I am happy to announce that my book, Release Your Obsession with Food: Heal from the Inside Out is now available at Amazon and book stores near you.
Often I’m asked how this book ever came into being, and of course many reasons pop into my head long before my pencil ever hit the paper. The early passing of my mother due to life-long adult obesity ignited my burning desire to help anyone who would listen, so soon after her funeral (2002), I started the process of earning a PhD in addiction psychology. I knew without a shadow of a doubt I wanted to address compulsive eating and spiritual recovery as my dissertation topic and later a book.
Once I published my dissertation and graduated with my doctorate degree, I began revising my dissertation—and it morphed into Release Your Obsession with Food: Heal from the Inside Out. I took a dissertation that was stale and breathed life into a book for a wide audience of therapists, eating disordered persons, and those struggling with weight and food issues in general. From that moment forward I wrote and rewrote and wrote again to the point of where my book morphed into work I’m quite proud of.
Most important I wrote this book for those 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 that 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 and/or fear of gaining 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.” My 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. But what this book does promise is an increased connection to a self-defined spiritual sense, allowing readers to release a previously unbreakable obsession with what they eat.
The book will not be one among many commonplace offerings, but will provide rather an exclusive, in-depth account as to what it’s like to live with compulsive eating disorder: confronting one’s inner demons, moving into spiritual awareness, and handling various situations for genuine recovery.
I didn’t have the experience or the know-how to understand what was wrong with me before studying eating disorders and weight related topics at length. Now I know.
I would like my book to reach out to the teenager suffering perhaps with weight, acne, and loneliness, filled with remorse and shame because she doesn’t know how to stop eating. I would like to say it’s going to be okay—it isn’t your fault, let me show you the way out.
Above I described me starting at age 13! I wish when I was that pimpled, fat, lonely 13 year old, standing in front of the fridge shoveling food in my mouth… not fast enough, someone would have said let me explain to you what’s going on with your body, mind, and emotions. Would I have listened? I’m not sure, but I wish I had at least the option.
I wrote this book for the young adult who is obese and can’t play with her/his children because the food obsession will not let up and they feel there is no way out. Clothes are tight and moods are up and down. There is no energy to play with the children, besides the mind won’t let go of the obsession of getting food or burning the calories already consumed.
I wrote to tell the moms and dads how sad I was in my young years and how alone I felt and my parents didn’t know. I want to tell moms and dads I was scared and wished I could tell someone but feared rejection or lack of understanding. I wanted to know why I was eating out of control and my siblings were not. I was so bleeping scared and had nobody to tell. I know this struggle all too well. 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. And if you can’t do this then find someone who can. I don’t want one more child alone with this disease. And if we can save a child perhaps they won’t grow into a lonely, isolating adult and pass this down to their children. Together we can break the chain.
This book is 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 patients stomachs to reroute their food and/or cutting and filling their stomachs with fill is a wasted effort if they aren’t educated about trigger foods nor connected to a spiritual source of their understanding.
I wrote this book to save my patients from a disease that kills. I wrote this book because God wanted me to write—He will guide me throughout the process no matter how long it takes, no matter how high my mountain will be.
Eating disorders no doubt are one of the most difficult of all disorders to treat. I know this first hand but today I live in recovery from binge eating disorder and food addiction. No matter what end of the spectrum one is on, too thin or wearing more weight than the body frame can handle, it’s a big ordeal to overcome. But….it can be overcome. It takes work and perseverance and a village of people to help through the process.
For those of you who read Release Your Obsession with Food: Heal from the Inside Out, your support and feedback have been most encouraging, and it is a pleasure to hear that you found answers and direction as Release Your Obsession with Food unfolded. Thank you for your kindness and generosity; this means the world to me.
For those of you who recently finished my book, I’d be grateful if you can write a review on Amazon so you can light the flame for those still in the dark. And if you have not yet immersed yourself in this poignant book, I hope that you enjoy Release Your Obsession with Food: Heal from the Inside Out as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Thank you again, and please feel free to share Release Your Obsession with Food with your friends, family and anyone you believe might benefit.
Hugs to you, I care!
5.0 out of 5 stars
Real Advice for Those Struggling with Food Addictions
By G. Miki Hayden on November 1, 2017
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Release Your Obsession with Food: Heal from the Inside Out
“This is not a dry how-to book, but one with usable advice that has worked for Dr. Ortigara Crego as well as the patients she documents. Beyond that, the stories here are gripping ones, and people who do have similar problems with food will find much hope in these accounts.
“The outcome for sufferers points to a new way of life for any who can grab onto not just a transformed way of eating, but a different way of life, a human path that goes beyond seeing ourselves as just physical beings and adds in the spiritual side of existence–who we really are. No matter someone’s elected spiritual passageway, and even if the reader has none now, miracles can appear in lives that have been beset by troubles with food for even many decades. The author is clear and full of understanding for how people become trapped in a wheel of addiction and the lengths they will go to, in order to satisfy irresistible cravings.
“The book is very readable and easy to understand and speaks directly to the hundreds and thousands of those trapped in an addictive bind that seems to allow for no way out. Dr. Ortigara Crego presents a constructive means of escape that doesn’t require jumping through hoops. This book is different. This is the one. Highly recommended.”
Speaker, writer, licensed clinical psychotherapist, PhD in addiction psychology, eating disorder professional, hypnotherapist changing the view about compulsive eating one addict at a time.