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Charlene's Journal

Charlene is a journey of mindful health and self-care

Coming to My Senses: My One-Year Anniversary with Am I Hungry?
Posted on 09/22/2013 @ 4:29 PM

As I reach one year with Am I Hungry?®, I’m in a bit of a reflective mood. So I thought I’d capture and share a few of my life-changing realizations over these past 12 months.

• While reading Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for the first time, I immediately felt like I had come home. That feeling has never left. [I posted about it in my first post on this forum (after introducing myself' target='_blank'>.

• I can trust my body to guide me to optimal health. In fact, that is the only thing I truly can trust.

• I love and enjoy food more than I ever have before.

• I no longer need to have a fear of “bad” foods, or fear giving up “loved” foods.

• Exercise can be about doing something enjoyable for my body, not to my body in order to change it.

• My best choices are based on how to feel good today and appreciating each moment, not sacrificing for some future goal or image.

• Self-care is an ongoing process of paying attention to myself, and giving attention to myself, and the only way to stop using food as the default way to deal with my emotions.

• The freedom I now experience is one of the best gifts I’ve ever received.

This past year has been about returning to my senses. Not only have I returned to using my 5-senses to experience the joys of mindful eating; I’ve also returned to listening to my inner senses by trusting my own wisdom and internal body signals; and I’ve returned to my senses by letting go of self-sabotaging diets and by practicing the sensible, compassionate, uncommon wisdom of the Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating program.

But really, after one year, this joyous journey has just begun.

Michelle May M.D.

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