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What is the Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD)?

The Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD) was pioneered by Valter Longo as an alternative to water fasting. Water fasting has a myriad of demonstrated health benefits, but a lot of people find it hard (whether psychologically or physically) to not eat anything for days on end. However, the FMD creates a lot of the same physiological …

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I have Candida—can I still do Bright Line Eating?

Candida is a fungal infection that can manifest in the mouth, gut, genitals, or even the feet. It’s the most common form of fungal infection worldwide. Yes, you can absolutely do Bright Line Eating with candida. In fact, eliminating sugar and flour is an excellent foundation for reducing inflammation and boosting health—including anti-fungal health. You …

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I have coated tongue. What is causing this?

Coated tongue could be caused by a lot of things, including detox. You can try tongue scraping, but we recommend you see your doctor for further advice.

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I have Hashimoto’s. Can I lose weight doing BLE with thyroid issues?

Absolutely. Many successful Bright Line Eaters have Hashimoto’s and other forms of thyroid disease and are highly successful. Of course, it’s possible that your thyroid disorder will slow your weight loss. Not necessarily, though. If you do find your weight loss is slow (or nonexistent), you may need to be on a lighter food plan …

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Will my body experience a detox period when I start BLE?

Weight loss is very stressful on the body. People can experience a wide variety of withdrawal and detox symptoms during the weight-loss phase of Bright Line Eating. These range from general tiredness to flu-like symptoms, and sometimes people even experience hives and shakiness. The withdrawal symptoms resolve within a few days, but the detox can …

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Do you need to do a cleanse while doing Bright Line Eating?

Generally speaking, we find that taking or doing a “cleanse” is not needed when we implement the food plan as suggested in Bright Line Eating. Our bodies’ systems respond exceptionally well to whole, healthy food with nutritious fiber and macronutrients. Most bodily systems naturally heal and thrive as we fuel them with the BLE food …

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Will Bright Line Eating help with leaky gut?

Yes, BLE will help with leaky gut. Try to stick to organic, non-GMO foods and work closely with your doctor.

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Am I going to have a lot of loose skin?

Loose skin is one of the few downsides to losing so much weight, and it is a valid concern. If you are worried about this happening to you, Susan advises to first focus on losing the weight, and then give it a year. You never know what a year can do to your body or …

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How do I feed my family while doing Bright Line Eating?

Cooking for a family can seem daunting when you’re pursuing a new lifestyle. However, following the Bright Line Eating food plan does not mean you have to cook separate meals for your family. Susan has three little children and a husband, none of whom follow Bright Line Eating (the BLE food plan is not necessarily …

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What are some options to help resolve excessive gas, and what may be causing it?

The transition from a standard Western diet filled with sugar and flour to a diet of whole foods, including an abundant variety of vegetables, can initially cause some gas as the body adapts to the increased quantity of fiber. Continued gas is not typical, however, and you may want to work with your GI doctor …

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