This above all: to thine own self be true.

~William Shakespeare


Shakespeare’s timeless wisdom rings true even today: “This above all: to thine own self be true.” In these few words, spoken by Polonius in Hamlet, lies a profound message that resonates through the ages. But how often do we heed this advice in our own lives?

Consider for a moment: Are you truly being authentic, or are you hiding behind a facade? It’s a question worth pondering. Why do we feel the need to conceal our true selves? Is it because we doubt our own worth? While it’s natural to strive for personal growth, it’s crucial not to lose sight of who we are at our core.

In my book, Release Your Obsession with Diet Chatter: Heal from the Inside Out, I delve into the relentless chatter that occupies our minds. You know the type—the incessant stream of self-critical thoughts that can plague us day in and day out. These thoughts create a divide between our inner and outer worlds, often leading to unnecessary worry and self-doubt.

But here’s the thing: You’re not alone in this. We all have that inner voice, the one that never seems to quiet down. It’s like a radio that’s always playing in the background of our minds. And if you’re sitting there thinking, “Not me, I don’t have that inner chatter,” well, that’s precisely the voice I’m talking about!

Stories of Change

Story 1: The Mask We Wear

In bustling New York, there lived a young woman named Emily. On the surface, Emily seemed to have it all—a successful career, a loving partner, and a vibrant social life. But beneath the facade of confidence and poise, Emily harbored a secret: relentless self-doubt plagued her.

Every day, as she navigated through the streets crowded with people and noise, Emily felt a sense of unease gnawing at her. She wore a mask of perfection, hiding her insecurities behind a facade of success. Yet, no matter how hard she tried to keep up appearances, she couldn’t escape the nagging voice in her head—the one that whispered, “You’re not good enough. You’ll never be enough.”

It wasn’t until Emily stumbled upon a tattered copy of Release Your Obsession with Diet Chatter she confronted her inner demons. As she flipped through the pages, she saw herself reflected in the words—the constant self-criticism, the fear of not measuring up. It was a wake-up call—a reminder that she didn’t have to pretend to be someone she wasn’t.

With each chapter she read, Emily peeled back the layers of her mask, allowing her true self to shine through. She embraced her flaws and imperfections, realizing that they were what made her unique. And as she let go of the need for external validation, she found a newfound sense of freedom and authenticity.

No longer bound by the chains of self-doubt, Emily stepped out into the world with a renewed sense of confidence. She no longer felt the need to hide behind a facade, for she had discovered the power of being true to herself. And in doing so, she found a deeper connection—to others, to the world, and most importantly, to herself.

Story 2: The Voice Within

In a quaint village nestled amidst rolling hills, there lived a young boy named Thomas. From an early age, Thomas taught to always put on a brave face—to hide his fears and insecurities from the world didn’t know himself. And so he grew up wearing a mask of false confidence, burying his doubts deep within.

But try as he might, Thomas couldn’t silence the voice in his head—the one that whispered doubts and fears into his ear. It followed him everywhere, a constant companion on his journey through life. Whether he was at school, playing with friends, or lying in bed at night, the voice never seemed to relent.

As Thomas grew older, the voice grew louder, drowning out his own thoughts and feelings. It told him he wasn’t smart enough, wasn’t brave enough, wasn’t good enough. And try as he might to ignore it, he couldn’t escape its relentless grip.

It wasn’t until Thomas stumbled upon a book, The Untethered Soul, by Michael Singer, hidden away in the attic, that he understood the true nature of the voice within. As he flipped through the pages, he saw the familiar messages—the same doubts and fears that had plagued him for years.

But as he read on, he discovered something unexpected—a glimmer of hope in the darkness. For woven between the lines were words of encouragement, reminders of his own strength and resilience. It was as if the voice within was trying to tell him something—to show him he was capable of so much more than he believed.

With each passing day, Thomas listened to the voice within—not as a source of doubt, but as a source of guidance and wisdom. He learned to distinguish between the voices of fear and those of truth, finding solace in knowing that he was not alone in his struggles.

Armed with this newfound understanding, Thomas embarked on a journey of self-discovery, embracing both the light and the darkness within himself. And as he learned to trust in his own inner voice, he found the courage to step out into the world as his true, authentic self—flaws and all.

Story 3: Sweet Claire

Once upon a time there was a woman named Claire who was known throughout the town for her warm smile and generous spirit, but behind her cheerful exterior lay a constant battle with her inner diet chatter.

From the moment she woke up each morning, Claire’s mind flooded with a barrage of thoughts about food, calories, and her body. It seemed as though there was a never-ending stream of chatter, each thought more critical than the last.

As she sat down at breakfast, Claire couldn’t help but scrutinize every morsel of food on her plate. “Should I really be eating this?” she wondered, her mind already racing ahead to the day’s meals. No matter how healthy or balanced her choices were, there was always a voice in the back of her mind telling her she wasn’t doing enough.

Throughout the day, Claire found herself constantly bombarded by thoughts of food and weight. Whether she was at work, running errands, or spending time with friends, the chatter never seemed to let up. It was as though she had a relentless critic living inside her head, constantly reminding her of her perceived flaws and shortcomings.

Even in moments of happiness or success, Claire couldn’t escape the nagging voice of her inner diet chatter. It told her she didn’t deserve to feel good about herself until she reached some unattainable standard of perfection—a standard that seemed to move further and further out of reach with each passing day.

But then, one day, as Claire sat alone in her kitchen, sipping a cup of tea and lost in thought, she had a revelation. She realized that the voice inside her head wasn’t just a reflection of her own insecurities—it was a product of the diet-obsessed culture that surrounded her.

With this newfound awareness, Claire made a decision. She would no longer let her inner diet chatter control her life. Instead, she would learn to listen to her body, to trust its signals and cravings without judgment or guilt.

It wasn’t easy at first. There were moments of doubt and hesitation, times when the familiar voice of her inner critic threatened to overwhelm her. But Claire persisted, surrounding herself with positive influences and practicing self-compassion every step of the way.

As the days turned into weeks and the weeks into months, Claire noticed a shift. The chatter in her mind began to quiet, replaced by a sense of peace and acceptance. She no longer felt the need to constantly scrutinize her food choices or berate herself for indulging in the occasional treat.

Instead, Claire focused on nourishing her body and soul, embracing a balanced approach to eating and living that honored her truest self. And as she let go of the need for external validation, she discovered a newfound sense of freedom and joy—a joy that could only come from releasing her obsession with diet chatter and embracing the beauty of her own unique journey.

The Solution

Inner chatter is common for many and can be destructive. So, what do we do about it? The first step is to become aware of this inner dialogue—to listen to it without judgment. Take note of the recurring themes, the patterns that emerge. Are these thoughts serving you, or are they holding you back?

By shining a light on these inner conversations, we can begin to challenge them. Ask yourself: Are these thoughts based in reality, or are they simply feeding into limiting beliefs? It’s about reclaiming control over our own minds, redirecting the narrative towards a more positive and empowering direction.

It won’t happen overnight, but with practice, you can learn to quiet the noise and cultivate a greater sense of inner peace. So, the next time that inner voice starts to pipe up, take a moment to pause, to breathe, and to remind yourself: You are enough, just as you are. And in embracing your true self, you’ll find the freedom to live authentically, unapologetically, and fully.

How do you push through the inner chatter? What suggestions from others helped you? If you had a do-over, would you change how you handled a negative or difficult thought?

Please share your thoughts—you are in good company. Simply scroll to the comments box below. I’d love to hear from you, what you have to say is important.

Thank you for being a part of the reading blog forum and spending time with me and my thoughts throughout these pages. I hope my words lit your excitement to become your best self for you. I look forward to sharing my newest book with you on how to release your obsession with your Phone. God bless you… and your journey through this life and all that awaits beyond…

To learn more about recovery from food addiction, eating disorders, weight issues, dieting, aging,  money, and your phone, please check out my Release Your Obsession Series.

Stay tuned… you never know where my mind will wander…

Hugs to you, I care!
Dr. Lisa

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