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Guest Post; Lisa Ortigara Crego

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Lisa and I met on a Facebook group and are writer buddies.

Tell us a little about yourself, where you live, family, career, horses etc.

I was born in Chicago, Illinois where I resided most of my young life with the exception of five years in a small town in Wautoma Wisconsin where I lived on a 400 acre farm riding horses and living my best life out in nature. My horse’s name was Pasha, a white Arabian who was a one-person horse.

In my late 20’s I moved to South Florida to enjoy the tropical beaches and paradise ambiance. In my spare time I love walking the beaches with my beloved dog Southern Grace, cycling, reading, and writing on spiritual recovery from food addiction.  I’m married to the love of my life, raised two fine sons who are grown and flown.

I worked in the weight loss industry for well over two decades, speaking around the country on recovery from compulsive eating utilizing spiritual and mind healing. I contributed several chapters in Sage publications and run a blog found at To date I maintains a nearly 100 pound loss using the approach I teach.

My professional membership organization affiliations are: the National Association of Social Workers, the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists, the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, and the American Psychological Association.

I’m a clinical psychotherapist, addiction psychologist and Visiting Professor in private practice worked in the field of eating disorders for well over two and a half decades. I earned a doctorate in addiction psychology, a master’s degree in social work with the emphasis on mental health, and is certified as an eating disorder specialist, masters certified addiction professional and licensed national Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist.

How did you get into writing?

I got into writing when I was thirteen years old writing in journals all the events, feelings, and experiences in my life. I still journal to date and have a chest filled with written-in journals for over five decades. You could say I have many books to write based on what’s in my trunk! I come from many generations of writers on my mom’s side. They owned and operated a newspaper back in the early 1900’s to mid-1900’s. In fact, I’ll be writing my first fiction on Abbie my great, great grandma who was part of the newspaper back in Berlin, Wisconsin.. Parts are true and most embellished.

Are you a plot in head first person or does it grow as you write?

I’m sort of a loose plot on paper type of writer, not an outline but a sketch of what my chapters will look like and then from there I’m a pantster letting my book write itself—or my spiritual guide gives me what I need to say.

I am the author of:

Release Your Obsession with Food: Heal from the Inside Out.

Release Your Obsession with Diet Chatter: Heal from the Inside Out

Release Your Obsession with Cheat DAZE: Heal from the Inside Out

And soon to publish: Release Your Obsession with Aging: Heal from the Inside Out

I’m proud of all of my books—they’re all my children so to speak but if I had to pick one to share with you I’d say it would be my most recent launch:  Release the Obsession with Cheat DAZE, Heal from the Inside Out. 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.

Coffee or Tea?

Although I love a good cup of decaffeinated coffee in the morning my best hot drink is tea. I’m half Italian and half English and the English side comes to fruition when it comes to my beverage throughout the day.

Chocolate or crisps?

Chocolate hands down! I love 95% dark chocolate…

Romance or thriller?

I like many different genres but outside of non-fiction I’d say I’m most partial to an adventure book with a spiritual message.

Horses, dogs or both?

I’m definitely a horse and dog lover—and parrot too!

Author: annarashbrook

English Ex-pat living in Austria, Christian, blogger (of course) writer, photographer, dog owner!

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