I’m Katie Gates, author of Katie’s Bright Kitchen.
I share meal ideas, recipes, and resources that have supported me as I explore my relationship with food, eating, and weight.
I, like many in today’s modern food environment, am susceptible to the craving states and numbing pulls of highly palatable, processed foods. For years, I struggled with mental obsessions about my weight and my food, and felt unable to find a moderation approach or style of eating that felt good to me.
In October 2016, I found Bright Line Eating, scoring a 7 on the susceptibility scale. I was instantly sold on Susan Peirce Thompson’s message about the neuroscience of food addiction and drew myself some bright lines, cutting most of those foods out of my diet. For several years, creating firm, clear boundaries with my food through Bright Line Eating served me well, and opened up a world of new possibilities for growth and healing. Through their bootcamp, I lost 70 pounds over a period of a few months, and learned some powerful lessons along the way.
Today, I continue to maintain the weight loss I achieved in Bright Line Eating (within a comfortable range), but I do not follow the program anymore. I am joyfully and curiously exploring what I like to call my middle path, or “conscious eating.” Bright Line Eating helped me become aware of my unconscious habits and patterns with food, and supported me in creating new, intentional, healthy eating behaviors.
Bright Line Eating is also where I found some of my dearest friends and built an invaluable support system. I gained exposure to the tools and resources I needed for the inner work that becomes necessary when food is no longer available as a means of soothing or numbing difficult emotions.
But for me, weighing and measuring my food and abstaining from sugar and flour wasn’t the end-all-be-all. I reached a point where I didn’t want the goal to be maintenance, but rather mastery. Mastery of my mind, thoughts, and food behaviors, with joy and freedom as the foundation.
Slowly, tentatively, well supported and with one foot still in Bright Line Eating land, I began to expand my thinking beyond BLE, exploring other schools of thought such as Mindful Eating, and Intuitive Eating.
I am grateful for the lessons of each passing chapter, and remain open to the challenges and transformations to come.
I hope you enjoy my musings and culinary creations!