Beyond Sugar Shock: The 6-Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction & Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter Paperback – May 3 2012
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""Beyond Sugar Shock" fearlessly tackles the nation's Number One health crisis - the diabesity epidemic. Connie Bennett offers real life solutions, recipes, take-action programs and spot on science to help break the sugar addiction that is fueling our nation's health epidemic. In the right hands, this book could change the course of America's health with Connie Bennett's unique 6-week plan for a slimmer, sexier and sweeter YOU!" -Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S. author of "The Fat Flush Plan" and "Fat Flush for Life " --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Connie Bennett, C.H.C., C.P.C., A.C.C., is a nationally recognized motivational speaker, journalist, blogger, former sugar addict, and author of the best-selling book 'Sugar Shock!,' which has been praised by Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Marilu Henner, Dr. Joseph Mercola, and many others. She is also a certified health coach, who studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN); a professional life coach, who trained with the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC); and the host of the popular 'Gab with the Gurus Radio Show' for which she interviews experts in health, human potential, social networking, and relationships such as Dr. Mehmet Oz, Marianne Williamson, Suzanne Somers, Marilu Henner, and Dr. Bernie Siegel.
Known as the 'Smart Habits Girl' and the 'Sugar Freedom Coach,' Connie helps people worldwide easily release their sugar addictions and other bad habits. Since 2002, Connie has offered her groundbreaking Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction Program (now called the Sugar Freedom Now Course).
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1) Attractive cover grabs the attention of sugar lovers. I mean, there are cupcakes on there. Yummy!
2) As a nurse, I felt the book offered an excellent overview of the medical signs and symptoms related to hyperinsulinemia and the resulting hypoglycemia--what most are now calling prediabetes. The list of symptoms found on pages 3 and 4 gives one the idea of how metabolically pervasive carbohydrates are to the human body. The irritability and food panic is recognizable to anyone with hypoglycemia. "I need food now!" Bennett hits on the diseases caused by sugar on page 7. Blindness should have been an addition here.
3) All of chapter 3 is information based on science and medicine. The problem here, as I noted throughout the book, is that the author frowns upon so many foods---dairy, grains, artificial sweeteners, salts, high-fat meats, processed foods, etcetera---that one is left wondering what remains to actually eat.
4) The Sweet Success Stories told by real sugar addicts are the highlight of the book. I identified with several of these people.
5) I enjoyed the quiz in chapter two; however, some of the questions focused too much on candy and not on the other carbs we so love: pasta, bread, cereal...
6) Tips like using a journal and employing question words--who, what, where, when, why, and how--would come in handy for most folks trying to make drastic changes.
7) The book offers great information on hidden sugars in foods as well as on various forms of exercise. Go Zumba!
8) Helpful section on portion sizes begins on page 193. Sadly many foods are not discussed at all. What about replacements for salad dressings that are no longer recommended?
9) Fair price for the content.
1) Not consistently realistic for people on a limited budget. Throughout the text the author recommends organic foods including grass-fed, free-range meats. In one section, she offers the contact information for a company that ships these approved foods. Let's just say they were out of my budget.
2) Full of shameless self-promotion. How many times do we have to read about the websites, Facebook page, and blog? Six week courses as well as other paid programs and services are mentioned a few times starting on page 9. Page 74 again suggests hiring a health or life coach. It all sounds kind of hokey--and expensive--to me. Also, depending on the website for much of the books content, like the shopping list for example, is not fair to the high percentage of the population that lacks internet access.
3) The book somewhat mirrors the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet): all dessert and no entrée. Perhaps the fact that I was expecting something different colored my perception; however, I feel as if the bulk of the book is mushy, mind game junk that most people have tried before--you know, think yourself thin concepts.
4) Too many acronyms and sweet words. The book comes across as corny. Perhaps that's the point though so as not to scare people away with too much science and medical jargon. If I have to show any more mirror love or repeat any more affirmation, I'm going to puke.
5) Readers should speak to their doctors and do some research on bursting before replacing regular exercise with these workout frenzies.
6) The meal plan and recipes section was shorter than I expected after reading so many chapters on emotional support. Where is the nitty-gritty information sugar addicts need to change their lives? What do I buy? What do I do with it? What things can I eat?
7) The resources section was definitely hit or miss. Some treasures are hidden there as well as some nonsense. The author discusses earthing or grounding, practices meant to protect a person from electromagnetic fields. This is considered pseudoscience at best. The author writes, "As I write this, I'm grounded by a pink band on my wrist that's delivering the earth's recuperative energies to me" (234). Seriously? Much of the resources are more advertisement than anything. Another recommended company is VibesUP who offers "...items designed to neutralize and release your toxic energy and reconnect you to Mother Nature's natural electrical energy" (237). I thought we just decided electrical fields were bad? And the essential oils recommendation...too hippie for me.
Conclusion: If you are okay with a focus more on life change instead of hard and fast diet rules, this book is for you. I recommend anyone unfamiliar with the damages of sugar overload read the book. If you are already familiar and are looking for more than mental preparation and support such as actual dietary advice, cooking techniques, and making food choices, then this book may not be what you need.
"Before You Head into Week Two, Have You Laid the Groundwork for Your Success?
- Are you boogeing to your Woo-Hoo, Feel Good Theme Song every day and doing the Success Strut?
- Do you boldly pronounce your affirmations frequently throughout your day?
- Do you regularly See, Feel, & Act As If You've Already Won?
- Are you looking at your vision board several minutes a day?
- Are you regularly doing Sugary Soul Searching?
- Are you often asking yourself the 5 W's & 1 H?
- Did you prepare your "Why I Need to Quit" and Benefits List, and are you taking it with you for inspiration wherever you go?
- Have you made an appointment with a sugar-savvy doctor yet?
- Have you found a supportive therapist, health coach, life coach, or nutritionist?
- Have you joined the free Beyond Sugar Shock Freedom SparkTeam on [...] and started chatting with us?
Congratulations! You've Completed Week One."
How can one take this author seriously? The whole book is full of this kind of nonsence. Even the recipes are ridiculous. Here's the complete list: Balsamic Dressing, Chef Salad, Connie's Crispy Kale Chips,Connie's Frozen Fruit Kabobs, Egg Salad, Egg and Veggie Scramble, Greek Spinach Salad, Jill's Roasted Veggies, Olive Oil Dressing, Roasted Turkey Wrap, Steak, Sea Scallops, Super Oatmeal, Mexican Green Salad, Stuffed Bell Peppers, Tuna Broccoli Slaw, Turkey or Bison Burger, plus a couple more. She could have added at least 1 recipe for dessert using almond flour, or something along those lines found in the Paleo Diet websites. After all, we sugar junkies would love an alternative. Needless to say, I cannot bear to finish this book. I love myself, and value my time too much to waste it on such a worthless book.
Week 1-Change your thinking. Okay there is some good stuff here about evaluating your sugar consumption, but also a lot of positive thinking and self-talk drivel.
Week 2-Work on your body. More positive thinking and self-talk drivel and some questionable advice about reducing your sugar intake. Among her suggestions for reducing your sugar consumption. Instead of eating sweets all day long, eat 4-5 bites twice-a-day of a dessert of your own choosing. Really?!? Talk about an invitation to fail!
Week 3-Work on your "spirit." Again a mixed bag. Some good stuff here about getting enough sleep and getting more benefit from exercise and more positive thinking and self-talk drivel.
Week 4-Work on your body again. If you still even remember you own this book, here in chapter 8, you start changing your diet. Finally a content-rich chapter on changing ones diet. Some good stuff here about all the good things one can eat and a list of the most important foods to buy organic if you can't afford to buy all organic.
Week 5-Work on your mind again. Some okay info here about saying "no" to sweets in creative ways, but come on! Some of these things may help in the short-term, but there comes a point when better choices and the feeling of well-being from them are the only motivators that endure.
Week 6. Work on your "spirit" again. Lots of suggestions here, some of which are good, others not so much. This chapter is kind of a smorgasbord of mind-body suggestions including exercise and meditation.
Following the "program" outlined above, there is additional material including 37 pages I really liked about what to eat and what not to eat. Her recipes are wonderful. How I wish this section of the book was longer, much longer.
This book contains some valuable content linking sugar to heart disease and type 2 diabetes. One link she mentioned, though, which she did not substantiate is a link between sugar and Alzheimer's disease. This is the first time I have heard this and I am afraid it is not accurate, though if it is, this is a huge significant fact that is under reported in the news and the medical community.
There is no doubt there is some worthwhile info in this book, but it is hidden among so much worthless fluff that I would never recommend it. There has got to be something better out there for folks who want to get healthy that is much more content rich. One book I think promotes a healthy eating lifestyle is Joy's LIFE Diet: Four Steps to Thin Forever, though it lacks background material on why sugar and processed carbs are so unhealthy. Dee McCaffrey has written some good things which I mostly like, thought she does allow other sweeteners that people totally eliminating sugar should avoid like honey, brown rice syrup and agave. Dear reader, please recommend other resources in the comment section below.
As far as comments on the cover, Connie has mentioned in other places that she realizes the cover may not have been the wisest choice, and that some people have chosen to cover it up because it bothers them, and she has asked specifically for feedback on that issue. I have always found Connie and her writing to be upbeat and inspiring. I downloaded the book as soon as it was available, and I wasn't disappointed.
"Sugar Blues" has there been any good information on this subject. And, to boot, haven't you begun to notice Big Suger already taking a stance: a national commercial is playing now that "educates" the consumer that "there's no difference between corn sugar and cane sugar"...."sugar's sugar".....well, it certainly is and is a lethal as cocaine. It was one thing to use it as a preservative decades ago, but another to consume over 150 pounds of it a year.....Sugar is poison. Next time you get a tiny packet of salt - check out what's in it: dextrose!!! why? it helps the salt "stick" to stuff!!!! American tobacco companies cure their tobacco with sugar....it's in nearly everything we touch, taste, consume whether we need it or not. And, we wonder why we've become a sickly and obese nation that is depressed......duh!