If you are one of the few people on the planet who have not yet heard about the book, Women Food and God, recently profiled on the Oprah (who else :-) ?) show, you should go out and read it or at least visit oprah.com to learn about it.
For me it represents a compilation of a lot of the principles I have been working with internally. One of the main principles of the book is centered around how to learn to be present, to be in the moment, to recognze what is going on in your life...and to use that awareness to tune in to whatever deeper issues are driving you to eat when you really don't want to eat.
This awareness began emerging for me as I began my yoga practice all those years ago. One of the driving principles of yoga is to be present in your practice. Being present in my life is one of the critical success factors that has helped me achieve the success that I have had so far on my healthy journey. This is also one of the core principles from Echart Tolle's work in The Power of Now and The New Earth (also "must reads").
One of the things said recently on the Oprah show by Geneen Roth, the author of Women Food and God, is how important it is to be full of yourself. It is so common for us to hear the message - "don't be so full of yourself"! When in fact, the opposite it true - we need to become so full of ourselves that we are full to overflowing because that is when we can give the abundance to others around us! One key factor in filling ourselves up is to be present and aware and in the moment so we can more accurately be in touch with ourselves to know when we are full, metaphorically and literally!
The desire to become your best self, the dedication to learn how to be in the moment and the discipline to listen carefully and learn what it means to be truly full!