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“The problem is that my behavior with food is irrational!”

By Charlene Rayburn

Last night, Dr. May posted this note on the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Program Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AmIHungry):

woman scolding“At my presentation this evening, I had a great comment from someone in the audience: ‘So it sounds like what you are suggesting is rational. The problem is that my behavior with food is irrational!’ . . . Yes, these concepts are simple but they are not necessarily easy!”

I find it to be a profound comment from the participant, and succinctly describes my own experiences. Just this week while practicing the self-observation methods described in the program, it was interesting to me that I consciously and repeatedly chose to overeat. Staying with the concepts, I was able to remain mostly non-judgmental of my behavior, and simply be curious. Then, it suddenly became clear to me that I was overeating in order to soothe my anxiety around a decision my husband and I were making about a large purchase. So actually, it wasn’t so irrational after all.

I was reverting to a coping technique that has comforted me many times in the past.

That’s why I am one of the biggest fans of this program. Self-care through awareness and choice is such a better way to optimal health than rules, personal coercion, and feelings of repeated failure.

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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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