Isabel Foxen Duke is back! The anti-diet coach and emotional eating expert returns for the THIRD time to share more about why we fight food and how to stop, why Isabel wants to destigmatize emotional eating, the problems with healthism, how the human desire for control runs deep within many of our decisions, how to handle triggers as a recovered person, her exploration of diet literature dating back to the 60s, her continued efforts to unpack her own privilege and social biases as a professional in the field of food and body image, and so much more. PLUS, Christy answers a listener question about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and eating disorder recovery.
Isabel Foxen Duke helps women stop fighting food. After struggling with binge-eating for most of her life, and trying to overcome emotional eating and binge-eating through various approaches to food—Isabel finally discovered that these attempts to control her food and her body, were at the root of the problem itself. She now teaches women struggling with binge-eating how to do the very thing they're most afraid of, and the very thing they need to do to recover: let go. Grab her free video training series, Stop Fighting Food, to learn more about her work.
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How emotional eating is connected to diet culture, restriction, and fatphobia
Binge eating as a protective action against food deprivation
Set-point theory, Health at Every Size, and why the emotional eating narrative doesn’t make sense
The desire for control over body size
The general human need for existential safety, and the ways in which people try to achieve that through attempts at controlling different aspects of life
Breaking down cultural expectations and social biases
The issue with aspirational images on social media
Using social media to promote internal acceptance of body diversity
Finding beauty in different bodies
Capitalism, hierarchies, and surviving a competitive society
Separating yourself from diet-mentality thoughts
The importance of claiming space and setting boundaries
Spiritual materialism and Buddhist practices
Unpacking privilege and tolerating when you’ve done harm
Dealing with real-world triggers using harm reduction techniques and stigma resistance
Healthism, body policing, and orthorexic tendencies
The inevitability of chronic illness
Measuring the stress and costs associated with our choices versus the potential gains
The “hunger and fullness” diet vs intuitive eating
Navigating digestive discomfort, chronic illness, and medical restrictions within diet culture and intuitive eating
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Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa
Alan Levinovitz’s Food Psych Podcast episode
Intuitive Eating, 3rd ed. by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch
The Intuitive Eating Workbook by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch
Evelyn Tribole’s Food Psych Podcast episode
Elyse Resch Food Psych Podcast episode
Isabel’s program, Stop Fighting Food
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Listener Question of the Week
How do we navigate intuitive eating when we have health issues, such as IBS, without falling into orthorexic or negative eating behaviors? Is there a way to reduce the anxiety that surrounds consuming certain foods? Can we promote restriction in the name of health while also pursuing eating disorder recovery?
*This episode originally identified Lauren Dear within the Listener Question of the Week Resources and identified her as a gastroenterologist. She is actually a registered dietitian, and mention of her has been removed to avoid misidentification.