We’re thrilled to announce the scholarship winners below.
I spent hours reading through the essays and watching the videos, every word in the dozens of entries important to us. To say the least, Elliot and I are humbled.
Go Sugar Free exists to make it easier for adults to feel exceptional in their skin. Whether by alleviating issues that can be seen on the outside or assuaging ones that can only be known from the inside, it has the potential to transform.
Here are winners of the Fall 2016 Go Sugar Free Scholarships:
Angie, Clover, Vanessa, and Rachel
Keep reading to see the winning entries:
“…I don’t remember a time when I haven’t struggled with sugar.
“As a wife, I have been by my husband’s side both times as he has gone through cancer. Coping with the stresses that came with his diagnosis as well as the added burdens that affected our family while he was sick and recovering also played a role in my cycle with sugar…Through this experience I see how important my health is and how much I want to heal the hold sugar has on me and experience the best quality of life possible.
“As a woman, this isn’t just about weight for me anymore. It is also about the desire for freedom, feeling comfortable in my own skin, and taking good care of myself. I want to be happy with who I am, in all of my many roles in life.
“…I am good at starting and even good at pushing through, but without enough support, I run out of steam and give up. I know I need daily support to be successful in this struggle, at least until I gain new habits and knowledge and that is why I need this course and hope to win a spot in Go Sugar Free.
“I applied for the scholarship in the spring and was not chosen, but I am not giving up. I am back to try again. I know this program can help me find sustainability with food and improve my physical health and emotional well being as I walk closer and closer to the real me.”
“My name is Vanessa and I’m a grad student working full time…I’ve always taken care of everyone in my life since I was younger, and I’ve helped raise a brother and sister. I was ignorant of my own health for a long while and never thought much of self-care until a recent health scare. Coffee daily was a necessity and I thought nothing of brownies for breakfast…I didn’t realize my eating habits were terrible because my husband shared them drinking 2 or 3 mountain dews a day! …There will always be something to do, but my health is a priority. It’s time to take care of ME now. That’s why I want to do go sugar-free.”
“I’m Rachel…I’ve always had a major sweet tooth…I’ve tried to go sugar free before, but it has never worked. Without support, I end up in a cycle of throwing out everything with sugar, and then inevitably end up making a trip to the store with the goal of devouring an entire bag of chocolate in one sitting. I’ve been overweight for as long as I can remember, and sugar prevents me from getting healthy. Not only do I never lose any weight, I also struggle to enjoy the exercise I love, like yoga, held back by my body and mindset…
“Whenever I try to lose weight and take control of my health, it looks something like this: I spend a few days working out, going to the gym, and eating clean. Not much later, I have a splitting headache that lasts days, no matter what I do, and which I can only get rid of by eating something sugary. I start to feel nauseous if I don’t give in to my craving, and often end up curled up on the couch with my sweet of choice, nearly crying from misery. I want to free myself from this cycle. I’m tired of feeling so restricted by this addiction – I want to be able to eat lunch without feeling guilty and go to yoga classes without fearing a headache will strike halfway through class. I want to not live in fear that one day I will also have diabetes like so many members of my family.
“…With the help of a scholarship to this course, I could finally take control of my own health and change my life.”
Thank you to everyone who entered. There were so many deserving entries, and I was grateful to consider every single one.
Angie, Clover, Vanessa, and Rachel, welcome to Go Sugar Free. We’re thrilled to have you.