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

You deserve to enjoy what you eat without guilt, to appreciate the astonishing gift that is your body, and to free your energy for the important work of your life. This book opens the door to that freedom.

The Cherry Pie Paradox introduces a step-by-step process that goes beyond mindful eating to help you uncover the old stories and counter-productive behaviors that have kept you stuck. There's something for everyone here, regardless of the nature of your "problem."

Where to Get It

The Cherry Pie Paradox is a road map to freedom, not a diet.
It's also a fun, inspiring and thought-provoking read.


The Cherry Pie Paradox Workbook

By popular request: a companion workbook to The Cherry Pie Paradox! This workbook walks you through the book’s lessons to help you put the awareness tools into daily practice and internalize the mindset shift for lasting change. It took years to create your “weight problem;” the workbook gives you the time and space to dismantle it.

What’s inside: writing prompts for each chapter, ways to track your progress, links to the meditations, suggestions on creating your own support group, and lots of space to unburden your brain of ancient garbage and envision the new, freer you. Buy the Workbook here.


SPECIAL OFFER ends soon! After you buy the Workbook and if you want the free audiobook, email me and I'll send you instructions. (The technical gyrations to automate this process have me stumped!)

Book cover "The Cherry Pie Paradox"
The Workbook

What's Your "Problem"...?

The aspect of this book that will best suit YOU depends on the nature of your "problem" -- whether your concerns are relatively recent or have been ongoing for decades, and whether you want to lose weight or just make peace with food and the body you have.  

Under-attention to your body's cues?
If you never worried about your weight...  until one day in middle age you could no longer zip your jeans, or the doctor announced your health would improve if you lost weight, or you looked down at your expanded waist and wondered, What the hell happened here? You had always thought of yourself as a “thin” person. This is a problem of under-attention—ignoring what your mouth and body have been trying to tell you. Use the SuperTools to reawaken your inner sylph.

Over-attention to your body's imperfections? 
You don't want to lose weight; 
you simply want to feel good about your body as it is. But the trash-talker in your head won't shut up with its endless "shoulds." This is the only body you’ll ever receive; it's tragic to dislike it. Wouldn't you rather befriend your body as is, and allow yourself to enjoy what you eat without guilt or shame? The mindfulness exercises and SuperTools can help.

Over-attention and under-attention? If you’ve been a chronic yo-yo dieter, you will have accumulated a lot of negative mental baggage. Your weight issues have become a problem of over-attention to the trash-talker in your head, and of under-attention to your body's signals and to the actual experience of eating. You’ll need time, focus, and patience to free yourself for good. It’s important to do all the exercises sequentially. And repeat as needed.

What others say...

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— Geneen Roth, author of the #1 NYT bestseller, Women Food and God, Breaking Free From Compulsive Eating  says: 

"In 1977 I took Joy Imboden’s ground-breaking Thin Within workshop. It changed my life and was the beginning of developing my own thoughts and program for breaking free from compulsive eating. Most people are synthesizers, but Joy is a true original. She is finally taking her place with this important book." 

Other delighted readers say:

"Joy's original Thin Within program forever changed my relationship to food, eating, and my body. I'm at peace, and haven't worried about my weight in decades."


"I got so engrossed reading this book that three hours passed before I looked up! It's wonderfully written--a weaving together of useful information, insight and storytelling."


"I loved the hands-on experiments and all the life coaching insights. It digs much deeper into realistic solutions that last than "intuitive eating."

"The most delightful diet book you'll ever read. But's not actually a diet book. More like a roadmap to your own journey to freedom from destructive, guilt-laden and obsessive food habits."

"Personal stories make the author seem like a really wise and caring friend, who's been there. If she can do this so can we!"

"Actionable science-based advice which is realistic and applicable no matter your food preferences or cultural background."

"A welcome change from shame-y, preachy, restrictive  books about food and health."

"Her approach to gaining control of our food choices can be applied to any pattern of behavior we have difficulty sustaining."

"A great read with a profound message--inspiring, informative and often funny! Refreshingly different from other books about weight loss!!"

—Chérie Carter-Scott, Ph.D. MCC, author of NYT  bestseller, If Life is a Game These are the Rules: 10 Rules for Being Human says:

"Joy offers a path to befriending your body and the food that nourishes it.

Her warmth, wisdom, sense of humor, and relatable experiences
make her the perfect coach for this rewarding journey."

"The Thin Within course you taught in Palo Alto, California back in 1978 changed my entire relationship with food, and made me into a lifelong mindful eater. So this is a thank-you note from someone on whose life you effected profound, positive change nearly forty years ago."

Marcie Mayer, Kea, Greece

"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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Where to buy

Where to Buy

Portland Metro area - print only

Online ordering


Find your local bookstore

eBooks (plus audiobook October 2022)

Other countries 

Want a signed, personalized CPP book plate and bookmark? Email me--Happy to oblige! 

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