When Food Is Love (Plume) Paperback – 1 Sep 1993
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"A life-changing book."
"A rare and special book that touches our inner selves with extraordinary courage, authenticity, and beauty. I have seen very few books with this kind of clarity and human depth. It will move you to tears and to joy. It will entertain and delight you, and it will make you a deeper and more compassionate human being."
--John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America
"SPECTACULAR! I laughed and I cried. . . a tender and daring book that you'll never forget."
--Laura Davis, co-author of The Courage to Heal
"I SEE MIRACLES IN MY LIFE EVERY DAY, AND ROTH IS ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO HELPED MAKE THAT HAPPEN."
--Anne Lamott in Mademoiselle
"When Food is Love is Roth's seminal work. This is a big, beautiful, and important book. I cannot say enough about it. I hope everyone reads it."
--Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones
"She tells of her own experiences with a non-blink frankness cushioned by the gracefulness of her prose."
"This book is A) good enough to eat, B) nourishing to the heart."
--Jack Kornfield, Buddhist teacher, co-author of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom
About the Author
Geneen Roth is a writer and a teacher who has gained international prominence through her work in the field of eating disorders. She is the founder of the Breaking Free workshops, which she has conducted nationwide since 1979. She is also the author of Feeding the Hungry Heart, Breaking Free from Compulsive Eating, and When Food is Love. A frequent guest on television and radio programs, she has written for and been featured in Tie, Ms., New Woman, Family Circle, and Cosmopolitan. Her poetry and short stories have been published in numerous anthologies. Born in New York City, she now lives in northern California.
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This book is not about what to eat. Or when to eat. It''s about looking at your pain and being brave and learning that the food and weight thing is a cover story to a deeper issue. And if you look at what the real issues are, the issues from childhood that we are all trying to run from, not only will your relationship with food get better and your weight will decrease, you will reconcile with parts of yourself you never thought you'd be friends with. This book has changed and saved my life. In so many ways.. I know that while I'm losing weight, it's not about getting to a certain size. I now see my body size as an indicator to determine how I'm dealing with my inner issues. This book made me realise that I get to decide who I want to be. I can't express how amazing it is. When you read this book and if you are willing to do the work on yourself, you will forever change your dependency on food. It will not control you anymore. You will be free. Every time I feel like I'm going to binge, I know it is a sign of inner pain. And I sit with that pain and I allow myself to feel it. I would have never done that before. And the experience of feeling ALL my emotions is incredibly empowering. Food is covering pain that I gave so much power to. And now I see that while it's uncomfortable, it's not nearly as difficult to deal with as I imagined!