Measuring Instead of Weighing Food

In this week’s vlog, for the first time ever, I’m coming to you live from my kitchen. Watch to see why!

 

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  1. Oonagh Vaucrosson

    Hi Susan, I loved the vlog and look forward to embracing some measuring now that I am on maintenance. I had been cutting off a piece of my veggie burger to get the right weight! How will those in the bootcamp implement this when the module video encourages weighing to the ounce? Will this be updated? I felt that being able to measure, to the ounce, during weight loss helped to quiet the committee in my head when I started out in the 14 day challenge. The scale was very comforting and it felt safe.

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  2. Nina

    I am just concerned about all the packaging. All that plastic and metal is counterproductive to living a healthy life.

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    1. seamonkey

      Me too!! No way would I buy all that packaging!!

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      1. Martha

        Ditto!

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      2. Emily

        I also have a lot of anxiety about this! I’m devastated by the amount of packaging and plastic junk that we’re sending into the planet. 🙁

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    2. Susan Peirce Thompson, PhD

      Agreed. We have a long way to go in this culture to be less wasteful. I’m grateful that most of the food I buy has no packaging. And I tend not to use the plastic bags in the grocery store…I just put 4 oranges or 6 peaches (or whatever) on the conveyer belt. The checkout folks look at me strangely but I don’t mind.

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      1. JC

        Just FYI, they sell reusable, virtually weightless mesh bags that you can use for produce. There are myriad germs on those conveyor belts (and I’m immunosuppressed, so I have to be hypervigilant), and it makes it easier for the cashier to weigh things when they don’t scatter. I keep mine in my reusable totes in my car, and I stash a few in my purse, for those unplanned trips.

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      2. Silvia

        Well done! I recommend you the Bitsy Bags, great for fruits and vegetables.

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      3. Helen

        Trader Joe offers a choice of plastic or paper bags and I always choose the paper.

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    3. J Lee Hiscock

      Yes, that packaging! I would never buy items so over-packaged. And letting food go bad in the fridge. Please don’t waste. Many things can be frozen until you need them.

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  3. P

    Great Vlog! Gave me some new food product choices to simplify my travelling, busy lifestyle. Thank you so much!

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  4. Eileen, your proofreader from Virginia

    This is so timely!!! For a few weeks, we had TINY tangerines and small apples (and some apples with bad spots. So instead of counting one fruit, I weighed the fruit. I’d put the empty bowl on the scale, zero it out, peel the tangerine(s) and add apple slices till it weighed six ounces. My children were happy to eat the leftover apple that would have totaled more than six ounces of fruit. Then I noticed that my bananas were small, so I started weighing them, and sometimes I got two bananas totaling six ounces (sometimes after removing bad spots). For 19 months of Bright Line Eating, I’d have one apple, banana or orange. Is it okay to keep weighing my fruit to get a whole six ounces, or should I go back to one piece of fruit even if it weighs considerably less than six ounces?

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, PhD

      Hey Eileen,
      Under all the circumstances you describe, I would definitely be weighing 6 oz fruit.
      But then the next day, if I had a healthy-sized apple with no brown spots, I’d just eat the whole apple.
      I transition fluidly between weighing fruit and eating one piece of fruit, depending on the size and condition of the fruit.
      Trust your instincts! They’re right on!
      xoxo
      Susan

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    2. Sarah

      I wonder this too!! Thanks for asking!

      Dr. Susan, thank you for this vlog…you introduced me to new foods I hadn’t heard of and simplified some frustrations I had. Thank you!

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  5. Loretta Billingsley

    I bought the 14 day challenge last year but am now just doing it. Does that soup “Amy’s Organic Vegetable Soup” work for my evening vegetables? Thank you!

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  6. Martha Llewellyn

    Hi Susan, I,m writing from Oregon where we are proud recyclers. I am also concerned that your message is going out to perhaps thousands of people . With China’s policy change regarding taking our rubbish, good for them, we can no longer recycle many items. The main culprits being clam shells and plastic bags. I buy heads of lettuce or bulk greens and place them in mess bags. Berries can be purchased in small cardboard boxes, like our parents used to get. Mindful shopping takes time at first but not once you get a system down and I feel good about doing my part to keep plastic out of the oceans. I know you are trying to help people streamline their lives but maybe sometime in the future you could address alternative ways of looking at packaging, speaking with your grocers and shopping at co- ops. Thank you for the being the amazing person you are and helping people to be happy, thin and free. ❣️ Martha from 2014 Boot Camp

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    1. Ann Southcombe

      I live in Oregon too and find this a big dilemma for me as many grocery stores where I live don’t have non plastic options for things like power greens and berries. I hate buying those containers but need that food. I wish the manufacturers would change their packaging. I do go to our farmers market in spring and summer and fall where I can get some of my food in bulk. But food options are rare in winter. I long for the “good old days” when I grew up in the 50’s, very little plastic!!

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  7. seamonkey

    Tell the truth, Is your kitchen always that clean!?! hahaha

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  8. Mercedes (from Argentina)

    Thank you!li needed this. I love you, Susan.

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  9. Ann

    hi Susan–

    I did the 14-day challenge in October, and have done BLE faithfully since then. I lost 37.2 lb, and have surpassed my weight loss goal as of today!!! I was 200 lb five years ago, and today I weigh 119.2 lb. Long story short, I lost 57.6 lb by walking and another sugar and bad carb-free, Paleo food plan, then got stuck and gained 15 lb during about two years. I had worked really hard to lose that 57.6 lb, and didn’t want to lose any more ground. I had been following you for more than a year, read your book, and finally decided: I have to try it! BLE looks like it’s a good fit for me! I did the 14-day challenge, than just continued following the plan. I haven’t been part of the bootcamp. Since October 2017, I have consistently lost weight, and reached a goal I thought was impossible today.

    So, in a little more than five years, I have lost 80 lb, and know I can keep it off by sticking to the “bright lines!” I am not 100% perfect at doing it, but close to it! Now I want to learn to maintain slowly, and stick with it, and I also want to get back into walking daily. I used to walk nearly daily, but have barely walked at all since December (when the weather got cold). Now is a good time to get back into it, and to work on toning (which I haven’t done in years!). I look bony, even though I still have a flabby belly. However, I AM 60 years old, so don’t expect to look like I did when I was in my 20s (even though I weigh less now than I did then, but my goal was to weigh a little less than I did then because I have shrunk 1.5″). Thank you for an amazing, very effective food plan!!!

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    1. Sheila

      Congratulations, Ann, in reaching your goal! 100% perfection is not required, just as long as you resume your bright line eating. I know from experience that this works. I also weigh what I weighed in my late 20s but the body sure doesn’t look the same! I’m 78 years young – actually 78 1/2 years today (whoever says that at this age!) and also have joined the flabby belly group. So much energy now!

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  10. Sara Esterkin

    Love the vlog Susan. Feel like we are totally on this whole journey with you. Measuring is fantastic will give you even more freedom.
    Thank you for sharing. I’m 9 years slim and still have to watch myself every day,
    It’s so good to realise that you and many others are always vigilant, always fighting the fight.
    Carry on sharing
    Sara UK

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  11. Stefi

    Great vlog !! Im one that for such items always felt measuring is saner . Lovely kitchen btw 🤗

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  12. Stefi

    PS … Susan, love the name ” Saby “😛

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    1. Loretta Billingsley

      Me too! I’m using that!

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  13. Jane Mussey

    Hey Dr. SPT! I’ve now heard you refer three different times not just to the way dairy has affected you but that you are not thrilled with dairy or that you don’t think it’s that healthy. I respectfully request that you back up what you’re saying, keeping in mind that the China Study is a mainstream compilation from scientific data that excluded data not showing negative effects of dairy. There are also a lot of peer-reviewed data/conclusions that post-date the studies that the China Study was based on, showing non-correlation between dairy consumption and negative effects. I’d be happy to share some of those studies with you.
    I think it’s great that you eliminated dairy and improved digestion. But for those of us for whom there does not seem to be a down side to dairy, it is disappointing to hear you say that dairy is a problem or that it isn’t healthy. Please please support what you’re saying. And I apologize in advance: if you cite the China Study, I will be presenting countervailing data that post-date the China Study. Thank you so much for everything, even for stirring up this controversy!

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, PhD

      Hey Jane,
      Don’t bother sending them over, I’ve read them too. (The post-China-Study studies and commentaries.)
      Sorry my cliffs notes version rubs you wrong.
      Here’s my fuller, more nuanced view:
      — Dairy (from cows) doesn’t agree with my digestive system
      — That’s not true for everyone, but true for a lot of people, maybe it’s fair to say most people on earth, and different percentages of the local population depending on the region
      — The vast majority of dairy in the United States is produced using practices that are devastating to the cows, the environment, and our health
      — For people who have no adverse reactions to dairy and who are super careful to only consume dairy that’s organic and very humanely and sustainably raised, there’s no solid evidence to suggest it’s less healthy to eat a diet 100% free from said dairy than a diet that includes small amounts of said dairy.
      That’s my current understanding.
      BUT: I haven’t listened to Dr Neal Barnard’s talk (happening tomorrow, as I type this, on the Food Revolution Summit) on “what everyone needs to know about dairy” so I may be revising my opinions shortly. 🙂
      xoxox
      Susan

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      1. Brenda Flanagin

        Hi Susan! I did listen to Dr. Barnard today and it clinched it for me that I will be giving up dairy. It has been a trigger for me in the past and I had given it up. Since starting BLE my gut health improved so much I started letting a little more and then a little more back in. At first it was okay but then I was wanting more and more and my gut issues started up again. I was using it for my protein and fats some days. Certainly could relate to Dr. Bernard talking about the addictive properties of it! I had set a line around it to only have 4 oz of Greek yogurt in the mornings just a few days ago. I love the thick tart taste of it. It doesn’t seem to bother me like other dairy does. I heard once the way it is made it is not so bad for you? Do you know anything about that? I heard you say you eat yogurt also. Was wondering what kind you use. I have tried almond and goats milk but just doesn’t have that thick consistency that I like. I am going to look into making my own also.
        Most of the items you showed in the vlog made perfect sense to me to measure. I did have a red flag go up on the 10 oz apple and the tempe. I know myself and I would always just buy the biggest apples each time . I also thought the tempe was a big enough difference in the amount I wouldn’t have peace around that and I might start letting other things slide. So, luckily the beauty of BLE is that we learn these important lessons and now know what works for each of us as we are all individuals. 😜 Thanks Susan!!

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        1. Brenda Flanagin

          P.S. Even though it was all weighed and measured my weight started going up when I was adding the cheese back into my diet also. Since cutting way back on it it has finally started coming back off. I have been on maintenance for 9 months now.

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          1. Jarka

            Hi Brenda! If you like a thick yoghurt, then I’d recommend a coconut one. It’s so tasty & super thick, though more expensive. But it’s definitely worth it, as you’re not feeding the bad bugs in your body as dairy does causing many problems.
            The brand I love here in UK is Co-Yo. 😊

  14. Lynn Mourer

    Great Vlog! This was really helpful information. I can especially see how it will make traveling easier – a 6 oz of blueberries – done! I have always weighed my salmon burgers and then ended up cutting of a tiny amount. I’ll have to decide if I feel ok not weighing it. But it’s nice to know that I have options. This also reminds me to write to Costco and ask why their individual packets of hummus are 2.4 ounces, which makes it difficult to use while traveling or brown bagging my lunch. Thanks for this blog. P.S. You have the same granite that I have in my kitchen, but my counters have a lot more stuff on them. 🙁

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  15. Horatio Nelson

    To use the term used at 10:35 / 10:36 in this vlog ……. what the fr_cking heck! If THIS is supposed to be indicative of meal preparation procedures under the bright line regime then I’m on outta here! Just consider …. counting and measuring, “four-and-a-half boiled down to three-and-seven-thirty seconds”. Hell! Any jerk trying THAT for several days is guaranteed to achieve three aims: Firstly he’s going to emaciate himself to exhaustion, reducing down to some cat-walking iceman Ötzi, then he’ll go fr_cking bananas and then he’ll provide the spectacle of being lowered into some nearby hole in the ground for a real bright line future. No, no, no! Not my cup-of-tea. On a happier note though: I liked the natty head-dress. That DID go down well! Regards, Horatio Nelson.

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    1. Helen

      LOL!!! LOL!!!

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  16. Mark

    Great vlog. Efficiency is important to me. I make large batches of food and freeze it. I used to weigh cooked cereal, grains, legumes and vegetables. I found that an 8 oz plastic container holds about 6 oz by weight. I now makes batches of food and simply fill the cups and freeze them. I typically make about 50 cups at a time. The cups are reusable indefinitely. I have a freezer with about 300 cups in it.

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, PhD

      BOOM! Perfect. 🙂

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  17. Nel

    I’m adding my vote to the people who want to hear about your experience with dairy. I recently read ‘The Obesity Code’ by Jason Fung, and he writes that it’s ‘not possible’ to over-do dairy.’ What? He asks, ‘Can you eat a slab of cheese for dinner?’ And I answer, ‘Yes! And for lunch and dinner and all day long, too!’ He asks, ‘Can you eat two large containers of yogurt?’ I answer, ‘Ees, and yes again!’ He asks ‘Can you down a whole gallon of milk?’ And I answer, ‘You put it in the form of cheese and watch me!’

    But Dr Fung concludes that since it’s impossible to over-do dairy, go ahead and eat it freely. Has he never heard of a ‘cheese-lover’s pizza’ or those products that have extra added cheese and sell very, very well? Or read the research on dramatically American cheese consumption has increased in the past 15-20 years, along with weight?

    I KNOW that one of my ‘bright lines’ has got to be NO DAIRY, in particular NO CHEESE. I’m convinced by Dr Neal Barnard (you can listen to him on YouTube – search for his name + dairy) that it is addictive. I’ve heard that loads of people, when wanting to go vegan, object that the ONE thing they cannot give up is CHEESE.

    I know that I can’t have just one slice of cheese. I know that cheese gives me constipation-like problems (explained by Dr Barnard, too). And I know that I simply cannot eat it, ever again. Ask me about flour or sugar, and I can describe them. Ask me about cheese, and I’ll wax lyrical. If I could only eat ONE of the three – flour, sugar or cheese, it would be CHEESE. If I could only eat one food it would be cheese (despite how it makes me feel).

    I would really like to hear your experience with other Bright-Liners who have identified milk products and especially cheese as addictive and something they have to avoid forever.

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    1. Stephanie

      Two years I started eating an 85% Vegan diet with the rest Vegetarian. The food I miss the most is cheese. It was my go to snack.
      I do cheat. Myself and a group fellow senior citizen eat out together once a week. One place we go to makes fantastic
      Mac and Cheese. I am on Dr Barnard e-mail list and after I read his article on cheese I wrote back and told him how much I liked cheese
      and how much I missed it.

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    2. Martha

      Nel, I’ve been vegan for 15 years, and I agree the hardest thing was giving up cheese. It is not impossible though, I know many vegans who are like me, vegan. And have permanently given up all dairy. There are very good substitutes today, Daiya is one, but I find I just avoid as much processed and many-ingredient products, because it is a trigger for me, too.

      I do not agree with Jason Fung, that you can eat as much of dairy as you’d like. Cheese is very high in fat, compared to other protein equivalents, ie legumes or chicken, fish, eggs, etc. Why would you want to eat that much protein in dairy? As you may remember in the Bootcamp modules, excess protein consumed converts to fat.

      Dairy for me cr antes excess , runny nose, and acne. If I’d only known as a teenager! My family after I went vegan, when they saw me (we don’t live near one another as adults), “wow, you’re face has cleared up!”.

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      1. Martha

        Dairy for me creates excess mucous…

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    3. Ariann Thomas

      I am part Native American and we do not do well with dairy. I substantially gave up dairy about 20 years ago. I never liked milk but the hardest part was cheese. I have found that goat or sheep’s cheese doesn’t bother me but I don’t eat much. Manchego is great hard cheese and occasionally around here, I find a goat and sheep cheese mix I like. I’m not a big feta fan because I find it too bitter and sharp for me. I find nut cheeses pretty disgusting, but that just my opinion.

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  18. Martha

    Fortunately for me, I weigh everything, even fruit to 6 oz. I’m still on the weight loss plan and for me, it it’s exactly what I need to continue losing. The only time I might nitvweugh, is if I’m traveling and it’s just too inconvenient or if I’m too self conscious to bring out my palm-sized travel scale, I err on the side of less than more. I err on the side of less than more because I finalized realized after a year with BLE I’m with some foods a food addict, and an OA.

    Great Vlog for those who are comfortable with measurements, but this gal is weighing, forever and ever to HT&F, and beyond!

    🌺🐝🦋

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  19. Cass

    I just love the way BLE can move and doesn’t stay stagnant. Thanks Susan.

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  20. Kris

    Thanks for the vlog. I too have Invisalign and those first couple of weeks were hard but they have been a great deterrent to snacking. I feel like they have really helped me stay on track.

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    1. Pam

      Hey Kris, I too had Invisalign and was made very aware of all the snacking I use to do. Because we have to take them out to eat anything, then brush your teeth before putting them back in. You just decide not to eat. Funny how that worked.

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  21. Stephanie

    A dry pint is 12 ounces. Buying berries in small containers is a waste of money. There are stores that sell greens that are not in tubs.
    Try looking for a CSA farm in your area. Community Supported Agriculture lets you purchase shares and they usually deliver to your house.
    Susan I have the same scale and it gets used a lot. I weigh out my pet food, vegetables, and all the ingredients for my morning Vegan Protein smoothy.
    Did I hear correctly you eat 14 ounces of salad.? No wonder people loose weight after chewing all those greens I would not want anything else.
    Not weighing those itty bitty containers of berries is one thing but you eat enough gigantic apples and whole packs of tempeh bacon and you weight might start creeping up.

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  22. Michelle

    This was great to see inside the mind of Susan in her very own kitchen! I’m only on day 17 (and loving it!!) and I too have already started measuring some things instead of weighing. I love my fruits and veggies and so when a cucumber needs to get used up or theres a last few berries in the box, I go ahead and I eat them! They’re healthy for me! Not like it’s potato chips or pats of butter on top… I don’t ever do that with my morning grain, fats or proteins because that’s a no-no/slippery slope.
    Thank you Susan for taking the time to go over these things!

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  23. Cindy

    Thank you for that! Anything within reason that helps me simplify things is always welcomed

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  24. Linda

    I have a friend who will not eat any combined items like soup because she can not tell exactly what the measure / weight of it is. I am happy to see you visited this in the Vlog this week. That being said …… You said you eat that can of soup for supper …….. So you’re telling me that the can of soup is 14 oz of vegetable? I fail to see how that is so. For lunch I eat 6 oz of vegetable and for supper I eat 14 oz of vegetable – that is according to the plan. There can not be 14 oz of cooked vegetable in that small can. Perhaps I misunderstood you. Clarification please.

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, PhD

      Hey Linda,
      Yup. The can is 14.3 oz
      Then I glance at the nutrition table and the calorie count is 160 cal, which is about right too (for 14 oz veggies).
      Hope that helps,
      Susan

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  25. Ariann Thomas

    Wonderful. I have been concerned about tossing bits and pieces of pre-packaged foods away after measuring. I get a lb of sliced chicken for lunch and when I measure it out there’s always a 1/2 oz or so left over (after 4 lunches) and I hate to just toss it out but I never know what to do with it. I have had the same issue with 3-6 berries left over. This was great.

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  26. Robin

    Why is she saying 6.0 ounces of vegetables at dinner?… I thought that we were allowed 10 ounces of a vegetable at lunch and 10 ounces of a vegetable at dinner?

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, PhD

      Hmmm…not sure what you’re thinking of.
      Here are the standard BLE measurements:
      6 oz lunch
      14 oz dinner (total….usually broken up as 8 oz salad and 6 oz cooked veg, but not necessarily)
      SOME people don’t like having so many veg at dinner and they split it 10/10 at lunch and dinner. But lunch also has a fruit, so that makes lunch much larger than dinner. It’s a personal preference thing.
      Does that help? If not, refer to the book, Bright Line Eating. It’s all laid out in detail there. If I referred in the vlog to 6 oz veg at dinner I meant the cooked veg portion.

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  27. Lena

    Susan I heard you say you had given up dairy, but in this vlog you mention eating yoghurt, that is dairy too isn’t it?

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, PhD

      Made from sheep.
      I avoid dairy from cows.
      The sheep’s yogurt is a very recent experiment, and it’s WORKING. My digestive system is staying fine. That’s awesome, because I used to make my own soy yogurt, but that was (a) time consuming and (b) I like to eat tofu or tempeh for lunch or dinner but DON’T like having two servings of soy a day (seems excessive) so having sheep’s yogurt and flaxseeds in the morning frees me up to have tempeh, for example, at lunch. So long as my digestive system keeps functioning fine, I’ll keep sheeps or goat milk yogurt as an option. It’s working.

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  28. Cynthia

    More vegetables is never too much ,but soy process products???
    Sounds like that BLE needs more nutritious and clean foods, like vegetables, health fats, a little clean meats and some fruits but no so much, process foods.
    Just doing some research like Dr Mercola, Dr Eric Berg, etc.

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  29. Jenny Lee

    I enjoyed this video so much and I believe that I have already been using the measurement techniques at times. It definitely just makes sense. I know you said in an earlier vlog that you don’t have a cookbook but I wish you would share more videos that give quick tips and food ideas to keep our variety of eating interesting. I know you want our foods to stay simple and easy and not stressfully which I understand but I think if you would share your food choices and preparations it would keep people from getting in a rut with their food. Even your easy food ideas would give others some different ideas. I thank you for helping me get to my goal weight which I was doubting that I may never achieve.

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  30. Pam

    Dear Susan, what a great vlog! I look forward to it weekly. I’m new to BLE since January, where a friend showed me your book. My first thought, was ugh! No sugar or flour! I’ve struggled through the years with a 20 lb. weight gain. On and off, usually counting calories to lose, but I always seem to put it back on. Your system makes sense and I’ve lost the 20 lbs all ready. I’m a 4 on the suseptibility scale.
    I’m very active and do yoga regularly, strength training, and walking. I haven’t jumped on the band wagon totally, though. I stopped eating between meals and have cut back on my sugar intake dramatically but not totally, dried fruit and honey in my homemade granola. I’ve always avoided bread, but now am being more diligent about all flours and pasta. My question is what do you think about einkorn flour from Italy? I’m making Dutch oven breads for my family so as not to use over processed flour. I do love to cook and I guess make my food too sexy, but I always make sure to be heavy on my veggies. Feeling great and sleeping wonderful. Not weighing my food at this time and have been considering doing it, hence such a timely vlog for me going into maintenance.

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  31. Michele Metz

    Loved this vlog and seeing SPT’s kitchen. But– i hope it is ok to still weigh everything. I get what you mean about peace– because sometimes weighing can get a bit obsessive– as the veggie burger and blueberry rationing indicated– and obsession is not peaceful. I will work on what you said and see where it takes me. Thanks.

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  32. Cindy

    I love to watch you. I’ve not yet started but I’m almost at 300 lbs. I’m 52 and ready to do some changes. My emotional eating started with my first child 25 years ago. I did lose over 80 lbs in 2008. But gained 100 back in less than a month due to emotions. I’m not sure I have any support to try this again

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  33. Cathy Schmidt

    I’m new to BLE and have been diligently weighing everything. The idea that it is now somehow ok to not be precise, as I have been told so many times since I started, feels very contrary and inconsistent to the messaging so far. I am rock solid with my Bright Lines. Having integrity with my food has given me a sense of freedom I have never experienced before. But I can see, how with an addictive mind, that the ‘measurement’ could easily creep into being less accountable with my food. I felt a sense of disappointment as I was listening because I sensed an inconsistency in the messaging. Maybe its just my ‘all or nothing’ mentality rearing its ugly head…but to have such a significant change so early on my journey feels….unsettling.

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    1. Kiersten

      This was exactly my experience. My Sabby is a very tricky bugger and will use ANYTHING to take me to the dark side. Any bit of wiggle room and I’m screwed. Those lines need to be BRIGHT.

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  34. heather

    Hi Susan, took your point about Dairy and was sad because I have just gotten to like yogurt, the only dairy I have. But now I am wondering if yogurt is not considered dairy like the other stuff because it is fermented. Also you mentioned in this vlog that you measure out your yogurt . . . so you are still having this food even though essentially it is dairy???

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  35. heather

    Hi Susan, took your point about Dairy and was sad because I have just gotten to like yogurt, the only dairy I have. But now I am wondering if yogurt is not considered dairy like the other stuff because it is fermented. Also you mentioned in this vlog that you measure out your yogurt . . . so you are still having this food even though essentially it is dairy???

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  36. Susan Schuler

    Love what you do however very sad to see every food you demonstrated was int a single use package – maybe we need to start being more aware in this area to – even beyond the food and maybe stop making everything about us – that’s why environmentally the planet is suffering . However thank you for sharing 🙂

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  37. Zipi Haetzni

    very practical and sane, thanks!

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  38. Josephine R.

    Thanks Susan for the product suggestions.
    I use Amy’s low sodium soups only. I also buy
    Organic and veggie burgers etc. I found out
    After starting out with a scale, and it wasn’t
    Always accurate, to use one plate rule and applying
    Past knowledge of portion control. I do not like
    Measuring etc and found out I became more food
    Conscious than I was before. Maybe I won’t lose
    More due to this, not sure. I just feel happier
    I have been told I look good, and feel healthy overall.
    I do eat more veggies than carbs and protein.
    I too am gluten sensitive and lactose sensitive.
    I love cheese and can’t give it up but tried organic but
    Didn’t like it I recall. I will buy Swiss or low fat mozzarella
    Feta. And now like goat cheese too.

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  39. Gina Heese

    Wow! Seems like this VLOG has been hi-jacked and is taking an erratic ride down open forum road! LOL.
    Thank you Susan for explaining the nuances of weighing vs measuring. There are so many cool facets to BLE and I love to continually learn more and more about it and about YOU!💜

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  40. Jeanie Mannon

    Wow. This has helped me so so much. I was going crazy weighing spinach and a veggie patty.
    Thank you

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  41. Lauren Pool

    Awesome vlog! Definitely some ah-ha moments in there for me….it is now bookmarked so I can rewatch as needed. Thank!

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  42. Kathy G.

    Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!! Your vlog makes so much sense. I have been weighing my food for years and measuring rather than weighing the cartons, packets, and minis (that weigh exactly what I need) is just what I need to hear. I feel the freedom already. I have found limited items like 1oz nut packets or 2 oz guac minis and 6oz fruit cartons to ease the meal prep work but I still weighed it all. Now I feel I can grab ( my committed items) and go (I brown bag 2 meals/day.). Every time saver helps me. I am grateful for your words of wisdom and encouragement. Thanks, Susan!

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  43. Margaret

    This vlog nails the piece of BLE that most troubles me. Giving up sugar and snacks always made sense. Removing grains from front and center in my diet was a shock, but I have grown to appreciate it. Intentionally eating fat was a surprise but a healthy one. It is important for me to carefully measure and limit fat, nuts or other rich foods that I am tempted to overeat to the detriment of my health. And it makes sense to measure to make sure that I get enough of the foods I am tempted to avoid (protein) or get too lazy to prepare (vegetables). However, scooping healthy, low-calorie food back from the scale to reach the perfect portion size of, for example, celery or lettuce, does not feel happy, thin and free. It feels obsessive compulsive. I know there aren’t many calories, or anything injurious to my health, in one more or less blueberry, or a few shreds of lettuce more or less. It feels obsessive/compulsive ladling soup back and forth for that last quarter ounce; I know that is never what tripped me up in the first place. It also feels counterproductive to avoid a dish which meets all bright line criteria, except that it is hard to measure the amounts because it is a complex combination of healthy ingredients; the one-plate works better in these situations. And it feels obsessed with food, not free, when I’m on an exotic vacation, did my best but could not find a BLE meal, and instead of enjoying the trip I’m frustrated over food.

    This points to a bigger question about what is sane and emotionally healthy, that I encourage you to address in a future vlog. One path to unhealthy eating, which I think I share with many in the BLE community, is a drive for perfection; the shadow side of this is the sense that whatever I am right now is not good enough. This has made me susceptible, even gullible, to every health tip, the latest “expert” diet or health advice, to the point of compulsion. My diet is never good enough unless I’m hungry and in complete control. My weight is never low enough. I must eat less, lose more, exercise harder. The perfectionist voice in my head tells me this just as loudly regardless of its validity: even when my weight was spot on. Even when I was strong and had good endurance and exercised two hours a day. No matter how well balanced my diet is or was. Dieting too strictly, trying to exercise too much, led me to boomerang effects over the long haul. No matter how much I learn about heatlhy eating and exercise, I always feel compelled to learn more, even when it gets in the way of actually following what I already know? Eventually, that voice that is never satisfied has to be shut up, put in its place, or ignored. I can’t help but remember Richard Simmons’ mantra: “I AM good enough.”

    What fear drove you to weigh the same berries, before and after washing? What fear drives us to worry about that 1/8 ounce more or less of a burger patty, when we know in our hearts that it is not small variations like this that lead to our eating disorders, and that fretting over 1/8 of an ounce in a pre-measured serving IS indulging in food obsession?

    I congratulate you on reaching a place of greater food freedom and less fear. I’m not there yet, but I know the path there requires me to not only fight my sabby that wants me to indulge myself, but also to fight my sabby that tells me that I cannot trust myself and that no matter what I do, it is never good enough. Food freedom has to include self-respect.

    I was surprised that while in some ways you are stricter with yourself than me, in other ways you have given yourself more latitude than I would under BLE. Our perfectionist sabby comes emerges in different places. Your can of soup easily meets the one-plate (one-bowl) criteria, yet instead, your perfectionist sabby told you that it’s not enough to count the vegetables in the soup, you have to count the broth as vegetables too; that your food restrictions still are not enough, you must deprive yourself more. I recall your discomfort with soup on BLE because of the difficulty of measuring it, and advising that one cup of broth (e.g. miso or clear broth) could be counted as a condiment. Yet, you are harder on yourself.

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  44. Linda

    This week’s vlog “measurements vs weights” directly contradicts a vlog Susan did about 6 months ago during the holidays when she said, “every bite counts.” So, how does Susan reconcile the 2 opposing pieces of advice, remembering that most of us are trying to lose weight a bit more food might slow down that process? Also, Susan advises to lose weight as fast a possible. But, consuming a bit more of this and of that will slow down the process. She seems to be contradicting herself.

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  45. Jessica Tinneny

    Loved this! Really makes things easier.
    BTW, your kitchen is a great addition to BLE!

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  46. Riadh Ghanma

    Homos (chick pea) to me is starch
    in fact, it is prepared by mashing chickpea ans sesame juice, so 1/3 fat 1/3 starch 1/3 protine
    but i take it as starch when only boiled chickpea

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  47. Riadh Ghanma

    i prefer to keep it simple, and not have sunshine burger

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  48. Riadh Ghanma

    beware of saboteur that would tell you, eat the big apple, the whole pack of dried fruits, the whole meat pack.
    if you weigh your food, you dont have to weigh yourself, phil werdell told me so

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  49. Donnella

    Thank you Susan. This make perfect sense and moves me away for having to be obsessive/compulsive about foods like veggie burgers and berries. First of all, it’s unlikely that even dry, six ounce packages are EXACTLY six ounces. Then, after washing, there’s no possible way to get ALL the heavy H2O out of those raspberries, so we would be weighing some water, like it or not.

    This new freedom makes the journey even easier. Regarding all the negative comments about packaging, it’s just the way it is people. If your community doesn’t recycle plastic, that’s a project to embrace. However, I really like the portion control it offers.

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