Hello my name is Kathleen and…If you have ever mocked a recovery group you know the rest of that storyAnd I am a food addict.

Welcome, I am also hot mess talking about it

Going public is a tricky spot for any addict and perhaps that is what keeps us silent and unsuccessful at seeing the truth. You see I am actually a recovering food addict with hundreds of “clean days”(472 to be exact!). I am blissfully taking a big step into the world to share with people just like you my success with overcoming an addiction I didn’t even know I had!! And because it is a very uncomfortable feeling to leap into the abyss of my own deep dark secrets’ something terrible happened… (I will get to that later, stay with me, I need to muster up some courage)

License to be a Life Coach

To make sure nothing slips through the cracks here and you get a taste of why this is important, let me give you some back story. Professionally, I have all kinds of tools, I have read an entire library of self-help books, been in therapy since I was 21, the number of courses I have under my belt is like a black belt in Life Coaching and I have a decade plus in my awesome private practice. My best intention is to advocate success for myself and clients which has been the driving force in both my professional and personal life. And yet all that wisdom and I didn’t know I was a food addict.

Can we talk about the brain for a minute?

When it comes to the art of the perfect brain, there is some analysis. Brains have been mysterious to scientists for a very long time and to consider we might know how our brain operates is still new to most people. We can look in our own lives and notice how we have performed up there, (or not) and most likely when it comes to weight loss we look to only blame our body. Honestly, I was the exact same, even knowing one of my very own super powers was helping clients figure out their brain, I still believed my body was responsible for the ongoing wrongdoing in the weight department.

Here are some consistent crazy principles I believed:

  1. Mind and body are connected, except when it isn’t
  2. It takes will power to lose weight
  3. Exercise is the only way to a healthy body because diets never work
  4. Love and accept your body regardless
  5. Moderation is key…(but over eating is the norm)
  6. Emotional eating can be resolved if you “get over it”
  7. One size fits all is a lie and XL leggings can never be too stretchy

Boy, was I ever wrong.

The Truth will Set you Happy, Thin and FREE?

I’ve learned a bunch of new brain science from my girl Susan Peirce Thompson, you should check her out because she is super smart and has been in the addiction trenches real deep. (unbelievably heroic in my opinion – from a crystal meth addict to neuroscientist!!). Everything I have learned from Susan has been a dream come true, a desperate prayer answered, the Mother of all weight loss plans, a diet program finally to help me holistically understand the brain is the best way to bring about a healthy, happy, and thin(er) body.

Now let me tell you about that terrible moment I mentioned – three days ago I relapsed. Yes, the ego crushing moment I decided to step forth in the world to share my Bright Line Eating victory – (the miracle diet plan), the wheels fell off my beautiful string of “clean days”. Instead of boldly showing up that day with raw authenticity, I ate stale food slathered with fatty goo. The aftermath of the “episode” was a flood of hot fat tears, deep disappointment, huge frustration and the impeccably timed weekly VLOG from Susan in my inbox like a message from heaven. (leave a comment if you want to know the exact one, there are 100’s). Susan shares openly, sometimes shockingly, she spoke a truth to me that day, something like “If more people knew they were addicts more people could recover… recovery is better than anyone could ever imagine” What?? (Chills!!) I was floored, it is like wishing someone to fail so they can get better?? Yes.

My relapse was the best place for me to start because I am like every recovered addict, I want to be perfect, I want it to “work” so bad, I want to prove Bright Line Eating is the answer. (And it is.) I am here today stronger and clearer and more determined because I started here this new life journey reaching out to the world, at failure.

Come on out?

The cycle of addiction runs in a deep lonely place within us, the antidote to addiction is connection. I almost let the grip of isolation and failure stop me from connecting because my addicted brain wanted me to stay safe, uncomfortable and fat 472 days ago. I reluctantly rode the Bright Line Eating wave at first, trust me, I was a huge skeptic.

If you’ve almost given up attempting to lose weight because you’re exhausted from trying so hard and not succeeding, if your health has become an issue and you’ve got to make a change, or if you just have a few pounds to lose and really would like to shed them and keep them off, then I have good news. You can learn why your brain has been blocking you from losing weight and adopt a simple system that will permanently turn that around. I promise, you CAN amaze yourself, you are smart and sometimes we just need a solid plan.


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As you likely know, I participate in Bright Line Eating because I wholeheartedly believe this training will help you achieve a successful body you love. However, if her program does not feel right for you, I completely understand!


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12 thoughts to “Food for your thoughts. Bright Line Eating Review.

  • Debbie

    This touched me so much, you are inspiring, thank you for being raw and for sharing your beautiful story, looking forward to hearing more, thank you again!

    • admin

      Thank you Debbie. I am here to share my story to inspire others, I am grateful you are here.

  • Courtney

    Boy, isn’t food a struggle!? I’ve always been thin, with an out-of-this-world metabolism. Let’s just say if I get a 24 hour flu, I lose so much weight I look like I may be addicted to street drugs. Because of this, I’ve always thought, “A calorie is a calorie” and I welcomed them all! There’s nothing I wouldn’t eat. Especially while backpacking, hiking and camping. Anytime I burn energy I feel like I can eat an elephant.
    I have only recently (during the past 3-4 months) begun to delve deep into the benefits of personal awareness. Where food is concerned it’s an awareness that I’m eating when I’m not even hungry, perhaps out of boredom, or for the simple fact that it’s there and available. An awareness that it’s not food my body wants, but water. An awareness that room temperature water is best for you, the addictive properties of sugar (more addictive than heroin) and how it’s in literally EVERYTHING we eat on a daily basis. I learned how processed foods aren’t even real foods but “fillers” and that led me to a true awareness of how our incredible bodies work; if our skin can heal itself on the outside, our bodies can also heal ourselves from the inside.

    I’ve been learning many holistic principles. That our diet has EVERYTHING to do with the diseases and ailments that plague the human race, everything from diabetes to cancers. It can all be prevented! I used to be of the mindset, “It’s not IF but WHEN” we all contract disease– but after watching several documentaries and researching and learning about a healthy, raw diet, I now know that this is not the case. Why do we not learn these things in school?? I’m very interested in reading more of your posts! Thank you so much for sharing your story, I’m 100% positive it will benefit all who read it! Keep up the good work, cheers!

    • admin

      Hello there Courtney!! You are so smart and all the awareness you have created in a short time, I promise you keep at this and you will be blown away at how much HEALTH we have within our control. If we learned this in school the world would be a very different place. Thank you for sharing all your stories, I am so impressed by you!

  • Fleur Allen

    Thanks Kathleen a great heart felt story and lovely for you to share, I feel like I know you well already! We are exactly what we eat aren’t we? It has been only in the past year that weight gain has been an issue for me, I have been fortunate but I am working on not only the right food to eat but the right mind set and support networks too.

    • admin

      Thank you for your comment Fleur, I am excited to share this information with people like you!! It is great to connect and learn from each other. Much happiness to your Bright Mind and Bright Body!! <3

  • Bini

    I am spellbound right now, trust me. Thanks you for sharing your experience. I am really struggling to loose weight and your article is working like a healing magic potion for me. I agree with you completely the cycle of addiction lies in our loneliness.
    Tomorrow will be a new day and I will definitely try to control my brain and follow your days and come back to share my numbers of “clean days”.

    • admin

      Thank you Bini!! My heart is so full of love for you and what you so beautifully shared. I have learned the way to overcome the addiction is connection – to ourselves and to the world. As you have read here, you are NOT alone and there is so much going on, it is hard to make sense of it. This video helps understand the neuroscience behind it all. Please keep in touch and let me know how you are? You are amazing, thank you for your comment.

  • Barbara Kramen-Kahn

    Kathleen, your messages speak from the heart and tell the truth. You write beautifully in a way that’s a pleasure to read. After over two years on BLE maintenance, I can totally support your information. As a sugar addict, I completely relate to the need to give it up in order to have better health. I feel blessed to have found BLE and you. Thank you for your insights.

    • Kathleen Milligan

      Thank you Barbara! I am so happy to see your comment! Having a BLE veterans eyes on these words and pages makes me super proud to be here sharing my testament to this life giving program. Much love to you my friend!

  • Alison

    Kathleen, I am struggling in my first week without any sugar or flour and …oh how it hurts….especially the hour of 5pm with rangy, hungry, just-home-from school kids. You give me hope that somewhere in the future this witching hour will not be an all encompassing struggle but instead a reminder of how much I have accomplished and how far I have come. Thank you for all that you put out in the world because it helps me strive to be a better version of myself.

    • Kathleen Milligan

      Thank you for your beautiful message Alison! And congratulations on starting!! The beginning is t is the most difficult time, treat yourself with kindness and gentleness, it is literally like rehabilitation. Life is hectic with the daily demands but I am certain once you get through it you will be in a very powerful place with your mind and body to handle these daily tasks with grace and ease. I love your courage!! <3


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