Handling Food Cravings Successfully

I know that we have a lot of people starting or Rezooming Bright Line Eating right now, because that’s how this time of year usually goes—everyone is kicking off their resolutions. So for the first Vlog of 2021, I decided to talk about cravings and an incredibly important mindset shift that will help you be successful in managing them.


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  1. Bev Snyder

    Heart warming to read these success stories. Especially liked the mention of EFT as a way to control cravings – it has worked for me in many other ways as a means of ridding terrible, negative thoughts. Helped me through cancer. I haven’t begun the program yet due to a glitch in the sign-up process, but will try again tomorrow. My acupuncturist recommended this program – yay yay!

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  2. Don Benedik

    Thanks again for the suggestions and encouragement. I’m approaching my 1 year anniversary of being on maintenance. My health indicators are fine – I had elevated blood pressure and diabetes when I joined BLE over 1 1/2 years ago. I went from xx-large shirts and tee’s to medium, my pant size from 40-42 to 34! My weight was 206 #’s down now to 155#’s and steady. B/P is in check and B/G is in normal range( almost as if BLE cured my diabetes II). I will be 79 in May and am feeling better about myself, even through these hard times of COVID, than in many years.
    I believe if you commit yourself to change your life, along with the BLE community and a BLE partner, this is not a difficult program

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  3. Julie

    Hi Susan,
    I was so inspired, I made a little reminder for my home screen on my phone. So I see it ALL the time. 😉

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  4. joyce H cameron

    One of the best vlogs ever. Warrants a daily watch. Thanks SPT.

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  5. Marti

    I am a 10++++ on the Susceptibility Scale. I first read Susan’s book (quite a few times!) and then started Boot Camp on 10 October 2017. I have lost over 20 kg (44 lbs), and for the past year I have managed to keep my weight more or less stable. I do NOT crucify myself if I gain 1 or 2 kg because I know that I will lose it again. My body will not fail me because I am giving it tender loving care and excellent nourishment. The number on the scale is NOT important. My energy and happiness and freedom and excellent health motivate me to continue on this journey. Yes, I do I follow Susan’s advice in this video. Plus I used to do EFT tapping for cravings. EFT = Emotional Freedom Technique. A long time ago Susan sent out an e-mail about EFT, but by that time I had already discovered EFT on the internet. And it works like a charm for cravings. But, and this is the big but: I no longer get cravings for NMFs and NMDs!!!! But if I don’t eat salad for 2 days I get this huge craving for salad. And this confirms what Susan teaches: your taste buds CHANGE when you avoid all the NMFs and NMDs. And then you automatically want to eat the healthy food that nourishes your body. I used to be a binge eater and grazing cow and I used to love any crunchy NMFs. Now the salad fulfils my need to munch on crunchy food. If somebody told me before my BLE journey started that this serious carbohydrate addict will crave salad instead of NMFs, I would have thought it impossible. But that is exactly what happened: my taste buds changed – just like Susan predicted. Hang in there and simply follow the plan, and you too will get rid of the cravings for NMFs and NMDs. A long time ago Susan did a vlog on Kathryn Hansen’s book, “Brain over Binge”, which I bought and read . I found this book very helpful in coping with my urges to binge.

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    1. Bright Line Eating

      Love to hear how your tastes and cravings have changed, Marti! Who’d’ve thought it would happen?! 😉

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  6. Mercedes (from Argentina)

    Hi Susan ! Last January 4 was my 5th year anniversary in BLE. I watch the vlogs every week and yet there is always something new to add to my journey. Thank you for this vlog.
    This week I realized that I break my lines after reporting myself bright during that day. Why?! I discovered the “I’ve done my part effect”. It’s like… ok, I’ve reported that I was bright today so now I will eat. Well…binge. So now I report my bookend the following morning. I love you, Susan! 💕

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  7. Mary

    Really liked this blog Susan you are a clever woman , in the past craving have always knocked me off course but your suggestions have given me hope that I can beat them in the future.

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  8. Leah Allan

    Isn’t this what Emergency Action Plans are for? All of the suggestions on addressing cravings seem to be aligned with the Emergency Action Plan I learned about and developed during Boot Camp (and still rely on)!! Is that not a thing anymore? Granted, I’ve updated mine as needed, but just that title ‘Emergency Action Plan’ says it all and has been so helpful…but I never hear anyone talk about it or post about it anymore…so maybe those are no longer being suggested for some reason?

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    1. Bright Line Eating

      Hi, Leah! They are definitely still a BLE tool and are used by many in the community! We encourage Emergency Action Plans.

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  9. Marsha

    Binge strategy is a great topic! Am striving to notice food thought but refuse respond to it reflexively. Can’t I vision not having food thoughts, but practice responding to them in a healthy way. Not being at their mercy. Directing my attention to another topic, any other topic!!

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  10. Bev P

    Great vlog and great timing, too – thank you so much.
    I like what Linden says about surfing the wave of a craving. Along those lines, I once read somewhere that when a craving hits imagining yourself sitting on a rock, looking out to sea, as the waves break onto the beach. The cravings (or food thoughts, I should say) are the waves, coming in onto the beach, but receding as they go back out. They come, they go – and it can be quite peaceful and meditative to just ‘be’ and observe them coming and going. No action necessary. I do try and remember this (sometimes!) and just sit and let the thoughts wash over me. It can be an uncomfortable feeling, but I’ve never found it physically painful. I’m trying to get better at living with these uncomfortable feelings, knowing I don’t need to act on them.

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    1. Mary

      I loved this suggestion I am going to try this next time i have a craving ,thanks for sharing .

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  11. Marlene

    Susan
    Thank you so much! I have tears in my eyes, your words and suggestions spoke straight to me. Food thoughts have no power, what a releasing thought.
    I am 80 years old, have battled sugar and flour addiction for most of my adult life, but never gave it a name. My naturopath suggested your book and now I realize what it is and the power it can have.
    Thank you.

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  12. Jolene Woodbridge

    Hi Susan; I don’t have cravings any more either with the exception of coffee when I want something between meals. What I do find myself thinking when I see sugary foods I use to like to eat is that… I feel so much better now and that’s why I do not want to eat those kind s of food. I am a night shift worker snd have found my eating schedule that works the best for me is …. breakfast when I get home from work; lunch at 4 pm before I go to work snd dinner at midnight at work😊

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    1. Bright Line Eating

      So glad you’ve found a good rhythm with your nightshift. That can be tricky for people to figure out sometimes. Well done!

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  13. Susan

    Susan, I noticed during the last couple of vlogs that you are not wearing your wedding rings. Are you and David still together? I was concerned given the marriage challenges you have shared with us over the years.

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  14. sassimint grace

    Cravings come farther apart and and last shorter durations as time goes on.

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  15. Vicky

    Thank you, Susan, for that vlog. When I became a vegetarian I used the mental mantra” an animal had to die or suffer for me to be able to eat this”. That worked for me. I still get cravings for certain foods, but not animals products. And I just remind myself that’s not my food. Now that works for me! Thank you! And Happy New Year to you and your staff.💖

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  16. Rickie Friedli/Giono

    Best blog for me, yet! Thank you!!

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  17. Helen Spingola

    Great vlog….eons ago, one of my teachers told us re: “bad thoughts” coming into our minds (the
    devil’s work) to say “get thee behind me, Satan!!” and have never forgotten that. Yes…as Susan
    stated we just “brush them off”…..

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  18. Susan Raja-Rao

    Thank you so very much for your amazing blog today on cravings and how handle weaken them. This information was exactly what I needed to hear this moment in time ! Bless you for helping so many people overcome addiction. Love to you.

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  19. Marilyn

    This was one of the best vlogs !! Oh how I need this . ! I eat healthy foods , Yet I haven’t Learned to not like some things, I should not eat . ( although I am making some progress ) Sometimes I think if I could just get controll of food , instead of some not so good food controlling me ., and my thoughts ,. I’ve heard it so much , and it is so true, that so much of us know we act , begins with our thoughts. And what we do with them . Thank you soooo much .

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  20. Linden Morris Delrio

    These days I’ll oft times find myself laughing out loud at the propensity of “the thinking mind” and ego in insisting I must take some kind of food related action behind “food thoughts.” Ever so gently I remind myself…”Ahhhh….No food action be taken behind a food related thought” I’ll surf that wave to my next weighed and measured BLEing meal !

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  21. Wendy

    One of the best vlogs ever! I think I’ll watch it every day for awhile.

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  22. Lisa M Daniels

    I love this message – A craving is not a command.

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  23. E

    Great blog. Light bulb moment

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  24. Brian Brandenburg, author, Power Over Pornography

    Susan,
    As usual, great vlog. I especially like your advice to treat the cravings as a food thought–we all have them , they come and they go. I do worry that some watchers of the vlog may think that fighting the food thoughts is the way to go. Research from Steve Hayes (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and Marsha Linehan (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) show that one of the most effective ways to eliminate a craving’s power is to just accept it as a normal occurrence. Don’t fight it. Just observe it. Carl Jung summarized the futility of fighting our cravings, “What we resist, persists.” When we try to fight the craving, we make it stronger. Once we acknowledge it and accept it as merely a thought with no power, we can move on as if it were a speedbump instead of a mountain. There is great power in adopting an attitude of accepting instead of fighting.

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  25. Cat

    Wow, Susan what an inspiring blog. I have food thoughts so strong that after I’ve eaten, it’s like I’ve been on automatic pilot. It’s like not being consciously aware of what I’m doing. Once I give in, it’s like I can’t stop. I know logically I can’t possibly be hungry, but those thoughts {especially, in lockdown}, take over and by the time dinner rolls around I’ve already eaten for 2. Your idea of “food thoughts”, vs cravings, sounds so much easier to handle. Thank you. I will start right now, finding a way to reduce and hopefully eventually eliminate those thoughts❣️

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  26. Nancy W. Goss

    Great vlog. I tell myself, “This too shall pass.” It works well for me.

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