Love Speaks to Me about Food

The voice I would listen to spoke to me about my relationship with food.

women-food-and-godBefore we left on vacation, I discovered Geneen Roth’s book Women, Food and God. In it Roth talks about the guidelines for eating that have transformed her life. Instead of thinking of them as rules, she thinks of them this way: If love could speak to me about food, this is what it would say.

Roth’s guidelines urged me to be fully present when I eat, to listen to my body, and to enjoy each mouthful of food with “gusto and pleasure.” God was inviting me to eat contemplatively.

That reminded me of SoulStream’s commitment to “attentively respond to the Spirit’s presence in our daily choices.” The Spirit will help us listen to our bodies and help us choose what, when, where, how, and how much to eat.

As I tried to eat contemplatively, the Spirit nudged me to consider the questions Roth asks in her book. Why do I overeat? What feelings am I avoiding? Do I wish I were somewhere else? Can I love my body?

As God and I walk together with these questions, I feel the discomfort they raise. I resist God’s interference in my life.

But Love stops and waits with me in my resistance. God waits for me to see that there are no other roads but this one. This is the road to freedom.

forest walk by AY

Still you were ever near to me,
You waited for me to see.
Now You guide me with your counsel,
You hold me in your heart.

– Psalm 73:23, 24
from Psalms for Praying
by Nan C. Merrill

Forest Walk by Anne Yungwirth. Used with permission.
Coeur à la Crème made by Ingrid Dahl; photo by Ed Dahl. Used with permission.
Women, Food and God  by Geneen Roth, 2010.
© Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim, 2014.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without permission from Esther Hizsa is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used provided there is a link to the original content and credit is given as follows: © Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim 2013, 2014

About Esther Hizsa

Esther is a spiritual director and writer. She lives in Burnaby with her husband, Fred, and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.
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4 Responses to Love Speaks to Me about Food

  1. Donna says:

    The last Paragraph “But love stops….” This was so significant to me this a.m. at 4:30!! Thanks Esther. D

    Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 23:03:51 +0000 To:


  2. Janet Hill says:

    Thanks Esther! What a coincidence…I picked up this book at the library and was starting to read it when a client called and asked me to work with her using Roth’s paradigm. Then I opened your blog and here the book appeared again!



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