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Where Do I Want to Eat?

By Charlene Rayburn

woman slicing veggiesInterestingly enough, I’ve experienced some unexpected outcomes from mindful eating. For example, we’ve narrowed our restaurant selections. My husband pretty much lets me decide where to go to eat when we eat out. And I have to admit, I’m really glad about that. However, since I’ve been eating more mindfully over the past year, I find that I’m much more selective. Because now when I ask myself, “What do I want?”, I find myself answering with, “Well, I don’t really want to go there because it just wasn’t as good as I remember/expected/hoped.”

It isn’t that I wouldn’t eat at those restaurants again, but when I have a choice, I’d prefer a more quality meal, or to eat at home. So, either the quality of the food at many restaurants in our area is suddenly degrading, or I’m paying more attention, learning my real preferences and would prefer not to settle. I’m quite certain it is the latter. But, I never expected that. This is even saving us some money. Who knew?


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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