Bright Line Eating is a lifestyle routine created by Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson. She recently published a book by the same name. What makes this book interesting, is that it is written from an addict’s and scientist’s point of view. Instead of talking about nutrition and how this is good for you and that is not, Dr. Thompson addresses how addictive sugar and flour is and how we need to break that addiction. She even has an addiction susceptibility test that you can take on her website.
First she tells you her story of drug and alcohol addiction. After getting clean and sober, she decided to study addiction. Then she became a food addict and obesity set in.
After successfully conquering food addiction and obesity, Dr. Thompson has created her own food plan. Except, that it’s much more than just a food plan. Bright Line Eating is a lifestyle.
The idea is to make your eating automatic–to move the decision making of what you’re going to eat, how much, and when to another area of your brain so that no emotions are involved. Just like you automatically do certain things every morning when you get out of bed–make the bed, brush your teeth, etc., –the idea is to automatically plan and prepare your meals. The decision was made the night before, now all you have to do is eat it!
Bright lines are lines that you don’t cross. The four bright lines are:
- No sugar: no sugar or sweeteners of any kind.
- No flour: no flour of any kind.
- Meals: three meals a day, no snacks, bites, licks, or tastes.
- Quantities: all food is measured.
Dr. Thompson also covers a myriad of topics and situations to keep you on track. She recommends having a buddy that you can text or call when you’re about to go off your food plan. She covers situations such as restaurants, traveling, and parties. She also covers what to do should you break your bright lines.
Dr. Thompson also recommends things such as meditation, journaling, and a nightly check-off list. There is also an 8-week boot camp and online support groups.
You do not have to be overweight or wanting to lose weight to benefit from this book. This book could be helpful to anyone wishing to get their eating habits under control.
I have been following the Bright Line Eating plan the last few weeks and have been steadily losing weight. This is a great feeling after maintaining my weight for the last year. Following this program has taken away the worry of ‘what am I going to eat?’, ‘how much?’, ‘am I eating enough?’, ‘am I eating too much?’, etc. Overall, I am now eating more food than I was before I started following the program, so I have never been hungry. This is truly the simplest thing I’ve ever done.
A warning to you juicers, Dr. Thompson is not a juicing fan. In fact, she is completely against it. However, she does hint at customizing the program to fit you and coming up with your own bright lines. That is what I have done. I am following a 5:2 plan, where I am juicing two days a week.
I am also continuing to exercise even though Dr. Thompson recommends not exercising while trying to losing weight. I know it completely goes against everything we’ve been told, but her reasoning for it makes sense. Since I’ve been exercising regularly for a few years now and it is not something new that I’m trying to add into my life, I’m going to stick with it.
I recommend this book to anyone wanting to get their eating habits under control whether they are wanting to lose weight or not. I found the science sited in this book very interesting. I was expecting this book to merely be an introduction to Dr. Thompson’s program with a ploy to get you to buy more of her products, but it is not. Everything you need to know is contained in the book. With this book and a food scale, you’re set!
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. I Cor 10:31