Episode 5: Sugar – Is It Really THAT Bad?

Welcome to Episode 5! (I feel like we should have some kind of “milestone” celebration or something for this one – we made it to five! BAM!)

As the title suggests, in this episode we’re talking all about sugar. I often get asked the question, “Is it really that bad?” and our discussion focuses on some of the reasons why my answer is always the same…Yep!

Just to clarify, when we say sugar, we’re referring to added sugar and refined starches, not the healthy sugar we get from fruits and veggies…don’t stop eating your fruit and veggies!

We briefly discuss what happens in the body when we consume sugar and then dive into some of the key reasons why I recommend everyone make an effort to cut back on their sugar consumption and as importantly, be super mindful of how much your kids are consuming. Once you start keeping track of it, I think it will surprise you just how much you eat!

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I also promised I would add an easy homemade, sugar free, ketchup recipe – containing all ingredients you can recognize, pronounce and will likely have on hand (or easily find in the grocery store). It’s a tasty and healthier substitute for what we buy in the stores!

Homemade Ketchup (Sugar Free)

  • 14oz/400g organic canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 mashed clove garlic
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine all ingredients in a pot and heat on low setting for 30 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Carefully use an immersion blender to blend ingredients until smooth.
  3. Store in mason jar (or other airtight container) for up to 2 weeks.