“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” – Patanjali
Hi there, welcome to my blog. My name is Rebecca and I am a recovering sugar addict with a passion for helping others find tools to create freedom from white carb addiction.
Here’s my story:
So I discovered a few years ago that sugar and white flour are like a mild form of crack to my body. In short, I’m addicted…and I’ve been working for several years to get off the stuff and help others people do it too. It has not been an easy journey- lots of emotional, physical and dare I say it, even spiritual bumps in the road…….
Look at me, for God’s sake… I’m trying to steal an apple fritter from an innocent 4-yr old! (no children were harmed in the capturing of this sugar addiction moment).
When I was a young girl I’d fantasize about larger than life ice cream cones and would skip dinner whenever I could only to devour desserts when they came my way. As I got older I created a deep intimate relationship with my favorite friends: Little Debbie, Mike-n-Ike, and Ben and Jerry. The more sugary, the BETTER.
On the outside most people just though I was another ordinary girl who loved sugar. On the inside I began turning to sweets to mask feelings, satisfy intense cravings and for simply no reason at all. I just loved them.
Lucky for me my body began to talk back. Digestive issues, weight gain, massive cravings and poor skin were all signs that something was out of whack. I turned to holistic healers, friends, yoga, journaling, spiritual programs and a good old fashioned review of my diet to change all that.
This blog was inspired by my desire to turn a sugar/carb addiction into something greater than myself: an opportunity to help others. I know the only way to keep it (my sanity around sugar and white carbs, that is), I must give it away and be of service to others.
I’ve been a whole food nutritional counselor and a wellness coach for a while (if you must know my credentials, you can read at the bottom…blah, blah, blah….) and work with people every day who are struggling to remove the burden of food addiction, poor body image and utter confusion about food in our culture. Bottom line is that all of us who struggle with our food are in the same boat: we need good information, support and community, food that tastes better than the junk we are trying to avoid, and real-life ideas about how to eat well. This is not a diet blog, but a way for us to build community together around the principle that it takes a village to stay healthy, especially in today’s world.
This space is my venue to share what I know, learn from my community (that would be YOU), swap recipes and help support a lifestyle that is free of the “white” stuff, namely white sugar/flour, but other junk food as well. It goes beyond just food; It’s spiritual, it’s emotional, it’s cultural, it’s pretty much everything! It’s about reclaiming our vitality so we can live better lives and stay health.
Thanks for being here. This sugar junkie needs your help too!
When I’m not working to create my off-white world, I also LOVE to do these things:
- Yoga (currently teaching at Barefoot Yoga in Davis, CA) visit The Yoga Journal to find out about yoga
- Mountain climbing (Big supporter of the The Chemeketens of Oregon find out about this amazing club
- Hang with my cat, Madeline. She is often my muse, my reminder of the importance of being in the moment and unconditional love. She is a MaineCoon and she rules the house, including the house and any nook and cranny she can find!
- cooking and trying to find new ways of making healthy, fun off white foods. I’m still a dessert fan, just in moderation and with the right things. You can find me on YouTube, under offwhiteliving.
cupcake shop, WA
The Certs and Credentials….if that is your thing:
Oh, aside from being a bonified sugar/carb addict who has been through it all and back again with my food obsession, I suppose the following make me officially qualified to talk about this stuff. Personally, I think it’s the close intimate relationship with food that gives me the floor, but here ya go!
Master’s of science: Nutritional Biology
Certified Nutritional Counselor: Whole food and Traditional Chinese Medicine specialty
Registered Yoga Instructor
Certified Pilates Instructor
Certified Massage Therapist
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapy
If you want to know more about what I love, what helps me stay sane and off sugar, and helps me cook, check out my Favorite Things on Amazon for a list of goodies – everything from cookbooks to lip balm.