I was born and raised in Mexico City and moved to the US three years ago when I got married. I’ve never been skinny, but that first year living here I gained so much weight I didn’t recognize myself in the mirror. I don’t know if it was the differences in lifestyle, culture shock or just plain and new found love for pasta, but it was clear that whatever I had going on, had to stop! I was somewhere to be found under those 170 lbs. So, I spent almost all of my second year eating better and exercising and lost 45 lbs. I felt more empowered than ever, strong and very proud. I couldn’t believe the way my body responded as soon as I started treating it right. I learned to really appreciate it as the wonderful and wise system that it is. That we are.It must have been that I got “fixed” too, because after years of believing I could never have kids (doctors had agreed on that too), I got pregnant. I have no other answer than the weight loss for that one. It was the easiest, smoothest and happiest pregnancy, and though I was thrilled, I couldn’t forget what the nurse told us on our first prenatal class: “Your jeans will NEVER fit again, but hey, you’ll have your baby, who cares about that, right?”. I hope not to sound too selfish here, as any mom, I’d do anything for my baby… but it had been hard work to get those jeans to fit in the first place!
Anyway, I went back to 134 lbs after the baby, but got stuck there. UNTIL these last three weeks, which have been great for many reasons. In your first calls you talked about loving our cravings (which I really learned to honor during pregnancy, so it made a lot of sense to me), eating real food, stop the “counting” nonsense and in general, focus in our long term health. That was the key for me, because after being in “weight loss” mode for a while, I realized I was too focused on achieving whatever short term goal I set, without really thinking about what my body needs in the long run. So, these past days have been extremely nourishing in every level. In the most evident one, I’ve been eating very well. But also, I’ve got confidence, knowing that I’m doing what’s best for my body, sometimes in the form of actual cooked food and that I can enjoy every part of it. I’ve understood some emotional patterns that I wasn’t aware of before through listening to the other girls during the calls. And, in general, it’s been a great learning experience. As far as vanity goes: I was 129 lbs as of this morning, and THOSE jeans do fit again!
I absolutely loved the Erin's program. I went into the program looking to make a change in my life, reduce reliance on sugar to get me through the day. The amount of changes I made in three weeks astounded me. I no longer eat processed foods, eat many more vegetables and fruits, and have started listening to my own body’s wisdom of what is right for me. I also enjoyed the transition from the Smackdown to a lifelong eating plan. My skin is better, my energy is much higher than before, and I have finally started losing weight. I would highly recommend working with Erin. She is supportive, extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what she does. What I appreciate the most about her is that she does not try to force one specific style of eating on you, but rather encourages you to listen to your body and find the best eating plan for yourself, while giving you great meal plans and support.
The Sugar Cravings Smackdown is honestly life changing. I can’t even count the number of previous attempts I’ve made at finally eating “right” and ended up disappointed, cranky, unsatisfied and ultimately unchanged. I admit I was hesitant about taking the plunge. I honestly thought- what is this going to do that all of the other diets or programs failed to do? I took a chance and I am so glad I did. I went into the Smackdown wanting to shed a few pounds and to kick my junk food cravings — and I got that plus so much more out of it. Erin will challenge you to rethink everything you thought you knew about “good nutrition” and will be there for you every step of the way. Through Erin, I learned that some of the very things I was eating to be healthy were the very things that were getting in the way of weight loss and nutritional healing. It’s been nearly 6 months since I did the Smackdown and not only have the results stuck with me, I am still eating the SSD way! I have completely changed the way I view and taste food. I can honestly say that my cravings and consumption of processed, junky foods has decreased to the point that I feel absolutely in control of what I eat. It is a very freeing feeling.
By eating this new way, I have experienced not only the weight loss I wanted, but also an incredible mood boost. For years I have suffered from mild depression, mood swings, and anxiety, and in the last 6 months, have experienced a remarkable difference in how I feel emotionally. I have also started to resolve some of the digestive problems I had been suffering from since my teenage years. I had just accepted the fact that I had a sensitive stomach/IBS and that I’d just have to “deal” with it. No so. Cutting out the junk and eating more healing, nurturing foods has helped to heal my gut. By eating this new way, I have experienced not only the weight loss I wanted, but also an incredible mood boost. For years I have suffered from mild depression, mood swings, and anxiety, and in the last 6 months, have experienced a remarkable difference in how I feel emotionally. I have also started to resolve some of the digestive problems I had been suffering from since my teenage years. I had just accepted the fact that I had a sensitive stomach/IBS and that I’d just have to “deal” with it. No so. Cutting out the junk and eating more healing, nurturing foods has helped to heal my gut. – Karena
Erin Huggins’ Sugar Smackdown is an amazing program. I’m one of those people who has pretty much tried everything – from high protein diets to eating 100% vegan raw for a couple of years. That kind of bouncing around and challenging my body and digestive system seems to have set me up for some significant issues, not the least of which was a very significant weight gain during a challenging time in my life. Following the plan Erin lays out is easy, very (VERY!) satisfying and feels really good. My energy levels have sky-rocketed, my skin has cleared up, I’m sleeping better, have the energy to exercise, I WANT to get out more, and, yes, I’ve lost some weight. It’s a huge shift. I still have quite a bit of weight to release, but I know I am feeding my body in a healthy, balanced and real way – it shows in my skin and my demeanor, and people keep telling me how great I look. This is the way our bodies are supposed to be treated, and while I’ve had my slips, I feel so incredibly good when I follow the guidelines, I’ve gotten back to it easily and consistently over time. If you are struggling with issues around energy levels, sleeping poorly, appetite problems, cravings and you feel pretty much like you’ve tried everything else, this could be the last stop for you, like I believe it is for me. It’s a REAL solution, not just another fad. I highly recommend you try it out – the support is tremendous, both from Erin and from your fellow SSD participants – you’ll get answers to all your questions, and within just a few days, you’ll feel a huge difference. I know I did.” Payson Cooper New York, NY
The Sugar Smackdown was a profound experience for me. Although at first I was nervous, it was doable, and because it was doable, it gave me the impetus to stick with it. I couldn’t believe how delicious some of my meals were and how much better I could taste things. I had an experience where I ate an apple and to me it seemed as sweet as candy! There is something empowering about eating this way. And Erin is so encouraging and supportive, I wanted to keep going for her as well! I feel like this could be a life change for me, something I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time but was never able to. Thank you Erin, for showing me the way! - Catherine Choi
Thanks for a great class Erin. It was a very new way of eating (and thinking) for me, and I was surprised by the results. I’ve been counting calories for a few years and it’s now very liberating to focus on balancing, rather than measuring and restricting, my food. I’m glad I started as a calorie counter because I learned about nutrition and my body’s needs during that phase, but now I feel like I’ve graduated to a new level. During the course of three weeks, I lost my daily sugar cravings along with five pounds. My energy level is much more consistent and I don’t find myself inventing ‘necessary’ trips to the grocery store at 10pm… really just to grab some chocolate at the checkout line. I feel like I’ve discovered something great here, and my body is responding with enthusiasm! – Nancy Rudel
After years of dieting and battling with my fluctuating weight, I was at my wits end. Through doing the sugar smackdown, I have learned so much about how certain foods affect my body. I realized that I don’t just want to lose weight; I want to be healthy and feel better. That is exactly what the SSD has set me up to do. I haven’t looked or felt so good in a long time. I’ve already lost weight, my energy is up and I am so much more in tune with what my body needs. On top of teaching you how to better feed your body, the program provides so much incredible support. Between Erin’s weekly support calls and the facebook group, I never felt alone in my journey and always had a place to go for help when I needed it. That was so key for me in keeping myself on track. Knowing that I wasn’t alone made all the difference in the world. The SSD may seem extreme at first (Seriously? NO sugar? gah!) but it truly has transformed what my body craves and has made healthy choices seem so easy that I’ve wondered why I always thought it would be so hard. This program will change your life! It certainly changed mine! Thanks, Erin! -Ande
I love this and have recruited two friends to start this week! It was the perfect way to start the new year and heighten my awareness again for how much sugar is in our diets, even those of us who are more focused on health than the average person. And, like Erin, I lost 6 pounds! Woot! It wasn’t hard. Thank you Erin for being such a motivating force! I love your approach. You’re one bad-ass chick and I like that. Rock on!” -Andrea
“I feel better and I lost about 10 pounds. Thank you Erin for doing the challenge and putting it out there for everyone. I have become more aware of how much sugar is out there in our foods. I hope to stay away from the processed foods that are loaded down with sugar.” -Michael
“Believe me this is such a huge change for me and I could not have done it without the support from all of you. I feel I have really made the transition to a healthier lifestyle now and what a wonderful feeling of empowerment. Just so you know – I wrote the reason why I was doing the program was for health reasons – I have an 80 to 90% blockage in my right carotid artery and my doctor wanted me to start on a statin, which I do not want to do. I have been working with a nutritionist since October. Since I started the 21-day Sugar Smackdown I lost 5 lbs. and almost 1.5 inches in my waist, hips, thighs, chest and upper abdomen. I had my blood drawn last week and since my last testing in September, my cholesterol dropped 31 points, triglycerides dropped 28 points, HDL went from 53 to 56 and my HDL Ratio dropped from 3.6 to 3.0. My LDL Cholesterol, Calc. dropped from 112 to 91. So needless to say I feel I am on the right path to getting healthier. Hope all of you are too!” -Judy
“I lost 15 pounds in 21 days!” -Tim
“I feel 1000 times better!” -Rachel