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Isabel Foxen Duke is the Creator of Stop Fighting Food—a free video training program for women who want to "stop feeling crazy around food." After years of trying to overcome emotional eating, binge-eating and chronic weight-cycling through "traditional" and alternative approaches, Isabel discovered some radical new ways to get women over their "food issues" once and for all—not just by shifting the mindsets of individuals, but by challenging the dominant diet culture as a whole.
In our interview, Isabel gives an amazing account of her own personal experience with disordered eating, an the downward spiral she went on before she was able to heal herself through intuitive eating. Isabel’s experience in the healthcare system, and therapeutic settings, speaks to some of the shortcomings that lead to many women suffering for much longer than they need to with self harm and mental illness related to weight management.
Ultimately, Isabel’s story is incredibly empowering and inspiring, because she’s made her mess her message, and she’s applied her own experiences to becoming a coach who helps other women heal their own relationship with their bodies, food, and themselves. She drops so much wisdom and insight throughout this conversation that can help all of us take our relationships with our bodies to the next level!
Isabel’s own journey with disordered eating
The ways that Isabel’s eating disorder flew under the radar of the healthcare system
How food was controlling Isabel’s life for many years
Why bingeing isn’t the start of the binge eating cycle...deprivation is!
The fact that binge eating is a normal, healthy, biological reaction to deprivation, not your lack of discipline
The importance of releasing your expectations around what your food and your body should look like in order to heal
Isabel’s attempts to control her behavior around her food and how it backfired, every single time
Isabel’s “rock bottom” moment with dieting and weight control
The period of “allowing” that followed, and what it’s like to eat an entire jar of Nutella in a day!
How food stopped being a big deal for Isabel, and what that translated to in terms of her body and her life today!
Mentioned in this episode:
DC NEDA Walk, March 25, 2018
Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch
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