Meet the winners of the Winter 2015 Go Sugar Free Scholarships

It really is true that the best part of Go Sugar Free is the people. Today’s scholarship winners are no exception.

We received more than 10 times the number of applications as scholarship seats available. Elliot and I spent the whole of last night and this morning reading through and watching the essays and videos. It was extremely tough to narrow down, and we felt it a massive privilege to read each essay and watch each video. To say the least, we feel like we got to know dozens of inspiring people.

Here are winners of the Winter 2015 Go Sugar Free Scholarships:

Kristen, Amanda, Linda, and Rivky

Linda and Rivky wrote in detail about why they wanted to take Go Sugar Free. I’ll share just a portion from each that stuck with me.


“Hi, my name is Linda Rosky. I am 70 years old and would love to improve my health…I would love the chance to do your program. I am competitive and almost always follow through with what I try. I have completed 4 –  ½ walking marathons and really felt good about it…I love veggies and fruit but also have become more addicted to sugary foods. I know I never feel as good as when I am not eating sugar…I hope you will at least think about having a 70 year old in your program. I am not a quitter.”



“Hi!  My name is Rivky – I’m a 25 year old accountant that lives in Michigan with my husband and beautiful baby boy…

When I first found out about ‘Go Sugar Free’ I thought it seemed really amazing…I’ve thought about the class a lot since I last submitted the application.

I started paying more attention to my eating habits and cravings.  I noticed how I opened the fridge and glanced at the vegetable drawer, only to close it and go for the sweets.  I noticed how I polished off any extra baked goods that were left over in my house.  I noticed how whenever my husband and I took a stroll we inevitably purchased (at my request) a sugary drink.   These observations were painful for me because I finally had to face the truth:  I am an addict!  And I’m asking for help.

Go Sugar Free is a perfect solution to my problem.  I would have the education and support I need to take control of my life and eating choices.  I don’t want to be a slave to dessert and sugary drinks.  Freedom is not eating whatever one wants to.  True freedom is having the inner ability to look at something that one wants in the moment and say a resounding ‘No!’  No – this is not good for me, I will regret this and I want something better for myself.”

Rivky actually applied last round too, and even though we couldn’t give her a seat last time, that didn’t stop her from trying again. We love that. It represents a truth about finding success going sugar free: never count yourself out. Keep trying because you never know when your effort is going to stick.

Thank you to everyone who entered. There were so many deserving entries that Elliot and I will be working to be able to include even more seats in the future.

Kristen, Amanda, Linda, and Rivky, welcome to Go Sugar Free. I’m thrilled to have you.


The Winter 2015 Go Sugar Free Scholarships are open!

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All the details are on the scholarship page! Make sure you’re entered by January 2, 2015 at 5:00 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.


The Go Sugar Free way to thicken soups and stews

The only thing I use cornstarch for these days is as a dry shampoo. I guarantee you, it’s possible to cook thick, beautiful stews, soups, and gravies without the use of all-purpose flour or cornstarch.

The Go Sugar Free™ way to thicken soups and stews |


When your next pot roast calls for cornstarch try using one of these purées instead:

  • Puréed potatoes
  • Puréed sweet potatoes
  • Puréed red lentils
  • Mashed white beans
  • Puréed parsnips
  • Puréed carrots
  • Puréed cauliflower
  • Puréed onions and leeks

Or any combination of the above.

With soups that will be puréed anyway, you can simply add your choice from above with the rest of the ingredients.

With pot roasts or stews, after cooking you get your stew or roast going, cook your potatoes, red lentils, white beans, parsnips, cauliflower, onions, and/or leeks separately, purée them with a bit of the water or broth from the roast or stew, then add it all back into the main pot to continue melding and cooking down with the rest of the ingredients.

I’ll often add these thickeners even if a recipe doesn’t call for them because I prefer thick soups to thin, brothy ones.



Announcing Winter 2015 Go Sugar Free registration

The next Go Sugar Free course and registration dates are here!

Winter 2015 Go Sugar Free will run January 7 through March 14, 2015. We decided on these dates by popular request: to get another Go Sugar Free underway right after the new year. We’re excited to meet everyone!

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All the details are available here.

This will be our sixth round of Go Sugar Free, and it’s better than ever. Thanks for all your emails and messages. See you inside the course!


It’s that time again

We’re gearing up for Go Sugar Free once more. Our sixth round. If you’re new around here, you’ll want to jump on our newsletter to get all the details first. This is heart and soul work and I love it.

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