Tricia Nelson

“It’s a tricky thing because food companies add so many things to our food so that we’d be addicted so that we buy more and get hooked.”

Guest Bio:

Tricia Nelson is an internationally acclaimed author, transformational speaker and emotional eating expert. She has been featured on dozens of radio and television networks, including FOX, NBC, CBS, KTLA and Discovery Health.

Tricia has successfully helped hundreds of people overcome a variety of eating disorders and addictions.

Born and raised in Concord, Massachusetts, Tricia’s own struggles began in early childhood, where she attempted to cope with life’s stresses and emotional pain by overeating and other destructive behaviors. Continuing into adolescence, she began binge drinking, and eventually gained more than 50 pounds. After years of experimentation with 12-step programs, therapy and self-help books, Tricia finally hit a spiritual and emotional bottom.

Tricia attended Amherst College and began her career working at the Seattle Art Museum. While in Seattle she began working with spiritual healer, Roy Nelson (who would later become her husband), who helped her recognize and heal the root causes of her addictions. By creating a lifestyle steeped in positive self-care, self-love and improved self-esteem, Tricia was able to stop drinking and overeating. She has maintained a fifty-pound weight loss for close to 30 years now.

Tricia has spent the past three decades studying the addictive personality, and shares her findings in workshops and retreats both in person and online. Many doctors, psychologists and other health practitioners benefit from her insight about what drives people to overeat and how to stop.

Episode Summary:

Tricia Nelson struggled throughout her entire life with emotional eating and had some very unhealthy mental thoughts about her weight. It wasn’t until she addressed her emotional attachment to food did she start to shed the weight. It is completely possible to lose those extra pounds without going through yo-yo and overhyped and trendy diets! Tricia explains more, in this week’s episode.

Title: Our Relationship with Food and Emotional Eating — Tricia Nelson

Subtitle: Do you have an emotional and physical dependence on food?

Key Takeaways:

  • Tricia was overweight as a kid and has always been an emotional eater.
  • Tricia felt hopeless. She couldn’t shed the weight off, no matter how hard she tried.
  • Everybody has some form of emotional eating in their lives.
  • How does someone know if they have a food addiction?
  • You can be an emotional eater even if you don’t have binging habits.
  • Dr. Robyn shares her story of emotional eating.
  • Tricia is very sensitive to sugar and has to keep a close eye on what additives and addictions are in food products.
  • Always try to buy natural. Food companies love to add sugar to keep you addicted!
  • Why do diets fail?
  • We see food as a ‘treat’ and very rarely do we see it as something that can hurt us.
  • How can you stop overeating and being resentful for it?
  • Tricia has some tips to help you through your emotional eating and to hear your hunger.
  • If you’re struggling with food and weight, you have to stick to just three meals.
  • It’s easy to overeat at night! Snacking can get messy fast.
  • Remember, the extra weight is just a symptom of something deeper and you need to take a deeper journey to discover what it is.
  • Take Tricia’s quiz to help you pinpoint where your emotional eating comes from.

Resources for a Younger Lifestyle:

Dr. Robyn Benson’s Free Youthful Aging eGuide

Connect with Tricia: & Free quiz:

Tricia’s book: Heal Your Hungry: 7 Simple Steps to End Emotional Eating Now


“Food compulsion and emotional eating take many different forms and it’s a spectrum.”

“I feel like we’re all emotional eaters. I feel God made us that way. We have to get some emotional benefit from food.”

“It’s a tricky thing because food companies add so many things to our food so that we’d be addicted so that we buy more and get hooked.”

“Learn the word ‘no,’ which is very hard for emotional eaters, but when we do that, our lives get more balanced.”