How To Overcome Sugar Addiction

Episode 124 1h 6m


I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say they wish they had more willpower to be able to quit sugar. But here’s the thing: it’s an actual physical addiction and the food industry strives to get us hooked on sugar. So, it’s not about willpower, it’s about biochemistry.

The great news is that we can reset our biochemistry and those sugar cravings and take back our health. The more you avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates (which just turn into sugar in your body) the more your body recognizes the natural sweetness in healthy foods like blueberries or even a red bell pepper.

My guests on this episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy, Keegan Allen and Tom Hopper, have both been through the sugar struggle, and they’re here to share their inspiring stories of overcoming the addiction to discover their most vibrant health.

After suffering with severe gastritis and other health problems, Tom realized that cutting out sugar and using food as medicine was the key to feeling good again. Keegan, on the other hand, was prediabetic. Despite looking good on the outside, he struggled with constantly getting sick on the road and never really feeling great. Upon meeting Tom, Keegan was inspired to start dialing-in his own diet to take control of his health and this passion has led them to collaborate and share their knowledge with others.

We dig into their experiences in realizing how prevalent sugar is in our food supply and how they became their own advocates by reading labels and choosing real, whole foods. We also talk about Keegan’s journey from being an unhealthy junk-food vegan to an omnivore who embraces quality over quantity. I can relate to this, as looking back I was flabbier, scrawnier, and all-around unhealthier at 30 as a vegetarian than I am now at 60 eating a Pegan diet!

Food impacts everything. We discuss the rising rates of infertility and how that relates to sugar, the sugar and cancer connection, how to protect our children’s health with food, and so much more.

I hope you’ll tune in to hear how these two men both turned their health around by beating sugar with the power of real food.

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Topics Covered

  • The health scare that led Tom to cut out sugar and start to view food as medicine

    (2:07 - 3:58)

  • Keegan’s health journey from being pre-diabetic to understanding that his diet was making him unwell

    (10:51 - 12:42)

  • Lactose intolerance, infertility, and sugar

    (15:19 - 17:10)

  • Food labeling and ingredient lists

    (22:46 - 25:56)

  • The first step to take to improve your diet

    (29:33 - 32:43)

  • The science of sugar and how sugar affects your immune system

    (32:43 - 35:53)

  • Keegan’s experience resetting his diet and improving his health

    (40:33 - 43:43)

  • Sugar, cancer, and the ketogenic diet

    (44:57 - 48:07)

  • The 10-Reset available at or

    (48:16 - 51:26)

  • Worsening health metrics among children

    (54:58 - 58:08)

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Ep. 124 - How To Overcome Sugar Addiction