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Emotional Eating with Heal Your Hunger Tricia Nelson

Episode: 262


How to Heal Emotional Eating, Food Addiction & Binges with Tricia Nelson

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How to Heal Emotional Eating with Author, Coach & Podcast Host Tricia Nelson 


Emotional Eating – How is Your Relationship with Food?

*TW Emotional Eating Disorders*

Have you ever found comfort in a bag of chips or a pint of ice cream when life gets tough?

We’ve all been there – using food as a crutch to soothe our emotions, whether it’s stress, sadness, or boredom. It’s a universal experience, and for many, it becomes a habitual way of coping. We get triggered and we run to food for release.

But what if there’s a way to exit this cycle of emotional eating, binge eating, food addiction, and stress eating? We’re talking food freedom with Tricia Nelson, author, coach and host of the Heal Your Hunger podcast.



In this non-diet podcast:

  • How dieting triggers and heightens emotional eating and binge eating
  • Understanding Emotional Eating: Discover the deep-rooted emotional triggers behind overeating and undereating
  • Overcome food addiction and discover why seeking support and community is crucial
  • How stress can lead to unhealthy eating habits.
  • Learn how to begin your personal healing journey with awareness, the right questions and small steps


Listen for healing and inspiration!



Website: www.healyourhunger.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tricianelson_/
Podcast: Heal Your Hunger


Episode 245: How to be Healthy without Dieting?





“Emotional eating and food addiction about so much more than our relationship with food or with body image. It’s really about the relationship we have with ourselves.” – Tricia Nelson


Understanding Emotional Eating

Emotional eating isn’t about satisfying physical hunger; it’s about seeking comfort and distraction in food. Tricia Nelson, an expert in the field, describes it as using food as a coping mechanism.

Tricia’s journey with emotional eating mirrors the struggles of countless individuals. She candidly shares that as a child, she often turned to food to deal with her overwhelming emotions. Food, for her, was the bridge to jump off of, the escape she needed to numb her feelings. It was a lifeline that kept her from engaging in riskier behaviors. But, as she wisely points out, at some point, that lifeline can turn into a noose, leading to more pain than relief.


How to Heal Emotional Healing – The Three Pillars

Tricia’s journey was guided by what she calls the three pillars of healing: awareness, community, and support.

*Awareness*: The first step is recognizing that emotional eating is the issue, not food itself. It’s about understanding that food is not the solution to our problems but a symptom of deeper emotional struggles.

*Community*: Tricia emphasizes the importance of seeking support. She acknowledges that overcoming emotional eating is challenging and that studies show you can’t tackle addiction on your own. It’s okay to seek help – it’s a sign of strength, not weakness and that’s big step in how to heal emotional eating.

*Support*: Beyond community, it’s crucial to have a support system that understands what you’re going through. Your friends or family might mean well, but they can’t fully grasp the complexity of emotional eating unless they’ve been there themselves.


Practical Steps to Overcoming Emotional Eating

Now, you might be wondering, “Where do I begin?” Tricia offers a helpful tool she calls the “Pep Test.” It stands for Painkiller, Escape, and Punishment – three reasons why we turn to emotional eating.

*Painkiller*: Food can temporarily numb our emotional pain, providing quick relief. That pint of ice cream might make you feel better momentarily, but it’s not a lasting solution.

*Escape*: Emotional eaters often seek an escape from their racing thoughts and emotional turmoil. Food provides a distraction, a way to transport ourselves momentarily to a different mental space.

*Punishment*: Surprisingly, emotional eating can be a form of self-punishment. Tricia explains that many emotional eaters grapple with guilt and self-blame. Binging on unhealthy foods can perpetuate this cycle of self-punishment.


The Power of Community

The key message from Tricia Nelson is clear: don’t go it alone. Seek a community of like-minded individuals who understand your struggles. Remember, if you’ve been trying to overcome emotional eating on your own without success, you’re not alone. It’s a challenging journey, and there’s no shame in asking for support.

But where can you find this community? Tricia offers resources on her website, where you can connect with others on a similar path to healing. You’ll discover that you’re not the only one facing this battle.


Questions Answered in this podcast episode: 

  1. What are the common triggers for emotional eating, and how can I identify them in my own life?
  2. How can I differentiate between emotional hunger and physical hunger?
  3. What are some effective strategies for how how to heal emotional eating?
  4. How do I find the right support or community to help me on my journey to overcome emotional eating?
  5. Can you recommend any resources or books to further understand and address emotional eating?
  6. What role does self-compassion play in healing from emotional eating, and how can I practice it?
  7. How can I reframe my relationship with food from being a source of comfort to a source of nourishment?
  8. Are there specific mindfulness techniques or practices that can help me manage my emotional eating triggers?
  9. What are the long-term health consequences of chronic emotional eating, and how can I mitigate them?
  10. How do I start the process of reparenting myself and fostering a healthier relationship with my emotions?



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