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What do I want to eat?

By Charlene Rayburn

I’m noticing that even though I thought I knew my eating preferences, either they’re changing with my mindful eating practices, or I didn’t know them very well after all. I suspect it’s the latter. Here’s some of the things I’ve noticed so far:

  • I much prefer a variety of foods for breakfast, even during the weeksalad greek
  • Canadian bacon is so much saltier then I realized, and I prefer it in small amounts
  • I haven’t eaten mac and cheese for several months. (It used to be one of my all-time comfort foods.)
  • When I don’t force myself to eat fruits and vegetables, I REALLY want them, and enjoy some that I thought I didn’t like.
  • I always knew I liked them, but now I know I LOVE salads, all kinds of salads! (What new things can I try in my salad next?)
  • When I want French fries or potato chips, I don’t really want very many
  • I’m a candy snob…I really only enjoy higher quality, somewhat pricier candy
  • Now that I allow myself dessert whenever I want it, I really don’t want it as often as I thought I would
  • I’m still a cookie monster, but I prefer one homemade cookie (or a portion of a bakery cookie) with tea or water over any brand of packaged cookie dunked in milk

Discovering these things is really fun!


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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