Bright Line Eating on Vacation

This week, I’m coming to you live from Williamsburg, Virginia, with my three beautiful daughters to give you some helpful tips about how to practice Bright Line Eating while traveling.

 

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  1. Peter

    I do not overeat and the quiz was not very useful for my eating patterns.

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  2. Peter

    I have been vegan for nearly 20 years and I know about food and DHA and EPA. The quiz did not test my knowledge very much.

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    1. Joseph

      Bright Line Eating isn’t for everyone Peter.
      Joseph in Missoula

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    2. Karen

      Hi Peter, what help are you looking for?

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  3. Laura

    Oh, my gosh…this was so much fun! Thanks for sharing your girls! And we could hear them…your mic picked them up! PLEASE do this again…they have so much to say!

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  4. Shawna Murph

    Cutest Vlog Ever!!! haha!!

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  5. Nancy Sherrill

    You made me smile. The girls are lovely , thanks for sharing your vacation with us. Enjoy spring break.

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  6. Kathy

    What a sweet family! Thank you for the tips and I hope you enjoy the break <3

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  7. Sky

    This was the perfect example of “willpower depletion” live and in action!! Adorable!! Thanks for sharing your girls with us.

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  8. Elaine Birchall

    Great meeting the family. You have great reasons for being proud of them.

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  9. L. Massei

    I love the “family affair” vlog, love your little beauties!!! Please have them on again, and maybe ask them what it’s like to live with you and what habits have they adopted from your BLE! ❤️😊

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  10. Flor Zilka

    So glad you could enjoy the vacation without any concerns about food! Takes some planning, but so much more serenity this way. Love your girls!

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  11. Erin

    Loved this! Adorable! So much fun – little willpower depleters that they are. So glad the trip was a prepped and planned success for your bright lines 🙂

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  12. Dale walker

    So great to see your children. Thx for doing that!

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  13. Rebecca Melancon

    I just love you!

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  14. Carol Davis

    Your blog couldn’t have made your points any better if it had been scripted! What perfectly wonderful, smart, fun willpower depletors! THREE, no less! AND a vacation, and husband and traveling. Your girls nodded knowingly when you talked about packing and weighing your foods. They seemed proud that your intentions, your words, and your behaviors match-up! Great job, “mom”. 😀👍💕

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  15. davilalisa61@gmail.com

    Your children are adorable!!! Yes, bring them on again. Of course, I always look forward to your blog.

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  16. Michelle Bebeau

    I loved this post! It shows the world you are a person, a mom, and professional. Thinking about the thinks that deplete are will power what a concept! Thinking about things that will deplete my will power is so powerful. Thanks for your program!

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  17. bernadette clink

    Beautiful girls they look like fun not will power depleters

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  18. Karen

    Good answer when she asked you “what does that mean?” for willpower depleter! I was like – it means you suck the life out of me!

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  19. Malkah Geller

    Your daughters are just delightful, Susan! And yes, they totally get you. Enjoy your BLE vacation and have fun being with your family.

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  20. Jane Cook

    So fun to see your girls – thanks for sharing them on your blog!

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  21. Elizabeth Groth

    Perfect! Today’s been the hardest with my 3 willpower depleters and I’m ready for them to go back to school!!!

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  22. Dianne

    Thank you for sharing your lovely girls with us. They are adorable, witty, energetic, and funny. Enjoy these precious moments.. Thanks for the food tips as well-very timely.

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  23. GAIL

    So cute! I will remember this one for sure when I am travelling as I will remember the sweet girls and the smile they brought to me. Thanks!

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  24. Mary Jo

    Thanks for sharing your adorable family with us! I have taken foods with me on trips before but it sounds like you brought food for your whole bunch. Wow that is amazing! Can’t wait to learn more about this way of eating!

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  25. Ronna Berszin

    I would not want my parents to consider .. no less hear that I or my siblings were will power depleters! This hits at the root of the isdues I have with your thinking as it spills into your life! Wait til these girs grow up!

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    1. Elizabeth Groth

      Then wait till they have kids and they’ll totally get it!

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    2. Joseph

      I see nothing wrong with how Susan thinks. I know that not everyone thinks along the same patterns, so instead of dismissing those that come across as different, I try to understand them.
      Joseph in Missoula

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    3. Elizabeth

      Ronna Berszin, You must have missed what Susan said when her daughter asked what “willpower depleters” meant. Susan said in this case it meant that parents pour all their time and love and energy into their children and that’s why they won’t have much left for other things like figuring out food (so that’s why keeping the food automatic and simple/packing it ahead, etc., is important). Susan’s explanation, which reflects what she means when she calls them willpower depleters, is actually the highest of compliments, showing how important her children are — they come first to receive the love and attention and energy. It’s not in any way an insult. Watching those girls in this video it is clear they feel loved and know their worth. They are awesome now and will be when they grow up too! I’ve been following Bright Line Eating since last July, have lost 30 lbs., and have been given my life back. It may not be a program for everyone, but it is a program that has helped MANY thousands of people –Susan’s thinking is brilliant and I’m so glad it has “spilled into” her life so it can spill into MY life! And I know many others who feel the same. I’m guessing somehow you were misunderstanding what she was saying.

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  26. Ronna Berszin

    girls

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  27. Fatima

    Thank you for sharing your travel tips and most of all love your daughters ! As a nana to a little boy and a mother of two daughters I can relate brings back great memories. Safe travels. Enjoy.

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  28. Paul Beaulieu

    Beautiful, thanks for sharing. Some day maybe we will meet David.

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  29. nitya

    So wonderful to meet your family. Couldn’t keep the smile off my face.

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  30. SharaSalmon

    I loved this Susan! Such sweet girlies! Lucky you. Enjoy every minute❤️

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  31. Tara

    That was a splendid vlog. I agree it couldn’t have been scripted better. Thank you for the perfect examples and how to prepare to be around energy depleters.

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  32. Emily

    Great vlog! Thanks for the humor, too – it’s an essential part of my BLE success.

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  33. Carol

    Girls are awesome. who wouldn’t love it. Thanks Susan. Planning is important.

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  34. Leona Goldshaw

    Love this vlog with your kiddos! Especially when Zoe and Alexa nod behind you to verify that you really did bring all your food in your backpack and little Maya snuggled into you. I totally relate! I have three kids too- also Maya, age 15, Ezra, age 10, and Miriam, age 7. It’s so so hard to stick to a food plan when we all go on vacation together.

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  35. Donna Kusko

    Let me just tell you that I am a life time member of weight watchers for 31 years and have lost and gained the weight back at least 6 times . Since I hit menopause I gained 25 pounds and have been trying the usual program for 2 years now and the scale has not budged . I am only on day 3 of the Bright Line program and I have already seen a weight loss, I am amazed. You are such an inspiration with an amazing wealth of knowledge. Thank you-thank you so much! Love the blog and your girls are beautiful!!!

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    1. Stephanie

      Everyone I know that went to Weight Watchers lost weight to the point of looking emaciated and then gained most of it back.

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  36. Ellen

    The girls look like so much fun! Loved this.

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  37. Yvonne

    Love this week’s vlog! Your girls are adorable! I also have three willpower depleted and pack my food often. TSA has gotten used to it;). Enjoy the rest of your spring break!

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  38. Judy Anne

    Love this vlog! This reinforces my travel plans of bringing as much prepared meals as possible. So great to see the girls again. They have grown quite a bit, and are so cute!💞

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  39. Judy

    The girls are adorable and you r a great mom!👏🏻

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  40. Serene

    Love it! And it’s so true that when you travel, everything sorta flies out of the window. And being tired from the children’s activities makes it worse.

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  41. Marianne

    I don`t have a car, I am travelling by train and by foot – so there is very limited what I can take with me! (don`t live in the US) any suggestions how I can organise myself?
    Cute to see your daughters – so much fun!

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    1. Eliza

      I can relate. I am planning a journey myself and I know about the area, that I will always get fresh fruit and boiled eggs, which I can count, not weigh. I plan to prepare and package everything else in easier to pack small plastic bags. Experience will tell.

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  42. Kathleen

    Susan, you’re a loving and honest mom. What more could a child reasonably want?.
    Thanks for sharing your sweet girls and your travel eating tips.

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  43. Marcie Gould

    So love your girls. They are charming, beautiful & well behaved. Love your weekly vlog’s. I wish I could see what you packed. I

    I started Bright Lines on Valentines. I am loosing a little less than a pound a week. Didn’t have to make many changes. Already didn’t eat sugar or wheat. But I’m amazed that this works as I’m eating more than I was when I was gaining instead of losing.

    Thank you.
    Marcie

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  44. Jackie Richer

    Susan, I LOVE THIS!!! You are so REAL!!! Yours girls are such cuties!!! The little one is a mini-you!! And thanks for the VERY helpful tips!! I’ve been following BLE for over six months and can honestly say it is a lifesaver. I’m so delighted that you were able to spend some down time with your beautiful family!! Thanks for sharing with us!!

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  45. Jenée

    This was so fun! And TRUE! We did Disney World and it was very hard to stay on track even with packing some food. Thanks for sharing your family!!

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  46. Lisa Afsharian-Wilson

    Oh my gosh, I smiled through this whole vlog…thank you for introducing us to your beautiful girls, Susan! May God bless them always! Hope you all had a great spring break. Thank you also for the travel tips too. I’ll be taking my first business trip since starting BLE next month and your vlog taught me that bringing my measured food is indeed possible. Sending you love and hugs!

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  47. Ky

    So Cute, I love the spitting …. kids rock …. I have recently done this for long car trips, also including prepping food for my kids and hubby ….. It gave me a huge sense of achievement. In the past this has caused me stress over the bad food options in these places, and not to mention the waste of money that entails when feeding 6 peeps on the road. Thank you on many levels…..

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  48. Kate

    This is very exciting! My daughter (13) & I are on day 3 of the 14 day challenge and we live in Williamsburg VA! It would’ve been great to meet you in person. I would’ve loved to hear you do a mini talk at the local library. Of course you are on vacation so down time with the family is your goal – not work. ;0)- I hope you got a chance to stroll down DOG (Duke of Gloucester) street in CW (Colonial Wmsbrg to us locals). Enjoy your time in the Colonial Capital. Your girls would love Jamestown Settlement.

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  49. Ramona

    It was so fun to see your daughters. Thanks for sharing what you do when you’re on the road. Myah, so cute….her trying to stay warm…then sneezing and no tissue… They are sweet.

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  50. Trisha Wall

    So glad you do not avoid trips and special times with your family just for the sake of food. Thanks for showing us how you keep the lines and still have fun. Thanks also for sharing your very sweet family with us! : )

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  51. Sarah Boyle

    Dear Susan, Alexis, Zoe and Mia, what a wonderful treat to have at Spring Break with your mum. I do hope you all enjoy yourself. Susan, thank you for all your tips as I’m about to travel for a couple of days with my Will power depleter( my 12 year old) in a couple of weeks and it is reassuring to know that I can travel with her and stick to my Bright Lines. I will certainly be packing all my food as it’s early days in Boot Camp and I’m not confident yet to eat out, so here’s to being organised and Bright Line prepared
    With thanks Sarah 😊

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  52. Riadh Ghanma

    I wish you and the family all the best
    Thank you

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  53. deborah crowe

    Hi lovely Susan, great VLOG as usual. Quick one from me. We have corresponded about how to guide kids with healthy eating. I remember you were about to go into a meeting with your daughter’s school last time we emailed. My daughter is now 12 and as growing independence kicks in, I am really struggling with the healthy eating messages. She is under so much pressure from friends who are poorly informed as are their parents. We have so much influence over the next generation I think we need a proper strategy to help with this which is separated into age related elements! Is this something that you could do a VLOG about. I realise now that it was easy until she turned 12 as we were usually together……thanks a lot xxxxxx

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  54. debbi

    delightfull, helpful,real. Just loved you sharing your real family with us and could tell they loved it tooo. thanks

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  55. Dawn Hardie

    Bless you and your adorable kids Susan,, we are on holiday this week too camping with our 3 kids and like you say they sure are willpower depleters on some days 😃 I’ve stuck to my bright lines all week as I am on the second week of boot camp plus I did it last year while undertaking the 14 day challenge, it feels so good to go home after your holiday and not have gained a pound so like you say it can be down with some planning enjoy the rest of your break x

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  56. Nancy

    Amusement parks are known for terrible food choices and a lack of water fountains. The park we visited would not let us bring our own paper bottles in. I thought I would bring an empty water bottle in and just refill it at a fountain whenever I needed water. I only was able to find two fountains the entire day which I did revisit many times. This just seemed criminal to me as the water bottles they sold were $3.50 a bottle!

    I love your suggestions! Your daughters are adorable!

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  57. Roberta Walters

    The best….thanks for sharing

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  58. Cat

    I bought The Hungry Brain, mentioned in your last vlog, and am really enjoying it. What attracted me to BLE was your explanations of the science,, and psychology, and your weekly vlogs have been inspiring. In my case, althoughnot an academic, it helps me immensely to know why I react to foods the way I do, the science fascinates me. Thank you 😊

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  59. Penny

    Bright Line Eating is the best program ever, and I’ve tried them all. Susan, hope you get to the Historic Jamestowne Settlement while in Williamsburg. Unique piece of history and story of struggle. Extremely well done.

    Your girls are adorable!!

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  60. Beverly DiCarlo

    loved meeting the girls. sooo fun!!! Alexis’ question was precious and true.

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  61. SunShine

    Hi, Susan! Thank you for introducing your beautiful willpower depleters and for sharing your traveling tips. Brilliant all around! <3

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  62. Susan Rogers

    Hi Susan. Do you get any pushback from restaurants when you bring your own food? Outdoor cafeteria seating wouldn’t be as much of a problem, but what about sit down restaurants?

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson

      Susan, I’ll typically eat first and then go to a restaurant and enjoy the company. I prefer to eat my dinner early so that works for me.

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  63. Bernice Martinez

    Your daughters are precious!!! Thank you SO much for sharing them with us on this vlog!

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  64. Wendy Jones

    So fun to see the girls and know that thinking ahead allows for things more important then food! Your sweet girls prove that willpower depleters are not always ugly and awful things in our life but can be fun and wonderful, but we need to identify them and plan ahead!

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  65. Dawn

    Thank you for sharing! Lovely girls : )

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  66. Lonae Cooper

    Your kids are adorable. How do you have the energy to run a company and raise these children? I feel like i would be very tired if i were you.

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  67. Nona Shaw

    Triple cuteness!!! Great Vlog!! ❤️💋👍

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  68. Sheila Gaskell

    Wanted to thank you for sharing the link for the Managing Diabetes 2018 Summit. I’ve been a brittle T1 Diabetic for almost 20 years. Learned so much & think about a lot of thing differently. Glad you are enjoying your family.

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  69. LaDawn Dalley

    You went to the amusement park twice? When I saw you were in Williamsburg Virginia, I was so excited, thinking you were taking your girls to Colonial Williamsburg! They do such a good job of bringing history to life, especially for kids. You can go to an amusement park anywhere, but there is only one Colonial Williamsburg.

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  70. Ellen

    We love living here in Virginia.
    Glad you had a good time.

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  71. Brenda Flanagin

    Loved this so cute and informative too!

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  72. Mugs

    Your girls are adorable! 💝 Thank you for sharing! I’m planning an overnight trip this month, so motivated to be prepared!

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  73. Sarah Wells

    Wondering what your family ate? We have travelled for two weeks on the road – one of those weeks in a cottage and managed to avoid restaurants completely – although we were prepared to go to them as needed. We had food for 5 of us . In order to keep the whole family eating well this worked. The week at the cottage we prepped for the drive home. I wonder what happens for your family when you travel – are they eating out or a separate meal?

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  74. Coleen

    Welcome to Virginia! I am from Richmond. I am not a faithful brightline eater (I don’t weigh my food) but I follow your blogs and videos. I love your science- based approach and from-the-heart explanations. I was not too overweight when I gave up sugar and flour after seeing your first video. I did it because I thought it might help with inflammation and pain in my joints. Guess what? It helped more than anything else I had done over 3 years. I have Lyme’s disease and CIRS and Brightline Eating has helped many of my symptoms. I also lost 15 lbs. I am 5’4 and weigh 120. I would love to hear a blog on the topic of CIRS/ inflammation and BLE if you know anything on that subject. Thank you! Your girls are adorable!

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  75. cheryl coan

    Oh my goodness, cute, cute cute, your girls are so sweet , we need more.

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  76. Monica

    Dear Susan your girls are just soooo cute !!!!! Thanks for reminding again about travel preparations. I will soon fly for one week vacation, so very motivated to pack my food :):):). Thank you Thank you Susan you are an angel !!

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  77. Maggie M Young

    I loved meeting the girls!!! They are so cute and smart and funny!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Have a wonderful spring break and build some memories!😍
    I hope you got on some roller coasters too Susan!!! Weeeeeeeeee

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  78. Meg

    So cute. Including the sneeze at the end. And the taps on the head. And the dab. Loved it!

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  79. Beverly

    Absolutely adorable! Thanks for the tips!
    Enjoy the week with your family.

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  80. Stephanie

    If you are really serious about sticking to the plan, getting a place with a kitchen is a great idea. Yes, you get meat and vegetables at restaurant, but what sounds
    like it should work often ends up to be calorie laden. Something like steamed broccoli or fresh green beans can have a 100 calories or more.
    Susan, your girls are really cute.

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  81. kathleen E Dalton

    so nice to finally meet your adorable girls. Excellent suggestions. Their is a Carolina Wren singing in the background!!! Quite a grand singer – love them

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  82. Gina Heese

    Ok, I am DYING laughing at your youngest girl spitting and being a goofball!! Hilarious! And thanks for the tips!!

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  83. Barbara

    Precious girls!!!!

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  84. Lisa Menard

    This was precious and so real. Thanks for sharing your life and your challenges. Very helpful. Enjoy your vacation.

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  85. Linda

    I have to say, as adorable as the girls are, do they really need to hear that they are will power depleters….? Sure having kids is distracting and depleting but it’s our choice right…? Even if we have issues, disorders etc…. it’s not our kids fault if they “deplete” our energy…. I would have much rather have heard that sometimes it takes extra effort to focus on self care rather then have seen kids called “depleters…. I also think that you need to be more cautious telling the entire world where you and your family are going, staying and what you are doing. Privacy, caution and boundaries are important in my humble opinion.

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  86. Linda

    Sorry… their choice…

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  87. Kerry Howarth

    Great vlog with the kids Susan! I like how things kept rolling even with the little one seeming to have something unpleasant in her mouth, lol!Useful tips on travel options as well. I hope you had a great spring break.

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  88. Greg Kelley

    BIG DEFEATOR: I cannot go to a movie and resist a big bucket of popcorn. So my work-around is the smallest ziplock bag filled with my really-good home-fixed popcorn (about 150 cals).

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  89. Stefi

    Beautiful girls Susan!! Very cute vlog 😊😘

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  90. Nikki

    Thank you so much for sharing this real life video. You give me inspiration. I CAN do this with little ones. It just takes humor and preparation. I love seeing you still thinking and able to communicate with all going on with the girls. I need to be eating with Bright Lines and strive for this clarity because I am with my girls all the time.

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  91. Janann

    Your girls are precious!! Thanks for sharing your amazing will-power depleters.

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  92. Annie Taber

    Susan, thank you for introducing us to your girls. I appreciate the road trip tips as I tend to give myself an “out” when I travel to forgetting my bright lines. I am practicing not doing that and with a road trip from FL to MA, I’ll have a great opportunity to practice what I heard. Thank you again.

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  93. Melanie

    LOL! I have four of those will power depleaters and we often talk about why the end of the day is so hard when Mom and Dad (and everyone else for that matter) is tired. I loved how you handled that Will Power question from your daughter. Brilliant Mommy moment there!

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  94. Karen Wilt

    Such a great family! Sweet girls. Great tips on vacation food issues, but I would imagine it’s a lot of work prior to going? Making and packing all those individual meals. Wow…. don’t know if I have that kind of discipline. But good advice. Wish I’d been there when you were. That’s more ‘my neck ‘o the woods’, and it would’ve been so great to meet you in person. But… hope ya’ll had a great time!

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  95. Deanna

    Future vlog idea: How do you approach this when you are traveling and staying with relatives? I’m planning a month with my mom and brother in June to reconnect after 5 years apart, and they are excited to make all of their best recipes for us–which will certainly mean lots of flour and sugar, coffee dates with my sister in law, etc. Food is such a social connector. . .and I’m concerned about offending them–they won’t understand the extremeness of this diet. What are your suggestions?

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