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Charlene's Journal

Charlene is a journey of mindful health and self-care

Regret Over Guilt
Posted on 08/02/2013 @ 8:18 AM

This week I gained a deeper understanding of the distinction that Am I Hungry? makes between guilt and regret. When I first read about it in Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat, I appreciated the message about how feeling guilty can drive the Overeating Cycle, and how feeling regretful can help us not miss the lesson and make better choices in the future. Making that shift is truly an act of self-compassion.

What is really sinking in for me is the next layer of comprehension that guilt is fundamentally an act of self-punishment because of the elements of self-blame and shame that are entwined with it. It can only be an obstacle to our progress. Regret, however, is not cyclical. It is a series of occurrences of observation, awareness, self-forgiveness, and wisdom with each of these being clean, clear steps of self-love and self-improvement.

I’m adding this to my list of learnings that not only help me in my mindful eating exercises, but my mindful living practices as well. I’m again grateful for how this program enriches my life every single day!

Michelle May M.D.

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Perfectly Imperfect

Dieting Continued to Get Harder; Mindful Eating Continues to Become More Natural

100% Commitment, 100% Forgiveness

Stress, the Great Seducer

A Mindfully-Cooked Meal

How long does it take for mindful eating to become a habit?

I Love Taking My Power Back!

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?

Sit. Feast on Your Life

What do you wish you’d known about dieting?

“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

"Several “Hungry” Days Didn’t Stress Me Out!"

What Else Am I Bringing to the Table?

What do I want to eat?

Speed Bump with a Bonus

No Bad Foods, Really?

From Tunnel Vision to Total Vision

A Mindful Choice for Quality

From Redirection to Connection

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Merry Mindful Christmas

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Letting go of overeating and restrictive eating

Wait for it...

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Hunger is the Best Seasoning

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