If you make only one dietary change to improve your health, it should be this!

You have a frenemy who seems sweet on the surface, but secretly has it in for you. During the course of my studies with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I came to understand that this one "food" is one of the most dangerous because it is...

- bubbly and sweet - seemingly harmless and ubiquitous 

- addictive - our brains light up, as if we were taking recreational drugs when we ingest it, and

- damaging - it leads to chronic issues and health complications.

The culprit? Soda. All of the above is bad enough, but just two days ago, in The Washington Post, an article in the health section read:

"Sodas, other sugary drinks linked to thousands of deaths."

SODA stands for Something Other than Dietary Aid! 

SODA stands for Something Other than Dietary Aid! 

There it is, in black and white! Soda is linked to death, the ultimate complication!

My advice? Drop the soda! Drop the soda and  noone gets hurt!

You may want to do this, but struggle with breaking the habit. I understand. Eliminating sugar from your diet is like trying to end a relationship with a bad boyfriend. You know he's bad, but you're just used to him. And he can be so sweet sometimes!

Here's my little secret. When I get tempted sometimes (and I do get tempted), I look at the sweet enticing treats (or drinks) and I think "You kill. You look all enticing and yummy but you are a killer." And now I have proof that it is so.

If you are ready to be scared straight, click on the link above to read the article for yourself. Or watch this brief three-minute video, "Sugar is killing us," for an entertaining, yet eye-opening animated video on the problems with sugar and corn syrup in our diets.

True, you may not be able to drop the "bad boyfriend" overnight, but maybe you can create a little distance between the two of you? I hope so! Your life depends on it!


Hilda Labrada Gore, a long-time DC resident, is an Integrative Nutrition health coach and fitness professional. She is the host and producer of the Wise Traditions podcast. Wise Traditions can be found on YouTube, Apple podcasts, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, Overcast, Google Play Music, tunein, and at Basically, you can find it wherever you get your podcasts!