In Episode 36, I had the immense pleasure of speaking with one of the Founders of Snackcess, Sonny Drinkwater.

Sonny’s mission is to educate people about healthy living in simple and easily understandable ways and to provide the products and services that allow people to execute this. Sonny and his co-founders believe healthy living can be fun, rewarding and liberating, as well as bring a long term return on investment for your company.

Let’s jump right into Sonny’s story and learn why healthy eating is so important in your workplace and how we can work together to simplify the process.

Things you will learn in this episode:

[00:01 – 08:30] Opening Segment

  • I welcome and introduce my guest, Sonny Drinkwater, to the show
    • Founder of Snackcess
    • Simplify healthy lifestyle
    • Other two founders, Joshua Barley and Kiren Fitzgerald
  • Sonny talks about why he started this company
    • Interested in fitness form a young age
    • Felt too guilty eating more food
    • Not what you’re eating but how you look at it
    • Noticed a striking change in performance after starting on the path to healthy living
    • Simplify healthy living by taking an existing habit like snacking and making it healthier
  • I talk about my own journey towards healthy living related to Sonny’s mission
  • We look too much at the symptoms rather than the causes

[08:31 – 17:30] Breaking Through the Workplace Power Struggle

  • I talk about taking individual responsibility towards healthier living
  • I share a story of a former client of mine
    • Giving out Red Bull in the workplace
    • Power struggle providing healthy options
  • Sonny speaks about this issue
    • How can we make this easy for people and affordable for companies
    • Making healthy living the norm by giving good ROI
      • Boosting productivity by 20%
    • Encouraging snack breaks
    • Positive mental health
    • 90% of Serotonin (the happy hormone) is produced in the gut
  • Creating water cooler moments

[17:31 – 29:30] Simplify Healthy Living Through Eating

  • I talk about presenteeism in the workplace
    • We don’t know their story or stress
  • Sonny talks about the path to healthy living in the workforce
    • It’s a lifestyle choice and it can start with eating
    • Creating inspiration to take personal responsibility
    • Helping people adopt the right habits
  • Proactive vs Reactive
  • I share a story about another client
    • Holding a sugar detox that didn’t facilitate change
  • Sonny talks about how he makes the change easy and simple
    • Employees need to connect with the idea
    • Snacks include 10 items, juice and coffee
    • Transparent and simplified ingredients
    • Showing people how easy it is and offering support
    • Team effort

[29:32 – 34:21] Closing Segment

  • What do you think still needs to be said?
    • The environmental impact to eating healthy is second to none
    • Better eating is more sustainable and leaves the world a better place for people to come
    • The Food Fix by Mark Hyman
  • How to connect with Sonny
    • Links below
  • The importance of label reading
    • Look for transparent ingredients
  • Final words from me and Sonny

Resources Mentioned:

You can connect with Sonny on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Hop on over to his website to learn how you can engage your team with healthy, energizing snacks.

To know more, you can connect with me on LinkedIn, and follow the podcast on Instagram, and Twitter. Be sure to visit our website for even more content. Email me at, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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