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Joy Imboden Overstreet

The Cherry Pie Paradox: 
The Surprising Path to Diet Freedom
and Lasting Weight Loss

Joy Overstreet with a cherry pie
The Cherry Pie Paradox
The Surprising Path to Diet Freedom and Lasting Weight Loss


The Cherry Pie Paradox introduces practical tools and a step-by-step process to go beyond mindful eating to help you uncover the old stories and counter-productive behaviors that have kept you stuck. 


Neuroscience tells us that our identity (who we think we are and who we think we are not) shapes our behavior. And our behavior shapes—well, our shape—emotional, mental and physical. You deserve to enjoy food without guilt, to appreciate the astonishing gift that is your body, and to free your energy for the important work of your life. The Cherry Pie Paradox opens the door to that freedom.

Is this book right for you? . . . 

Book cover "The Cherry Pie Paradox"


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— from Geneen Roth, author of NYTimes bestsellers, Women Food and God, Breaking Free From Compulsive Eating   

I took the original Thin Within workshop in 1977, and Joy Imboden’s brilliance changed my life. It was the beginning of developing my own thoughts and program for breaking free from compulsive eating. I cannot say enough about her work and this important book. Most people are synthesizers, but Joy is a true original. I am so glad she is finally taking her place.  

Joy’s step-by-step guide to making peace with food and your body works from the inside out. It’s a discovery process that helps you know yourself better, make more conscious choices, and become a healthier person.

—Barbara Abrams DrPH, RD, Professor Emeritus, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley

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Author Joy Overstreet smiling

About Joy

Joy Imboden Overstreet created the original Thin Within workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1975.  She was one of the very first health educators to ditch diets in favor of mindful eating. She soon realized that being mindful often amplified those shaming internal voices that plague so many weight-worriers. 


After a life-changing encounter with a cherry pie-eating friend, she designed a process of self-discovery to root out the tired stories, self-sabotaging beliefs and counter-productive behaviors that had kept her failing at so many diets. She created some simple practices that increased her pleasure in eating, improved her relationship to her body, and have kept her slim ever since. Thousands have benefited from this process over the years. 


Joy has a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. Currently she lives in Portland, OR.

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