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End the Madness With Sugar Addiction and Compulsive Eating Using 
The Shadow & Light Framework™

Ditch the Sugar Academy

Our interactive membership provides a plan, support, and accountability for healing and recovery from sugar addiction and compulsive eating. Ditch the Sugar Roadmap will guide you through a plan of eating, exercise, and stress-reduction. The Shadow & Light Framework™is our foundational mindset method practice. Connect with others in our private members' community. Monthly workshops and coaching provide ongoing support and depth of education.

Are You Tired of Feeling Out of Control?  

Do you tell yourself tomorrow will be the day you'll start eating healthy, exercising regularly, and stop using food to get by when you're stressed or fatigued? Where IS that "tomorrow," and why does it never come?

Feeling out of control with what you put in your mouth is not an empowered feeling. In fact, it can leave you doubting your self-worth; basing your entire identity on your inability to make healthier lifestyle choices. If sugar and processed, refined carbohydrates are your drugs of choice, you know how real the struggle is, even when your suffering is invisible to other people.

Have You Given Up On Yourself? 

Breaking your self-commitments over and over again zaps your ability to trust yourself. Over time this cycle of "make and break" seeps into numerous areas of your life, such as work, relationships, and creativity. It's easy to be fooled into believing your behavior is who you are—woven into the fabric of your being. The mind is a trickster in this way, but regardless... the pain is unforgiving.

Imagine Being Liberated and Free

How might your life be different if your mind steered you in positive directions, your body moved effortlessly through exercise and daily activities, and deciding what to eat, drink, and think was EASY and enjoyable? 

Cultivating emotional and spiritual satisfaction outside of food is liberating. It allows you to reach a deep place of fulfillment, impossible to attain from sugar and binge eating. Walking this path of recovery opens the doors to long-lasting, sustainable joy, vitality, and nourishment.

The Dieting Rollercoaster Disappears

Music to your ears, right? Loving your body and life, where food isn't the biggest or only meaningful event of the day, gives you time to hear your intuition and tap into your life's purpose. While this might sound lofty, the release from sugar addiction and compulsive eating is transformational. It transports you to a different life altogether; one where you're able to see what you deserve, and walk toward it. 

The Shadow & Light Framework™

Our effective mindset method practice is the foundation for your growth and evolution in Ditch the Sugar Academy

  • Discover why every situation is neutral
  • Learn how your thoughts create your outcomes
  • Shift and pivot your emotional state
  • Choose your practices and behaviors intentionally

What You Can Expect From This Membership

End the madness with sugar addiction and compulsive eating with a group of like-minded friends. Feel at home in your body (like you belong), be in control of your decisions (imagine that), raise the bar on your self-confidence (to do the things in life you're meant to do), and prevent and reverse chronic illness, inc. type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

Welcome to a Unique Learning Environment

Ditch the Sugar Academy is set-up as a hybrid learning experience. This means you get the best of both worlds with a self-paced curriculum, monthly resources, and a  private members' community, where you can ask questions, receive support, share your knowledge, and make new friends with others in the program. 
Whether you prefer to go at your own pace, or move to rhythm the group, the following areas will support your progress in the membership:

  • Ditch the Sugar Roadmap 
  • Live Workshops and Coaching
  • Guest Speakers and Interviews
  • Insulin-Friendly Meals and Recipes
  • The Shadow & Light Framework™ Eating Insights Journal

Your Holistic Health Questionnaire

You'll start with a comprehensive holistic (mind, body, spirit) health questionnaire. Your responses will help paint the picture of your current lifestyle habits, including mindset, and help to uncover your underlying opportunity for growth. The questionnaire addresses the following areas:

  • Thoughts and Beliefs
  • Addiction and Compulsion
  • Nutrition and Exercise
  • Sleep and Stress
  • Symptoms and Diagnoses

Ditch the Sugar Roadmap

Your Freedom Path Areas of Study and Practice


An effective mindset method to raise your awareness and help you connect the dots between your thoughts and outcomes.


Investigating where you move away from dissatisfaction. Cultivating emotional and spiritual satisfaction outside of food.


Pillar one of a healthy lifestyle is tending to your nutrition. Choose your abstinence and explore insulin-friendly food options.


Pillar two of a healthy lifestyle is moving your body. Discover activities that bring you joy, increase strength, and flexibility. 


Pillar three of a healthy lifestyle is intentional stress-reduction. This may be meditating, deep breathing, yoga, etc. 


Set the tone of your day upon waking. Focused morning practice is a foundation for inner growth and transformation.  

The above areas are not an exhaustive list, but rather, a nutshell view of Ditch the Sugar Roadmap.

Meet the Creator of
Ditch the Sugar Academy and The Shadow & Light Framework™

Hi, I'm Dr. Nicki Steinberger, creator of Ditch the Sugar Academy and The Shadow & Light Framework™. After reversing type 2 diabetes in 2010, following decades of sugar addiction and compulsive eating, I led health psychology workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area. I completed my Ph.D in clinical psychology, and in 2019, wrote and published Wave Goodbye to Type 2 Diabetes; endorsed by Dr. Christiane Northrup. It's my mission to help The Uncontrolled Carboholic get liberated from sugar addiction and compulsive eating, and experience joy, vitality, and presence.

14 Day No Questions Asked Money Back Guarantee

When you join Ditch the Sugar Academy you are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you don't feel like you've received value and you decide you want to cancel any time within the next 14 days, just let us know and we'll send you a prompt refund. No hassles, headaches or hoops to jump through.  

We're confident that you'll find the Ditch the Sugar Academy useful, and we won't make you beg or invoke any silly rules or conditions. If you're not satisfied within your first 14 days then we'll refund you without any fuss.

Get on the waitlist to be notified when we reopen our doors.

Not Sure if Ditch the Sugar Academy Is Right for You?

Ditch the Sugar Academy is NOT for everyone, and truth be told, I'd prefer to help you figure that out BEFORE you join, rather than waste your time in a program that's not a good fit for you. So... let's cut to the chase.

Who the Academy is For

  • You'd love a comprehensive, integrative, holistic health program
  • Having an effective mindset method practice excites you
  • Participating within a group environment is your cup 'o tea
  • You're open and willing to transform addictive behaviors
  • You'd prefer to prevent and/or reverse chronic illness with lifestyle
  • You're willing to get organized before you begin the program 

Who the Academy is NOT For

  • You're expecting quick fix results from outside yourself
  • The thought of mindset practice bores you
  • You're looking for a sugar-free baking club :) 
  • You're not ready to shift lifestyle practices or do the deep work
  • You're content using pharmaceuticals to prevent/reverse illness
  • You have no time or energy to pause, get organized, or focus


"Ditching the sugar" is unique to every member. You'll have a chance to claim your abstinence and be supported at every step of your journey. Some people decide to give up sugar entirely, while others cut back significantly to a level that's comfortable for them. There's no one-size-fits-all, so you'll never be forced to conform to a particular ideal.

I believe in the power of your innate wisdom and intuition. With so much information overload, it's understandable why many people believe they don't know what to eat. I'm here for guidance and support to help you make the best decisions so your food plan gives you quality energy, balanced mood, ease in digestion, and steady blood sugar. Insulin-friendly meals and recipes will be shared as part of our monthly offerings.

What you put in is what you get out. There is no specified time requirement for the membership. However, lifestyle practices are a significant foundation of the Academy, and as such take time and consistency to implement for long-term success. You wouldn't meditate or exercise once a month and expect a high return on benefits. 

Ditch the Sugar Academy is much broader than blood sugar alone. Folks across the spectrum from ideal blood sugar to type 2 diabetes are joining the membership. Prevention is ALWAYS a worthy endeavor. You are welcome here regardless of your physical or mental health conditions (or lack thereof). 

Individual coaching will be available from Dr. Nicki in a GROUP setting during our live monthly trainings. As time permits, those who desire coaching may ask for support during the workshop. Not everyone will receive coaching at every training; you're encouraged to submit your questions for Dr. Nicki to answer during our LIVE weekly Q&A sessions in the private members' community. 1:1 individual coaching with Dr. Nicki is offered as a separate purchase and discounted rate to all active members. 

Your member fee at entry will stay the same rate for you FOREVER... as long as you are active without a break in membership.

What Others Are Saying About This Work

Scott Fresina
AI was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I was scared. I didn't want to take medication. I had been feeling sluggish for years and had just become numb to the feeling of being unwell. I saw this diagnosis as an opportunity to reclaim my health. My wife's friend had worked with Dr. Nicki and highly recommended her so I decided to give it a shot. She helped me work through the feelings of fear and deprivation when I could no longer eat the way I wanted to. Her unique Shadow & Light Framework process helped me to see the psychology behind my food obsessions.
She didn't just help me change my eating habits, she helped me change my mindset. I understand that this is a lifestyle not a diet. My numbers are down to normal, I lost 15 pounds, my sex drive is back, my neuropathy is gone. I feel years younger. I am so grateful to Dr. Nicki and her program. It was indispensable to me and my wife as I went through the difficult process of changing my eating habits and my mindset.

Lauren Shern
When I first contacted Nicki, my personal care and wellness was nearly non-existent. My diet was a complete free-for-all (bags of candy, cookies, pasta, pizza 24/7) with zero attention paid to nutrients and minimal exercise. I was overweight, I was exhausted and consistently feeling decades older than my ripe age of 36.

With her support, I pivoted towards an improved, well-balanced version of myself. In no time at all I was feeling better, sleeping better and even looking better. Most importantly though, the changes I made had easily and seamlessly become integrated into my life. Today, 1.5 years later, I have maintained this elevated level of wellness and balance.  I am by no means perfect, but intentionality is now a large part in each and every decision I make... and that has made all the difference. I no longer recognize the person that I was in early 2019. This powerful transformation was all possible with Nicki’s partnership and expertise. I am most grateful and so fortunate to have stumbled upon her.

Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles
I was being challenged with boundaries and not taking care of myself. With multiple jobs and numerous responsibilities, I was literally losing myself. I worked with Dr. Nicki in 1:1 coaching and The Shadow & Light Framework not only changed my mindset, but changed my life. I became intuitively aware that situations are neutral, but my responses were not, which were not in alignment with my life goal of living a joyous, peaceful life. By using The Shadow & Light Framework on a consistent basis, I am better able to manage stress, frustration, and balance work and life in a way that is in alignment with my life goals.

Josephine S.
I was having a challenge with integrating a keto low glycemic life style. I wasn’t sure what to do because I did not know where to start as there is so much conflicting information out there.

I worked with Dr. Nicki in the Ditch the Sugar! Workshop and learned new things about physical, metal and emotional health.

I took her 8-week course and discovered that a self-care daily program can make a world of difference in my overall well-being which includes diet, exercise, meditation and drinking more water.

Roslie Ena Long
This workshop was pivotal and served me well on my journey where I have now lost over 30 lbs since making many changes from my more aware mindset with food. Dr. Nicki has opened my eyes and heart to new ways of living a whole life and nourishing my body so all of me flows better.

Kirsten B.
My biggest take away from working with Dr. Nicki, is that EVERY situation is neutral. When I REALLY got this, it changed everything. Liberating. Empowering. MUCH more sense of Peace. I can just watch people and experiences pass by. HUGE, HUGE Game changer. THANK YOU!!

Beverly DiCarlo
Are you stuck in self-destructive eating behaviors? Dr. Nicki will move you out, forward, and onwards.

Lily L.
Dr. Nicki has helped tremendously... no diabetes or pre-diabetes. Just a year ago, I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. I am so happy!

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