Friday, May 13, 2016

Busy, Stressed, and Food Obsessed

By Lisa Lewtan

     When stress comes knocking, we eat. When we’re celebrating, we eat. When we’re happy, sad, angry, bored, or relaxed, we eat. Whether we feel good about our bodies or loathe what we see in the mirror, we eat. And often, we hate ourselves for it.
    Diets don’t work. “No pain, no gain” tactics are emotionally and physically draining and ineffective, and they often employ shame and guilt—two excellent motivators for comfort eating.
     Food is the ultimate double-crosser. It provides pleasure and pain in equal measure, but unlike people, you can’t break up with food. Instead, you need to change how you think and relate to food so you reap the positives without letting it drive you to distraction.
     Healthy living strategist and personal coach Lisa Lewtan has the answer: an honest exploration of your relationship with food. Through mindfulness exercises and self-examination, you’ll learn to identify the chemical and emotional triggers that encourage you to eat and how to live a life where food strengthens, rather than weakens.
     Busy, Stressed, and Food Obsessed! offers a chance to transform your frenemy into a true friend. You deserve a healthy and delicious relationship with the food you eat.
     “A rich and powerful book which provides a roadmap to understanding yourself and your body.” — Christine Schuster, President & CEO, Emerson Hospital
    “A simple, readable format that is a valuable tool for anyone who is eager to do the work to transform their life!” —Marcy Balter, Board Chair, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health 


1. Get over the diet mentality and STOP beating yourself up about not always eating perfectly
2. Ditch the shame, guilt, and hardcore "no pain, no gain" tactics that do NOT work
3. Identify your OWN chemical and emotional triggers in order to conquer cravings for good
4. Incorporate the BEST mindfulness practices to slow down and reconnect with your body
5. Discover what truly nourishes you so that you can FINALLY stop thinking about food all the time

    The founder of Healthy, Happy, and Hip, Lisa Lewtan is a healthy living strategist and a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
   Using skills she developed as a successful technology entrepreneur, Lewtan self-hacked her own mind and body to restore her health and wellness. She now uses those same skills to help superstars slow down, chill out, improve their relationship with food, look good, and feel great.
     Lewtan’s articles have been featured in numerous publications, including the Huffington Post, Better after 50, and MindBodyGreen. Visit to learn more about Lewtan’s private coaching sessions, workshops, and retreats.


   Completing my book "Busy, Stressed, and Food Obsessed!" was one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. It tested my focus, commitment, authenticity, and passion in ways I never could have imagined.
     Within days of beginning my book-writing project, my father-in-law passed away. 4 weeks later my 13-year-old dog died. 6 weeks later my dad died. 10 days later, my husband broke his back in 3 places. I wanted to give up everything and move to a deserted island and just cry, but I couldn't. I had made a promise to myself and I intended to keep it.
      I set a deadline. There was a contest and I was determined to win it. The contest had a whole list of criteria and I used it as my guide. I would finish the book in time to win, whatever it took. I knew that many authors never finished their projects and that the deadline was necessary.
     I wrote most days but not all days. I recorded thoughts and transcribed. I brought in old blog posts. I brought in text from courses I had created. I brain-dumped. I changed my mind and moved things around. I then moved things some more. It had to flow. It had to make sense.
     I took online courses on how to write books to help your business and how to publish and how to promote your book. I took care of my family. I tried to run my business.
    I wrote at my desk. I wrote on airplanes. I wrote in coffee shops. I grieved. I kept my business going. I wrote in the dark at 5am in a hotel room on vacation so I wouldn't wake up my husband.
    I sent out tidbits. I hired editors. I hired a graphic artist who disappeared mid-design. I spoke to publishers. I spoke to hybrid publishers. I decided to self-publish. I used social media. I hired another graphic artist. I hired an interior designer. I hired another editor. I still found typos.
    I finished. I promoted. I did all the things I learned. I checked off every box on the contest guideline list. My book got great reviews. My book became and Amazon bestseller. My book got me on TV and on the radio. My book helped change people's lives.
   My book, however, was not a winner in the contest. I found out the day after my mother unexpectedly died. I was devastated. The deserted island was calling to me once again. I was crushed. Defeated. Lost.
     Again I cried. Again I grieved. Again I picked up the pieces of my life. But this time, I had a book to pick up and take with me. I look at this book and know that I can do anything.


     For those of us who are busy, stressed, and food obsessed, sometimes food is our best friend and, at other times, our worst enemy. We eat because we are tired, happy, sad, lonely, anxious, bored, excited, triggered, and sometimes, when we are actually hungry.
   We eat in the car, while on the phone, while watching TV or on the computer, while reading books, while making dinner, and hopefully, sometimes, even while sitting at a table.
    Some of us eat healthy one day and not the next. Some of us feel good about our bodies and what they look like on the outside (at least on some days), and some of us absolutely do not ever feel good about the way we look.
     Some of us, despite that fact that we look like we have perfect bodies, are agonizing over the last five pounds, and some of us, despite the fact that we are fit and happy, are tormented because we are seen as overweight.
     Some of us are very controlling about what we eat, and some of us are very controlled by what we eat. Some of us count calories all day long, survive on fake food, or try to eat how we deem to be absolutely perfectly, sometimes to a fault.
     For all of us, food is an issue. An issue that can, at times, make us feel crazy.I Get It. I Lived It. But Not Anymore.