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Isabel Foxen Duke on Why Diets Don’t Work and True Body Positivity

Isabel Foxen Duke is a Certified Health Coach and Emotional Eating Expert who helps women stop feeling crazy around food.

Her areas of expertise include binge-eating, emotional eating, and chronic unsuccessful dieting, all of which she has struggled with personally in her own life. After years of trying to overcome emotional eating through both traditional and alternative approaches, Isabel discovered some radical new ways to get women over their food issues — not just by shifting the mindsets of individuals, but by creating a greater cultural revolution.

In this episode, Isabel shares her personal story of recovery from both an eating disorder and drug addiction, and we dig into the fundamental shifts in her belief system that finally helped her to heal when nothing else was working. We discuss everything from Zen Buddhism (including the time she lived in a monastery in Japan!) to the diet-binge cycle, the body positive movement, the power of surrender, and what it looks like to live healthfully in the body you already have instead of spending your life trying to control your food and weight.

It's a great episode that sparked a lot of insights for me personally, and I'm delighted to share it with you. Enjoy!

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  1. Emily

    Wow this is so profound! I love so many of the points made in this conversation. I especially agree with the ideas at the end about how there are always “down” times where you aren’t motivated and it’s totally ok!!

  2. Julie

    This was awesome! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Breathing a big sigh of relief (for this moment). Awe….
    Felt a bit of a shift in consciousness around the way I look at food. Could totally relate to everything you said.
    Surrender and then surrender and then surrender again etc, etc etc. =)

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