The Truth About Sugar Addiction with Rachel Murray, RN, RHN – The Fed and Fearless Podcast Episode 120

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Like many aspects of nutrition, sugar addiction is no stranger to controversy. Some feel that everyone is addicted to sugar and there’s no way to enjoy sugar in moderation. Others have a more nuanced perspective. To break it all down, I’ve brought on someone who is well-versed in this topic who will help you figure out if sugar is negatively impacting you.



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About Rachel Murray RHN

Rachel Murray owns and runs her Holistic Nutrition business out of Elora, ON. Her passion for health and wellness was established while earning her Bachelor of Science specializing in Health Promotion at Laurentian University. After this, she went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and worked in the hospital setting for eight years.

During this time, Rachel struggled with allergies and digestive issues. A few years later, thyroid and fertility issues also surfaced. After conventional treatments only masked symptoms and did not address the root cause of the problem, she was determined to find a natural solution. It was these struggles and experiences that initiated her discovery and pursuit of a holistic nutrition career, which she has found better serves her passion for educating and helping people live their best life.

Rachel takes the whole person into account when she completes her assessments and is, therefore, able to create an individualized wellness plan to meet her clients where they are at, and she is committed to their success.

Her specialty is working with people with sugar/carb addiction, which she came upon rather serendipitously, but has truly found her passion for working with this incredible population.

What Sugar Addiction Really Is

We may imagine a sugar addiction as eating a plate of cupcakes in one sitting, but Rachel explains how it can also exist within what appears to be an otherwise healthy diet. People of any body size can have it and anyone can experience the blood sugar issues that come with a high-sugar diet. This affects our mental and emotional states as well as physical health.

It can be hard to understand if sugar addiction is affecting you. Rachel asks some questions from her quiz to get you thinking if this is something to consider. This includes determining if you eat more sweets than you intend to, thinking about if you’ve neglected your responsibilities as a result, and if you’ve used sweets to relieve discomfort.


Recovery from Sugar Addiction is Possible

There is hope for the sugar addict. Rachel has seen how personal discovery and a dedication to self-improvement go a long way to getting it under control. 

More simply, just avoiding sweets is key. Rachel explains how, when you remove sugar from your life, you’ll start to see the world a little more clearly. Since not everyone’s triggers are the same, this will look different for different people. The important point to remember is that, with the right guidance, anyone can recover from their sugar addiction.

Have you noticed sugar cravings affecting what you eat? Leave a comment below! 


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  • How Rachel found her passion helping people with sugar addictions [6:15]
  • Why you can have a healthy diet and still be addicted to sugar [8:55]
  • What sugar addiction actually is and how it affects the body [11:05]
  • Signs that you may have a sugar addiction [17:55]
  • How and why to avoid sweets in order to beat your addiction [28:40]
  • Reasons why sugar addiction is an actual issue [33:05]
  • First steps to take to recover from a sugar addiction [37:45]



“People who are underweight, normal weight, and overweight can all be addicted to sugar. It doesn’t discriminate your body size.” [9:56]

“Once you’re sugar-addicted there’s no going back. You have it and you can put it into remission, but you’re always going to be addicted.” [22:00]

“If you do think that you’re sugar-addicted, please know that this is not something that you caused, that you don’t need to feel guilty or shameful about it, that there is hope out there.”  [43:03]



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