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Charlene's Journal

Charlene is a journey of mindful health and self-care

"Several “Hungry” Days Didn’t Stress Me Out!"
Posted on 04/15/2013 @ 2:03 PM

Are you like me? I’ve been on a diet in the past, and had several days in a row when I felt hungry seemingly every minute. I would also feel stressed, frightened and anxious. After all, I was intelligent enough to know that I could not live my life in a constant state of hunger. Most times, I’d give in and break my diet. Then, I’d use that as evidence that I was weak and would never overcome my overeating behaviors and feel that familiar sense of hopelessness.

Well, this week I had several days of feeling hungry seemingly every minute. But, prepared with the wisdom of this Am I Hungry? approach to mindful eating, I reassured myself that this was part of my normal hunger rhythms and there was no need to feel distressed. I listened to my body’s messages and responded by going back for seconds when I was still hungry, and by adding some additional snacks each day. Then, I calmly waited for the hunger level to return to my regular pattern. My previous fears, self-doubt, and self-condemnation have been replaced with awareness, confidence, patience and self-care.

This is surely a better definition of wellness.

Michelle May M.D.

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Stress, the Great Seducer

A Mindfully-Cooked Meal

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My Emotional Eating Experience

Creative Hopelessness

The Godfather Ate My Cake!

Our Relationship to Food is Not a Problem to Be Solved; It is a Process to be Lived

How Does Your “Little Voice” Speak to You?

Where Do I Want to Eat?

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

The Gentle Politeness of Our Bodies

All Emotions Fit

Noticing the shift

Practicing Am I Hungry? Concepts in Other Areas of My Life

Coming to My Senses: My One-Year Anniversary with Am I Hungry?

A Note of Compassion to All Dieters, Including Myself

Follow Your Heart But Don’t Check Your Brain at the Door

Mindful Movement

Regret Over Guilt

Practicing Mindfulness

A Mindful Walk

Choosing Ease over Easy

Our 23rd Wedding Anniversary

Done with Dieting. Forever.

Fear of Hunger

Acceptance, compassion, and encouragement

Flying on autopilot

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Speed Bump with a Bonus

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