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You don’t need dieting!   It’s not what you eat, it’s why you eat!

Nina Sevelle-Rockland interviewed on The Second Phase Podcast. The podcast graphic has a photo of Nina smiling, wearing a burgundy blouse with her arms crossed on the bottom left of the frame under the podcast logo. Robyn is pictured on the right sitting on a white rug wearing jeans and a black sleeveless tee that says Woman Up. Nina shared how dieting doesn't work, that you must recognize why you are eating.

“Get rid of the scale!  Your scale can’t measure your self-worth!” – Dr. Nina

About Dr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin, Psy.D.

Nina Savelle-Rocklin, Psy.D., is a psychoanalyst, author, and radio host specializing in food, weight and body image issues.  Considered a thought leader in the field of eating psychology, she has been featured in Psychology Today, Prevention, Real Simple, Redbook, Huffington Post, and many other publications. She is a frequent guest expert, appearing on The Dr. Drew Podcast and other media. Dr. Nina brings a fresh perspective by helping people focus on what’s eating “at” them instead of on what they are eating. In addition to her private practice, she hosts the Dr. Nina Show on LA Talk Radio. Her book Food for Thought: Perspectives on Eating Disorders is an Amazon bestseller.   She co-edited Beyond the Primal Addiction (with Salman Akhtar) and her latest book is The Binge Cure: 7 Steps to Outsmart Emotional Eating.

Dr. Nina helps men and women stop binge eating or stress eating for good. She does this by helping them first identify what’s eating “at” them (which is often hidden and out of awareness) and then helps them create new ways of relating to themselves, the world, and therefore to food.

She is the ONLY psychoanalyst who translates the unconscious into relatable and understandable conflicts and makes them accessible. You can’t fight what you don’t see, therefore, she helps people see the problem in a new way and provide strategies to tackle the problem.

First Phase

For many years Dr. Nina served her patients only in her private practice.  She was in private practice and people would constantly tell her they’d been to 5, 10 or even 20 therapists and nobody had ever been able to help them understand themselves and create lasting change.  Upon realizing this, Dr. Nina changed her practice offerings to help more than the people in her local community.

Second Phase

Dr. Nina decided to step out of the confines of her office in Los Angeles and step onto the world stage.  She knew she could help more people. Her first step was starting a blog.  Next was a podcast, then books, a radio show, and it’s just gotten bigger from there. Today she even offers online courses.

Plucking the Weeds

Dr. Nina uses a fantastic analogy of plucking weeds to describe how humans are using food to mask the root of their problems.   People are turning to food, to turn away from something else.  She says “it’s now what you’re eating, it’s what’s eating at you.”

When people have underlying concerns with anxiety, depression, relationships, etc. they turn to food for comfort.   When they gain weight they think they need to diet.   The reality is that dieting is just plucking the weed and not getting the root.  The only way to effectively and sustainably lose weigh is to get to the root of the problem.

The Scale

A change in the number on the scale will not define a person and when the decrease in those numbers isn’t sustainable the vicious cycle continues.  The scale doesn’t measure self-worth and it’s important to realize that the root of the problem has to be solved before the numbers are going to shift and self-love can blossom.

In her book, The Binge Cure, 7 Steps to Outsmart Emotional Eating, Dr. Nina explains the falsities of dieting and breaks down how individuals can win the war against weight gain,  resulting from emotional eating.


Dr. Nina is passionate about helping people transform their relationships with themselves so they can live happier lives. She loves her family, which includes her 170-pound giant Great Dane, Zane. Seeing her daughters discover who they are and trust themselves to be their authentic selves is also something she enjoys. She is passionate about creating more kindness and respect in our society.

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