A few years ago I was a mess around food and my body. My entire life revolved around what I was eating next. If I wasn’t preoccupied with my next meal, I was thinking about what I’d eaten earlier and what that meant for what or how much I’d allow myself to eat later. On the rare occasion I wasn’t thinking about food, googling gluten-free-dairy-free recipes, or checking out another vegan restaurant’s menu I was thinking about my body and how I was terrified of it changing in a way I wasn’t comfortable with. I’m embarrassed to admit all of this but that was my internal reality until I found the work of today’s repeat guest Isabel Foxen Duke. Isabel showed me there’s another way to live. She taught me why I and so many people fall into an obsession with thinness and therefore dieting and consequently food, all as a result of thinness as a standard of beauty in our culture and the pervasive diet culture that has created. She taught me about fat phobia and how I had internalized it. She taught me about intuitive eating and deconstructing my diet mentality to listen to my body’s hunger and fullness signals. She taught me about emotional eating and how it’s not wrong, rather it is merely a coping mechanism and a response to years of deprivation with food. She taught me to diversity my hobbies away from wellness alone and to instead focus my attention on my career, creativity, and relationships. Most of all, she helped my to finally stop fighting food and work on making my life as a whole really beautiful, not just my body. We talk about all this and more in today’s very long, robust episode. As I mentioned in the inro, I took Isabel’s flagship program in 2014 and it honestly really helped me. She’s launching it again and that means her free video training series is available for a while so watch those videos here to see what you think. And enjoy this episode with my friend and mentor IFD.