How to End Sugar Cravings with EFT

I’m psyched to share that I’m three months off sugar! Throughout my journey of quitting sugar I’ve used a really awesome tool called Tapping, otherwise known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). This technique is a psychological acupressure exercise that supports your emotional health. By tapping on specific energy meridians on your body, you can unblock ancient fears, limiting beliefs and negative patterns. When stimulated, your body’s energy meridians can trigger the amygdala (a.k.a. the “fight or flight” part of brain) and signal it to calm down. When the amygdala gets the memo that it’s safe to relax, stress is immediately reduced. I’ve found tapping to be one of the best ways to curb sugar cravings.

After reviewing the comments on my 5 Tips for Quitting Sugar the Spirit Junkie Way blog, I noticed that many of you want to join me on the journey off sugar. In honor of your desire to change, I created this video on how to end sugar cravings with EFT. {Tweeit it} Follow my guidance and enjoy the radical results!

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  1. Morgan says: February 3, 2014 at 1:28 am

    I am wondering, Gabby, do you read minds? I’m working MCM at the moment (Day 22 and loving every second of it) and yesterday i was listening to your interview with Nick Ortner that came with the book all about tapping. I was planning to do some of my own google research on it but i decided to check ur website first to see if your new vlog was up. . .what perfect timing – and a definite wink to the universe.
    I followed along with the video and started around 6 -7 and ended at a 2. . .love it! I was just wondering though, does it matter if you use your right or left hand to do the tapping? and can i use this same tapping for a different addiction and just replace the words?
    Thanks! xoxoxox

    1. Gabby says: February 3, 2014 at 11:24 am

      yes totally replace the words. it will have the same impact!

  2. Julie quick says: February 3, 2014 at 4:02 am

    Just fab, Gabby. I went from an 8 to a 4. It feels really weird but it works. I get addicted to so many things – I am a bit of an obsessive personality type and fall into the trap very easily. I count my love of alcohol as part of this sugar addiction and I commit to the 40 day practice now. Wish me luck and have a fantastic time in Brazil. My prayers are with you and the community of fabulous women you have created. xx

    1. Gabby says: February 3, 2014 at 11:24 am

      it totally works!

  3. Kris says: February 3, 2014 at 10:29 am

    This is so wonderful. I feel like the world looks at me and sees this thin, healthy being, but underneath it all i have had a sugar addiction that has held me back in so many ways. It makes me feel hopeless and until I got your last blog about quitting sugar I was really on my own. And I just tried the tapping video, which makes me feel like I now have multiple tools – thanks to you – for breaking through this harmful behavior! Thank you. I now have some hope and we will see what happens!

    1. Gabby says: February 3, 2014 at 10:31 am

      awesome! go girl!

  4. Jennifer Warden says: February 3, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Fantastic vlog, Gabby. I am a therapist/nutritionist and am familiar with tapping and find it so helpful, but what really excites me is that this video may help my sugar addicted 15 year old. Parents can’t tell a teenager ANYTHING, but with this information coming from you, my sweet (no pun intended) daughter may be able to take it in.
    Wishing you oodles of continued success!

    1. Gabby says: February 3, 2014 at 11:20 am

      xoxo keep up your great work! xo

  5. jilo says: February 3, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Tap into the emotions you feel, in addition to saying the words. Feel the frustration in your body, feel the anxiety, describe how it feels (this pounding in my chest) (these butterflies in my stomach) feel what it feels like to judge yourself, feel them, express them, accept them and release them.

  6. jilo says: February 3, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Glad tapping is helping you Gabby…and others. Can be pretty powerful!

    1. Gabby says: February 3, 2014 at 11:25 am


  7. Cathy says: February 3, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Good stuff, thanks for posting! I have been interested in learning tapping for my anxiety and sugar usually makes my anxiety worse so I’m going to add this to my routine for feeling better. Eft keeps popping up in my life so I think it’s time I learn more about it! Thank you.

    1. Gabby says: February 3, 2014 at 11:25 am

      add it to your routine:)

  8. Sarah caracciolo says: February 3, 2014 at 11:30 am

    This was great! Although I am not addicted to refined sugars, I do eat my fair share of organic sugar, which I guess in my mind seems, ‘okay’ or ‘better’. However, as of lately, I have been eating A LOT more of this sugar than I want to be eating or need to be eating. This video was great! I started off as a seven and then once I finished the exercise, I was a five! My FAVORITE part of this video was when you said (Gabrielle), today I will do my best. That is all that we CAN DO. Today is the only day that matters. So thank you for that reminder. Today, I WILL do my BEST! :) Thanksssssss

    1. Gabby says: February 3, 2014 at 11:44 pm


  9. Andrinique Davis says: February 3, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Tapping works for me when I need to change my energy. But, tapping to kick my sugar habit, I would have never known without this video. I am going to do this for 40 days ! Thanks for sharing Gabby …

    Be Well,

    1. Gabby says: February 3, 2014 at 11:44 pm


  10. Dana says: February 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    This is soooo good.
    Can you do one of these for tapping on finance/abundance? :)

    1. Nick says: February 4, 2014 at 8:21 am

      Hi Dana, blockages in the money/finance department often relates to feelings of powerlessness and the solar chakra. If the feeling of powerlessness resonates with you (was that feeling often present in past relationships or childhood) try tapping on that.

    2. Tunisha says: February 28, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      Please do!!! I’d also love to see more tapping videos on other subjects :) I’m having trouble working out, I don’t enjoy it so it’s extremely difficult to get myself to do it and stick with it, can tapping help?

  11. Melanie says: February 3, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Hi Gabby! Thank you for this video! I have been intrigued with tapping and never really sit down to do it. What I love about this video is it is like you are in my living room with me! I plan on taking your advice and watching the video while tapping on my sugar addiction for the next 40 days.
    Thanks again!! xo

    1. Gabby says: February 3, 2014 at 11:43 pm


  12. anna says: February 3, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Hey Gabby! SO my addiction is coffee. it makes me anxious, moody, and leaves me feeling so high then low. I can use this tapping for any addiction I assume correct? do u have any spiritual prayers handy for releasing coffee addiction?? I know it’s causing my body harm, and yet I still obsess about when to squeeze in my coffee break…

    thanks for your guidance! u rock! xo Anna

  13. Allison says: February 3, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Hi Gabby – when you say to get off sugar, do you mean processed sugar, and not sugar in fruit? I couldn’t imagine giving up fruit…

  14. Olivia says: February 3, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Wow I just did it before my meal and it totally worked. Usually I can not finish a meal without a cookie and right before doing it all I could think of was the cookie I was gonna have. Afterwards I was craving a kiwi. Amazing.
    Thank you so much for bringing that many tools to the world.

  15. Jeannie danford says: February 3, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Congrats and thanks for all you do. You may want to check out the following. Saw Dr Oppenlander on Marc David’s recent summit. He has a longer one that is very informative. Says it all. Also love this woman Melany Joy They are about helping self and beyond by helping to save our planet. Awareness = Love. Peace.

  16. JENNY says: February 3, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Thank you so much. I know this will help me. Do you have any additional suggestions or practices to help me stop drinking red wine? I know it does not serve me and one glass usually leads to too many. Thank you.

    1. Gabby says: February 3, 2014 at 11:43 pm

      you can apply this tool to that too.

  17. Marni says: February 3, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Hi gabby.! I’m assuming this can be used for any good addiction/compulsive eating behavior-not just sugar? Thanks

    1. Gabby says: February 3, 2014 at 11:43 pm

      yes mam

  18. Teresa ott says: February 3, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Great vlog! But I’m wondering, do we need to give up the fructose in fruits to get over this sugar addiction? I am totally sugar addicted, but I’d hate to give up my fruits. And do we include the carbs in things like white potatoes? All “white stuff”? I want to get over this once and for all, so I don’t want to throw in things that will set me off again. Thanks!

    1. Gabby says: February 3, 2014 at 11:43 pm

      you can do whatever feels right for you.

  19. Doris says: February 3, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I guess it’s not something for me, as I actually want sugar and chocolate in my dream life (we only get a one shot at living, so why spend this life without chocolate?) I just wish it was a cake with a friend now and then rather than a daily ritual, sort of.

  20. Lauren rose says: February 3, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Thank you. Thank you thank you thank you. Getting stronger everyday.

    1. Gabby says: February 3, 2014 at 11:42 pm


  21. Beth says: February 3, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing! After being stuck in the house all day due to the snow, I was ready to eat everything in my kitchen. This took me down from a 10 (more like a 20!) to about a 5, but it also helped stop in my tracks. I’m willing to try it for 40 days. Sat nam

    1. Gabby says: February 3, 2014 at 11:42 pm

      sat nam!

      1. Beth says: February 4, 2014 at 8:24 pm

        I tapped with the video twice today, it’s not easy. I’m trying to pull myself out of this. Thank you!

  22. Terri says: February 3, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Can this tapping Aldo work for releasing an addictive relationship ?? Help !!

    1. Gabby says: February 3, 2014 at 11:42 pm


  23. Saskia says: February 3, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    This has been my favourite video of yours yet . Thank you so much . I’ve often got stuck with the tapping – on what to say next . You’ve shown me what to say next ! I’m feeling quite pumped to give the eft ago again and follow your formula . Will be using it for other addictions first ! Thank you again .

    1. Gabby says: February 3, 2014 at 11:41 pm

      happy it helped!

  24. Clare says: February 3, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Thankyou! I so need this right now xoxoxo

    1. Gabby says: February 3, 2014 at 11:41 pm


  25. Kasia says: February 4, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Absolutely love it!!Thanx Gabby! <3

  26. Anna says: February 4, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Thank you for helping me see a better way. I just watched the Crazy Sexy Miracles lecture, followed by this vlog. I have tried tapping previously and quiting sugar. Thank you for the reminder of how powerful both these practices can be. I can’t not pay attention to this message when it’s so glaringly obvious!
    In one of your earlier vlogs you discussed community. Community is where I have been feeling the most lack of late. I am going to take on some new advise and tap through my sugar addiction and put some previous advise into practice by joining the conversation here. Thank you for this space. Xx

  27. Nick says: February 4, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Love it ! I’ve been using EFT as one of my two go to tools with my clients for helping them with anything from eating/weight loss to anxiety ! Nice to see that tapping is gaining momentum in popularity. It should be noted that even though you can get great results doing follow along tapping using videos or recorded audio that working with a trained practitioner brings the experience to a whole new level.

  28. Francesca says: February 4, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Love this Gabby! You are amazing and such an inspiration to me and my best friend. Can’t wait to attend one of your workshops soon! -xo-

  29. Jessica says: February 4, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Hey Gabrielle, this was such an amazing video thank you. Ive dealt with sugar addiction pretty much my whole life… I beat myself up after I indulge and I just feel crappy when I do. I feel like I cant go a day with out it eventhough I know there is no health benefit in it. I will be watching this every morning! whats a good meditation to do with this?

  30. Lynne Campanaro says: February 4, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Hello Gabby,
    The tapping and speaking felt good. Thank you.
    Can you use this tapping for other problems, such as getting out of a rut, or when you feel anxiety come up about something?

  31. Jennifer says: February 5, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Hi Gabby thankyou for posting this video it has been a godsend! I have a real issue controlling my cravings around my time of the month. But I know by carrying on to use this video every day that all of those addictive cravings will lift. I just keep falling off the bandwagon after doing really well for a few days or even a week and then binging on a large bar of chocolate, its very frustrating as sugar is slowly creeping back in to my life and it makes my brain feel foggy! Sat nam, love to you x x

  32. sue says: February 5, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this!!!! I am so addicted to sugar and flour and I’m trying to overcome my addiction but I keep slipping back. I’ve admired and envied your sugar abstinence. Hopefully I’ll be able to kick my sugar and flour habit for good!!!! Please keep up your miraculous work:)

  33. Beth says: February 5, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Day #3 of tapping, still not off of sugar, but getting closer!!

  34. Shelby Babakioff says: February 5, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I LOVE THIS! Thank you so much!! I was emotional at the beginning, while saying and accepting the sugar craving. This is normal, I am sure?

    :) THANK YOU!!! xxx

    Shelby B

  35. Debra Snyder says: February 5, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Wow!! I just listened to an interview with Nick Ortner and Wayne Dyer about EFT and then I saw your VLOG about EFT and sugar which I had just given up 10 days ago and then today had a cupcake and was feeling very low. Thanks so much Gabby!!! My daughter Stacy and I met you at a Hay House Writers Conference in New York last year. You truly changed my life. Thank you!! We wrote our book about a mother and daughters struggle with my PTSD and sent it in to Hay House. Thank you for all of your knowledge that you shared at the conference. I intend to really follow through with 40 days of tapping. Brightest Blessings to you!!

    1. Gabby says: February 6, 2014 at 11:07 am


  36. Julie says: February 6, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Amazing! Thank you!

  37. Sara says: February 6, 2014 at 2:17 am

    Gabby! Thank you so much for this. My boyfriend and I have been working for 6 months to go off of sugar. He’s an amazing success – I haven’t gotten that far yet. It never occurred to me to try tapping to help me out. Thanks for the video! You took the words straight out of my heart :)

    1. Gabby says: February 6, 2014 at 11:07 am


  38. Tatiana says: February 6, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Thank you Gabi! Love this video. I’ve been watching it over and over for the past 5 days. It works for me, I’m ready to let it go ( it was my NY resolution) how timely! Looking forward to your new posts. Warmly, -Tatiana.

  39. Tatiana says: February 6, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Wonderful Gabby, apologies for misspelling your name on my comment. Warmly, – Tatiana

  40. Anne says: February 7, 2014 at 8:51 am

    I’m like your book!I can speak only a little English.
    I’m very unconfident.I think it’s probiem to me.
    I want to be as happy as you because I love sunshine.
    Best wishes

  41. Grace says: February 7, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    It’s Amazing To Me That So Many People Are Feeling The Same Thing At The Same Time. I’ve Talked To Colleagues And Friends Who All Feel Now Is The Time To Let Go Of Sugar. I’ll Be Doing This Video For The Next Forty Days. Gabby Can You Demonstrate How We Can Use EFT For Other Purposes? P.m. Sorry About The Capitals, My Tablet’s A Little Crazy :-)

  42. Diane Peake says: February 7, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    This is so timely!!! I’ve been addicted to sugar for as long as I can remember. My dad was an alcoholic and there was always some kind of dessert in the house. I am insulin resistant and even though I know that i can’t eat all of this sugar I ignore it because I love it!! It’s got to stop before I get diabetes! I need help and have been looking at the internet for the solution. I think that I have just found it! THANK YOU!!!!!

  43. Jaipreet says: February 9, 2014 at 3:10 am

    Thank you!

  44. Mimi says: February 10, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    I have been following your tapping vlog for several days now, and I can’t believe it actually works…I have been struggling for YEARS with my sugar addiction, and this is the first thing that has ever really helped with the cravings.
    Gabby, you are awesome! I have been following your work for a long time now, and feel so blessed that I have gotten through so many tough times bc of you. Thank you!

  45. christine says: February 13, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    I love you Gabby! this video came at the exact time I decided that my sugar addiction ran my life and was way out of control. After the first time I tapped along with your video I was able to resist feeding my craving. I can’t wait to repeat again tomorrow! What a BLESSING! Thank you!

  46. Angélica cunha says: February 14, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Hi Gabrielle! :) Honestly, I don’t know what to say except… THANK YOU! You came into my life like an answer to my prayers. You, and your message has changed the way I see life. In fact, it made me start living, returning to Love. Thanks Gabby Angel! :) A kiss in your heart and a hug in your soul!

    1. Gabby says: February 15, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      bless you honey

  47. karey gregerson says: February 23, 2014 at 1:08 am

    You absolutely rock, and so does Marie! I’m catching up on my videos, subscribe to you both, and came across this one. I’ve seen you introduce this a while back and hadn’t tried it since that time. I followed this video and had to laugh because you mentioned cookies! I’ve been going back to the cupboard TOO MANY times tonight getting “just 2 more Samoas” and it has turned into eating almost three rows! If you like Girl Scout cookies you know what I mean! Anyway, you’ve taught me a couple of things tonight that I’ll be doing for 40 days! (Ring of Fire manifestation is the other) Thank you for sharing YOU, I love it!!!

  48. Amanda says: February 25, 2014 at 1:41 am

    I am loving this video. I have been struggling with a really bad sugar addiction lately. Today is day 3 of doing this video and I want to commit to this tapping practice for 40 days.

    Thank you!


  49. lAURA iRIARTE says: February 26, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Gabby, I can’t hear the sound? It isn’t working…I can with the other videos on your site…so I think this one is having issues :(

    1. Gabby says: February 26, 2014 at 11:19 am

      check your settings. no one else has said that.

  50. samantha says: March 19, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Hi Gabby,
    This comment doesn’t exactly relate to this post. But I’ve been having difficulties with sleeping lately and also have been have some issues with my heart. Any advice on how to heal from this inside? Is that even possible?

  51. beth says: April 18, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing this – this is such a great thing that you have offered. Doing it!!!


    (BTW – much congratulations on your book release, you are amazing!!)

  52. Anne says: May 7, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Hello! Thank you for this wonderful video! I am starting my third day of a sugar free lifestyle. I am planning taking your suggestion of using this video for 40 days. I’ll let you know how it goes! Have a great day, Anne

  53. Marissa Roberts says: May 7, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Gabby, thank you so much for this. I just did it along with your video and went from a 10 to a 4.

    So excited to try it for a month!

    x Marissa

  54. AlIson beer says: May 26, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Hi Gabby
    Just wondering if we can copy you ‘mirror image’ or do we have to tap on the same side as you are tapping.
    Thank you

  55. Candra says: July 22, 2014 at 2:52 pm

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  56. jessy says: March 21, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Waouh, This is so amazing and I did so many trials with so many methods but I feel this one is right for me now and I am beginning with this support tool. Thank you so much for sharing

  57. Annie says: April 22, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Wow, can we really end sugar cravings??? I’ve been having success with this one: Have you ever tapped to send a difficult or blocked communication to someone without talking to them?

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