How I Am Beating Sugar Addiction

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I was going to wait to post about how I am beating my addiction to sugar after I marked 3 months without one sugar craving, but since posting a snippet about it a few weeks ago, I have been flooded with emails and comments asking for more details. I figured since it has been 11 weeks now  - it is close enough.

I am happy to share how I have been getting those sugar cravings out of my life.  It is not only amazing… it is MIRACULOUS!!!! Truly a life changer that has been so easy I am still astounded when I think about it.

So here are the details on how I am beating sugar addiction one day at a time.

Being addicted to anything is not fun, but when you say you are addicted to sugar, others will laugh and say, “ha ha…me, too.”  Addiction and  a “sweet tooth” are two different things.   A sweet tooth is when you want something sweet after dinner.

Addiction is when your mind or that little gremlin in your head won’t stop filling your mind with wanting more and more of it all day long – it won’t stop until you give it a fix and then the process takes over again. A vicious cycle that you have to keep giving into that takes over your life.   I have never been able to go for a few days without chocolate or something sweet like cake or cookies in my entire life, even when I was consciously trying to eat right or on a diet – the 24/7 cravings never went away. The only time I didn’t crave sugar was when I was in the hospital with appendicitis.

Over the past year, my addiction to sugar had gotten so out of control that I had to find something to help or I was going to become diabetic or worse.  It was becoming clear that taking care of myself had to become a priority if I plan on keeping my sanity and health intact.  To do this I had to figure out a way to change my “peanut M&M loving” ways. These little nuggets were taking over my life  - for real!

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The yellow packages were in my desk, the car, my purse, everywhere.  New ones, half filled ones, crumbled up ones.

After getting serious about finding an intervention, I did some research and found something interesting.   Something simple and inexpensive. No doctors or drugs, only a little bottle of…  Dill Oil!   You read that right, dill oil is one way to beat sugar addiction.

Reference Guide to Essential Oils

I have been using essential oils for years to make my house smell good, but never thought about using them in any other way.  Over the past year I have been reading everything I could about how to use different oils besides diffusing them or placing in light bulb rings. I bought a book on Amazon called the Reference Guide for Essential Oils and looked up “sugar addiction”.

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Sure enough it was listed and the first item under the heading was to rub dill oil mixed with some carrier oil (almond, olive, grapeseed) on your wrists.  “Say what?” … I had to read it a few times until it sunk in.  “It can’t be that easy???”

All these years of struggling with the addiction and never winning… I figured I had nothing to lose and bought a bottle of dill oil.

I started putting it on my wrists the day after Mother’s Day. 11 weeks  - Life changing!    So far – a TOTAL success.

I have not had one craving – not one!!!  I have had 3 items with sugar in it that I ate at a normal time without the gnawing craving making me do it.  I had some Strawberry Shortcake on my birthday, a small bowl of ice cream when I was down the shore, and a half of a donut when I was in Florida just to taste since the donut shop was hugely popular.  I ate these like a normal person without a craving making me do it. This has never before happened to me in my adult life.

How to Use Dill Oil to Combat Sugar Cravings

I think for the dill oil to work to beat sugar addiction, you truly have to be addicted to where the “I need a fix voice” cravings are non-stop. You are a true addict – just like someone who is addicted to a street drug or alcohol.

I have lost 7 pounds only because I am not eating all the calories and fat that sugar laden foods have in them. I am still hungry and eat pretty much everything but stay away from foods with added sugar in them in the way of white table sugar, artificial sugar, honey, high fructose corn syrup, etc.

It has been so easy!   I still eat 2 – 3 pieces of fruit a day. Berries, an apple, orange, or a half of a banana in a smoothie.

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  • Most essential oils are strong and need to be mixed with what is called a carrier oil first or they can burn your skin. A carrier oil can be any food grade oil – olive, almond, corn…  I had coconut oil in my pantry so that is what I used.
  • To make mixing the oils easier for me every day, I bought an eye dropper bottle at Whole Foods and put the coconut oil in it.
  • Every morning I mix 2 drops of coconut oil with 2 drops of dill oil in my left palm and mix them together with my right index finger. I then spread the mix down the inside center of my wrists just below my palms.  Since it is summer and I wear shorts, I rub the excess behind my knees. I figure it can’t hurt.  :-)
  • That’s it!   For the first 3 weeks I did it every morning and even one evening when I felt a little urge creep up.  Now I don’t use it every day, but have found every other day, even every third day is keeping urges away. If you are addicted to sugar you know what I am talking about when these urges grow into cravings.   I am floored…truly astonished that I have not had one full blown sugar craving since I starting rubbing dill oil on my wrists.
  • You will smell like dill for about 15- 20 minutes after you apply it, so if I know I am going out early in the morning, I make sure to put it on right after I shower.

Keep in mind:

  •  People with epilepsy or that are pregnant should not use Dill
  •  Do not use if you have allergies to Dillweed
  • Every person will respond differently to essential oils, just as everyone responds differently to medication. I have had positive results using the dill oil to stop sugar addiction, but there are a few essential oils I have tried for different things that did the exact opposite of what I was using them for. 
  • I am not an expert on using oils. For more information check out the book on using essential oils in general. It is extensive.

Most essential oil companies sell Dill Oil. Just make sure it is pure 100% Dill Oil with nothing else added.

I use the Dill Oil from a company called Young Living.  I looked at Whole Foods and my local health food store where I buy Calcium Carbonate Powder to make DIY chalk paint. Whole Foods sells Dill Oil in the Wyndmere Naturals line, but Aura Cacia and Now brands do not carry it. I checked around online and found that Mountain Rose Herbs,  Bulk Apothecary, and  doTerra all sell it online.

If you would like to cheek out the Dill Oil I have been usingyou can find out more about it here.   If you would like to buy it through Young Living, here is my personal link. I do not sell the oils, but am sharing it to give you the information you need if you are interested.  If you use my personal link, I will get credit.

Since I know many of you that have written wanted to know everything :-)  I created this page that explains how to order oils through Young Living. The process is simple, yet can be confusing at first glance since they offer different ways to buy.

If I had not been an open-minded thinker, I never would have found out about using Dill Oil to help combat my addiction to sugar. I have gotten down on my hands and knees thanking God and the universe for putting the Reference Guide to Essential Oils book on my radar.

Using the Dill Oil is so perfect for me….it is just my style… simple and affordable. :-)

If you have any questions, let me know and I will  help you as best I can.

XO

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Comments

  1. patricia says

    Oh Boy did I need this information today. Ive been struggling for about 4 months now to give my ‘craving for chocolate” and coffee and NOT keeping it in the house didn’t work, I would just binge on whatever sweet thing was around. Reading your post i relaised I had a sweet tooth from very young and growing up in England just after the war where there was nothing sugary other than jam, it took me until the early 50′s and the end of rationing and the introduction of boiled sweets that I got hooked but of course they were a ‘treat’ back then and it wsnt until I went to high school and we had dinner money that I would hide at lunchtime and use the money for sweeties every day. What a revelation so many thanks Diane for sharing it certianly brought out some memories for me :)

  2. Debbie C in MN says

    I could not find the dill essential oil at my Whole Foods but I will look at our local vitamin shop tomorrow. I’m so happy you shared this story. Thank you.

  3. Ellie says

    What might be a good oil to curtail alcohol? Beginning a diet and could use some help cutting back on those summer calories!!!

  4. says

    Congratulations on beating this addiction. I am not a sweet eater and stopped eating white sugar and salt over 10 years ago. Your body will thank you for this and thank you for sharing about the oils.

  5. Elizabeth says

    OMG, I have never heard of this as I two am fighting sugar addiction. My husband died suddenly, then a tornado destroyed our home all in four months, and all I was eating was M&M peanuts in a big glass bowl!!! It destroyed my immune system, and now I have to have two hip replacements for lack of proper nutrition. Now that I have some of my senses back, I am still having cravings, but I need help, so tomorrow I will get the dill oil,. One question, can consuming dill weed help as well?. Congratulations and thank you from all of us!!!!!!!

  6. Vikki says

    Diane…you rock! I’ve been telling all my friends about what you wrote regarding dill oil in your original post. I will be sharing this post with everyone. I’m so happy for you and the success you have had combating this addiction. You’re sweet enough without the sugar. (sorry ~ so corny I know) I could use something to help me cut salt out of my life. I’ll search and see what I can find. Vikki in VA

  7. Lore says

    Thank you so much for this Diane. I didn’t even wait for this post, but after you first mentioned it bought the oil and book. It has been so effortless I have been all kinds of skeptical and trying to dismiss not wanting sugar with thoughts like, “I have been busy” or “I am are not feeling well” or “my husband has been around more than usual”…. Finally I thumped myself and and faced the facts. None of those reasons ever kept me away from sugar before, why would they now?? So I accepted that it just works for me! Like you said, it’s a miracle. And I do thank God. I thank you too Diane, for being real, a gift to all of us who read your blog. Sugar was keeping my immune system suppressed, complicating the thing that got me started in the first place. The sugar cravings started out-of-control after I allowed myself to be talked into getting Botox (I knew nothing about it and was there for an entirely different reason). Just hours after the injections I became very ill and my central nervous system started to crater. My life turned upside-down and sugar became a way to cope with pain and fatigue. (Yes, the peripheral nerve damage and other symptoms from Botox was an official diagnosis, no self-diagnosing.) And sugar became my drug of choice. Today I am barely thinking about it. That’s a very good thing.

    • Loretta Shuck says

      Love your comment “my husband was around more than usual”!! I can relate. Why did she have to use the Peanut M&M’s as an example?! Love those $10.00 bags at Walmart!

      • Lore says

        Laughing – yes I’m trying to adjust to the extra hours my husband spends at home. We both are. My sweet cravings took me to really good and not so good black licorice, Mike and Ikes, Twizzlers, and dark chocolate. And when none of those were around anything else I could come up with. I’ve become a very creative baker when there is no candy in the house.

        • Loretta says

          Bought a small bag of Black Twiizzlers to take to the beach, along with a bag of Jolly Rancher Cinnamon Fire hard candies!

          • Lore says

            Oh my, very familiar with both of those. My favorite quick go-to black licorice was Good n Plenty. But I feel that I’m enabling! So how’s that dill oil working for you Loretta? :) It’s been working wonders for me. I had one little bite of a banana cupcake with cream cheese frosting yesterday and handed it to my husband. The frosting was too sweet!

  8. Beth says

    For me it is Reeses’s Peanut Butter Cups . All sizes , frozen. If I go a day, I become obsessive about getting some. After finding out I have Hashimoto ‘s disease and gaining 30 lbs in three months I am desperate . Thank you Diane , you might have saved my sanity. I’ll let you know if it works for me .

  9. Janice says

    Diane, do you think the dill oil would work for diet Coke addiction? Just as you were with the M’M’s, I am with the diet Coke. I will buy another one before I finish the one I have in my hand! I am desperate!
    I would appreciate any info you have.
    Thanks, and congrats on breaking your addiction!

    • says

      Our bodies speak to us. Cravings are a way they communicate. I am a type 2 diabetic diagnosed 3 years ago. That is how I felt for years! I kept searching for answers for the cravings and the feeling that something was not right. I found a great lipidologist that helped me and saved my life. This past year, while on my meds, I began to have those cravings again. It was out of control again. Just like in the past. When I went to doctor I said I knew my meds needed adjusting because I was craving again. Sure enough my blood work came back supporting my hunch. I too just purchased the book on essential oils to just learn about them and I’m convinced there is something about using them for many ailments not just sugar. I believe The hidden high fructose corn syrup is killing us.

      • says

        Hi Bonnie – A agree with you 100% that our bodies and mind do try to communicate with us if we tune in and listen. Eating as close to nature as we can is the best thing we can do for ourselves. HFCS is a bad thing and in everything! Glad to hear that you took control and went back to get your blood checked. Hope you are feeling better now.

      • Lore says

        Amen to the high fructose corn syrup, which is in all the candy I craved! HFCS is in most ice creams too. It’s in nearly everything.

    • says

      For Janice: The diet Coke addiction is entirely different because the way the body processes the aspartame (or actually doesn’t process!) in it is not the same as how it reacts and processes sugar.

      If you go online and type in a search “dangers of asparatame” you’ll get more information, which is far too much to write about here.

      Aspartame affects the nervous system and that’s got a lot to do with why you feel you’re addicted to it. I’ve heard many people say the same thing about diet drinks and read a lot about it.

      There’s a lot of good, solid information out there regarding non-traditional ways to maintain better health. The mainstream medical world just doesn’t want us to find out about it.

    • Kim G says

      For Janice: I agree with what Connie N replied. There are oils the Young Living (YL) sells that help with addictions of all kinds. Like Diane mentioned not everyone responds the same to oils (just like meds). I am a YL distributor and some oils work really well for some people, but don’t work well for me. The book Diane showed in her post is AMAZING! It is my oil bible. You can look up a symptom (ex: a tummy ache) and it will list several oils that will work for it. Many of the oils can be applied topically on the bottoms of your feet. This book has a section that explains where you can place the oils, if they need to be mixed with a carrier oil (coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, etc) or applied neat (straight out of the bottle) or even diffused (inhaled). I was truly amazed at what these oils can do. There is a doctor in Oklahoma who is treating cancer patients with YL oils instead of chemo, radiation and other drugs. He is pretty successful at curing many of them, that’s how powerful essential oils can be.

      Sorry, Diane for taking over your blog comments, but thank you so much for posting an update.

      • says

        Hi Kim – Don’t be sorry for adding to the conversation – happy to connect with you. I am a big believer in alternative medicine and like to find out everything there is. I have the Reference Guide to Essential Oils book right on my coffee table. I have read it cover to cover and reference it on an daily basis. My husband and I both have seen how some of the oils are truly miracles in a bottle. Lavender and Pan Away work for both of us… I won’t leave home without them. :-)

        • Lore says

          Lavendar and Tea Tree Oil are my “go to” oils. Amazing how much oils help with so much and why it’s taken us so long to re-discover their benefits!

          • Lore says

            Need to add lemon oil to my “go-to” list. Can’t believe I didn’t remember it!! It’s amazing stuff – we have problems with brown spiders in Missouri. Yes, I know….Major shiver/cringe/shriek/ICK!!! But they HATE lemon! I clean primarily with lemon and white vinegar these days. There are still things I’ll use bleach on, but not nearly like I used to.
            Here is a good lemon oil list of uses:

            http://aromatherapy4u.wordpress.com/2011/09/16/34-ways-to-use-lemon-essential-oil/

            I know this isn’t related to the sugar addiction topic but it’s under essential oils, which dill is under. I’ll let you decide where to file it. But definitely not under acetate sheets. :)

    • Cynthia says

      Very interesting and Thank you!!! for the note about not using dill if epileptic you just saved me having a seizure!

      I remember Dr. Young saying in one of the CD’s I got from AbundantHealth4U.com about the different oils that Black Pepper is useful for breaking addiction. He wasn’t specific as to what addictions it would benefit. I just ordered a bottle because my daughter is seriously addicted to an MMORPG computer game and I’ve been diffusing it with a couple of other oils (Hope, Into the Future) to help break her addiction to this game. It smells a lot better than I anticipated.

  10. says

    I for one am a believer in alternative ways :-) So this is another good news story :-) I remember when I was back in high school, there were girls who would eat a dill pickle if they felt a sugar urge coming on. They said it worked. I suspected it was the taste that was more or less opposite from sweet that helped off-set the sugar craving. But then again,maybe it just was the dill that worked but to a lesser extent than the dill oil.

    Thanks for sharing this information. And congrats!

    • says

      Hi Connie – That is so interesting about eating a dill pickle for sugar urges. I know rubbing it on has completely taken the cravings away for me, so eating a dill pickle once a day like you stated has a similar effect. I am a big believer. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Monica green says

    I love your blog and decorating
    Also thanks for the info on the couch cover
    I bought one from the ugly sofa
    Thanks!

  12. Charlotte says

    Thank you, thank you…..I need something to help with my sugar addiction but I had no idea there was anything out where as simple as dill oil that could possible help me……..Will be buying dill oil!!

  13. Sheryll & Critters. says

    Honestly Diane, if anyone had told me this, I would not have believed them……… but you I sure do. Fabulous of you to share this information with all of us.

    Kind as well as a clever genius at everything I can think of…….. I feel sorry for those friends of mine that did not take heed when I told them to follow your blog.

  14. Maria says

    Oh my goodness I have never heard of dill oil to fight sugar cravings! About five years ago I decided to get ahold of my sugar intake and I am so thankful I did. It can be done and I feel so much better with so much more energy. Good for you Diane and thanks for sharing! I continue to love you blog, one of the very best!!

  15. Debra says

    I am so excited to try this. I went to our Whole Foods, but they did not carry it. I ordered it on line. Cross my fingers that it works for me. I received it today and I am already trying it. It definently smells. Also, my dog is following me around the house and trying to lick it. Good luck to everyone!

  16. Lisa says

    Diane- I ordered dill oil from Young Living and received it yesterday in the mail. I plan to start using it in the next day or so. I sure hope it works for me like it does for you because I have that crazy addition too. I’ve always said I have an addition to chocolate and people just laugh! I will let you know how it is working for me in a couple of weeks. I can’t thank you enough for sharing this with all of us.

    • says

      Hi Lisa – I hope it works to take away your cravings as well as it did for me. It worked pretty much right away – the cravings were gone :-) Best of luck with it.

  17. Debra says

    Hi Diane, Thanks again for this tip. I started it a few days ago. I haven’t seen much of a change yet. I am hopeful though. The smell is really strong for me. Can you put it any other place besides your wrist?

    • says

      Hi Debra – I only know to put it on the inside of your wrists. I also put the excess behind my knees. I have searched online to see if there is any other information about using dill to combat sugar addiction, but there is not much. I only read about it in the Reference Guide I have and it only states to use on wrists. The smell is strong, but it does go away. Maybe use one drop and 3 drops of oil to lessen the smell.

  18. Cherie in the D says

    Hello Diane,

    Thank you for the post! Do you think using perfume will interfere with the dill oil? I usually apply my perfume to my body and not on my wrist.

    • says

      Hi Cherie – I am not sure. It may chemically react with the perfume on your skin though and give you a rash or redness, I think I would not put both on at the same time.

    • says

      Hi Lynn – Good question. Dill oil is extracted from the leaves, stems and seeds of the plant. The seeds are the strongest so the answer is yes. I think some brands use different wording.

  19. Sophia says

    Thank you and congratulations on beating that addiction!! I just ordered 100% Dill Oil through Amazon :)

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