[Podcast] Ep68: Overcoming Sugar Addiction

As editors, it’s not uncommon to have a perpetual bowl of M&M’s and a Coke next to your keyboard 12 hours a day (we’ve all been there). The question is, are the 3 Cokes a day simply a “treat,” or are you actually addicted?

In this episode I have an honest and emotional conversation with editors Siân Fever and Monica Daniel about their recent journeys with removing sugar from their diets. We talk about why they chose to do it, what their experiences were like during the withdrawal process, and most importantly, the positive effects it had on their energy, focus, and mood once they emerged from the dark side.

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Monica and Siân’s relationship with sugar
  • Why they decided to quit cold turkey
  • Monica’s experience avoiding sugar for the first few weeks
  • How Monica is kicking this habit over the long term
  • Sugar is actually a neurological craving
  • When Siân realized she had a problem with sugar
  • Siân’s experience with quitting sugar cold turkey
  • Monica and Siân’s stories are not uncommon!
  • How sugar works
  • Having a problem with sugar is not shameful
  • Monica and Siân’s sugar withdrawal symptoms: shakes, headaches, always feeling hungry, pain in the gums, restlessness etc.
  • Your tastebuds change when you are eating more/less sugar
  • Siân was using sweets as a “reward” for everything
  • How cutting sugar helped with their focus and general quality of life
  • Reducing sugar can clear your skin and make you LOOK healthier too!
  • Try cutting sugar for seven days and see what happens
  • Siân’s recommendation for reducing your sugar intake–get a cookbook, find a sponsor
  • This is the first step in Monica’s journey to better health

Useful Links:

FiP Podcast Ep48: Transitioning From Reality To Scripted with Monica Daniel

FiP Podcast Ep24: Sexism in Post, Pt. 1 with Siân Fever and Kylee Wall

The Ingredients in Pop Tarts

That Sugar Film

Fed Up

Is Sugar Toxic?

7 Deadly Truths of Sugar

What Eating 40 Teaspoons of Sugar a Day Can Do to You

How Coca-Cola affects your body when you drink it

FiP Podcast Ep63: The Solution to Your Sedentary Lifestyle with Ben Greenfield

Guest Bios:

Monica Daniel

Monica is an Offline/Online Editor based in Los Angeles, as well as a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and an Affiliate Member of American Cinema Editors. She has worked for several television networks in addition to independent features that have been released by Miramax, Lionsgate and Anchor Bay Entertainment. She enjoys sharing her knowledge by giving presentations about her work, as well as Producing/Co-Hosting an industry podcast called Going Postal Show (www.goingpostalshow.com) and promoting health in post production through Fitness in Post (www.optimizeyourself.me). She has recently moved into scripted television, working on Minority Report for Fox as an Assistant Editor in 2015. Monica currently works as an Assistant Editor on Supergirl for Warner Bros. Television. You can follow her on twitter at @monica_edits

Siân Fever

Siân Fever is a London-based offline editor for broadcast, marketing and corporate content. She has a proven strength in music programming and branded content.

Her clients include: Universal, Xbox, Sony BMG, Microsoft, Red Bull, Ford Mondeo, MTV, The Disney Channel, AOL, Natwest, ITV, Channel 4, The Mercury Music Prize and The Olympics.

Recently she made the jump to Assistant Editor, working on BBC One’s Call The Midwife.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Natalie Boschan, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.


Zack Arnold (ACE) is an award-winning Hollywood film editor (Cobra Kai, Empire, Burn Notice, Unsolved, Glee), a documentary director, father of 2, and the creator of the Optimize Yourself program. He helps ambitious creative professionals and entrepreneurs DO better and BE better. “Doing” better means learning how to more effectively manage your time, your energy, and your creativity so you can produce higher quality work in less time (and ultimately become a productivity ninja). “Being” better means doing all of the above while still prioritizing the most important people, things, and passions in your life…all without sacrificing your health (or sanity) in the process. Click to download Zack’s “Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Creativity (And Avoiding Burnout).”