EP 24 – A Life of Purpose: Karen Thomson’s Journey of Empowerment

In this captivating episode of The Begin Again podcast, we dive deep into Karen Thomson’s incredible journey from addiction to empowerment. Join us as Karen shares her personal experience with addiction and how she overcame it to become a beacon of inspiration for others.

Karen Thomson, the founder of the Sugar Free Revolution, has dedicated her life to helping individuals break free from the grips of addiction and live a healthier, more fulfilling life. Through her own struggles and triumphs, Karen has gained invaluable insights and wisdom that she generously shares with our listeners.

Tune in as Karen takes us on a transformative journey, sharing her powerful story of addiction, recovery, and ultimate empowerment. From the darkest moments to the brightest victories, Karen’s resilience and determination will leave you inspired and motivated to make positive changes in your own life.

If you’re ready to break free from the clutches of addiction and embark on a journey towards empowerment, this episode is a must-listen. Follow Karen Thomson’s lead and discover the power within you to create a life filled with health, happiness, and purpose.


The views and opinions expressed by our guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect the stand or beliefs of the host or the podcast. We aim to provide a diverse range of perspectives and ideas, fostering open and respectful discussions. We encourage critical thinking and forming your own conclusions. Enjoy the show!

About Our Guest (Karen Thomson)

Karen Thomson is the founder of the Sugar Free Revolution, an online program and blog that aims to provide support and guidance for individuals looking to break free from sugar and carbohydrate addiction. 

As a recovering cocaine and sugar addict herself, Karen understands the challenges of addiction and the importance of having a support network. She believes that addiction is a disease that is best tackled with the help of others. To ensure that the Sugar Free Revolution offers comprehensive support, Karen has assembled a team of addiction specialists, counselors, and a registered dietician. Together, they provide a diverse range of expertise and personal experiences to help participants on their journey to freedom from addiction. 

Karen has also written a book titled “Sugar Free: 8 Weeks to Freedom from Sugar and Carb Addiction” and has hosted The First International LCHF Health Summit with Professor Tim Noakes. 

Follow Karen on Instagram at @SugarFreeRevolution and visit her website at TheSugarFreeRevolution.com for inspiration, practical tips, and resources on living a sugar-free lifestyle.

Show Notes

  • [01:42] Karen Thomson shares her personal journey of sobriety and the importance of putting sobriety first in her life, highlighting the transformative power of working the 12 steps and having a sponsor. 
  • [06:24] Karen shares her personal experience of how life’s challenges didn’t disappear after getting sober, but her sobriety has given her the strength to navigate through difficult times without relying on substances.
  • [09:14] Karen shares her powerful story of hitting rock bottom at 24 years old, feeling empty and lost despite external success, and making the choice to fight for her life and embark on a journey of recovery.
  • [17:30] Karen shares her powerful journey of spiritual awakening and finding strength in her recovery, highlighting the pivotal moment when a higher power intervened to save her from taking her own life, and the impact of having a supportive counselor who believed in her during her rehab experience. 
  • [21:59] Karen discusses the shift in addiction treatment towards harm reduction and the potential financial motives behind it. 
  • [23:39] Karen discusses the habits of successful individuals in the health and wellness industry. 
  • [27:33] Karen discusses the importance of courage in overcoming fears and taking action.
  • [29:49] Karen shares her personal journey of building the largest private continuum of care in South Africa, Harmony Addictions Clinic, driven by her passion to help people and motivated by love, while emphasizing the importance of addressing underlying childhood trauma in addiction recovery. 
  • [32:26] Karen discusses her journey from developing a trauma program to starting a sugar and carb addiction inpatient program, becoming a bestselling author, meeting the founder of Crossfit, and transitioning into working in fitness and health. 
  • [39:08] Karen shares her personal journey of addiction, self-abandonment, and the pivotal moment she decided to choose recovery, emphasizing the desperate need to be seen and the importance of self-awareness and self-acceptance. 
  • [43:08] Karen shares her powerful perspective on sobriety and recovery, emphasizing the strength and courage it takes to choose not to drink or use, and how it is an opportunity to be a better version of oneself, inspiring others to do the same. 
  • [46:14] Karen shares her experience of finding a sense of belonging and community while traveling to non-English speaking countries, where she is warmly embraced and made to feel like she belongs, regardless of her background or history. 
  • [50:45] Karen discusses her upcoming events in health and wellness, including the Forever Strong summit and the CrossFit for Health conference, and shares her personal journey of finding passion and purpose again at the age of 43.

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About Gary Menkes

Gary Menkes was born and raised in Port Washington, NY and struggled with alcoholism since his early teens which took him to places he never wants to go again and which took a toll on his health, relationships and professional endeavors. However, Gary completely transformed his life when he was given the gift of sobriety on May 13, 2006. Determined to break free from the cycle of self-destruction, he embarked on a remarkable journey of recovery.

Today, Gary is an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous in New York, married to the love of his life and father of two amazing children of which he owes all to his sobriety. Gary is now launching his own podcast, The Begin Again Podcast.