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Geneen Roth

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I'm trying something new today. Usually if I write a blog here on spark, I do it in the morning, when I'm freshest and most motivated. But since I'm breaking the binging habit I've redeveloped of late, I thought perhaps that if I blogged when I was binging, it might be a good way to break the cycle. So I just finished dinner, after a day of healthy, mindful eating, and here I am blogging, not binging.

Anyway, today I had the pleasure of listening to more of Geneen Roth's When Food is Love audiobook. It was a really helpful to listen to today. She went over her eating guidelines and I was happy to get the refresher:

1. Eat when you are hungry. (Truly hungry, body hungry not mind hungry)

2. Eat sitting down in a calm environment. This does not include the car.

3.Eat without distractions. Distractions include radio, television, newspaper, books, intense or anxiety producing conversation and music.

4. Eat only what your body wants. (Big difference from what your MIND wants!)

5. Eat until you are satisfied. (This is different than full).

6. Eat (with the intention of being) in full view of others.

7. Eat with enjoyment, gusto and pleasure.

She then talked about how following these guidelines is the journey to health in itself. That if you notice when you want to break the guidelines (for example, wanting to eat in the car), and you allow yourself to be curious about why, you will get to healing yourself.

She also talked about how it takes time, attention and practice, to make these guidelines habitual, but that if you stick with them, they will become your way of life.

I know this is true. I know it because this summer, after about a month of really paying attention, they did become my way of life.

Then life threw me some major curveballs and I got lost.

So I'm happy to have so many tools at my disposal to find my way again.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:


    I have the audio book version of "When You Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull up a Chair" and love it!! I'll have to put it on my iPod to listen to this week!

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    Thanks for sharing. Great idea to blog in the evening. I am trying to switch up my times too. I also like her writings.

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CHRISTINASP 1/11/2013 5:39AM

    I'm a fan of Geneen Roth, read a lot of her books.
Lately I find that it helps me to have a (loose) rule of thumb that says 'don't eat for three hours after a meal'. I see as an addittion to the guidelines. This because sometimes I am just not able to distinguish (yet) between body hunger and mind hunger. Not eating for three hours (doing something pleasant or useful in the meantime) means I probably WILL be hungry again after those three hours.
If I happen to be very clearly hungry again after two hours, I eat. But this self made guideline does help me to not overeat in between meals.
If you like Geneen Roth you may also like Marna Thall. For me she elaborated on the hungry - not hungry theme in a useful way. She offers a lot of free materials through her site. (No, I'm not paid to promote her work! grin).

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LE7_1234 1/11/2013 12:21AM

    I love her guidelines. I love her style.

She's such a great complement to IOWL, no? Same ideas, different words, so something always sinks in.

You are doing soooooo well, Julie, just by hanging in here and looking for the solutions. You know that, right?

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    Good strategy to blog later ... Have a restful night's sleep. emoticon

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MISSIFISH 1/10/2013 8:16PM

    Those are really awesome guidelines. I know when I stick to them, I do very well. For some reason, my "comfort zone" is snacking in front of the TV. On days I don't watch any? I make great choices - On days I do... bad behavior.

I'll really try to start focusing on why I do it when I know it will turn out badly. THANKS!

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/10/2013 7:32PM

    I read her book Women, Food and God and really liked it. Also, saw her interviewed on Oprah show. She has so many wonderful insights. Glad you are reading her book.

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    These are so.... true. Many of these have helped me on My journey. I have a long way to go but I have lost 30 pounds. Thanks for sharing them. I had to learn these by myself I didnt know they were in a book.

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WATERMELLEN 1/10/2013 7:00PM

    These eating guidelines are terrific! And particularly the "getting curious" about wanting to deviate from them . . .

Great idea to blog during the "binge" vulnerable time of day!! End of stressful day, will power all used up!!

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