I've been following the Bright Line Eating principles of no sugar, no flour, very limited processed foods and weighing my proteins and fats for 23 days now.
My Beck plan had been really become challenging, The Saboteur, as Susan Pierce Thompson calls that frustrating voice in my head, was waging war with my sanity. I was battling cravings constantly, was always hungry and couldn't stick to plan. I had lost all willpower and was in a bonafide funk! I'm not proud to say I even went over the edge into "to heck with it" eating, and "I'll get this thing figured out come Monday", and would eat like crazy. I knew it was the sugar, and the large quantities of not so high quality foods that were causing this. Any signals to stop were not being heard!
I stumbled on Susan in a BLE vlog and did little more research, then picked up her book. Her message really resonates with me because I know I am successful when I cut out the junk food, sugar and treats, salty snacks and desserts. But I always had those thoughts of, "when I make it to goal, I'm going to enjoy X". Or, "this has been a really strong two weeks, one fancy meal out - one cheat day won't matter." Of course it matters, but why does it matter?
She really opened my eyes to the whole idea of susceptibility to addictive behavior when it comes to those types of foods. She doesn't mince words. You can't have foods containing sugar and/or flour, ever. Period. You can't handle what comes next, how they feed into the pattern of seriously overeating. The cravings they produce, the escalation of The Saboteur, that insidious voice on my shoulder urging me on frantically. Frantic is a good word. Desperate to stop but unable to do so. Why on Earth was I continually setting myself up for failure?
So I drew the Bright Lines 23 days ago. When I have been on plan in the past, it's never been a hardship to plan my meals and weigh my foods. And cutting out products with added sugar or made from flour had to happen, I understand that. It's the realization that if I want to be "Happy, Thin and Free" as she claims, I must stay away from them for good. So that agreement was made with myself. And the last piece to this puzzle is to eat three meals per day, no snacks.
As it often happens on Sparkpeople, some of the fine folk in the Beck Diet team are taking on a Leptin resistance remediation approach that includes three meals a day, properly spaced from each other, and no food after dinner until 12 hours have past. Five to six hours between meals and then the "Intermittent Fast" overnight. This is meant to allow the hormone Leptin's signals to be heard and recognized once again, namely hunger when truly hungry (not just crazy cravings) and the signal for fullness.
These two principles or plans have dovetailed very nicely over the last week. My cravings are absolutely gone, I feel at peace, I am sleeping better and - surprise - I am losing this weight once again! So I will continue the experiment, using my combination of Beck, BLE and leptin-aiding meal spacing to carry me through.
But if I want The Saboteur voice to stay largely silent, I have to stick to these Bright Lines that I will not cross!!