This year, as you may recall, is dubbed The Year of Nourish since I have been practicing and learning how to nourish my body, soul, and spirit. And if you’ve been following me on social media, you might know that I recently read a book called Bright Line Eating by Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D. Since I read the book, I have been following the Bright Line Eating plan and it really has made a huge impact on my life.
Now, I’m not going to go into detail about what that plan entails, because honestly, if I were to just TELL YOU what it is, you would never do it. Sorry, but it’s true. I didn’t even know if I could do it, but the SCIENCE behind the plan is the WHY I’ve been able to keep following it.
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But this weekend, I went on a day-date with myself to my favorite place in Iowa, Clear Lake, and had a big personal win in terms of nourishing myself.
There are two restaurants in Clear Lake that I went to the last time I was there and I wanted to eat there again. Before I headed to the first restaurant, I was looking at the menu, deciding what I wanted. I decided to go with something simple: cheese balls for an appetizer, fish and chips with ranch for my meal, and I would let myself have a fruity, beachy drink! Man was I excited for a cheat day!
But as I was sitting at my table, waiting to order, I started to think. What was the main objective of the trip? To sit at the beach, read a book, get a tan. Eating was NOT the main objective. How would I feel if I eat all this crap? I would feel full and bloated, which would make laying out in the hot sun absolutely miserable (and boy was it HOT HOT HOT out!).
So, I ordered a water with a lemon, bruschetta, grilled shrimp and veggie kabobs, and a salad instead of fries. The bruschetta came with grilled buns cut up into triangles, and I barely ate any bread. The salad came loaded with croutons, and I didn’t even eat those.
Because since starting Bright Line Eating, I have felt so much better. My food has tasted so much better. And best of all, I am actually losing weight, without exercising.
That day, I decided how I wanted to feel and ate according to that instead of ordering what I thought I wanted to eat.
This is a concept, and a few other concepts taught in Bright Line Eating, was first introduced to me when I was a part of Live More, Weigh Less, a program by Sarah Jenks. Unfortunately they didn’t really resonate with me 2 years ago when I did the program. Sometimes we have to learn things in different ways before they actually click in a profound, meaningful way, and that’s ok!
I am so thankful that this happened. It has never been so easy for me to choose what to eat before, and it’s never been more easy for me to give myself what I NEED.
When was the last time you gave yourself what you NEEDED and not what you wanted? Let me know in the comments below!