Dear Pagg Members:
I listened to a 2 hour lecture with Geneen Roth about dieting, eating disorders, psychology of food, and found this list of tips to help folks be more aware of the reasons behind eating that are not for sustenance. There are so many reasons that have nothing to do with food!
Principles of Breaking Free From Compulsive Eating:
1. Deep and lasting transformation is possible; if one person can break free, anyone can.
2. There are always exquisite, life-affirming reasons why we turn to food when we are not hungry.
3. Compulsive eating is a primary symptom, not the primary problem.
4. The Eating Guidelines are a path to resolving compulsive eating. By cultivating the qualities of presence, love, joy, basic intelligence, curiosity and awareness, they are both means of the journey and its fruition.
5. We eat the way we live; how we eat is also how we spend money, time, love and energetic resources.
1. Eat when you are hungry.
2. Eat sitting down in a calm environment. This does not include the car.
3. Eat without distractions. Distractions include radio, television, newspapers, books, intense or anxiety producing conversations and music.
4. Eat only what your body wants.
5. Eat until you are satisfied.
6. Eat (with the intention of being) in full view of others.
7. Eat with enjoyment, gusto and pleasure.
The Way Things Are:
1. What you take yourself to be is who you needed to become to survive. Our longing is to know the parts of ourselves we put away before we knew what we were doing.
2. All psychological blocks are doorways to our true nature.
3. What we pay attention to grows.
4. If you spend your life rooting out pain, you will become a hunter of pain, not a finder of joy.
5. Until we examine what we really want, we mistake indulgence (in what we think we want) for freedom.
6. It takes great effort to become effortless at anything.
7. Joy and delight and curiosity must be cultivated, although they are utterly natural states of being.
8. Happiness is an inside job.
9. How you get there is who you will be when you arrive there. And there is no there there.
© Geneen Roth
Breaking Free from Compulsive Eating