Welcome to Life After Sugar: Stories to Inspire, with Netta Gorman. The podcast that's not just about sugar, but about your relationship with it, and especially with yourself. This podcast is for you if you know that you need to cut down sugar, but you're not sure where to start, and you're feeling tired, sluggish, and overwhelmed because sugar seems to be everywhere. Get back your energy, lose your extra weight and the stiffness in your joints, get your digestion back on track, without feeling like you're depriving yourself of anything or being on a diet! Here you'll hear inspiring stories of people who cut out sugar in their own way, at their own pace, and for their own reasons. I hope that this podcast will inspire you to discover your life after sugar too! For more details, visit the Life After Sugar website at aftersugarclub.com.
029. "I used sugar to numb my feelings": Melissa
When she was still consuming sugar, Melissa was very anxious, overwhelmed, exhausted, and angry. As a young child, she used to hide sweet foods in her room, and she continued to eat lots of sugar into her adult years.
Then when she became a mother and had her second child who wasn't sleeping, and her first child who had sensory challenges and food allergies, it was her chiropractor who asked her: What are you eating?
And she started learning about food and its impact on her energy, her moods, and her emotional needs.
When she started training to be a certified health coach, she started to really think about why she was turning to sugar. Now she feels better equipped to cope with the ups and downs of life. She can actually feel her emotions and express them instead of use sugar to numb her feelings. She's developed other healthier tools to deal with them.
Find Melissa here: https://free2bcoaching.com/
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028. "I don't have a fatty liver any more!" - Mario
In this episode, Mario tells me about how he grew up in Québec, Canada. At home, his parents naturally ate what would now be considered a keto way of eating: low in carbs and starches, no snacks, plenty of meat.
When he got together with his then-girlfriend, he started eating a "normal" diet like she'd grown up with. Despite his active lifestyle and "healthy" diet, he kept gaining weight.
When he started getting back pain, he went to see the doctor. X-rays showed nothing, even though his pain kept getting worse.
It turned out to be his liver: all the fructose he was eating had given him a fatty liver.
So he started educating himself, about sugar, about science, and about low carb/keto fasting.
And it transformed his health and his life!
He's now a coach for Clinique Reversa in Québec, Canada, here: https://cliniquereversa.com/
027. "I tried to be healthy in ways that were unhealthy": Meghan
Meghan had always been interested in health, but she didn't know that all those "healthy" products like shakes and bars actually contain a lot of hidden sugars.
She ran marathons, but she also suffered from allergies, bloating, breathing troubles, and many other health issues.
Then she started to experiment: organic sugar, fat-free, diets, food combining.
But everybody's body is bio-individual, and even though she was being health-conscious, she felt terrible.
She eliminated certain foods from her diet, like dairy. But especially, she took out sugar and starches. She got grumpy and emotional during her withdrawal, but she continued because she saw what was shifting for her body, her mind, and her emotions... for the better.
She also learned about sprouting, fermenting, as well as probiotics and prebiotic foods. And the importance of the microbiome (gut health).
Her goal was to feel better, not to lose weight. And now she feels fantastic! Her advice as a health coach is simple: look after your gut health, eat real whole foods and drink plenty of water.
Find Meghan here: https://wellnessonpurpose.org/.
Download your simple guide to getting more energy with less sugar here: https://aftersugarclub.com/energy-guide/.
026. Is sugar addictive?
In this solo episode, I talk about different points of view on whether sugar is an addictive substance. I have my opinion, but what do other sources say about the addictive nature of sugar?
In my opinion, it's not the plant itself that's the problem. It's what's been done to it: the refining and processing and concentrating of the original plant to make its essence into a potent powder, sugar and flour alike.
Scientific studies have shown that rats and mice choose sugar over cocaine. Do we humans really behave the same as lab rats?
And what about people who have an "addictive personality"? Is that really a thing?
It's no secret that all those hyper-palatable processed foods make us want more and more - they affect our taste and our brain so fast that they can literally hook us. How? Listen to the episode!
I also talk about cravings, leptin resistance, and how sugar and flour affect the dopamine receptors in the brain and hijack impulse control.
So why isn't sugar recognized yet by the DSM-5 as an addictive substance, whereas caffeine is?
And what happens when you don't eat sugar and flour? How does our behaviour and our relationship with our food and with ourselves change? I've lived it for the last 6 years: it's a wonderful sense of peace and freedom.
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025. "I feel like I'm getting younger!": Dorothy
Dorothy Holtermann had so many health issues that her doctor told her he'd taken out all the organs he could and that she would have to make serious changes. Her doctor genuinely tried to help her, but she kept gaining weight.
She didn't eat a lot of white sugar, but she did eat quite a lot of pasta, bread and fruit, didn't exercise much, and had a stressful life as a lawyer and parent.
Then she hired a health coach who was from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She changed her life. Dorothy was so impressed that she wound up training there herself.
Dorothy is now a Holistic Nutrition Counselor and the author of Love Food That Loves You Back.
What helped her lose 75lbs, stabilize her blood sugar, normalize her blood levels, and improve all her health markers in her 50s was changing her diet.
She feels like she's created a new body and a new life, and now at the age of 64 she says she feels better than in her 20s!
Listen to the inspiring story of how Dorothy took her health into her own hands. She also became an expert on the impact of genes on your health and nutrition.
FInd her at https://www.nurturenaturenutrition.com/.
Download your simple guide to get more energy with less sugar here: https://aftersugarclub.com/energy-guide/.
024. "My body craves more fasting hours": Laurie
Laurie Lewis is a certified health and intermittent fasting coach. She uses the fasting principles of Gin Stephens, Dr. Jason Fung, and Dr. Bert Herring. We chat about her childhood in the 70s, her mom's attitude to diets, and her love for diet soda at college. All through her 20s, Laurie says, she felt like she was in a fog. She just didn't feel good... and she listened to her intuition. And stopped. She wasn't aware of how foods and drinks made her feel at the time, but then in her mid-thirties she started loving fresh veggies, not sweet flavours. She developed a taste for bitter flavours.
She also learned to love feeling vibrant and energetic and healthy!
Now she knows what's happening in her body when she eats sugar, and she can help her clients become more aware too.
Laurie specializes in intermittent fasting and appetite correction. We talk about changing your habits, and the peace and freedom of the intermittent fasting lifestyle.
You can find Laurie here: https://fastforwardwellness.com/
To download your simple guide to get more energy with less sugar, go here: https://aftersugarclub.com/energy-guide/
The light turned on!
I stumbled across Netta’s podcast through a social network I am in fot my intermittent fasting lifestyle. I started listening and am really impressed by Netta’s exuberance and her thoughtful interviews. She’s had a guest on that mentioned something about being able to trace your sugar addiction to your childhood by examining your first memories—whoa! My first memories are all about sweets, especially chocolate. And as I look back over my 61 years I can see how that addiction grew and manifested itself in my life I’m on my way to fully embracing a no sugar lifestyle. Ta
So glad I found her!
I am so glad I found Netta! I am the beginning of what I think will be a very long, hard journey of revamping my brain and my body. I can not do it without help and am looking forward to utilizing this resource as well as all of the others she speaks about in the podcasts. If I could hug her through my phone I would!
I’ve been going off sugar for 3 months now and was looking for positive things to help with motivation. I found this podcast and it’s just what I needed. Everything they talk about is what I’m feeling and struggling with. Its so helpful and is reaffirming my decision to live my life sugar free!