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Connie Bennett, CHHC, CPC, ACC
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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Talk to us: Have you had a relapse? Were you embarrassed to admit it to others as I was? Let us know. Recently, with great embarrassment and perhaps a bit of shame, I made what I call My Carb Confession. Bittersweet_banner_final (2)I revealed that after the death of my mother and what I call My Bittersweet Last Year with Mom, for a number of months, Crazy Cravings™ pestered and pounded me while I was assaulted by grief, depression, anxiety, trauma, and the enormity of my loss.. As a result, I caved in and ate lots of crappy carbs (corn nuggets, movie popcorn, chips, etc.). The upshot? That led to a 20-pound weight gin. Aargh! In short, for months, I'd become a Carb Fraud! But in the midst of my grief, I just didn't pay attention. For a while now, I've been really nervous, reluctant and hesitant to share My Carb Confession,.even though for over a year, I've been back to eating cleanly. After all, I'm an author and speaker, who's known for badmouthing sweets and quickie carbs. But you were so supportive when I finally revealed my carb relapse. Wow! Little did I realize that My Carb Confession would resonate with so many of you. So, I just wanted to say, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, for your kindness, consideration, and wonderful emails. From the bottom of my heart, I want to share my profound gratitude. I'm so relieved that you still respect me and my work to help you achieve Sweet Freedom. FYI, as you may have read, I"ve now achieved Sweet Success. I finally shed all 20 pounds I'd gained during my trying times after my Mom passed away. My slim body is almost back! Plus, now that my injured knee is healed and my sprained ankle are feeling better, I've been toning up doing weight resistance and high intensity workouts. And, of course, I'm back to eating very cleanly -- crappy carbs and My Crazy Cravings™ have gone bye-bye! Again, thank you for supporting me during My Carb Confession. By the way, stay tuned for some new tips and tools so you, too, can Rise Above Relapse™, as I now call it. Have you had a relapse? Were you embarrassed to admit it to others as I was? Let us know. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Sugar Shock Blog
My heart goes out to you, Theresa. I applaud you for your courage. Please rest assured. Your story sounds familiar -- lots of my clients have had these same complaints. FYI, it is easy to slip back into eating sweets. Stay tuned -- I'll be posting something shortly about How to Start to answer your question. Rooting for you. Connie
Join the Conversation: Does this news excite you, too? If you find it hard to say no to candies, cookies, chips, it may be because your brain is addicted to them, according to a new study. In short, your brain is actually hooked on junk food, which, of course, leads to weight gain and obesity and other harmful dieases. But promising news came out recently, which reveals taht you you can literally ‘reprogram’ your brain so that you not only break your food addictions, but you actually develop a preference for healthier non-fattening foods so you lose weight. For my part, I'm simply thrilled by this exciting news. You may wonder, though, is this just too good to be true? Not so! Some definitive proof this is possible came from a September 2014 study by scientists at Tufts University and Harvard Medical School. The researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging to show how the brains of volunteers had been altered during a six-month experiment, during which they forsake high caloric foods for low caloric ones. Thirteen overweight or obese adults between the ages of 21 and 65 were placed in either an intervention group or a control group. The intervention group received 19 hour-long support group sessions during the 24 weeks in which they were taught how to use portion-controlled menus and recipe suggestions designed for high-satiety. The foods consumed in this plan were low-glycemic index carbohydrates along with high fiber and high protein (known as the idiet.) FYI, these are the foods I recommend, too, as you can discover in Beyond Sugar Shock. These foods" have "a slower digestion profile and reduction fluctuations in blood glucose that could reduce hunger,” according to the study. The control group received no such counseling or support. What's intriguing is that before the experiment began and six months later, on its completion, all study participants underwent the fMRI scans as they were shown 40 food and 40 non-food images. The foods were half high caloric and half low caloric. While being scanned, the volunteers rated the desirability of the images they saw on a scale of 1 to 4, with 1 being undesirable and 4 being extremely desirable. Those who had gone through the six months of intervention measured significantly less response in the striatum region of their brains (an area governing reward processing) when shown the high caloric foods and more responsivity when shown the low caloric images. It was as if the brain charges they previously got from these foods had been disconnected. They also achieved significant weight loss, whereas the control group lost little weight and still had no control over how their brains craved certain unhealthy foods. One of the study co-authors, Sai Krupa Das, Ph.D., who is with the United States Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center, observed how the weight loss program they used with high-fiber, low glycemic foods worked hand in hand with behavior change education to bring about the remarkable changes in weight and brain activity related to cravings. "The weight loss program is specifically designed to change how people react to different foods, and our study shows those who participated in it had an increased desire for healthier foods along with a decreased preference for unhealthy foods, the combined effects of which are probably critical for sustainable weight control," according to Dr. Das. "To the best of our knowledge this is the first demonstration of this important switch." Sources: “Training your brain to prefer healthy foods.” Tufts University. “Pilot randomized trial demonstrating reversal of obesity-related abnormalities in reward system responsivity to food cues with a behavioral intervention.” Deckersbach T. Et al. Nutrition & Diabetes. September 2014. iDiet program. Join the Conversation: Does this news excite you, too? Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Sugar Shock Blog
Join the Conversation. What's your biggest Ahah! from the Mindful Eating Summit? Dr-susan-albers-host-mindful-eating-summitEarlier on this Sugar Shock Blog, I mentioned this fabulous Mindful Eating Summit,which is presented by mindful eating expert Dr. Susan Albers. Susan has done a truly magnificent job with this event, which features top mindful eating experts such as Dr. Brian Wansink, Evelyn Tribole, and Margaret Floyd. I was also one of those interviewed. If you missed it, catch it now. Just listen below. (Alas, I couldn't get Skype to work so we did an audio program instead of a video interview, but I invite you to listen to this short interview ASAP. Please think about what point I made that most resonates with you to help shed light on what I call Your Crazy Cravings. I also urge you to sign up now for the Mindful Eating Summit to catch all the interviews tomorrow (a replay of this wonderful event). You'll get help galore! Join the Conversation. What's your biggest Ahah! from the Mindful Eating Summit? Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Sugar Shock Blog
First off, congrats on quitting sugar in 2013! You should be so proud of yourself! Now, my heart goes out to you in dealing with what I call those Crazy Carb Cravings™, which can hit bigtime when you're under stress. Keep checking back here, because I'll be posting more cool tools to deal with those Crazy Carb Cravings. Have you tried meditating, by the way? Many find that quite calming.
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 Aug 27, 2014 at Sugar Shock Blog
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 Aug 27, 2014 at Sugar Shock Blog
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 Aug 23, 2014 at Sugar Shock Blog
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
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
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
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! Yes, I was human. Thankfully, I did not totally fall back into my old sugary ways of 1998, before I kicked sweets and processed carbohydrates on doctor’s orders. Instead, I flew off my clean-carbs wagon. You see, after losing my mother, absolutely demanding, overpowering, downright insatiable Crazy Carb Cravings™—my new phrase for them—struck me out of the blue. Oh, how did those salty, crappy carbs call out to me often! "Connie, eat me, eat me, eat me," they seductively pleaded! Of course, I'm joking—as I now can do, now that I've conquered my cravings—but at the time, 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. Not only that, but since 2002, I've been quite outspoken about the dangers of sugar and processed carbs (which I dub quickie carb, toxic carbs, culprit carbs, and much-like-sugar carbs). What's more, I've even helped thousands worldwide to release their addiction to both sugar and quickie carbs, and I've written two acclaimed books about the subject, Sugar Shock and Beyond Sugar Shock, But suddenly, after Mom died, it was as if I'd never been a sugar and carb expert. Grief, anguish, and turmoil were my new constant companions. Frankly, I was 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, a sugar and carb expert, 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 Devastated. In addition, I was reeling from Mom’s unintentional mistreatment of me. Mom's abuse stemmed, in part, from the stage 4 lung cancer. As it was spreading to my mother’s brain, I’d helplessly watched in agony as my once polite and polished mother often switched into someone I began calling “Cancer Mom” (behind her back, of course). Cancer Mom was this ornery creature, who frequently became angry, cruel, and unreasonable. That’s putting it very mildly. How BITTER It Was: Cancer Mom's Unintentional Abuse Thankfully, I've now processed my considerable pain, but let me give you a flavor of the heartbreaking agony and rejection I faced for a year at the hands of my dying mother, even though I’d loyally uprooted myself to stand by her after she became terminally ill. The day I moved for my mother set the tone for My Bittersweet Last Year with Mom. My mother—who had been eager for me to relocate across country to be with her—irrationally kicked me out of her home the very afternoon I showed up on her doorstep! Imagine my shock when Mom gave me the boot after I’d hurriedly rushed to her side—after getting off the plane from New York City, where I’d been living for a decade—so we could spend our last New Year’s Eve together! Dumbstruck and devastated that my own mother would refuse to see me, I spent the evening sobbing and aimlessly wandering the streets while bringing in the new year. At the time, I couldn’t fathom why my own mother so angrily spurned me the day I arrived. Now, in hindsight, I recall that my normally strong, proud Mom was having a bad day. For instance, her throat hurt a lot when she swallowed. Perhaps more importantly, though, my independent, accomplished Mom just didn’t want me to see her so vulnerable. In fact, she absolutely HATED seeing me cry so I always had to hide my tears from her. Plus, since the cancer made her so confused and erratic, it must have seemed right to her to send me away. In short, My Bittersweet Last Year with Mom was utterly brutal and usually heartbreaking. On another occasion a few months later, Cancer Mom flat out refused to invite me for dinner at a gourmet restaurant with three of her closest friends. Her absurd reason? “Connie, you’re boring," she illogically declared. Then she thrust the knife in even deeper. "You have nothing interesting to say. All you can talk about is sugar,” she irrationally, adamantly claimed. Ouch! By the way, only a month or two earlier, you should have seen the look of fierce pride on Mom's face when I'd excitedly opened boxes of my then new book, Beyond Sugar Shock, which had just arrived from my publisher, Hay House. Anyhow, during My Bittersweet Last Year with Mom, I was often faced with Cancer Mom's ferocious venom, which sent me sobbing and speed walking. To put it mildly, the abuse went on and on and on… Over time, Mom’s irrational rage, which she often hurled at me, was really tough to take, especially because I'd 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. Thankfully, SWEET Greeted Me, Too All said and done, I’m glad I hurried to Mom’s side at the end of her life. It was the honorable, right, loyal, daughterly thing to do. Thankfully, sandwiched between all the bitterness, Mom and I shared many fabulous times together. In fact, I often 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. In her final months, I learned a lot from my mother. In fact, I invite you to see my Huffington Post blog post abouthow Mom Taught Me How to Live and Die With Courage, Spirit and Spunk. Fast forward a year. After Mom died, when I didn’t need 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 and getting back to serving you, I've undergone extensive therapy, and I've pursued many other ways to heal, including grief counseling, therapy, hypnosis, Heartmath™, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). I've also taken workshops on compassion, mindful eating, healing your heart, rituals, etc. But I invite you to imagine my shame, embarrassment, and humiliation that I wasn't walking my clean-carbs talk. 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. Finally, after moving to a peaceful area and warmer climate some 500 miles away from where Mom had spent her final, difficult year, I began to regain confident, calm, carb control. Wait, there’s more. I Didn't Look Like I Was Walking My Clean-Carbs Talk Anymore Either 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 clean-carbs talk! In fact, at a book signing for my then new book, Beyond Sugar Shock—which, as I shared earlier, 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, too, may have at least once gone on a challenging shopping expedition to find clothes to hide your weight gain, right? 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, as noted earlier, 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 healing, I 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. Indeed, I'd 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! In other words, I’d been flipping in and out of what I now call Carb Shock! And sure enough, 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. Yeah! I’ve Now Lost 19 (of the 20) Pounds of 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, as noted earlier, from therapy to EFT. Thankfully, with the help of those valuable healing valuable tools, I’ve been eating healthily for about a year, with a few short, grief-triggered slips on some holidays, birthdays or anniversaries. As a result, I've also finally peeled off almost 19 of the 20 pounds I gained, and I’m getting toned again. Woo Hoo! The Inevitable, Frustrating Weight Loss Plateaus Although I'm really close to my earlier weight (still have some inches to lose though), shedding my 20 excess pounds has been very slow. In fact, I've had a number of plateaus, which were very frustrating. I believe that it's s taken me so long (a full year) to shed those 19 pounds, because that my cortisol and adrenaline were sky high after all the stress, trauma, and grief I endured. Stay tuned for cool tools to bring your cortisol in check. (There's a huge connection between cortisol and weight gain, as I reveal here.). In addition, I suffered from a painful, debilitating knee injury, which prevented me from doing high-intensity workouts and weight training for four months. 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 Crazy Cravings and heal from profound pain. Sign up now for Sugar Shock Blog updates to get these helpful posts. My Time Out from Social Media As you may have noticed, I’ve taken quite a bit of time away 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, you just need to retreat and regroup in order to come back stronger and better. For my part, I wanted to get back my slim figure, calm demeanor, and peace of mind. I felt that being active in socially and in blogging and social media kept me away from my highest goal, which was healing so I could come back stronger and better able to serve you. 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 Crazy Cravings™. (During my traumatic times, I started another three books, too.) For my next book, tentatively called Tame Your Crazy Cravings—which I’ll formally announce soon—I’ll tell and show you how to let go of your irrational urges, which keep you hooked on unhealthy, sugary, salty, fatty foods, fast foods or quickie carbs. Lately, I've come to realize that unless you rein in your Crazy Cravings, you'll never lose weight. I've also become more aware of how when you're suffering from a loss, death, or trauma, you're more vulnerable to being blindsided by those irrational food urges. When you release your Crazy Cravings, you’ll be able to: Shed weight; Boost your moods; Become more productive; Calm down and 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 Calm Your Crazy 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. At this time, I want to thank all of you, who've been sticking around and reading my periodic posts on this Sugar Shock Blog during my Dark Night of the Soul. That means so very 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, went through My Dark Night of the Soul, took time to heal, wrote a new book, and prepared to help you again. I also want to extend my profound gratitude to blogger Sean Croxton for inspiring me to come clean with you. Please see this post, too, in which I thank him for giving me courage to come clean with you about my carb relapse. Now, please tell us if you, too, have ever been ruled by your Crazy Cravings. Join the Conversation: Have you ever been thrown off course by your Crazy 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.
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
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
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 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!