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Follow Your Heart But Don’t Check Your Brain at the Door

By Charlene Rayburn

A friend shared this quote online, “Follow Your Heart, but Don’t Check Your Brain at the Door.” I really liked it when I read it, then recognized that the advice in the quote perfectly describes the Am I Hungry?® approach to optimal health.

shiny heartUnlike the instructions in other books to ignore what you want and follow their stringently outlined eating rules, “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat” teaches us how to notice our desires, quiet our “little voice” of shame and guilt, and re-learn how to completely enjoy the all-foods-fit philosophy on our journey to health. It absolutely encourages us to follow our heart. Also, unlike the stick-your-head-in-the-sand and pretend-it-isn’t-so ways of living, Am I Hungry? shares sound nutrition information, and illustrates reasonable exercises that equip us with the simple knowledge we need to make sensible choices.

It promotes benefiting from research data while also listening to our own minds and bodies. Combine that holistic counsel with the recommendation to practice balance, variety and moderation, along with the compassionate reminder that “perfection isn’t necessary” and we have everything we need to implement a life-long strategy of intelligent self-acceptance and self-care.

Is it any wonder that no matter how many times I re-read the pages of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat, its words of wisdom always seem fresh and new? Who tires of being reminded to love oneself right now and always, and to practice the self-respect of following our heart, but not checking our brain at the door?


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.

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