Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Author on Tour to Encourage People to 'Eat Your Feelings'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Author on Tour to Encourage People to 'Eat Your Feelings'

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Hazelwood resident Lindsey Smith is launching the book tour in Pittsburgh for her new book, "Eat Your Feelings."

Eat your feelings might sound like bad advice. Who doesn't regret that entire tub of ice cream downed during a fit of the blues?

But Ms. Smith, known online as "The Food Mood Girl," means something a little different by that title. Her book explains the science behind eating properly for mood elevation and also incorporates recipes that use healthy ingredients. (Eat the right thing when you're feeling down, and you might truly feel better rather than just drowning those feelings with ice cream.) And her book tour kicks off just in time to capitalize on the good intentions of people who are trying to start the new year off with new health goals.

Ms. Smith's focus on health and nutrition began in middle school when she was growing up in Leechburg.

"I suffered from anxiety as a child, and I was hospitalized when I was 12 for panic attacks," Ms. Smith said. She asked her parents if she could see a therapist, who helped a little but didn't really solve the problem, she said. So she then asked if she could go to a wellness center where a health coach used such techniques as Chinese medicine and acupuncture. At the health coach's suggestion, Ms. Smith began eating healthier foods, and at the same time her sixth-grade home economics class increased her interest in cooking. Within six months, she was nearly anxiety free, she said.

By ninth grade, she was presenting stress management workshops for her peers and at state student government conferences.

Ms. Smith earned her undergraduate degree in communication and public relations from Duquesne University. Then she went back to school for degrees from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Rouxbe, a plant-based online culinary school.

"Now I'm combining all my worlds," she said. …

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