March 26, 2011

Book Review: Women Food and God


Its spring break! That means reading for fun. I've heard mixed reviews about Women Food and God by Geneen Roth, but since I have been so interested in intuitive eating, meditation, and mindfulness, I thought it would be the perfect time to read this piece.

The basis of the book, in my opinion, is accepting your life the way it is and not measuring your personal value on the shape of your body. I like this basis. Roth bases her teachings on vast personal experience with disordered eating and uses examples from the students on her retreats to highlight the journey into eating intuitively/spirituality.

I could relate to some of the book, but not all of it. I feel that many people will have a similar experience. I do, however, agree with much of what she has to say and think it is a worth-while read. I found it a little disjointed at times and difficult to follow in the beginning. If I read it again, I think that I would read her 7 “Eating Guidelines” on the last page of the book first so I would have a framework with which to base the information presented. But, since they are on the last page of the book, she likely put them there for a reason and thought it best to read them last. Either way, I like the eating guidelines and think the concept is genius: “eat when you are hungry”. Go figure. I might try it myself….

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