Announcing The Sugar Shift guest experts

I’m thrilled to announce the four guest experts I’ll be interviewing as part of The Sugar Shift

Dr. Michael ArloskiMichael Arloski, Ph.D., PCC, CWP

Dr. Michael was my wellness coach teacher and is CEO of Real Balance Global Wellness Services, Inc., ( and dean of The Wellness Coach Training Institute. Dr. Arloski’s perspective on wellness coaching comes from his pioneering work training thousands of wellness and health coaches worldwide, authoring the field’s foundational book Wellness Coaching For Lasting Lifestyle Change and serving as an Executive Committee member of The National Consortium for Credentialing Health & Wellness Coaches. A member of the Board of Directors of The National Wellness Institute he has also served as President of The Ohio Society For Behavioral Health. Licensed psychologist, keynote speaker, consultant, and author, Michael’s mission is to build allies for a healthy world across the globe. Michael and his wife, Deborah, work, live and play together in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Michael will bring his knowledge, experience and expertise of behavioural change principles for lifestyle improvement to The Sugar Shift. In Module 2, during our interview, Michael will discuss readiness for change, why motivation is key, the need for connectedness and support and seven steps for lasting lifestyle improvement.

Dr. Laura NurseDr. Laura Nurse, ND

Dr. Laura is a naturopathic physician specializing in natural approaches to women’s health concerns. With 10 years of education in business and naturopathic medicine, Dr. Laura Nurse believes in loving your life and living like you mean it. Her mission is to help women understand and care for their bodies, so they can get on with loving their lives! She practices in St. John’s, Newfoundland. When not consulting with patients, she educates audiences about natural health via facebook, blogging and speaking. You can reach her at:

Dr. Laura has held her own 30 Day ZERO Sugar Challenge. In Module 3 of the Sugar Shift, as we prepare for our 21 day detox, Dr. Laura will discuss your body on sugar, what happens in your body when you detox, supplementation, blood work and withdrawal symptoms.

25615f55-218b-468c-ab13-316ea493b4d1Jan Buhrman, M.S. Ed.

Jan has been cooking delicious, locally sourced meals on Martha’s Vineyard for over 30 years. Raised with conciseness toward nature and all that is good and natural, Jan has always been driven to question trends and looks for basic solutions as she was raised by a large family with a father who has always composted the kitchen scraps and fought against DDT spraying and a mother who was a founder of the Le Leche League.

Jan combines her passion for food with a love of teaching to enhance people’s understanding of their food through farm tours, cooking classes, and nutritional workshops. All her programs are designed to connect people with local food systems. You can read more about her offerings at

Jan was the coordinator and one of the hosts of the wellness retreat I did last year in Costa Rica. Her food was incredible, her cooking tips and recipes were easy, delicious and all locally sourced. It was after the retreat, I decided to finally give up refined processed sugar for good. In Module seven Jan will share some healthy sugar alternatives and recipes for us to try as we slowly start to integrate some sweet treats back into our lives after the detox.

e68ad363-477b-4e5b-8643-e58d23c350c0John Bagnulo MPH, PhD

John has worked as a nutritionist and assistant professor for the past 12 years. He has taught courses in human metabolism, food and ecology, food and culture, nutrition and disease, and nutrition and cooking, among others. He has helped hundreds of patients reverse chronic disease through whole foods. John currently teaches nutrition courses at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Wellness (Lenox, MA) and is a faculty member for the Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s Food as Medicine courses (Washington, DC). He has a Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina and a Doctorate from the University of Maine.

One of the foremost experts on food and health, John’s lectures and discussions place food at the center of a web that stretches from our physiology to our fields and from our ancestors to our kitchens. His talks are sure to enlighten and entertain even the most well read and informed health practitioner or culinary professional.

John has been a mentor and teacher of mine for the past four years and I’m so thrilled to finally interview him for The Sugar Shift. In Module seven he’ll talk about rebuilding your health, the importance of gut health and whole foods nutrition.

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