Note: Updated in 2018 for clarity and additional resources.
I’ve been off sugar for 2.5 years now! I feel a responsibility for helping other people who want to live sugar free get on board with this awesome feeling. So much about my physical health feels totally transformed since I left sugar behind!
I feel passionate about this because of the simple fact that I feel so good. When you live sugar free, so much improves. My skin is clearer, I have more energy and my mood is more stable. Living sugar free really does change your life.
Watch the video or keep reading to get my spiritual and practical tips for living sugar free!
You’ve got to want to live sugar free
As with any addiction, you’ve got to want to quit sugar. If you don’t think that you’re ready to get off sugar right now, and you feel overwhelmed by it or a little bit scared, then maybe you can recommit in a month or two. Because if you don’t really want it, then you’re just going to find yourself in a cycle of getting on the wagon and falling off over and over again. That cycling experience can make quitting sugar feel totally unattainable. Plus it just becomes another reason to judge yourself.
So ask yourself honestly, “Do I really want it? Am I really committed? Am I really ready?” If the answer is yes, then I’ve got some amazing steps that to take that will help you stay on path and enjoy the process of living sugar free — instead of feeling like it’s some scary detox that you don’t want to go through.
Gabby’s 3 steps for living sugar free
Step 1: Get clear on what kinds of sweeteners you can have
The first step is to realize what kind of sweeteners you can have that won’t take you out, spike your blood sugar or feed the craving. Many people argue that getting off all sweeteners altogether, including stevia and very sweet fruits, is the first step. The idea here is that you don’t want your brain to be getting that message of, “I need sweets. I need sweets. I need sweets.”
There’s a lot of value in full abstinence. In the beginning of my sugar free living, I had berries and green apples as my only sweets. That was extraordinarily helpful for me, but we’re all different. I know many people who, when they first start out, find it really helpful to have something sweet that they can turn to. There are several great options out there, but stevia is my favorite!
Stevia leaf is a beautiful sweetener that doesn’t spike your blood sugar levels. It also doesn’t have any calories. It’s extremely sweet, so you want to be careful with how much you use. You can put just a drop or two of stevia in your coffee or tea and it will really jazz it up. I love stevia in liquid form. SweetLeaf is a really great brand, and you can get it in the powder form as well. Stevia is great to bake with as well. The awesome thing is that there are more and more sugar-free recipes online that give you guidance on how much stevia to use when you’re replacing sugar in recipes, and how to adjust recipes so that they’re sugar free.
Step 2: Have fun in the kitchen!
I’m very experimental in the kitchen and like to view cooking and baking as meditative practices. Even if up till now you haven’t been much of a cook, start having some fun in the kitchen! Start to view living sugar free as an adventure. This will help you shift your perspective and open you up to creative new ideas.
Start having fun with your apples and berries! I like to put coconut butter on my green apples and berries. Sometimes I’ll add cinnamon, too. Just start to play around with your sweets and enjoy the process.
You can make chia pudding with chia seeds, stevia and coconut milk, and a little bit of cacao, and just mix it all together! That chia pudding can become a delicious snack. The more joyful you are in the kitchen, the more fun this whole experience will be. Then you’ll have the energy behind you that will keep you consistent.
Step 3: Pray and surrender daily
Ask for help you and you will receive it! Be in a daily surrendered prayer. Your morning prayer is going to be crucial, because you really set yourself up to win for the rest of the day. Simply say, “Thank you, Universe, for helping me stay consistent on my path of cutting out sugar or cutting down on sugar,” whatever it is for you. Turning to this prayer will give you the energy and enthusiasm to stay on the path.
More resources for living sugar free
5 Tips to Quit Sugar the Spirit Junkie Way
My Favorite Sugar-Free Holiday Treats
How I Stayed Off Sugar for the Past 2 Years
What It’s Like to Be 1 Year Off Sugar!
How to End Sugar Cravings with EFT Tapping
7 Books to Heal Your Gut and Feel Great
Spiritual Thanksgiving Tips + My Favorite Pumpkin Recipe