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Susan Peirce Thompson

A Year of Reflections for Lasting Food Freedom

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    Making lasting changes around food is a profound challenge, but with the right tools and support system, freedom from overeating is within reach. This is what the Bright Line Eating (BLE) programs are all about. And this Blink is one of those ‘right tools’. It’s about making space for daily reflections that can provide wisdom and practices for transforming your relationship with eating, once and for all.

    BLE is not a diet. It’s a way of living that more closely resembles a recovery program for people who’ve come to understand that they need a new approach to their relationship with food. Many people in the program identify as food addicts, and BLE helps to establish “bright lines”, or ways of guiding them on a path of healthier living.

    The first fundamental shift when embarking on your BLE journey is eliminating sugar and refined flour completely. For many who struggle with compulsive eating patterns, these two substances wreak havoc biologically and psychologically. Getting them out of your system allows brain chemistry to normalize so that wholesome foods become satisfying again. 

    With the addictive substances removed, it’s time to establish clear boundaries around when and how much you eat. Regular mealtimes without snacking or grazing gives your brain a rest from constant food thoughts. And measuring portions precisely removes the mental math about whether you’re eating too much or too little. These guidelines combat both the substance addiction and the behavioral addiction aspects of food issues.

    As your mind quiets and your body lightens through this disciplined way of eating, space opens up in your life. You realize food belongs in its rightful place: to simply fuel your days. So you start replacing old habits around eating with life-giving rituals – morning meditations, evening journaling, or social connections not centered on food. You build meaning into your hours.

    Sticking tightly to these new food rules and rituals, day by day, is how new neural pathways start to form. What once seemed rigid becomes effortless and automatic. You respond gently when old patterns resurface, using “slips” as opportunities to learn and fortify your new identity. 

    This daily renewal approach lets you progress in your own time, without judgment. And as your sense of self shifts away from being at war with food, you realize you didn’t “go on” a diet; instead, you now inhabit a peaceful way of nourishing yourself that supports everything else you want out of life. The possibility of freedom awaits.

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    What is On This Bright Day about?

    On This Bright Day (2023) is a vital tool for anyone who is on the Bright Lines Eating path. For each and every day of the year, it offers advice and encouragement for those who are working the program and doing their best to keep temptations and negativity at bay. 

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    On This Bright Day by Susan Peirce Thompson (2022) explores the impact of our daily habits on our overall well-being and happiness. Here's why you should read this book:

    • Through science-based research and compelling stories, it provides valuable insights and practical strategies to make positive changes in your life.
    • It offers an empowering perspective on personal growth, reminding us that small actions can have a big impact on our overall happiness.
    • The book's relatable storytelling and relatable anecdotes make it an engaging and enjoyable read, capturing your interest from the beginning to the end.

    Who should read On This Bright Day?

    • People interested in a long-term weight loss program
    • Anyone struggling with food addiction
    • Overeaters looking for help

    About the Author

    Susan Peirce Thompson is the Adjunct Associate Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at Rochester University. She is also the founder of Bright Line Eating, which aims to combine physical, mental, and spiritual elements to achieve a sustainable weight loss program. Her other books include Bright Line Eating and The Official Bright Line Eating Cookbook.  

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