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From Swedish Fishes to Healthy Dishes

Food Mood Girl Lindsey Smith got her start in Peters Township, and is now publishing her first book—an uplifting read for the new year.

Motivational speaker, author and health coach Lindsey Smith knew she wanted to write a book, but didn’t expect it to happen so soon.

Smith got her start in Peters Township as a member of the Women's Business Network. She hosts "Healthy Inspirations," a TV show on Peters Township Community Television, and is involved with Think Pink in Southpointe. 

She currently is a keynote speaker and one-on-one health coach for "The Real You," an organization that she founded.

In June 2010, she witnessed an incident at the Pittsburgh International Airport that changed her nutritional views completely. Fast-forward two years and she’s publishing her first book.

Junk Foods & Junk Moods: Stop Craving and Start Living” makes its official debut at the end of January.

“The overall message is really just how to survive physically, mentally and emotionally,” Smith said. “If you learn to love yourself, to think better and to make healthier choices, you’ll live an abundant life.”

At 11 years old, Smith was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. She said she had panic attacks, she was overweight and she would use food as comfort because it was something that made her feel better.

Smith admits her binge eating began at the age of 4 with a strong love for Swedish Fish, watermelon Sour Patch Gummies, and blue flying saucer wafers.

“I think many will relate to my message,” she said. “A lot of people go to food to fill a void.

“You can’t let it be distracting. Now I feel food is medicinal—I enjoy it. You learn you can feel so much better from making a few simple (diet) choices.

“I call it the junk food, junk mood cycle,” she explained. “Many people are busy working and feel crummy from what they’re eating. Once they overcome that and make healthier choices, they’ll find food and life more enjoyable.”

Smith’s book isn’t a passive read—you're invited to take the journey with her.

“The book is broken down into sections—Mind, Body and Spirit,” she said. “You can start with small steps and learn tips along the way. You can choose to incorporate them daily, weekly and/or monthly. You can build your journey as you read.”

To pre-order "Junk Foods & Junk Moods," visit http://foodmoodgirl.com/book. Get Smith's updates on her Facebook pages (Lindsey Smith) and (The Real You), and Twitter, too. 

Smith resides in Brookline and has an office in Robinson.

Editor's Note: A book signing at the  is in the works—stay tuned to Peters Patch for details.

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