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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Real Food Freedom is NOT Bright Line Eating

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When I started Bright Line Eating back in August 2017, I wanted what the tagline promised – “Happy, Thin, and Free” (http://brightlineeating.com).  I worked the program and got to my goal weight in January 2018.  For two months, I maintained my weight. If anything, I was continuing to slowly lose more weight!  Unfortunately, even after my weight-loss success, freedom was eluding me.  It was time for me to figure out why!

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My Approach to Bright Line Eating Recipes

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Every Wednesday, Susan Pierce Thompson, the founder of Bright Line Eating , puts out a weekly video blog. I’ll link to it below if you want to watch it.  The topic for the week was the place of Bright Line Eating recipes within the food plan.  This really piqued my interest.  In this prior post, I talked about how I’m learning to break away from the cookbook mentality but I started reflecting even more on this topic as a result of the vlog.  This is an important topic and it warrants a bit more time and energy, hence this post.

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Wildtree Wellness Product Launch – Wildtree Shakes

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Wildtree releases new items a couple times each year and they never cease to amaze me with the thoughtful products they produce.  Everyone I came across was a bit perplexed by the marketing campaign they started at the beginning of February.  The timing was a bit unusual and they were teasing us with pictures of cacao beans, blueberries, and beets just to name a few. The reveal came on 2/15 when they announced the new line of Wildtree Shakes.

Be among the first to try them by clicking on the links below. There is no risk because Wildtree offers a satisfaction guarantee!

Link to Chocolate Wildtree Shakes

Link to Vanilla Wildtree Shakes

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Potential Barriers to Eating Healthy – Convenience

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I recently polled people regarding the biggest challenges they face when it comes to eating healthy.

The first response I got was this: “My biggest challenge is convenience… if it takes less time to pop a frozen pizza in the oven than make a healthy salad, the pizza wins.” – Emma

I can definitely resonate with that!  Breaking the frozen pizza habit was a challenging one.  I was even content with eating the cheapo pizzas so it was convenient and relatively inexpensive.  A very nice combination! Not buying them anymore proved to be the only effective way to stop eating them.

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No More Cookbooks Please!

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I have tried a lot of “diets” and if there was a cookbook available, I at least seriously considered getting it. I think the first I bought was the South Beach Diet followed by the LA Weightloss Cookbook.  Several years later, I tried a 7 day intense cleanse and most recently, I bought the Fast Metabolism Diet Cookbook.  Also in the mix was a neat book called “How to Cook Without a Book” which I highly recommend if you want to learn to cook more easily.

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Bustin’ Out at Rock Bottom

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I remember distinctly the night I started the journey to recovery from my addiction to sugar and flour.  I had gotten to the point, yet again, where I either needed to lose weight or buy new pants.  It was time for a change and I was terrified.

I am not the primary cook in our house.  In fact, if anything, my non-skills as a cook are often the source of jokes among us. It’s often that bad!

Then, in addition to that, we signed on as Independent Wildtree Representatives in April 2017. The convenience of our Wildtree pantry was all of a sudden called into question as I was ready to swear off a good percentage of the products in our cabinet.

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