Say something about yourself!
Narrated in the author's gentle, warm voice, I bought this book last night and read the entire thing in one sitting. I am starting over again tonight, hopefully slower this time, as every paragraph is filled with wisdom and insight that will make you hit the "pause" button to go, "Ohhhhh...THAT'S why I do that."
If you obsess about food, are skinny, are overweight, are white, black, red, or anything in between, if you are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Sufi, or whatever, grab this book.
By the way, in the midst of some revealing writing, I also found myself cracking up. A lot. Roth is a very funny writer.
One caution: if you are Christian (and I'm thinking here of my evangelical sister), do not be put off when Roth briefly explains her own beliefs. She does not try to sway anyone to her way of thinking, and her views on the God-food connection work for any woman, from any cultural background and any religious persuasion.
This book has already changed how I look at food, and it's been less than 24 hours. Worth every penny and more!
The Sisters Review
As a long-time dieter with varying degrees of success, I liked this book.
One of the tips regarding hunger is to really look at why you are eating. If it is not for hunger then you should follow the source of what is causing you to eat. I truly felt fearful as i looked inward.
This travel to the source is helpful for anyone. I was never beaten or abused or suffered devastating losses but yet I can see the voids I created in my life.
Even if you think your relationship with food is completely normal it will open your eyes to other areas in your life.
I really liked this book. I thought the most valuable parts of the book were the insights into how 'parts' of us have old messages, stories, and beliefs that we unconsciously act on. When I am eating past the point of full, maybe I am trying to sooth a uncomfortable anxious part of myself that might be be feeling lonely, or feeling unaccepted, or numbing out some other feeling. It's not that calories and exercise aren't important, they clearly are. But, it's just that people lose weight and then gain it back for all sorts of reasons. I find, for myself, that understanding my motivations helps me to make conscious choices, regarding food, friendships, or anything. I really felt the book was a good place to develop some insights and think about the deeper issues that might be affecting my eating choices.
I always thought that my eating whas something I had to fix and then I would be thin and the world would be beautiful. I was pierced through the heart by the woman in one of Geneen's workshops who said "I am not broken". It is true - we are not broken and our eating will lead us back to ourselves. I have listened to the book 3 times - and I have been practicing the guidelines. My eating has begun to change. My mind has begun to change. I don't know if my weight has changed - it isn't important anymore. I don't want to go back to my numbed out way of eating away discomfort/memories/you name the emotion. This way of eating/living is so much more than chocolate ever was.
I have tried everything and have recently become bored with the program that caused me to loose the most weight yet. I read this book and found out why I plateau, why I get bored, and why I continue to struggle. I have broken through the barrier and am loosing weight again without counting those stupid points!
Read it, read it again and meditate on the information. It is best used along side of a journal to record your own experiences and make your own reflections.
Love this book!
I really enjoyed this book. I recommend it to all women (men could benefit too) whether they are overweight or not. She is entertaining and fun besides being instructive and caring.
I struggled in the sixties to get a college education, barely graduated, spent a life in the phone company as a technician in a call center.
Awesome. This woman can write well. Very helpful.
I listened to this book over two days while I was out walking. By the end of the 2nd day, I was ready to lose weight with the few simple tools that the book provides. We all know that if we want to make changes in our lives, it is up to each of us individually. "Women, Food and God" gives you strength, with a twist of humor, to make the decision to succeed. I will listen to this book again when I need to stay on track or to be reminded of my committment to change my habits. Enjoy!
I was very skeptical about this book when it was recommended to me by a friend because "God" is in the title and I am not not do I wish to be religious. And while the brief discussions of 'God' didn't speak to me personally, they also didn't ruin the book for me, because she doesn't talk about the God of a particular religion, just something greater than ourselves.
I found this very helpful and relatable and plan to listen to it again.