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I heard that soy causes breast cancer. Can I safely eat tofu, tempeh, and other soy products?

Several years ago, when Susan started eating mostly (often entirely) plant-based protein sources, she was concerned about whisperings she’d heard about soy “causing breast cancer.” Susan did some research on the topic and found this article. It doesn’t give an …

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I have a colonoscopy coming up. What should I do about the drink for the preparation?

Medicines with sugar or artificial sweetener in them generally are not triggering, as our brains are able to relegate the sugar consumption to just that occasion. We have never seen anyone triggered by the colonoscopy preparation solution, so you can …

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I follow a Paleo diet. Is this compatible with Bright Line Eating?

Yes, you can easily adapt the Bright Line Eating food plan to work with a Paleo diet. Protein options include most unprocessed meats, eggs, fish, and nuts. Processed high-fat foods (such as bacon, sausage, or hot dogs) should be avoided …

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I am an athlete in training for a climb. How can I modify Bright Line Eating to fulfill my needs?

With serious athletic training, you may need to eat larger quantities and/or more frequent meals in order to keep your energy and performance up. It’s hard to make generalizations, as individual needs and training regimens vary so much. Work with …

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How long does it take for leptin to come back on board?

Leptin is blocked by insulin in both the hypothalamus and the brainstem. Thus, the rate at which leptin resistance reverses will be determined, in large part, by the extent of insulin resistance and the rate of improvement of insulin sensitivity. …

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What if I experience dry mouth due to medications?

You can use mouthwash or drink BLE-approved beverages like water, sparkling water, or herbal tea between meals. Keeping your lips moist with lip balm can help as well. Perhaps explore some essential oils to put into your water. It’s not …

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Can Bright Line Eating cause diarrhea?

Bright Line Eating typically does not cause diarrhea. We suggest you work with your doctor to explore the possible underlying cause of your diarrhea, should you experience it. You may want to temporarily choose more binding foods, such as bananas, …

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Should I change my plan if I’m breastfeeding? Are there specific guidelines for nursing mothers?

Breastfeeding and losing weight is tricky. Since your milk supply is the highest priority, a three-meal maintenance plan is recommended at the outset, with the following additions: an extra grain serving at breakfast, an extra 1/2 grain serving at lunch …

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What effects does Bright Line Eating have on the brain?

When you do Bright Line Eating, the brain rewires in five ways: Insulin spikes stop, and baseline insulin levels begin to lower. This causes the leptin which is already circulating in your blood to be seen by the brain stem …

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Does the Boot Camp only help people with overeating, or will it help people who have eating disorders as well?

It depends on the person, the eating disorder, and the severity of symptoms. Someone with severe anorexia is likely not a good candidate for Bright Line Eating. We do have a few people in our community for whom restriction was …

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