Sjogren's Syndrome

                               Journey to Healing


                          Your Story:

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Sugar Free. (Sugar is Inflammatory)

I am a sugar addict.


I am a sugar addict and once I did the research about this sugar addiction I see I am no different to any other addict. 

I 'had' an emotional connection to sugar from when I was a tot and I fed the addiction most of my life it most of my life so to give sugar up has NOT gone smoothly and I am still in the grips of thinking I will still have sweets oneday

When I decided to give up sugar I went 'cold turkey', that is no sweets and no cooldrink. Fortunately at the time I had lost my sense of taste and smell as my symptoms were through the roof. My tongue had doubled in size and I was full of mouth sores.  Eating sweets was useless so giving up 'seemed' easy, alas.  As my symptoms got milder the cravings got worse and I felt angry with everyone round me who continued to enjoy sweets etc while I suffered alone.  These are the times that test you the most and I have caved but mostly I am on track. It is a very empowering experience to live sugar free and I feel enormously proud of myself.

I decided I needed a little treat while I am going through this and have my tea with Xylitol and if I bake gluten free treats, I add coconut sugar to the mix. 

I am also eating less fruit (turns to sugar) to try and assist my body with the craving.

If you are thinking of giving up sugar for life, my advice would be DO IT YOUR WAY. I listen to my own voice as I can't kid myself.  You have got to figure out your own way forward in a life without sugar.  Set goals of when you want to be off each offending item. For example, give up sweets then a few weeks later cooldrink. 

The good news is that there are the MOST delicious treats you can make that have no sugar in them. The other benefit is no more sugar highs and lows. 

I have committed to give sugar up for life, so it is a process of getting use to this life without sugar and minus that wonderful dopamine fix.  Awareness to what is happening in my brain and body is beneficial and the two videos on the right have really helped make sense of this loss I feel. 

Day by day.


                                                                                                       Photo by Cathy

Recipe for Almond, Chocolate Date balls:


  • 1 cup of raw, whole almonds
  • 1 cup of fresh dates (or soak dried dates for 2 hrs prior to using)
  • 1 tbsp natural peanut butter (or any nut butter)
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp cacao (or good quality cocoa)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Coconut to roll balls in


  • Process the almonds until they are like crumbs.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and process until well combined.
  • Using wet hands, roll the mixture into balls then roll in coconut and place on a plate.
  • Chill in the fridge for an hour to set (if you can wait that long) and enjoy as a healthy eating snack.
Yummy! :))

Ready, steady, GO!