For most my life I have been an avid sugar fan. Hey, my first steps were towards chocolate, I kid you not. Later in life sweet foods were something I turned to for comfort, when bored at the office, if I wanted a treat. It’s so easily done.

So you can imagine my distress as being diagnosed with having Candida and Endemetriosis in the space of a year, of which both conditions can be worsened by sugar. So, I listened to my body and with the guidance of a very good nutritionist cut out the sugar, wheat, yeast and starches. I already was dairy free as I have had an intolerance to that for years.

I was very strict for the first two months not even eating sugary vegetables and that really took some willPower! At first, I spent far too much time focusing on what I couldn’t eat and the social limitations of the restricted diet imposed. I’m not going to lie, withdrawal from sugar is tough. Fortunately, I was doing my willPower Phase 2 training at the time which gave me focus and strength to stay clean. I know in willPower & grace® we often use the phrase ‘what if I had to‘. Well I had to!

I ate a high protein diet rich in leafy green vegetables and good fats, and a month later I started to feel better, two months later I was feeling great. I started to research and experiment with other foods that I had never even heard of such as xylitol, chestnut  flour, coconut flour etc.

The result a whole notebook of gluten free, dairy free, wheat free, yeast free, sugar free recipes including cake, and chocolate spread.

A year later and I’m a stone lighter, my skin is good, my energy levels are constant and I feel amazing!

I have learned to focus on what I can eat, what I can do and trust me, you can eat like a ‘normal’ eater would do, you just have to be a bit more organised and think out of the box sometimes. Skills which really benefit us in life any way. The week I wrote this, control was the word of the week, and philosophy was to take on the quality of water, flow. I think I’ve learned to.

Be sure to pick up my new book, Sugar Free Me – and check back here, monthly, for new dairy, gluten and sugar free recipes, as well as personal tips on changing over to a healthier lifestyle!

Alison Beadle

Alison Beadle

Alison Beadle, UK, has been a fitness pro for over a decade, in various disciplines, as a Certified Level 3 Personal Trainer. She specializes in pre/post natal fitness, and is also a Reiki 2 Practitioner, and as a willPower Method® Phase 2 instructor, she now follows her feet! Most recently her passion has been gluten, dairy, wheat and sugar free cooking, which led her to write her first book, Sugar Free Me; at


  1. mauritamar
    Monday, November 25th, 2013 at 2:58 pm ·

    This is great Alison – thanks so much for sharing! I have already tried many of the coconut flour recipes you have shared with me and definitely look forward to your book!

  2. Alison Beadle
    Alison Beadle
    Friday, November 15th, 2013 at 2:47 pm ·

    Thanks guys, let me know how you get on.

  3. Jennifer DeLuccia
    Jennifer DeLuccia
    Friday, November 15th, 2013 at 11:31 am ·

    Thank you for all of this Alison! I too suffered from candida overgrowth last year and it took a whole lot of willpower to give so many things at once. I look forward to experimenting with your recipes and reading your book.

  4. SLK
    Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 at 9:47 am ·

    Thank you Alison for sharing your story with us… and the AMAZING sugar and gluten free cupcakes at Phase II in London last weekend! I’m truly looking forward to more GREAT recipes soon!