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No Bad Foods, Really?

By Charlene Rayburn

burger fries and sodaAt the beginning of the Am I Hungry?®  program, I have to admit that I was a bit nervous about taking foods off the “bad” list. After struggling for so long with overeating, I anxiously thought that I might very possibly run amok!

However, true to Am I Hungry? ‘s assurance, the exact opposite has turned out to be true. The wild and crazy pendulum has settled into a serene sway. I’m now able to listen to my body’s gentle wisdom, and my choices are based on so much more than unruly urges or the opposing lists of strict regulations. It really is quite remarkable.

Now discovered, I’m kinda thinking, “How have I missed this all these years?” Well, the answer is that I couldn’t hear the soft guidance of polite wisdom over the screaming fight between cravings and restrictive rules  going on in my head. Once I started accepting that there are no more restrictions, the internal battle ended.

Now, instead of trying to make the choice between handcuffing that inner rebel who hated following the rules, or going wild and behaving radically, I find I’m naturally making the best choices among what I want, what I need and what I have. The purpose of various foods is more obvious, not because someone said so, but because my body knows it is so. When I need protein, I don’t want chocolate. When I want chocolate, I savor its richness and allow it to fulfill its blissful function, and it does so with only a few bites.

Foods have found their natural place in my life and I can now call all of them my friends.


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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