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Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything Hardcover – March 2, 2010
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 11.5 ounces
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1416543077
- Product dimensions : 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.44 inches
- Publisher : Scribner (March 2, 2010)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1416543074
- Best Sellers Rank: #81,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In everyday life can not drift away into a zone. They have families and life to think about, and daily responsibilities. People with binge eating, by default, do not feel satisfied and by default they don't pay attention when they are binging. That is the game, to ignore what is going on. She admits and tells you that you will GAIN WEIGHT following her guidelines, but she promises you will plateau then begin to lose weight as you master her plan, which is not possible for an average person living a normal daily existence, not isolated to a bubble of spiritual/meditation where she expects you to float your way into thinness simply because her training has been in meditation and because it worked for her. I believe the author possibly suffers from borderline or narcissistic personality disorder in which a person centers their thinking on themself rather than facts. This is serious stuff, Ms. Roth, do not undermine people's confidence by giving them unrealistic l goals which they can not attain. Take responsbility for what you are saying to people and clarify your credentials. You should be held liable.
The book is written in such an extremely simple way, which can sometimes trigger part of your brain to tell you you don't need the information, but I pushed that little voice aside whenever it popped up and was rewarded with full body and mind "aha's" and "I knew it!"'s over and over.
If you are the type of person that "doesn't believe in diets" but still haven't found a way to be happy with your body, OR struggle with yo-yo dieting in any way at all THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!
It's a quick read and presents an unarguable truth that your body will LOVE and your mind will most likely refuse due to the simplicity of the facts presented, but I promise it actually works!! Before I had even finished the book and was only taking the small step of acknowledging any feelings in my body before eating, nothing more. And instantly I noticed my eating habits change DRASTICALLY! I did not do one other thing, no meal planning, no restricting in any way, I just mentally acknowledged and put a name to any emotions or sensations present in my body before I ate anything and I didn't try to change anything else. If I was sitting at my desk at work and reached for a candy bar I would sit down and while unwrapping it I would mentally say "I am feeling _________ in _________ part of my body and it's OK to feel ___________ right now." (ie. I am feeling incredible stress in my stomach right now and it's OK to feel this stress right now). But this funny thing started to happen... I would stop eating in the middle of my meals and snacks because I was full without even noticing I had stopped. I CANNOT tell you the last time I didn't finish my plate completely. I always eat everything I'm served. But when I started letting myself feel the feeling I was trying to eat in such a simple and non-resistive way, my appetite suddenly balanced to what my body actually needed.
Becoming mindful in this EXTREMELY simple way will change your life.
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Some of Geneen's writing I have found confusing and I was wondering did she endorse over eating but she explains this topic in the early part of this book very well and I now understand that she has never really advocated overeating as a way of ending compulsive eating.When you're trying out different foods at the beginning of recovery you're meant to eat mindfully and eat slowly and sitting down. I have also bought one of her other books called 'why weight? how to end compulsive eating'. I have spent twenty years trying to normalise my relationship with food and I feel excited by reading her books as there is so much to be learnt in them.
I'm sure people will find something in this, but for me - I already know where God is in my life, so it didn't really hold the breakthroughs or revolutions of some of her previous works. Also, there's a bit of superiority creeping into the style of writing. She's a guru - great. but she's not God Almighty (or whoever your chosen Being/Empty Space is!) It's getting three stars because at least she's still getting the message out there about dieting and how there is another way - just remember Ms Roth's way is not the One True Way either :) Take what's helpful and leave the rest.
The book is sprinkled with Geneen's humour as well as down to earth guidance for how to use the power of your mind to change your outlook and your life. Forget dieting, this is the way to overcome emotional eating and negativity.
The reality is I'm now not overweight in fact I work in the health and fitness industry - this book was recommended to me by a peer - and I'm now working on my mindset about food rather than the food itself.
For you to get the most out of this book you must be willing to consider other options, one that is not only based on calories in/out and shaming yourself into a better body. If you can do that, then this book will be a great tool.