5 Steps To End Your Sugar Addiction

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POWER POSSE POST BY JENNIFER STERLING

I spent 10 years struggling with a sugar addiction along with all the other issues that come along with it – lethargy, bloating, headaches, skin issues and yeast infections.

I visited several doctors and health practitioners, went on various medications and herbs, but nothing seemed to help for longer than a few weeks.

Frustrated and confused, I decided to take matters into my own hands and do a little research. The word that kept appearing when I researched my symptoms was Candida.  So, I dug a little deeper and discovered that…

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Candida is a fungus that occurs naturally in our intestines. It only becomes an issue when our intestinal environment changes (due to our diet and lifestyle) and allows the Candida to overgrow and outnumber our healthy bacteria.

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It was clear that this overgrowth of this natural fungus was at the root of my addiction to sugar.

Armed with this information, I began to research ways to help heal my body and gain control of sugar addiction for good.

5 Steps To End Your Sugar Addiction (and Improve Intestinal Health)

Eliminate Sugar.

Candida feeds on sugar, so eliminating sugar from your diet is the first step in restoring balance to your digestive system. Sugar creates acidity in the body and Candida thrives in an acidic environment. Eliminating sugar will help restore the body to a more alkaline state so that the Candida will begin to die-off. In order for this to be effective, both refined and unrefined sugars should be eliminated.

This was one of the hardest things for me to do. I was totally addicted to sugar and carbohydrates… AND I own a bakery! But I was determined to feel better, so I stuck with it. After the first week, I hardly noticed.

Apple Cider Vinegar.

Apple Cider Vinegar is incredibly nutritious, especially the raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized kind. It can help restore alkalinity to the body and aids in detoxification by stimulating circulation.

Starting your day with 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar will help stimulate the digestive system and begin the process of balancing your digestive system.

Chicory  Tea.

Chicory root has anti-fungal properties and is also a pre-biotic, meaning it not only helps eliminate Candida, it also helps re-populate the intestines with healthy bacteria.

High Quality Probiotics.

Probiotics are a great addition to your daily health routine even if you don’t have issues with Candida overgrowth. The bacteria in probiotics create a more favorable balance of microorganisms in the intestines. They also help boost immunity and contain enzymes that help break down foods and promote more efficient digestion.

If you’re sensitive to dairy, or you’re vegan, check out Dr. Ohira’s travel-ready probiotics, or these dairy-free probiotic vegetarian capsules.

Fermented Veggies.

Fermented veggies behave in much the same way as a good probiotic, populating the intestines with healthy bacteria and stimulating digestion.

I must say, this was one of the hardest things for me to add to my diet, but I truly believe they helped me to heal my gut and get my Candida overgrowth under control, so today I’m sharing a recipe for one of my favorite fermented foods with you.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I introduce you to….Beet Kvass!

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Beet Kvass
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Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
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Fermented beet recipe to help heal your digestive system!
Ingredients
  • 2-3 organic beets
  • 2 teaspoon sea salt or vegetable starter
  • Filtered Water
Instructions
  1. Scrub and peel the beets.
  2. Chop the beets into cubes and place in a clean quart jar.
  3. Sprinkle the sea salt over the beets.
  4. Fill the jar with filtered water. Cover with a lid and seal tightly.
  5. Leave the jar at room temperature for 2-3 days, and then move to the fridge.
  6. Once the beets have fermented, you can eat the chopped beets AND drink the juice.

Not only will Beet Kvass help restore balance to your intestinal tract, but you’ll also reap the various other rewards of eating beets.

Here are a few fun facts about beets:

  • They act as a blood purifier and stimulate production of red blood cells.
  • Beets are high in vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, phosphorus, Vitamins A, B &C and iron.
  • Beets were served in space when the astronauts of Apollo 18 met up with Soyuz 19.

Beets are super cool, right?

Sterling-SweetsAuthor Bio: Jennifer Sterling is a Holistic Nutritionist & Allergen Free Pastry Chef. She can usually be found whipping up delicious allergen free desserts in the Sterling Sweets kitchen. When she’s not baking she’s speaking Parentese to her beautiful son or helping people with food allergies and intolerance’s rediscover their love for food as a nutrition counselor at Sterling Wellness.

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  1. Great post Jennifer! I wholeheartedly agree with the eliminating sugar, apple cider vinegar, and probiotics. So many of my clients come to me asking for tips on how to overcome sugar addiction, and in the past I’ve found that on of the best solutions (especially when the thought of cutting out all sugar is too much for them to handle right off the bat) is to replace the refined sugars in their diets with fruit and naturally sweet veggies. Even I have a tough time eating the fermented kind, but I keep trying once in a while in hopes that my tastebuds will acquire a liking for them!

    • Hi Angela!

      It’s true, fermented veggies are definitely
      an acquired taste. I find beets and ginger carrots most palateable. I also try to get
      my clients to switch from refined sugars to fruits and veggies, but personally I only
      felt relief from my Candida issues when I eliminated all sugars, including fruits and
      sweet/starchy veggies for a time. Thanks so much for your kind words. Be well!

  2. I love this beet recipe, I have loads of beets in my garden that are getting so huge! I have been juicing them because eating beets isn’t something that appeals to me yet. I like them juiced but find the flavour is overwhelming! I like the idea of making the beet kvass, I can enjoy the beets all the same without eating them AND they wont overwhelm all of my other garden goodies I like to juice!

      • I’ll vouch for Leanne! Her “can’t beet this smoothie” recipe is delicious. My husband, who detests beets, drank it right up! :)

  3. Good tips! Just last week I bought Dr. Ohira’s probiotics, but every time I take them I get stomach cramps and bloating. Not like super painful or anything, but I’m wondering why it happens. I stopped taking them for two days and it went away. Any ideas?

    • Hi Lindsay – have you taken probiotics before? Or is this your first time? If so, it’s totally normal to feel a bit strange for the first couple of weeks :)

    • The travel-safe ones, Dr. Ohira? I go EVERYWHERE with them! They’re SO awesome!

  4. I have heard great things about kvass! I love putting beets in my juice, especially with citrus, but so far I’ve been afraid to try kvass. But now I see its so easy to make, I’m going to have to try it! I haven’t struggled with candida, but I definitely have a sugar addiction – and it’s hard to want to change that. Most of my sugar intake comes from fruit and things like dates and honey, but that’s still a lot to consume. I think it’s time I try to adjust to a more savory diet – thanks for the tips!

  5. I love this post! I was recommended by my naturopath to try a Candida diet since I was exhausted and having insanely strong sugar cravings. Four weeks in and I feel amazing! Last weekend was the first weekend in a long time that I didn’t need a nap between the gym in the morning and my social evening. I found it a lot easier to do than I thought – thanks in large part to amazing blogs like this one. I will have to try this recipe since I love beets. Great post and please keep the good ideas coming :)

    • Thanks for sharing this perspective, Sophie! We really appreciate it. I gave them both a read and, while I agree that there ARE healthy forms of sugar, I fully support the anti-candida diet because I’ve done it and it works. But, as I always say – we ALL look different on the outside so it’s silly to think that we all work the SAME on the inside. Everyone out there needs to find an eating style and approach to health that works for them. The more resources, the better :)

  6. Leanne,
    Your post was just what I needed for encouragement. I just started the candida diet I’m on day 4.
    It’s encouraging to know you had success with it. How long does someone typically need to be on the diet for?
    Thanks
    Tabitha

  7. Eliminating gluten is what eliminated my sugar addiction. I didn’t have a “sweet tooth”. I was totally addicted!! My health was horrible in so many ways. It’s important to get the word out about how damaging sugar can be to our bodies. Now I crave healthy, savory foods.

  8. I have suffered with candida for about a year now. What I would love to know is the details of eliminating sugar. Does this mean products like truvia are out? What about honey or agave? It would be uber helpful if you could post a list of sugars to cute and healthy substitutions! Thank you!

  9. Dear Jennifer,

    When you say “unrefined” sugars, does this include fruit? Also, regarding probiotics, would Kombucha be an option to use in order to get some probiotics?

    Thanks!

  10. How will a person know when all the candida is gone? Also is this save to follow while breastfeeding? I have been suffering from a yeast overgrowth for at least 10 yrs and cant seem to get rid of it.thanks

    • Hi Kiley – I am unsure as to whether or not it is safe for you to be doing an anti-candida diet while breastfeeding. Best to chat with your doctor about that. Best to test something like fruit 4-6 months after going on the diet. If you have a poor reaction, you should continue with the diet!

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