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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One Year Later – #lifeafterbrightlineeating

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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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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 Journey to Bright Line Eating

The path I was on which led me to Bright Line Eating  (www.brightlineeating.com) probably started when I was in junior high.  It wound through several diets, successful attempts at weight loss and subsequent weight gain.  The decision I made in August 2017 to try Bright Line Eating was definitely a good one.  I want to share the truths about my habits and my life that led me to that place.  This will be the first post in a 3 post series that talks about what led me to Bright Line Eating, what I loved and needed most from it, and what I’m continuing to struggle with as I work to find a more reliable peace around food.  I don’t recommend reading this post if you find yourself triggered by discussions of weight or specific foods.

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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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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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What is a picture worth?

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I took to Instagram a few weeks ago as a way to share what I’ve been eating on my food plan and to get ideas and inspiration.  I found that AND I also learned an important lesson.

There are a lot of people getting introduced to Bright Line Eating (www.brightlineeating.com) and there are more and more users on IG everyday sharing beautifully composed photos of tasty looking food.  Check out #brightlineeating and #brightlinebites if you are curious.  Some of the pictures look too good to eat.

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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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