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 really looked forward to listening to this book because a trusted friend recommended it to me. I was so very disappointed.
The narration of this book was too distracting for me, I felt like I was at a poetry reading. I may try to listen again since I may have missed something due to the distracting way the book was read.
I do think Ms. Roth has a few valid points to bring up, especially for someone who's eating issues involve psychological issues such as in anorexia but she completely off the mark for overweight people. She ignores and washes over science by continuously saying "it's not about the food." Actually, for a good many people it is almost exclusively about the food. The desire to eat is a physical issue for most people, not a psychological one. Satiety is turned on and off by hormones in your body. Her suggestion to eat from the Food guide is interesting. How can she suggest someone who is having problems with storing too much fat eat a diet that is based on an insulin secreting(read fat storing) grain/starch based diet? It is impossible to follow the Food Guide and get in even the RDA's.
Please, if you have an overweight issue, this is the wrong book for you, you need to find the correct way to eat that will not store fat. You can't battle hunger pains by analyzing how you feel about a certain food.
I am a fan of Geneen Roth's work. Her book on Breaking Free From Emotional Eating was excellent. So I was looking forward to this new book. Unfortunately I was very disappointed.
While she does have some excellent points in the book - they are few and far between. And in the between you're forced to listen to the author spouting this feely-feely spiritual mumbo-jumbo nonsense (how you should meditate, you are the essence of god, etc., etc.).
I found myself getting frustrated many times going "What the heck is she talking about?". A lot of it really made no sense. As a reader, I felt insulted.
I think Ms. Roth has jumped the shark with this book. She should probably stick to writing about emotional eating instead of turning people off with all of her spiritual rantings.
This book offers insight and warm and fuzzy feelings to many of my friends. I know it's generally well-liked and I wanted to hop on the bandwagon, but I just couldn't do it.
The author circles around a point and just when I think she's inches away from revealing a truly insightful thought, the floor drops out and the only thing left is hollow (albeit poetic) rhetoric. She certainly has a way with words and can easily convey emotions. No argument there. But I got the feeling this whole book was just a gripe-fest. I see the merit in some of what she says, I really do, but I started to become really annoyed with the pervading, cynical tembre of the book. As far as the audio version is concerned, Geneen's soothing, zen-like voice was too often punctuated with crude and negative language which I found particularly disjointed and at the very least unprofessional given her status in the industry. Instead of feeling inspired, I felt swindled. I want my time back.
I gave it a real shot, but I'm not a fan.
If you want a constructive solution, don't buy this. Her voice is annoying and her pace in explaining any sort of solution (if any) is so slow, that it's hard to understand her point. Also super depressing. I do NOT recommend
I enjoyed it. It was read well by the author.
It stands alone.
It's her material so who better to read it. She gets it.
Be kind to you.
I think this book could have been 30 minutes long and the listener could get the same amount of information out of it. While her ultimate message is valuable and so true, my goodness it took forever and ever and ever to get to the point. If there is a Cliffs Notes version, I'd recommend that!
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.