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Charlene's Journal

Charlene is a journey of mindful health and self-care

Follow Your Heart But Don’t Check Your Brain at the Door
Posted on 08/27/2013 @ 11:27 PM

A friend shared this quote online, “Follow Your Heart, but Don’t Check Your Brain at the Door.” I really liked it when I read it, then recognized that the advice in the quote perfectly describes the Am I Hungry? approach to optimal health.

Unlike the instructions in other books to ignore what you want and follow their stringently outlined eating rules, “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat” teaches us how to notice our desires, quiet our “little voice” of shame and guilt, and re-learn how to completely enjoy the all-foods-fit philosophy on our journey to health. It absolutely encourages us to follow our heart.

Also, unlike the stick-your-head-in-the-sand and pretend-it-isn’t-so ways of living, Am I Hungry? shares sound nutrition information, and illustrates reasonable exercises that equip us with the simple knowledge we need to make sensible choices. It promotes benefiting from research data while also listening to our own minds and bodies.

Combine that holistic counsel with the recommendation to practice balance, variety and moderation, along with the compassionate reminder that “perfection isn’t necessary” and we have everything we need to implement a life-long strategy of intelligent self-acceptance and self-care.

Is it any wonder that no matter how many times I re-read the pages of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat, its words of wisdom always seem fresh and new? Who tires of being reminded to love oneself right now and always, and to practice the self-respect of following our heart, but not checking our brain at the door?

Michelle May M.D.

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Charlene's Journal

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Entering a New and Wonderful Relationship

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

Like Riding a Bike!

New Year's "Resolutions"

Merry Mindful Christmas

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Fullness as an illusionary hug

Letting go of overeating and restrictive eating

Wait for it...

Thanksgiving for Thanksgiving

Hunger is the Best Seasoning

Old habits die hard

Happy Birthday to me!

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