TheHealthyWeighOut: Circle of HOPE

VIRTUAL Education & Support for
Emotional Eaters, Overeaters & Binge Eaters

In 2014, Dr. Julie T. Anné  and Dr. Ashley Southard set out to change the world.  Well, maybe it’s more accurate to say that they set out to change the manner in which people struggling with chronic overeating, emotional eating, binge eating disorder, and associated issues with weight, were treated.

As seasoned eating disorder specialists, Dr. Julie and Dr. Ashley knew that compulsive overeating has very little to do with food. And just about everything to do with deeper underlying processes that affected your relationship with your emotions, your relationship with your Body, and your relationship with your Self.

After having had the privilege of helping literally hundreds of people FULLY heal their dysfunctional relationship with food through participation in TheHealthyWeighOut workshops and in-person therapy services, they KNEW they needed to bring their original approach to true emotional eating resolution to people outside of their Scottsdale, Arizona treatment center.

And the rest is history.

International podcasts, a very popular YouTube channel, a Mayo Clinic School of Medicine Faculty appointment, media spots and growing status as international emotional eating experts all led Dr. Julie & Dr. Ashley to receive an outpouring of global requests asking them to make their groundbreaking “The Deeper Work” approach to healing from emotional and binge eating available to people around the world.

The result?

cutting edge, international ONLINE educational platform…TheHealthyWeighOut Circle of HOPE!


Welcome to Circle of HOPE ~ where Full Recovery is as close as your Computer!

Circle of HOPE is a one-of-a-kind virtual community for people struggling to overcome Binge Eating, Compulsive Overeating, Emotional Eating, and Chronic Yo-Yo Dieting.

The goal of this very special virtual community is to provide an emotionally safe, judgment-free zone where you have access to life-changing education that will transform your relationship with food, your body, and your Self…allowing you to create Full Recovery from the inside out.

Circle of HOPE is led by co-hosts, Dr. Julie & Dr. Ashley, internationally-recognized specialists in the field of emotional eating, binge eating, overeating, and related struggles (think anxiety, trauma, and challenging family systems).

With 44 years of combined experience effectively treating and resolving disordered eating, we have become the go-to experts because of our in-depth understanding of what’s really going on under the psychological surface of your compulsive eating behavior. We know your desire to overeat is not simply about food, and we know the solution cannot be found solely in diets and exercise! Rather, we’ll help you connect-the-dots so that you can understand how your relationship with emotions and with your Self has everything to do with your relationship with food.

Discover our Signature Approach, “The Deeper Work”

Dr. Julie & Dr. Ashley credit their professional success and international following to their unique approach that effectively helps you “connect-the-dots” between your oftentimes frustrating and CONFUSING eating behavior and the underlying “hidden pieces” that are frequently related to emotional, relational, and/or trauma issues that are unconsciously being “managed” through your relationship with food.

This is what we call, “The Deeper Work.”

Through awareness, education, healing and encouragement, it IS possible to develop a healthy relationship with food! Helping you make sense out of these not-so-obvious “deeper” psychological pieces is key, and we can’t wait to teach you all of this when you join our Circle of HOPE membership community!

Membership in Circle of HOPE includes ALL of the following:

    • LIVE access to International Emotional Eating Experts, Dr. Julie & Dr. Ashley, through their weekly 45-minute educational VideoCast, “The Deeper Work.”  Every week, the Doctors discuss topical themes relevant to emotional and binge eating FULL recovery (e.g., history of trauma/abuse, people-pleasing behavior, emotional sensitivity, etc) and answer members’ specific questions. Members are invited to join in on the conversations if they would like (but this is, of course, never required)
    • Every other week, the doctors offer a personal Q and A where our community members can submit questions that prompt education, to be answered directly from Dr. Julie & Dr. Asley.
    • Connect regularly and share support with like-hearted Circle of HOPE members who share common struggles and goals ~ from ALL over the world!Additionally, come together through our NEW informal “Gathering” virtual events where our members have the opportunity to interact “live” with Dr. Julie & Dr. Ashley. During these really special informal opportunities, there is time to connect through virtual zoom platform with our entire GLOBAL membership Circle of HOPE community. It is a beautiful, SUPPORTIVE virtual treat for our members. <3
    • LIVE access to Emotional Eating Dietitians, Amy Reynolds, RD, CDE and Demi McGauley, RD, CDE, through their weekly 30-minute educational VideoCast, “Chew On This.” Every week, Amy and Demi discusses nutritional themes relevant to emotional and binge eating recovery (e.g., intuitive eating, dieting, BMI, wellness culture) and answer members’ specific questions. Members are invited to join in on the conversations, and recordings of all past VideoCasts are always available to watch whenever you want.
    • Dr. Julie’s personable video series, “Mission Monday,”  where she offers members a gentle Dr. Julie “Nudge of Encouragement” to do the next emotional or psychological piece of work that can help support your Full Recovery process. Recordings of all past Mission Mondays are always available to watch whenever you want. Here’s a sample:


  • Dr. Ashley’s fun video series, “Recovery Hacks,” offering you quick tips and “tricks” to make your emotional eating recovery process easier. Recordings of all past Recovery Hacks are always available to watch whenever you want. Here’s a sample:

  • Frequent posts from Dr. Julie & Dr. Ashley that offer education and inspiration, designed to lift you up and move you forward in your journey toward understanding and change.  Think: Tiny Win Wednesday & Frustrating Friday 🙂

  • Connection with Members vis-à-vis heartfelt sharing of the highs and lows of struggling with Emotional and Binge Eating. Our members are some of the most compassionate people who offer loving, non-judgmental support to each other. Of course, interaction with members is completely optional and never expected or required.

Curious what a weekly “Circle of HOPE” VideoCast is like?

Think Video + Podcast = Meaningful Education & Conversation that has the power to change your life! Here’s a sample of two of our weekly VideoCasts. The first VideoCast is a segment from our new series on how to approach Intuitive Eating Principles for emotional and behavioral success.

The second VideoCast is a discussion about Narcissistic Family Systems & Binge Eating, a segment from a member-driven Q&A episode.


Want More?  Two Levels of Membership

Members are welcome to join our online community as a Monthly or Annual member.

Regardless of your membership, you will have access to ALL of the video archives, members’ posts, and upcoming videos. Annual members save approximately 3 months of membership cost, so if you think this community might be helpful for you, we definitely encourage you to save some cash and join for the year. However, if you’d like to sample it and see if this is something that might be helpful for you, join for a month. You can always upgrade to an annual membership later if you want.

We want everyone to have access to our life-changing material!  Therefore, a membership is priced at the affordable rate of $39.99/month.

There are no commitments, no contracts, and no gimmicks.  Just an ABUNDANCE of education and a community of support that we KNOW will change your Life, and your relationship with food!



Curious about signing up? Watch this 1-minute video to see how easy it is to join. 

Thank you for Trusting us with your Heart & HOPE <3

Every time a new member signs up for our Circle of HOPE community, we celebrate a dual event.  You trusting us.  And us having the beautiful opportunity to reach yet another person across the globe with unprecedented knowledge that we know will open your eyes in a manner you’ve never seen before ~ and change your behavior, from the inside out.

Thank you for trusting us with your vulnerable Self.  We look forward to gently guiding you into long-lasting change.

In heart & health,

Drs. Julie & Ashley!

PS – If you have more questions, please click here to read answers to our frequently asked questions. And if you still don’t find what you’re looking for, please contact us directly with your specific question.

Lastly, please review the Terms & Conditions before joining Circle of HOPE.


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