Sugar Addiction & Becoming SugarWise

by Alexa

Looking for a sensible and do-able approach to sugar addiction and carb control? SugarWise is a proven method of transforming your diet and mindset about food.

Kicking sugar to the curb is not easy. Developed by a Registered Dietitian, SugarWise can help.

Have you battled sugar addiction most of your life? Are you overwhelmed by the thought of giving sugar up cold turkey? If so, you are far from alone. Today we welcome Esther Hansen, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Esther is one of our trusted nutrition experts on weight loss and beating disease. We are excited to have her here to share her proven approach to creating a healthy relationship with sugar and carbs.

A Sustainable Approach to Ending Sugar Addiction

You’ve been hearing about the benefits of the paleo, low-carb, and ketogenic diets but thinking about giving up your nightly glass of wine and piece of dark chocolate depresses you. 

You can imagine a life free of sugar cravings, energy dips, belly fat and chronic pain.  A life in which you confidently purchase and prepare vibrant, real foods.  But could this be possible without quitting sugar and carbs cold turkey? 

Is there a way to dip your toe into the low carb/sugar waters before you dive in?  

The SugarWise Approach to Carb and Sugar Addiction and

A Personal Sugar Story

Sugar was banned in my house growing up.  Once I gained access to it, I binged on it, struggled with weight management, had fertility issues and later gestational diabetes.  I was on and off sugar and it was a roller coaster for my mind and body. 

Little by little, I learned to give myself permission to eat sugar and carbs mindfully. By listening to my body, I realized that it didn’t feel as good or taste as good as I thought.  Now, I still eat sugar, but infrequently.  It doesn’t satisfy or control me like it used to. I have naturally eased into a low carb, low sugar lifestyle.  

Changing Your Mindset

In my years as a dietitian nutritionist I have noted the positive dietary changes that have taken hold with my clients, and carefully considered how and why they were lasting.  With these observations and my own personal experience, I developed SugarWise. SugarWise is a nutrition course that aims to change the mindset from that of victim and failure to competent and confident eating by teaching food skills (planning, shopping, prepping) AND food psychology (emotions, social eating, mindful eating).

What is SugarWise?

SugarWise is a self-paced online learning module:

The aim of this online course is to transform your diet and mindset about food with a unique approach that:

  1. Promotes moderation vs. an all-or-nothing mindset
  2. Encourages small, sustainable changes vs. sweeping changes
  3. Teaches you the science as it applies to your individual genetics
  4. Facilitates community with other class members and alumni 
  5. Can be started anytime, anywhere.

SugarWise is Presented in 3 Easy Steps:

  • Learn: Watch or read the course content
  • Discuss: Use prompts to journal or discuss how the information applies to your life
  • Apply: Put knowledge into practice with simple action steps

Try SugarWise for FREE

Back to dipping your toe in; I invite you to see if the SugarWise course is a good fit for you by trying it out for free hereI look forward to helping YOU permanently crowd out sugar and carbs and realize all the health benefits that will follow. 

What’s Your Trick?

If you have successfully eliminated excess sugar from your diet, we’d love to know how you did it?

Make peace with carbs once and for all!


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Alisa Fleming May 24, 2017 - 11:00 am

I love how you tease with donuts – the ultimate test! This sounds like a huge help! I really do believe in the mental aspect of eating. It really is about making a decision and changing your mindset. Now, I should probably do that with sugar 🙂

Alexa May 25, 2017 - 6:40 am

I just had to include that image … a good, chewy raised and glazed doughnut is my weakness. Ha! I wondered if I would mislead everyone into thinking that “today’s recipe” was for a healthy, low-sugar raised and glazed doughnut that tasted and looked exactly like the real thing 🙂 Was that mean?

Jessica May 25, 2017 - 8:12 am

Anytime food is restricted it becomes even more prized. I’m sorry you had to go through that by growing up in a house where sugar was banned. I had the opposite extreme, which was that sugary food was full on allowed – too much – and I never learned moderation with it. Over the years I have had to tame my sweet tooth. I’m trying to find the right balance to teach my girls how to do the same. It’s not easy. Sounds like this program will help a lot of people.

amanda -runtothefinish May 25, 2017 - 2:13 pm

Oh my gosh what a fabulous resource!! It’s so easy to find yourself eating more of it than you know! This is going to be really helpful!

Alexa May 26, 2017 - 10:04 am

Esther is great! One of my go-to people when I feel stuck and confused about my diet.

Kristina @ Love & Zest May 26, 2017 - 12:03 pm

What a great offering. This is such a hard struggle for so many people. Thanks for sharing!

Alexa May 29, 2017 - 7:55 pm

It sure is! I struggled with it today 🙂

Julie @ Running in a Skirt May 28, 2017 - 11:13 am

What a great way to do it! Sugar really has a powerful way of sucking you in but you really don’t need it. Love this gradual approach.

Alexa May 29, 2017 - 7:55 pm

Yes, gradual is key. Thanks for dropping by Julie!

Donna April 21, 2018 - 5:57 pm

I was so addicted to sugar that I had constant candida issues and was given powerful medication on a long term basis which I think, in turn, messed up my gut flora. I was drinking cocktails and eating anything I liked knowing I wouldn’t put on extra weight. Gradually and eventually I cut out most of it but would crave something sweet after dinner every night. I allowed myself to have plain yoghurt and berries and/or a cup of tea. At first it didn’t quite quell my cravings but I stuck to it and weaned myself off. Giving up gluten and lactose as well improved my gut and to my surprise, drastically reduced arthritic pain in my thumb and big toe. I then became a Sugar Evangelist 😉 and wouldn’t touch it. Now I have it in small doses and all is well unless, like at Christmas, I overindulge in sugar then I start experiencing those symptoms again including arthritic pain. I’m definitely on board with the low sugar message.

Alexa May 10, 2018 - 8:54 am

Donna, thank you for sharing your experience. To commit to something like this is a big deal and then to see the results is the greatest pay off! Very good to hear that it helped with arthritic pain. Keep on evangelizing sister!! xo


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