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Coming to My Senses: My One-Year Anniversary with Am I Hungry?

By Charlene Rayburn

happy anniversary gift boxAs I reach one year with Am I Hungry?® , I’m in a bit of a reflective mood. So I thought I’d capture and share a few of my life-changing realizations over these past 12 months.

  • While reading Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for the first time, I immediately felt like I had come home. That feeling has never left. [I posted about it in my first post on this forum (after introducing myself)].
  • I can trust my body to guide me to optimal health. In fact, that is the only thing I truly can trust.
  • I love and enjoy food more than I ever have before.
  • I no longer need to have a fear of “bad” foods, or fear giving up “loved” foods.
  • Exercise can be about doing something enjoyable for my body, not to my body in order to change it.
  • My best choices are based on how to feel good today and appreciating each moment, not sacrificing for some future goal or image.
  • Self-care is an ongoing process of paying attention to myself, and giving attention to myself, and the only way to stop using food as the default way to deal with my emotions.
  • The freedom I now experience is one of the best gifts I’ve ever received.

This past year has been about returning to my senses. Not only have I returned to using my 5-senses to experience the joys of mindful eating; I’ve also returned to listening to my inner senses by trusting my own wisdom and internal body signals; and I’ve returned to my senses by letting go of self-sabotaging diets and by practicing the sensible, compassionate, uncommon wisdom of the Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating program.

But really, after one year, this joyous journey has just begun.


About the author

Charlene Rayburn, CVCC, lives her passion for mindfulness and intentional leadership by serving as a personal and professional leadership coach, by managing a department of dedicated employees for a Fortune 500 sized health insurance organization, and by facilitating Am I Hungry?® workshops and coaching sessions. She has coached extensively with individuals and groups outside the corporate world, as well as with executives, leaders, and teams in non-profit, private, public, governmental, and educational organizations spanning the globe. Charlene received her coaching certificate through the Center for Coaching Mastery at Coachville, LLC, and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Management from Davenport University. She is a member of the National Management Association. One of her most emotionally challenging and rewarding experiences was serving as a volunteer at the Center for Battered Women. Charlene currently lives in Michigan and enjoys spending time with her husband of over 20 years, reading, learning, cooking, practicing yoga, and watching her grandson grow, who lives with his dad, her stepson in Fort Worth, Texas.

One Comment

  1. Have you any experience or knowledge of binge eating and an inability to remember/recall senses…no memory of how things taste…smell…feel…sound…look? . Is there a relationship? I can not visualize!!! but I can talk about the concept of things…a rose has a stalk with torns but I cant see the actual rose in my head? it is like this with all my senses and I am a binge eater.

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