008: Food and Feelings-Getting Off the Diet Roller Coaster w/Lisa Carpenter, Part One


Lisa Carpenter, CNC, CSNC, Pn1, CPT, is the author of the new book Let’s E.A.T! the book for women who are sick of the guilt and shame of dieting. As a nutrition and life coach, Lisa empowers her clients to connect deeply with their emotions, free themselves from judgment, and create lasting physical and emotional transformations. She inspires them to wake up to Full Frontal Living™ — a new mindset of conscious ownership of the decisions we all make around our health and daily life, as well as the emotions that drive them.

With nearly 20 years of experience and an extensive background in nutrition and fitness Lisa fosters a deeply fulfilling life for the women she serves, free of negative self-judgement. As an empowerment expert and nutritional ninja, she helps her clients reclaim their relationship with themselves and their

Her work acknowledges the deep connection between food and feelings, and she helps her clients experience freedom from the constraints of traditional dieting. Her own personal family journey with addiction and codependency also plays a role in her teachings, as so often unhealthy relationships with food are caused by compulsive and numbing behaviors.

The creator of the E.A.T! Program, her signature weight loss and nutrition program, Lisa has been featured on CBC radio and news and was voted as one of the top online weight loss programs and coaches in 2016. She has spoken before many groups, including dentists, teachers, breast cancer survivors, runners, Ironman competitors, and other fitness professionals. Additionally, she has graced the competitive fitness and figure stage, placing first multiple times, along with a top-10 national level placing at the Fitness Universe competition.

Lisa is also a loving wife and proud mother of three boys. She and her family live in Vancouver, BC. You can find out more about Lisa at lisacarpenter.ca and contact her at lisa@lisacarpenter.ca.


In this episode, which is Part One of my interview with Lisa Carpenter, you’ll hear Lisa’s story about how she first became interested in working with women struggling to lose weight and how she realized that it was more a matter of teaching women how to change the way they think about themselves, than it was about creating a diet they could follow. Our conversation was particularly eye-opening and interesting to me because I struggle with most of the issues Lisa talks about in her book and through her programs. For the last 20 years or so, I’ve been struggling with repeating a frustrating cycle of overeating, following by obsessive dieting and exercise, only to gain it all back, repeating the cycle all over again. And the older I get, the clearer it is to me that it all boils down to me just not feeling good about myself and therefore I use food or fixating on a diet/exercise routine as a distraction so that I don’t have to feel my feelings. Lisa’s book is being released on February 20th, 2018, so the first thing I’m going to do that morning is to order it, so I can begin reading and start the healing/recovery process.

Talking with Lisa, I had a breakthrough moment when I realized that my eating/dieting issues have become an addictive cycle resulting from years of low self-esteem and years of negative thought patterns. I can’t even put into words how life-changing it was for me to talk to Lisa and hear her fascinating story and then what she had to say to me about my issues. In fact it was so fascinating, we talked for almost an hour, and so, after listening through the recording of the interview, I decided to break it up into 2 separate episodes. I feel like this is such a prevalent issue and really common for women, especially in mid-life, as so many of us are starting to really develop a deeper sense of self-awareness and desire to do what ever we can to take better care of ourselves so that we can live the second half of our lives to the fullest and in the best possible physical and emotional health.

So this episode will contain the first half of our conversation, in which Lisa talks about her own emotional transformation in the years since she her husband started on a journey of his recovery from addiction, and how her E.A.T. program came into existence. And then next week, episode 8 will contain the second half of the interview in which Lisa helps me to discover why I’ve been stuck in this cycle of alternating between overeating and then obsessively dieting and exercising for so many years and how I can finally start the work that it will take to finally be happy with myself no matter what.

So if this is something you’re struggling with, you’ll definitely want to listen to today’s episode and tune in again next week for the second half!

About the author, Karen

Karen Barrett is a life coach and the host of The New 30 Podcast, a weekly show for today's 50-something woman. She lives in Oregon and has 3 kids, ages 26, 19 and 8.

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