40 Days

A month of modified fasting is a feature of a few religious traditions around the world. While I don’t advocate extreme fasts, choosing to abstain from consuming non-nutritive or downright harmful substances for a set period of time may provide the impetus for longer-term positive health change. After all, if you can live without it for 40 days, you can probably live without it for a lifetime! I’ve jokingly told folks that I’m giving up preconceived notions for Lent, and this includes my knee-jerk response to anti-sugar fanatics. It turns out that they really might be on to something I ought to be paying attention to: check out this hot-off-the-presses World Health Organization report.  


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