Addicted to Food, What does that mean?
A year and a half ago I found my self laid off from my 11 year job and the heaviest I have ever been. I was at an all time low. I am sure depression was making it’s way into my life and I honestly didn’t know how to stop it. For awhile I just laid in bed, feeling sorry for myself and trying to figure out what I did wrong to have this happen to me. Have you been there? I cried way too often and indulged in eating way too much. So this was my life, great!
I finally snapped out of it, at least as much as getting out of bed and showering every day. I slowly began to start looking for a job after all I was the breadwinner and those bills weren’t going to pay themselves.
One of my very good friends, almost like a sister, started reaching out. She encouraged me to take breaks from the computer and spend some time with her. She has a gorgeous inground swimming pool so every Friday I would jump in the car with my dog, Binzee, and we would head to my friends house for some great conversation and much needed self love. She gave me many pointers around job searching (I will save that for a different day) and gave me some ideas I never even thought of. She was my true lifesaver that summer.
So one day I received an email from her about a job posting. It was for a marketing job and the company was in upstate NY so I assume it was a remote position or she wouldn’t have sent it to me. I asked her what the company was, it’s nothing I had ever heard of. She really couldn’t answer that, only that she had signed up to receive emails because the CEO was very interesting on weight loss. Well, I thought I better check out the company before I apply for a job they are offering. The company was Bright Line Eating and when you first go to the website you will notice it asks you to take a quiz on your eating habits. It’s a quiz that tells you how susceptible you are to food.
Well I was a 10 on the susceptibility scale, not at all surprised. I watched her introductory video and thought maybe I should order the book. Once I started reading the book I couldn’t put it down. It made perfect sense and was really hitting home.
I have been on many diets, like many of you. Diets made me heavier, did they do that to you too? That seems to be the norm. Go on a diet, lose weight and then go back to the way you were eating and gain all the weight back and then some. Over the years I just kept doing that over and over again. Dieting is probably the worst thing you can do to your body.
So when I began reading Susan Pierce-Thompson’s Bright Line Eating I knew I had found something special. A plan that could actually address my addiction, something I never really thought I had. I was addicted to sugar and flour, can you relate? It’s quite possible it’s more addicting than many drugs out there. Susan explains the science behind this addiction and how are bodies work through all that we eat. It’s very interesting and you will learn a ton.
The key to her program is taking the will power out of it. That has always been the hardest thing for me, I’m always good in the beginning with all kinds of visions and dreams of being skinny but it fades in a week or two. I just can’t keep it going. Do you struggle with this part of your eating program? It’s so hard. She walks you through the process on taking the will power out of the equation. It has made a huge difference and I have been able to lose over 50 lbs within 6 months of joining her program.
You definitely have to be ready to give up sugar and flour, and that’s all sugar including honey, stevia and any of the other sugar substitutes. Flour is a no-no as well and that means all flour ie almond flour, coconut flour etc. It also means no alcohol since alcohol is full of sugar. I won’t lie the headache in the beginning was brutal but once that passed the rest was easy. But it’s really because I was ready to make a drastic change in my nutrition. I was tired of being unhealthy. I was tired of being tired. I was tired of not being able to bend over to tie my shoes. I was tired of watching my clothes get tighter and tighter every year. It was time.
It Was Time – Time to Make My Goals a Reality
If you have similar goals and your tired of losing and gaining, losing and gaining. It really does get old and it’s not good for your body at all. I’ve been yo-yo dieting since I was a teenager and it’s really been a battle. Then it’s time to put your dreams into reality, start journaling it has really helped me and it may even allow a few things to surface.
Eating whole foods with the majority being vegetables and a portion of protein will really set you up for success. Best of luck on your journey and please add your comments/suggestions or questions below.