Geneen Roth is a best-selling author, appeared on Oprah and now for the first time was a speaker at the latest Institute for Integrative Nutrition conference. Her latest book, Women, Food and God, I read last summer and passed it on to my mother.
Her subject is complex, the issues that women create around food and their weight. However, her guidance and message is simple.
The following are a few of her tenets: (Words in bold are hers, the rest is my interpretation)
How we eat is how we live. Or as one of her teachers says, “How we do anything is how we do everything.” It’s deep, but it could be a great metaphor for your life. How do you eat? Ferociously, recklessly, carefully, or thoughtfully? Hmmmm.
We don’t change by guilt, shame or fear. We change only by accepting where we are and being kind to ourselves. I love this, because it’s so true and I have seen it in my own life as well as many of my clients. The ones who beat themselves up very rarely get positive results.
It’s not about the weight. But it’s not not about the weight. Right on sister! Weight gain is always connected to some deeper emotions. Maintaining one’s perfect weight can be done after peeling away the layers and doing some inner investigation. So, it’s not really about the weight. But the weight is a consequence of years of inner turmoil and not taking care of one’s whole self.
Beyond brokenness, is a place that has never been broken. We are all whole and perfect before anyone or anything happened to make us think differently. With time and self discovery, that place can be uncovered again.
For those less touchy-feely people who just want some straight advice on eating to maintain your perfect weight, here are some of her guidelines:
1. Eat when you’re hungry.
2. Eat sitting down. This does not mean in a car!
3. Eat what your body wants (not your mind).
4. Stop when you’ve had enough.
5. Eat with the intention of being in full view of others. No closet eating or binging.
6. Eat with enjoyment, gusto and pleasure.
For more of Geneen Roth’s insight, books and retreats visit her website at: http://www.geneenroth.com/