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Busy, Stressed and Food Obsessed!

Busy, Stressed and Food Obsessed

Busy, Stressed and Food Obsessed! by Lisa Lewtan


If you’re here on the Elite Book Tours to see my review of Busy, Stressed and Food Obsessed! then welcome!  I’m so glad that you stopped by to visit.


I don’t know about you, but I’d pretty much settled for eating my three meals a day and throwing in a snack occasionally and dessert most of the time because that’s what we do.  Time flies by and I’m not longer my high school weight.  Heck, I’m not even my wedding dress weight after 26 years of marriage and having a child.

I’ve mostly been eating to survive.  For comfort.  And, out of boredom.  Can you relate?  Please tell me that you can relate.  

All that eating causes low self-esteem and comments from people like, “You’re such a pretty girl, if you’d only lose weight”.  Because, that makes me want to drop a dress size, thank you very much.  P.S. go mind your own business, busy-body.

In Busy, Stressed, and Food Obsessed!, Lisa is the first person who I feel completely understands my relationship with food.  You can tell she gets it with her subtitle – Calm Down, Ditch Your Inner-Critic B*tch, and Finally Figure Out What Your Body Needs to Thrive.  YES!

Lisa promises you this

In this book, you’ll learn how to break free from traditional ways of thinking about your mind and body and finally give yourself permission to eat healthy and feel amazing.

The book starts with Lisa’s own story.  She isn’t much different than most women.  Young, married, working, mom, busy, busy, BUSY.  Until one day, she actually collapses.

She started talking about how not eating made her feel.  Can you say, “You need a Snickers, Betty White?”  How eating certain foods made her feel.  Think about how you feel after stuffing yourself with your favorite meal.  Me?  Mine favorite meal of all time is Thanksgiving.  My mother’s Thanksgiving meal, to be more specific.  I can eat and eat a second time without blinking an eye.  And when I’m done, I. Am. So. Full! 

How is that productive?  Have I even enjoyed what I just ate or did I just stuff it in because it was there?  That is a food obsessed reaction.

Lisa explains that our poor eating habits and unnatural food consumption is causing all sorts of illness.  For her it was abdominal migraines.  Yes, that’s a thing.  More and more we’re learning that our health begins (and ends) in the gut.  Essentially, what we eat is causing illness.  

I am a work in progress and I know I’m not perfect.  But I’m ok with that. ~ Lisa Lewtan

She helps the reader investigate their relationship with food.  By understanding why we want a specific food or why we are hungry.  

For example, when I’m really hungry, I start thinking irrationally and I’ll settle for eating rice cakes.  Yeah, that’s really terrible and really hungry!

If I really thought about my emotions at the time, my sharp tongue with my family, and my irrational thoughts, I’d realize that I was hungry and I needed to sit down to a good meal that will satisfy me and improve my mood.  

I have to think about the next thing on the list – my triggers.  Am I eating due to my emotions (grabbing that pint of ice cream) or am I eating due to something going on chemically.  Or, like many people, eating because of a habit (but I really do love cake with buttercream frosting even if I’m not hungry).

She helps us deal with the perfectionism that the world tells us we need to model.  Helps us deal with living as if we already are perfect (because we are perfect just the way we are).  And I could go on and on.

Let me just say, that Busy, Stressed, and Food Obsessed! is a good book.  A really good book.  If you are struggling with your weight or with food, you NEED this book.  If you eat, you NEED this book.  If Lisa Lewtan gets me, then she gets you, too.  All I can say is that this book is the one and only book that has ever helped me understand my relationship with food.  




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