Beyond Sugar Shock: The Six-Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction & Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter
by Connie Bennett
Publisher: Hay House
Available on Amazon.com
Thanks to NetGalley for the preview.
Can you live on five or six teaspoons of sugar PER DAY? Not per hour. Per DAY?
Well, if Connie Bennett and her anti-sugar crusaders have anything to say about it, you can and you will.
Sugar is bad for you. I think we all know that. We – or at least most Americans – consume too much sugar, which puts our health at great risk. And contrary to what we may believe, we do not need sugar to survive. Bennett tells us that we get all the glucose we need from stuff like vegetables, fruits, seeds, whole grains and nuts.
Does that sound like fun eating to anyone? Sure, I may not NEED sugar to survive, but believe me when I tell you that the people in my house are a whole lot happier when I’ve consumed some dark chocolate (preferably dark chocolate covered caramels, my FAVORITE, but please don’t tell Connie Bennett, because she undoubtedly will tell me how awful that is for me and how I have one foot in a cardiac arrest unit and the other on a banana peel).
But I digress.
Sugar can trigger – or at least encourage – cancer, weight gain, obesity, diabetes and osteoporosis. We eat a lot of food with high fructose levels, and even I can admit that fructose is Bad. It is no mere coincidence that obesity rates rise in tandem with the amounts of fructose we consume.
So after Bennett scares you to death (or “into action,” as she puts it), she gets down to the good stuff: what do we do now? She acknowledges that for some of us, the mental hurdle is as tough as the physical, as she points out that there is “no lasting comfort” in comfort foods. Sigh. But they taste so GOOD, Connie Barrett.
She lays out five stages of sugar freedom:
- Trapped in Sugar Denial: where most of us are, because we refuse to admit how much sugar we consume
- Scary or Humiliating Wake-Up Call: “something horrible, frightening, awkward, or embarrassing” that causes us to break free from the sugar shackles
- The Negative Abyss: in which we alternate between the 10 Stages of Sugar Complaints – anger, defiance, resistance, resentment, guilt, self-blame, self-pity, self-hate, self-criticism, and why me?
- Insecurity and Self-Doubt: can we succeed? Can we be free at last?
- You’re On Your Way: we are filled with curiosity, we accept our sugarless fate, we have self-pride, and we are determined, confident and committed to being sugar-free.