A few years ago I attempted to retain the services of an editor to assist me with the mechanics of my book on spiritual recovery from food addiction. The first question she asked me was, “Why are you writing this book?”
Well, I stammered through a sentence or two saying something to the fact that I wanted to help people.
Silence on the other end.
After hanging up from a difficult call, I thought hard and deep and wrote and rewrote and wrote again to the point of where my book, Release Your Obsession with Food: Heal from the Inside Out: morphed into work I’m quite proud of. This was the start of my Release Your Obsession series starting with this book one. I learned from that call, and a failed attempt to string my efforts in the right pattern, exactly how to answer that very question with my now editor for book one, two…and yes three…
Why am I writing this book? Why was I taking a dissertation that was stale and breathing life into a first book for a wide audience of therapists, eating disordered persons, and those struggling with weight issues in general? I knew for a fact I didn’t write this book for notoriety, fame, money, or to see my name in print.
I wrote this book for us who are alone with the monster (Food) every single day and trying to control it and not let it control us.
I wrote because living with an addiction to specific foods that result in compulsive overeating is an unsolicited and difficult path to venture alone. I know when I was struggling with obsessing and bingeing on food I had no idea where to turn. I was lost and scared and didn’t understand why I couldn’t stop eating to the point my weight was nearly 100 pounds over the suggested healthy weight. I thought something was wrong with me. First I thought I was crazy, and then wondered if I had a physical problem—or perhaps God was angry with me.
Or, I was weak and had no control.
Compulsive eaters most often don’t recognize they have sensitivities to certain foods but rather believe something is wrong with them when they can’t manage their food intake in “normal” amounts—especially in regard to carbohydrates. Often, for this group of individuals, excess weight, mood swings, extreme fatigue, and irritability are everyday occurrences. Seeking answers to what is actually a disease may not be the obvious road for the sufferer to travel, so blaming self for lack of willpower becomes the daily, inner rant.
Compulsive eaters at nearly every stage of their misery pick up self-help books, try fad diets, join diet clubs, and sometimes even enter treatment centers for eating disorders—all of which are structured to help inform and “cure” them of their debilitation. But the books, diet centers, counselors, and eating disorder treatment facilities generally do not address the actual food sensitivity or the sufferer’s ultimate spiritual depletion. Instead, these turn the afflicted addict loose, clutching a Band-Aid solution (diet), without looking more deeply into the food sensitivity and spiritual bankruptcy plaguing the food disordered person’s very soul.
Release Your Obsession with Food: Heal from the Inside Out, addresses those who seek recovery from binge eating and/or food addiction and who define themselves as “spiritual.” This first book illuminates the experience of living with food addiction, recovery, and movement in the direction of spiritual revitalization. This is not a ten-step formula for losing weight and/or being “cured” of a compulsive eating disorder—because losing weight is not the focus of the book, and food addiction is a lifelong disease that can only be dealt with one day at a time.
Well, then I realized this first book wasn’t enough and Release Your Obsession with Diet Chatter: Heal from the Inside Out was birthed and launched in November of 2018 to address the stinking thinking we often do.
Often, I’m asked how this second book ever came into being, and I think the best answer is that after I wrote my first book, Release your Obsession with Food: Heal from the Inside Out, I realized my work wasn’t done but rather only beginning. To unravel and correct eating disorders takes tapping into the many realms of the travel from eating disorders to eating recovery, from negative chatter to positive chatter, to eating healthful foods no matter where you are or who you are with, whether on the weekend out to eat or in another state or country.
The end result I’ve tried to produce in Release Your Obsession with Diet Chatter: Heal from the Inside Out is a blend of a spiritual slant on diet obsessions, together with practical, down-to-earth advice. I want to help readers learn how to live more fully day to day in order to break from negative, compulsive, diet thoughts (or any form of negative thoughts for that matter).
Who Is This Book For
Most important I wrote this book for us, who are alone with the drunken monkey diet thoughts every single day and trying to control it and not let it control us. I wrote because living with an addiction to specific foods that result in compulsive overeating is an unsolicited and difficult path to venture alone. I know when I was struggling with obsessing and bingeing on food I had no idea where to turn. I was lost and scared and didn’t understand why I couldn’t stop eating to the point my weight was nearly 100 pounds over the suggested healthy weight. I thought something was wrong with me.
Release Your Obsession with Diet Chatter: Heal from the Inside Out reveals how we can mold and transform every day of our lives into authentic vibrant and passionate spiritual expressions of a higher consciousness while obtaining relief and resolution of never-ending negative, compulsive diet thoughts.
Release Your Obsession with Diet Chatter: Heal from the Inside Out is the “outpatient” or “home-based” version of the program I offer in my practice.
I realized my work was not quite done as book one looked at the physical and chemical reaction to certain foods while book two addressed the cognitive side and now I needed to combine book one and two concepts with the focus on beating this cheat day mentality that’s rampant today…hence… Release Your Obsession with Cheat DAZE: Heal from the Inside Out was written.
Cheat DAZE is not your common diet book—it’s not about a diet at all—the subject is a freedom you never imagined—freedom from the Cheat DAZE food frenzy that seizes you on any and every special occasion.
Well, no more.
This is a new way of relating to food. Imagine that you feel no gripping rush toward “willpower,” or guilt, or jonsing, or any of those old, familiar, feelings when that urge comes on and you know you’re going to cave.
By the time you finish reading Release your Obsession with Cheat DAZE: Heal from the Inside Out, you’ll be able to skillfully arrest any inner and outer turmoil focused on the one cheat day—that often turns into days—and the Daze, as you enter Zombie Zone.
But instead, for once, you will live free from the burdens and fears of giving into sugary, high-fat food selections, no longer white knuckling and forcing change in an unnatural way. You will no longer live for the cheat day. You will no longer live for the food, but enjoy what you eat to fulfill your miraculous body’s real needs—and thrive.
No book, psychologist, psychotherapist, spiritualist, or life coach, can guarantee that out-of-control eating during every function in any given situation will cease for the rest of your life, or that you will embrace food-fest-frenzy relief without a taint, just as no one can guarantee you will be financially secure for the remainder of your life after playing Power Ball and winning millions of dollars—or that you will live life in perfect harmony every single minute of your life without a blemish—even if you live in the best of situations.
But I can promise to show you ways to maneuver through life’s festivities at peace with food and all that such relaxation entails, if you practice the suggestions laid out in this book. As you power through these pages, you will master traveling, long weekends, holidays, birthdays, Memorial and Labor Day, and yes, even funerals, with your food selection that fits your healthy lifestyle—and no more “just this one time” attitude.
By the time you finish reading Release Your Obsession with Cheat DAZE: Heal from the Inside Out, You will have collected an arsenal of strategies to silence the planned temptations, and once and for all free yourself from the burdens you have entrapped in your food fests frenzy, any celebration must-eat mentality.
I know this struggle all to well, living to eat this or that because it’s a celebratory time of the year. I know the struggle of wanting to eat decadent treats but not being able to stop though you want to. I want to tell every mom and dad to pay attention to your little girl or boy and notice if they are isolating and rarely laugh. Reach out to the child and show them the way to peace and freedom from cravings and to a strong and healthy physical body naturally.
I want to break the chain.
I wrote all three books for doctors and therapists to let them know this obsession is real and to treat it with the right foods, exercise, and spiritual connection. That cutting their stomachs to reroute their food and or cutting and filling their stomachs with fill is a wasted effort if the patient is not educated about trigger foods, cheat days, and faulty thinking.
I wrote these books for my sons, husband, father, and siblings to tell them about my struggles and triumphs. I am writing this book for my mom who no longer is here because her obsessions and cravings led to a massive stroke and took her life before her time.
I wrote these books for my best friend Yvonne who tried to help and understand me and believed I should work my food in moderation not understanding one bite of certain foods sent me down the road of bingeing and not returning.
I reached out to cousins who have the same problem as I do to let them know it is genetic and not their fault.
And most of all, I wrote these books on releasing obsessions for me to work through and understand all my struggles. To understand why I made some of the poor choices I made. To reflect on how lonely and scared I was most of my life.
I wrote these books to stare down the doubters, the scoffers, the misunderstood, the authorities—the government.
Our children are in trouble. We need to rise up and face this situation now.
I wrote these books to save my patients from a disease that kills.
I wrote these books because God wants me to write and He will guide me throughout the process no matter how long it takes, no matter how high my mountain will be.
“Anyone facing the struggles of cheat days in food choices will find this book truly transforming. I can’t recommend it enough! It has changed my life in more ways than I thought possible. “Life and happiness are about now…not tomorrow, and not yesterday.” I consider this quote of hers to be most inspiring.” ~Margie Miklas, author of My Amalfi Coast Love Affair
“Written with charm and grace, this refreshing book reminds us that food isn’t what feeds us, but that communion with others and with the inner life is the real food of substance. Our lives are the treat, not what we crave at the dinner table. ~G. Miki Hayden, Author
“Release Your Obsession with Cheat DAZE: Heal from the Inside Out…is such a relatable read! The personal experience coupled with reasonable application is a much needed journey to recovery.” ~Leah Jordan Meahl, Author of The Threshold
“Release Your Obsession with Cheat DAZE will resonate with anyone seeking a path to true emotional freedom from food. In this impactful book, Dr. Ortigara Crego provides a perspective and road map for that power, combining inspiring real-life stories with practical examples and tools. This is wonderful book with a powerful message and beautiful vision on how to heal from the inside out—one person at a time. ~Dara Bushman, Psy. D., A Licensed Clinical Psychologist in recovery from food addiction; practices as a specialist in eating disorders.
In Release Your Obsession with Cheat DAZE: Heal from the Inside Out; Dr. Lisa Ortigara once again introduces the would-be dieter to what they really need: a complete lifestyle change. As Dr. Ortigara Crego so eloquently points out, “When your diet is cleared of toxic foods, you’ll want to eat foods that are clean and real.” And she couldn’t be more right! I know from personal experience that once you switch to real, whole foods, you will no longer crave processed junk. Nature holds a bounty of flavors to satisfy our palettes, which unfortunately have been dulled by the deluge of high fructose corn syrup and chemicals in the plastic-like “food” that makes up the standard American Diet (as referenced in this wonderful book”.
I especially enjoyed Dr. Ortigara Crego’s account of how food addiction causes its sufferers to lose control with a single “cheat’ and how this turns into a cheat daze, as this is not something us non-food addicts generally “get”, but the way the information is presented here really helped me understand what a lot of my peers are going through.
Another favorite is how the author weaves in spiritual needs and the connection between feeding the belly and the soul. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with dieting and food obsession/addiction (and friends and family struggling to understand what the food addict is going through). The personal inventory questions are invaluable and Dr. Ortigara Crego’s lifestyle changes provide a simple blueprint to get healthy and stay that way once and for all. ~Riya Anne Polcastro, Author of Death by Gluten: How Undiagnosed Celiac Almost Cost Me My Life.
And so in closing, years after I wrote Release Your Obsession with Food: Heal from the Inside Out, I realized my work was not done, instead it was only beginning so I went on to write, Release Your Obsession with Diet Chatter: Heal from the Inside Out. And yet my work still was not done which birthed a third book: Release Your Obsession with Cheat DAZE: Heal from the Inside Out with a soft launch December 13th 2019.
Stay tuned…you never know where my mind will wander but wherever it goes I’m sure to bet you’re wondering about it too…
Do you believe in cheat days? Do you know someone who can eat whatever they want for one day and then return to healthy eating. Do you suffer with an eating disorder? If so, spread the word that there is help and hope.
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