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Emotional Eating: What if Weight Loss Isn’t about the Food? – Tricia Nelson (Transcript)

Here is the full text and summary of Tricia Nelson’s talk titled Emotional Eating: What if Weight Loss Isn’t about the Food?” at TEDxWestMonroe conference. In this talk, Tricia shares a personal story about struggling with emotional eating and finding a solution that doesn’t involve dieting. She discusses three key ways to overcome emotional eating: changing perspective, reducing stress, and seeking support.

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TRANSCRIPT:

I reached my spoon down into the pint of praline pecan. It’s the perfect last bite. Gooey caramel swirling around creamy vanilla ice cream with two delicious maple pecans that will add just the right amount of crunch. But I can’t enjoy this bite.

You see I’ve not only eaten the entire container of ice cream, but I’ve also devoured a full bag of popcorn, half a package of cookies, and twenty-six Hershey’s Kisses. I feel completely sick, disgusted, I sweep up the remains and I throw them in the trash vowing never to eat that kind of crap again. I collapse on the couch.

After a few hours, the cookies in the trash call to me, Trisha, and I answer. In a trance, I stumble over to the trash can, find the cookies, and polish them off. Once again, my insatiable hunger drives me to new depths of shame. What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I stop? I’m such a loser.

At age twenty, I was fifty pounds overweight. I hated my fat. I had a roll of fat on my tummy that I would scrunch up in my hands, and imagine cutting it off, like you cut fat off the side of a steak. I sometimes wished I’d contracted a disease where I’d automatically lose weight without having to diet.

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