Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bright Line Eating

Every now and then, I come across a book, a person, an organization, a web site, an approach that seems promising.  Yesterday, Amazon had "Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin and Free" by Susan Peirce Thompson, PhD.  The Kindle edition is $1.99.

I figure it makes sense to pay attention and expend some energy on the subject of eating and food.  I noticed that coffee and chocolate continued to serve Lynn's 90 year old parents well.  Many other pleasures were dimmed but not foods they liked.  Ever since my high school wrestling days, I have been interested in foods, body weight, strength and vitality.  In college, my first research paper was about nutrition.  

The first good thing I found in Dr.Thompson's book was her take on weight loss today and her personal history.  As a teen, she found the answer: drugs!  Uh, no, not a good answer whatsoever.  She had her ups and downs in the early years of her life, emotionally and with her body and weight.  Thompson covers the history of food around the world and the increasing overweight problem around the world.  Her web site Bright Line Eating gives the stats of the success she has had herself with having and keeping the right body weight and with helping thousands of others.

Midway down the page above she has a short video that gives an outline of her approach.  She has four emphases:

  • No added sugar

  • No flour

  • Meals of an appropriate number per day and on time only

  • One plate or weighing the food

She says the term "bright line" came from law practice: the idea of a clear-cut line that leaves no doubt where it is and what it means.

Her web site also offers a short quiz to sort people as to their vulnerability to food addiction.

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