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Sugar, Sugar, Sugar!  This sweet crystalline substance, consisting essentially of sucrose, has become a large part of the modern diet.  Research shows that sugar is addictive, stimulating the same pleasure centres (dopamine) of the brain as cocaine or heroin.  Society today has lost control over their consumption of sugar, allowing processed foods (a.k.a junk food) to change our brain chemistry making us crave more and ultimately buy and eat more.

Are you addicted to sugar? Do you search for something sugary throughout the day? Do you find it difficult to stop eating sugar once you have started? Do you crave sugar? If you answered yes to any of these questions you may want to start cutting back on the amount of sugar you consume in a day.


Eating high amounts of refined carbohydrate and/or sugar can give us a false sense of comfort by altering our mood. The reason why sugar makes us feel good, is it moves more of the amino acid tryptophan across our blood brain barrier.  The amino acid gets converted to serotonin in our brain (which is the feel-good neurotransmitter).  The problem with doing this, long-term, is that our cells become insulin resistant and we need more and more sugar to get the same effects.  The more sugar we eat also increases the amount of inflammation in our brain.

Our brains see sugar as a reward and the more sugar you eat; the more you are rewarding yourself making it harder to kick the habit.  Unfortunately, this bad habit begins from childhood as sugar is often used as a reward.  “If you eat your broccoli I will give you a lollipop”, “if you do your homework, I will give you a piece of candy” these are just some examples of how sugar is used as a reward.  Although many of us see a little candy here and there as harmless, the issue truly lies in the subliminal message that we are giving our children.  Children begin to associate the feeling of ‘happy’ and “accomplishment” with sugar resulting in long-term effects.  Understanding what your triggers are for craving sugar will allow for you to break the habit.  Do you reach for something sweet when you feel happy, accomplished, excited, stressed or a need to self-soothe? Not having a treat ever is unrealistic however making it from scratch and using natural ingredients and natural forms of sugar is key.  What is also important is to break the connection between sugar and providing a reward to yourself, simply look at the treat as something you are going to enjoy with no harm.

Many of us think a little sugar here and there is harmless but the amount we consume on a daily and weekly basis can creep up on us without realizing.  Processed sugar (table sugar, soda, candy, etc.) is also referred to as a simple carbohydrate.  After entering into your body it floods your bloodstream with glucose in a short period of time, causing a drastic sugar spike (this is where the term “crash” comes in).  This puts tremendous stress on the body, particularly the pancreas.  Your body converts blood glucose to energy through the hormone insulin.  The function of the pancreas is to create and release insulin into the blood to process the glucose.  Consuming sugar frequently will have long-term effects on the pancreas inevitably causing pancreatic failure (a.k.a diabetes).

What does sugar-free mean? It is a lifestyle free of refined sugar (such as processed foods, white flours, cakes, candies, etc.).  be aware when products say “sugar-free” or “diet” it simply means that chemicals have been added to replace the actual sugar.  Moving towards a sugar-free lifestyle should be exciting and filled with tons  of fruits and vegetables and lots of colour to keep you wanting more!  Consult a Nutritionist if you find you need more direction on what foods to stay away from and what types of foods and meals to incorporate.


Steps on how to start a sugar-free lifestyle

  1. Cleanse:  Clean out your fridge and cupboards of all processed sugar
  2. Fill your fridge with whole foods
  3. Incorporate fat and protein with each meal
  4. Have a nutrient dense breakfast to start off your day with high energy!
  5. Add sweet spices like cinnamon, cardamon, anise, etc.
  6. Eat regularly to keep your blood sugar levels balanced (no spikes)
  7. Move your body




Probiotics are bacteria that help keep the natural balance of organisms (microflora) in the intestines. The normal human digestive tract contains about 400 types of probiotic bacteria that reduce the growth of harmful bacteria and promote a healthy digestive system. Their benefits include regulating intestinal health, improving digestion, supporting immune system functions, and deterring certain pathogens.


It is important to manage stress, as stress paralyzes digestion. Today a great deal of stress originates in the mental-emotional sphere, often in the form of anxiety from worry for oneself or others.  Learning to manage stress and release oneself of anxiety and worry can be a key to healing the body.

Fermented Foods and Improved Digestion:

What are Fermented Foods? Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lacto fermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid. This process preserves the food, and creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics. Probiotics are created during the fermentation process and there is a direct link between consumption of fermented foods and improved digestion. So many cultures around the world have been eating fermented foods for years such as Sauerkraut in Germany, Kimichi and Kombucha in Korea just to name a few.  Unfortunately today the amount of probiotics and enzymes has drastically decreased as pasteurized milk has replaced raw, pasteurized yogurt has replaced homemade, vinegar based pickles and sauerkraut has been replaced with lacto-fermented versions, etc.  Eating fermented foods and drinking fermented drinks like Kombucha will introduce beneficial bacteria and balance out your digestive system. Probiotics have also been shown to help slow or reverse some diseases, improve bowel health, aid digestion, and improve immunity!

Certainly we can supplement with probiotics however it is difficult to know which one(s) are most appropriate. There are a few factors to consider when supplementing with a probiotic:

  • Choose the appropriate strain
  • Choose a good quality product
  • Administer the probiotic appropriately

** Book a consultation with me or one of my team today to assist you with a plan to ensure a healthy digestive system.