Women Food and God is a much-welcome rejection of the ubiquitous and damaging dieting mania by Geneen Roth, published in 2009. Roth—who since adolescence had gained and lost over a thousand pounds; who was addicted to amphetamines for four years and to laxatives for two years; who threw up, spit up, fasted and tried every diet possible (spending almost two years weighting eighty pounds); and who had been mostly overweight—gained, in the nick of time, insight that saved and informs her life.
“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.”
This is a daring, funny, comforting and wise work; a life-changer, one that can free women from the tyranny of fear and hopelessness around their bodies. It maps the journey from the darkness of obsession to the pure sense of being in prose that is insightful and compassionate.