1st February 2017 Fadela Hilali

Interview: How to Cure Your Relationship with Food

‘How to Cure Your Relationship with Food’ is a short interview with buddhist coach and successful entrepreneur Duda Jadrijevic following the release of my bestselling book STUFFED: how to feel so good about yourself you won’t have room for cake.

We look at one of the most harmful and common struggles so many of us experience: emotional eating. We discuss food as a coping mechanism, uncomfortable emotions and healing strategies.

Duda and I have both experienced disordered eating, emotional eating and low self-esteem. In my case, food was my number one preoccupation. Did I have too much of it? Too little? How much more can I have? I was constantly scrutinising my body and while on the outside I was at a healthy weight, my mental and emotional health were in jeopardy.

It took me years to realise that food was never the problem. It took me years to realise that no matter how much weight I lost, I would never feel good enough. I realised that no diet in the world could help me cure my relationship with food. I came to the realisation that I couldn’t bully myself into self-love. I finally understood that food was only a symptom of my emotional dis-ease and the sooner I would learn to navigate my emotions, no matter how uncomfortable they feel, the easier it would get.

To me food freedom and emotional wellbeing both derive from a set of daily practices. Self-love is also a practice. The moment I stop looking after my body, indulge in negative self-talk or ignore my needs, the old gremlins resurface.

After watching the interview, please let me know your thoughts:

  • Have you ever suffered with anything alike?
  • How did it feel?
  • Are you still struggling?
  • Do you need help?

If there is anything I can do, please reach out to me, I’m here to support you!