Food for Thought: More on food as a doorway

Last week I shared some of the lessons I learned during Geneen Roth’s web retreat (author of Women Food and God).  This week, I thought I’d share some of the wisdom she delivered during the program.  The following statements are from my notes, so some may be paraphrased.  Let’s see if they speak to you…

  • No one knows what’s best for you, but you.
  • Our beliefs about what’s possible or not possible show up in our relationship with food.
  • Diets don’t work.  Learning to trust yourself does.
  • Love yourself into change.
  • Change requires a tolerance for discomfort.
  • When you feel small, collapsed, weak, judged, alone, scared, or when you feel like you need a grown up to step in and save you, you’re under the influence of “The Voice” – the part of you that wants to be safe by maintaining the status quo.
  • Become a witness to your inner critic.  When you notice “The Voice” you are no longer the voice.
  • You have to want a deeper, more conscious relationship with yourself more than you want to be comfortable or thin.
  • The body wants to feel good.  When given a chance, it chooses healthy, energizing food.
  • We cannot change by force.  Force closes the heart.
  • When we listen to ourselves it’s impossible to binge.
  • When we lose our connection to ourselves, we feel homeless.
  • Strong feelings = strong cravings.
  • Eat what you want when you’re hungry, feel what you feel when you’re not.
  • A thought is a precursor to eating when you’re not hungry.
  • You don’t gain weight when you eat when you’re hungry, eat what your body wants, and stop when you’re full.
  • You gain weight when you’re not paying attention.

Each of these statements were delivered in the context of the whole program, however, considered on their own, they provide excellent food for thought (pun intended ?).

There were also several provocative questions Geneen asked during the course.  Below, in the Take Action Challenge, are a few that should get you thinking.

Have a healthy week!

Take Action Challenge

This week, take some time to consider the following questions.  If you’d like to improve your relationship with yourself, your body, and food, I’d go deeper and write about the answers in a journal or notebook.

  • What would life be like if you lived as if…

    You were worth your own time
    You liked your body
    You deserved your own attention
    You loved yourself dearly

    What would you do, say, or eat?
    Who are you being loyal to when you eat when you’re not hungry?
    What would your life be like if you gave yourself the kind of special attention you give to everyone else?

This week’s “good news, solution” video comes from Connie.  I never get tired of these ?. You can find it here. Thanks, Connie!




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Cheryl Richardson is the New York Times bestselling author of several books including, Take Time for Your LifeLife MakeoversStand Up for Your LifeThe Unmistakable Touch of GraceThe Art of Extreme Self Care, You Can Create an Exceptional Life with Louise Hay, and her new book, Waking Up in Winter: In Search of What Really Matters at Midlife.

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