Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Roth: Women, Food, and God, 1
Hello! How's your hydrating?
Last month I ordered a used copy of Geneen Roth's Women, Food, and God (in spite of the title, it's not religious nor is it referring to the "God" many envision when that word is spoken).
I read it.
I'm reading it, again.
This time as I read it I thought I'd use my blog to jot down some of my ponderings as a way to get to know myself. I'll share things she says, questions she asks us, mental exercises she poses.
Prologue, Page 2, Roth writes:
"The retreat is based on a philosophy I've developed over the past thirty years: that our relationship to food is an exact microcosm of our relationship to life itself."
AS I turned out the light last night and tried to fall asleep, I began wondering in what way does the way I eat reflect how I live my life. I don't think I binge on life. Maybe I do now that I think about it. I can be kind of compulsive. When I work on any project, I keep going until I'm finished and don't want to be interrupted. It drives me crazy when I have to stop; it drives me crazy when there's still cookies left in the package.
One thing that dawned on me last night (enough to turn the light on and write it down) as I was stuck on making the comparison is that I just don't like to deal with food. I don't enjoy shopping, lists, menu plans, cooking and cleaning up after. Sometimes I do, there are moments, but not everyday three times a day.
And, sometimes I just don't like to deal with life. I live in this grown-up world, and I don't always feel grown-up. There's tough things to deal with. Can't someone else take care of the mess while I enjoy the end product?
How does the way you eat reflect the way you live your life? Are you fried, raw, or shaken? :)