Because I'm a functional nutritionist, people often assume I don’t struggle with cravings. But the truth is that I didn’t grow up eating blueberries and kale. For years, I relied solely on sugar, pizza, and bagels to get me through the day—and the result was certainly no picture of health. As a young woman, I could barely stay awake in class, had bouts of depression, and slept until noon.
I was a scholarship athlete in college, and I worked out three hours a day, so I assumed I was healthy. I ate what I wanted, whenever I wanted. Still, I would fall asleep shortly after drinking a Venti Frappuccino. I knew something wasn't right.
While my psychiatrist prescribed meds, my intuition pointed to sugar instead. It just didn't make sense that she'd increase my dose without asking how I slept and what I ate. Slowly I began to remove many of the high-sugar foods from my diet, and soon after I came to see a remarkable difference.
Here are the biggest ways my life changed when I ditched sugar for good: