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Overcoming Sugar Addiction: How I Kicked My Sugar Habit and Created a Joyful Sugar Free Life [Kindle Edition]

Karly Randolph Pitman
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Book Description

If you can't stop eating sugar once you start, if you want to free yourself from painful consequences of a sugar addiction, then this book offers hope through a personal story of redemption. Karly Randolph Pitman lived a sugar addict's life, with binges, violent mood swings, yo-yoing weight, low self esteem, bulimia, and depression. She attempted to give up sugar dozens of times over 10 years. When she at last hit bottom, a sad but clear choice presented itself: sugar or her very life. Finding the courage to accept her sugar sensitivity and heal her addiction, Karly now teaches others who are sugar sensitive how to heal. An Internet sensation when first published as an ebook in 2008, this revised 2nd edition shares even more insights into how to live sugar free in a sugar-saturated world. But, dear reader, this is not a diet book. Yes, food choices are important, and there's an expanded chapter on "What to Eat." But more important, this book shows how emotions, memories, and habits leave you vulnerable to sugar's siren song. Kicking your sugar habit will be a journey for your physical body, as Karly herself experienced. But for changes to last, they need reach the emotional and psychological levels and beyond - touching your very soul. The idea of kicking a sugar habit intimidates all who seriously consider it. Karly explains how to get ready - and how you'll know when you're ready - to overcome an addiction to sugar. This book shares exactly how Karly did it so you can do the same - without feeling deprived, resentful, or like a food cop. Karly's gentle approach will help you give up sugar while maintaining a relaxed, intuitive relationship with food. Release yourself from sugar bondage following a method that's joyful, sustainable and lasting.

Product Details

  • File Size: 870 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1450721915
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Five Oceans Press; 3 edition (July 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006T5JNGM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,200 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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206 of 207 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading this book WILL NOT change your life September 27, 2010
If you're reading this review, it means that have recognized that something is out of balance in your life and it has something to do with sugar. You're probably at a breaking point. You know something needs to change, but don't know where to start. You're about to begin a journey, and you're looking for a fellow traveler who knows the way.

This book isn't going to change your life, but it will be a constant companion to you as you let go of past failures and start to discover that you have the power to change it yourself. You'll find that the experiences Karly writes about in her unassuming, insightful style parallel your own, and by the time she begins sharing tools for breaking the cycle, you'll know that you've found your fellow traveler. This is someone who has walked a mile in your shoes and discovered out how to run in them. At least one person in the world has found out how to turn a disability into an asset that continues to pay out dividends. And one person is all we need to know that we're not alone.

I started reading this book on May 25, 2009. Memorial day. An extended family's worth of deserts were prepared for the event, including a couple of my favorites. It was the perfect opportunity to start change.

I was only a few chapters into the book, but already my pattern of sugar consumption had a name. When dinner rolled around I thought to myself "okay, I'm not committing to this change forever, but maybe I'll see what it feels like to go without sugar tonight." It wasn't my first time going sugar-free, so I was wary of broken long-term commitments that would only later become a nail in the coffin of my resolve. But that evening alone, I probably make the conscious choice to go without sugar 50 or 100 times. And I felt good.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Piece of the Puzzle September 20, 2010
I have spent the last 40 years looking for relief from my sugar addiction. I have done endless searches on the internet looking for help. Then in 2009 another search for "sugar addiction" came up with Karly's website. I joined, read the Overcoming Sugar Addiction online book and felt like I had "come home". She spoke right to my needs and addressed what needed to change on an emotional and spiritual level. It just felt right.

It wasn't a question for me of what to eat, but why do I eat? Sugar is my "drug of choice". If I start eating it, the uncontrollable cravings take over and I head into a downward spiral. I go into depression and life becomes very difficult. I carry around a constant feeling of dread and anxiety and it seems near to impossible to break the cravings long enough to get off the sugar. When I abstain from sugar my energy levels increase, the cravings disappear, my mood elevates, my thinking becomes clear and life just becomes much more fun to live. When I found Karly's website and connected with others around the world who were faced with the same struggle I was elated. Someone finally understood my struggle.

This book outlines the inner changes that can be made to find peace on an emotional and spiritual level, thus filling our needs with something other than sugar. It's not a quick fix, but it's a journey well worth taking. Her book is worth the price and I highly recommend it.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, an answer! September 21, 2010
Sugar addiction is a common problem that is greatly overlooked. (YES - even for us MEN!) I've struggled with it for years, not knowing that something like this even existed. I saw a news segment regarding sugar addiction one day and it all started making sense. I immediately found Karly's book online, and for the first time in my life, I understood what was happening to me. "Overcoming Sugar Addiction" helped me understand my problem, and gave me the power to take control of it. Are you a "slave to the crave?" Get this book!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this book changed my life September 19, 2010
I read Karly's book online about 2 years ago after googling 'sugar addiction' - I was so impressed and happy to have found another person who had the same problem as I. After downloading her book, I immediately put it in a binder and began lugging it with me everywhere I went. At first, I thought this would be the latest and greatest in my quest for the ultimate diet. In my initial excitement and motivation, I was able to quit sugar for 6 months and lost 15 pounds. But then, over a Labor Day weekend at the beach, I thought "how bad would it be to have this one dish of ice cream?" Thus began my downward spiral into complete sugar addiction once again, which lasted for well over a year. Needless to say, I gained all the weight back and more. In August 2009, I enrolled in Karly's online "quit sugar" teleclass, while I was still eating sugar, since I was quickly approaching the desperation stage. The teleclasses were an excellent supplement to the information in her book, and having others in the class with me from all over the country made me quickly realize 2 things - one, I am not alone, and two - quitting sugar will NOT be easy. It wasn't until the 5th or 6th class that I felt like I had no choice but to try again - at this point, I was eating candy for lunch and ice cream for dinner, not to mention feeling drugged and fat and disgusted. I started again and have been sugar-free now for 1 year. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by IN
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Discovered I am a sugar addict. Book is very helpful
Published 3 months ago by Wayne E Beachy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well written. Now, if I could put it into practice, I'd be all set!
Published 6 months ago by retired teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 7 months ago by Wendy Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect for anyone struggling with sugar addiction
Published 8 months ago by TJohn
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good book if you eat to much sugar
A really good book if you eat to much sugar, since reading this and adapting my diet I have lost and kept off 50 lbs.
Published 9 months ago by catherine m wathan
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful but has it's limitations
I quit eating sugar a few years ago and was successful for nearly a year, but then somehow sugar creeped back into my life. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Skye
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative book
Informative book and well written. Still working on beating this addiction. This give nice reason why you should try and quit.
Published 10 months ago by MLB
4.0 out of 5 stars I got a lot out of this book.
I really liked this book. It was a bit 12 stepy but overall good information. I would recommend it to a friend.
Published 11 months ago by Laura Inbody
5.0 out of 5 stars wasnt exactly the book i thought it was but..........
still was informative,.i was hoping for more recipies and guide lines and what not to eat, but still informative. was a good price.
Published 15 months ago by frequent shopper
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More About the Author

I'm Karly Randolph Pitman and I'm so happy to meet you here. I write because I'm in love with the human heart.

I write about the journey of belonging - how we embrace, befriend, forgive, and find rest in our imperfection, our darkness, and all our tender, human messiness. How we heal the shame about being human and find compassion for the human experience.

My writing arises out of my 20 year struggle with eating disorders, addiction and a life long struggle with anxiety and depression. For much of this time, I tried to eradicate all these messy parts of me. What finally brought peace was when I stopped trying to fix myself - when I stopped making my struggles - and myself - wrong; when I embraced my pain instead of fighting against it.

I find that sharing the human journey creates a space where we all feel seen and heard and less alone, and that this is profoundly healing.

My husband Patrick and I live in Montana and Austin, Texas with our four children, one very sweet Australian shepherd (we call her our therapy dog), a frisky kitten, and lots of dust bunnies. (I'm not a good housekeeper.) We eat lots of Mexican food, shake it to Austin's live music, hit the independent movie theater on a weekly basis, and the library twice as much, for I really, really like to read books.

You can learn more about me, read my blog, and find out more about my courses and live teaching at my website,

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