June 17


041: Jen Isenhart – Behinds the Scenes of Fat Fiction

June 17, 2021

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Jen Isenhart

 Jennifer is a principal and founder of Wide Eye Productions, a Northwest digital production company that's been creating successful films since 2000. Jennifer has ushered dozens of projects from concept, through production, to completion- from Emmy Award-winning documentaries, to educational children's programs, to branded entertainment. She knows how to weave images, sound and message into memorable films. 

Most recently, Jennifer directed and wrote "Fat Fiction", a film about the history of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines and the miserable failure of a so-called "low fat heart healthy diet." The film is narrated by 10-Times New York Times best selling author and physician, Mark Hyman and features interviews with world class nutrition experts and science journalists. "Fat Fiction" is available to watch on Amazon Prime where more than 500 five-star reviews rank the film as one of the top nutrition documentaries on the site.

As a child, Jen always thought she had an issue with sugar.  This was especially true when she would crave sweet foods and then have hypoglycemic events. As an adult, she attended a “Quit Sugar” class where she learnt the effects of sugar on health and wellbeing. Now following a low carb way of eating, her digestion is better, no longer getting tired after meals, which she puts down to eliminating sugar and grains from her diet. 

As a film producer and journalist, Jen was motivated to learn more about nutrition, dietary guidelines and their impact on poor health outcomes. She found that we didn’t get the truth about fats, in particular saturated fats and seed oils due to flawed research, corporate and personal interests.  ‘Fat Fiction’ documentary sets the record straight and is told in a clear and accessible way, something a film can do rather than another nutrition book.  The documentary shows first hand how people respond to both high and low carb diets, particularly for those living with Type 2 Diabetes. 

Jen's Books

Fat Fiction - film available on Amazon Prime and Vimeo On Demand


Jen's Top Tips

  1. You don’t always have to eat breakfast.
  2. Add in two 24 hour fasts a week.
  3. Stay hydrated and take electrolytes.

Resources Mentioned

Grain Brain - Dr David Perlmutter



Why We Get Fat - Gary Taubes


Good Calories, Bad Calories - Gary Taubes


The Case Against Sugar - Gary Taubes


The Big Fat Surprise - Nina Teicholz


Dr Mark Hyman 


Dr Brian Lenzkes 



The RESTART Program


Low carb action Network 

Low carb clinical guidelines for prescribing professionals

Quotes by Jen Isenhart

“I craved sugar, I was really bad at eating a lot of sugar as a kid, I just wanted to have it all the time. ”

“If I had one chocolate, I would want to eat the entire box, you know, I just really didn't have control when it came to sugar”

“I wish I would have come to it earlier.”

I was surprised to hear somebody tell me that I should be eating more fat.“

“The breakfast on the first day was oatmeal, nonfat milk, brown sugar on the oatmeal, raisins on the oatmeal, toast with jelly, and a glass of orange juice. It actually made me furious. I was so upset.” 

“I felt like it was really important to be able to put that information into an accessible film that the general public could watch and understand”

“I discovered pretty quickly that the advice given to people with Type Two diabetes over these years has just been backwards.”

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