Happy Tuesday everyone! We hope everyone is staying dry on this wet one! Today we are grateful to have Shawn Wells with us for the full hour! Let’s jump right in!
Shawn Wells, MPH, LDN, RD, CISSN, FISSN is an expert in the fields of performance nutrition, longevity, fitness and supplementation. He earned his master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he studied nutritional biochemistry with a minor in exercise science. Shawn is a Registered Dietitian with a decade of experience as a Chief Clinical Dietitian in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. He is also a Certified Sports Nutritionist and has worked with celebrity clients and professional athletes.
We as Americans consume 160 pounds of sugar annually! That’s a full human weight’s worth of sugar! Sugar is marketed to children, young adults, and it lies in all kinds of food and drink. We are absolutely addicted to sugar! Physiologically we can go through withdrawals just like in heroin or alcohol. No fear though, addiction to sugar can be reversed! Use exercise as a way to earn a sugary treat. Make a connection between working out and satiating treats! By doing this, we create a positive new neural-pathway in our brain!
Royal honey is one of Shawn’s favorite supplements. Royal honey is the honey that is only meant for the Queen Bee, because it contains a rich source of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are not always bad! Try and get your carbohydrates from supplements like royal honey instead of sugar rich carbs like white bread. There are studies that show when we consume a sweet beverage, people consume 300-500 calories more in their meal. That’s calories in addition to the calories in your drink! Sugar drives consumption. Added flavors are engineered to make us overeat. Instead of finishing the whole fancy “sweet heat” almond bag, have a handful of raw almonds.
Saccharine is the worst! For so long, Bernadette and many others were adding the little pink packet to our unsweetened tea and thinking we were okay! Monk fruit and stevia are the two best non sugar sweeteners on the market. The sweeteners ending in “OL” can hurt your gut microbiome and spike your blood sugar. Stick to monk fruit and stevia. Be aware that monk fruit and stevia is being so engineered that you are losing your basic compounds. The best bet is to simply find low sugar snacks, and to stay away from sweeteners as much as you can.
A big thank you to our guest and expert formulator, Shawn Wells. Follow Shawn on instagram @ingredientologist and twitter @ingredientology. Find more about Shawn at his website.
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