Episode 60:

A No B.S. Way to Break Up with Sugar

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In this special solo episode, Nicole and Shanna talk about their love for sugar, why Shanna decided she needed to go on a sugar detox, and what really is so bad about consuming so much added sugar. We also hear a clip that didn’t make it into Episode 49: Eating for a Longer, Healthier Life, in which Jennifer Maynard shares some of the science behind sugar addiction and how to cut out added sugars from your diet. (Spoiler alert: this conversation with Jennifer Maynard kick-started Shanna’s interest in wanting to do a sugar detox.) We also hear from Nicole as to why she didn’t join in on the sugar detox, but how she has been made more aware of the added sugars in what she and her kids eat. Shanna gives some insight into what to expect if you do a sugar detox and her top tips to prepare you for one.


  • Studies have shown that sugar addiction resembles opiate addiction

  • Studies have also shown that rats prefer sugar over cocaine, even for those rats dependent on cocaine

  • Sugar in fruit acts differently in the body than added sugar because of the other dietary components of fruit (fiber, flavenols, antioxidants, etc.)

  • Besides negative consequences of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, overconsumption of added sugar can affect your memory and cause other cognitive impairments

  • Refined sugar is also known to cause inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation is the cause of disease

  • Things like maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar, and other “healthy” sugars, are only marginally better for you than refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup when considering the effect it has on your body.

  • Jennifer Maynard highlights the following points:

    • Sugar is 6-8 times more addictive than cocaine

    • It takes 3 weeks for you to kick sugar cravings

    • If you crave sugar, try drinking a big glass of water before eating a sweet treat

    • Don’t eat dessert before dinner. Eat a meal and let it settle before having dessert as you often may not want it.

  • Shanna’s Top 3 Tips for Those Looking to Do a Sugar Detox:

    • Do a 30 day detox to get over physical cravings, gain awareness around all the foods that contain added sugars, and find new recipes and foods that you like that avoid added sugars.

    • Get rid of all the processed foods with added sugars from your house before starting the detox.

    • Have drinks on hand that you like that do not have added sugars, natural sweeteners or artificial sweeteners in them.