Wednesday, January 11, 2017

What is Your 2017 Word of the Year?

I heard an interesting idea a few weeks ago in one of my Bright Line Eating Facebook groups, around New Year's Eve time.

It goes something like this: Instead of making New Year's resolutions, try having a "word of the year."

I really liked this idea, because last year there were two words that held great significance for me.

Monday, January 9, 2017

My Top Three Books on Thoughts and Food

I interrupt this blog to mention the following:

 I just rocked out a Facebook Live presentation in the private Facebook group for The Engine 2 Seven-day Rescue Challenge.

Ask to join the Facebook group if you are not a member already. It's an incredible coming together of much of the plant based community with recordings of all the inspirational live presentations by so many familiar faces and lots of new ones too! You can check out almost 60 minutes with me on "Mindset Mastery" where I go over all of the mental tools and techniques that have got me to where I'm at.

There were three books that I had mentioned in my live Facebook chat that were instrumental in journey, and those books are:

My Apologies, in Advance

Daaamn it's cold outside! Like wear your knit hats cold outside!

Good morning lovelies! I need to get another thing off of my chest. It's nothing earth shattering, but . . .

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Reader Advice Day: What To Do if You Want to Control Portions?

Greetings friends!

My blog post from a few months ago on guilt and shame around food choices set off quite a slew of questions. At the time I wrote that post, I was feeling a bit gun shy to go into full detail on where I was at with my plant based diet, for fear of the plant based mafia coming after me.

But there clearly is another part of me that wants open communication on the issues that so many of us are dealing with. At least this way, there is some hope of moving us toward a fuller perspective on the wide variety of experiences people have on a plant based diet.

And there is hope! Don't ever give up. The fact that you are here, still reading and still engaged in "the game," no matter how many trials and errors you have faced, is an absolute testament to the fact that YOU ARE A FIGHTER. A SURVIVOR. A NEVER-GIVE-UPPER. A SELF-CARE WARRIOR!

A few months ago, I received this e-mail from one such warrior.


I have been a loyal follower of your blog for years. I have been plant based for about 4.5 years and have not lost any weight. (I am about 30 pounds overweight and I hate it). I have tried everything. I was UWL for awhile (while you were there) and it was nice and all, but I would eat like it was going out of style. All day all night just eat eat eat. It’s potatoes so its ok! I will admit I used mustard and other condiments that had salt so I wasn’t 100% but still. So I quit UWL and am now a bit lost trying to find my way.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

I Am Officially Resigning from the Debating Society on Plant Based Diets

Thank you so much for your kind comments on my post from a few days ago about my experiment with Bright Line Eating (BLE). Announcing publicly that I moved in a new direction (which is still plant based), and feeling the painful and deeply confusing backlash of that, has me thinking:

I am officially resigning from the debating society.

I just don't care anymore what diet we are on, as long as we feel good (about ourselves and our choices) and we are happy.

So from now on, I'm going to try my darndest to remain plant based diet neutral.

New year, new me, okay?

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