Is Your Body Hungry or Your Soul? – Interview with Bracha Goetz on New Memoir

April 12, 2021


Bracha Goetz reads one of her books to her grandchildren.

Bracha Goetz is a Harvard educated author of 38 picture books for children who talks with Salonpas about how she overcame food addictions and inspires others to do so. Her memoir, Searching for God in the Garbage, is an extremely candid memoir about overcoming food addictions joyfully. She welcomes her readers to a transformative experience that asks, “Is it your body that is hungry – or your soul?”

What does it mean to be ‘addicted to food’?

Being addicted to food means using food in a compulsive way despite the harmful consequences.

Tell us about your journey to become a weight loss wellness warrior.

After graduating with honors from Harvard University in the field of Psychology and Social Relations, I went on to study in medical school and then took a great detour to study my ancient spiritual heritage in Israel.  The spiritual sustenance that I gained helped me to not only overcome my food addictions, it also provided me with a joyful new approach to help others gain joy instead of weight too. 

What has your relationship with food been like over your lifetime to-date?

There was a period of time when I fluctuated between compulsive dieting and compulsive overeating.  I am grateful that I discovered how to fill the gnawing emptiness inside with lasting pleasure instead of trying to keep the fleeting pleasure that food provides lasting by overeating it. There is no longer a desperate sense of scarcity, and I love sharing an appreciation for the great  pleasure we can each bring into our lives at any moment.

Please share a typical day in your life, from when you arise to when you retire.

When I awaken, I express gratitude for another day of life and count major blessings. I then enjoy a healthy breakfast, connect with people online and usually participate in a yoga and dance class on Zoom. Then it’s time for a big healthy lunch, spending time outside in nature, interacting with family, friends, and engaging in some more work. As the author of 39 books that help children’s souls shine, a lot of my work involves sharing with them too.  In the evening, I usually do more computer work and enjoy a little more stretching before heading to bed kind of early, grateful for life’s abundant gifts.