I couldn’t stop eating and obsessing about my body…
On the outside, I looked like a well-adjusted woman. I was a high-achieving UCLA Suma Cum Laude grad, who had worked internationally for COSMOPOLITAN Magazine, creating campaigns for companies like Estee Lauder and Tommy Hilfiger, and had then become an expert in the health and fitness industry as a mind-body fitness coach, Pilates teacher and general manager of a health club. I looked like the picture of health.
But I was living a lie.
I was working 70hr weeks, I had lost all my friends, my relationship was on the rocks, I was using sleeping pills and stimulants to get through my day, my adrenals were tapped, I showed markers for an autoimmune disease, I had chronic pain, I constantly felt anxious and overwhelmed, I was so in my head I couldn’t be present with the people around me and I was completely obsessed with food and my body.
My world revolved around food: What I was going to eat, what I just ate, what I needed to do about the I just ate, if I was eating enough, if I was eating too much, what others were eating and if others were noticing what I was eating. It was exhausting. My food addiction was a full time job. And I was constantly putting in overtime.
As a perfectionist always trying to hack the secret to being skinny, I would make up weird food rules about what I could and couldn’t eat and when. I was constantly trying a new plan that would help me moderate or have better control. Typically I would restrict during the day–living off of espresso and almonds–and then come home at night, feeling depleted and exhausted, and overeat on whatever was in the house. It wouldn’t always be bad food. For the most part I ate really healthily. I just ate more than my body needed.
I would have a few good days of “being good” and sticking to a particular diet plan. And then a day would come and I would want to reward my good behavior or I’d just get a case of the “F”-its, and I’d be back in those sweet and savoy treats. I felt so out of control, like I was never able to get on top of things. All I wanted was to regain control and get a handle on things.
I just felt so much shame. Here I was, an expert in the health and fitness industry, with 20 years of experience. I knew I needed to change. Plus, I had all the knowledge and expertise, over a decade of therapy in me, and had done tons of inner work. I was even able to help and inspire others to get healthy. But I couldn’t help myself.
I lost trust in myself and felt like such a failure.
It wasn’t until I got honest about my food addiction and met a mentor who taught me the formula to getting free that my life and my relationship with food completely transformed. I learned that the key to getting free wasn’t about all the things I thought I knew. In fact, I it was when I set aside everything I thought I knew that things started to change.
And today, I live free from the obsession and constant food thoughts. I have a healthy relationship with food. The food doesn’t call to me. When I’m hungry, I enjoy it but I no longer use food to cope with life. The desire to binge or act out with food has literally just fallen away. I feel confident and I trust myself to make healthy choices. And best of all, because I’m not consumed with food any more, I’m present for the people in my life and my business and I get to help more people.
Which is why I’m so fired up to teach the Freedom Formula to other high-achieving women who have tried everything out there but who still struggle with food addiction. Because I want every woman who is suffering to know: You are not alone! And you can get free! I did it and I can show you how.
And I’m not only going off of my results. I’ve also seen this formula help hundreds of other woman, so I know it’s totally possible.
(Even for women who think, yeah, but not for me…in fact I specialize in working with those women ;))
Debbie Lichter Bio:
About Debbie Lichter – (Founder of Freedom From Food Addiction and The Congruence Code) For nearly a decade, Debbie Lichter has helped women worldwide get free from food and other addictions, obsessions and self-sabotaging patterns so they can stop holding back and be authentically all of themselves. As a freedom from food addiction expert, congruence coach and embodiment expert, who worked for COSMOPOLITAN Magazine Internationally, Debbie navigated her own path to freedom from food and drug addiction, codependency, severe anxiety and self doubt, and today combines 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry with her proprietary system that helps women get free, feel confident and lose weight with ease. Debbie has conducted over 200 classes, workshops and trainings in the areas of addiction, spirituality and self care and has reached thousands of women with her message of freedom, hope and healing through her programs, speaking engagements, retreats and mentoring.
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