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What happens when you
stop drinking soda?


Hi and happy Feel-Good Monday!

This is where we share our favorite tips, tricks, secrets, and ways to "think like a healthy person" so that you can find your own delicious path to healthy living.

"Feel-Good Mondays" are meant to help us get back into that place of feeling energized, nourished, and ready to take inspired action for the week ahead.  

This week I was interviewed by the Active Times on “What happens when you stop drinking soda?”. To find out, check out my in-depth answers here – and don’t forget to click on the accompanying slide show that shows you step-by-step how your health can improve.

Essentially, this article was all about the effects of sugar on the body. And the truth is that I love talking about sugar.

I love it so much that I am dedicating an entire workshop to it next week at a large NYC hedge fund (where I’ll be letting around 50 of their employees know how to naturally beat the “sugar seduction”!).

Sugar comes up a lot in my talks, and in our client coaching sessions, because its effects (and hold on us) can be so far-reaching.

If you’ve ever struggled to quit sugar, you probably know what I am talking about. Sugar is actually 8 times more addictive than cocaine (Whaaa’??? Yep, it’s true!) and breaking free from sugar cravings and sugar addiction can feel like an overwhelming path.

But I am here to tell you that it’s totally doable, and totally possible, and that you CAN break free from sugar’s tight grip with the right steps and the right tools!

For starters, look to see where sugar may be filling an emotional gap for you. I call this the “sugar hug.” If you’ve ever come home from a long, tough, emotionally draining day and found yourself craving cookies and ice cream, chances are you were really just craving a big hug. Where can you begin to find more comfort, love, and peace in your life that doesn’t necessarily come from food?

Secondly, see where you can start replacing some sugary treats with healthier ones. We have a saying around here: the more sugar you eat, the more sugar you’ll crave. Begin to see where you can swap out some sugary treats for some healthier ones. Replace sodas or sugary juices with water, herbal tea, or club soda. Swap that cookie for some fruit (or even dark chocolate!). As you reduce overall sugar consumption, you’ll likely find cravings beginning to reduce.

Third, take a look at your diet. If there are big nutrient gaps (not eating enough veggies, a lack of essential vitamins and minerals in your diet, a lack of protein or healthy fats), the body is likely to send up sugar cravings as a way of getting its energy levels quickly met. It’s a survival mechanism meant to help keep you alive, but it can create long-term health issues in the long run.

Lastly, look at your lifestyle. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, or if you are in emotionally draining relationships or an exhausting job, your body will constantly crave the quickest source of energy possible (enter: sugar!). If you fall into this category, it’s all about seeing where you can begin to bring in more rest, relaxation, and nourishment into your life to soothe your tired body.

Are you ready to break free from the sugar roller coaster? Email me. We’ll talk about how you can get on the path to sweet freedom and find your own, natural, healthy rhythm and balance again. It’s so possible for you to feel good every day, and we’ll show you how.


P.S. Have you found healthier alternatives to the usual sugary treats and beverages? Share your ideas with us on our Facebook page! I love to hear from you.