Off White Living

More food. Less sugar. It's that simple

My Story

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“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).

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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:

  • 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!

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Madeline
  • 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.
  • Traveling

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loitering outside of a                     Top of Diamond Head, Hawaii
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
BS: Physiology
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapy
NLP practitioner
Certified Wellcoach

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.

16 thoughts on “My Story

  1. P.S.
    We are a local Oregon business, located in Oregon City.

  2. Sara on said:

    I hear ya lovely lady! I’ve been working for a year to get this off white thing happening for me. Well ever since I met you I suppose. I have been working hard and I’m really grateful for your blog to help me on a regular basis kick this white stuff habit! Thank you!

  3. HI Rebecca!
    Thanks for visiting my blog/site and I am glad you like it!! I am still yearning for more visitors but what can you do? My goal is to just put out the informaiton for women to have whenever they need it.. I am really liking your blog as well, it’s informative with a nice twist of your personality. I will definitely add you under my blogroll so women can have even more information on nutrition! Keep us going girl on getting off of this “off white” stuff.

  4. Hi Rebecca–
    Thanks for visiting my place. I will be back often. I am currently suffering my “Easter migraine” that comes from mainlining white food all morning (which I am so not used to). This is an excellent resource and one I will be happy to recommend…..thanks!
    Angela at Reality Testing

  5. OMG! I read SUGAR BLUES in Jan. and I have been trying very hard to get off sugar. I actually broke down two weeks ago and had a handful of jelly beans :( and my tongue was numb!! no more jelly beans! I also have read GEEN4LIFE, wow!
    I am a single mom of three boys and they are not very game for all this raw stuff, so i have fallen off the wagon but understand how being “off the white stuff” makes me feel so much better!!
    Thanks for your blog!!
    Hallie

  6. offwhiteliving on said:

    Hi Hallie,
    thanks for the comment and good for you for your attempts of removing sugar. Be patient with yourself. Think “Progress, not perfection”. I think that every day we can avoid or minimize sugar or processes foods, is a drop in the bucket of good health. Over time, there are more good days than bad. Keep up with your kids, they will eventually get on board. Healthy food is an acquired taste, as is junk food. Make it interactive, that helps.

  7. LogCabinMom on said:

    Hi Rebecca:
    Glad to have found your blog! I’m also off-whites and processed carbs, insanely consistently for about 3 weeks, off and on for about 2 months – but the last 2 days, I don’t know what it is, I am *starving* and my mind is going right towards carb carb carb. I even bought a dark chocolate bar last night but, just like an alcoholic in recovery, have left it sitting in my cabinet as a “last resort” kind of thing. I’ve lost 15 lbs, and I want to keep going!
    Something that have been a true lifesaver for me is listening to online radio shows – Connie Bennett’s blogtalkradio show, Sugar Shock, and Leanne Ely’s Saving Dinner blogtalkradio show. Reading stuff is great, but actually listening to someone talk is how I learn.

  8. Hi Rebecca,
    I am glad I found you… I feel GREAT when I am able to go a while without sugar and carbs. I KNOW this is problem for me and it drives me crazy! Afternoons are the worst time. I love tea and we grow organic veg in our garden, but I LOVE Nestle Crunch on a stressful afternoon! Oh no!

    Thanks Rebecca… and I also have a cat muse… her name is Betty!

    Cheers
    Elizabeth

  9. I’m glad to have found your site! Lately I have begun to realize that my relationship with food is more like a damaging addiction than healthy coexistence. I stumbled upon your site from a link on another Salem area site, and it seems like providence!

  10. Great stuff. Really enjoy your thoughts, ideas, and information. Would love to collaborate!

  11. Rebecca, this is fab! Steph pointed me to your blog, and so glad to read your story – we have a lot more in common than I thought! I am on the “Good Mood Diet” (off-white) and feel so much better and am dropping weight. Also feeling a little craving here and there, and live in a household where my 94-yr-old mother-in-law makes cookies and brownies to keep herself busy!
    Not yet getting much exercise, but that’s my next project – as you said, Progress Not Perfection.
    Thanks for sharing this great info. Love, Patricia

  12. Angie Neel on said:

    Wow – I just stumbled upon your site after searching “lowering your sugar intake” – it has definitely become a concern for me – as I just returned from Starbucks with a tall chai latte (hello?! Over 200 calories here)!
    I have bookmarked your site for ongoing inspiration!

    • offwhiteliving on said:

      Thanks for stopping by Angie! Yeah, those coffee drinks can really get ya with the calories and sugar…and S.Bucks is introducing a 31ozer for iced drinks – YIKES!

  13. I absolutely love the quote at the top of this post by Patanjali. (I just saved it).
    Its one thing too hear a great quote, but to see someone living it like you is awesome.

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