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Integrity around Food

Saturday, April 14, 2018

I've been adhering to the bright lines defined in the Bright Line Eating plan for the last 4 1/2 weeks. These "bright Lines" are hard and fast rules, lines that we do not cross. The most important two are No Sugar, No Flour or any processed foods made with these two refined substances. The other two are sticking to three meals a day and planning out and weighing food (I weigh proteins and fats every time.)

The purpose of eliminating sugar and flour from the diet is to reduce/eliminate cravings and allow the brain to simmer down, letting the dopamine receptors recover from the impossible hits that are delivered with a big influx of a sugary-floury food. If I can heal those channels/paths in the brain that drive me to overeat, then keep on eating - never satisfied, perhaps I can stay on track and get on with my life. Get me off the hamster wheel already!!

Anyway, I did buy the book, "Bright Line Eating - Living Happy Thin and Free", but I also bit the bullet and joined the 14-Day challenge. I enjoy Susan Pierce Thompson's vlogs and was intrigued with what I might get out of a two-week program. The cost was $29.95, the price of a fancy dinner out, so a couple of weeks ago I made the purchase.

Well, I've been at this for years, made it to goal in 2011 and maintained for 3 years before unraveling, so I don't need to be sold on the merits of planning, weighing and tracking my food. I don't fight it, I really embrace it actually. The tough part has ALWAYS been my brain working overtime with Sabotaging thoughts, temptations and ultimately talking me into going off plan. And once I do, that's the beginning of the end. Just one cheat meal becomes a weekend, which becomes "I'll start on Monday", and then off the cliff.

So after viewing daily BLE vlogs, on Day #13 I heard the message that made my purchase worthwhile to me. "Integrity around food".

How many times have we heard, and said, "Oh, I can't eat that right now. I'm on a diet." Or, "When I get to goal, boy, am I going to enjoy -insert favorite treat here-" But that's the recipe for the backslide. If I am going to succeed, I have to change my lifestyle. In order to do that, I have to change my identity as it pertains to food.

If you quit smoking, or never smoked, and you were offered a cigarette, your response wouldn't be "No thanks, I can't smoke." No! You'd say, "I don't smoke." Yet, how often in social situations do we say, "I can't have that".

Just like the person who gives up smoking, when I give up sugar and flour-based products, I have to change my identity. I have to become someone who doesn't eat sugar and flour. Think about it! How much more empowering is it to say, "No, thanks, I don't eat that." Simple. I don't eat that. And the more I practice this, and stick to it, I become the person who does not eat these things.

And it's a reciprocal process. We watch ourselves doing something. The more we do it, and stick to this new belief and behavior, the more we begin to trust ourselves again around food. We become someone who is trustworthy around food. How many times have I said, "Oh, I'm at a family party and there's all this delectable foods and desserts. I'm going to have just one..." How many broken promises to myself? I need to keep the commitments I make. Beck calls this strengthening the Resistance Muscle and it's no joke.

How often do we hear, "I was 'good' today"? When we frame it like this, along with "I can't have that right now", we're really silently acknowledging "Hey, I still eat like crap, but I'm doing this for now".

I need to become the person who doesn't, not the person who can't. It's an identity shift and the only person I need to convince is myself. Truly, who is the only one who is watching me all the time, hearing what I say and then what I do? Me! It's me. Like taking on the identity of a non-smoker, I need to shift my identity with food as well. It's about self-perception. I become what I do over and over.

When I remove the sugar and flour, the refined substances that send my blood sugar and insulin levels soaring, that suppress the leptin hormone and true "I'm full " signals, that produce the crazy-making sabotaging thoughts, my life is calm. I am not hungry between meals. I am steady and even-keeled. I stick to my commitments to myself. I become the person who doesn't eat those foods, not the one who "can't have" those foods.

It's an identity shift. It's truly a lifestyle change.
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  • BBEAGAN
    I've been working with this mental shift from "I can't (right now)" to "I don't eat that" for 2 weeks now, since I read your blog. It is SO helpful!

    When I entered maintenance I noticed my "relationship to food" began to change. I had been focusing on nutrition - like, how can I get a few more grams of fibre while staying in calorie range? or which veggie will add the most potassium? Or which has more protein per calories, brown rice or baked potato? In maintenance I was used to eating well on 1300-1500 calories, and continued to do so. But I now had a couple hundred more calories to spare, after I'd eaten well. So I moved into what do I WANT with those extra calories? And reintroduced food-as-desire into my life again. Focused on want, rather than need, food as pleasure rather than nutrition. Your blog here helped me shift back. Here's to identity shifts! Thanks!
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  • KRISZTA11
    I loved your blog!
    Great summary of Bright Line Eating summary and how it works for you.

    The 14 days challenge sounds good,
    I'm glad it is available now.
    Two years ago there was only the very expensive bootcamp - now we have the book and the 14 days challenge for a reasonable price.
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    554 days ago
  • 2019ISTHEYEAR
    What you're saying, makes a lot of sense. It's changing our mindset for success. Thanks so much for sharing. emoticon emoticon
    555 days ago
  • MTNGRL
    I really enjoyed this blog. I need to focus on my eating, it has gone down hill recently as my weight, waist, and blood sugars have risen. My husband and I were talking about the consequences of convenience in all that we do nowadays. From remotes to fast food, hanging clothes out to dry and using a push mower all of this contributes to unhealthy trends when we choose the easy way out.
    555 days ago
  • POSITIVEHOPE
    Eating low carb has changed my taste buds. No Sugar, no flour and limited carbs. Sometimes a cherry tomato on my salad can taste so sweet. Flavors just jump. No hunger and no cravings, either.

    DH’s blood sugar dropped 100 points consistently. He has far more cravings than I do but then again he has always loved carbs more than me.

    So glad you have found what works in your body. Fixing the physiological issues of a healthy diet makes the journey so much easier. I’m working on the psychological behavior issues as I go through Beck again.


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  • LJSHRINKS
    What a powerful paradigm shift. Thank you for sharing your process getting there, too. I relate to much of what you're saying. Inspiring!
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    555 days ago
  • WARRIORSUE

    That's such a good analogy about smoking. I was a smoker and would never say, "no thanks, I can't smoke".
    You're right, this is all about making a decision and sticking with it. Wishing you the best.
    555 days ago
  • VICKICHICKI123
    Thanks for sharing. Great insights into changing what we think for the long haul. It isn't temporary, this is always and forever.
    555 days ago
  • BBEAGAN
    This is brilliant!
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  • HMBROWN1
    Best wishes on your Challenge!
    555 days ago
  • BIGRENTMAN
    Keep pushing forward
    555 days ago
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