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Michelle May, M.D.
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Michelle May, M.D., is a recovered yoyo dieter and founder of Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs and Training. She empowers individuals to end mindless and emotional eating without deprivation or guilt. An inspirational speaker and author, her passion and insight stem from her own personal struggles and her professional experiences helping thousands of people eat what they love and love what they eat.

Michelle is the author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: How to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes: A Mindful Eating Program for Thriving with Prediabetes or Diabetes, and Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating: A Mindful Eating Program for Healing Your Relationship with Food and Your Body.

Entries by Michelle May, M.D.

Mindfulness: Your Inside Out App

(2) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 10:20 AM

I'm looking forward to seeing the Disney Pixar "emotion picture," Inside Out because I love the concept of personifying our emotions in order to better understand why we behave the way we do.

But the ability to "watch" what is going on in your mind isn't just for...

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Perfectionism and Eating

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 1:22 PM

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"If I'm wearing clothes, the laundry isn't done!"

We all burst out laughing at the absurdity -- and the stinging truth -- in this statement made by a participant in one of our Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Retreats. She...

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From No Diet Day to No Diet Life

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 3:11 PM

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May 6 is International No Diet Day, a day established to challenge the cultural attitudes and values that contribute to chronic dieting, weight preoccupation, eating disorders, and size discrimination.

Those sound like pretty lofty goals, so let me simplify it a bit. Today...

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When-Then: The Lie that Keeps You Stuck

(1) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 2:22 PM

There is a big lie that many of us tell ourselves: When (something happens), then (I'll do, feel, or be something different).

There are many versions of this lie. Perhaps you recognize one of these variations - or have one of your own.

  • When I lose weight, then I'll...
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You Are Not an Emotional Eater

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 2:39 PM

I cringe when someone says, "I am an emotional eater" or "I am a binge eater." That stake in the ground is awfully hard to pull out. When you define yourself by your actions, you leave little room for other options.

It reminds me of important parenting advice I received...

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7 Ways to Practice Self-Acceptance

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 1:42 PM

My yoga teacher said, "Whatever you practice, you get good at. If your habit is to compare, judge, and criticize yourself, then you'll get better and better at it. You will strengthen your habit."

What are you practicing? What are the messages you repeat to yourself over and over again?...

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Beginning With Beginner's Mind

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 3:00 PM

As a result on an ongoing right shoulder "project," I've switched my computer mouse to my left hand.

(Before reading on, try switching your mouse to your non-dominant hand. What do you notice?)

Mindless Habits

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At first, I was frustrated by my awkward...

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Ho Ho Hum... No More Silly Holiday Eating Advice

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 4:15 PM

Are you tired of it yet?

I'm not talking about the holiday shopping frenzy, the incessant holiday music, or the goodies everywhere. I'm talking about all of the "How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain" articles.

An online search for "How avoid holiday weight gain" turned up 4.2 million...

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Get Off of the Tightrope and onto the Path

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 12:28 PM

Dieting is like walking a tightrope: Nik Wallenda makes it look easy, but for the rest of us, one misstep and it's all over!

Mindful eating is a wide path that's nearly impossible to fall off of. You have flexibility and options so you can make decisions based...

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Is Food the Background Music to Your Life?

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 10:22 AM

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Ahhh Labor Day! Burgers, family and friends, picnics, swimming, potlucks, relaxing, grilling... I'll share some links to a few of our family's favorite recipes, but first, take a moment to notice what pops into your mind when you think about Labor Day.

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8 Things You Can Do to Practice Self-Acceptance

(4) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 5:35 PM

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According to my yoga teacher, "Whatever you practice, you get good at. If your habit is to compare, judge, and criticize yourself, then you'll get better and better at it. You'll strengthen your habit."

What are you practicing? What are the scripts you...

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Reprogram Your Brain

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 4:45 PM

We live in a food-abundant environment. From break rooms to advertising, we are bombarded with food, images of food, and talk about food. For some of us, these exposures set off a chain reaction of thoughts and feelings, conflict and struggle, and sometimes overeating.

And it all starts with...

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I Don't Want to Hear 'It's Bathing Suit Season' When I Work Out

(10) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 6:13 PM

I was suddenly yanked out of my meditative warrior III pose by the unexpected "encouragement" from my yoga instructor: "You are strengthening your core in time for bathing suit season!" I was immediately transported from my mat to a dressing room at the mall. I actually felt my pulse increase...

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The Arrogance of Dieting

(2) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 4:37 PM

Do you remember the iconic image of Oprah wheeling out a little red wagon filled with 67 pounds of fat in 1988? Or Kirstie Alley strutting on to Oprah's stage in a bikini in 2006? Or Valerie Bertinelli's bikini splash commercial in 2012?

These were dramatic examples of the arrogance...

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A Simplifed, Actionable Nutrition Message

(2) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 12:46 PM

Channel surf the national news in the morning and you're just as likely to hear someone telling you what you should or shouldn't eat as you are to hear a politician talking about what they think should be done about the latest world crisis. And like politics, nutrition messages vary...

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Chocolate Lover? Ban Words Like Indulge and Treat

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 11:12 AM

Did you receive chocolate for Valentine's Day? Great! Now ignore all the "helpful" advice you've heard like:

  • It's okay to indulge yourself once in awhile.
  • Exercise more so you can have a treat.
  • Treat yourself every now and then.
  • Don't beat yourself up when you cheat; just start over.
  • ...
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Regret and Her Horrible Twin, Guilt: A Parable about a Hidden Force that May Be Keeping You Stuck

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 9:24 AM

If you made a New Year's resolution, you've probably met one of the two sisters: Regret or her horrible twin, Guilt. These sisters look a lot alike but they are very different.

When Regret makes a mistake she cries, "Oh, I wish I hadn't done that!" or "Why did...

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Thankful for Food: The Great Connector

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 11:16 AM

What if there was one simple act that could cultivate more happiness, peace, success, health, and love in your life? There is!

2013-11-26-Thanksgiving.bmpCicero said, "Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others."
The...

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It's Just Food!

(1) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 10:19 AM

Watching children at Halloween is a great way to study mindful eating. For them, the candy is exciting, but it is only one part of the entire experience. They are just as excited about carving pumpkins, wearing costumes, trick-or-treating, sorting candy, and trading it with their friends and siblings (and...

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When You Know Better, You Should Do Better

(5) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 1:16 PM

I love the mission of Weight Stigma Awareness Week and all of the online activity around this important issue, but it is hard on me too. I end up reading countless posts about the stigma people have faced from their own doctors. It makes me feel ashamed to...

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