After just 5 days following the 4 BLE mantras, I feel AMAZING. My mood is sky high and I’ve got energy to burn. Plus, I lost 4.4 pounds in five days.
Despite my fears, I did manage to eat just 3 meals a day, no snacking and had no real issues. I did get hungry, and that freaks out my lizard brain, but the cognitive part of my brain shut it up. It really helped with all of Dr. Susan Pierce Thompson’s book in my head so I understood the root of that fear.
The hardest stretch for me is post-dinner about 7 PM to break-fast at 6:30. I wake up REALLY early, like 4 AM, so waiting to eat until 6:30 PM is very hard for me. I plan to try to sip water, herbal tea and read or write or hey – I could even get some chores done!
This morning brought back excellent memories of my post-bariatric life: making the week’s oatmeal. The scent of the cooking apples and cinnamon and the creamy texture of the steel cut oats and peanut butter made me feel very happy and peaceful. It was what I imagine the aftermath of a victorious battle would be – wounded, but at peace with the outcome and proud to have made it this far.
It’s more than a little heartbreaking that I have been battling food and my weight for over forty years.
Okay. Moving on.
Clearly I’ve gotten a lot more sane about it with help from so many groups and so many special people – particularly Dr. Rebecca Moore who I miss every day. But the war continues to rage. Right now, we have a shaky armistice that may or may not hold. I truly don’t know if Bright Line Eating will be the answer forever, but for today, it’s a really hopeful option.
BLE Five Day Oatmeal:
- Bring to a boil:
- 3 cups of water
- 1 tsp salt (I like Himalaya Pink)
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
- 5 apples (30 oz) chopped (1 fruit for each day)
- 5 oz (dry measure) of Steel Cut Oats (1 oz grain for each day)
- 2.5 ounces all natural peanut butter (1/2 the protein for each day)
- Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes
- Start checking for your desired consistency (I like mine a bit chewy so 24 minutes)
Divide into 5 equal portions and refrigerate when cool. When you eat it, heat for 30 seconds in the microwave and add 1 oz of raw pecans or other nut/seed to each serving to get the other half of your protein serving.