or doing something kind and sweet instead of stuffing your face with something sweet. Now, let me tell you how I plan to kick off tomorrow, day one of The 31 Days of Kindness-and-Sweetness Chaallenge. At last, I'll write a thank you letter to the amazing pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Robert Lustig for the valuable work he's done to raise people's sugar consciousness and to improve the health of the planet. More importantly, though, along with my thank you note, I plan to make a donation to his Institute for Responsible Nutrition, whose mission is to reverse childhood obesity and type 2 obesity. Institute for REsponsible Nutrition rewbztj9dvkvr8ifs30aThis is something I've been planning on doing for a while. In fact, my envelope (without a stamp attached yet) has been ready for weeks. So tomorrow, thanks to Ryan Avery's polite nudge, I'll finally do this. As you probably already know, the remarkable Dr. Lustig is acclaimed for his powerful Sugar: The Bitter Truth lecture, which has had nearly 5 million views on YouTube. You can watch Dr. Lustig's lecture below. (By the way, Dr. Lustig will be participating in my upcoming Sugar World Summit. Stay tuned for details.) In addition to watching the video below, I urge you to get Dr. Lustig's remarkable, bestselling book, Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease. So will you join me in The 31-Days of Kindness-and-Sweetness Campaign? To participate, first get guidance from Ryan Avery, who offers great ideas on how to join in. Then, will you join me by kicking off your involvement in The 31 Days of Kindness-and-Sweetness Campaign tomorrow by making a tax-detuctible donation to Dr. Robert Lustfg's important Institute for Responsible Nutrition? Join the conversation. Please tell us what you're doing as part of The 31 Days of Kindness-and-Sweetness Campaign. How will or are you being kind and sweet to others? Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Sugar Shock Blog
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Join the conversation. What is your favorite way to consume dark chocolate or cacao? Talk to us. In recent years, one study after another has shown that dark chocolate can be healthy for you. Cacao beansNow, new Swiss scientists have discoverd that it can be helpful to eat 50 milligrams of dark chocolate two hours before a stressful event. In short, dark chocolate can soothe your stress! Pretty cool, eh? Specifically, the new study, which was published in the Journal of the American Colllege of Cardiology, reveals that dark chocolate blunted increases in cortisol and epinephrine. Cortisol, as you may already know, is often called the stress hormone, and epinephrine -- which is better known as adrenaline -- is a hormone released by the adrenal glands and its major action, together with noradrenaline, is to prepare you for your infamous fight or flight response. Of course, that fight-or-flight reaction helps us humans, as well as animals, to mobilize our energy rapidly so we can deal with threats to our survival. Meanwhile, as resarchers have been finding for years, dark chocolate -- but not sugar-laden milk chocolate or white chocolate -- is healthy in at least 9 other ways, too. For example: Dark chocolate is nutritious, containing such goodies as fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, and manganese, as AuthorityNutrition.com points out. It can lessen cravings for sweet, salty or fatty foods. That's certainly good news for sugar addicts. Dark chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants. One study even called cacao a "super fruit" and found that it contains more antioxidant activity, polyphenols and flavanols than other fruits tested, which included blueberries and Acai berries. Dark chocolate may lower your risk for cardiovascular disease; And it may improve your brain function. It can even boost enhance your coronary circulation. It also raises HDL (the good stuff) and lowers LDL Plus, dark chocolate has achieved recognition as an anti-depressant and mood leveler. Dark chocolate may protect your skin aginst the sun. Cacao-powderNow, please bear in mind that I'm not urging you to rush out and get sugar-filled chocolate! Ideally, you want to eat dark chocolate hat has a high cacao content, is high in fat (yes!), and low in sugar. To get some guidance on what to get, check out Mark's Daily Apple's wonderful review of the 5 best dark chocolate bars. Now, if you're really into being sugar-free, I highly recommend that you nibble on unprocessed cacao beans (it goes great with nuts). Or you can use cacao powder to make a healthy smoothie. In fact, every morning I add 2 or 3 tablespoons of organic cacao powder from either Navitas Naturals or Sun Foods in my sugar-free, super-healthy Cacao-Chia-Protein Smoothie. (Stay tuned, because I'll post a recipe sometime.) Anyhow, it's exciting to discover that cacao also can help you deal with stress. Join the conversation. What is your favorite way to consume dark chocolate or cacao? Talk to us. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Sugar Shock Blog
Ricardo, Thanks for sharing. I couldn't agree more! How can you not have heard of Michael Hyatt? And yes, I totally agree -- ALWAYS grab that .com domain!! In fact, I always get a domain name before moving forward with everything. For my next book, I've reserved so many darn domain names just to be safe. And I won't even announce the name of my book until this is locked down. Connie
John, Frankly, I just don't know what to think. It sounds like they're still going forward with the rebranding, doesn't it? I'm just so baffled and disappointed. I've been so, so, so looking forward to get all my ducks lined up and racking up enough talks to become a full-fledged NSA member instead of just an Academy member. Now I jut don't know any more. What do you think of the backpedaling? Connie
Seth, it's not "odd." I think it's shocking! What was the article from Michael? I'm sure it was fabulous.
Ryan, I agree with you. Thanks for your intriguing comments. By "one of their own," I meant that Michael is a world-renowned speaker just like its members. Connie
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Darryl. I sure hope they do go back to the name, NSA!
I think that getting people to speak out to NSA leadership will make them back off. That's my hope at least. See my most recent post. Please speak out, too. http://www.sugarshockblog.com/2014/07/the-platform-debate-authorspeaker-michael-hyatt-and-the-nsa.html
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In the wake of the National Speakers Association announcement at its annual convention a few days ago that it was renaming the organization "Platform," some of us, who are passionate fans of Michael Hyatt -- the New York Times bestselling author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World -- have become quite vocal about this poorly researched, dubious decision. For my part, as I shared earlier (and maybe ranted a little) on this Sugar Shock Blog, when I witnessed this brand roll-out, I became both appalled and saddened. Michael HyattAlthough I greatly respect the National Speakers Association and its many remarkable members, I cannot fathom how a talented brand-name-search committee -- which allegedly spent "two years" on this -- could have been so in the dark about the amazing Michael Hyatt, who has branded "Platform" in a big way. Or, worse, if they knew about Michael and still proceeded with this move, it's simply galling. Not only has Michael penned his fabulous book Platform -- which is, incidentally, a must read for all speakers --- but he has created a wonderful Platform University and fabulous Platform Conference. Although I had initially planned to dedicate much of this holiday weekend to making major inroads on my next book, I felt it important to take time out to stress via comments in the private National Speakers Association Facebook group and in two blogs posts here that Michael Hyatt is the undisputed brand holder of "Platform." Please join me to support bestselling author and speaker Michael Hyatt: Urge the National Speakers Association leadership to ditch the name change by writing to CEO Stacy Tetschner, who invites your comments about it. Recommend that the NSA apologize to Michael Hyatt. Do better Google searches and more substantive research before picking another brand name that may already be taken. And don't stomp on the toes of someone, who is, after all, one of your own! Indeed, Michael Hyatt is not only a New York Times bestselling author with a huge platform, but he's a sought-after, world-renowned speaker, who has done so much to help speakers, authors, bloggers, etc. get their messages out to a wider audience. Also, please post comments on blogs by Daniel Decker, Stu McLaren, Kathleen Ann Thompson, Mike Kim, and Andy Traub, and thank them for coming to Michael's support. I also encourage you to read these thoughtful posts about this matter from Ryan Avery and Skip Prichard. FYI, you can see the explanation here as to why the well-branded National Speakers Association was ditching its name and now calling itself "Platform." Now, let the fabulous Michael Hyatt teach you about building your own platform. Again, please join me in urging the NSA leadership to reconsider this name change, because Michael Hyatt is already the preeminent holder of the brand, Platform. Please share your comments now. Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Sugar Shock Blog
Join the conversation. What do you think? Can an organization use as its name the same name as a popular book and two programs promoted by a famous speaker/author for years? Speak up now. via www.sugarshockblog.com Continue reading
Thanks for your feedback, Christine. But isn't it intriguing that cutting back on carbs can keep the mosquitoes away?
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Join the conversation. Should a worldwide organization use the same name as a wildly popular book and programs by a famous speaker/author? Speak up now. At its annual conference in San Diego this week, the National Speakers Association -- which has been advancing the speaking profession since 1973 -- announced that it was changing its name to "Platform." Huh? Wait a minute! As I sat in the audience at this year's NSA conference -- which was really fabulous, by the way -- this name change completely confused me. More accurately, I felt very sorry for Michael Hyatt, the wildly acclaimed blogger, speaker and New York Times bestselling author of the fabulous book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. which, incidentally, is a must read for any speaker or author. I sympathized with Michael -- former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers -- because for years, he has contributed his brilliance, mined his creativity and allocated his hard-earned resources to invigorate and popularize the word, "Platform." For those of you not in the know about platforms, having one is imperative these days if you have a book, product, or talk. Learn about it from Michael Hyatt. (I also recommend that you read Seth Godin's brilliant book, Tribes.) As you may have guessed by now, I am a BIG fan of Michael Hyatt, which is why I'm posting off topic today. Not only do I follow Michael's blog and posts on his Facebook page, but I also often consult and implement his ideas from Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. I've even traveled across country to attend one of Michael's conferences, and I plan to fly to another one later this year. Now you can understand why I"m so appalled and dismayed by the National Speakers Association's name change to "Platform." How can the NSA do this to Michael Hyatt, who is, in effect, The Platform Man? To begin with, Michael has a big platform of very engaged, loyal followers like me. Those of us in his tribe avidly read his thoughts on Facebook; follow him on Twitter;, check out his emails; and travel to attend events where he's keynoting. And consider this: Michael's platform -- at least on Facebook (41,770) and Twitter (224,000) -- is far bigger than that of the National Speakers Association, which has only 16,824 fans in its private Facebook group and only 11,600 followers on Twitter. Meanwhile, Michael Hyatt also runs his fabulous Platform University, of which I'm a member. Furthermore, he hosts the acclaimed Platform Conference. Michael also offers services to help speakers, authors and people like you and me build our platforms. By the way, stay tuned for my new, classier look, which soon will be unveiled on my website and blog, thanks to Michael's Get Noticed theme. PlatformNSASo why the heck is the reputable National Speakers Association -- which prides itself on authenticity, originality and even ingenuity -- stomping on the toes of Michael Hyatt, who, as a sought-after speaker, is essentially one of their own? Frankly, I'm disappointed and surprised by this questionable move by the National Speakers Association. Platform-Infographic-5701Indeed, this ill-advised name change puts me in an extremely awkward position. I'm not yet a full-fledged member of NSA, but I'm a member of the amazing NSA Academy so I can develop skills to become a better speaker, which, in turn, will help me build my platform. Plus, I greatly respect the many talented, remarkable NSA speakers, some of whom are bestselling authors with remarkable platforms of their own. Furthermore, I've been eagerly looking forward to getting my NSA speaker certification. Meanwhile, I certainly appreciate the NSA conventions, which, as I witnessed this week and in previous years, are classy, professional events. But none of this changes the fact that NSA taking the name "Platform" is NOT a classy move. More to the point, this name-change is completely lacking in integrity, a trait that many NSA members seek to possess. (See Kathleen Ann Thompson's clever blog post about this.) Not only that, but the NSA name change violates the organization's own code of ethics, as Stu McLaren observes. In short, my loyalty lies with Michael Hyatt, who expressed his astonishment in a Facebook post. By the way, I even urge you to see the helpful infographic (to your left) that Michael created to help people like us build our platforms. Frankly, I'm barffled. Didn't the NSA name- rebranding committee -- whose members were praised in the video below -- do their homework or due diligence, as platform builder and blogger Daniel Decker asks? Didn't at least one member of this illustrious name-change committee do a Google search on the word "Platform" before stomping on Michael Hyatt's brand and look? Dian't at least one committee member hear of Michael Hyatt? It's super easy to discover, as Mike Kim so eloquently blogs,.that Michael Hyatt "owns" the word, "Platform." Go ahead. Do a Google search now for the words, "Platform and Michael Hyatt." As of today, you'll get a whopping 157,000 hits! Isn't t the NSA name change, in fact, brand theft, as Andy Traub suggests? As you can tell, a number of us in Michael's tribe are up in arms. Sure, the concept of a platform has been dicussed for years in publishing and speaking circles and books that predate Michael's have addressed this subject -- but of all people today, Michael Hyatt is the go-to guru about the value of building your platform. In fact, Hay House, publisher of my most recent book, Beyond Sugar Shock, even recommends that ALL of its authors or wanna-be authors read Michael Hyatt's book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.Likewise, my next publisher, Balboa Press, which has a partnership with Hay House, greatly respects Michael. Of course, despite my background as an objective journalist, I make no claims to this being a measured post such as those by Ryan Avery or Stu McLaren. What it comes down to is this: How can a speakers' organization, which touts the value of crediblity and not stealing others' material, in effect, create a name and logo that are uncannily similiar to one used for years by Michael Hyatt -- whether they did so knowingly or not? Now, I urge you: Put yourself in Michael Hyatt's place. How would you feel if one day some organization took the name you've been spending years to brand? I'd certainly be concerned if an organization with similiar goals to mine changed its name to Sugar Shock or Beyond Sugar Shock. Therefore, as a Michael Hyatt fan, I urge the leadership of the National Speakers Association to: Issue a formal apology to Michael Hyatt. Totally abandon the name "Platform" as its new name. Do due diligence and extensive research to ensure that it won't again pick a brand that is already taken by another person or organization. Make this entire name-change process more public and enlist feedback from ALL members of NSA and the Academy. Please weigh in with your ideas. I'd love to hear what you think, but first, watch the video below where the name change (theft?) to Platform is announced at the recent National Speakers Association conference. Join the conversation. So do you think the NSA name change is right or not? Speak up now. Also please share your comments with NSA leadership. Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Sugar Shock Blog
Yes, you missed the stuff on cutting carbs and losing weight although I didn't delve into it a lot. Would you like to hear more about that connection in another post?
Toggle Commented Jul 4, 2014 on Need a Vacation? Take a Nap at Sugar Shock Blog
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Are you one of those people, who tend to attract mosquitos, who bite you often? I urge you to read this post to discover how to eat to keep the mosquitoes away. Mosquito-vector-graphicsFor years, every summer, mostly beginning on 4th of July weekend, I used to be a major magnet for mosquitoes. Lately, come to think of it, those biting critters have been leaving me alone. But it wasn't until this morning, when I received a fascinating email from the empowering Dr. Sara Gottfried that I realized why those annoying mosquitoes have been letting me be in peace. Dr. Gottfried, as you may already know is a wife, mother of two girls (ages 8 and 13), friend, scholar, seeker, yoga teacher, Harvard-trained MD with 20+ years of experience, and author of the amazing New York Times bestselling book,The Hormone Cure:The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep and Sex Drive; Lose Weight; Feel Focused, Vital, and Energized Naturally with the Gottfried Protocol. Anyhow, Dr. Gottfried -- who's s enjoying the holiday week in in rural Idaho at a ranch with her family, doing horseback riding, river rafting, hiking, and fishing -- is happy to find that she's "rarely getting bitten by mosquitoes." Guess why both Dr. Gottfried and I are being left along by the mosquitoes? As Dr. Gottfried points out, her friend Alan Christianson told her recently, mosquitoes pick their subjects based on several things, including the level of ketones in your blood and sweat. In other words, if you're eating lots of sweets or refined carbohydrates -- or what I call quickie carbs -- those mosquitoes will like us. But, on the other hand, as Dr. Gottfried explains, when "you restrict carbohydrates past a certain threshold (usually 25 to 100 grams of carbs per day, but this varies person to person), you produce more ketones and your body odor smells less fruity." In other words, as Dr. Gottfried concludes: "Ketones repel mosquitoes"" Not only that, but they may be Nature's best mosquito repellent." That led Dr. Gottfried to restrict her carbs to see if thatt kept the mosquitoes from swarming. Sure enough, it worked. A hah! Lately, I, too, have been restricting carbs -- not to repel mosquitos, but to shed the remaining pounds I'd gained after my mother passed away. (More about that later.) Now, we all have one more reason to stay away from those compelling carbs -- the mosquitoes won't like us! Thanks to Dr. Sara Gottfried for the heads up on this fascinating simple mosquito repellant! FYI, here are some other ideas to be unappealing to bugs. You also can increase your garlic intake to keep the bugs at bay. You can eat other foods, especially one of my favorites, apple cider vinegar, which also help you repel mosquitoes. You can douse on -- or burn a candle -- of citronella, which also keeps the bugs away. Join the conversation. What have you done to keep the bugs away? Talk to us. We'd love to hear your experiences. Special thanks to Vector Graphics for this fabulous artwork. If I'm supposed to pay, please forgive me, but I didn't see any requirements to do so. http://www.vectors4all.net/preview/mosquito-vector-graphics.jpg Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Sugar Shock Blog
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Join the Conversation. When did you last have a nap? 2738888912_0fe1a1c130_zIf, like me, you badly need of a vacation but can't seem to find the time or resources to get away, try the next best thing: A nap. When you take a quick snooze, you're in the company of such famous nappers as Winston Churchill, Salvador Dalí, Albert Einstein, Lyndon Johnson, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Thomas Edison, who all enjoyed afternoon naps. In fact, according to the AARP, John D. Rockefeller allegedly said: "A little rest now and then helps a man to accomplish more." Meanwhile, short naps -- along with suffficient sleep at night, an anti-inflammatory diet and daily exercise -- help Dr. Andrew Weil feel "positive, energetic, and ready to tackle the challenges that life presents." Celebrity physician Dr. Mehmet Oz -- who, incidentally, was recently grilled by senators for extolling weight-loss supplements on his Dr. Oz Show which didn't pass scientific muster -- also believes in napping. Not only did Dr. Oz admit that he regularly takes an afternoon siesta, but he hailed napping as The 10-Minute Fix that Cures Exhaustion. Napping has many benefits. It: Improves your attention, concentration, memory, performance and alertness. Boosts your moods. Enhance your workplace performance. Reduces accidents and mistakes. Boosts your creativity. Improves your health. Helps you lose weight. Reduces stress. Now I'm not suggesting that napping will make up for being sleep-deprived, but it's a start. However, you really want to get ample zz's at night, too. Did you know, for isntance, that being sleep deprived can boost your appetite and can trigger funk food cravings? By the way, when you nap, don't fret if you can't actually doze off for 10 minutes. One study found that asleep or not, a short period spent resting in bed is just as relaxing. For some tips on napping, turn to Michael Hyatt, who helps leaders leverage influence. Let's have some fun now! Check out these amusing photos of cats napping it up, thanks to the Daily Mail. Join the Conversation. When did you last have a nap? Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Sugar Shock Blog
Please forgive me for not posting more lately, but I'm on deadline for my next book, which will help you if you would like to lose weight or kick your sugar addiction. I'll share more later, but this exciting book will help you with your annoying cravings. Unfortunately, I can't share more now, because I'm headed out the door to a cool conference. More later... In the meantime, tell us: What is your biggest challenge relating to food, sugar or carbs? Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at Sugar Shock Blog
Mary, So glad you that you found "Fed Up" so enlightening! Have you taken their 10-day sugar challenge? Connie
John, so glad to hear your amazing story! That's totally awesome that you lost 15 pounds in only 2 weeks just by eliminating sugar and that you feel so much better! Congrats! Are you planning on staying off sugar?
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Join the Conversation: Are you a "heavy user" of salty, sugary or fatty foods? Salt, Sugar, FatAre you hooked on salty, sugary or fatty processed foods? If you wonder why certain packaged food products call out to you often, you must read the brilliant, eye-opening book, Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us from Pulitzer Prize-winning Michael Moss, an investigatve reporter for The New York Times. Lately, while researching and writing my next book, I haven't been able to put down the fascinating Salt Sugar Fat.. (Mostly, I've been listening to the book via CDs while en route to the gym, Whole Foods or bvusiness meetings. This book was so compelling that I'm now listening to all 12 CDs again.) Frankly, I'm in awe of Moss and his investigative prowess. Over a period of three-and-a-half years, he interviewed hundreds of industry insiders, who revealed jaw-dropping, inside information about what our favorite food companies do to land space on grocery store shelves, crush the competition, boost the bottom line, please Wall Street, and influence our buying habits so we can't pass up on foods with salt, sugar and fat. For those of you, who find yourself frequently buying and eating certain processed chips, cookies or cereals, Moss sheds light on why this may be happening. The captivating processed food substances you find on supermarket shelves "are knowingly designed—engineered is the better word—to maximize their allure,” Moss writes. Michael-Moss_credit-Tony-Ce._V374823686_ (2)“Their packaging is tailored to excite our kids,” he continues. “Their advertising uses every psychological trick to overcome any logical arguments we might have for passing the product by.” Plus, their “taste is so powerful," he writes, "we remember it from the last time we walked down the aisle and succumbed, snatching them up. And above all else, their formulas are calculated and perfected by scientists who know very well what they are doing.” Indeed, those of you, who struggle to peel off pounds and hate that you can't quit over-consuming your favorite sweet soft drinks, salty chips, or fatty cookies, you need to know that food scientists are actually using cutting-edge technology to calculate the “bliss point” and enhance the “mouthfeel” of your preferred foods so they’ll sell more, Moss explains. Oh Goodness! Food Companies Call Big Buyers of Processed Foods "Heavy Users" Perhaps one of the more scary revelations Moss makes in Salt, Sugar Fat is how the food industry regards its ardent customers. In their board rooms and science labs, food industry insiders call you, their loyal buyers, “heavy users.” No, I’m not talking about drugs, but, in light of recent food addiction research, that shows how the brain lights up on sugar as it does on cocaine, the term "user" is certainly apt. And you wonder why your most intense, all-consuming, wild cravings for unnatural, packaged, sugary, salty, fatty foodstuffs swoop in on you often as if they were ravenous vultures waiting for their next dead prey to disembowel? Sorry for the gross imagery, but as a former sugar-addicted journalist, my goal is not only to educate you, but to help you become strong, alert, and determined to lift your choose-healthy-food muscles when you’re at your favorite supermarket, as well as at drug stores, movie theaters and even hospitals.. By the way, just as I was about to put this post up on this Sugar Shock Blog, I discovered -- while catching up on Dr. Oz Show episodes -- that yesterday, Moss was featured in an awesome episode, Supermarket Secrets: How They Fool You Into Buying Foods That Make You Fat. Watch The Dr. Oz Show episode with Moss now. And bear in mind, as Moss told Dr. Oz, that "when you walk into the store, there are traps." With that in mind, it's best to be prepared with "that shopping list, commit yourself to stick with it, shop when you're full, shop with a clear mind," Moss urges. Let Michael Moss open your eyes now by buying his intriguing book, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. Join the Conversation: Are you a "heavy user" of salty, sugary or fatty foods? Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at Sugar Shock Blog
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Join the Conversation: Are you a "heavy user" of salty, sugary or fatty foods? Salt, Sugar, FatAre you hooked on salty, sugary or fatty processed foods? If you wonder why certain packaged food products call out to you often, you must read the brilliant, eye-opening book, Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us from Pulitzer Prize-winning Michael Moss, an investigatve reporter for The New York Times. Lately, while researching and writing my next book, I haven't been able to put down the fascinating Salt Sugar Fat.. (Mostly, I've been listening to the book via CDs while en route to the gym, Whole Foods or bvusiness meetings. This book was so compelling that I'm now listening to all 12 CDs again.) Frankly, I'm in awe of Moss and his investigative prowess. Over a period of three-and-a-half years, he interviewed hundreds of industry insiders, who revealed jaw-dropping, inside information about what our favorite food companies do to land space on grocery store shelves, crush the competition, boost the bottom line, please Wall Street, and influence our buying habits so we can't pass up on foods with salt, sugar and fat. For those of you, who find yourself frequently buying and eating certain processed chips, cookies or cereals, Moss sheds light on why this may be happening. The captivating processed food substances you find on supermarket shelves "are knowingly designed—engineered is the better word—to maximize their allure,” Moss writes. Michael-Moss_credit-Tony-Ce._V374823686_ (2)“Their packaging is tailored to excite our kids,” he continues. “Their advertising uses every psychological trick to overcome any logical arguments we might have for passing the product by.” Plus, their “taste is so powerful," he writes, "we remember it from the last time we walked down the aisle and succumbed, snatching them up. And above all else, their formulas are calculated and perfected by scientists who know very well what they are doing.” Indeed, those of you, who struggle to peel off pounds and hate that you can't quit over-consuming your favorite sweet soft drinks, salty chips, or fatty cookies, you need to know that food scientists are actually using cutting-edge technology to calculate the “bliss point” and enhance the “mouthfeel” of your preferred foods so they’ll sell more, Moss explains. Oh Goodness! Food Companies Call Big Buyers of Processed Foods "Heavy Users" Perhaps one of the more scary revelations Moss makes in Salt, Sugar Fat is how the food industry regards its ardent customers. In their board rooms and science labs, food industry insiders call you, their loyal buyers, “heavy users.” No, I’m not talking about drugs, but, in light of recent food addiction research, that shows how the brain lights up on sugar as it does on cocaine, the term "user" is certainly apt. And you wonder why your most intense, all-consuming, wild cravings for unnatural, packaged, sugary, salty, fatty foodstuffs swoop in on you often as if they were ravenous vultures waiting for their next dead prey to disembowel? Sorry for the gross imagery, but as a former sugar-addicted journalist, my goal is not only to educate you, but to help you become strong, alert, and determined to lift your choose-healthy-food muscles when you’re at your favorite supermarket, as well as at drug stores, movie theaters and even hospitals.. By the way, just as I was about to put this post up on this Sugar Shock Blog, I discovered -- while catching up on Dr. Oz Show episodes -- that yesterday, Moss was featured in an awesome episode, Supermarket Secrets: How They Fool You Into Buying Foods That Make You Fat. Watch The Dr. Oz Show episode with Moss now. And bear in mind, as Moss told Dr. Oz, that "when you walk into the store, there are traps." With that in mind, it's best to be prepared with "that shopping list, commit yourself to stick with it, shop when you're full, shop with a clear mind," Moss urges. Let Michael Moss open your eyes now by buying his intriguing book, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. Join the Conversation: Are you a "heavy user" of salty, sugary or fatty foods? Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at Sugar Shock Blog
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Join the conversation. Have you ever lost a cell phone? For how long? Wow, what a fascinating experience it's been to not have a cell phone for a whopping three-and-a-half weeks (right after I took the photos in this post). My adventure into being iPhone-less was quite inadvertent. Like millions, I cling to my cell phone with dedication and consistency. Like you, I call and text friends and colleagues. I jot down appointments on my calendar. I use my cell to check the time, too. But I only talk into the speakerphone and never hold the phone up to my head. (See the link between chatting on your cell and brain cancer.) Anyhow, my cell-phone reliance came to a screeching halt three-plus weeks ago. I lost my cell phone sometime after taking this shot of the sun peeking through a trees. My timing for losing my cell phone has been fascinating. I'm on deadline for my next book. More about the project shortly, but suffice it to say that I'm one of those people who really focuses during crunch time and, more than ever, I limit distractions. However, I do take ample me time, which becomes super-important when you have to crank out a book. Anyhow, after going through some initial cell-phone withdrawal symptoms -- seriously! -- see 7 Lesson I Learned Because I Lost My Cell Phone -- AgainI I'm now kind of liking not being so tied to my cell phone. Although for nearly a month, I've been optimistically waiting for my cell phone to reappear -- looking in the couch, my car, etc. -- I've experienced three unexpected bonuses. I feel more free. It may sound strange, but knowing that I cannot call someone when I'm out and about gives me a glorious dose of freedom. Not using my cell has made me realize how often I called people while taking a walk,e tc. I'm much more present and appreciative. When I'm out and about -- whether it's for a walk or to the movies -- I find that I appreciate views better, be they leaves, flowers, ocean or even the mall. In short, everything is richer and fuller. I'm much more creative. This has been such a blessed benefit. When I take needed breaks (even to go to physical therapy for my inured knee), I'm getting greeat ideas really often. They just come to me out of the blue. So cool! So incredibly wonderful! Anyhow, I'm still hoping my cell phone will show up, but I'm wondering if the Universe has plotted for me to be without it until I finish my next book. So I've concocted a wild plan -- I am now bribing myself! I can't get a a new cell phone once I finish my next book! Rather than feeling deprived, I'm entertained by this off-the-wall pledge, which I've now pursusing almost as a badge of honor. Plus, I'm motivated in a huge way to finish this book and get back to posting more often. Anyhow, stay tuned for info about my book. I'm coming to you soon with a poll to test out several titles. In the meantime, join the conversation. Talk to us. Have you ever lost your cell phone? For how long? Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2014 at Sugar Shock Blog