Sugar Detox – Why You Shouldn’t

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness, Sugar Addiction

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Sugar Detox programs. 21 Day Sugar Detox. Quit Sugar Now. As the author of Beating Sugar Addiction For Dummies, I am finding myself in a bit of a moral pickle. Yes, I help people get off sugar, lose weight, and find a healthy sustainable way to feed themselves. But I can’t get behind the “sugar detox” concept. Why? Here’s a great … Read More

How To Get Better Sleep

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness1 Comment

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Lack of sleep can increase your appetite during the day, and strengthen sugar cravings. Here are a handful of tips to get better sleep: Wind down! At least one hour before bedtime, start quieting down and relaxing. Don’t exercise or engage in stressful thoughts or activities. Turn off the handheld devices. The feeling that you need to constantly stay connected … Read More

Cut The Crap…

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness

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Overwhelmed? You might be unconsciously believing crap. Here’s something to watch out for: Are you unconsciously blaming your weight on your busy life? “I’m too stressed to worry about eating right,” “I’m too busy to exercise,” “I’m too overwhelmed with all the changes I need to make in order to lose weight.” There’s an assumption there that says “In order to … Read More

How To Stop Sugar Cravings

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness, Nutrition Advice

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Sugar cravings affect just about everyone at one time or another. And for some people, sugar cravings strike every day! Here are my top 5 tips for how to stop sugar cravings: Stop Sugar Cravings Tip #1: Out of sight = Out of mind Don’t keep sugar in the house where you look at it all the time. Every time … Read More

Dan DeFigioExercise

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Regular exercise is one of the best ways to lose weight and sculpt the body you want, but you may not realize just how therapeutic exercise is too. The role of exercise in addiction recovery is remarkable. Exercise is a key component that helps facilitate recovery from any kind of addiction — regardless of whether it’s sugar addiction, alcohol addiction, … Read More

5 Leading Causes Of Weight Gain

Dan DeFigioNutrition Advice

It’s not news that America is suffering from an obesity crisis. Two-thirds of the western world is overweight. Don’t fall victim to these leading causes of weight gain: #5 Cause of Weight Gain: Processed “Food” Processed food is typically loaded with sugar and chemicals. When your diet doesn’t contain enough fiber or nutrients, your brain will turn on the appetite … Read More

Stress Management Tips For Stress Eaters

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness

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Stress eating can be disastrous for your weight loss or wellness efforts. Many of us turn to food as comfort during stressful times. And it should go without saying that ‘comfort food’ is more likely to be ice cream or french fries than it is to be green beans or kale smoothies! But putting specific foods aside, stress can lead … Read More

How to NOT Feel Deprived While You’re Trying to Lose Weight

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness

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Do you always feel deprived while you’re trying to lose weight? Here is how to not feel deprived while you’re trying to stay away from sweets and eat healthier: It’s so easy to fall into the trap of thinking about all the foods you’re “not allowed” to eat when you’re trying to lose weight. “I can’t have _____” “I’m staying … Read More

Dark Chocolate Health Benefits

Dan DeFigioNutrition Advice

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If you’ve got a sweet tooth, dark chocolate is a healthier substitute for sugary treats. Plus, there are dark chocolate health benefits! The average American consumes about 12 pounds of chocolate each year, so I want to help you make the smart, healthier choice. That way you can have your chocolate without guilt, and gain the health benefits of dark chocolate too! … Read More

Health Benefits of Citrus

Dan DeFigioNutrition Advice

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Have you ever thought about eating sunshine? If you eat citrus, then that’s probably a description that you’ve used to describe its bright, flavorful, refreshing addition to your diet. Citrus is a staple of any well-rounded diet for the host of health benefits that it provides. And we’re not just talking about oranges, the most well-known of the citrus fruits. … Read More

Real Food

Dan DeFigioNutrition Advice

If you’re looking to lose weight, it’s easy to gravitate towards low-calorie convenience foods instead of real food — frozen “healthy choice”-type meals, diet sodas, low-fat and/or reduces-calorie products, etc. Over the last week or two, I’ve had several conversations with clients about quantity (calories and portions) vs quality (real food vs processed food).I am here to remind you that calories … Read More

Meal Plans Are Useless

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness, Nutrition Advice

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Losing weight can be hard enough, but the real struggle is keeping it off after you’ve lost it. Most people who lose weight end up regaining it (and often, regaining even more than they lost). Why? Losing weight requires changing how you eat. Losing weight PERMANENTLY requires changing how you USUALLY eat. Keeping the weight off requires new eating habits … Read More

Are You Stress Eating? Or snorkeling?

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness

I have a great analogy to help you with stress eating: I just got home from an amazing once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Galapagos Islands. It’s a magical place with an astounding variety of marine life, and the snorkeling experiences I had there were unquestionably the best ever. But if you never put your head into the water, you wouldn’t have … Read More

How Do I Know If I’m Addicted to Sugar?

Dan DeFigioSugar Addiction2 Comments

how do I know if I'm addicted to sugar?

How do I know if I’m addicted to sugar? What are the signs? What symptoms will I experience if I’m addicted to sugar? You’ve heard about sugar addiction on the evening news, and you’ve probably read about the evils of eating too much sugar in health magazines. This is an interview with Malia Frey from VeryWell.com that explains how to know if you’re addicted to … Read More

How Much Sugar Is Too Much?

Dan DeFigioNutrition Advice

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Added sugars are clearly harazdous to your health. But how much sugar is too much? We all know sugar is unhealthy. Processed sugar contains zero valuable nutrition, and high sugar consumption is associated with obesity, diabetes, fatty liver disease, tooth decay, depression, yeast infections, and a host of other health problems. Sugar is inflammatory. Too much sugar is a huge … Read More