Facing the Truth

Have you ever been witness to the release of a Chinese lantern?  I experienced it in person  over the summer with my wife’s family and it was an absolute thing of beauty.

The flame is lit and the temperature of the air inside the lantern increases while you hold onto it.  As the air inside the lantern heats up, it gets lighter and lighter until that magic moment when it it is so much lighter than the air around it that you can release it and watch it float away into the sky.

My hope, in writing this post, is that I will have a new found lightness that frees me from some of the self-limiting talk that is holding me back at the moment.  It’s as though the spirit inside me is heating up and is so light now that the pain of continuing to hold on is greater than the potential pain that will come from taking the risk.

This is my act of letting the lantern go.

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I Have to be Writing More

Have you ever had a recurring thought that just keeps coming up?  Something that has to get out of your brain and out into the world?  That’s where I’ve been for a while now.

This thought, unfortunately, is this amorphous blob though.  Its shape is constantly changing. It’s color. It’s texture. Everything about it is in flux. All. The. Time.   The process of holding it in though is becoming more “painful” than releasing it.  The amorphous thought blob just wants a chance to be known and understood.  Don’t we all?

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Are You Ready for Winter?

I live in suburban Philadelphia. We are FINALLY having temperatures that make sense for fall and the daylight hours are decreasing.

The approach to winter is a challenging one for me because I do think that the lack of sunlight and the cold weather affect my mood pretty significantly. My coworkers were surprised to hear me complain because I’m from Minnesota. Minnesota has a reputation for its winters. I’ve actually been able to convince more than one person, without too much effort, that it snows all year there.

You do know that’s not true, right?

The point here is that being from Minnesota, the Philadelphia winters should be a piece of cake to survive. The fact of the matter is that they are if you just look at the temperature.

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I No Longer Believe in Sugar Addiction

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Identifying the Problem – It Wasn’t Sugar Addiction

Transitioning from my last diet to intuitive eating required me to take a long, hard look at a highly debated topic: sugar addiction.

I really was convinced that I was a sugar addict.  I went so far as to give up sugar, all sweeteners, and flour of any kind for over 6 months.

If I’m honest with myself, I have to say that I absolutely felt better.  My constant cravings and my insatiable hunger basically disappeared. As a scientist though, I know that correlation and causation are not the same thing.  The absence of those symptoms as a result of removing those ingredients from my life doesn’t mean they were the cause.

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Real World Intuitive Eating – The Bread Box

Recognizing Intuitive Eating

One of the things that I find most challenging about transitioning to a non-diet, intuitive eating approach to my eating, is that that the practical implications of what that means aren’t spelled out.

When I’m in the middle of an opportunity though, if I can recognize it, it pretty much slaps me across the face.  They tend to be really small things I find myself thinking or doing that I realize are diet thoughts trying to have their way with me (again).

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One Year Later – #lifeafterbrightlineeating

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If you are just getting started with BLE, be sure to check out my post on Bright Line Eating Reviews.

Getting Started

It was late August 2017 when I hit my diet rock bottom and jumped on the Bright Line Eating (BLE) (www.brightlineeating.com) bandwagon.  I talked about it in my post Bustin’ Out at Rock Bottom if you want to read more about that day.

It made sense for me then. It was the answer I needed.  I was convinced I was addicted to sweeteners and flours and that giving them up would bring me peace.  I was totally convinced by the CEO of BLE that this was the only way to find peace with food and my weight.

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