Monday morning has come again; although many may dread Monday (maybe for this reason below)
I actually enjoy the start of the working week..maybe it’s because I am on uni holidays and my Monday started with: teaching a step class and doing a body pump class- could you blame me for not being bummed? But I will admit getting up at 5am was not an easy task. Especially since I had such a horrible time the night before both in terms of sleep and mental health. However, exercise enorphins and a 2hr nap between my gym classes can really help. Aswell, as a cute little letter from your one and only.
Before we get onto today’s post I’d just like to share some love and positivity (another goal for me is trying to embrace life and be positive, instead of glacing over life and being critical and negative). Brisbane weather has been incredible- the past few days have just been beautiful. Check out this shot (above) of the sky I took while walking the dogs earlier.
I’ve been meaning to do a post on Geneen Roth’s book ‘Women Food and God’ and after having to re-borrow the book this morning I decided it’s finally time to discuss it blog style. I’ve read about this book and more so the author Geneen Roth on many of my fav blogs (Nourishing the Soul and the Great Fitness Experiment) I can’t wait to read more of Geneen’s books but unfortunately this is the only one libraries seem to have- so I am going to have to invest in some myself. Which is fine by me because as I was reading this book I thought to myself- gosh I wish I could highlight this, make a note here or tag that for future reference.
But anyways back to this fantastic book and this fantastic woman. This book is so real and relevant, whilst it goes in depth and explores the root of your issues. It’s the rawness that sucks you in and at times (well in my case) makes you want to burst into tears-but in a good way of course. The title Women Food and God may turn some of you off if you are anti-religious or not particularly religious but believe me I am not religious either. The way in which Geneen speaks of God is not in the Christian or organised religion sense but in the spiritual sense. She uses the term God to label what we believe to be the highest power and the highest and ultimate God. She also addresses this in chapter 1.
There are three parts to the book: Principles, Practices & Eating. Obviously, whilst reading I found some parts/chapter more relevant to my issues than others but what hit, hit me hard. That’s part of the reason I re-borrowed this book. I don’t want to let it go because I feel it has opened me up and brought me face to face with my issues. Right now I am kicking myself that I didn’t bookmark some of my fav parts to share with you (instead I am resorting to flicking through aimlessly trying to find something). What I liked was the use of real life experiences, Geneen does this both in a personal reflective way and using her retreat experiences (which she still does- pity I am in Australia and moneyless or I’d defs headover!).
Some of my favourite chapters are chapter 2: Ending the War, which deals with our poisonous relationships with/to food. It also talks about what I’ve mentioned in previous posts: being with yourself and experiencing what you are feeling. Beyond What’s broken (chapter 5) was also a very emotional chapter for me. It discusses learning to love yourself and to trust yourself- both of these issues I and many people struggle with. It speaks about self-love and stopping the self-judgement. It also mentions how we constantly try to fix ourselves and improve because we see ourselves as broken. Chapter 7 is sort of a partner chapter to chapter 6 as it tries to teach us to re-love ourselves. Part 2 of the book is all about the strategies like mindfulness, meditation etc- although I didn’t read all of this part before I moved on to part 3; I made sure I returned to this section to read it completely after. Make sure you do too because by skipping these things it shows you are not really committed- you are not willing to do the little things, put in the hard yards and do the things that make you uncomfortable. But you must if you want to change and who wants to live a life run by an ED? I loved how part 3 talked about dieting which showed just how toxic and useless it is. I think the most relevant chapter for me would have to be the chapter called ‘If Love could speak’ and how it talks about restrictors and permitters. ‘Being Hot Fudge Sundaes’ is the following chapter and speaks about many of the things I spoke about in yesterday’s post–
A noticeable progression will unfold: you might start off by eating everything in sight and then realize that everything in sight is a reaction, a rebellion to the unspoken rule that you are not allowed to have what you want. But when you tell yourself you can have what you want, the rule collapses- and with it any reaction to it (Roth,2010, p. 171).
Chapter 14 basically finishes off by discussing your immediate thoughts- ‘oh shit’. You want to give up, you start double-guessing yourself and you think about not bothering. Make sure you read this chapter, re-read it if necessary and remind yourself why you are doing this in the first place.
Roth has also conveniently placed Eating Guidelines on the last page of the book. These shouldn’t be seen as rules to replace your current food rules- but as guidelines. In particular, my current mission is to really try and follow through with guidelines 2 and 3 (eat sitting down in a calm environment and eat without distractions). These may sound similar to the mindfulness techniques I’ve mentioned in numerous other posts and that’s because they are- just with a different hat on 🙂
Anyways, I am off to soak up some sun and read the other 3 books I borrowed from the library, have some lunch and this afternoon see Snow White and the Huntsman with the man 🙂
What book has really spoken to/helped you? (It doesn’t have to be about eating issues or disorders).