Episode Number 20 – Breaking the Addictive Cycle of Dieting with Lisa Carpenter

Episode Number 20 – Breaking the Addictive Cycle of Dieting with Lisa Carpenter

We hope that you have been enjoying our Podcast!  This week, in Episode 20, Maia and Michaela interview Lisa Carpenter.

Here is a summary of what you will hear in this week’s episode!

Episode 20: Lisa Carpenter, Nutrition and life coach, inspires women to wake up to Full Frontal Living™

Lisa Carpenter, CNC, CSNC, Pn1, CPT, is the secret weapon for the frustrated dieters and driven achievers of the world. As a nutrition and life coach, she 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 bodies. 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.


Something in you personal life that wasn’t mentioned in your bio:
Wellness has always been a part of my life but looking back, growing up I wasn’t always eating healthy. I always loved sugar and junk food. And I even smoked. Over time I really loved going to the gym and my career started to unfold from that point in time. It’s amazing how we can transform in this lifetime from just putting one foot in front of the other. Then I started to compete in fitness and figure and that’s when my career really unfolded from there.

What are some tips on curbing sugar cravings:

  1. Stop shitting on yourself
  2. Make choices with intention
  3. I don’t eat things that will make me feel physically horrible  
  4. I do enjoy the things I love without shame or guilt
  5. Choose not to eat trigger food, never abstain

How do you define happiness:
Happiness is not living with chaos in between my ears. It’s having a peaceful mindset. It’s not freaking out about money, food, my body, or really anything in my life. You don’t have to like every part of yourself to love yourself.

Because I’m a rebel type of person, it’s hard to conform to a set routine. And for the longest time I wanted to stick with this routine but because of my personality it’s not possible.

Morning routine:
Some days I’ll go to the gym but if other days my body is telling me I need rest, I stay in bed longer.
I wake up at 5:15 because if I want to go to the gym then I’d do it then before my kids get up. 
Some mornings I’ll journal.
Sometimes meditation.
But I always check in with myself with what I need to be my best self.
And that is my routine.

Do you have 3 self care practices you just can’t live without:

  1. Working out (it’s really important to me to feel strong)
  2. Journaling  
  3. Music

The first year in starting my online business I was hit with depression and the one thing that I got back into was fairy tales and I was wondering how to incorporation fairy tales and imagination back in my life so I started watching all the seasons of Once Upon A Time. And I actually live in Storybrooke where they film the show. And then I watched Maleficent a bunch of time.

Book Recommendations:
The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too) by Gretchen Rubin    
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown

It what area do you find your women clients struggle with the most and what is your best advice for them:
Body Image and relationship with food. Being in acceptance with themselves. Also struggling with perfectionism and trying to control all the pieces in their lives. Listening to podcasts like this is important. Investing in the parts of our lives we’d like to get better at. Seek help, you don’t need to do it on your own. Stop living in a place of suffering and hire someone to help you achieve your goals. Figure out the true cause that is stopping you from what you want.

Favorite success story:
Recently this one woman is a high achieving success coach. She felt her body was’t matching the success she had in every other place in her life. She’s spent 10 months mentally finding out what was up and she has radically transforms. It just goes to show we can have it all.

17 years ago I worked with a woman who wanted a nutrition plan and workout plan. She has been struggling with body image. And she said if she was 10 pounds lighter she’d be happy and that led her into a cycle of eating disorders. She recently posted on my wall on how much she’s grown and followed to watch me evolve as well.

My new book OUT NOW!
is called “Let’s E.A.T!: Break the Addictive Cycle of Dieting”

Best decision of my life until this point:
6 years ago I found out that my Husband was an active addict. I had to face a lot of decisions at that time. I was told a lot of relationships don’t last with this. And I realized that his recovery was his. I had an opportunity to look at my life as well. Addicts are usually co-dependent. And leaned into that experience and it truly change me and after weeks of rehab we moved forward with our relationship. And this was the worst, best thing to ever happen to me. And codependent behavior is the same way towards food and your body. And this is the most challenging time that is on going.

When do you feel most empowered:
When I’m having conversations like this.  And when I’m in the gym moving something heavy around.

3 things you are currently grateful for:

  1. My family
  2. Recovery and the gifts it gave me
  3. That I get to do the work I do every single day

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Let’s E.A.T! the book wait list:  www.lisacarpenter.ca/booklaunch
Website www.lisacarpenter.ca

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