Weight Loss News and Current Events - Has anyone read Geneen Roth's new book?




Cglasscock1
04-06-2010, 01:31 AM
In the current issue of Oprah Magazine, there is an article about Geneen Roth's new book "Women, Food, and God." I really agreed with the basic premise of the book that often our problems with food "are not about the weight." So today I ordered the book from Barnes & Noble (they were sold out). Author Geneen Roth is known for her books about weight issues as she has experienced them herself. I am looking forward to reading the book rather than just the excerpt in the magazine.

If anyone has read the book, I'd love to know what you think of it and the ideas she expresses.


NinaV
04-10-2010, 12:38 PM
I have just finished it and to be perfectly honest - I loved it! The ideas are mainly about solving the issues behind the compulsive eating. I read a lot of books on the subject of food and nutrition and I have been looking for something like that for quite some time now. It's not about diet and not even about weight loss per se, it is more about why we tend to overeat in the first place and how to deal with it.
In my humble opinion - if you are going to read only one book in search of answers to your weight issues - this should be it.
The only negative thing I can say is that she uses this flowery lyrical language that can be a little hard to follow, as if she sometimes foregoes clarity for the beauty of the language. Other than that - I don't see anything bad in this book, and don't worry, if you're not particularly religious - it's not really about God.

Cglasscock1
04-11-2010, 12:39 AM
NinaV,
I'm now reading the book and I am so glad I got it. I know that I am an emotional eater and this book helps me remember that food never solved a problem for me ... it just created a new one: excess weight to lose. The way that I have lost now 20 pounds is by recognizing that I reach for food to deal with any uncomfortable emotions. On the other hand, I (and most of us) also use food to celebrate good times. So I have to get a handle on all the reasons that I eat, not just one. Although I have less weight to lose than some others on this forum, I can tell you that I have been trying to lose that
thirty pounds since I had my children ... and they're 37 and 38 now!
The book is a great reminder of the correct place that food needs to have in my life. I am sure I will re-read it often for support.


Natasha629
04-11-2010, 05:56 PM
I saw the episode of oprah where she was promoting the book. I am definitely interested and am considering buying it. We'll see maybe I'll check it out, it sounds great from all the reviews

Pamb
04-12-2010, 10:41 AM
I haven't read the book, but read her column in Good Housekeeping magazine each month. I will have to check into the book.
Pam

redsox33
05-12-2010, 10:35 AM
Bumping this to the top because she's on Oprah right now (I'm in Chicago which airs Oprah at 9am) so, if you're in another part of the country where it airs at the standard 4pm, you have plenty of time to set up a DVR or VCR to tape it... or just watch it at 4.

I've had 3 "ah ha" moments and the show is only halfway over. Wow. I'm buying the book later today.

redsox33
05-12-2010, 10:36 AM
Ok, make that FOUR "ah ha" moments. Super wow.

LosinitinCO
05-12-2010, 04:15 PM
Ok, after reading all your reviews, I just ordered the book! I hope that I can get as much out of it as all of you. I really like her Good Housekeeping article. Thanks for the recommendation!

lola06
05-12-2010, 04:39 PM
The books is amazing! I'm almost finished with it. I recommend it for anyone who's an emotional eater.

81togo
05-12-2010, 08:11 PM
I saw her on Oprah today and was intrigued (sp?), so I ordered the book :-) I've been struggling to get into onederland for a few months now and it seems the closer I get the more I sabotage it by eating to celebrate that I'm almost there. It is a cycle I need to break and hope this book will help. Good luck to everyone!

MissKoo
05-12-2010, 09:13 PM
My little sis called me tonight an said "Oh, I heard of a book on Oprah you should read!!"

Beat her to it!

I've been a fan of Geneen Roth's since I picked up her book When You Eat from The Refridgerator, Pull Up A Chair. Also, I read When Food is Love
- must have been almost 20 years ago.

She really has a wonderfully gentle and positive message for those of us who struggle with compulsive/emotional eating.

PinkHoodie
05-13-2010, 02:04 PM
Bought the book at Target today. I watched Oprah yesterday, and wow could I really see myself in her descriptions. I don't let myself feel emotions. I feel I have gotten my excessive eating under control, but I bought the book to learn how to accept and deal with emotions, instead of one day turning back to food. Can't wait to read it! :)

LisaMarie71
05-13-2010, 09:41 PM
I plan on buying this book as soon as I can scrounge up the money! I know I need to deal with the reasons I overeat instead of just going on another "plan." Sure, I was able to lose 110 pounds, but I never really dealt with what made me obese in the first place. And now that I have to lose 65 pounds AGAIN, I want this to be the last time I do it. I want to be healthy on the inside and the outside!

Cglasscock1
05-14-2010, 12:58 AM
LisaMarie,
I ordered my copy on Barnes&Noble online for about $15.00. At the store it was $24.99, so it saved me 10 bucks!

redsox33
05-14-2010, 03:49 PM
Target wanted 16.39, so I bought it. I didn't want to wait for it to arrive. Do you think maybe we could start a book club?

LisaMarie71
05-14-2010, 10:00 PM
We should definitely at least start a discussion thread about the book.

I think I'll try to get it at Target tomorrow!

PinkHoodie
05-14-2010, 11:30 PM
Okay, I'm about 50 pages in and the book is nothing like I thought it would be. I mean, there are some good things in there, I'm not saying there isn't. But I honestly thought that the book would have more ideas and help to figure out how to face your feelings. So far its bascially just talking about why we overeat...I flipped through some of the book and this seems to play throughout...I have to say so far I'm pretty disappointed....
Plus her wording seems to be a bit condensending. I thought she had a degree in psychology too, but it looks like she just writes off her own experiences...I'm not sure how much I will view this as a "self-help" book.

proudmommy09
05-16-2010, 10:23 PM
I just bought the book, im a few pages in but so far not liking it.......... I dont like how she uses "god" saying that she doesnt believe in god, well lady how about using another term then bc there is only one god!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amy8888
05-17-2010, 04:37 PM
I just bought the book, im a few pages in but so far not liking it.......... I dont like how she uses "god" saying that she doesnt believe in god, well lady how about using another term then bc there is only one god!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't know, that's a matter of opinion. I'm glad to hear (as an atheist) that this book is not about the Christian God. I'd considered joining OA and just couldn't get behind the whole belief in a higher power thing. I know that people are free to choose any substitute for God but being in Kansas (honorary member of the Bible belt) I just don't think I'd find much support in finding an alternate higher power that isn't God, KWIM?

So with your confirmation that this is not about God, I went ahead and ordered it on Amazon online! I SO wanted it for my Kindle but there isn't a Kindle edition and the price for the book was right so thanks for the recommendation!

LisaMarie71
05-21-2010, 07:14 PM
I got the book in the mail today from Amazon and I'm about 50 pages in. I'm liking it so far. I'm a Christian, but I'm not bothered by the fact that it isn't about the Judeo-Christian God. I don't need for everyone to believe the way I do. It would be nice if everyone believed what I believe but I can still certainly learn from people who don't believe in God or who have a different sort of spirituality.

Is anyone still up for a discussion thread on the book? Or shall we discuss it here, I guess? :)

2muchbackend
05-21-2010, 11:52 PM
My problem Is does she have any education? Sorry I'm a big fan of initials after someones name if they are handing out emotional advice.

LisaMarie71
05-22-2010, 08:34 AM
I don't know what her education is. She's written books and led groups and retreats on this stuff since the late 70s, but I believe it started primarily based on her own experience. I'm a firm believer in education as well (I'm a teacher, after all), but I also believe we can learn from people's experiences and thoughts. I know people with a Ph.D. who are complete morons in some ways, so I don't always trust the letters after someone's name. I've known plenty of doctors who have said idiotic things to me that I know aren't true about nutrition, fertility, etc., so I've learned that you really can't assume the initials mean they're truly well educated.

JulieJ08
05-22-2010, 01:29 PM
My problem Is does she have any education? Sorry I'm a big fan of initials after someones name if they are handing out emotional advice.

Eh, I'm not. I much prefer experience.

Natalia
05-23-2010, 01:13 PM
I didn't order the God book as I fail to see how that's relevant to overeating ..
Now since she doesn't mean God the way we would think, it's weird all around, because half of us would be so turned off by the title we wouldn't buy it, the othe half would buy it and be offended she is mis-using the word?
She's in a lose-lose..
That said though, I thumbed thru them all at the bookstore and only one spoke to me-so I bought it. It's "Breaking Free From Emotional Eating". I really enjoyed the book and it included sev eral strategies to help with compulsive eating, head hunger, and unconscious eating. It's totallly changed my perspective . I read a few other emotional eating books in the pastg and they seemed kind of hokey but this one didn't.

Amy8888
05-27-2010, 02:25 PM
I didn't order the God book as I fail to see how that's relevant to overeating ..
Now since she doesn't mean God the way we would think, it's weird all around, because half of us would be so turned off by the title we wouldn't buy it, the othe half would buy it and be offended she is mis-using the word?
She's in a lose-lose..
That said though, I thumbed thru them all at the bookstore and only one spoke to me-so I bought it. It's "Breaking Free From Emotional Eating". I really enjoyed the book and it included sev eral strategies to help with compulsive eating, head hunger, and unconscious eating. It's totallly changed my perspective . I read a few other emotional eating books in the pastg and they seemed kind of hokey but this one didn't.

Heh, I'm having trouble believing it's a lose-lose since Oprah featured the book and is bringing Geneen back for a book-club type discussion in a couple of months.

Natalia
05-27-2010, 07:31 PM
LOL, good point. Being on Oprah does seem to kick-start the sales :)

I don't know why some people seems to worship Oprah. My mom and I used to watch her way back when she started (when she was normal and down to earth) Now that she considers herself enlightened I can't bear to watch. It feels almost cult-ish .

ncuneo
05-28-2010, 03:46 PM
I listened to the audio book and to be honest it made me angry. I completely understood the point, but to make it sound like eating what you want when ever you want is that simple, pissed me off. That said, I'm reading one of her earlier books Breaking Free and I really think she explained her the process/concept much much better in that book. It's pretty much the same material but covered much better. Women, Food and God just didn't make a ton of sense to me, but Breaking Free is striking quit a few cords and I'm almost convinced that maybe one day I could eat what I want, when I want and know when and why to stop.

LisaMarie71
05-28-2010, 08:15 PM
I listened to the audio book and to be honest it made me angry. I completely understood the point, but to make it sound like eating what you want when ever you want is that simple, pissed me off.

Honestly, I feel the same way. I enjoyed reading the book, to some extent, but when I think about it, and when I think about the whole concept of intuitive eating, I get a little angry. I mean, OF COURSE you should only eat when you're hungry and stop when you're full. We all know that. But you can't just magically start doing that, and sometimes it seems like people think you can, and that annoys me. I understand that we have to figure out what makes us overeat and work on that, but I do hate when people seem to think you can just magically turn into the kind of person who has a healthy relationship with food after spending a lifetime addicted. That certainly wouldn't work for someone with a drug or alcohol addiction, would it? No one would say...hey, you should just smoke crack when you're really jonesing for it, not when you're bored. Haha I know that's not exactly a good analogy, but you know what I mean!

JulieJ08
05-28-2010, 08:42 PM
I listened to the audio book and to be honest it made me angry. I completely understood the point, but to make it sound like eating what you want when ever you want is that simple, pissed me off.

I haven't read the new book, but I agree with the point you're making. I'm very much into eating that way, but I would never say it is easy. I find it in some ways harder than calorie counting. Now, I consider it well worth the work because of the rewards, but that's different than pushing it off as easy. I also would never say it's right for everyone.

That said, I'm reading one of her earlier books Breaking Free and I really think she explained her the process/concept much much better in that book. It's pretty much the same material but covered much better.

I agree. I like her earlier book. Not 100% everything she says, but I suppose that's a given with any book.

Fit Mom
05-30-2010, 11:07 PM
I bought the book yesterday and am only halfway through the introduction, but I find what I've read so far has stirred up some negative emotions inside (frustration, anger, relief, hope) and that's what I'm looking for. Something to help me come to terms with my body issues (and they stem from eating and my love/hate relationship with food).

I don't have as much weight to lose as many members on this board, but I've hated myself for eating since I was in my early teens. I suffer from body distortion and I'm really hoping something can help me with some perspective. I'll post more when I've finished the book :)

Rochester
05-30-2010, 11:28 PM
Just ordered it today. (Got it super cheap on eBay! :) )

I had heard about it, and today I downloaded the free sample chapter from her website. I cried. That's how much just those few paragraphs impacted me. I'm both excited and terrified to read the book.

justbeu
06-03-2010, 09:55 AM
I've read her book and I found it quite helpful although different. The anger she talks about in the first chapter is something I can certaintly relate too. I truly am enraged at times when I'm on a binge.....I have also been studying Shrink Yourself and Thin Within. It all has to do with emotions and food. I definately see a pattern here. My only issue is how do I stop once I get started bingeing? Especially when I know I'm blatantly doing it. I guess I haven't reached that point of control yet.

Musicgal
06-03-2010, 03:44 PM
Hi everyone! I am in the middle of this book. Got it last week for $16.99 at Walmart. It is definitely something you could read in a few days but I never get the time. I am going to keep this on my night table and even when I finish it, I am going to re-read it.

My problem with reading these books (meaning books by Geneen Roth and books on compulsive overeating) is that I am all gung-ho and have a lot of a-ha moments when reading them but have trouble applying them to my life. Sometimes I remember what she says but sometimes I just slip back into bad habits. However, it is definitely worth reading and I am so grateful that I am reading this book now. I like the guidelines she has in the back of the book and am working on even though I haven't finished the book yet.

I would recommend this book and am going to work very hard on living it.

P.S. My husband saw me reading this book and asked me what it was about and I said it was kind of hard for me to explain, which it is.

Jane
06-08-2010, 12:08 PM
I don't mind that she isn't referring to the traditional "God", but since the word is in the title, I thought she would be. I was kind of disappointed in her choice there. Not talking religion here, just my opinion of a book title.

I didn't like the book. I love her attitude towards food, and I respect her, but wouldn't recommend this book. It is mixed up, vague in places, and the 7 guidelines on the last page were added as an addendum! I know there is no magic potion, lotion, or recipe for weight loss, but I expected more from her in regards to handling emotional eating.

She will be on Oprah again as a follow-up, on July 12, and I'll watch her in spite of the book.

Edited to add: I've very, very happy for those of you that are finding help in this book. :hug: There are probably many books that I personally love that may not do it for you.

Amy8888
06-09-2010, 02:03 PM
Hi everyone! I am in the middle of this book. Got it last week for $16.99 at Walmart. It is definitely something you could read in a few days but I never get the time. I am going to keep this on my night table and even when I finish it, I am going to re-read it.

My problem with reading these books (meaning books by Geneen Roth and books on compulsive overeating) is that I am all gung-ho and have a lot of a-ha moments when reading them but have trouble applying them to my life. Sometimes I remember what she says but sometimes I just slip back into bad habits. However, it is definitely worth reading and I am so grateful that I am reading this book now. I like the guidelines she has in the back of the book and am working on even though I haven't finished the book yet.

I would recommend this book and am going to work very hard on living it.

P.S. My husband saw me reading this book and asked me what it was about and I said it was kind of hard for me to explain, which it is.

This is my reaction so far too. I'm only halfway as well and it's good information but not very concrete. I'm on Weight Watchers and that is and will remain my main plan, but I like to read weight loss books and I can still always use help with my general approach to food. I just started the part of the book called "Practices" so I am hopeful that's where the practical stuff starts.

Rochester
06-09-2010, 07:24 PM
I bought the book yesterday and am only halfway through the introduction, but I find what I've read so far has stirred up some negative emotions inside (frustration, anger, relief, hope) and that's what I'm looking for. Something to help me come to terms with my body issues (and they stem from eating and my love/hate relationship with food).

That's exactly how I'm feeling.

I've had the book for several days and have only read the introduction twice. I'm reading the book very slowly, highlighting, meditating, and journaling. I'm not looking for a quick fix. I'm on a journey to find the source of my pain.

mescelestus
06-10-2010, 11:27 AM
I bought this book last night, and have already read 60 pages of it.
I must say that while I agree that your relationship with food has a lot to do with everything in your life...I think in truth its the other way around: Everything in your life influences your relationship with food...but I guess her point is something like that. I also think that its BS that once you can fully experience and understand and acknowledge your pain...you are suddenly free from it, and free from your food prison. I know exactly what my pain is, and where it comes from, and that in no way means that I have the tools to dismiss it. Also, I do relate to the dealing with demons from your past issue...but regardless of what anyone may think of someone who was previously 260LBS...I am not a compulsive eater, and I never have been...and in that respect I have difficulty relating to most of the book.

rageddy
06-25-2010, 08:51 PM
I read the book it makes sense but I am still eating, go figure