I didn't find alot of useful information in this book. I only finished it two days ago but already I've forgotten most of it. I would have liked some clear steps to follow, maybe at the end of each chapter (yes I know she does outline them in one go). The blurb about the book says "If you suffer about your relationship with food - you eat too much or too little, think about what you will eat constantly or try not to think about it at all - you can be free. Just look down at your plate. The answers are there" If you are expecting the book to tell you how to look at your plate and work out how you are feeling by what's on it, you won't find that here.
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!!!
I felt a bit bored in the first half of the book as I have already worked through many of the issues she described. However, I would love to listen to a sequel to this. The most meaningful part for me started in the last few chapters.
I do plan on listening to the book again, and do recommend it for anyone starting to work on body and eating issues.
if you're brave enough and never want to diet again this may be the key. inquiry and the eating principles are tough to swallow after she promises you can eat anything you want.
it's difficult, the premise, to trust yourself but her way of telling the stories made me listening 3-4 chapters at a time.
As a sufferer of disordered eating of many years I feel like Geneen nails it. She addresses what all of us are afraid to look at, that our whole obsession is not about food, it never has been. I love Geneen's kind approach where she teaches truth and opens the door for me to be willing and open. This book offers the only thing that really matters, love and the reminder of love. I have read this book many times and am gently reminded each time that coming back to self is the most important work of this life. Because it is there where sustainable joy and love are...and it's available to me in this moment. Every person needs this book on their nightstand as a guide and practice of how to live. Definitely a canon of scripture for me.
I enjoyed listening to the book read by the author. I've learned a lot about being gentle with myself and the freedom that comes when I feel and explore my feelings instead of temporarily escaping with food. What I've been doing isn't working so I look forward to practicing her insightful advice. Thanks to her I'm asking myself "What's the sensation? Where's the location in my body?", and I'm inquiring about my layers of feelings (instead of judging myself!).
This book gives me insight to food and spirituality that I never thought possible. I have tortured myself with food for most of my life. This book will break that cycle.