Molly Carmel: Ditching Diet Dogma, Intuitive Eating, and Breaking Free From Toxicity in Diet and Anti-Diet Culture


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This week on the podcast I sit down with Molly Carmel - leading addictions and eating disorder therapist - to break down the toxic tribalism on both sides of the often polarizing diet and anti-diet culture, intuitive eating; and what to do emotionally and spiritually in the absence of as an alternative to obsessive eating. If you are ready to heal your relationship with food and ditch diet dogma, make sure to listen to this week's episode.

Molly Carmel, LCSW-R is a leading addictions and eating disorder therapist, and Founder of The Beacon Program (Beacon by MC), which offers individual and group solutions to help people break free from their destructive relationships with food and dieting. Known for her irreverent, “straight talk, no chaser” attitude, she’s also the author of the innovative book, Breaking Up with Sugar: A Plan to Divorce the Diets, Drop the Pounds, and Live Your Best Life and the host of the podcast, What You're Craving.  

Molly has made it her life’s mission to help people find a sustainable solution to the battle of obesity and related eating disorders. After battling an eating disorder for over 20 years and finding no solution in available treatment, she began her professional path and has never looked back. In addition to her extensive training in Substance Use and Eating Disorders, Molly is intensively trained in and has an undying love for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She is also a trained shaman, Reiki healer, and certified Tibetan bowl singing practitioner.

Molly’s work has been featured on The Today Show, The Dr. Oz Show, Dateline NBC, Anderson Cooper 360, and Extreme Makeover as well as in People Magazine and the Los Angeles Times.

A few of my favorite things we cover this episode:

  • The landscape of social media and how it is a commonplace for learned helplessness
  • All about toxic tribalism and how it has a progressive impact on diet + anti-diet culture
  • Some of the contradictory statements surrounding intuitive eating and diet-driven lifestyles
  • How to find food that not only you love, but your body does as well
  • The power of breathwork and how taking some time to monitor your breathing can help alleviate your stressors + improve your wellness

Links to things we talked about in this episode:

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Dr. Will Cole

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Dr. Will Cole, DNM, IFMCP, DC is a leading functional medicine expert who consults people around the globe, starting one of the first functional medicine telehealth centers in the world. Named one of the top 50 functional and integrative doctors in the nation, Dr. Will Cole provides a functional medicine approach for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, and brain problems. He is the host of the popular The Art Of Being Well podcast and the New York Times bestselling author of Intuitive Fasting, Ketotarian, The Inflammation Spectrum and the brand new book Gut Feelings: Healing the Shame-Fueled Relationship Between What You Eat and How You Feel.