Appetites: On the Search for True Nourishment by Geneen Roth

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By Geneen Roth

Roth tells of her personal stories with a non-blink frankness cushioned through the gracefulness of her prose."—Chicago Tribune. "Just the correct mix of confession, sass, and style."—Publishers Weekly.

Geneen Roth's bestselling whilst nutrition Is Love profoundly explored the connection among consuming and intimacy in women's lives. Now in Appetites, she takes the subjects of longing, self-denial, and nourishment and places them into the wider context of women's adventure.

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I felt exhausted and depressed. The fight didn't even seem worth it. At least on the previous night when I'd binged, I'd gotten a good night's sleep. Now, instead of running at track practice feeling bloated and sick, I would have to run sleep-deprived. It seemed I just couldn't win. Even if I did resist my urges to binge, they still got the better of me. I knew it wouldn't be long before they would return, and I didn't feel capable of putting forth so much effort to cope with them day after day.

It was gross—muted purple, spongy with brownish stains. I thought that any other freshman girls who had been here had probably been drunk, because no one would have been on that couch if they were thinking clearly. I only wished alcohol had brought me here; that would have been OK for a college freshman. But for me, it was not beer—it was food. I was so ashamed. It was only my first day back at the university after spending the holidays with my family, and it was already a disaster. The holidays, too, had been disastrous; I had binged many times at home as well.

I hated it. I despised working out purely to compensate for a binge, and I resented having to spend my days at the gym. I passed the time on the machines by studying or reading, but it was still monotonous and exhausting. The binge was never worth the price, and it was during those long hours at the gym that I most wished I could be successful at self-induced vomiting. When I finally finished my workout sentence on January 7, I showered, dressed, and felt a great sense of relief—the slate had been wiped clean.

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