The Fall 2014 Go Sugar Free Scholarships are open!

I’m offering 3 scholarships seats in the Summer 2014 Go Sugar Free course, and the entry period starts today.Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 11.05.54 AM

All the details are on the scholarship page! Make sure you’re entered by August 3, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

So many times we come across an opportunity that we’d love to have, but we assume we’d never get it. Having been on the backend of scholarship committees in the past, I can tell you, it’s always worth applying. You might be exactly the person that committee is looking for, and what they want to give you is heaps bigger and greater than the effort it takes to apply. I know this to be true.


What do we eat in Go Sugar Free?

I get lots of questions prior to a new course starting about what’s on the table in Go Sugar Free, so I thought I’d take a minute to cover questions and answers about just those things:

All major food groups are welcomed in Go Sugar Free. That leaves the door open for ALL fruits, vegetables, whole grains, meats, seafood, legumes, nuts, and seeds. That means Go Sugar Free works whether you’re vegan, paleo, or anything in between.

If sustainability stands a fighting chance, you need autonomy, choice, and the ability to personalize what you eat. A lot of health programs and books dictate exactly what you eat/don’t eat and it’s ridiculously rigid and unattainable.

What I do in Go Sugar Free instead is provide a library of 650 (and growing) vetted recipes that are free of added sweeteners and refined grains. Here are the categories:

Go Sugar Free’s focus on eliminating two specific things while providing incredible variety provides the depth it takes to truly break a sugar addiction while allowing you flexibility and choice so you can personalize what you’re eating to your budget, season, and preferences.

Here’s a big one: Go Sugar Free is for real people with real schedules. I emphasize recipes that are FAST because most members are super busy, active people.

In Go Sugar Free you don’t need to cook meals any more complicated than what you cook now. Our recipes range from 5-minutes-to-table to your typical slow-cook roast. The great majority of our recipes are “normal food” that use ingredients you most likely already use. The only thing that’s different about these recipes is they don’t contain sweeteners and refined grains. Super simple. Extremely effective.

Lastly, Elliot and I are from Iowa, so Go Sugar Free has simple, down-to-earth kind of eating built into its DNA.


Real food protein add-ins for smoothies

Sugar addicts are notorious for either skipping breakfast or starting the day with a sugar bomb (think: OJ, bagel, sweetened cereal, “energy” bar).

In Go Sugar Free we learn exactly why those of us addicted to sugar are likely to do this and what to do about it. One of the best things we can do is eat breakfast with protein—every day.

And since it’s the season of smoothies, here are ten ways to add real food sources of protein to your smoothies, especially if you’re a smoothie-for-breakfast type.

Real food protein add-ins for smoothies |

Serving Food Grams of protein in serving
1 cup Plain kefir 11 grams
1/4 cup Almond butter 9.5 grams
2/3 cup Greek yogurt 7 grams
1/4 cup Pistachio meats 6.5 grams
1/4 cup Buckwheat groats (soaked) as a topping 6 grams
1/2 cup Macadamia nuts 5.5 grams
1/4 cup Almonds 5 grams
1 tablespoon Hemp seeds 3.5 grams
1 tablespoon Chia seeds, dry* 3 grams
1 teaspoon Chlorella 3 grams

*Best if you can soak them for 15 minutes before adding them into your smoothie.


Real food protein add-ins for smoothies |

Smoothies for days. A glimpse of the dozens of smoothie recipes in Go Sugar Free.

To successfully go sugar free, protein is important, especially first thing in the morning. The next time you’re making a breakfast smoothie, try a couple of these real food protein add-ins.


“Is it really possible?”

I get regular emails from people addicted to sugar asking, “Is it really possible to feel differently than this? Is it really possible to not crave sugar [and refined grains] anymore?” When you’re deeply entrenched in the throes of sugar addiction it’s hard to believe that it’s even possible for life to be different. I know because I used to be there.

I don’t get down about these emails; I used to be in these writers’ shoes, and I know that the lowest of low moments are actually the most primed time to make a real, true change.

As hard it as it may be to believe, it’s easy (and I don’t use that word lightly) to live without added sugar and refined grains once you do the hard work of getting unaddicted. The environment around me hasn’t changed a bit—there’s still sugar/refined grains everywhere—but I’ve completely changed and those foods simply have zero effect on me anymore. This is not by magic; it’s by committed cold turkey strategy for a period of time. Go Sugar Free members get there too.

The honest truth that it’s possible to be free of sugar, and it’s not something only certain people can do/have; you can have it too.