From Drug & Food Addict to Neuroscientist?

Food can be a major source of conflict in People's lives Susan's battle with food took her down a dangerous path of drug addiction She thought she would never escape [I] Think I had a food problem long before [I] knew I had a food problem [I] was into food as a kid I could make you thanksgiving dinner at the age of eight [I'm] not even kidding food became my companion my excitement

That's when I was like I am a food addict It was a nightmare the way my weight Just progressively kept climbing climbing when I was 14 [I] tried my first drug It was psychedelic mushrooms It was amazing I felt free I felt alive, and I woke up the next day And I stepped on the scale and I'd lost seven pounds in that one night I was blown away, and I remember committing to myself that I was going to do that every chance I got that I found the answer finally and I did I was doing drugs to stay then and Then when I was 16, I found crystal meth and it really accelerated from there I would do crystal meth so intensely if no sleeping no food no water for four five six seven Nights at a time just continuously awake I lost 30 pounds in a couple months

I started having delusions hallucinations Drug-induced pSychosis and I had to drop out of high [school] And I started doing cocaine and [that] morphed into doing crack cocaine during that time I lost everything [I] became a call girl I started sleeping on the streets It was a dark scary place, and it all came to a head on august 9th of 1994 I just turned 20 years old and I was in a crack house I've been smoking for three-four days continuously And I just had this awareness and I knew right then that if I didn't get up and get out of there, right? Then that's all I was ever going to be [I] ended up going to a 12-step program And I haven't had a drink or a drug in 22 and a half years so I stopped using the drugs and I was great But I got fat really fast 4050 pounds [almost] immediately essentially I replaced my drug addiction with my food addiction like I could eat most of the pizza and then a big pot of pasta and then a pint of ice cream And then cupcakes pies cakes my binges were so vicious [at] one point I gained 16 pounds in one week one time my stomach lining ruptured And I wasn't able to stand up And I knew that if I didn't really tackle my food addiction like I'd tackled my drug addiction [I] was never gonna live the life that I was meant to live She's tackled both and a lot has changed since [Susan] was battling her food and drug addiction today She's clean healthy and a Neuroscientist Commend you for turning your life around How did you go from being a drug meth addict to getting your phd? Um yeah, I passed her normal now It's great So well I had to start small like enrolled in Community college And I did well there and I transferred to uc Berkeley And then I went on to get my phd in brain and cognitive [sciences] And then did a two-year postdoctoral Fellowship in psychology at the University of new South with a lot of this driven by your past experience I wanted to know how it is that a brain like mine Can go so far [off] the rails and so we're in the mix did overcoming the food addiction come how were you able to do? That well that took a lot longer for me food was harder than drugs by far and anyone watching think about that It was harder for Susan [to] overcome her food addiction than her drug addiction

[yeah] for me It was learning what the addictive foods are it's sugar and flour and Becoming willing to abstain from them completely like I abstained from drugs completely and you actually wrote a book Right called Bright-line eating so tell us about your method Yeah, so bright lines are clear on ambiguous boundaries that you just don't cross I need a bright line for sugar and flour I don't eat them ever and that's how I've [been] able to maintain You know a Slender weight now for over 14 years What I love the most about you [is] now that you understand how [the] addictive brain works both professionally and personally you're now using [that] to influence others you

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