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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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Join the Conversation: What's your favorite way to relieve stress? Share your thoughts now. Stressed out? Struggling with excess weight? StressIf you'rve been stressed out and you've gained weight, you want to learn about cortisol, which is caused by stress and its role in both weight gain and infuriating belly fat. Here are some answers to questions you may have about the stress-cortisol-weight gain connection. How does too much cortisol make you gain weight? We normally think of cortisol as being released from our adrenal glands in “fight-or-flight” situations when we don't have control of a situation or it's threatened. It raises our heart beat and gives us a burst of energy. Yet, there is a second even result relating to cortisol, which is related to the ‘defeat’ response, which occurs when stress is prolonged. “Although the stress pathways work together,” wrote a team of exercise science professors at the University of New Mexico, “they each can uniquely affect the function of bodily processes. "The ‘defeat’ response {when stress is prolonged} can lead to enhanced lipogenesis (fat creation), visceral obesity (deep abdominal obesity), breakdown of tissues, and suppression of the immune system.” In short, stress and your elevated levels of cortisol can make you fat. More specifically, cortisol is a steroid hormone, which has the ability to move fat in your body from storage deposits directly into the fat cells located in your abdomen. Plus, the more cortisol you secrete over extended periods of time, the more you engorge fat cells in your abdomen to create belly fat. Not only that, but cortisol “also indirectly influences appetite by regulating other chemicals that are released during stress such as cortiocotrophin releasing hormone, leptin, and neuropeptide Y,” the New Mexico research team noted. Does abdominal fat attract more abdominal fat due to stress reactions? The short answer is yes! Another study, this one from a team of health psychologists at the University of California, San Francisco, researched 59 premenopausal women, about half of whom had a high waist-to-hip ratio (abdominal fat) and half, who had a low ratio. Over four days, all the women were exposed to stressful test situations and had their cortisol secretions measured. Women with a high abdominal fat reported more chronic stress and “secreted significantly more cortisol” than women with lower abdominal fat. The study authors concluded that “stress-induced cortisol secretion” contributes to central body fat and this fat distribution, in turn, “relates to greater psychological vulnerability to stress and cortisol reactivity.” Physicians at the MedicineNet website label this cortisol-induced abdominal fat “toxic fat” because its buildup in this part of your body “is strongly correlated with the development of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes.” What are proven methods to control cortisol and reduce belly fat? It’s a one-two punch in the gut, so to speak. You need to manage your stress so cortisol doesn’t continues to inflate your abdominal fat cells, and you need to adopt a dedicated exercise program that not only burns calories, but also helps to manage stress levels. “Many types of aerobic and anaerobic exercise have been shown to be effective interventions in reducing or managing stress,” observed Len Kravitz, Ph.D., an exercise science expert at the University of New Mexico. “Some of the popular ‘mindful’ exercise programs such as yoga and Tai Chi are also recommended for stress management. medditation, progressive relaxation, deep breathing, and visualization are methods that can be effective in decreasing stress-induced symptoms. Also, eating right and getting enough rest should be incorporated in a stress management plan for life.” Join the Conversation: What's your favorite way to relieve stress? Share your thoughts now. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Sugar Shock Blog
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It's my honor to be included in the Mindful Eating Summit, which is presented this week by my friend and colleague, Susan Albers, Psy.D, author of Eating Mindfully and a Cleveland Clinic psychologist. For this amazing Mindful Eating Summit, Dr. Albers has interviewed 20 of the world’s top leading eating experts, who share information that you won’t hear anywhere else. In the Mindful Eating Summit, the experts (of which I'm one) teach you how to boost your nutrition, end mindless overeating, and stop feeling guilty when you eat. You'll have a chance to learn tools, strategies and techniques you can apply right now to eat healthier. Plus, you'll discover the cutting edge science that is shaping the world of nutrition and how you can apply it right now. Here are a few of the presenters in the Mindful Eating Conference, all of whom offer their own rich, in-depth perspective on health, wellness and mindfulness: Dr. Brian Wansink Director of Cornell Food & Brand Lab and best-selling author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think Evelyn Tribole Award-winning registered dietitian an author of Intuitive Eating (co-author) Dr. Jim Painter Producer of Portion Size Me, a documentary about fast food and health and featured on CBS’s Early Show Margaret Floyd, author of Eat Naked. Dr. David Katz, author of Disease Proof and contributor to O, the Oprah Magazine Dr. Daniel Siegel, Professor of at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. Dr. Alan Christianson specializes in natural endocrinology with a focus on thyroid disorders. Jonathan Bailor, author of The Calorie Myth Trudy Scott, author of The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution and the upcoming Anxiety Summit in November And yours truly. MindfuleatingyouWhen you sign up for the Mindful Eating Summit, you'll also receive a free ebook, The Emotional Eater’s Tool Kit, so you can start taking charge of your eating right now. The Mindful Eating Summit is presented by Susan Albers, Psy.D., a psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic who specializes in eating issues, weight loss, body image concerns and mindfulness. Dr. Albers conducts mindful eating workshops across the country. She is author of six books about mindful eating, including EatQ: Unlock the Weight-Loss Power of Emotional Intelligence and 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food. Catch all of our interviews now. Just sign up for the Mindful Eating Summit. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Sugar Shock Blog
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Join the Conversation. What is your biggest Ahah! from this video, "Why We Overeat: The Toxic Food Environment and Obesity"? Talk to us now. Do you or your loved ones overeat? Have you or your family members been gaining unwanted excess weight? Are you concerned about our obesity crisis? To gain insights into why two-thirds of people are getting fatter and fatter and sicker and sicker, I urge you to watch a video of this fascinating panel discussion, "Why We Overeat: The Toxic Food Environment & Obesity," thanks to the Harvard School of Public Health and the Huffington Post. I'm so excited that I came across this video while doing research for my next book, Tame Your Crazy Cravings™. This program presented an illustrious panel, which included: Walter Willett, Chair, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, and Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition David Kessler, Former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco; and Author, The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite Dariush Mozaffarian, Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School and Michael Rich, Director, Center on Media and Child Health, Boston Children's Hospital The modferator of "Why We Overeat" was moderated brilliantly by Meredith Melnick, Editorial Director for HuffPost Healthy Living. This program has many fascinating points, and I urge you to watch through it for the entire time. In particular, I urge you to pay attentiont to these fascinating comments from Dr. Mozaffarian: "Now sugar, I agree that sugar is a problem, but sugar is no greater a problem and then totally unsweetened refined grains. And the worry I have about just focusing on sugar, it gives the refined grains, it gets them off the hook. "So white bread, all refined cereals that have no added sugar at all, they say zero sugar on the panel, those are just as bad. And when we've looked at populations of hundreds of thousands of people, the weight gain associated with Skittles is exactly the same weight gain that is associated with Corn Flakes or white bread or a bagel. So to think that a bagel, that has no sugar, is different than candy is really misleading. ..." Also, I invite you to keep watching to check out the second video (at 59:00) from the HBO film, Weight of the Nation, .where you can discover which beverages contain the most sugar content, thanks to The WATCH Nutrition Clinic. I'd love to hear what you think about this video. Join the Conversation. What is your biggest Ahah! from this video, "Why We Overeat The Toxic Food Environment & Obesity"? Talk to us now. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Sugar Shock Blog
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Join the Crazy Cravings Conversation™. What foods do you most crave and when? Post your comment now. Cravings-can-stock-photo_csp5445145 Do you find that whenever stress strikes, deadline hits, your kids misbehave or grief wallops you, you're seized by absolutely urgent, overpowering Crazy Cravings™ for easily accessible, fiber-stripped carbohydrates or other sugary, salty, fatty foods? Then, the next thing you know, fueled by your frantic cravings, you hunt out your favorite trigger foods, which, of course, are quite easy to find. After all, unless we live in the boonies or the outbacks, we're in the midst of a junk-food jungle, which is full of convenience stores, bakeries, and carts that sell a plethora of tempting donuts, candies, cookies, crackers, chips, and junk foods. What's a wanna-be healthy eater to do? And what can you do if you want to lose weight and your cravings keep derailing you? Well, you need to learn to Calm Your Crazy Cravings™, as I put it. Lately, I've been wracking my brain and exhaustively researchng how to help you do just that. In fact, that's why, as you may have noticed. I haven't been posting as much lately on this Sugar Shock Blog or on my Huffington Post or Heal Your Life blogs. You see, I've been deep into writing and researching my third book, Calm Your Crazy Cravings (that's the wokring title). My next book will help you finally let go of your urgent urges for unhealthy sugary, salty, fatty junk foods, or what I call nonfoods or unreal foods. My next book, which I've been working on intensely for two years, while healing after the death of my mother, is the the follow up to my books, Sugar Shock and Beyond Sugar Shock. Although -- as I mentioned in My Carb Confession here and then later here, when I thanked Sean Croxton for inspring me to come clean -- the initial inspiration for this book grew out of my own challenging, traumatic experiences and Crazy Cravings, my next book can help millions, I believe, to rise about those incessant desires for unreal foods, which can lead you to disease and even an early death. Anyhow, I ask you to please be patient with me a while longer, because I'm sooooooo close to finishing my book, Calm Your Crazy Cravings, and then I'll be posting lots of great tips for you. For now, I invite you to get excited! At last, you'll get help to rise above your Crazy Cravings. Alex-JamiesonIn the meantime, I encourage you to get valuable perspective, awesome insights and wonderful help to understand and manage your cravings from my astute colleague, Alex Jamieson. Alex offers a different, wortehile, brilliant perspective on the subject of cravings. (Yes, our books will complement each other well.) The empowering, personable Alex Jamieson -- who I had the pleasure of meeting years ago while living in New York City and who I saw recently at an awesome event for health experts presented by cutting-edge health guru JJ Virgin -- is now gearing up for the publication of her next book, Women, Food and Desire, which comes out in January. In fact, you may have been one of millions, who had the pleasure of seeing her on such shows as "Oprah" or "The National Health Test with Bryant Gumbel" or in the award-winning documentary, Super Size Me. You also can hear her inspring TedX talk here. In fact, I'm honored to be able to present Alex as one of more than 20 experts, who will participate in my upcoming Sugar World Summit. Stay tuned for details. In the meantime, talk to us. Join the Crazy Cravings Conversation™. What foods do you most crave and when? Post your comment now. Photo Credit: Please note that since I'm on book deadline, I haven't resarched if it's okay to use this artwork above. If not, please let me know and I'll take it down. In the meantime, I want to profusely thank Clipart Vector for this awesome cartoon. Check them out. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Sugar Shock Blog
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Join the Conversation. When was the last time you confessed something that embarrassing? We want to hear from you. Post your thoughts here. Last week before heading out of town, I finally made My Big Carb Confession about how, for months after losing my mother and reeling from My Bittersweet Last Year with Mom, I stopped walking my clean-carbs talk. Bittersweet_banner_final (2)Although in my grief, trauma and anguish, I NEVER had sugar as I had in 1998, suddenly, Crazy Carb Cravings™ pounced on me, and I mindlessly shoveled in movie popcorn, corn nuggets and onion rings. This week, I wrote a follow-up post to thank prolific blogger and podcaster Sean Croxton for inspiring me to make my Confessions of a Health Expert. Now, this morning, after continuing to eat only wholesome foods and beverages and cranking up my workout routine, I lost yet another pound. This was exciting news. I finally hit my previous weight, the one before Mom became terminally ill. Woo Hoo! Evidently, confessing about my carb relapse so publicly has been quite cleansing. First, in a post on this Sugar Shock Blogg, I made My Big Carb Confession. Then, over the weekend, without planning to do it, fueled by courage, I spontaneously admitted to some 100-plus fellow health experts that I'd had a carb relapse. (This was at an amazing event presented by JJ Viirgin, one of the nation’s foremost fitness and nutrition experts and bestselling author of The Virgin Diet.). Of course, confessing is an important part of most religions, but owning up to my carb "sinning" in such a public way, first on this Sugar Shock Blog and then to other health experts has unleased a tremendous enthusiasm, passon and power in me. Not only did I shed more weight, but at long last, I finished the preface to my next book, How this Book Came to Be: My Tale of Trauma, Temptation and Triumph. I've been working on this very challenging section of the book for more than a year, and I've rewritten it at least dozens of times. Stay tuned for a blog post to learn How to Break a Weight-Loss Plateau (something I experienced). And keep a lookout for news about the upcoming Sugar World Summit, which will feature world-renowned experts in health, wellness, sugar and addiction. Join the Conversation. When was the last time you confessed something that embarrassing? We want to hear from you. Post your thoughts here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Sugar Shock Blog
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We'd like to hear from you. What is your Big Confession? It feels great to do! Join us! Together, let's move on to create a glorious life. Talk to us now. Last week, before heading out of town to hang out with some fellow health experts, I made what I consider My Big Carb Confession. I finally came clean about how for months after my Mom passed away, when I was walloped by grief, anguish and symptoms of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), I quit walking my clean carbs talk. What a relief it was to finally admit that I'd had a relapse! That freed me up to plunge into my big plans. Indeed, admitting to you that I had flopped has now unleashed a new enthusiasm and excitement in me to serve you. In fact, not only am I back to eating cleanly (and have been for a year), but I'm also working on an exciting new book to help you Tame Your Cravings™. In case you missed My Big Carb Confession, here's a summary of what I shared: After my mother died, for months, I did lots of what I now call Heartbreak Eating™ or Heartbreak Bingeing™ of refined carbs, as well as salty cheeses and oily nuts. (FYI, this wasn't just emotional eating. Heartbreak Bingeing -- which is fueled by colossal,gut-wrenching, profound pain caused by huge loss, abuse, or even betrayal -- is far more intense, frenetic, and frantic than emotional eating.) Although I cavorted with carbs in a big way -- shoveling in movie popcorn, onion rings, and corn nuggets -- I did, however, continue to steer clear of my old sugary favorites, which I'd quit in 1998, as I reveal in my books, Sugar Shock.and Beyond Sugar Shock. My Heartbreak Eating had led me to pack on 20 extra pounds. . What's more, for months, due to the intensity and ferocity of my grief, PTSD, and anguish, I kept ignoring what I know well, which is that processed carbohydrates quickly convert to sugar in your bloodstream, which is why, for years I've been calling them quickie carbs, fast carbs, culprit carbs and much-like-sugar carbs. In short, all those fast carbs I'd been inhaling had been sending me flying in and out of Sugar Shock, or more accurately, Carb Shock. Hence my many symptoms of depression (and how!), mood swings, crying spells (lots of them), insomnia, and big brain fog. Of course, grief over the loss of a loved one is tough enough to face, but when you eat crappy carbs, you exacerbate your many ailments, which is what happened to me. Anyhow, for about a year, I've been back to eating cleanly, thanks to lots of healing work and workshops, including grief counseling, therapy, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), energy work and many cool tactics, which I've created or discovered to help me confront those Crazy Carb Cravings™. I'm also happy to report that I'm close to my weight loss goal. I've shed 18 of the 20 pounds I gained doing Heartbreak Eating, and I'm now working off the additional inches to get back to my previous slim, toned figure. Making My Big Carb Confession.was a huge deal for me. I was embarrassed to admit that I fell offf the wagon and that I was no longer doing what I encourage others to do. Sen Croxton UW For months, I'd been thinking about coming clean about my carb relapse. That's why I need and want to thank the amazing Sean Croxton, whose Confessoins of a Health Blogger post finally gave me courage to make My Big Carb Confession. I urge you to get on Sean Croxton's mailing list. Sean is a passionate health and fitness professional, who is dedicated to revolutionizng the way the world thinks about health. His Underground Wellness videos and Underground Wellness Radio are quite popular, and I encourage you to listen to these exciting programs, where you can catch Sean interview such top names in health and fitness such as Paul Chek, Mark Sisson, Dr. Robert Lustig, Julia Ross, and Cynthia Pasquella.. Anyhow, thank you, Sean, for inspiring me to join you in making My Big Carb Confession. We'd like to hear from you. What is your Big Confession? It feels great to do! Join us! Together, let's move on to create a glorious life. Talk to us now. Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Sugar Shock Blog
Oops, sorry, didn't see your reply earlier. I will have to research the story with the capsules. Where did you hear about apple cider vinegar and mosquitoes?
Kim, thank you so much for sharing! Just know that falling off the wagon doesn't mean you have to stay there. You can pick yourself up and become STRONGER! Would've written sooner, but I was gone all weekend. Stay tuned for some tips to get back on track after you've fallen off the wagon. You can do it! Connie
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Join the Conversation: Have you ever been thrown off course by your Crazy Carb Cravings™ or other bad food urges? Post your comments now. It’s finally time for me to come clean. Bittersweet_banner_final (2)Two years ago, while reeling from the death of my mother, my traumatic Bittersweet Last Year with her, and many gut-wrenching revelations, I quit walking my clean-carbs talk. In short, I suffered a carb relapse. Oops! Thankfully, I did not totally fall back into my old sugary ways of 1998 when I kicked sweets and processed carbohydrates on doctor’s orders. Instead, I flew off my clean-carbs wagon. Salty, crappy carbs called out to me often. Well, that’s certainly how it felt. I’m sure you can relate. Many of my clients have felt trapped by this very same challenge. Culprit carbs weren’t my only captors. Rich, salty, creamy cheeses and oily peanuts and almonds beckoned, too. Frankly, I was startled, flummoxed and unprepared. For nearly 15 years, I’d been mostly shunning nutrient-lacking, fiber-stripped sugary nonfoods and refined carbohydrates and enjoying near-perfect health. Now, suddenly, after Mom died, I was overcome, disoriented, and ill equipped to handle the intensity, ferocity, and irrationality of my overpowering, Crazy Carb Cravings™ and urges for other “bad foods.” Do you relate to my plight? Do you feel stricken by or have you ever been waylaid strong, potent cravings that throw you completely off course, doing self-destuctive things against your best intentions? Why Did I Fall Off the Clean-Carbs Wagon? Blame My Dark Night of the Soul You may wonder, as I often have, “How could I have stopped walking my clean-carbs talk?” It’s now evident that I was recovering from a year, if not longer, of being badly TAGGED™. That’s the acronym I coined, which stands for Traumatized, Anguished, Gripped by Grief, and Emotionally Drained. In addition, I was reeling from Mom’s unintentional mistreatment of me. You see, while the stage 4 lung cancer was spreading to my mother’s brain, I’d helplessly watched in agony as my once polite and polished mother often switched into “Cancer Mom.” Cancer Mom was this other creature, who frequently became angry, cruel, and unreasonable. That’s putting it very mildly. Thankfully, I've now processed my pain, but let me give you a flavor for what I endured for a year. One night, a few months after I'd moved across country for my mother to there for her during her terminal illnuess, Mom flat out refused to invite me for dinner with her three friends. “Connie, you’re boring,” Cancer Mom illogically declared. Next, she thrust the knife in deeper. “You have nothing interesting to say," she irrationally insisted. "All you can talk about sugar.” That evening—as with many other times during My Bittersweet Last Year with Mom—I spent hours sobbing and aimlessly walking. Over time, Mom’s irrational rage, which she often hurled at me, was really tough to take, especially since: I had relocated across country to be there for my mother during her terminal illness, and I truly loved my mother more than anyone else in her life, as I share on my Bittersweet Year blog. All said and done, I’m glad I rushed to Mom’s side at the end of her life. We also shared some fabulous times together, where I accompanied my mother as she fulfilled an impressive bucket list of films, operas, plays, dinners, visits to the farmer’s market, trips to the beach, etc. Anyhow, after Mom died and I didn’t have to be on my best behavior anymore, I plunged into My Dark Night of the Soul. That’s when, as Eckhart Tolle describes it, you experience “a collapse of a perceived meaning in life…an eruption into your life of a deep sense of meaninglessness. “Nothing makes sense anymore, there’s no purpose to anything,” Tolle explains. I Was Humiliated That I Wasn’t Walking My Clean-Carbs Talk! Somehow losing my Mom unleashed a torrent of unresolved issues, pain over being betrayed, etc. (Because I'm so committed to healing and growing from my ordeal, I've gone into extensive therapy.) Anyhow, imagine my shame, embarrassment, and humiliation. Beyond Sugar Shock -- Intl Bestseller -- 6a00d834520ed269e2019b0154ee08970b-320wiThere I was, a recognized sugar and carb expert, certified health coach, certified life coach and author of two acclaimed books about the subject, Sugar Shock and Beyond Sugar Shock, but I was now falling off the wagon over and over again! Crazy Carb Cravings™ began to seize, control and rule me! Simply put, I felt like a fraud. Despite my repeated efforts to get back on track, my unhealthy food splurges went on for months—maybe not on a daily basis, but often enough to make me realize that I had lost carb control. It wasn’t until I moved away from where Mom had spent her final, difficult year that I got back into the confident, calm, carb control driver’s seat. Wait, there’s more. Much to my horror, my Crazy Carb Cravings sent me careening down a deep, dark path. What was particularly embarrassing was that I just couldn’t hide my carb relapse. Within nine months of losing Mom, I’d quickly packed on 20 pounds. In short, I didn’t even look like I was walking my talk! In fact, at a book signing for my then new book, Beyond Sugar Shock—which, thankfully, Mom saw published three months before she died—I was carrying an extra 19.4 pounds. In fact, before my book signing, I worked hard to find clothes to hide my excess weight. You’ve probably suffered a similar plight at some point, right? After all, we are human. If you have—or are going through such a challenge now—keep reading this Sugar Shock Blog and sign up for updates, because I’ve now developed or discovered cool tools to help you triumph over your Crazy Cravings. Crazy Carb Cravings™ Hounded and Harassed Me It was utterly awful. Of course, I knew better than to eat those crappy carbs! Although I wasn’t eating sugar—I was determined to never go back there again—I did a brilliant job of ignoring the sour facts. I flat out overlooked the truth, which is that highly processed carbohydrates quickly convert to sugar in your bloodstream. Duh! Indeed, processed carbs, once they move into your bloodstream, behave like sugar. In short, refined carbs = sugar. That’s why, for years, I’d dubbed processed carbohydrates much-like-sugar carbs, quickie carbs, fast carbs or culprit carbs. But amidst my grief, heartbreak, and depression, I just didn’t want to think about the sour truth. I just couldn’t face it. And I certainly didn’t want to confront what I know well and had researched extensively—that fast carbs can, like sugar, trigger weight gain, mood swings, headaches, anxiety, and even heart disease, cancer, or type 2 diabetes. My Crazy Carb Cravings™ Were a Manifestation of My Profound Pain Now, in hindsight, it’s evident why I suffered from such Crazy Carb Cravings™, which, thankfully, no longer haunt me. Yes, I’m free of all cravings! But after Mom passed away, My Crazy Carb Cravings and other urges for unhealthy nonfoods were a manifestation of my profound pain, which I badly needed to process. So while I was grieving my loss, resolving my conflicting feelings, and facing my depression, anxiety and despair, I did what I now call Heartbreak Eating™, or more accurately, Heartbreak Bingeing™. That kind of overeating is far more intense, frenetic and frantic than emotional eating. Clearly, My Crazy Cravings wouldn’t let me go until I healed. Have you, too, been plagued by Crazy Cravings while mourning the death of a loved one, your divorce, the end of a relationship or the loss of a job? My Big Discovery: Oh No, I Was in Carb Shock, Too! About a year ago, while in the midst of healing, made a huge discovery, which actually embarrassed me, because I know better. One day, I began to study the ingredients labels of foods I’d been devouring in my pain. Amazon Sug Sh 51RDZ7DBVAL._SL110_ (2)I turned to page 12 of my first book, Sugar Shock. There I found all the symptoms I’d been experiencing. It was déjà vu! Sure, I hadn’t been eating sugar, but those fast-acting carbs had been delivering the same awful symptoms, which had plagued me back in 1998. Because I’d been repeatedly Heartbreak Bingeing™ quickie carbs, I was suffering from many ailments that were uncannily like those of Sugar Shock. In other words, I’d been flipping in and out of Carb Shock! My Heartbreak Bingeing of quickie carbs had been making My Dark Night of the Soul far worse than it would have been if I’d been carefully choosing all that I put into my mouth. In short, because of Carb Shock, I had been suffering from: Mood swings, Crying spells, Melancholy, Depression, Angst, Irritability, Brain fog or Difficulty concentrating Insomnia (or nightmares if I did sleep), Overwhelming fatigue Restlessness Nervousness And more. Yikes! Yeah! I’ve Now Lost Most of My Grief Weight Because I so wanted to reclaim my peace of mind and get get back to serving you, I’ve done many things to heal. For instance, I've participated in grief counseling, therapy, hypnosis, Heartmath™, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), and workshops on compassion, mindful eating, rituals, etc. And, of course, I've been in therapy, as noted earlier. Thankfully, with the help of these and other valuable tools, I’ve been eating healthily for about a year, with a few short, grief-triggered slips on some holidays, birthdays or anniversaries. I’ve also finally peeled off almost 19 of the 20 pounds I gained, and I’m getting toned again. Woo Hoo! The Inevitable Weight Loss Plateau Although I'm close to my earlier weight, losing those excess pounds has been very slow. In fact, I've had a number of plateaus, which were very frustrating. It’s taken me a full year to shed those 19 pounds. Shedding my extra weight has taken so long, I believe, because that my cortisol and adrenaline were sky high after all the stress, trauma, and grief I endured. To lose my grief weight, I learned a lot. Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post on Easy Tips to Rise Above Your Weight-Loss Plateau. Soon, I’ll also share other valuable ideas and information so you can get practical tools to calm your cravings and heal from profound pain. Sign up now for Sugar Shock Blog updates to get these helpful posts. As you may have noticed, I’ve also taken time out from social media, as well as this Sugar Shock Blog, or my blogs on Heal Your Life, the Huffington Post or Psychology Today. Not only that, but I stayed away from events where I might run into fellow health colleagues. Sometimes, we just need to retreat and regroup in order to come back stronger and better. For my part, I wanted to get my slim figure, calm demeanor, and peace of mind. I felt that being active in blogging and social media kept me away from my highest goal, which was healing. Good News for You: My Exciting New Book Will Help You Tame Your Crazy Cravings™ Tadum! At last, I’m excited to announce that I’m ready to serve you again. My pain is now your gain. It’s strange. When I feel shattered, betrayed and broken, I get quite creative. So now I’m finishing researching and writing my next book, which is tentatively called Tame Your Cravings™.(I have another three in the works, too.) In Tame Your Cravings—which I’ll formally announce soon—I’ll tell how to let go of your Crazy Cravings, which keep you hooked on unhealthy, sugary, salty, fatty foods, fast foods or quickie carbs. When you release your Crazy Cravings, you’ll be able to: Shed weight; Boost your moods; Become more productive; Gain peace of mind; Become happy; and even Rev up your libido. Sign up for Sugar Shock Blog updates to get new, easy tools, tactics, and techniques that can help you triumph over your cravings so you can get the sweeter life you so richly deserve. Stay tuned also for information about my exciting, upcoming Cravings Freedom Program™. Thank you for your support. I also want to thank all of you, who've been sticking around and reading my periodic posts during my Dark Night of the Soul for sticking around. That means so much to me. I’m very grateful to you for your understanding, compassion and support for the past three years, while I stood by my dying Mom and then took time to heal and then prepare to help you again. Now, please post your comments here, on this Sugar Shock Blog, and on Facebook. Join the Conversation: Have you ever been thrown off course by your Crazy Carb Cravings™ or other bad food urges? Post your comments now. Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Sugar Shock Blog
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 Jul 22, 2014 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