Friday, July 22, 2011

Healthy Living Weekly Post: Women Food and God

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.

Next week I'll share with you my thoughts on being another year older and where I want to be at this time next year healthwise.


  1. Love the nail polish......looking forward to seeing the ribbons and trims! Have a lovely Birthday when it comes!
    Alison xx

  2. Happy Birthday in advance! The lavender is such a lovely shade. I always enjoy reading your frank reviews. :)

  3. well I guess that's one book I don't ever need to check out of the library! Thanks for the frank review - you are the second blogger to give it a thumbs down.

    Happy Birthday! (a little early)... can't wait to hear all about it.

  4. Happy Birthday in advance, since I'll be on vacation when you celebrate. I second your review---I actually skimmed the last third of the book hoping I'd find something worthwhile in it. I didn't.

  5. Happy Birthday Melissa!

    I'll make sure to give this title a wide berth if I come across it.

  6. Happy Birthday Melissa - I hope it's a great one!

  7. Love your honest review Melissa! Lavender is a colour my grandmother wore frequently and I often thought it was one of those colours I wasn't interested in, but one day I realized who am I kidding, I have lots of lavender in my closet!! Anyway, I've not thought of wearing it as nail polish, it does look pretty! Have a wonderful birthday (on Monday!)

  8. happy birthday! hope it's agreat one for you!

    {as for the book review, thanks, I'll just leave it on the bookshelf without reading past the third page}


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