Do recipes serve you on your recovery journey?
This a question that I have spent quite a bit of time worrying about as a person who provides recipes to food addicts.
As you know, one of the food-addiction recovery programs that my recipes can help support is Bright Line Eating, founded and led by the brilliant and beautiful Susan Pierce Thompson. I’ve spent quite a bit of time discussing the ideas of cookbooks and recipes with the BLE team, and in her vlog this week Susan explains very eloquently why she could not endorse an official BLE cookbook. It’s worth a watch. I have so much love and respect for Susan.
I also appreciate that in this vlog she acknowledges the mid-rangers like me (I’m a 7 on the susceptibility scale). She says that for many people like herself who are high on the scale the goal of this way of eating is food neutrality, or as she put it, keeping your food in black and white so that you can live your life in full color.
The part that resonated strongly with my experience and my relationship to food is at 10:45, when she addresses mid-rangers like me. I really can keep my food in color AND can life my life in color too. Focusing on my food a little bit does not detract from the quality and fullness of my life in other areas. I guess I am one of the lucky ones that really can keep a foot happily in both worlds and stay in a right sized body.
I appreciate her saying this because sometimes I feel like I am doing Bright Line Eating “wrong” because I do let my food be fun and sexy sometimes.
I have a different history with food than Susan. My food was not abusive to me in the way that she describes. She makes an analogy of her relationship to food as an abusive relationship (with food as the abuser), and that she wants nothing to do with food anymore.
But food didn’t abuse me. It manipulated me, and made me feel powerless at times. But then BLE came along and I became empowered with the tools to regain control over my food. These tools helped me eliminate the manipulative parts of that old relationship, and to repair it. And at the end of the day I am glad to say that food and I are still good friends.
This has not been everyone’s experience, and I am sure that Susan’s experience is much more common in the BLE community, and in the food-addiction recovery community at large.
As you enjoy and explore the recipes that Katies Bright Kitchen has to offer, I invite you to think about your history and relationship with food. Are recipes making your life brighter and more vibrant, or are they preventing your from living your life in full color?
I’d love to hear about your experiences in relation to this vlog topic. Leave a comment!
P.S. Here’s a link to the susceptibility scale if you are new to the idea of Bright Line Eating!