Geneen Roth, author of Women, Food, and God was recently on Oprah for an interview. I have been reading the book ever since I got my O magazine a few months ago and it is wonderful. It is an insightful look in the reasons why women eat, overeat, and have an emotional connection to food. Did I mention that Geneen has struggled with binge/diet/compulsive eating and has gained and lost over 1,000 pounds over her lifetime? And now she’s a motivator and a retreat leader for women, inspiring them to break the chain to emotional eating and binge eating. Inspirational, truly.
Click here for Geneen’s instructions about eating and how to be in tune with our bodies.
While they may seem like basic instructions, please try and focs on what she is saying. Even if you’ve never struggled with eating per say, all of us have struggled with over eating. Whether that’s at Thanksgiving dinner or when you sit down in fr ont of the TV or are by yourself after a stressful day at work or school, we’ve all done it.
To me, the most interesting part of her message is the spiritual connection we have to food. If you think of hunger as a mechanism of being connected to your body, aka mind-body connection, then you’ve got it down. Think of the “hungry” sensation as a way of honoring your body, of giving it the fuel it needs to do the job it was designed to do. Your body will send you a message when you are full, and if you ignore that message then you are not honoring your body, your vessel for this life. Feed it the wrong kind of things or too much of the wrong thing and you are not honoring it.
This is what her website says about Geneen and the book:
“Your relationship to food is an unexpected path to almost everything. It is doorway, not a wall, an opening, not a closing. All that you believe about love, change, joy and possibility is revealed in how, when and what you eat.
The world is on your plate.”
As always, if you want to discuss anything I’ve written about, gimme a holler and we’ll chat it out. I’ll probably be walking during our chat 😉
A bit about Geneen, again from her website in case your are interested:
“Geneen Roth’s pioneering books were among the first to link compulsive eating and perpetual dieting with deeply personal and spiritual issues that go far beyond food, weight and body image. She believes that we eat the way we live, and that our relationship to food, money, love is an exact reflection of our deepest held beliefs about ourselves and the amount of joy, abundance, pain, scarcity, we believe we have (or are allowed) to have in our lives.”