If you’ve been thinking about testing the Bright Line Eating waters, the 14-Day Challenge is a great way to get started without a huge commitment. At just $29 dollars, the challenge is significantly lower-priced than the bootcamp and is great for someone who really isn’t sure that the full program is worth the investment.
This week, my assistant, Kelly, is here to talk to you about her experience with the 14-Day Challenge.
Here’s what she says:
Before the Challenge
As someone who used to struggle with disordered eating, I was highly skeptical that Bright Line Eating would work for me. I was afraid that restricting, planning, and measuring would trigger me back to obsessing about food and leave me feeling anxious and angry.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was not the case!
Prior to beginning the challenge, I took the Food Susceptibility Quiz on the website. My susceptibility score was 8, though I don’t know that it’s 100% accurate for today. The directions were to think back to your worst time of food addiction, and for me, that was close to half my lifetime ago.
I’ve done extensive research on health and nutrition and spend the last 10 years healing from food obsession. Today, I rate closer to a 4 on the scale, and that made a difference in how I fared in the challenge.
During the Challenge
My favorite thing from the challenge was also the thing I thought I would hate the most- having to plan my food in advance.
I work from home, so I typically graze throughout the day, often eating assorted leftovers and a few snacks. I also hate seeing food go to waste, and I thought it would be difficult to plan to eat the leftovers when there were odd amounts. But, I learned quickly to put the leftovers in the plan first, and then make up the difference with something quick and easy.
Today’s lunch, for example, is 2 oz of shredded pork, 2 oz of canned tuna, a huge “empty the crisper drawer” salad, and a 6 oz fruit salad made from the remainders of the berries and grapes that I bought last week.
I found that having clear guidelines of what type and quantity of food to eat at each meal to be freeing. There was no guesswork as to whether I should include a starchy thing with breakfast or dinner, or if I should have a serving of fat with lunch or save it for my salad; it was all right there on the plan.
“Automaticity” was the key word for the challenge, and I benefited greatly from putting that into practice.
I also appreciated that directions for eating the types of food that work for your body were included in the prep work for the plan. I was concerned that the plan would advocate the typical low-fat/high-carb diet that has been in vogue for years, while I typically eat a higher-protein and lower-carb diet.
Per the direction in the pre-challenge videos, I planned to sub the breakfast grain for an extra serving of fat and to eat the maintenance level of protein for each meal. That flexibility was key for me. I should note that I decided this before starting the program; I didn’t make changes on the fly or because I was hungry.
One thing I wish the plan would have included is some sort of visual representation of the 4 Bright Lines. I know they are mentioned in several of the videos, but they are not explicitly laid out in the downloadable PDFs of the preparation paperwork. Since they are so important to the success of this plan, it would have been great to have them written out and able to be printed and posted somewhere in my kitchen.
Here’s what you get with the 14-Day Challenge:
- Pre-planning videos that walk you through the Bright Lines, buying a food scale, how to work the program, and getting mentally prepared for the challenge.
- Three PDF files with the weight-loss meal plan, maintenance meal plan, 5-meal weight loss plan (for those that need to eat more often for medical reasons), and a comprehensive list of the acceptable foods for each category (grain, protein, veggie, fruit, fat).
- A printable calendar to track your challenge.
- A daily video from Susan Pierce Thompson full of encouragement and tips for making it through the challenge.
- Three lengthy videos explaining the science behind cravings, sugar addiction, willpower, and weight loss.
- An extra week of access to all 14 videos after the completion of the program.
My results for the Bright Line Eating 14-Day Challenge were surprising. Despite eating at the maintenance level, I lost three pounds during the 14 days from 124.3 to 121.3. Since I am only 5’3″, those 3 pounds made a noticeable difference.
I can truly say that’s never happened to me before when I’ve attempted other clean eating or healthy eating programs. I also felt less stressed and more in control around food, knowing that my next meal was already planned and was going to be exactly what I needed to feel satisfied until the next meal.
Overall, I highly recommend trying this challenge, even if you don’t think you struggle with food addiction.
Kelly helps small-business owners and bloggers clarify their marketing message and get that message out into the world on their social media, website, and offline marketing efforts.
She’s been a team member at No Longer Chunky, where she helps with content creation, graphics, and making new blog posts google-friendly, since late 2019. You can find her on Instagram, Facebook, and at Local-Social Marketing, where she offers a free small-business marketing evaluation.