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(This is the ANNUAL payment version of the Deep Den membership.


From Amanda Rose, Ph.D., Founder, Eat Like a Bear! Founder:

The Deep Den is the private, member-funded community of Eat Like a Bear.

This is an annual membership option for people who would like deeper levels of support from the Eat Like a Bear community.

What the Deep Den Is: Additional Support

At its core, The Deep Den is a place where we, the leadership of Eat Like a Bear!, provide additional support to community members, with far richer discussions than we are able to have in our large (and growing) Facebook community forums.

What we offer in those public forums has not changed over the last two years, and I do not expect it to change, but people have expressed a need for more.

The Deep Den is the place for more, for anyone who would like more.

Deep Den members have special Facebook posting privileges

As a Deep Den member, you will have access to all of our digital recipe-centered tools and community that is available in our lower-priced community membership option that focuses more on food choice. (Find that alternative here -- CLICK) Our Swanky Bear food-centered community content includes these key resources:

  • Access to the Eat Like a Bear Recipe Finder tool, a browser-based app-like recipe database with meal planning functions and shopping lists.
  • Weekly Tasty Tuesday emails, with content on upping your game in eating for weight loss and weight maintenance.
  • Access to the Swanky Bear Facebook group for open-posting and engagement opportunities with other self-sponsored members.
  • For your STORIES posts, you have the opportunity to be white-listed for posting in our 100k-member Facebook Eat Like a Bear Stories group. This is really an exceptional opportunity for posting your progress, especially in some of our community challenges. (Only members of our funded areas have posting privileges there.)
  • Access to specific challenges throughout the year, with prizes and deeper content than is available in our public areas.

In addition, with Deep Den membership you have access to the following:

  • Deep Den exclusive: Weekly live videos, Wednesdays at 9 am Pacific, including the first Wednesday on strategic eating. Other weeks will be focused on Deep Den psychology topics.
  • Deep Den exclusive: Access backstage in live videos to appear on camera for comments and questions.
  • Deep Den exclusive: Access to Project Hub Zooms, daily video-based meet-up opportunities.
  • Deep Den exclusive: Access to core psychology video content and community discussions housed at the Den at EatLikeaBearDen. com


The Deep Den Has Morphed Over Time...

Increasing the Deep Den is the core leadership community of Eat Like a Bear. We conduct our long-form video interviews inside the Deep Den before they become public on YouTube. The Deep Den is our "live studio audience" for those recordings and members join us backstage in the videos to ask questions. Those videos end up on the public YouTube channel for members of our larger community.

We are currently working on our community-wide Big Goal project inside the Deep Den. More than likely, any community travel will come out of this community. We have investigated ways for the community to meet up at various destinations, and those opportunities will likely come out of the Deep Den, so if you're interested in traveling with the community, this is the group to join.

Support in The Deep Den: Think Of These Resources As Your "Buffet of Support"

Very few people are going to eat up all of the support we serve in this buffet of support here in the Deep Den.

(Boy, we should scrap food analogies around here...)

You can simply pick and choose what works for you now, given your schedule and other aspects of life. Cherry-pick around to grab what you need right now.

In general...

We go deeper in conversations that are important to us, as a community focused on losing weight to meet our long-term health goals.

Deeper Discussions Rooted in Research

In our Eat Like a Bear! Stories community on Facebook, members post daily about how they got off track and are having difficulty getting back on track. We approve the post, and that person gets a lot of advice from the main community. I personally do not have time even to approve the posts, much less respond to them. But in The Deep Den, community members receive a Deep Den response from me. In my responses, I will likely direct you to deeper video content, content that is rooted in the social science research on strategic food choice.

Way back when I was working on my doctoral dissertation, I applied these theories to voting and public opinion. Back in the 90s, it simply never occurred to me to apply them to my weight. That's what I do these days. :-)

This is simply more support than I could ever offer in our large and growing main community on Facebook.

In fact, I make new content all the time based on our discussions in The Deep Den, so you could end up with a video response, a video series, or a guide as a response.

In past sessions, we produced some cool content based on the discussions we had:

  • I conceived of the Big Bear Blueprint course while engaging in The Deep Den. Members were asking questions about food. I was laid up on my couch with COVID. I had an epiphany about how to communicate it all better. Some weeks later, community members had access to all that new content.
  • The big "declutter" theme you see in The Deep Den rose out of the real-world need we have all had to work on our home environments. How we approach it as a community has developed over time based on member discussions.
  • Members worked together with our leaders to create a strategy to help make weekend food choices easier.
  • The course "Wrangle the Regain" was launched inside the Deep Den. Though it's a $97 course on its own, it was part of the August 2023 Deep Den as part of the membership.

Your deeper questions get deeper answers in The Deep Den, and not just from me but from other community members.

Members of The Deep Den have access to deeper content that informs their decisions and their responses to other members. Overall, the quality of discussions is far higher in The Deep Den.

Those richer discussions are the core source of support you will find in The Deep Den.

Deep Den Emails

Several times a week you will receive an email from me that directs you to core content in The Deep Den.

Weekly Live Videos

We currently offer LIVE videos weekly on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern). The topics fit with the topics of the week and month and allow you to ask questions and receive live feedback.

Yes, the live videos are available to watch as replays and they are really great community-centered discussions.

Taking Names Bearcast Live Recordings

We film all of our YouTube series episodes (Taking Names Bearcast) inside the Deep Den. You will be in a "live audience" for those recordings. They will end up being edited for brevity and on the public YouTube channel.

The "Project Hubs" (Currently via Zoom, daily at 10:00 a.m. Pacific, 1:00 p.m. Eastern + T/Th 5 pm Pacific 8 pm Eastern)

We launched our Zooms after Thanksgiving somewhat spontaneously during one of the weekly live videos. A small core of us have gotten together. In the last month we've decluttered our houses and worked on crafts.

I know my house is FAR better off for it. I likely would have gotten nothing at all done without these digital meet-ups.

But it's really better than that:

We stay connected with other human beings on a similar path, and that's a really powerful thing.

Even through struggles and bad days that connection can help people get through some of the rough patches in life.

How the Project Hubs Work

The way our Project Hubs are working at this point is simple: We show up via Zoom, and we each mention what we're about to do. We set a timer for 45 minutes, and we all go do our thing, with video cameras rolling on empty chairs if we're off cleaning or sewing something. We gather back to report on our progress, and then we all go off and be awesome.

That's it. :-)

It's a great thing!

With some "Q&A Chats" added in

As the Project Hubs have developed, the Tuesday Hub has morphed into a "Q&A Chat" where you can show up and ask questions if you'd like. Some people work on projects, some stick around for questions and answers.

Here's Jackie's take on the Project Hubs:

A How-To Library

I want you to have easy access to high-quality "how to" content. This content is food-related but does not focus on our Ridiculously Big framework content specifically. (We have other learning content on the specific food framework.) We find that these videos support some of our deeper discussions about food choices, stalls, and other setbacks.

Jump into the The Deep Den and also get:

  • The Eat Like a Bear! Weight Loss Video Library: 20+ videos on what to eat to lose weight.
  • The Deep Den Content Library dedicated to the psychology of eating, with 30+ volumes, mostly video-based with transcripts.
  • The original digital Bear Bones Blueprint, a 50-page digital book first released in January 2019 and the original manual many early members used.

The Very Biggest and Most Impactful Thing I Hope to Achieve with The Deep Den: Easier, Not Harder

I want to increase the chances that we all stay connected through the good days and the bad days. It is pretty obvious to point out that weight loss and, especially weight maintenance, fall apart on "the bad days," largely because we disconnect and disassociate from the pain and struggle of weight loss.

Here's what I've noticed: When bad days come and decisions become difficult, and we lapse into old behaviors, one of those old behaviors is, of course, eating in the way that caused us to gain weight in the first place. (Obviously.)

Then because of the potential for shame and self-judgment, we disconnect from the goal and the weight piles back on. (Obviously.)

I can easily gain a pound a day if I'm not paying attention. On the flip side, I'd have to be pretty focused to lose 1/3 pound a day. It piles on FAR more quickly than it comes off. (Obviously.)

It doesn't take much disconnecting to return to how we were (or in a worse condition).

I don't want you to disconnect!!!


The Deep Den is a key place to stay connected.

The Deep Den Philosophy

Make no mistake: Getting to a place where all of this is much, much easier is a target to shoot for. We have good days, bad days, and imperfect days. We are hopefully in continuous movement toward our goal, and that focus is what will help keep us from ricocheting back into the more painful situation we've come from.

Some of us head off in a positive direction faster and more directly than others. It is the whole diversity of struggles and approaches that help us learn how to get there in a more straightforward fashion and how to hang in there on bad days.

That said, if you are in The Deep Den and struggling, your story will help the community grow stronger. Struggles are also called experience, and we use experience to make tomorrow easier.

Content Delivery

Much of the core content in The Deep Den is delivered via video, both pre-recorded and live.

The pre-recorded video content includes video transcripts, making the content easy to skim if you would rather read it.

The Project Hubs currently take place on Zoom, which is a video-based meet-up (and easy to use).

Some content is delivered as downloadable PDF files.

All content is 100% digitally-based.

The Deep Den Price Tag

Here in California, the cost of The Deep Den for three months is cheaper than filling up my Ford Explorer. That full tank of gasoline gets me only to Los Angeles (but not back again!).

We're way cheaper than a tank of gas!

If I were me and reading this page, I'd forego that jaunt to Los Angeles and instead stay home and take shelter in The Deep Den. That decision would, in fact, save me money because I can only get to L. A. on that tank of gas. (Cue the jokes about getting stuck in L. A. ....)

Other notable comparisons:

  • Each week in The Deep Den costs you about US$7. That's the cost of one fairly atrocious fast food meal.

  • What we eat at Eat Like a Bear! also saves us a good bit more than $7 a week. Reinvest those dollars into your future self, and use it today to make tomorrow easier.

  • The Deep Den costs far less than a decent pair of shoes. Shop for shoes at a thrift store to save for The Deep Den!!! (Yes, I continue to be a bad influence on the thrifters....)

At the end of the day, this is the price it costs to provide this additional support, and our pockets are pretty empty, so we do pass the hat.

With the fairly extreme amount of weight loss success we've had in these past several years, I expect we could ask a good bit more than seven dollars a week.

Annual Cost with a Recurring Charge

This community has a recurring charge, recurring annually if you select the annual option.

Cancel at any time

Cancel your membership at any time, but remain a member through the term that you have paid. (For instance, if your membership renews on the 21st of the month and you cancel on the 14th, you will remain a member until the 21st.)

Financial Risk?

This is not a high-dollar membership with a lot of risk, and you are only paying for a month at a time.

All of our digital products (including this one) come with a 7-day no-questions-asked full refund.

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