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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.

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.

Infographic: Carbs Are Killing You!

Carbs Are Killing You

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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.

Quit Sugar?

Don’t quit sugar. Stop Being Sweet instead! Questions? Please ask.