Is food addiction really a thing?

Most people who battle with food addictions are truly unaware of the stifling grip they are held in. Like any addiction, most actions- especially with food, are justified and necessary. It seems so unrealistic in the world of dieting when people can actually lose weight but simply cannot remain in the right size body(99% fail rate). There are so few people who are aware of food addiction and the symptoms because part of the addiction is the cause that truly keeps us fat and addicted. The good news is there are recent research and scientific methods to stop food addiction. I learned late in life that sugar and flour are not for me or for my brain.

Are you a food addict or just confused?

Food addiction is not really as clear as asking “Are you a morning person or a night person?”

The manifestation of food addiction is a subtle collection of food choices and habits that have developed over time and become more out of control and therefore more prevalent in our culture than any other addiction.

For most people the addiction idea is ludicrous, there’s really no reason to believe the habit of eating foods that contain refined sugar and flour will drive us to the brink disaster with diabetes, obesity, and mood disorders such as anxiety and depression – all being treated as natural outcomes to unhealthy lifestyles which point to undisciplined, will power lacking, overweight overeaters.

Moment of clarity.

I had an inkling many times about my addiction to sugar, flour, and alcohol and I was so desperate for an answer. The hunch was after ticking off all the boxes on a very successful happy life, I felt apprehension celebrating because something just didn’t match up.

I thought I was crazy.

But I never gave up.

I kept trying, sometimes succeeding (but always gaining the weight back while losing confidence), until my mind was opened to the truth! I don’t even remember why I jumped in with both feet almost immediately.

Maybe because the Bright Line Eating Bootcamp echoed with success stories, the eerie sounds of all the participants with the same story… “I didn’t know”

I do not ever want to go back to those early days of grappling with, and white knuckling my way through, barely making it through the day.

Bright Line Eating became the answer I was looking for – even when it took vulnerability and raw honesty.

“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

I never looked back. That’s what makes Bright Line Eating so compelling and so easy to connect to and fly. (check out the photo below!)

Is this you?

  1. Food is all you think about.
  2. You want to stop—but you can’t, you feel like food calls to you.
  3. You eat in secret, make excuses or lie about what you’ve eaten.
  4. You eat beyond the point of fullness but still thinking about your next meal.
  5. You are compelled to eat, especially certain foods.

Breaking food addiction.

Fortunately, we now have the science behind food addiction, so we now know what can we do to overcome it. Just like we can all break any addiction, right?? Crushing the cravings of addictive foods takes some serious courage.

Someone who has been through it all over and over again is Susan Peirce Thompson. Basically, Susan is a genius with an insanely outrageous addictive past and so, she took on her own brain to recover the truth.

So here’s how you use her learning and research to take the smart approach to beat food addiction, which ultimately revolves around your habits.

  1. For many people truly addicted to food, there is no such thing as moderation. The all-important watershed of self-responsibility means breaking the compulsive cycle that leads to addictive eating.
  2. Setting rules for your food is another way to beat using willpower, rules actually aren’t using willpower – and they can quickly become habits which bypass willpower altogether. This is the foundation of Bright Line Eating, the structured rules are so clear and direct that it removes the contemplation and decision-making process by giving you a precise program built on science and success. This approach is the best weight loss diet plan
  3. You need to become your own expert. Beyond just learning everything on the subject, you need to understand your own vulnerabilities and start planning based on your research.
  4. Build a support group or hang out in online forums where people have the same experience and goals. People in the same situation understand you more than anything. Positive connections are a part of the cure to addiction and can powerfully influence your success.

Bright Mind

Bright Line Eating takes impassioned enthusiasm and guts. However, it gets easier as your brain transmitters heal and your body begins to respond by losing weight!! Awareness can create new opportunities to use your food addiction as an initiation; important messages from your body that you can decode.

Start by creating the space between the craving to eat or binge—and then giving yourself the gift of making a powerful choice.

That space is where the healing begins.

The most wonderful compelling magic of Bright Line Eating is the exact science in what to do!! However, there really is happiness on the other side of the sugar compulsion/addiction. Because what it comes down to is choice and choice is an inside job.

Right Body

Most overweight people have never lived in a right size body. The beautiful truth about Bright Line Eating is there is a clear path not only to losing weight but a reliable program to maintain and sustain a workable, safe, naturally healthy body where authentic happiness and freedom are the byproducts!!

Maybe you watched the Bright Line Eating videos and had decided it was a great plan but you are going to attempt it on your own? Or you want to read the book and don’t need to pay the money for a boot camp? Good idea!! I’m jumping out of my seat applauding any great decision! But really? Would you get on the back of a bike with no helmet? If too much is at stake, then that remains irrespective of who drives the bike.

Sometimes what we need to do is pray for a willingness to be willing…If you don’t pray, then hold the intention to be willing. Sometimes a window of opportunity will open, and when it does, you’ll know… and your intention or prayer will help you go through it and you’ll start to see the path and where to begin.

Are you interested in a Boot Camp?

The endless support and committing one day at a time to a program can be the sweet spot for your success!

May 2019 Food Freedom Feels Amazing!!! Wearing @smokinglily Size Medium Kapow Dress. ps. the dress was bought online and I couldn’t believe it actually fit!!

I have a journey ahead of me until I reach my right weight, as well as learning through my life how to maintain it.

Every day I learn how sweet it is to live in a Bright Mind Bright Body!!

Maybe you are not sure if you are a food addict. Take this 2-minute quiz!

In the spirit of full disclosure, if you enroll in the 14-Day Challenge or Bootcamp via my link, I’ll receive a commission. The reason why I devote so much time and energy into creating my website is because of this life-changing experience. Because your success is important to me, I only recommend programs that I’ve personally used to create real results and I am a proud flag-waving citizen of Happy, Thin and Free. 


If getting into a right-sized body or making any kind of health overhaul in 2019 is on your radar screen, this is the video series that you absolutely must catch.


All you will need is your quiz results so you know if it’s right for you!

17 thoughts to “Bright Line Eating. A Good Weight Loss Diet Plan.

  • Heather

    Great post – and good luck with your journey to your right sized body. I had a right sized body and only started gaining about 11 years ago – so I still see myself as thin even though I have gained about 60 pounds – I am starting to go in the other direction due to better eating and exercise. It’s a daily struggle! One thing I find that helps me is to think of shedding pounds or burning fat instead of losing weight. The slight shift in words helps me to feel good about getting thin. Our mind tends not to want to “lose” anything – even weight. lol

    • Kathleen Milligan

      Thank you Heather! I am so happy to see you here! You’re doing so great with he slight shift in your thinking. Wouldn’t it be great if we came with an operating manual?

  • Blanka

    This is so wonderful and informative post, thanks for sharing! I think we are not addicted to certain foods, we are rather addicted to our emotions, and in order to overcome food addiction, it is important to identify an emotional need that triggers addictive behavior.
    I’ve just registered for Dr. Thompsons webinar as I’m really interested in this topic and am looking forward to hearing what she has to say. Thanks!

    • Kathleen Milligan

      Blanka, yes!! I am excited to introduce you to my favourite Neuroscientist! I hope you enjoy her research and the work she is doing for food addicts. Thank you for your comment and the opportunity to share my passion. Much appreciated.

  • kasey

    Very informative article. I have a problem with trying to figure out whether I’m addicted to certain foods or if I’m eating them during stressful times. I can always tell when I’m stressed because I go right to my favorite snacks. The brightline eating is very interesting. Great read!

    • Kathleen Milligan

      Thank you Kasey! How true!! It is such a conundrum to sort out stress eating based on emotions or addictive eating. If you are interested there are a few resources I can share. All the best to you my friend!

  • Camille Garcia

    Really good post Kathleen! Sharing your weight-loss journey with others is so powerful, and helping them through their weight loss goals, self-esteem, and inner will is such a courageous job.
    While I don’t struggle with weight-loss, I do have an aunt that does. She craves for the sugar and carbs once she feels stressed and in low spirits. The information you provide helps me to understand what she may be going through and even better, what to recommend to her to get her feeling better and healthier!

    • Kathleen Milligan

      Thank you Camille! I am so happy you have family to share this with, that is a huge compliment! I am so grateful for your kind words, many blessings my friend!

  • LeNard Simmons

    I was not aware of food addiction. I will have to look more into the sugar and flour on the brain. I try not to eat items with to much sugar in it. But I didn’t know too much flour makes people anxiety and can lead to depression.

    I don’t why, but I eat past being full and will go back and get more if it tastes good. I never had to worry about my weight, which causes me to eat a lot.

    Thank you for writing this post, I have to look at some of your other pages. I’m not trying to lose weight, but I am trying to eat healthily.

    • Kathleen Milligan

      I am so impressed with your comment!! Thank you! It is really a “hidden” addiction and something worth checking out if you are curious. I appreciate you so much, thank you for sharing your story LeNard.

  • Tom Wilson

    Great website Kathleen. Wonderful message and congratulations on sending a much needed message.

  • stefanie taylor

    Hi Kathleen, I love your website, it’s full of interesting information and research.
    Food addiction and trying to keep my weight stable is something I have battled my whole life with, and I’ve literally tried every diet going, now finally in my 40’s I have it sorted. For me it was all about PMS, when I had that I couldn’t control my food intake, especially sugar!! So for 2 weeks every month I was in food hell and never satiated. And the other 2 weeks I could control myself easily. Now I know this I take measures to keep my hormones under control and my life is so much better.
    So this is a woman’s excuse, but men are a different matter! 🙂

  • Tarzan

    Bright Line is such an incredible eating system! I wish more people knew about it, and I’m glad you are doing the important work of spreading the word. So many lives have been transformed by it.

    I think that for most people freedom from food addiction seems like a total fantasy—totally unachievable. Even unimaginable! But you (and Bright Line) have proven that it IS achievable and real. You are amazing, Kathleen!

  • Angee

    Great article and website.

  • Abbee

    Thanks for such an inspiring article, Kathleen! Bright Line sounds like an excellent program for re-training yourself to keep weight off permanently. I have lost the same 25 pounds over and over–but something would always “happen” in my life to cause me to add more sugars and grains back into my diet, and the pounds would gradually creep back on again. I have recently come to understand that I have an actual addiction to certain foods–especially sweets–and that I need to think differently about my food choices. Instead of feeling like a “glutton,” I now realize that my body has just been responding to the addictive properties of many of the processed foods that I have eaten most of my life. Dr. Thompson seems to have a good grasp of how to address the yo-yo dieter’s underlying problem of addiction. I want to look into this program further!

  • Briana

    This article is great. I have been in pretty good shape most of my life, but I have had times when I struggled. I can relate to so much of what you talk about here with food addiction.
    A few years back I had gained about 30lbs and struggled to get it off. I finally decided I just had to fully commit to eating right and exercise and eventually I was able to get the weight off.
    After a while without refined sugars and saturated fats, I started to not miss them as much.
    But then I got pregnant and went back to my old eating habits. Now my son is 5 months old and I’m still struggling to get back on track with food. This sounds like a great program that I will definitely have to take a closer look at.

  • Mary

    What a great article. I have learned between sugar and my emotions are my addictions. I have an addictive personality. Once I dropped the sugar, I realized how much better I felt. The emotions on the other hand, took me a bit longer to realize with emotions, good or bad, I was an emotional eater. once I realized that and was aware, it was a little easier for me to control.


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