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 .
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.
I think whether you have food issues or not - this is a great read. I have listened to it 2 times now, with different lenses and both times have proven quite interesting. Love Geneen's work!
Author narrates a little monotoned, but the message is a good one. Anyone who uses food as an emotional crutch, or if you know of anyone like that, this book will offer a new way of looking at food and life. Keep an open mind and take a chance!
Looking at our emotional relationship to food forcing us to ask the hard questions of ourselves about WHY we eat WHAT we eat and why we can't get a grip on it.
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.
Not all authors are the best suited for presenting their own work, but Geneen Roth is excellent. The book gave me truly new insight and tools with which to continue examining my own eating habits, and has brought almost immediate results. Much thanks to Ms. Roth and her publisher!