Does Bright Line Eating Get Easier?

Here at Bright Line Eating, we just wrapped up the Food Freedom launch and welcomed a whole new cohort of Boot Campers into the fold. During the festivities, someone asked me an excellent question on a Facebook Live session, and I saved it for this week’s Vlog. Watch to hear my answer.


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  1. marly

    Please please please put this information in the book! I wish I’d known this before I started BLE (and relapsed after the first few months)…

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  2. Angela Halvorsen Bogo

    I am just starting. Realising this is serious and feeling the support. Thank you especially to those who offer help. Blessings to everyone.

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  3. Marti

    Yes, it DOES get easier!!!!! I no longer get those horrendous cravings for NMF and NMD. I am a 10++++ on the Susceptibility Scale. I started Bootcamp on 10 October 2017. I have lost the weight and manage to keep it down. But it took a SERIOUS MINDSET CHANGE to get here. I had to ACCEPT that I am a very serious addict, and that sugar, flour and starch are my drugs of choice. Just like you cannot give an alcoholic a bottle of brandy and tell him to drink only one tot per day, you CANNOT give a person who is addicted to sugar, flour and starch a little bit now and then, and expect them to stay clean. There is NO such thing as moderation for a food addict. ACCEPT this and MAKE PEACE with it. If you are not willing to accept that you have an addiction problem you will battle to stay on the straight and narrow – just like an alcoholic or drug addict will not stay sober unless he/she accepts and acknowledges that he/she is an addict. I battled with my weight for more than 27 years. I always say this to myself: the pain of the 27 years’ battle with obesity is much worse than the pain of living without NMF and NMD. Apart from my serious addiction to sugar, flour and starch, I am also a binge eater and grazing cow. I admit that the urge to binge or graze is still a problem, but I control this with intermittent fasting. I eat only 2 meals per day with a 16 to 18 hour overnight fast. I find the 2 meals per day easier than 3 meals per day, because I think of food less often. I am NEVER hungry, because I eat enough nourishing food, but my brain is wired to think of food – even if it is the right food which does NOT cause cravings – because I am an emotional eater. I use EFT tapping to help with the emotions. I no longer find it difficult to socialise in places with lots of NMF and NMD. I simply eat before I go there, and when there, I concentrate on the conversation with the people, and I simply IGNORE the food. If I do eat out with friends, I check the menu on the internet and decide what I will eat, and on arrival I ignore the menu and only order what I have already decided to eat. Yes, it DOES get easier, the more you practice and practice and practice your 4 bright lines!!!! Just hang in there and take it one day at a time (ODAAT), and you CAN win this battle!

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    1. Bev

      Marti, you and I are SO alike. Everything you said about yourself, I could have written. I’m so glad you’ve found success in keeping your weight off. You are a huge boost to me. I’m just now starting my journey with BLE. For the first time, ever, I have been thinking of donating my soon-to-be too-large clothes instead of saving them for the next time I gain it all back. Thank you for sharing.

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      1. Marti

        My best wishes to you on your BLE journey!!!! Remember, every time you get discouraged, you say to yourself: I am a survivor. I have survived this far, and I WILL survive in future, and I WILL get to goal weight. I have given away my too large jeans – because I could not make them smaller – but I am still busy making all my other large clothes smaller. I know I will NEVER need the larger clothes again. Read Susan’s books and watch her videos over and over again. The more times you read and hear the message, the more it will sink in, and the better you can make it your own. You CAN do it!!!!! Just do it, as Nike says!!!!

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  4. Ariann

    Thanks for doing this. I’ve heard it before but it’s a great reminder because I ‘fall off the wagon’ when I go on vacation or infrequently. Definitely intermittent reinforcement.

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  5. Diane Howard

    I was a “crystal vaser” for two and a half years until I took the Reboot/Rezoom course and my brain heard, “Oh, you can fall off the BLE wagon and you can get back to the program anytime you want, you don’t have to go all the way into the ditch”. Well, that was my brain teasing me with intermittent reinforcement — ugh! I’ve been struggling with that now for over a year and 20 regained pounds. I’m still down 40 pounds and am determined to strive for extinction of the desire to break the 3 meals and quantities lines. I think I have a problem with grains. I’m using them as a substitute for sugar. This vlog really helped. I feel encouraged. I’m going to make today a Bright day and take tomorrow when it comes.

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  6. Cathy Abrahamson

    I know what you talked about today to be true. About a month after I started BLE a few years ago I could walk away from the sweets. My Son and his family lived with us and had sweets all the time I was able to not be tempted. After two years I allowed myself to indulge in a treat…BIG MISTAKE! It wasn’t worth it! My brain remembered all too well and continues to nag me. Now I’m struggling to get back on the BLE path and stay there!

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    1. Wilma Zeedijk

      the only thing to do is to go One Day At A Time I guess and just to re-start (again… 🙂 ) and try and wrap ourselves warm and firm on top of the BLE wagon. plus to hold on and not look sideways or backward, only forward…..

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  7. Wilma Zeedijk

    love this vlog, thank you, Susan.. I’m not a newbie though.. starting BLE again for the 3rd (?) time. the first time was in 2017 , I did very well (down to my goal weight) and then all of a sudden all my clean eating went out the window for a long long time and I lost my way and put all the weight back on plus some more. At the beginning of this year, I decided enough is enough and started again.. went perfect for 90 days straight.. I had no cravings etc and felt in control plus the fact I was sooooo much happier. can you explain why once again I fell off the wagon. I do know when it happened..but not why… I often go for a ride on my motorbike and stop at a cafe for a coffee (black, no sugar of course) and they always put a little bit of something on a teaspoon as an extra.. during those 90 clean BLE days I just left it lying on the teaspoon.. then one day the treat was a little pineapple lump and I thought , oh it will be OK, it’s so teeny tiny, I’m fine in my way of thinking and my weight so I will allow myself that one tiny treat and continue the Bright Lines as I did before…hmmmm well nope.. that one tiny little treat that fits on a teaspoon was enough to lead me to be totally off my clean eating.. for about 6 weeks I ate everything and anything I wanted, nothing made me happy and was getting more and more miserable.. this morning I hopped on the scales (had been too scared before to accept the reality) and yes I have packed on half of what I lost.. now I’m once again firmly tucked up on the BLE wagon (4th day today) but why why why does this keep happening, I’m so over letting myself down.. Is it as my brain has gone from a cucumber to a pickle? and I guess my life’s history of how I eat proves I’m NOT a moderator?

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    1. Bev

      Wilma, you have helped me so much with your sharing of your battle with sugar. On other plans, I would have the exact same thing happen to me. Be doing great, totally committed, and then, BAM! Just one cheat meal and now I can’t get back on track. I finally understand why and I finally GET that I can’t allow myself ANY cheating, at all. Your testimony has just reinforced it even more because I have repeatedly done what you just wrote about. Now, doing the 14-Day-Bootcamp, 6 days in, I think I have accepted that. Only time will tell, but your experience is a reminder of why I have to tell myself I JUST CAN’T. Thank you. I hope you soon achieve lasting success.

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  8. Val

    Whoa Catherine, please take a step back and reconsider your reply. Deborah Brown politely asked a question and did not deserve to be eviscerated by you.

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    1. Ana

      You are right on the mark Val!
      There are many reasons for preferring a transcript over a video and most videos do have a transcript available, because software programs like dragon can quickly and easily do the transcriptions (no people required).
      there are times when you cannot have the volume loud enough to hear the video (if you are trying to use found time in a waiting room for example, and no ear buds with you); or, many people simply prefer to read a transcript because it is more efficient and takes about a 4th of the time to read something than it does to watch a video.

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      1. Bright Line Eating

        Hi, Ana! We wanted to be sure you know you can turn on the closed captioning to read the captions if you prefer. 🧡 We also often have a file of captions available, however, captions are formatted a bit differently than a transcript and may not be as easy to ready.

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  9. Mare

    Yes, remembering my horrendous detox from sugar and flour has kept me away from it since January 2018. I just can’t go through that again! It is truly poison to me!

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  10. L Turin

    Susan, you’re right on! thank you for putting this emotional response into a scientific explanation and in terms that make it so simply to understand. The analogies make so much sense as you describe the rats and the slot machines. I am passed the cravings and I agree that it is so much easier to disregard situations where sweets and flour are the majority options at gatherings. I have figured out that I need to eat (or pack) my BLE foods before I arrive at all social events or dinner parties. Oh, when stressful times occur and those sweet thoughts rear their head into mine, like butterflies they land and then go swiftly away out of reach. Rather… it’s TEA time!

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  11. Dr Laura

    I’ve found the fruit /protein mix has helped me the most when a craving happens. Some blueberries with celery and peanut butter is a go to for me

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    1. Sheila

      Your blueberries, celery and peanut butter is a sound choice, but ONLY as part of your meal; snacking between meals would break a bright line for MEALS.

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  12. Cate

    I love how you explain things! I wish I had had you for Psych!
    I can attest. It does get easier. And it is so much fun to just walk by a plate of cookies and say to yourself, “I have no desire to eat that whatsoever!”

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  13. Holly Graves

    Thank you for another great vlog. And, it is so true. It is that knowledge and my “research” during other programs in the past, that keeps me from trying even just a bite, lick, or taste. 13 months of sobriety for food addiction and my life has never been sweeter. Thank you for BLE.

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  14. Deborah Brown

    I much prefer reading transcripts. Would you please print them for each talk?

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    1. Catherine

      Deborah, it’s not all about you. A Vlog starts with a V because it’s a Video. How rude to make your first comment under someone speaking with “I” much prefer something else. Those transcripts you’re reading on the internet are under paid commercials selling you something. Someone had to be hired to transcribe them and it also takes time to receive them back after you’ve hired someone. These videos are Susan taking a few minutes out of a busy schedule to speak personally with whoever fees like listening. If that’s not you, just move along.

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