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Stop Being Sweet at Spark Weekend

Spark Weekend Portland 2014 is two packed days of TED-style talks, experiential workshops, and the latest in lifestyle change technologies. The event is designed to measurably improve your health, productivity, and relationships in the shortest period of time possible.

I am a speaker and I will be talking about how to Stop Being Sweet. If you’d like to register, contact me for a discount code valid for 20% off.

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Many of the talks are recorded and posted to the web so hopefully those of you who are far from Portland, Oregon will get a chance to see and hear the presentations.

End of 2013: How I Got Married and Jumped Off the Sugar-Free Wagon


Gwenn and I got married! Though we had a simple civil ceremony, the past few months had us preoccupied with planning our wedding. Knowing that we’d be out of town to celebrate, I chose to indulge.

It started with a little bit of wedding cake. After that I decided to have dessert when we ate dinner out. That led to some ice cream. Then there were free chocolate chip and M&M cookies in the hotel lobby. Two days into my debauchery, I was craving my trigger foods and planning where to buy the next day’s sweets.

From December 23rd through December 31st I ate whatever I wanted, which included a few packages of chocolate covered pretzels. How quickly I digressed into old habits! My parents were in from out of town so we went out for some ice cream. I went back a few days later.

Eating an ice cream cookie.

On New Year’s Eve, I planned to purchase and eat chocolate covered pretzels but they were out of stock when I visited my local supermarket. That left me standing in the candy aisle staring at an array of other junk foods, many of which I hadn’t considered in years.

The new Wild Berry flavor of Pop Tarts contain eight pastries in a box instead of the six I remember from my youth. There were also $10 bags of assorted chocolates that contained 50 individually wrapped pieces. I walked to the cookie aisle and considered buying some Lorna Doone cookies, which used to be one of my favorite snacks back when I’d eat sugar daily.

While standing there trying to decide what to eat instead of chocolate covered pretzels, it happened that some people smiled as they passed me. It seemed as if they were laughing directly at my misfortune, smugly mocking me because they knew the “Stop Being Sweet guy” had fallen from grace. Maybe they were chuckling at my expression, or more than likely something else entirely. Clearly I was feeling out of place in the sweet section of the store.

The sugar-free-for-the-majority-of-the-year part of me won out. I couldn’t bring myself to buy anything other than the chocolate covered pretzels that were out of stock, so I left the store empty handed and planned to find them someplace else. By eight o’clock that night I left Gwenn waiting in the car as I ran into various convenience stores to search for chocolate covered pretzels. That was after we had a delicious dinner with dessert at Blossoming Lotus restaurant here in Portland. At midnight I was so full it was a thrill to go back to a sugar-free lifestyle and stay there. Goodbye sugar. See you next Halloween!

Stop Being Sweet on KATU News

Thank you to Valerie Hurst from KATU for coming by sugar-free headquarters to talk with me about Stop Being Sweet! It was so fun to be able to show her where I write these blog posts, answer questions about sugar abstinence, and offer her and Mike the cameraman some low and no refined sugar cookies.

See the full broadcast here.

We have one more Stop Being Sweet meeting before the end of the year and then we’ll start right back up again in 2014. I look forward to seeing you!

Attend Our Last Meeting Before the Holidays

Our final meeting for 2013 is this coming Friday, December 20th from 6-7 pm.

Vibrant Studios
1532 SW Jefferson St‎.
Portland, OR 97201 (Map)

Meetings Start Right Back Up in 2014

Starting January 1, we’ll be meeting every Wednesday night from 7-8 pm.

Complete details are on the meeting page.

5 Things People Will Say To You When You Stop Being Sweet

It can be difficult to abstain from sugar but it does get easier with practice. Below are five things people will say to you at some point or another…

1. You’re No Fun

We tend to equate sugar with happiness. When you let people know you’ve opted to avoid the sweet stuff, they will assume that means you also gave up laughter, smiles, and petting puppies. Certainly that’s not true. What they’re really saying is, “Your sugar abstinence is making me feel self-conscious.”

2. Oh, You’re Trying to Lose Weight

The popular assumption is that people only change their diet “in order to” reach some end. Weight loss goals are common, so people understand why you might want to abstain from sweets to reach your ideal weight. However, if you simply want to feel better and live a healthier lifestyle, most people will think you’re being a little extreme for excluding refined sugars from your diet.

3. But You’re Not Fat

Our culture condemns large people and rewards folks who are thin or skinny, even if they’re unhealthy. That’s why many people can’t fathom how someone who is not trying to lose weight would care or dare to go off sweets.

4. Still Doing Your Little Sugar Thing?

To many people, your struggle with sweets appears to be a “little thing.” I try not to take it personally when someone says this to me. However, I can’t help but wonder how they’d feel if I asked them, “You still doing your little [hobby, pastime, health program] thing?”

5. I Wish I Could Do That

This is the best compliment you can receive. The person who says this understands that abstaining from sweets is a major undertaking and they either have thought about doing it or tried it themselves.

8 Facts About Food That Will Totally Creep You Out

It’s true, the information in this video will totally creep you out. That is, if you’re still eating the foods featured in this video.

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About David

After a weekend-long sugar binge in 2003, I realized my problem was very real. It took some time but I finally figured out a way to stay off sweet junk food for good! Read more.

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