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Can I use psyllium husks to help with constipation?

Psyllium husks can be used to keep bowel movements regular. Find an unsweetened brand and consume twice a day with water.

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How do I handle menstrual cravings on Bright Line Eating?

Many people report a reduction in pre-menstrual symptoms once they are eating whole, unprocessed foods. Once sugar and flour are eliminated, many women are delighted to discover they no longer experience PMS to the degree they used to. If your PMS symptoms have increased, perhaps wait a few cycles to see if it’s a pattern, …

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Is Bright Line Eating like a ketogenic diet?

Bright Line Eating is a moderate carbohydrate approach and is not designed to induce ketosis. Therefore, the body is unlikely to build up ketones to the extent that it would on a ketogenic diet. Research is not yet available on the long-term effects of ketogenic diets. Like most things, you can find experts who will …

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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 overview of the benefits of soy; it simply addresses that one question. Based on the …

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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 during weight loss. Fat options are your choice within the prescribed limits. Grass-fed butter, olive …

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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 a Bright Line Eating coach and/or modify your plan yourself as needed.

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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. For some people, this may only take a couple or a few weeks. For others, …

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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 recommended to chew gum or use mints or breath strips, because the artificial sweeteners and …

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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, cheese, and yogurt, and perhaps search online or consult your doctor for other ideas.

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How do I approach breastfeeding or nursing while doing Bright Line Eating?

Breastfeeding and losing weight is tricky. While on the weight loss plan, you can increase your food intake as needed to ensure milk production. If you notice your milk production is low, please switch to the maintenance food plan and increase as needed to keep your milk production up. Be sure to consult with your …

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