5 Tips to Quit Sugar the Spirit Junkie Way

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Note: This post was updated in 2018 for clarity and additional resources.

I just celebrated 1 year off sugar!

To be clear, I didn’t make this commitment out of vanity or to obsess over some new fad diet. My motivation for kicking sugar came from a deep desire to feel vibrant, healthy and energized.

The more I expand my inner awareness and spiritual faith the more conscious I am of how I feel. And as I grow more aware of my physical well-being, it becomes harder to partake in anything that makes me feel bad.

How I quit sugar the Spirit Junkie way

I surrender to a power greater than me | The Universe Has Your Back card deckWith my deep desire to feel healthier, I set out on a wellness quest. In August, through doctor supervision, I committed to treat candida, an overgrowth of yeast in the digestive system that causes inflammation and myriad symptoms.

One out of three people suffer from candida. (To learn more about candida and its effect on your health, read The Candida Cure by Ann Boroch.)

One important way to treat candida is to remove sugar, including fruit, coconut palm sugar, agave, artificial sweeteners, barley malt, brown rice syrup, brown sugar, etc. Pretty much anything that has sugar or turns into sugar is a no-no on the candida diet.

Spiritual surrender has been the key to my success in quitting sugar

At first, I thought living sugar free would be easy. I was mistaken. Sugar is a tricky ingredient that shows up in just about everything!

To make this commitment work for me I’ve had to lean on my spiritual faith and truly surrender.

My spiritual surrender has been the key to my success in quitting sugar. So instead of giving you my favorite recipes for sugar-free desserts (you can actually find that post here), I’ve decided to share five spiritual steps to quit sugar.

How to quit sugar the Spirit Junkie way

Struggling with how to quit sugar? I’ve got spiritual tips to reframe it! If you’re not interested in quitting sugar, you can use these steps for releasing any other habit you’d like to let go of. Use these tools and fully turn your will over to the care of your inner guide.

Expect miracles when you quit sugar the Spirit Junkie way!

1. Get psyched to let it go!

Quitting sugar isn’t for dabblers. In order to really release the cravings and addiction, you must desire something else even more. In my case, the desire to feel healthy and energized far outweighed my chocolate cravings. Because I was so psyched about feeling healthy, I was able to go into the sugar detox with enthusiasm and commitment.

If you try to force yourself into change, then change will never stick. @gabbybernstein Tweet it!

If you’re not sure that you’re truly ready to let go of sugar (or any other habit that’s not serving you), wait it out. There’s nothing wrong with not being ready. Stay willing to receive greater guidance instead of forcing yourself to change.

2. Know that quitting sugar is a spiritual practice

My first week off sugar I felt a severe sense of withdrawal. This is crazy considering how little sugar I had in my diet to begin with. The detox symptoms reminded me of when I got sober 11 years ago. I felt sick, tired and even depressed.

I turned to spirit for help in dealing with these emotions and symptoms. I prayed for guidance. Five minutes later, I found myself guided to check Twitter. As the angels would have it, the first post in my feed was a prayer to detox from sugar, from Doreen Virtue:

Dearest God and angels, I’m ready to release sugar. I know that now is the perfect time to detox from this substance. I trust in your guidance and your love. I know that you’ll help me through this and lead me away from temptation. I ask for your Heavenly presence to surround me. Sugar is so readily available, so I need your support. Keep me strong and healthy. I don’t want to feel the negative effects that sugar produces, so I willingly choose to release it now. Thank you.

I smiled at the wink from the Universe and accepted this tweet as the answer to my prayer. I’ve been using Doreen’s sugar prayer ever since.

Post this prayer on your refrigerator, desk or even by your bedside. Use it in the morning and throughout the day whenever you feel overwhelmed by your cravings. When you’re wondering how to quit sugar, remember the angels have your back!

3. Practice the meditation for addiction

To quote my doctor and friend, Dr. Frank Lipman, “Sugar is like crack.” I couldn’t agree more. Sugar is a drug that keeps us wanting more to the point of addiction. When we’re addicted there is an imbalance in the pineal gland (also called the the third eye).

The pineal gland is a small endocrine gland in the vertebrate brain. When the pineal gland is out of balance, bad habits turn into addictions. The imbalance in the pineal gland affects the pituitary gland, which regulates the rest of the glandular system. When the pituitary gland is affected, the entire body and mind go out of balance.

The Kundalini meditation for healing addiction

A major tool in my process of healing my addiction to sugar has been the Kundalini meditation for healing addiction. Follow this video for guidance:

4. Find a sugar-free running buddy

While I visited London I spent some special time with my friend Lou Lou. Lou Lou has been on the candida diet for many years. Her commitment to a sugar-free lifestyle inspired me greatly. She turned me on to amazing books and recipes and had fun eating berries with me for dessert. It’s important to find a sugar-free running buddy when you embark on this path.

One great way to find sugar-free running buddies is in my Miracle Membership! We have an amazing Facebook group exclusively for Miracle Members. Connect with fellow Spirit Junkies who are living sugar free!gabby bernstein miracle membership spiritual running buddies

5. Get down in the kitchen!

gabby bernstein cooking kitchen|quit sugarOne of the most meditative times of my day is when I’m cooking. Getting off sugar has given me even more reason to rev up my culinary skills.

When you kick the sugar you can feel a little sad. One great way to combat this grief is to have a lot of fun making sugar-free recipes! A great resource is Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar.

I’ve been using the I Quit Sugar: The Chocolate Edition for all of my dessert cravings. I’ve also enjoyed the I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-Week Detox Program and Cookbook for awesome support and recipes.

Get down in the kitchen and cook up inspiration and excitement!

I am going to share one awesome recipe here! This is my recipe for sugar-free brownies. Please keep in mind that I am pretty intuitive in the kitchen. I rarely use measuring devices or follow a recipe.

Below is my intuitive recipe for sugar-free brownies. Please feel free to adjust the measurements if something feels off to you. Use your own intuition in this spiritual baking process!

Gabby’s Sugar-Free Brownies

1 cup almond flour
1 Tbsp. organic baking powder
1 Tbsp. hemp milk (or almond milk)
1 Tbsp. hemp seeds
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
10 drops Sweet Leaf vanilla stevia (or more if you want it sweeter, but be careful with stevia — it’s strong!)
½ cup organic coconut flakes
2 Tbsp. raw organic almond butter (with no added sugar)
1 egg (If you’re vegan you can make a flax egg by combining 1 Tbsp. flaxseed meal with 2.5 Tbsp. water, or use part of a mashed banana)
1½ Tbsp. organic coconut oil
Dash of salt
½ cup organic cacao powder (you can add more if you want extra chocolate)
Handful of crushed walnuts (optional)

1. Grease a small (8×8 or 9×9) brownie pan with coconut oil or organic butter.

2. Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir completely while listening to this mantra. Remember that this is a meditative process.

3. Once the ingredients are completely mixed, pour the mix into the greased brownie pan.

4. Bake at 350° F for 20 minutes.

5. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for 15 to 20 minutes. Practice the art of patience.

6. Tweet it before you eat it! Tag me at @GabbyBernstein on Instagram and Twitter with your photos.

7. Share them with your sugar-free running buddy!

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  1. Just an FYI because I think it does impact on the actual psychological and spiritual reality of this topic; sugar is NOT physically addictive. Science has proven it, many times, but that fact doesn’t resonate quite so well with the public! Much more dramatic to claim ‘addiction!’.

    It can cause a psychological addiction but not because of any biochemical reality. If you feel you’re addicted to sugar, I suspect it’s a red flag about what need/role sugar is filling in your life. And getting to the bottom of that, will likely provide you with longer term peace and happiness and health than giving up the substance ever could.

  2. Today I remembered my path. Four years ago I broke my ankle after asking what my next step was. I stepped out of Balducci’s in Westport excited for the Anthropologie tent sale while wearing my brand new Stuart Weitzman strappy wedges. I was more concerned about my shoes than my ankle and likewise more concerned about my lifestyle than life. While healing, everyone who came to visit brought the book A Course In Miracles for me to read saying the book had literally jumped into their hands. Coincidence, not! Fast forward four years, deaths, and several layers. I am here shedding the deepest layer-sugar, in all forms. I asked for a sign to live sober again and your website popped up with this article. Thank You! xx, j

  3. OMG! This was the message I was needing to read! Like when you saw the prayer of Doreen .V., may be! haha.
    I know I have a Candida problem, now I realized about all my symptoms that it started maybe 5 years ago. 🙁 , but even with now a healthy diet, yoga, meditations, course of miracles and more spiritual lectures, being a health coach from IIN it has been so hard! After many attempts trying to quit it starting new sugar free diets or extra natural supplements I am not able to quit it 100%. Specially the last 2 years, I am from Argentina, but 2 years ago I came to live to D.C and even if in Argentina food is not the best, sadly here food is worst in terms of that highly processed food-sugary products are everywhere and thousands more of options, actually I was a little shock at the beginning. Anyhow, in this 2 years sugar caught me in the way that many times I found my self eating ALL the sugary things possible! And feeling so bad after that, not only physical but mentally too.
    So, I think this message was what I was needing to read! I will adopt all your suggestions! Kundalini yoga I never tried.
    So, yesss! I have all the faith that pretty soon I will be able to say that I did it too! And will be feeling best than ever, connected with the real energy not the one that sugar can give you!!
    Thanks. You are great!

  4. Great tips! I mostly eat berries and citrus fruit. I I also love adding stevia in my recipes.

    Erythritol and monk fruit supposed to be good as well. It is a natural alcohol sugar from non-gmo corn, It passes right through the body without being absorbed and has no effect on the gastrointestinal tract.


  5. You have open my eyes a bit more. I was in the middle of posting a huge comment but do not want to divulge all my info for the world to see. At least not right now. You have inspired. I came across your beautiful self through your book The Universe has your back. I never read OK… NEVER. I suffer from ADD and can not ( I know, I know I’m sabotaging myself by continuing the belief) concentrate long enough and I loose interest. Your book has me hooked. Thank you for sharing your heart and knowledge and I will be sending you an email shortly. I would love to attend one of your events…. Love


  6. Sorry Gabby, my English is not the best. I did not understand where to put the pressure on. The thumbs are on the temples and then you spoke about the pressure on “…”? Could you please help me out?

  7. Whoaaaa I’m so impressed that you’ve successfully quit! I’ve felt like weaning off of it for a while but never managed to do it — it’s hard with the social pressure (so you’re right I should get a friend). Thanks for re-inspiring me!

  8. Hey Gabby, You have been a huge inspiration in my life and I admire how you share your bright philosophy with the world. Thank you for posting this blog about Sugar. I saved it in my email so when the time was ready for me to give up sugar I could really dive in and take your advice seriously.

    However, I recently tried your brownie recipe and I have to respectful say that is was just awful. It wasn’t the fact it was slow in sugar, it was the texture and how crumbly it was. If you could imagine potting a plant and packing the pot full then cutting it with a knife, everything crumbled apart. But it wasn’t just that, the taste was terrible.

    I am very health conscious, exercise regularly and every now and then I like to indulge in healthy sweet treat. I was excited when I came across your recipe for the brownies as I have been on the look out for new recipes. These truly were not good.


  9. Gabby, thanks for the post! This theme keeps coming up for me …

    I tried to quit sugar last year at the insistence of my sister who has been sugar free for two years. It made me feel so anxious that I wound up eating lots of no-sugar added foods and I quit after I gained 3 kilos (6-7 pounds) in 3 weeks – my sis says its because I didn’t give up bread but honestly, it feels so spartan if you completely cut everything with sugar out of your diet.

    Any suggestions?


    (a sugar loving energy healer, LOL)

  10. From next monday i’m gonna lose weight. Summer is comming girls!
    Who starts with me? I found a good method in google and want to give it a
    try, simply type in g00gle; fitMarikka advices

  11. I went sugar free for 30 days. No fruit. No sweetener. No alcohol. Nothing. My cravings never went away and I didn’t feel that much better. When do the cravings go away???

    1. Your body still needs fruit i am a nutritionist and fitness instructor have less items like chocolate, alcohol, etc

      1. I have dietary fructose intolerance. I get sick if I eat fruit. I can only have tiny amounts. Otherwise I throw up.

  12. Hey there I am so happy I found your web site, I really found you by error, while I was looking on Aol for something else, Anyhow I am
    here now and would just like to say thank you for a
    fantastic post and a all round enjoyable blog (I also love the
    theme/design), I don’t have time to read through it all at the minute but I have book-marked it and also
    included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will
    be back to read a lot more, Please do keep up the
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  13. I’ve been off of sugar and white flour for 7 weeks now and I definitely feel better along with the scale going down. Getting creative though is hard. There is sugar in everything. Today I just wanted to get a jar of marinara sauce. So many have sugar, it took me two store to find one that didn’t and it cost a pretty penny too.

  14. I have been fighting the sugar battle for years. Thank you, I feel with the sugar prayer I will win this time. I made one modification to it – I wanted to state positively the next to last sentence – I want to feel the positive effects of living without sugar produce.

  15. I needed this little wink from the universe today, Gabby :-). I believe this post is over a year old as I follow you I know you have been off of sugar for 2 years. I’ve recently (5 months) found a spiritual way of living and am on a road of recovery. I am sober today however find other bad habits creeping their way in like intense cravings for sugar in the form of cupcakes, ice cream, cookies – I don’t discriminate when it comes to sweets :-). I have been willing to receive guidance the past couple of months to quit and just this week after a few ice lead me to want to revisit how you quit sugar. Thankful for this sign from the universe and that through the grace of God discovered you upon entering my journey into sobriety (my mom saw you on Oprah Super Soul Sunday two weeks into my journey of recovery and was like “you’ve got to check this girl out she rocks!”). Following you has helped me give more love, receive more love, and most of all love myself more. Love you Gabby thanks!

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