I am happy to announce that my book, Release Your Obsession with Cheat DAZE: 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 I think the best answer is that after I wrote my first book, Release your Obsession with Food: Heal from the Inside Out, and my second book, Release Your Obsession with Diet Chatter: Heal from the Inside Out I realized my work wasn’t done but rather only beginning. I realized I needed now to combine the lessons in my first book with my second book to arm you with positive ammunition in any setting whether holiday, birthday, travel or a staycation.
The end result I’ve tried to produce in Release Your Obsession with Cheat DAZE: Heal from the Inside Out is so you will 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 caving 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 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.
My journey and recovery from food fests frenzy, obsession with food, and mind-poison chatter and commotion without interruption eventually led to the awakening of my passion to counsel others. I wanted to help those suffering from eating issues and faulty thinking, both of which mess with our natural happy buttons concerning food.
After watching countless patients learn to quiet their obsession with cheat day mentality coupled with diet mindset, I knew with certainty that this chaotic on-and-off behavior can be superseded by productive, healthy food choices without crippling a trip or festive occasion.
I have seen, without a doubt, that dialing down the food-centered arguments in the head can be achieved by making conscious, healthy food choices without losing the ambience and fun on any trip, holiday, or festive occasion, not to mention the sad times when a loss is followed by a celebration of life, including foods to comfort the soul.
I learned this firsthand, and now I’m passing my understanding on to you.
My goal for you is to live a contented life without disruptive cheat days.
Release Your Obsession with Cheat DAZE: Heal from the Inside Out is for anyone trying to end the vicious cycle of continuous on-and-off dieting, especially surrounding festive occasions and long weekends. This is most definitely not a diet book or a get-skinny-quick kind of offering. That would be suggesting some sort of fad diet, which only enhances the chaotic diet behavior.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson states: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” The path of setting up planned cheat days will lead you into the food fest abyss; go instead where no path exists and make your trail. My goal is to suggest a trail for you to create and for once release your obsession with cheat DAZE, food fests frenzy. Rest assured that while this is no easy task, it is definitely achievable.
My first book from the Release Your Obsession series, Release Your Obsession with Food, addresses food addiction and how to tame the giant within. My second book, Release Your Obsession with Diet Chatter, addresses the inner voice that at times is loud and disruptive, while at other times only a soft whisper—and at still other times, barely audible. But the voice is there…and it’s trying to take hold of you every chance it gets.
Release Your Obsession with Cheat DAZE: Heal from the Inside Out is no different than the first two books in that we are again looking through a bio-psycho-spiritual lens, but will work in conjunction with the first two because you are now armed and ready to take on the world.
Most important I wrote this book for us, who are alone with food obsessions and food thoughts every single day trying to control it and not let it control us no matter where we go or who we are with or which holiday we may be celebrating. 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 Cheat DAZE: 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 cheat day mentality.
Release Your Obsession with Cheat DAZE: Heal from the Inside Out is the “outpatient” or “home-based” version of the program I offer in my practice.
I wrote this book for the young adult who is searching for the right diet when none exists. I wrote this book for anyone who feels there’s no way out.
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 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.
I wrote this book for you—to let you know I’m right here walking side by side with you and that there is a way out and I’m here to show you.
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.
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.
For those of you who read Release Your Obsession with Food: Heal from the Inside Out, and Release Your Obsession with Diet Chatter: 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 from 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 current 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 Cheat DAZE: 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 Cheat DAZE with your friends, family and anyone you believe might benefit.
Check out what others are saying about Release Your Obsession with Cheat DAZE…
“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.
What are your thoughts? Do you struggle with cheat day mentality? Do you think certain foods can lead to binge eating? I’d love to hear from you–your thoughts are important. If you don’t think the cheat day can lead to cheat days I’d love to hear from you too…
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