My Journey (Before & After Pics)

Some things from our past are easier to remember than others. Having issues with food began for me early on around the age of 11. I remember for no apparent reason sneaking a salty snack in my parents basement. I remember the pediatrician constantly commenting at every annual visit that if I could just lose 10 pounds I would be at my ideal weight for my height. I am as an adult only 5’2 tall so that number was 110 pds! I have not seen that number since I was 11. I was never overweight as a kid but I wasn’t skinny either. The problem was I thought I was chubby, you know the peer-pressure thing of wanting to look like friends who were twice my height and had fabulously long, lean legs.

So began the crazy fad diets at the age of 13, then the continued yo-yo diet cycle. At 18 I simply decided to let myself eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted it. Of course the comfort I found was in sugar-laden snack foods. My highest weight was 155 pds at the age of 22. At that point in my life I found Jesus as my savior and that’s when I decided I was really ready to clean up my act. I started walking and stopped eating in between meals and lost weight and by 6 months I was what I felt was the right weight for my body, 124 pds.I didn’t have to exercise like a maniac to maintain it and I was thrilled.

In 1997 I married my sweet hubby Jim and continued to maintain a healthy weight. Unfortunately, blame it on hormones, I was having the worst PMS symptoms. I was completely out of control with my emotions. I started researching causes and natural solutions to alleviate symptoms.I found a yeast free diet plan , not to lose any weight, but to see if this could help with my PMS craziness. All sugar, which yeast thrives on, was eliminated except if it was the 5th ingredient on labels. Within 2 months I felt better and my PMS symptoms were gone.  My skin looked fabulous and I actually even lost weight. Of course now that I had fixed the problem, that was when we decided to get pregnant. I tossed all my good habits out the door and gained 70 pounds! I had never seen 190 pds before when I delivered and boy was I frightened to see that number!  I knew getting rid of white refined sugar was incredibly helpful, but I could not stop eating it.  I chose Weight Watchers to take off the baby weight. It is a great program and it did help me lose weight, but after baby #2 came along it just was much harder to lose the weight.  I could not get away from the cravings for sugary foods.

In 2004, I heard about a Christian program called Prism. It eliminated typical binge foods and products which contain white refined sugar and white flour. It helped me detox my body , taught me how to read labels and gradually add back some things into my food plan.  In 6 months I got back to my right weight of 124 pds and started teaching the classes at my church. It was during this time I started creating recipes  without white flour or white refined sugar. I continued on this food plan but then had baby #3 and again went straight for those sugary foods. (You’d think I would have learned my lesson the last time, but clearly I was addicted to white refined sugar!)

 

My baby is now almost 6 and it took me almost a year to get back to what I believe to be my right weight by following that food plan.

Today  I no longer teach classes but I truly believe that program was such a blessing and can and does help many people who struggle with the sugar cravings. Today I keep a food journal to help keep me accountable. I do not weigh myself except for once a month and certainly can tell by how my clothes feel if I have been overeating. Since I am a Life Time Weight Watcher member I check in once a month at a meeting to keep me accountable. They are a group of fabulously encouraging people!

I eat 3 meals a day with one snack either in the afternoon or evening. I found I must pray daily to receive HIS strength to abstain from overeating. (I honestly could overeat on broccoli!)  I need to ask God each day for self-control and discipline. Staying away from the refined sugar has stopped my cravings, ravenous hunger and binges and yo-yo weight cycles. It may not be the life style for everyone but it works for me. God knows the desires of my heart and how I want to glorify Him in all that I do. For me, choosing to abstain from sugar is saying I choose all that God has for me. I want to be all He sees that I can be. I no longer turn to food for comfort, no longer live in a brain fog from sugar-laden foods. I feel fabulous and I am maintaining my weight which makes me joyful and grateful and I think  because of this joy I am a better wife and mother -My greatest calling of all!

 

Comments

  1. Awesome Brenda! You look awesome too. This is a great blog and I am excited to get some more yummy sugar free recipes!!! Gotta love that sucanat! Love you! Jen

    • Thank you Jenny! I’m so excited because I’ve been wanting to do this
      for years! Finally took the plunge! I hope it will be a great support for many!

    • Wow, I enjoyed reading your story! I have a long way to go, I still consume too much sugar but your site and recipes help a lot! I too am your height, very small boned, and after my second child, in my 30s I started gaining and after she was born, I was so busy working and caring for her and could not get all the weight off. I was about 170 at my heaviest. To be as short and small boned as I am, that was way too much. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in Nov. 2008 and before that time, I was exercising again regularly. I immediately started eating better and continued to exercise daily. In 3 months I lost 25 lbs. and went on to lose the rest over those next few weeks and now I have maintained an ideal weight and been controlling by diet and exercise for over 3 1/2 years.

      • That’s awesome Beth, congrats on a great weight loss but not only that on MAINTAINING which I think is the the harder part!

  2. Excited to find this blog by accident ( ha ha). We have alot in common and I’m excited to read more. God IS good!

  3. Jane Bennett says:

    Great Job on the blog Bren.. Love the after pic!!! Check out those guns on you…and love the hats too, lol. Luv ya.. Have fun with this, you are off to a good start..

  4. Hi,

    I am so happy to have found this blog. Do you by chance send out emails when you post something new? Thank you and keep up the great work! I look forward to your new recipes.

    JR

    • I am new to blogging, but I will be looking into setting up emails for when I post something new. Thank you for visiting!

  5. Ellen Evans Lessard says:

    Brenda, so enjoyed reading your blog. It’s really inspiring to read your journey.

  6. I thought I was the only one that could over eat on broccoli!!! Thanks for sharing. We are trying your chicken fingers tonight!

  7. What a wonderful testimony! So glad I found your site. I am looking forward to trying your recipes. I too have “issues” with sugar! Just now going through “Craving God”!

  8. Grama Sugarbear says:

    I am so happy to have found you! My hubby & I try to eat the way you do BUT do eat the artificial sweeteners & I may have found the reasons for my cravings! Thank You so much, & GOD Bless you & your precious family.

  9. Stacy from Arizona says:

    I was searching the internet for some low-sugar recipes I could make to put in my children’s school lunches. I love your site! Thank you for taking time to do this for others. God bless you.

  10. I just read your before and after journey and that’s amazing, it is really similar to my own battle with weight and food issues. I realized that I am also addicted to sugar and flour (more sugar though) and went 2 years successfully (including through a pregnancy) obstaining from sugar and flour (including honey, agave, any kinds of flours) and only doing whole grains, weighing my food for portion sizes, etc. It really wasn’t for everyone but it helped me to focus my heart on God rather than on obsessing over food, seeking comfort from food, worrying about my weight/looks. I am so glad to find someone else in the blogosphere that also found that journey. I am still trying to live a life free from white refined flour and sugar but not as crazy trying to weigh all my foods and checking to see if there is even a tiny drop of sugar in every product, food dish at parties, etc. Good luck on your journey!

    By the way, found you through Blogelina’s class, hope you’re open to keeping in touch!

    Kangaroo Mama

  11. Stumbled on your site tonight and looked through it briefly and thought it was absolutely wonderful. Which my husband and I have toyed around with the ideas of getting rid of all the “White stuff”…like sugar and flour and things over the past year….but we havent done soo well lately. Do you have any ideas of convenient lunch items that would be good for him to take to work or do you have any ided on where I could find recipes like that? Its soo hard to find recipes that dont use sugar or flours in abundance if your not sure what things you should be looking for. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • Welcome and YES! I have a bunch becuase my hubby needs easy for work too! The freezer easy burritto recipe is made ahead and we make aLOT of them so he just has to pop it out of the freezer or thaw over night and done! I made Beef, Spinach, whole wheat orzo soup and Leftover Chicken & Bean stew. Look around at the recipes, there are a ton!

      • Thank you. I cant imagine getting at a point where you dont have cravings for sugar or flour or things like that…but your proof that its possible. Plus I just gave birth to my second son, and me and my hubby both agree that we definately need to try to eat healthier now more then ever. I developed gestational diabetes with this last pregnancy and it was a wake up call that if I dont change on how we eat, then within a few years Ill probably drop into the full diabetic zone…and we definately dont want that. We want to have a long fulfilling life with our children and getting healthy will help us achieve that. Thank you for sharing your journey and providing recipes and things to let us all know that its possible. Your probably shaping more lives then you realize with this website. It is appreciated!!!!

        • Thank you so much for your kind words and you and the hubby can do it together. It will be challenging at first but it gets easier I promise. :)

  12. Although weight management is not an issue for me/my family, I am looking to reduce sugar consumption to control hypoglycemia and maintain blood sugar levels throughout the day (I have a tendency to get really dizzy/faint if I go longer than 3 hrs between meals which is super-annoying with a busy schedule and active children). I, too, am relatively new to blogging and look forward to following you on your journey!

  13. God is so good and awesome that you give HIM the glory! Best wishes and blessings. Sarah

  14. Wow, I have all those horrible symptoms too, The only time i ever did a cleanse and got rid of the sugar the first 3 days were SO horrible that I could not do that alone and I’m caring for my 2 small kids every day. It was like I was on PMS on steriods! I know I have to get rid of it though, I can’t think, I’m exhausted, I can’t get off the weight, my skin is horrible. I just don’t understand how to do it. My family loves rolls and pasta etc…. All the organic food is so expensive. I just don’t know how to do it. :/

  15. I too have just stumbled onto your blog and just today read your weight loss experience. Mine is very similar! Eating healthy is expensive. What are your tricks to buying within your budget?

    • I follow Money Saving Mom and clip coupons. She is fantastic about sharing weekly buys and with coupons eating healthy can be within a food budget. I also purchase more frozen veggies instead of fresh and when they go on sale I stock my freezer. I shop at Aldi’s, not sure if you have a small discount market but I’ve found some great deals on fresh produce and eggs and milk. I will be writing a post on this to get into more details for everyone. Thanks!

    • selina pedersen says:

      one thing i have found is yes clip your coupons and shop around, but also, if you are not buying junkfood, you have more money for food that fuels your body.

  16. Thank you sooo very much for starting this site!! I also “stumbled” across your site, but in my heart I know it was God who brought me here!! I’m starting the Made to Crave study by Lysa Terkeust which is about satisfying our deepest desires with God instead of food. So many of us can relate to this very difficult struggle with food. I’m excited to be on this new journey and again, very thankful for the recipes and encouragement you are providing for us all!! May God bless you in this journey!

    • Thank you Lisa! I loved reading the Made To Crave book, it was fantstic! I wish you the very best on your journey!

  17. Wow! What an inspiration you are. I am totally triggered by sugar and cannot stop once I start eating. I notice a HUGE change in my cravings when I completely abstain. I will be adding your site to my resources page here: http://www.easylunchboxes.com/neat_ideas/recipes/index.htm Thank you!!!

    • Thank you so much Kelly! I hope my story helps encourage others to make changes and have some freedom! I appreciate you adding me to the resources page!

  18. selina pedersen says:

    i also found you by accident. my highest was 270, now am at 146. i am 5 foot five and still want to drop 11 lbs to be half the lady i used to be. i enjoy following clean eating, which sounds similar to prism. will prob comment frequently on the facebook page.

  19. allison silvia says:

    Brenda… I so have loved reading your blog since you started. Who would have known that you would do this and become such a success and inspiration to others including myself. Where are the pictures of your from kindergarten? LOL.
    I can’t wait to see and try more of your recipes. Also, where did you find that multi loaf pan?

    • Thank you my life long friend! Kindergarten pics will never appear on this blog LOL! There is a link on the product Love page for the mutli loaf pan. Thank you for reading and always encouraging me!

  20. Loved reading your story and hope that your recipes will help me make it to my weight loss goal (so far 31 lbs – 15 to go!), but more importantly maintain it when I get there! Sugar is evil! You look fabulous and congratulations on your success and happiness! Thank you for sharing with others who need the support to live healthier lives. All the best to you and yours ;-).

  21. melissa Alexander says:

    What an Awsome blog. So inspirational

  22. I’m so excited to have found your blog! You have such an inspirational story to tell. I can relate to many of the same things. God has given me the strength to be in recovery from an eating disorder and I have been sugar free for over a year now :) can’t wait to try some of your recipes!

  23. Thanks for this. Our stories are almost exactly alike, down to the childhood details, that’s what drew me in here… I am so addicted to sugar and have been thinking about trying to kick it. It’s scary, but I’m slowly getting there. Thanks for making it a little easier.

  24. So glad that I found your blog tonight. I have 4 little kids: 6.5, 4.5, 3, and 6 months and I feel like I eat sugar to survive. It is terrible and I feel like an addict!! I think about baking sugary treats daily… I’m overweight and feel pretty down about it. I know that I can trust in the Lord and look to him for strength but that doesn’t always make the struggle easier. Thanks for your encouraging words and a story of hope to think about! Oh– and I’m 6 days into eating no sugar (except a little honey in my tea)… when do the cravings slow down/stop?

    • Wow you are busy with the little ones but good for you for recognizing the issue and desiring to do something about it because I know your hands are full. I can tell you it does get easier but the first two weeks you may experience withdrawals just like an addict would so just get through it and after that the cravings will be less. And keep checking in online to get support from others :)

  25. So glad I found your blog. I can relate so well with the sugar addiction and I know how much better I feel when I stay away from sugar-it’s a daily battle that I can only do by the grace of God. Thanks for sharing your experiences and advice.

  26. Thank you for sharing your struggles and journey! It helps me to not feel alone in my struggles with cravings and weight loss. I LOVE all of your recipes, especially because they not only avoid refined sugar, but also are low in saturated fat. I cook your recipes regularly. Thank you for helping to keep my family eating healthful meals. Thank you so very, very much!!!

  27. I found your blog because a friend of mine told me about one of your recipes which she pinned on Pinterest. Though I have suspected for a while, I have recently been diagnosed with hypoglycemia. I have also struggled with my weight over the last several years along with fatigue and other symptoms of not feeling well. I am just now starting to consider the idea of becoming completely sugar free. My mother-in-law has been cutting sugar for a while now and many of her recipes seem a bit tasteless. Finding your blog gives me hope that I may just be able to change my eating. Your last paragraph especially hit home. In so many ways I work to glorify God, but I am realizing that I am not glorifying him in the foods that I eat. Thank you for sharing your journey and your recipes with others.

    • You are welcome and I’m so glad you found my blog. I know you will have much success when you give each day to HIM to help you!

  28. Hello. I am so glad to have found your blog today. I decided a couple of weeks ago that I needed to get rid of sugar in my diet; for weight loss and overall health reasons. I’ve decided to go cold turkey for 30 days and then add back in only natural, non-refined sweeteners. I’ve been at it for a week now and it has not been easy, but I already feel better. I am grateful that there are other people, like you, who are walking this path and offering help to others through recipes and encouragement. And thank you for sharing your faith connection. All things are possible through God.

    • That’s my prayer that others who choose and need to follow this sugar free life style that they will not feel isolated and alone in this battle. Thank you for sharing Kim!

  29. I absolutely love your testimony! Your story makes so much sense to me because its evident that the Lord was your greatest help! Ive often wondered if anyone else sees this “sugar” thing as a spiritual issue, for me I know it is. I recently went on a sugar fast to see what the Lord would teach me. I learned that I seek joy in sugar, that it sometimes fills voids and controls my emotions. I learned how wrong and disobedient that is, this in NOT why our father in heaven gave us sugar! I’m now on the same journey of eliminating refined sugars from my diet. I found your blog and looooove it. Thanks for opening up your life to all of us.Thank you for your inspiration, thank you for being real about this issue.

    • Brenda says:

      Doing this blog was my way of giving back what freedom I’ve received, a way for me to continue to stay accountable to HIM as well as the readers of this blog, a way for me to do my part to encourage others and acknowledge the fact that I alone can not do anything in my own strength. I’m thrilled you have found my blog and for your kind and encouraging words to me!

  30. As a dietitian who has also struggled with sugar and a Christian, I loved your story!
    I was just thinking this morning as I took my walk how eating healthy and exercising has made me feel so great and full of energy.
    And when I feel that way I am a much more patient wife and mama to 3 so I particularly liked your comment – “I feel fabulous and I am maintaining my weight which makes me joyful and grateful and I think because of this joy I am a better wife and mother -My greatest calling of all!”
    I am 5’2″ also so I completely understand, lol! God bless!

    • Thank you for your kind words. I just want my story to help other women who struggle as well, that they too can have freedom! Blessings to you!

  31. Joann Johnson says:

    Hi Brenda,
    I started another PRISM group at the church and was introduced to your website tonight. I am looking forward to trying your recipes. Joann Johnson

    • Wonderful!! I think that’s great Joann! I know you will find a ton of recipes to share with the group! Brenda

  32. I am a new follower and found you via pinterest. I can say Amen to almost all of your story. I too have struggled with weight all my life going on and off diets mostly because even if I was at a healthy weight it was not the skinny super thin that my cousins, sisters and friends were and always have been. Three kids later I am still trying to get this weight off and am doing WW for the fourth time :) The most important part of your story that we share is the bond we have through the blood of Jesus Christ! I’m so glad I found you and look forward to reading your blog and trying your recipes – I’m going to start with the Mocha Frappe :)

    • I’m so glad you found my site! Thank you for joining me on this life long journey to healthy living!

  33. Courtney says:

    Thanks for sharing! Im only 5’0 so I know how it feels and I too was once addicting to sugar. I prayed about it and God put two words in my head “carbs and sugar” I then realized that was my problem and since then I have been trying to keep myself in check. But it is so hard and I keep doing it in cycles of being good then not caring as much. But this website is so encouraging to me that Im not the only one and God does care about what we eat if its a problem! and Its all about putting him first!

  34. Love you recipes. I’m also a “no white stuff” kinda girl. I have been living this for about 4 yrs. My hightest weight was 220 and I’m only 5′. Thank God for delivering me from that bondage.

  35. Brenda – you are amazing & I am so thankful that I found your website! Words can not express :) Your journey is much like my own. I am small in stature & far too heavy for my frame. It is time for me to make the changes that I need to make…..again, for me. I was sugar-free many years ago & I was much healthier. I can do this, with God’s help of course, as I do not wish to experience the pain that my body is in right now. I intend on looking into Prism to see if I can locate a meeting in my area. Pain is a great motivator! Your insights have given me great courage……Thank You :)

    robin

  36. Lisa Gabriel says:

    Amazing!! I understand your struggles and can relate to them b/c I deal with it everyday. I have totally re-set my way of thinking of food choices. I realize this is not a diet but a lifestyle change. I too am trying to stay away from the bad “white stuff”. Your recipes are amazing and its exciting to see each week what you come up with. I do hope you write a cookbook. I know that I will be the one of the first to buy it!! The lord has definitely given you strength, perseverance and talent!

    • Thank you so much! It is truly God who is the only one that can change a person’s weakness into His strength, I am amazed myself !

  37. Brenda – This is amazing and my faith has just grown even deeper. I prayed last night for strength and direction to stop my food addiction to sugar and this morning I just happened to come across your website reading your story and having God in your life and in your healthy journey I feel that I truly have been directed your way for my lead in my diet journey. Many blessing. Thank you.

    • Thank you Melinda! I too believe it was no mistake you found my site and know that God’s hand is in everything we do. It’s amazing to think that He can use our very weaknesses to help others and glorify Him! God bless you on your journey!

  38. I just read the comment above and it could be my own! I gave up sugar/ white flour for over a year and then Christmas happened. I caved and ate..and ate …and ate sugar and have not been able to get back to sugar-free, clean eating. I have been frustrated and feeling sick, achey, and tired all the time. I have been praying that God would help me find my way back to sugar-free and I stumbled upon your website via Pinterest. I almost cried when I read your story. I knew God brought me here. Thank you for sharing your testimony along with those delicious sounding recipes!! Gods blessing to you and your family. :)

    • You can do it Louise, just focus on today, make the best choices today, the next meal, snack and by the time you put your head down on your pillow tonight you will feel success. Pray each day for the strength for just the present. One day multiplies and it will get easier. The hardest thing was when I went back to sugar while pregnant with my third. After he was born it took almost a year to remove that pull on sugar and to lose the baby weight but it can be done. Praying for you!

  39. Sandra Swafford says:

    Wow, you look great! Congratulations on having the willpower to make those changes. I’ve wanted too, but just don’t have the willpower…maybe this year!!!

  40. So enjoyed your story!!! I have mostly given up anything in the “white” family and I have lost 50 lbs. since May. My weight has yo-yoed most of my life, so at the age of 62, I am finally taking controlled and hoping that God will guide me to do well. I too am 5’2″. I am so happy that I found your site so I can try your recipes that look so delicious!

  41. Hi Brenda,

    I just stumbled on your site while looking for recipe ideas because I am on an Elimination Diet to see if I have a food intolerance. I’ve been to the ER numerous times with abdominal pain and it’s never been diagnosed. I’m cutting out gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, corn, sugar, and artificial sweetener. I’m suspecting it’s the corn and sugar/AS because I’ve been aware of the other five items when I eat them, but having to pay attention to how sneaky food manufacturers are at sneaking corn and sugar/AS into what seems like a safe food, I realize I’m probably eating more of those food items than I should be. Sorry, I’m rambling, but I’m just so thankful I came across your site. Your cocoa baked quinoa bars have made my day. I love chocolate but have had to give it up because I couldn’t have any of the other ingredients in it. And I’m excited after I’ve figured out my food intolerances to come back and make more of your recipes for my family.

    I’m also so happy that you found Jesus as your Lord and Savior and found the true source for contentment and happiness. I struggled with anorexia and bulimia in high school and college, always thinking, if I lost just two more pounds, I’ll be happy. I’d lose those pounds and then some, but I never became happy. It wasn’t until I became saved in my early 20s that I found the true source for happiness and was cured of my eating disorders. Thanks again, and I look forward to following you and trying all your recipes.

  42. Margo Esquivel says:

    So glad to have found your site! My family has recently gone on a yeast-free diet and I struggle to find some good tasting sweet things still – thanks for all the recipes!

  43. You look amazing – so inspirational! So glad to have found your site :)

  44. Thanks for your recipes. I just made your cranberry apple bread for a girls nite and everyone loved it.
    I have had a similar path with food and do not eat sugar or flour but was curious what you think about wheat. I find it kick up my cravings. Thanks again!

  45. Rebecca says:

    I am in awe of how God works. I have hit the 35+ mark and noticed my metabolism slow down. After three children, things change. I teach them about healthy habits but need motivation to CHANGE a lot. I prayed just this morning for help cutting out sugar. Recently totally elimated soda and now am so thankful for new recipes to try. His timing is perfect!

  46. You’re fabulous & beautiful! Love your testimony!!

  47. I love ur posts but I just read this before and after for the first time. I can totally relate to being able to overeat on broccoli. I love how u put it…that it’s a daily dependence on the Lord to get through b/c ur right…it’s incredibly easy to fall back in old, unhealthy patterns. Reading this post today totally blessed me. Thank you!

  48. Hi Brenda, Thank you for sharing your inspiring story. I posted my own Weight Loss Journey last week and I’ve been up nights wondering if I did the right thing; it seems to be too much information for some people. Naked as it feels, I am hoping that by sharing my story I can help moms with overweight kids or anyone with a weight issue. Did you ever regret putting your story out there?
    Best,
    Orna

    • Hi Orna,

      I didn’t regret it because I felt it needed to be shared so others who are going through he same thing can see hope for for themselves. It was scary to hit publish but the comments and feedback I’ve received made it worth it. I’m going to check out your blog and read your story. :)

  49. “Brain Fog” is totally what I am experiencing today! I am so thankful my search for sugar-free recipes led me to your blog. I’m a true believer that the food we put into our bodies effects our mood and well-being. Think I’m finally ready to commit to the white sugar free lifestyle and glad I have your blog to offer me great recipe ideas. All the best!!

  50. Wow, Brenda, that is quite a testimony! I so relate to you on many levels. I feel like God sent me your website today for a very specific reason. I have struggled with binge eating disorder for several years and have been in a constant battle with my weight, emotions, and hormones due to my sugar addiction. Since January of this year I have been doing what’s called the Hypothalamus Rebalancing Diet which has allowed me to lose over 50lbs. But behind the success, I feel as if the binger is right there, waiting to pounce and go back to sugar the instant I hit my goal weight. God has shown me how much I need Him throughout this program, and I feel that your refined sugar free lifestyle is just what He feels I need to stay healthy. Praise God! Thank you sooo much for all you do, and I wish you a life full of blessings!!!

    ~Kerri

    • I’m so glad you found my site Kerri. Congrats on your weight loss! You can do it one day at a time with God’s help! Blessings to you as well!

  51. Loved everything about this post! :)

  52. Adrienne says:

    Hi Brenda! I’m so glad I found your blog! I’m 34 and pregnant with my first child. I’ve been overweight for years, but never felt “bad” about myself, etc. Then, in my second trimester, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I started learning just how bad my habits were (even when I thought I was eating “healthy” for the baby). I’m now in my 9th month and have actually LOST weight in a healthy way for myself and for the baby. I feel amazing! I’m determined to make this change permanent with God’s help, and I’m excited to try some of your recipes! Thanks for the inspiration…

  53. I am excited to have found your blog today and can’t wait to try some of your recipes. I have gone sugar-free as well. Although I also struggled with my weight, I gave up sugar and refined grains so that I could get pregnant. I now have 2 beautiful girls who I am raising sugar free (and struggle frequently with people who think that I am wrong for doing so). I wish the whole world could see the benefits and change to a healthier lifestyle. So I started my own blog about a year ago to spread my recipes and story. Although I don’t currently have much to offer on my blog (I am extremely busy) I do have some recipes that you might enjoy also. You might check it out whollyhealthymomma.wordpress.com

  54. Thank you for your recipes! I am going to modify those brownies a bit to fit my gluten-free and sugar-free lifestyle, but yours’ll be a great jumping off point!!!
    Have you every heard of this program: http://www.radiantrecovery.com ? It focuses on healing food addictions and has helped me cut out sugar (and sweeteners) – I haven’t had any in 5 year – without any cravings at all. It has also helped my urge to binge. Now I can stop when I’m done. Just thought I’d share.

    Good luck with everything.

  55. Thank you for sharing your testimony and journey! So inspiring!
    Your food blog is my absolute favourite, the recipes and posts are easy and simple . . . I am so excited to try more of your recipes and share with my family and friends this summer.

  56. Melanie Lund says:

    Thank you for your testimony. I decided just a few days ago, because I was feeling so terrible that I was going to cut out all sugar, all wheat products, and all processed food for a minimum of 30 days to see if it wouldn’t help my “temple of the Holy Spirit” to function properly. I was amazed at how within 2 days I was feeling SO much better already. Today, googling sugar free recipes God brought me to you website. All praise to Him to cares for us and perfects that which concerns us! I pray that He will continue to bless you and your family and others that find your website which is an answer to prayer! In Christ Jesus’ love…Melanie L.

  57. I just came across your blog and LOVE it. I was wondering what you do for birthdays and if you have any delicious sugar free birthday cake recipes?
    I look forward to your response as my daughter is turning 2 in December and I want to stick to my guns about not giving her sugar. I want to let her have her cake and eat it too! Although she knows if it has sugar it is not for her. SMART GIRL!!

  58. I would like to tell you about what green smoothies has done for me. Sugar cravings stopped within hours, I’m much more even tempered and the weight is dropping off! Put handful of spinach and/or chard, parsley, beetroot leaves water into blender until no ‘bits’ visible, add 2 bananas or other fruit and a sprinkling of cinnamon. Tastes better than it looks! I’m not tempted when I see sugar, my appetite is much smaller and I have almost cut out bread. Veges, fruit, cereal yoghurt, eggs, meat are mostly what I eat plus lots of water, and maybe some dried fruit to snack on occasionally. Hope my experience helps.

  59. Rosemary S says:

    Hi found your site trying to cut sugar sweet tooth lost heaps 4 years back few have come back due to feeling and sugar doesn’t help, lucky only few back on determine to get back to my weight,enough, boys taking me out Mother’s Day, but from monday I am starting to use your recipes thank you . You have done so well many thanks again for sharing

  60. Theresa says:

    HI Brenda,

    So glad to find your blog! I too am a born again follower of Jesus and I love that about your story! I am getting the nudge from God to give up sugar too. I am a little unclear though about what really constitutes a sugar that we need to avoid, if binging is a problem. My problem is really just eating it too often. I have to eliminate it to stop craving it.

    What I’m wondering is if you can still eat fresh and dried fruit, or maple syrup or honey without problem? I think eliminating gluten as well would help me. Would love to hear if you continue to eat those foods as well.

    God bless! Theresa

    • Dear Theresa, I’m a believer too and have found some of the recipes on this site to be helpful. Moreover, I love Brenda’s sweet story! I’m larger boned and have always been a big gal, but got really big after having three babies. I suffer with fibromyalgia, have had depression, my weight continued to rise despite my adoption of the low fat, whole wheat American diet paradigm based on grains (carbs). After expunging that theory from my innermost being, and turning my thinking around, thank Jesus, I have begun to heal my body from the inside and my life has been transformed! I just wanted to share with you what I have come to realize, and that is that we need to eat the way God intended us to eat! He made our bodies miraculously to process food molecules differently. Each molecule does something different and goes to a different place to be used for fuel or to be eliminated as toxin. I believe it’s important to know these processes in order to fully glorify Him in our eating habits. We should make the decision to eat properly for LIFE, not just for losing weight. If I may, I’d like to recommend a few informative articles to get you (and anyone else) going: Is Sugar Toxic?: http://tinyurl.com/amvfpr9, Sugar – The Bitter Truth: http://youtu.be/dBnniua6-oM, Why We Get Fat: http://youtu.be/lDneyrETR2o, The McGovern Report (this should shock you!): http://youtu.be/xbFQc2kxm9c?list=PL1F21EC227A640CC5, Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly, speaks on Wheatlessness: A 21st Century Health Strategy: http://youtu.be/qeyKvCkxp2o. Some of these are long videos but very well worth watching!! So, in essence, a lifestyle of eating low/no carbs and no sugar. Limited fruit because the sugar in fruit does the same thing in our bodies as the refined white stuff…turns to fat! Honey and maple sugar do the same as the white stuff too, so should be limited. It appears that Brenda has figured this out too by her resolve to eliminate wheat as well as sugar. This is good stuff! God bless and be well!

  61. Its very good journey story you posted in this blog and its very good pictures of before and after..

  62. Betty Robinson says:

    I wish I had found you years ago,so happy you are here on my computer now .
    I plan on wearing your web site out !
    I have so many things wrong with my body,and don’t what to bring out the crying towel right now.
    Need to lose 60 lbs,and can’t do but limited exercises.I do have type 2 diabetes,and COPD.(only 2 of many)
    and I am praying that your site will help me.
    THANKS for being here…God Bless !

    • HI Betty, SO happy you found my site. I started blogging about 2 1/2 years ago and many of my earlier recipes use dried fruit, fruits, or honey and whole wheat. Over the last year I’ve eliminated whole wheat in my diet and am making more recipes low carb. So as a diabetic you should make sure to watch the carbs in any recipe. I have 3 kids and don’t always make recipes low carb, but always free of refined sugars, but I share them on my blog because I have a wide audience of those just looking to reduce sugars and not necessarily diabetic. I hope that helps and you fins lots of goodies you can have. I also have a sugar detox plan you can check out if you need more help: http://www.sugarfreemom.com/sugar-detox-plan/

  63. I loved reading your story. It was so inspirational! I stumbled upon it and I can’t wait to try the brownies. God Bless you in your ministry.

    Vickie

  64. Laura Angell says:

    Hi Brenda,
    I heard of your website from Jane, who has become my partner in crime at the gym. As I am quite overweight, I was interested about the topic of learning how to reduce sugar in my own diet. I am looking forward to exploring the site, and learning from your journey. I hope one day I will get to meet you at the gym. Jane speaks very highly of you!! Thanks for sharing you insights!!

    • HI Laura, so glad you stopped by! Check the Getting Started page, that should help you get started. I hope you try some new recipes and let me know how you like them. Good Luck on your journey!

  65. Hi Brenda. I ran across your site a few minutes ago – it’s impressive and you look fantastic! Is it worth joining weight watchers? Learning about your site was not by accident as I believe our Father led me to it. I am also 5′ 2 inches and weight 182 pounds which is 30 pounds heavier than a year ago. Menopause is a blessing from God and once I get my hormones balanced, the weight will come off. Recent labs revealed all hormones are depleted. Thanks for your website. You are an inspiration and a blessing. I will spend time on your site learning what I must do to get this off.

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