About Michelle Herman and Sugar Sobriety

At the age of 45, I woke up.  After grieving my mother’s death, I realized that my husband and I were unlikely to realize our dream of having children.  Wondering what life had left to offer now that all of my parents were deceased and no children to raise, I embarked on a multi-faceted spiritual … Read more

What Does Sugar Addiction TREATMENT Look Like?

Sugar Addiction Donuts

If we accept that sugar is addictive, that it is a disease, then we might accept that is warrants treatment. Using alcohol and drug addiction treatments as a model, what would sugar addiction treatment look like? First, let’s review what defines an addiction. Second, let’s review the most common alcohol and drug addiction models. Third, … Read more

Keto Basics Series #2: What Makes a Diet Ketogenic?

What makes a diet keto is that it restricts carbs enough to exhaust the glycogen supply in the liver, requiring the body to tap into fat as fuel.  It is moderate protein because protein can’t be stored and is transformed to glucose if overeaten.  There are no foods specifically prohibited, but it is pretty impossible to … Read more

Keto Basics Series #1: What Are Ketones & How Do We Make Them?

What are ketones? Keto bodies or ketones are byproducts of burning fat for energy, also known as fat metabolism. There are 3 types of ketones produced: Acetoacetate (AcAc), Beta-hydroxybutyric acid (BHB), and Acetone. How do we make ketones? Significant fat metabolism occurs once all the body’s 2,000 calories worth of carbohydrate stores have been used. … Read more

The 6 Stages of Change

I don’t know about you, but the idea of dropping a habit, behavior or addiction lives in my head for ages, often years, before I feel ready to change.  Typically, I have an all-or-nothing mentality about these things:  A great approach for something like sobriety from alcohol; much less so for something like exercise or … Read more

Links to 4 Not-for-Profit Recovery Support Programs

I recently shared the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous here: https://sugarsobriety.com/a-simple-listing-of-the-12-steps-of-alcoholics-anonymous During my early sobriety, I investigated several recovery support programs and found value in each of them.  As such, I want to provide links to the other programs I visited when I was contemplating sobriety and newly sober.  Alcoholics Anonymous has the largest network, … Read more

The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

Since I will be referencing various programs of recovery and relating it to sugar addiction, I will do a series of posts about these programs, starting here with a listing of the 12 steps from the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous. Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable. … Read more

Similarities Between Alcohol and Sugar Addiction

In this post, I will discuss how the addictive processes of alcohol and sugar are similar. Common Trigger Similarities for Alcohol and Sugar The most common trigger for both alcohol and sugar is THAT BOTH ARE FOUND EVERYWHERE! No standing on the street corner for these drugs. Christmas (cookies and liquor), New Year’s (champagne), Valentine’s … Read more