Before overhauling your eating practices, however, explore your reasons for making the change. What is driving you to overhaul your diet and lifestyle? You may be sick and tired of having low energy, sleeping poorly, and feeling depressed, but research indicates that such negative motivators (things you are trying to avoid) are not likely to help you create lasting change. What does work is getting clear on the positive payoffs and exactly how your life will be enhanced as a result of breaking free of your sugar addiction. You may need to draw upon a past time when you were eating healthier and feeling good or simply imagine what more energy would allow you to do that you value, such as being able to walk a 10K or keep up with the kids or grandkids. Once you’ve built a strong case for change, you’re ready to get started. These four mental shifts can help.