Kellie Moore of Columbia Faith and Values (FAVS) interviewed me. I must say she is an awesome writer. That’s difficult for a journalist to say about another journalist. To prove it, I’ll share the beginning of the story but go check out Columbia FAVS, a great resource for dialogue on local faith and spirituality topics. The website is only one of a few in the U.S. sponsored by a grant as a pilot project. Become a subscriber and support Kellie in what she’s up to.


Teresa Parker cooks up a healthy chicken dish for a supper at her home. (FAVS photo by Kellie Moore)

Feeling full after a meal was a foreign concept. And if it had a combination of sugar and flour in it, she would eat it. That’s the only way she knew how to eat.

“If it had fruit in it, it also had pie crust and sugar,” Parker said. “And if it was a vegetable, it was slathered with something – you know, some kind of gravy, or some kind of soup, or some kind of cheese. If it was meat, it was breaded and fried, and covered with gravy.”

She felt like she was addicted to food – not something that could be given up easily.

“You can’t just stop eating it,” she said. “You have to eat in order to survive. You have to consume what it is that you’re addicted to.”

But as she later discovered, it wasn’t food she was addicted to – it was sugar.

In her new book, “Sweet Grace: A Weight Loss Memoir,” she tells the story of a lifetime of sugar addiction – and how she finally overcame it.

Writing the book meant reliving some of the most painful, frustrating parts of her life.



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Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 260 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. She has three more books, "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing An Appetite for God." Sweet Grace and Sweet Freedom study guides are available as well. All books are on Amazon. Her Coaching Programs can be found under the Weight Loss tab at To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking Tab.