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My Losing Battle With Sugar and Journey to Redemption

I’ve always had an insatiable sweet tooth. Birthday cakes as a child, late night ice cream binges while studying, daily candy fixes to get through stressful and long work days – sugary foods have been my crutch for as long as I can remember.

I justified it as harmless…until the pre diabetes diagnosis came seemingly out of the blue.

My doctor showed me lab results already well past “normal” thresholds which made type 2 diabetes inevitable soon if I didn’t make big changes fast.

Motivation Through Desperation

Seeing black-and-white evidence of how my food addiction attacked my health over decades was the desperation I needed.

No more reasoning “some sweet fixes here and there should be fine.” I realized a lifetime of emotional eating and lack of portion control compounded exponentially to land me my present health crisis.

Yet trying to turn nutrition around initially seemed hopeless. Where to even begin unpacking decades of ingrained food association and compulsive eating routines?

But fear of diabetes and early death motivated me to radically rethink my relationship with food.

From Sugar Addict to Health Crusader

Early days transitioning to lower glycemic eating were uncomfortable, resulting in short term “failures” before I implemented lifestyle redesigns sustainable long term.

What finally lead to a health breakthrough 18 months in? Things like:

Meal prepping makeover swapping sugars for natural nutrition
Emotional check-ins when stress eating urges surfaced
Celebrating non-scale victories around energy levels
It took ruthless self accountability. But over time, the 135 pounds melted away and lab work reversed trajectories.

Today I’m a Board Certified Health and Wellness coach guiding other food addicts on their own journeys back from the brink. I’m living proof redemption lies on the other side of crushed cravings.

Want to learn more about escaping the perils of sugar dependence? Stay tuned for practical insights as I lay out the full tale of my addiction, rock bottom diabetes scare, and how I crushed decades of cravings through sustainable nourishment and lifestyle changes. It wasn’t quick or easy, but so worth the investment in myself!

Want to hear about my Crowd Out the Bad Method to Conquer Cravings, Lose Weight, and Avoid Diabetes? Take the First Step with a FREE Consultation and Learn from My 135-Pound Victory Over Pre-Diabetes!


  1. Jeanine Byers on February 5, 2024 at 12:48 am

    Though I tend toward low blood sugar, not diabetes, I can relate to having a sweet tooth. My goal is to eat less sugar by adding healthier food to my daily diet.

    • Karen Admin on February 5, 2024 at 11:51 am

      Jeanine…low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia and diabetes are two ends of the same spectrum. Both can be managed through the consumption of whole foods that are low on the glycemic index.

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