About Dr. Nina
Do you struggle with an unhealthy, unhappy relationship with food?
☐ You think about food constantly – even when you’re not hungry.
☐ You believe that when you hit your goal weight you’ll be happy and your life can finally start.
☐ You feel that if you weighed less you’d somehow be more in other areas of your life.
☐ You’re convinced that you are addicted to food.
☐ You’ve tried every diet under the sun and while you are able to lose weight, you struggle to keep it off.
☐ You’re starting to think that there must be more to weight-loss than just healthy eating.
In addition to helping patients who crave a healthier, happier relationship with food and themselves, I write an award-winning blog, Make Peace With Food, host a popular podcast, Win the Diet War with Dr. Nina, and produce a video series, The Dr. Nina Show.
What really sets me apart is my personal experience of disordered eating. With this unique perspective, I can empathize with the shame, anxiety and desperation of food issues, and I also know that complete change is possible. It’s not about willpower!
My Story: How I left disordered eating behind and went on to Win the Diet War.
My experience with disordered eating began as a young child and continued through my adolescence and right through college. I had always been relatively thin but I was in a constant state of anxiety about my weight, often worrying about how others perceived me and constantly looking for approval from my parents, ballet instructors, gymnastics coaches and teachers.
As far back as I can remember, my first thoughts in the morning were always about food and whether I’d be ‘good’ that day; during my last thoughts at night I’d take an inventory of everything that passed my lips. Instead of counting sheep I counted calories and fat grams.
I followed the strictest of diets and was rigid with my food intake. Looking back now, I can see how my secret relationship with food made me feel like I was in control, when in reality nothing could be further from the truth.
When my willpower eventually wavered (which it always invariably did) I’d lose control, binge and then get rid of everything I’d consumed, only to feel nothing but shame.
I spent years looping around that same vicious circle, and eventually I began therapy. During my weekly visits I shared almost everything with my therapist. I told her how I was feeling about relationships, my dreams, hopes and fears. I shared everything in my life except one thing:
I never told her what was going on with food.
Not once in all the time I was in therapy did I disclose my secret and, by the time I left treatment, I was no longer obsessed with food. All my food issues were completely gone and my weight was healthy. I was fit mentally and physically.
How was this possible?
In therapy, I began listening to myself and started being kinder and more self-compassionate. I learned to cope with challenging situations instead of using food as a way to distract myself from them, and I learned how to calm my emotions without reaching for a pint of ice cream or a box of cookies.
I know that it’s possible to liberate yourself from disordered eating because that was, and continues to be, my experience.
If there is only one thing you take away from my story, let it be this: there is always hope.
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Before Dr. Nina came along I was beginning to think I was a hopeless case of lazy lack of willpower… and possibly even powerless to food. Now I realize that I’m giving all of the “power” to food subconsciously to avoid the feelings that come along with procrastination due to unrealistic expectations and self-degradation. ~Michelle W.
Dr. Nina’s personal experience with disordered eating gives her a unique understanding of what it is like to struggle, and she knows that hope is possible. She brings a fresh perspective to the treatment of disordered eating, helping people understand “why” they turn to food instead of focusing on the behavior itself.
Recognized as a thought leader in eating psychology, Dr. Nina’s work has been widely published across a variety of media, most notably The Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Prevention and Real Simple. She is also a regular contributor to Eating Disorder Hope, Eating Disorders Online, Walden Behavioral Health, the British Obesity Society, the National Eating Disorders Association, as well as many others.
She writes an award-winning blog, Make Peace With Food, hosts a popular podcast, Win The Diet War with Dr. Nina (voted ‘New and Noteworthy’ within its first week of release on iTunes) and can be seen on her video series, The Dr. Nina Show. Her book, Food For Thought, is an Amazon bestseller.
Dr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin, Psy.D., Certified Psychoanalyst, Licensed Psychotherapist (CA LMFT43526)
“Dr. Nina, I just finished your article and I LOVE IT! Its finally EFFECTIVE, USEFUL, and SIMPLE strategies I can use to fight the urges to binge/restrict/use behaviours! Thank you!” ~Emily C