Though this book be small, it is packed with 50 short chapters of healing wisdom. Roth does a wonderful job of reshaping the reader's view of food and dieting. Her approach is both blunt and caring, it is obvious she is aware of the pain and hurt that comes with eating/dieting. Roth writes to inspire and help make the reader aware of their harmful or misleading ways of approaching food. Some of the titles you will find in this book give a great look as to what wisdom you will find:
Whatever You Do Don't Diet
Learn To Recognize a Fat-and-Ugly Attack
Learn the Difference Between Self-Indulgence and Self-Kindness
Carry a Chunk of Chocolate Everywhere
When You Are Not Hungry, Beauty is Better Than Bonbons
Roth would rather have the reader consume an entire box of chocolates than abstain from it because the effects of consuming that much will likely cause us to abstain from it longer, than just our sheer will power or guilt.
"The basic message for a diet is that if you let yourself go, you will devour the universe."
"The 4th law of the universe is that for every diet, there is an equal and opposite binge."
"Deprivation, fear, shame, and guilt do not have and never will lead to long-lasting change."
"Long lasting change can only come through kindness to yourself, curiosity about what you do, and a willingness to act on your own behalf."
"Keep an ongoing list of the instructions you obey or feel guilty about not obeying."
"Since fat is responsible for satiety, when you don't eat enough fat, you never feel full."