Monday, January 8, 2018

How to get your sugar cravings under control and feel better fast!

There is one ingredient that has been brought up to me many times that I haven’t spent a lot of time covering, but given the state we are in with so many food industry deceptions happening, I needed to do more than just write an article about it. This ingredient is considered “natural” too.

I read your comments and emails to me every day and listen to the problems you’re having trying to break away from the processed food industry – and the NUMBER ONE issue you’ve expressed to me is your struggle to tame cravings and avoid SUGAR.

Sugar is the most prevalent food additive – found in about 80% of food at the grocery store! Isn’t that insane? The industry adds sugar because they know it’s addicting and it’s a cheap way for them to hook us on their products. And are we ever!

You might be thinking, “Well, I don’t eat very much sugar” and that what I’m saying doesn’t apply to you. Almost all of us have fallen for this trap – including myself!

Even if you are eating an organic diet, you could still be sabotaged by sugar every day if you’re not careful about the foods you choose. That’s because even foods that you think have zero sugar added to them (like yogurt, salad dressings, a can of vegetable soup or tomato sauce) can be loaded up with added refined sugars. 

Also – you might be thinking – but, I only eat “organic sugar or honey, or maple syrup, etc”… Organic sugar of course is better to buy because it’s non-GMO and hasn’t been doused with synthetic chemicals linked to cancer – but organic sugar is still sugar. Just because it is organic sugar doesn’t mean you can throw caution to the wind!

That’s why I asked the Food Babe Army to take a little challenge…

I asked them to write down how many grams of added sugar they are eating per day. Here are some results sent in:


Coffee w. creamer – 10g sugar

part of a bagel – 6g


candy – 28g


Tortellini with marinara sauce – 8g

orange – 9g

tea w/ honey – 34


Hamburger on bun with ketchup – 6g

sweet tea – 6 g

green beans – 2g

TOTAL – 109g

WOW!  I’m shocked.” – Leslie

“Out of curiosity I counted my simple, what I thought was healthy, Organic Vanilla yogurt, Organic honey, & GF Chex granola breakfast…. wait for it…. 66 grams of sugar!!!!!!!!!  What the???? Had NO idea! Never gave it a thought. Thank you! I think.” – Brooke

“I was averaging about 45 grams of sugar a day, then today at work someone brought a ginormous gift basket of a variety of cookies (chocolate chip walnut, peanut butter, oatmeal, etc.). While I was still full from breakfast I was fine at turning it down. Then when lunch time hit and we were all on break I fought in my head back and forth and decided to let myself have one. Cuz I was hungry. And didn’t have any food with me. They were convenient, free, everyone was eating them, they looked, smelled, and tasted delicious, “I’ve been so good for so long,” etc. etc. I was done for. I ended up having 3 more. And then felt sick afterwards. Today my sugar count is at 105 grams. It’s crazy how addicting sugar and white flour is. And how slippery that slope is.” – Tristan

Just under 100. I believe that’s still more than twice what is recommended for men. From cheese, to bread to meats of any kind, try avoiding sugar. I believe it’s now being pumped into the air.” ~ Jon

“I had my 8th grade students write down everything they ate and drank for the entire day. We looked up sugar content for these foods and added it all up. Only after getting their totals did I ask them to look up what was recommended for their age group. I had students with over 200-250 grams of sugar! Yikes.” ~ Deborah

“Wow, my appetite is down and I must have had almost 46 grams of sugar today! Some of that was from a teaspoon of raw honey in my tea and from a smoothie made with 1/2 a 450ml Bolton Farms Blueberry Goodness and a banana. I also had 14 oz of lentil soup with a tsp of balsamic vinegar added. For dessert, a Kashi Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Cookie and two coconut wrapped date rolls and 12 oz of unsweetened almond milk.” ~ Ted

“Approximately 1 million, lol!” ~ Emily

“How much sugar did you have today?”
“Two what?”
“Too much.” ~ Glenn

Most experts recommend the average person eat no more than 25 grams (women) or 38 grams (men) of added sugar per day.

When I tracked my own sugar intake a couple years ago, it was a real wake up call! I was SHOCKED at how much added sugar is hidden in everyday “healthy” foods in my own house. I honestly couldn’t believe the results and it freaked me out considering how carefully I eat.

I’m human, just like you, and I love sweets! For most of my life, I was addicted to sugar. As a result, my health suffered a lot too. My teeth were awful, my skin was a mess, my body was inflamed, my energy was low and I was overweight.

I’ve found that eliminating added sugar from my diet to be the fastest way to lose weight and get super healthy, but that is just scratching the surface. What added sugar does to your body is scandalous.

All the excessive sugar in our diets is one of the biggest perpetrators increasing the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, liver disease, and cancer – but its detrimental effects can take years to surface. It’s the hidden link to so much pain and suffering – AND it makes you feel and look awful!!!

Asking you to eliminate every type of “sugar” from your diet is just crazy – any person trying to do this will fail in the long run. The key is to still include sugar in your diet but get it in forms that your body can easily assimilate and from whole food sources that also provide nutrients, minerals and vitamins your body will use.

If you develop this habit and practice it on a regular basis, you’ll be less likely to go overboard when presented and tempted with refined sugary desserts. Even more, you’ll naturally eat less sugar in the long run because your body is getting real nutrition from the food that hasn’t been chemically altered. Eventually… you’ll develop a distaste for refined sugar and your desire for ultimate nutrition will become intuitive. 

I know from personal experience… once you eliminate added sugar from your diet, your health soars. You have more energy and your skin glows. Your risk of chronic disease decreases greatly. Getting rid of this ingredient could literally save your life!

Sugar is an enemy that prevents us from achieving optimal health and the fit bodies we want. If you care seriously about your health (and if you don’t you should!) it’s time to put on the brakes and focus on how much sugar you are really eating.

If you’ve tried to quit sugar in the past with no luck, it’s not your fault or a lack of willpower on your part. Sugar is HIGHLY addictive. 

In one scientific study, scientists compared the addictive properties of sugar and cocaine. They put groups of rats in two different mazes. In one maze, the rats could choose to go to a room filled with sugary Oreos or a room filled with bland rice cakes. In the second maze, the rats chose between a room where they were injected with cocaine or a room where they received saline injections. Can you guess which rooms the rats chose?

As you’d expect – the rats chose the rooms filled with Oreos and cocaine. But the scientists were shocked by what happened next…

When they examined the brains of the rats at the end of the study, they found that the rats who indulged on Oreos experienced MORE activation in the pleasure center of their brains than the rats injected with cocaine (well known to be one of the most addictive drugs in the world).

Now you can see why quitting sugar is so hard! It’s like a drug.

I developed an innovative program with my team to help you detox from all that toxic and addictive sugar in your diet. I will show you that you can take control of your cravings, enjoy more energy, fewer mood swings, and even lose weight. The best part? It only takes 7 days!

All you need is this simple, step-by-step plan that’s worked for hundreds of people – including myself! And that’s what I’d like to invite you to now.

My team and I will personally coach you to success in this special group session taking place the week of January 15, 2018. This is an opportunity for you to do your 7-Day Sugar Detox along with group of new participants, side-by-side. We’ll be encouraging each other in an exclusive members-only Facebook group. It’s going to be SUPER FUN!

I will be checking in with everyone in the group on Facebook Live during the 7-Day Sugar Detox. You’ll hear my best tips, tricks, and strategies for cutting cravings. I’ll also answer your most commonly-asked questions. Current members of the group who did the detox with us last year are also ready to help! They’ve been through it all and know what works.

Not able to do the detox with us the week of January 15th? No problem!

As soon as you sign up for the 7-Day Sugar Detox for a one-time discounted fee, you’ll get instant access to the entire program FOR LIFE so you can start ANYTIME you’d like.

The 7-Day Sugar Detox is a program you can start any day you wish. There is not a set start time and you can start any time that is convenient for you. I give you all the tools you need to do this and my team is always available to support you and answer your questions!

After you sign up I’ll show you…

  • How the food industry keeps you hooked on their products (with sugar hidden under dozens of tricky names)… and how to avoid it. 
  • Easy tricks that blast away sugar cravings so you never feel deprived.
  • The top 10 foods to stock in your pantry during your detox… along with what foods to get out of your house ASAP (there are some unexpected foods on this list for sure!)
  • My detailed sugar detox meal plan full of recipes for hearty meals to satisfy anyone in the house. You’ll know exactly what to eat and when to eat it!
  • My sugar-detox restaurant guide so you can detox from sugar from anywhere in the world. 
  • Exclusive access to an amazing community in our our member-only Facebook group (including live video updates and daily motivation!) 

That’s just a glimpse of what you get… Even better…

See everything you get instantly in the 7-Day Sugar Detox here.


Sign up today and take the next few days to familiarize yourself with the materials, watch the videos and get prepared for January 15th – maybe you ask a friend or get your whole family on board too. If you have any doubts about what this 7-Day Sugar Detox can do for you, read the testimonials here.

I’m so excited and can’t wait to see you in our member-only Sugar Detox Facebook group!


P.S. Since launching the 7-Day Sugar Detox in 2016, hundreds of people have taken control of their cravings and get off sugar for good…

“I think I can say that the Sugar Detox was a success! Not only have I lost a few pounds, but my clothes are looser, and my rings come off a lot easier… my complexion seems smoother and clearer. I have actually tamed the “sugar craving beast” in me!” Julia

“I just completed the 7-Day Sugar Detox. It was a great experience! I think my relationship with food is taking a much needed positive turn. For me it is less about the weight loss and more about good health for me and my family. I lost 14 lbs and I feel great.” Matt

“The recipes are so good, I don’t crave for sugar or feel hungry. Before trying this out, I had frequent headaches and was always tired. This is the first time a diet has actually worked for me.” – Archana

“I am on day 3 and can already notice an improvement in energy, hunger levels, cravings, and mood. I’ve even lost 5 lbs. I was in disbelief!” —Bianca

“Today is day 7 of the detox and I am feeling SO great. Feeling lean and energetic! I am going to continue eating this way as it’s spurred a weight loss that I’ve been struggling with. I’m down almost 5 pounds (and measurements changing too!)” – Diana

These are just a few real-life examples…. and now it’s your turn. Sign up here.

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My Favorite 5 Podcasts of 2017

This past year I had 32 episodes of the Paleo Solution covering everything from salt to sustainability, fasting to the Four Tendencies, and a ton of other health goodies in between.

Maybe you caught ‘em all, maybe you haven’t heard a single one!

Either way…I wanted to share my personal favorite 5 podcasts in 2017. Check them out below (in no particular order 😊)

Side note: did you know ALL my podcasts have transcripts? They’re linked at end bottom of each podcast blog!


Episode 379: Angela Alt and Dr. Gauree Konijeti – Autoimmune Protocol Diet Study

On this episode of the podcast we have guests Angela Alt and Dr. Gauree Konijeti. Dr. Konijeti is a gastroenterologist, head of inflammatory bowel disease at the Scripps clinic, and currently researching inflammatory bowel disease with an NIH grant. Angela Alt is a certified health coach and nutritional therapy consultant, partner at Autoimmune Wellness, author of The Alternative Autoimmune cookbook, co-author of The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook, co-host of the Autoimmune Wellness podcast.

In this episode we talk all about the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet for autoimmune disease and the study on the efficacy of the Autoimmune Protocol for inflammatory bowel disease done by Dr. Konijeti.

Download Episode Here (MP3)

Download Transcript Here (PDF)


Episode 357: Dr. Bill Schindler – Food Foraging, and Evolution of The Human Diet

Dr. Bill Schindler is an associate professor at the department of anthropology at Washington College, and is also the Co-star of the National Geographic show The Great Human Race. Listen in as we talk about foraging for food locally and in the wild, the evolution of the human diet, and much more!

Download Episode Here (MP3)

Download a transcript of this episode here (PDF)


Episode 372: Gretchen Rubin—The Four Tendencies

This episode we have Gretchen Rubin back on the podcast. Gretchen is the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. In Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, she provides surprising insights and practical advice drawn from cutting-edge research, ancient wisdom, and her own observations, about how we can make our lives better than before.

Listen in as we talk about her new book The Four Tendencies, what it means to be an Upholder, a Questioner, an Obliger, or a Rebel, and how to use that to better your own life and motivation.

Download Episode Here (MP3)

Download a Transcript Here (PDF)


Episode 370: Matt Thornton and Peter Boghossian—Critical Thinking in Martial Arts, and Physical Movement for Risk Assessment

For this episode of the podcast we have guests Matt Thornton and Peter Boghossian. Matt Thornton is a personal hero of mine, founder of the Straight Blast Gym organization, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt. Peter Boghossian is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Portland State University.

Listen in as we discuss critical thinking and fantasy in martial arts, actual effectiveness of certain martial arts, risk assessment and analysis in physical movement, and a lot more interesting stuff!

Download Episode Here (MP3)

Download a transcript of this episode here (PDF)


Episode 380: Diana Rodgers—Eating Meat and Sustainability

On this episode of the podcast we have our good friend Diana Rodgers, RD, NTP. Diana is a Registered Dietitian, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, and lives on a sustainable, working organic farm.

Listen in to this important episode as we talk about the sustainability of eating meat, grazing animals, why sustainability > abs, What The Health, and Diana’s documentary that’s in the works.

Download Episode Here (MP3)

Download Transcript Here (PDF)

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Dear Mark: BCAAs, and That Weightlifting Article with All the Exclamation Points

Primal Challenge Point: Live Your Inner Athlete

Inline_Fitness_Live-Awesome-645x445-02It’s fascinating, I think, to see what the human body is capable of—not a “perfect,” standardized, conventionally “ideal” physique but a real body with individual uniqueness and stunning utility. 

Many people unfortunately assume they aren’t “athlete material” because they don’t believe they have the body for it—or so they’ve been told (directly or indirectly). Your body, however, is so much more than your build—or your years—or your current condition.

Sure, most of us will never be professional athletes, but the fact remains: if you have a body, you’re an athlete. The identity and intention dwell in your genes themselves. Whether you’re a 5 foot tall rhythmic gymnast waiting to happen or a lanky dude who’s built for covering long distances quickly, there’s a niche for you. You embody, in some way, the athletic mission of our species.

Maybe you haven’t figured out what that embodiment is yet. Let me say point blank: find your athletic embodiment in your lifetime. You won’t be sorry you did and will likely always wonder if you don’t.

Primal exercise is a flexible set of general principles that mirror the basic patterns of our ancestors’ exertion—period. How you fulfill these in your modern life is entirely your choice. Be whatever Primal athlete makes sense to you and you alone. By all means, make it as fun as possible. Your fitness should enhance more than your physical health but be a meaningful, self-affirming, self-exploratory part of your life. That’s the best of all Primal worlds.

For more on the topic, continue here.


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Gettin’ All Cozy

We had a super cold weekend here in Cville, like many of you in the Northeast. I hope everyone was safe! I can’t imagine living in a place that was this cold for more than a few days of the year. Kudos to those of you who can tough it out in negative temperatures and wind chills! I don’t know how you do it.

On Friday morning I had a Quaker Overnight Oats cup with lots of peanut butter. I heated the oats a bit so they wouldn’t decrease my core temp!

Do you remember the Summer House in the Narnia movie The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe where it’s always summer in the middle of the frozen forest? I used to LOVE that house in the movie. My hot yoga studio (Elements) feels a bit like that house now. You can walk into class in a tank and shorts where it’s 90 degrees and pretend it’s a warm summery day. You will find me there all winter!

Friday lunch was a date with Thomas to Timbercreek Market. We shared a lamb burger and arugula salad. Both were absolutely amazing!

For Friday dinner we had slow cooker Brunswick stew based on this recipe. It was excellent! (We picked up the biscuits from Timbercreek earlier in the day.)

For Saturday morning breakfast Mazen wanted a smoothie, so I pulled out everything frozen and we sipped them by the fire! : )

On the side: an egg and toast.

Mazen went with Matt for the daytime while Thomas and I went to the UVA bbball game. DOWN WITH THE TAR HEELS!!!

T hung some wedding photos, and we had friends over for happy hour.

This wine from Winc was a big hit! (I have had maybe only one bottle from them that I haven’t loved.)

Later that night we had steaks on the Big Green Egg with roasted taters and green beans.

On Sunday morning Mazen woke up super early. I think he just wanted to snuggle! I can’t imagine life without this new fireplace now.

For breakfast Thomas made these muffins, and I adapted a baked egg recipe from the one we had at the Cedar Spring Inn. I will be sharing it in a week or two – it was FAB!!

That was such a big breakfast that it served as brunch!

All afternoon I worked on a post that required 4 hours of cooking. I will be telling you all about it soon!

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