It has been roughly four weeks now, since I cut added sugar and sweeteners--of any kind--out of my diet, with the initial goal of doing it for a month. Like any good ice cream addict, I have had only several dessert dreams (they were truly dreamy), but otherwise the transition has not been too difficult.
I found several things that have helped make this tolerable: the love and support of others, that help to keep accountability, and this amazing Ayurvedic herb, Gymnema, that I just recently started learning about.                                              
I have worked in the herbal supplement industry for over a decade and have tried just about everything. The combination of feeling frustrated and fatigued from my afternoon/evening chocolate obsession; and reading a recent article about Gymnema for sugar cravings, led me to try it out for the the very first time.