Women, Food, and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything

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Embraced by Oprah, the #1 New York Times bestselling guide that explains the connection between eating and emotion from Geneen Roth—noted authority on mindful eating.

No matter how sophisticated or wealthy or broke or enlightened you are, how you eat tells all.

After three decades of studying, teaching, and writing about our compulsions with food, bestselling author Geneen Roth adds a powerful new dimension to her work in Women Food and God. ...

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Overview

Embraced by Oprah, the #1 New York Times bestselling guide that explains the connection between eating and emotion from Geneen Roth—noted authority on mindful eating.

No matter how sophisticated or wealthy or broke or enlightened you are, how you eat tells all.

After three decades of studying, teaching, and writing about our compulsions with food, bestselling author Geneen Roth adds a powerful new dimension to her work in Women Food and God. She begins with her most basic concept: the way you eat is inseparable from your core beliefs about being alive. Your relationship with food is an exact mirror of your feelings about love, fear, anger, meaning, transformation and, yes, even God.

A timeless and seminal work, Women Food and God shows how going beyond the food and the feelings takes you deeper into realms of spirit and soul—to the bright center of your own life.

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While "God" is in the title of this latest work by best-selling author Roth (When Food Is Love), she touches only lightly on religion, focusing instead on why some people use food to mask their emotions. Overeating numbs feelings and erases unpleasant life experiences, Roth says; eating ends up being about bloating and indigestion, not about enjoying food. Through a series of inquiries, Roth helps overeaters find the underlying reasons for using food as an emotional buffer. Roth also provides seven basic guidelines for eating (which do not include counting calories) and other therapeutic self-help tools. Whether the trap is eating brownies or shopping in excess, Roth's advice could be applied to any addiction. VERDICT This is an excellent book for anyone tired of quick-fix diets. Having experienced the ups and downs of emotional eating herself, Roth offers readers genuine and heartfelt advice. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/09.]—Phyllis Goodman, West Chester P.L., OH
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"Geneen Roth has written an extraordinary book - at once beautiful, moving, funny and searing. Most important, she gives us a practical way to use our bodies - along with some of the most difficult parts of our emotional lives - as gracious and transformative portals to our soul."

—Rick Foster, co-author of Happiness & Wealth and How We Choose to Be Happy

"Women Food and God is daring, dazzling, funny, comforting, wise and profoundly spiritual. It maps the journey from the darkness of obsession to the pure sense of being in prose so insightful and astonishing it left me breathless. Geneen Roth is an international treasure, and her new book is a gift to us all."

— Gay Hendricks, Ph.D. author of Five Wishes and Conscious Loving

"Geneen Roth does it again! Women Food and God is absolutely mesmerizing. And loaded with insights which can change your life."

—Chistiane Northrup, MD, ob/gyn physician and author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

“This is a hugely important work, a life-changer, one that will free untold women from the tyranny of fear and hopelessness around their bodied. Beautifully written, a joy to read, rich in both revelation and great humor.”

Anne Lamott, author of Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416543084
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 2/8/2011
  • Pages: 211
  • Sales rank: 86,061
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Geneen Roth

Geneen Roth is the author of eight books, including the New York Times bestselling When Food is Love and The Craggy Hole in My Heart and the Cat Who Fixed It, a memoir. She has been teaching groundbreaking workshops and retreats for over thirty years. Roth is a contributor to many publications from Huffington Post and Good Housekeeping to O:The Oprah Magazine, and has appeared on numerous national shows including Oprah, 20/20, Good Morning America, The View and NPR's Talk of the Nation . She lives in northern California with her husband. For more information about her work, please visit www.geneenroth.com.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: The World on Our Plates 9

Part 1 Principles

Chapter 1 About God 33

Chapter 2 Ending the War 40

Chapter 3 Never Underestimate the Inclination to Bolt 50

Chapter 4 It's Not About the Weight but It's Not Not About the Weight 67

Chapter 5 Beyond What's Broken 85

Chapter 6 Reteaching Loveliness 100

Part 2 Practices

Chapter 7 Tigers in the Mind 113

Chapter 8 Married to Amazement 135

Chapter 9 Breath by Breath 149

Chapter 10 The GPS from the Twilight Zone 157

Part 3 Eating

Chapter 11 Those Who Have Fun and Those Who Don't 177

Chapter 12 If Love Could Speak 195

Chapter 13 Being Hot Fudge Sundaes 207

Chapter 14 The "Oh Shit" Mantra 220

Epilogue Last Words 234

Acknowledgments 243

Addendum 247

Beginning Inquiry 249

The Eating Guidelines 255

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Disappointment

    I really wanted to like and get what she was saying, but it never quite made sense. It seemed like she might have been trying to get across the same message as Byron Katie in Loving What is, but if so, she didn't succeed. She kept giving examples of breakthroughs people had at her seminar/workshop thing, but what led up to the breakthrough was never made clear. This was one of those books, that I kept reading because I hoped it would live up to its potential, but it was ultimately disappointing. I couldn't recommend it.

    36 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    Very significant read!

    As a personal fitness trainer, I try to read as many books on the topic of diet, exercise, body-changing, and the like. This is such a good, easy read. The way it is written made me want to keep reading, and the messages are so applicable to so many people who seem to ride the dieting yo-yo. I will recommend this to my clients, friends, and family. I also recommend: "Build Your Mind, Your Body Will Follow" as THE MOST impactful book I have read on personal fitness/motivation/mindset. Check it out!!

    22 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    Title Is Very Misleading

    I was mostly put off by the title as I began reading the book. The Author is not a Christian and it is not written from that standpoint as the title makes it seem. I thought I was buying a book that encompassed the Spiritual along with the emotional aspect of overeating or using food to comfort myself but she does not talk about God or your spiritual life. I thought it would contain her own walk with God and journey to the knowledge she would share about emotions and food and the connection all have. She mentions getting in touch with a higher power - whovever you perceive that to be. I had a hard time getting past that - I felt betrayed and let down and like the title was a marketing ploy. I continued to read hoping there was some kind of redeeming factor but really still did not find anything all that new within the pages except for her take on trying to soothe the child we had been and were no longer by stuffing down our feelings with food - being afraid to face the feelings because we thought we were not strong enough to face them and deal with them. That part of the book was something I had not heard before - not the way she describes it and deals with it. That part of the book was helpful and useful. I can see the 'eye-opening' effect it had on me and could have on others but I don't like the way it came packaged.

    19 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2010

    Nothing new here....

    Readers will flock to this book, because of its catchy title and the desire for a magic answer to the difficult problem of weight loss. But there are no new answers here. The author deals with the issues of emotional eating and self-esteem, and how they affect our weight loss efforts. That is interesting reading. But, it's not anything new. In fact, this author has covered the topic well in previous books. Eat mindfully, eat only when hungry, stop eating when you're full, don't eat to solve other problems. If you need reminding, you may enjoy this book. Don't expect any revelations about weight loss or healthy eating. It's all been said before.

    18 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2010

    God in the Title is Misleading

    I started reading 'Women Food and God' a few weeks ago because I was drawn by 'God' in the title. Several years ago, I battled binge eating and my weight increased up to 240 pounds. But I was healed of that issue and lost 85 pounds. I have kept it off for many years now. I give credit for my victory to my personal relationship with God. I learned that God is about restoration, not condemnation. He wanted to teach me and lead me in the way I should go every day. I came to know God as my Healer, Strength, Wisdom, and Truth. Once I learned about his character and knew I could trust him, then He became my source of comfort and I turned to him when I was emotionally upset rather than food.

    I was hoping to see the God who healed me in the book. Sadly, I did not. Early in the book, Ms. Roth says that it doesn't matter if you believe in one God, many gods, or no god. To me, that says a lot about how important she views God if she says it doesn't matter if you believe he exists. Then
    where is God is the process? Having God in the title is misleading if she views him as irrelevant.

    In my own recovery, it was critical for me to have a stable view of God - and trust in his strength, power, and ability to change my life. Not God as I chose to define him but as he defines himself in his word, the bible.

    So anyone looking for a Godly solution to healing binge eating will not find it in this book. If you want to read my weight loss success story and how I overcame binge eating, then please visit my Take Back Your Temple dot com website.

    16 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2010

    Challenge yourself to be ALIVE...

    Although I have read all of Geneen Roth's books, this book spoke directly to me. In her funny, thoughtful, and completely honest way, Geneen challenges everyone who has gained and lost the same 10 pounds for years to look into yourself and find out the real reason for it. By creating the facade of a "diet" we escape from our true feelings and spend our time, effort, money, etc. on food and/or diets. Geneen is an exceptional writer, and this book has motivated me to be present and alive and feel the feelings I otherwise would hide or avoid through food.

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2010

    Don't Judge a Book by its Title

    After having been of fan of Geneen's for decades, I think this book is a welcome addition. It is unfortunate that her title uses the word God -- it is so highly charged and means so many things to many people. For me the challenge is and has always been, how can I bring my understanding of spirit/God into my life in an immediate way to help me heal this food issue. Geneen's latest work bridges the gap between my sense of spirituality and the skin on my overweight body. Please don't jump to conclusions about this book. Sit with it. Work with it. It's like she says (paraphrased) "Either you want to wake up or you want to sleep. " There really is no middle ground. And the way to do that - - for me -- is to integrate my sense of spirit/god/God into my work.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2010

    Does not believe in God!

    Don't be misled by the title. Geneen Roth states several times early on that she does not believe in God, so if you are looking for a religion-based book, this is not for you. She leans more toward Buddhism. There are, however, some good aspects to this book and makes you think. I think the subject could have been covered in half the pages. The last two pages of the book were the most important.

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Women Food and God is Good Food for Women

    I'm not generally into self-help books but I read this one because of my book club. I'm one of those people who watch Oprah (and others) when she insists that overweight people always have past issues that remain ignored and that is what causes the extra weight they carry, and I think, "well you might Oprah, but I just like the taste of food and personally I would rather eat milk chocolate than an apple. I know why I weigh 20 pounds more than I should!" ....I haven't read any other of Geneen Roth's books but this book made me realize and I hate to use the term but it really was an "aha" moment, and that maybe I DO have some unresolved issues that I have been brushing aside.
    I found the first chapter a little ho-hum and there was another chapter later on in the book that I really could have done without, but for the most part, I found this book extremely helpful to read. Geneen Roth educates the reader about how important it is to let our emotions spread through our bodies and that it's okay to feel stress, boredom, loneliness, etc. She stresses the importance of respecting ourselves BEFORE we lose the weight and not to think that all our problems will be over when we achieve that magic goal weight. If we don't love ourselves before we lose it....we won't love ourselves after we lose it. I'm sure it's all been said before, but it struck a chord with me.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

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    The Headline was different, it is what attracted me to the book and wanting to read more.

    When I saw a new book by Geneen Roth and read some of the review I knew I had to read the book Women, Food and God. How inspiring! I wanted to know everything that Geneen taught in her workshops and retreats. I've been looking for something or someone to help me with my constant struggle with my weight and why I eat, when I eat and what I eat. It took me 2 days to read Women, Food and God. I am now rereading the book to review what she had said. I am so grateful to have found this book. My goal is to see Geneen in person and hear her speak. Learning Geneen's techniques and listening to my own body, will help me in my lifelong struggle of believing I have a right to be here no matter who I am or what I look like or what I weigh. Many tears were shed while reading her book, as I was able to relate to the feelings she was talking about and how my feelings were pushed so deep inside of me. Iwant to pull those feelings up and get them out and Geneen is helping me do this. Thank you Geneen! You and your book have been a wonderful inspiration!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

    Ms. Geneen Roth Exposes Her SOUL and Changes ALL of US.

    When I dispair of another new edition from W.W. in January, Ms. Roth whispers in my mind,"do not buy into anything that does not honour you".This is another essential Guide to Balance. What we know and what others say ruefully,"if I can do it,so can you".That new adage should never cross anyone's lips.Ms. Roth captivates with real Passion with out screaming at anyone. There is a very real tug of war with food and emotions.Here is my experience:if I eat sweets I will be a nicer person. Sounds silly, yet it answers questions that many relate and Ms. Roth would definitely understand.She once offered a gentleman at a Business meeting dinner a piece of dark chocolate. (She had been keeping them in her purse for that "one perfect bite").That sealed the Deal. He found it charming,unusual and unpredictable from someone who writes about Foods and their Impact.This is the anti-diet book. A relationship with one's self and discoveries that unleashes the true ties that bind our mind in torture over a Need for sustainable Life and a Want.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2010

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    A new (yet old) approach to weight loss

    I was skeptical when one of my sisters told me to get this book. She mentioned that she had seen the author on Oprah and bought the book. I saw it at Costco, so I decided to give it a shot. The author proclaims to not believe in God, but this book has a lot of spiritual anecdotes and "instruction" in it. While I'm not opposed to doing yoga or meditating - and whether I believe in God or not is not a factor - I find the author's proclamation that what you have on your plate reveals all about you to be a little silly.

    There is some very sound advice in this book. A lot of it is common sense - eat when you're hungry, don't eat when you're not hungry. But the real gem in this book is how the author gets you to think. In a very simplified statement, her advice is to think before you eat. If you've had problems with emotional eating, boredome eating, or any other sort of eating disorder, if you stop to think before you eat and think while you're eating, you can solve your weight problem. Hence her claim that you can eat what you want and still lose weight.

    Geneen Roth's advice is good and I believe this book will help many people.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2010

    The most perceptive, insightful, and inspirational book on the matter of weight I've ever read. A 'must read' for everyone, not just the weight weary.

    This is the first book I've read by Geneen Roth and it happened quite by accident (if you believe in 'accidents') and it feels like the only book I'll ever have to read again . . . about anything. Her principles and inspirations - with the steps included to that freedom we all ache for - are not just for those frustrated by weight obsession of any kind, but just simply daily life obstacles. Buy a bigger purse, so you can carry this with you wherever you go. Thanks for this 'delicious' contribution to humanity, Geneen!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    Misleading, very !!!

    Beware, this book has nothing to do with God, it was an ok book, but it seems the word God was used in her title to attract more readings with a brain!!! This author used the fu-- word quite a few times with in her book to try to be funny, during sad times, and throughout, very misleading! I won't read anything put out by her again!!! This authors use (or lack of) words were alot of times in the gutter!!!Don't waste your time or money $$$w/this one!!!

    5 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2010

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    GREAT BOOK BUT WHAT TO EAT

    I love this book as it addresses the relationship we have with food and the psycholgical aspects of eating, but I found it falling short of talking about what to eat. Certain types of food also create craving by messing hormones and that we can't control. I have lost 20 pounds on this book together with a diet that gave me guidance and shut down my hunger hormones the Perfect 10 diet. I am now on track to value myself.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

    Roth delivers Again

    I have read all of her books through the last 10 years. I found this book to be even more insightful and informative. There is an attempt by the author to stoke the fires in seeking answers for oneself, not just to hope that she will tell you the proper answer for you.
    Her approach to God is far more encompassing of the material than I expected. I am far past wanting the same old "Christian" stories and am seeking a broader understanding. She gives the reader a full range of ideas to open them to be as broad in their search for the answers as God would be in giving them.
    I found it to be inspiring and at times, heart-stopping, where a passage spoke so plainly the truth that I had to put the book down and digest the passage. It really is not designed to be read cover-to-cover, there is so much of importance it takes time to comprehend the facets. Her writing is real, if a bit broken in it's use of the English language, but it does come off as though she is speaking to the reader directly, which once I got used to it, was fine.
    I find her energy and strength amazing and great wisdom in her words.
    Just the concept of "I am not Broken" was worth the whole read, though there are so many other treasures to be discovered.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

    This book changed me

    I was so excited to read this book. When I started I did not want to put it down but did not read it all at once. I wanted to take it all in and give myself time to soak it in. I loved it. It make me realize that there really is a relationship with food and we need to truly understand this relationship. Food is for nourisment, not for selfishness to make us feel better because of our inadequcies. I will keep this book and keep refering back to it for motovation and to further help myself.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    A Must for Anyone Struggling with Food/Eating

    This was the key Geneen was missing, and now she has it! I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants help with overeating and the suffering resulting from it.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2010

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    Wonderful inspiration if you search for it...

    This book has some amazing advice and insights hidden amongst a lot of average writing. I did not like the author's writing style, I found myself having to read some rambling sentences over and over again to make sense of them. I also agree with many reviewers that the title is misleading and the suthor does not view God as many women who pick up this book might, but the main message of the book made up for it. Geneen Roth makes a lot of sense with what she says, especially if you are an emotional, compulsive eater. Every few pages I found one or two sentences that completely enlightened me and really made sense. I have read other books on similar theories of this way of eating and I liked this one for the fact that it had some really touching parts that will hit close to your heart. I would suggest reading other books on this topic along with this one...The Solution by Laurel Mellin is great and more straightforward. Overall, I was glad I read Roth's book and I know I will refer to the handful of inspriring points that made sense to me as I continue my weight loss journey.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2010

    Where is the eBook

    I'd really like to be able to read this on my NOOK. Where's the eBook version?

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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