Feeding The Empty Heart with Geneen Roth

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"You don't need to be fixed, and you're not a mistake." This simple revelation goes to the heart of the emotional wounds that send most of us running for cover - or for the refrigerator. We run from the pain we believe will consume us, and are terrified to face our own unworthiness. Often we hide behind food as our only source of pleasure or comfort. But as those gentle words suggest, Geneen Roth has learned that emotional eating can actually provide a doorway that shows us where to look beyond that chocolate cake and beneath our pain to find what it is we're really looking for. This noted expert on food and weight issues has been there. She gained and lost more than a thousand pounds in seventeen years, and once doubled her weight in two months. After her roller coaster ride took her to the edge of suicide, she found that meditation, the death of her father and the love a male cat named Blanche helped her find the treasures that lay just beyond the pain she'd been struggling to avoid. With scathing honesty Ms. Roth shares her deepest hurts and confesses the stories that most of us identify with, but would never dare to reveal. Her clarity helps us understand our own relationship to food, and also lets us see that we have the capacity to move through our greatest losses with grace and love. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Geneen Roth is a pioneer in the anti-diet movement who teaches workshops throughout the United States to help men and women understand and change their approach to food.

Her books include:

  • When You Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull up a Chair (Hyperion 1998)
  • The Craggy Hole in My Heart and the Cat Who Fixed It: Over the Edge and Back With My Dad, My Cat and Me (Harmony 2004)

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What are the questions you can ask yourself to help understand how food affects you
  • What natural eating looks like
  • What are the guidelines to help you learn to eat naturally and stay in tune with your body's wisdom
  • Why the way you eat and the way you live are so closely intertwined
  • What is the treasure that lies at the heart of all our worst pain and our greatest fears
  • What can happen when you begin to treat yourself with curiosity and kindness
Host: Justine Willis Toms      Interview Date: 2/9/2004      Program Number: 3035