About the Sugar Free Revolution
Sugar Free Revolution founder, Karen Thomson, launched the online program and blog in 2014. Karen, a recovering sugar addict and founder of the Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Program, identified a need for a support network and program for those people trying to kick a sugar and carbohydrate addiction.
Karen and the addiction specialists on the SFR team believe that addiction is a disease, one that is incredibly difficult to tackle alone. The Sugar Free Revolution online support forum and blog were designed to offer guidance and support to those who wish to live a sustainable sugar-free life. By working closely with recovering sugar addicts and other people seeking recovery, participants are given the chance to realise that they are not alone in their addiction and behaviours, and that there is hope for freedom.
Once struck with the idea, Karen approached some of the top people in the health and addictions fields, and those people she knew personally that had lived successfully in recovery from sugar addiction, to build the Sugar Free Revolution team. This team includes a qualified addictions counselor and trauma specialist, an eating disorder counselor, and a registered dietician. The Sugar Free Revolution prides itself on being operated by a diverse team of qualified professionals and recovering sugar addicts whose core nutritional belief systems are rooted in the same sugar-free principles.
By pulling together such a diversified group to run the programs, Karen has created a network of experienced people in which there will always be someone for every participant to relate to, while having everyone’s experience and knowledge at their fingertips.
Since launching SFR, Karen has also written a book “Sugar Free: 8 Weeks to Freedom from Sugar and Carb Addiction”, and, together with Prof Tim Noakes, has launched and hosted The First International LCHF Health Summit.
The guiding principles of the Sugar Free Revolution are contained within The Sugar Free Revolution Manifesto:
Our Sugar Free Revolution Manifesto
Our 10 Guiding Principles
Quit all sugar one day at a time.
One day at a time with the support of the Sugar Free Revolution community you can do this! Encourage, inspire and support each other on social media or find a partner or buddy to do it with.
We dream BIG.
We have a vision for ourselves and how we want our lives to be. We treat life as an adventure and don’t settle for mediocrity. We do what we love and banish any potential “what if” thoughts one day.
We give our bodies the foods they deserve.
We understand that “food is thy medicine” and the fuel our bodies need to perform daily activities. We think about what we put into our bodies and understand that you can’t out-gym a bad diet.
We move our bodies.
We perform some form of movement each day and love our bodies as the unique gifts they are. We believe in training smarter, not harder, and know that there is more to life than numbers on a scale, weight lifted or reps performed.
We see health as a lifestyle, not a quick fix.
We are in this for the long haul and embrace the journey of a healthy body, mind and spirit rather than treating it as a destination. Similarly, we know that health is more just than abs and toned muscles.
We believe our thoughts create our reality.
Our internal world shapes our external world. We realize that negative thoughts are just as easily replaceable with positive thoughts and strive to always see the positive in any situation.
We surround ourselves with the right people.
The people we spend the most time with play a huge role in our success. Further, we treat new people as friends we haven’t met yet rather than strangers. You never know who’s in the audience.
We express gratitude.
Every day. No how big or small, we take time each day to be thankful for the things and people in our lives.
We value experience over stuff.
We know that happiness does not lie within material possessions, but rather in experiences which make us happy.
We know there is no such thing as failure.
There is only learning. In the same way, the only “bad” decision is not making a decision in the first place. It is better to act, observe and adjust than to be paralyzed into indecision.