Thursday, July 16, 2015

Am I a Food Addict?

Someone asked me if I really consider myself to be a food addict.  Here is what I think:  yes.  I developed patterns of behavior that became ingrained in my brain and that I think can be classified as addictive.  Susan Peirce Thompson uses an analogy of the neurons laying river beds in your brain for these behaviors.  I am now developing new healthier patterns and new river beds, but the old river beds are still there, and it would be very easy to drop back into them, more easy than someone who has never developed these behavior patterns.  What are some of these behaviors?  Because I choose to follow a Whole Foods Plant Based Diet with little added salt, oil or sugar, I eat differently from most people and I deny myself many foods that everyone else around me eats.  Many times in the past, this has set up the dangerous diet mentality that leads to all kinds of unhealthy behaviors.  If I did deviate and go off-plan, I would say, “Shit, I blew it, I’ll restart tomorrow.  Well, I may as well to eat everything I’m not supposed to eat for the rest of the day."  Fortunately, I haven’t done that in over 140 days.  And most fortunately, I currently don't have any desire to eat what everyone else is eating, and I'm very satisfied with my own food.  However, I have crossed the quantities and meals "bright lines" (the other two are no sugar and flour) 5 times, and in 4 of those cases, I ate nuts and fruit beyond fullness. I consider this to be addictive eating behavior because I had that same binge mentality ("I blew it, I'll restart tomorrow") and I ate beyond fullness.  So I still have some issues to work on, but I think there is hope for me with this plan.  On the positive side, the last time I behaved perfectly normally, realizing I had made a mistake (was tasting some food for a backpacking trip--should have counted it with my meal) and I just got right back on plan immediately.  That makes me hopeful.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Split Pea Soup

This is another soup I make for housemate that I want to log for future reference.  

1 large onion or 2 medium, chopped
1 large carrot or 2 medium, sliced
1-2 potatoes, peeled & chopped
1 cup green or yellow split peas
1/2 tsp marjoram
1/2 tsp basil
1/4 tsp ground cumin
fresh ground pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp liquid smoke
5 cups water

Combine everything into the InstantPot pressure cooker, and cook for 10 minutes.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

My weight journey

A friend on the BLE forums shared an excel template for plotting your weight, so I've been having fun playing with that.  Here is my 4.5 year history:

The green triangles are pre-BLE, blue diamonds are BLE (Feb. 25, 2015 to present), and the red squares are my fictional future starting on July 9, when I reach goal weight, if I continue on my present course.  You can see my weight gain accelerated over time!  That was due to going off plan more and more as time went on.  My eating was definitely out of control.  Here is a zoom of the BLE portion of my journey:

After the initial faster weight loss (I was on vacation so I have a two week gap between the beginning point on Feb. 25 at 157 lbs and March 11 where you start to see lots of dots), it stabilized at a rate of 1.1 lbs/week.  According to the trend, I should reach my goal weight on July 9.  Then I will start my "maintenance dance"  (currently the fictional red squares), if all goes well!

Friday, June 19, 2015

My Health Update

Here are some blood work results after following Bright Line Eating for nearly 4 months.


ComponentStandard RangeYour Value
CHOLESTEROL115 - 200 mg/dL135
TRIGLYCERIDE10 - 149 mg/dL47
HDL40 - 60 mg/dL46
LDL, CALCULATED50 - 130 mg/dL80
ComponentStandard RangeYour Value
GLUCOSE65 - 105 mg/dL79
ComponentStandard RangeYour Value
VITAMIN B12 239 - 931 pg/mL 778
ComponentStandard RangeYour Value
FERRITIN 11.1 - 264.0 ng/mL 31.0

That looks good to me!   I'm 3 lbs away from the weight Fuhrman recommends (for women, the formula he suggests is 95 + 4 x [the number of inches you are above 5 ft], so for me that's 129 lbs.  

Here is my typical menu:
B:  4 oz cooked oat groats, 2 oz edamame or 4.5 oz yogurt, 6 oz fruit, 1/2 oz nuts/seeds
L:  4 oz beans, 6 oz non-starchy veggies any combo of raw and cooked, 6 oz fruit, 1/2 oz nuts/seeds
D:  6 oz beans, 14 oz non-starchy veggies any combo, 1/2 oz nuts/seeds

Food prep
cook up 6 oz dry oat groats into 4 servings.
cook up 1 lb beans into 8 servings, 4 4oz, 4 6oz

Does it sound boring?  I really like it.  For one thing, you vary the beans and the nuts and the fruit and the veggies every day and every meal.   Once corn season arrives in mid-July, I will modify the plan to include starchy veggies!  I should be at my goal weight then but even if not, I will eat corn!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Cream of Tomato Soup

I've been making this a lot for housemate.  I think I have it perfected so I'd better write it down before I forget!

1 medium-large onion, cut into chunks for cooking (will blend later)
1 large carrot, peeled and cut into chunks for cooking (will blend later)
1 medium red bell pepper (optional), cut into chunks
3 deglet noor dates or 1 medjool date
1/2 cup raw cashews
2 16-oz cans of tomatoes (ours are from the garden!)
3-4 fresh basil leaves (or to taste) and/or other fresh herbs (dill, chives), or some dried
1/4-1/2 tsp salt (optional)

1.  Soak the cashews and dates covered in water for 1 hour or overnight.   (If you forgot to soak, you can do a quick load by covering them with waterm microwaving them until hot, and let set for a minute or two).
2.  Strain the juice from the tomatoes and use that to cook with the onion and carrot and red bell pepper until soft.  You'll probably need some water too, but don't use too much.  I usually use a pressure cooker, set for 3 minutes.
3.  Blend the cashews and dates in their water on high until creamy.  Then add the tomatoes and blend again until creamy.  Then add the onions and carrots and blend again.  Add the salt.  Add water if needed for desired thickness.  By this point, my blender container is about 50 oz full which is just about right.  You can add a little more liquid if you want, say 1/2 cup.  Then add the herbs and blend just until they are chopped.
4.  This makes 4 servings, each about 1.75 cups.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Bright Line Eating Bootcamp starting June 5

Registration is now open for the next Bright Line Eating Bootcamp, which starts June 5.  I'm doing it again.  22 lbs down, only 5 to go!

I thought I'd make a new post with all the links for the videos for the free course on sustainable weight loss.  These are here:
video 1
video 2
video 3

And here is video 4 that describes how to register for the bootcamp.  Registration is open from now until June 5.  If you use this link, you'll get $100 of the price.
video 4

Here is a link for the Pre-Launch webinar to be held on June 2 or 4 (you pick one):
webinar link.    Edited later:  I'm listening to the June 2 webinar now.  It's great.  Even if you can't listen live, if you sign up for June 4, you will get to listen to the replay when you are free.

All the links will go dead after June 5 (I think), so if nothing else, you can watch the free course until then!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bright Line Eating Boot Camp

There will be a new Bright Line Eating Bootcamp starting up on June 5.  I already signed up.  I've had 86 days of following the plan exactly, which is a miracle, and I want to keep going.  I've lost 20 lbs and have 7 more to go.  I'm losing at a rate of 1 lb per week, so I hope to go on maintenance about half-way through the bootcamp.  I'll get Susan's and many others' help in transitioning to maintenance.  Susan has just released her 3-video series on the Psychology and Brain Science of Sustainable Weight loss.  This is a free course and from there, if you are interested, you can sign up for the bootcamp (8 weeks long and she'll fill you in on what that's all about).  If you use this link, you'll get $100 off the bootcamp price.  But again, you don't have to do the bootcamp to see the videos.  The 3-video series is very interesting!  It is here.   Update:  here is the second video.  And the third video.  These links will go dead sometime in the next week or 2 I think.