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Charlene's Journal

Charlene is a journey of mindful health and self-care

No Bad Foods, Really?
Posted on 03/12/2013 @ 9:35 PM

At 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.

Michelle May M.D.

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