I normally am not a watch oprah and cry kind of girl, but yesterday I happened to start watching an episode with Geneen Roth author of Women Food and God. It really moved me, I can relate on a deep level to the food and love connection. I have not yet read the book but I think I may. It got me to wondering what helped the big losers over come that food dependency? For me weight loss has been an extremely emotional journey. Much of my weight has been a barrier to protect myself. Has anyone read this book or have any thoughts on this topic in general?
This book has changed my life! I just finished reading it about 2 weeks ago and have not had a food binge since. If watching Oprah made you cry, which it did me as well, you probaby have some underlying issues with food. This book brought up issues that I didn't even know I had. It advises you to stop dieting, which I have but I still do not agree with the eat whatever you want appproach. It is all about balance. Some days I eat more, some days I eat less. But most importantly I am in control of my eating habits. If I feel overwhelmed with emotion and feel the need for food. I walk away from the kitchen and do something else. This book has inabled me to be equipped to deal with my emotions. I highly recomend it!
Hope that helps :-)
Thanks for the post. I have in fact had many issues with binge eating my entire life since I am very young probably 8 or 9 years old. Its 20 years later and I am just starting to really look long and hard at these things. I am currently losing weight but find getting binge eating under control. I have good days and bad days but I am just starting to be ok with a bad day. I am still waiting on this book to come to my library and I am definitely interested in reading it as I continue to work on my health. Good luck on your journey and I will post when I finish the book.
I agree that Geneen Roth gets to the heart of the problem. As a nutrition counselor, I used Geneen Roth's books, Breaking Free from Emotional Eating and the companion workbook, Why Weight? A Guide to Ending Compulsive Eating, with great success. Diane Petrella reviewed Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything for Calorie Count in June. Best wishes to you!
I love Geneen Roth's books....When Food Is Love was a good one for me. Sometimes it hurts reading these books, but that's when you realize that there are deeper issues that need to be dealt with.
Really 'enjoyed' this book. It sure brought up some emotional items for me. I loved it, because it will help you on YOUR journal. It is not a prescribed diet plan in traditional way. It is written to help change your life. It will help in other areas of your life as well. Bla, bla, bla. Just try it and see what happens...it is certainly worth a try!
I just fiinished this book and LOVED it too. I don't have a hard time realizing the connection between food and emotions but I have a hard time "letting go" without counting calories. Isn't this program against the philosophy of the book? In my mind, I wonder if it is okay to count all calories AND be spiritual about the whole eating process. What do you all think?