As promised in last week's healthy living post, today I'll be sharing my book review of Geneen Roth's Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything. I mentioned that I was not impressed with the book, and that impression stands!
First, I must tell you that I am one of those people who always finishes a book. It may take me a while, but I almost always complete a book once I start it. This book was one that I truly considered not finishing! However, I continued reading thinking that surely I would find a few nuggets of wisdom worth sharing. My resolve to complete the book was thoroughly tested about halfway through the book when I had to endure six pages about Ms. Roth's cat's tendencies to pee on everything and the cat's demise from heart failure.
To me, the book basically says that every time we eat it is because of some deep psychological issue in our lives and we have to learn to be present in the moment so that we can eat what we want when we're hungry and not eat at other times. I totally agree that many of our eating habits are triggered by emotions and understanding those triggers is important to controlling when and what we eat, however this book is definitely not one I would recommend for anyone wanting good advice on healthy living.
The other thing I really didn't like about the book is the author's attitude - toward the students in her retreats, toward her parents (she states that she's past blaming them, but it certainly didn't sound that way to me), toward meditation (she highly recommends it but claims that most of it never worked for her), toward God (well, actually it should be gods because the author doesn't believe in God).
Just in case I was too subtle in my review, let me state clearly that reading this book was a waste of time and I don't recommend it for anyone who is striving to live a healthy lifestyle.
On a more positive note, I won Ellyn's Trim Explosion Giveaway, so expect to see some layouts featuring new trims & ric-rac in the near future.
And I'll be celebrating my birthday in the next few days! I've just given myself a pedicure and manicure and am totally enjoying this new Lily nail polish Robbie gave me as a pre-birthday gift. It makes me smile just to see this lovely lavender color on my toenails & fingernails.