If you are a woman who has ever struggled with weight or had food issues, then this is a must read. I have struggled with my weight my entire life. I have tried every diet out there and lost and gained the same 30 lbs at least 20 times. But until this book, I never really understood why I couldn't keep the weight off. I couldn't keep the weight off because I wasn't listening to my own body. This book helped me to understand how to listen and to interpret what I was hearing. An excellent read!!!
Yes. The book is very insightful as to why we eat when we're not hungry for food and what to do about it.
Better able to stop before I over eat and to recognize when I'm looking for food but not really hungry for food. Then to try to figure out what I'm really needing.
Yes. Although initially I didn't think I could suffer through an over-analytical view of eating choices, I set my bad attitude aside and actually learned a lot.
It's not a diet book. It's more like receiving the author's encouragement to look at your beliefs. Not preachy, but asking that we face some realities about our beliefs about food and about what we get out of our not-so-great choices.
Here's an excerpt that I like: "We don't want to eat hot fudge sundaes as much as we want our life to be a hot fudge sundae. We want to come home to ourselves. We want to know wonder and delight and passion."
Be curious about your beliefs. Right smack in the middle of your every day life, you will find wonder and delight and passion.
If calorie counting, fat gram counting, or carb counting has you frustrated and exhausted, maybe some information in this book and the author's encouragement could bring you some insight and help you on your journey to wiser food choices.
Loved this book. Geneen was compassionate, tough, real, scary, kind and now I'm rethinking everything about myself.
Healthy living principles
The fact that it was narrated by the author, made it even more powerful and enjoyable.
The fact that Geneen herself has struggled with the same issues as she is writing about - makes the material more rich and more meaningful. Great wisdom in the words. Great work can be done here.
Geneen herself is inspirational.
I'm learning to love and accept myself just as I am - from there I will make baby steps to change. I understand healing will be a process ... Rome was not built overnight.
My only word of caution regarding this book is that I was s tiny bit disappointed with what I perceive as Geneens somewhat cavalier regard for nutrition - and her encouragement of what I interpreted as reckless abandon with eating - "eating what our heart desires" without restriction. While I understand and embrace her teaching, and did not miss her point - I think caution and common sense must still be observed, adequate nutrition and adopting an attitude of "eating for the purpose of nourishing one's cells, sustain one's life, and maintaining good health, should always been a primary focus.
Finally realizing why I do the things i do, sabotaging myself over and over again, and listening to her talk about it was life changing, really.
The "rules" something i have always known but never really thought about
No but I will in the future for sure!!!
To be present when I am eating and in life.
Great book!! Love Geneen!
Based on the title alone, I never would have purchased this book. But it was recommended to me by a psychologist and weight-loss coach, so I bought it. It was outstanding, and surprisingly funny. I recommend it to anyone, but I wish the title was different, because this is not a religious book, and it is as appropriate for men as it is for women. There are definite spiritual overtones, but the author is unbiased in her definition of "God," and much of her information is steeped in scientific fact and psychology, not traditional religious superstition or concepts of "sin." You definitely don't have to have a belief in God, nor do you need to be a woman, in order to benefit greatly from the concepts in this book. It is also read by the author herself, she has a soothing, pleasant voice, and some parts are laugh out loud funny. Five stars for this one.
This book is so much more than just a weight loss book. It challenges you to look inside yourself for the answers that are there. Weight isn't about food. Food is not the enemy, we are our own enemies by avoiding what we feel and what we don't want to feel. I would highly recommend this book to anyone - it isn't about weight loss, it's about finding your true self and honouring you.
Thanks to Geneen Roth's work, I now have the key to my eating. I now listen to my inner self as I eat and take the care to remove distratctions when I'm eating. "What is my body telling me?" is a mantra I say now, every day. Although it may seem elementary to some, I never made that connection before. I often found myself eating out of boredom, or standing up, or when I'm not hungry. Additionally, Geneen's writing style, and candid speech is approachable. Because of that, I can easily identify with her. Fantastic work! I'm grateful for Geneen.
I have to admit my repect for the hard effort and the knowledge in this book . But it is very complicated . The chapters seems to melt over each other .It is very easy to get scattered and need to repeat to understand and stay focus . bottom line, the book is rich in information but didn't use an easy way to offer weight managment solution .