How I Stayed Off Sugar for the Past 2 Years…

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“I’m celebrating HUGE today! This is my two-year anniversary of being off sugar, and I am deeply grateful for the amazing ways it’s changed my life. Two years ago I was in a much different place. I got sick all the time, I would wake up tired and feel beat all day, and I even experienced brain fog, which was pretty scary. Then I saw a naturopath, who enlightened me about the culprit: candida. When you have candida you experience yeast and fungal overgrowth. This affects millions of people and is a hidden cause of many health conditions. One out of three people suffer from candida overgrowth. Some common symptoms of candida are brain fog, acne, fatigue, weak immune system, asthma, anxiety, depression, hypothyroid and the list goes on. To learn more about candida and the diet click here. The first step to healing candida is to cut out sugar! As soon as I kicked sugar out of my diet, my life began to change. Today my immune system is strong, I have tons of energy, my digestive system is happy and mind is super clear.

In this video I share my story of quitting sugar and all the ways it’s helped me. If you too want to overcome this addictive pattern, I offer tips on how you can quit sugar to feel healthy and vibrant inside and out. I hope this video serves you.”

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Check out some awesome sugar + Gluten Free Dessert Recipes by my friend Chef Steve Anderson!

Sugar Free/Gluten Free Chocolate, Ginger, Orange Bundt Cake

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Thank you Ruby for sharing this gorgeous picture!

Steve uses 1 Stick of Butter (I prefer 2 tablespoons of butter & 1/2 a cup of coconut oil)
6 Whole Organic Eggs
1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Organic Coco Powder
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 Cup Sugar Substitute (Steve’s recipe calls for Swerve) – You will want to experiment with the proportions to cater to your personal taste. Swerve and stevia can be VERY sweet so sometimes less is more. I would us 1/4 a cup.
If you use choose stevia as your sweeter only use 1 tbsp. Stevia is SUPER sweet.
1 Tbsp Fresh Grated Ginger
1 Tbsp Fresh Grated Orange Zest
2 Cups Coconut Flour

Mix all of the ingredients together and pour into a greased bundt pan. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes and enjoy!

If you need support quitting sugar check out my friend Sarah Wilson’s book, I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-Week Detox Program and Cookbook This New York Times bestseller is a week-by-week guide to quitting sugar to lose weight; boost energy; and improve your looks, mood, and overall health, with 108 sugarfree recipes.

 

 

For awesome sugar free candida clearing recipes check out Living Candida-Free: 100 Recipes and a 3-Stage Program to Restore Your Health and Vitality

 

 

 

 

My dear friend Jamie is out with an awesome new book, Juice It, Blend It, Live It: Over 50 Easy Recipes to Energize, Detox, and Nourish Your Mind and Body. There is an entire chapter on juices that don’t include fruit! If you want to go BIG and cut out the fruit too, then you’ll really dig this:)

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  1. Yes! Congratulations. Just made me realize it’s my 6 months off sugar (still eat fruit). Feel so much better, and like you, it finally cleared up my cystic acne!
    X

  2. Congratulations! That is really so great!

    I started getting off sugar 2 years ago, however I haven’t been as successful yet. But I am continuously improving my diet. I can feel the difference between days on or off sugar!

    And I have to agree: when being off sugar I am definitely more energetic! And to all other Moms: I am a better mom off sugar. I am much more patient and fun to be with. So it’s not only about what we feed our kids, but how we feed ourselves, too!

  3. Hi Gabby,
    I love the tapping video you did for quitting sugar. It would be amazing (at least for me) if you did the same for letting go of dairy products :-)
    Thanks
    Denize

  4. Dear Gabby! Thanks for sharing:-) Do you eat fruitsugar and coconut Palmsugar? ?????? namaste and Thanks 4 all the amazing work you do!

  5. Dear Gabby! Thanks for sharing:-) Do you eat fruitsugar and coconut Palmsugar? ?????? namaste and Thanks 4 all the amazing work you do!

  6. Opos you dir mention coconut Palmsugar :-) what do you say when you’re out – I just started dating someone who brought me dinner with sugar, wheat and milk and I don’t tolerante any of these things well in my system, how could you say it in a good way also to hos family at dinners? Gosh!

    1. sometimes you have to eat what’s in front of you to be generous and polite:) Or make your meal the salad and veggies that are served.

    2. Hi Francisca, it’s important to be up front about your food restrictions – especially if they’re food intolerances. If the person you’re dating is a good fit, then they’ll be understanding and make it work. Your health is a priority. Food allergies have become so prevalent that people are more accustomed to talking about them. In terms of family dinners, offer to bring something that you can eat and share with others. I’m currently on a very strict hypo-allergenic diet and just bring my own meal. I explain to whomever is hosting how difficult the situation is and that I really don’t want to burden them with trying to accommodate me when I myself have trouble cooking according to this diet protocol. In my experience, there were no backlash and hostility. No one was offended. Just be honest and open. If anyone gets mad, tough luck. Stay healthy!

  7. I love you and wish you incredible health! So grateful that you found what worked for you, but please keep an open mind, especially about fruit. Other people have cured or eliminated symptoms of obesity, candida, diabetes, cancer, Crohn’s through plant-based diets high in fruit consumption: bananas, dates, watermelon, etc.! Bodies and needs change over time, and fruit might be a miracle worker for you some day. <3

  8. Isn’t there a ton of sugar in the orange juice? I haven’t had oj in years for this reason but if memory serves me correctly it’s around 20g sugar in 8 oz glass? Thank you for the info :)

  9. I am addicted to sugar. I just celebrated 2 years sober in October but when I put down the drink, I picked up the sugar addiction. Now, I am looking into the Candida diet but am super afraid of the cravings. Do you recommend any supplements to help with that?

      1. I’d not thought of that. I guess I always associated that with people who overeat. Since I’m a bit on the thin side (105 lbs), I didn’t think it pertained to me. However, I do over eat sugar so this is a great suggestion! I will look into it. Is there Intergroup for OA?

        1. Hi Gabby!
          Thank you so much for everything you do. I am gluten and dairy free but still addicted sugar. I don’t really resonate with OA but have always done really well with group support and challenges. Do you think you would ever offer an on going program for people with sugar addiction that includes meditation food guide lines ect? Thank you!!

          1. the week before thanksgiving i’m offering a discount on my Finally Full course. Stay tuned for that email:)

  10. Hi Gabby,
    Congratulations for your 2 years off sugar !! It’s amazing…
    Thank you for sharing this topic with us : I’ve struggled with food since 3 months and it is not easy. But your tools have helped a lot…
    I wanna to thank you for all your work because it actually save my life :) !
    I wish you the best…
    Love
    Madji

  11. Thanks for the reminder.I have to say that I have very limited sugar intake and,as a result, have avoided colds and flu,less ups and downs emotionally,and have kept my skin clear.I think avoiding sugar has played a role in that.This vlog has stirred me to tighten it up a bit.I wanted something to have with tea or coffee yesterday and left the store without buying anything because everything was SO sweet.Maybe be some SF baking is needed here.

  12. Congratulations, Gabby! It is certainly a reason to celebrate and I’m so glad that you feeling great! It’s funny because, in even reading the title of the blog, I felt a sense of anxiety. While I strive to be a positive person, food is one of those tricky areas for me. I know I would certainly be served by releasing my love of sugar but the thought of eliminating anything from my diet has always triggered something in me – I feel like my world will be made smaller and I would be setting myself up for a lifetime of no’s or how once enjoyable occasions would be made less so. However, this morning, after reading the blog, I am determined to make a list of the things I would be saying yes to rather than focusing on how I might be limited. I even had my decaf coffee this morning without any sweetener at all when I would usually have some sort of sugar-free flavour shot. It’s a start! Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. This is awesome Gabby, good for you!

    Going off was the most empowering experience of my life. I’m curious if you are also completely grain free? I’ve been off sugar, as in high glycemic index fruits and added sweeteners of any sort for years, and just recently gave up grains entirely after learning that I was pre-diabetic.

  14. Incredible results and improvement Gabby! Thanks for sharing your ESH
    and congratulations on 2 years of freedom from sugar-crack addiction :-))
    I am just wondering if you are vegan/vegetarian??
    I am a vegetables addict , organic and healthy.
    Love, Sylvia

  15. Thank you for this dear Gabby!
    I have two questions; how do you deal with going to places where there are few options? And how “strict” is the candida-diet? Those it mean only vegetables?
    I would LOVE to kick the sugar out completely. My concern is my family. I struggled with an eatingdisorder a few years ago, and even though I have recovered (yey!), I´m concerned how my family would react if I told them I´m completely off sugar, bread, etc. This might bring back memories and fear for them. How do you deal with the opinion of others, especially those in near relation? Maybe you are surrounded by like-minded people, but that is not the case for me and probably some other folks in here.
    Thank you for everything Gabby, I am forever grateful for the light you have brought in my life!

    1. Wanted to share that I just realised something.. Back when I was not doing well, my foodrestrictions and control was bades on fear. But now, quitting sugar is based on love for myself and my body!

  16. Hi Gabby!
    First, I want congratulate you on your 2 year anniversary quitting sugar. You’re amazing! Second, I would like to thank you for helping me realize I need to quit sugar to show up in my life healthy and energized, so I can serve. xo

  17. Thanks for talking about such an important topic and congratulations! I have been off of refined sugars for about 7 years but I still have most symptoms of candida so I appreciate this information on cutting out more sugars. It is hard to find support in the Midwest. Cutting out refined sugars is vital for me because I am a deeply horrible mother and human being with it. I will always be grateful to the guidance that led me to cut sugar out when my daughter was young. Deep gratitude!

  18. All cakes are full of hidden sugar I know I am a fitness instructor and nutritionist and they do no good fruit is your best choice of sugar.

  19. Babe, I am Day 7 off sugar. Thank you for your guidance. I feel a lot clearer already. <3 Will do 40 days sugar free, then add fruit back in. <3 I need this energy to do what I need to do in this life.

  20. Love this. I quit sugar over a year ago and what is so interesting is that I can’t even remember the date as sugar has become such a non issue for me now…as Sarah Wilson says ” the enemy just leaves the battle field” . I just don’t want it any more. I followed Sarah Wilson’s book. Quit fairly easily…her recipes are tasty and do able and her advice to be gentle with yourself was very sound. Now I am completely sugar free and realise I have been living with a crippling addiction for the last 30 years without even knowing I was addicted and thinking exhaustion was just normal…it isn’t!

  21. Hi Gabby!

    Congrats!! I did this many years ago and also seriously improved my immune system and finally flattened my belly!!

    For some reason, here in NYC ( not home as much and a lot more foodie temptations), I’m having a much harder time sticking to it.. Any tips?

    Also, does this mean that you don’t eat out? I think most restaurants add lots of sugar to their food ( hard to give up Thai, etc)..

    Also, do you avoid birthday celebrations ( dessert focused)?

    Any tips or NYC places to eat would be so appreciated to help get this going again!!

    Be Well, Sister and keep it up!!

  22. This is the real deal! I’ve been doing the candida diet for 2 months now and it has changed my life. These past few days have been eating more carbs since I am traveling and am totally feeling off…this diet is no joke! Thanks for inspiring me! <3

  23. This is really wonderful. Congratulations on your journey away from sugar! This is a perfect example of how changing your diet can enhance every aspect of your life. Thank you for sharing your story, as always!

  24. Hello my guardian angel :) I am so happy for you! Your sugar free glow is tangible. I, too, have suffered badly with candida. I do my best to stay on the candida diet and even though I WANT IT (so badly), I find that every now and then I snap. In A Return To Love, Marianne says that you can diet 23 hours 45 minutes a day, but what happens in that 15 minutes can undo everything. I am trying to change the rhetoric in my mind from “this is boring, but I have to do it, but why don’t my friends have to do it” (I am 23, so that’s a huge factor) to “I love myself so much that I am prepare to forgo things that do not serve me so I can fulfil my highest power” Love you Gabby, as always x

  25. Gabby,
    I am on going BACK on the candida diet to be true to myself and for once, take care of me. I have had candida, food allergies, and I have been emotionally low about it. Can you help me..do you have sweet potatoes? Thank you for giving me the inspiration and the whisper from spirit to answering me…I have been asking what I need to do to heal. XOXO

  26. Dear Gabby, I remember you wrote a comment on Instagram a couple of months ago, where you told that you cleaned up your diet even more and you would share this with us during fall. Really curious what this is about! Also I remember another comment on your Instagram where you told about Marie Kondo and wanting to share your experience with cleaning out and minimalising your stuff. Are you ready to tell this story to us? I am cleaning out the house and throwing out just about anything since reading this book too. It is so freeing… The less you own, the more abundant you feel. The more I give and donate, the more chances and opportunities I get. Thanks for sharing! Love, Isabel

  27. Hello everyone! I can attest to the truths that Gabby mentioned in her Vlog. Having been off sugar for more than a year now…YEAH ME!….I have never felt such a transformation in my eating until I committed to getting off sugar. I followed Sarah Wilson’s book, I quit sugar, and have never looked back. Making a committment to yourself on making a change such as this is extremely empowering and mind opening. Only 8 weeks…..Just do it! You will thank yourself….Namaste fellow sisters!

  28. I too identified after almost 40 years of ups and downs that I truly am an addict. I would love to share if you will allow me, an app that I developed. I was looking to take an abstinence approach and found many apps to count days of being drug free, alcohol free and tobacco free, but nothing specific to sugar, so I designed one! It is called Sugar Free. It has mindfulness prompts and daily motivational quotes too.

    It is available for android and iOS and I would love people to join me in tracking those all important seconds, minutes and hours of being Sugar Free!

    Both links are on this Facebook page.

    https://www.facebook.com/sugarfreeapp

  29. YAY!! Congrats!! My sister and I have been on a low sugar (no sugar most of the time) for years and it helped out our adult acne and digestive issues! We hate sweet things now when we have them, we love stevia. We eat very little fruit. We share a lot of sugar-free and low sugar recipes on our blog that are gluten and grain free too. I (Michelle) battled candida on and off and got severe eczema, but now I am healed! Thanks for sharing your journey!!

    1. Ladies, check out the Auto-Immune Protocol (AIP) diet if you have eczema. It’s a diet that heals the gut. I’ve had eczema for a few years and it’s finally clearing up.

  30. I find it really inspiring to see that you took your health into your own hands! I LOVE that you are sharing your journey. As a holistic nutritionist I understand how candida can take away your vibrancy and most people don’t even know that is a cause of their ill health. Without our health we really have nothing :( These bodily manifestations can stem from nutrition but also from stress, lifestyle, emotional and spiritual turmoil. Everything is connected!

    I love that you see the importance in showing your future child a healthier way of living without all the processed sugars. I’m a new mom and I want the best health for my son! By cleaning up your diet it will help set the stage for your future babe in utero :) Mom’s health has such an impact on a baby! It’s funny that to some people that may seem extreme but processed food is the extreme lol

  31. Hi Gabby. Well done! Im 11 days in! I feel rough though – My skin looks a little yellowish. Did you experience any detox symptoms? Also what do you think about Grapefruit?

  32. Congratulations on your 2 years Gabby! You have every right to be proud. This is such an accomplishment and you are inspiring me to reduce even more the amount of sugar I intake. I consider myself a healthy eater and I avoid refined sugar like it’s poison but I know that sugar sneaks into food we don’t always suspect and I do have a smoothie a day which includes a banana. I think I’ll start by trying some of Sarah’s recipes and maybe even getting her book! Thanks for sharing your experience and keep inspiring us! xoxo

  33. Thanks for sharing Gabby. I’m curious to the body’s response to green juices. Seems like although a juice could be all veggies, the sugar load would want to be avoided on a strict candida diet. Thoughts?

  34. Hi Gabby!
    I was so excited to try the recipe for the bundt cake and got all the ingredients together..was there something left out of this recipe? The batter was to dry to buy into the pan. I added some liquid thinking this would help. After baking it was inedible. Tasted like sand. Just curious if all the ingredients necessary were listed. Thanks so much..

  35. Good job, Gabby! Word of advice about stevia: beware of the labels and like you said, the ingredients. A lot of the stevia products are highly processed and contain artificial preservatives, yet still advertised as “natural” sweeteners. It’s best to use unprocessed stevia which is green with a very mild bitter flavour. It doesn’t dissolve as easily as the white processed kind, but I actually prefer the taste. Hope this helps. Take care!

  36. Hello congrats! I am considering going off sugar too. I am really confused about something … If you “quit sugar” and in your video mention no banana, pineapple etc then why on your Instagram do you post several photos of bowls of cherries, strawberries etc? I am confused how this no sugar thing works? Can you help?

    1. I eat berries and green apples. From time to time (like every four months) i’ll add a banana to a recipe. Cherries were for my summer guests:)

  37. Hey Gabby, thanks so much for sharing this. I have pcos and ADD and it’s been suggested many times that I go on the candida diet. I guess I’m just confused because some sources say that fruit and honey are ok and others say it just makes you crave sugar and you don’t get the true health benefits of cutting sugar out of your life. Your experience with this? Every time I’ve quit sugar I’ve always come back to it— but I never cut out honey or fruit. Help? Xo

  38. When I read the title of this post I got really excited because I know how harmful sugar can be.

    I went 30 days sugar free last year. No fruit, no veggies with high sugar. Nothing. And I felt amazing. I had so much energy. I lost 11lbs, which i didn’t like because I’m already small, but I think i just wasn’t eating enough food.

    My main issue with going sugar free is that i’m a very social person and most of my social interactions take place around food and at restaurants. I’ve been trying to figure out how I can live sugar free, but still be able to go out to nice restaurants, etc. What I’ve found is that almost EVERYTHING has sugar. People even love to coat veggies in all types of sauces that have sugar. I was at a point where I would pack home made salad dressing in my purse whenever i went out to eat. Unless i’m eating at home it’s really hard to control.

    Any suggestions on living sugar free, but still being able to eat out?

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  41. Thanks for sharing about your journey with sugar! I am thankful for your post! I have been off all sugar for over a month now, there has been no struggle for me or any real moments where I feel like I could break down and eat something, what I have been finding is more so when I tell people I am not interested in dessert they make me feel bad about it, maybe so they don’t feel bad about eating eat? And will reply with something like well I’m going to cut you a small piece because you should have some it’s really good, so less supportive and more upset . I haven’t gone in to detail about it or make them feel bad for there choices but would love to hear your guidance on this and also maybe when you’re in social situations where there is a dinner party and dessert was made, what is the best way to decline so the host isn’t upset because I just tried saying no thank I’m full to not go in to detail but then the mood changing between the host and I. I would be interested to hear your thoughts! Regards!

  42. I’ve been on and off sugar for years. I am suffering from my addiction with ill health, all the symptoms you describe is me. I stopped drinking alcohol 2 years ago, coffee last year, now it’s sugars turn to go and it is my nemesis…I have been preparing the last month for my sugar detox, starting NY 2016. I’m fully committed to abstaining from sugar and creating a new life for myself, and my family, without it. I feel readier and more prepared than I have ever been, and I feel confident this time I am going to succeed. Thank you Gabby for providing me with more inspiration and giving me a greater drive to succeed. I’m excited for my sugar free future, living cleanly and connecting with Spirit, clearly …love, light and blessings, Rachael:-)

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  49. So… you never eat chocolate? Or indulge in sweets at all? I agree that sugar should be avoided, but don’t you think such a restrictive way of eating (sugar is in EVERYTHING, therefore avoiding it COMPLETELY is incredibly restrictive) promotes a distorted way of eating? I avoid sugar in most forms, but I drive myself insane if I try to hold myself to the standard of completely avoiding ANY type of food and think that being so hard on ourselves to eliminate something from our diet can lead to guilt and shame around eating and our relationship with food. Curious what your thoughts are…

    1. I personally needed to stop sugar entirely, although I do have fruits. Some people need to eliminate sugar entirely based on how their bodies react, others are able to incorporate natural sugars like honey and maple syrup. It really comes down to what works best for your body and mind :)

  50. HI Gabby,

    I was just wondering if you could point me in the direction of the same candida diet you followed… I wasn’t sure if it was just the book mentioned above or something else… I am in desperate need of something that works. It gets pretty confusing online with some protocols okay with something like Apple Cidar Vinegar-and the next one is not…. I’m trying to take my life back, having spent the last two yrs withdrawing from a pretty evil cocktail of prescription drugs-that I finally realized was behind many of my struggles (with no real help from doctors). I was also wondering if you eat any animal products. I’ve been vegan since I was 15… I am concerned it may actually have not been right for my body type (as many doctors have alluded to) and actually caused more breakdown mentally and physically, over the last 20+ years… Any advice much appreciated…

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