"The way you eat is inseparable from your core beliefs about being alive. No matter how sophisticated or wise or enlightened you believe you are, how you eat tells all. The world is on your plate. When you begin to understand what prompts you to use food as a way to numb or distract yourself, the process takes you deeper into realms of spirit and to the bright center of your own life. Rather than getting rid of or instantly changing your conflicted relationship with food, Women Food and God is about welcoming what is already here, and contacting the part of yourself that is already whole—divinity itself."
In this article, she discusses The Search for True Nourishment
"And the truth is that it’s not about the weight. It’s never been about
the weight. When a pill is discovered that allows people to eat whatever
they want and not gain weight, the feelings and situations they
turned to food to avoid will still be there, and they will find other more
inventive ways to numb themselves. In Groundhog Day, when he realized
he wasn’t going to gain weight by eating a thousand cherry pies,
Bill Murray ate like there was no tomorrow (since, in the movie, there
wasn’t). But the charge dissipated as soon as he realized he could have
as much food as he wanted without the usual consequences. When you
take the charge away, all that’s left is a no-big-deal piece of cherry pie.
And when you finish the pie, the thing that had nothing to do with the
pie—that drove you to it—is still there."
In the end, what speaks to me most about Geneen's words is self love.
SELF LOVE PEOPLE!!!
Yes, it's terrific to set goals and work towards them - I need to do this. But with love, not scorn! How many times have I beaten myself up for eating too many cookies, or a bag of chips, or not exercised, and when I step on that scale, how many times have I been upset or ticked off at myself. Not helpful!
And, the other main point I love - is that we will never get to the route of our real problems by having a cupcake! D-Uh. But still .... mindlessly, robotically, unconsciously - my mind goes there - thinking, yes, I'm going to give myself a treat because I'm ..... happy, sad, bored, tired, lonely, just fine, not fine, etc! Self reflection, facing the big stuff, stopping and taking stock - this is what I want to do. Today - this is what I will do.