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Michelle May, M.D.
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.

Get Off of the Tightrope and onto the Path

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 1:28 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 | 11:22 AM


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 | 6:35 PM


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 | 5:45 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 | 7:13 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 | 5:37 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 | 1:46 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 | 12:12 PM

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 | 10:24 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 | 12:16 PM

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."

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It's Just Food!

(1) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 11:19 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 | 2:16 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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Love, Your Body

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 2:10 PM

September 23-27 is Weight Stigma Awareness Week.

On the third day of our "Am I Hungry?" retreat, I surprised everyone by asking them to step on the scale. The energy in the room shifted noticeably. My request was met with a mixture of surprise, audible...

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How to Cope With Boredom Eating

(2) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 2:32 PM

On a recent Am I Hungry? Facebook poll, I asked: "What are your top three triggers for overeating?" Tied for first place were boredom and stress, which ironically, are opposites: too much and not enough. I covered stress in a previous post. Let's explore boredom eating.

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Mindful Eating Is Just a Fad (And Other Myths)

(4) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 1:49 PM

"I will NOT fantasize about fruit like it is a sexual object." I laughed out loud when I read this comment on one of my blogs, a step-by-step mindful eating exercise with a piece of fresh fruit, published on a popular diet website. (You can download this exercise and other...

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Stress Eating

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 9:11 AM

Stress is a common trigger for overeating. Stress is not necessarily bad. Stress can:

  • Protect you from harm
  • Help you react when threatened
  • Adapt to changing circumstances
  • Motivate you to do your best
  • Add excitement to your life

However, when you experience excessive or chronic stress, or...

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Gastric Band: Adjusting to a New Normal

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 7:45 PM

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's announcement that he underwent gastric banding in February has sparked discussion about bariatric surgery and will undoubtedly lead many people to investigate this option. It is critical that potential patients understand that bariatric surgery is only a tool, not a quick fix.

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New Shades of Grey

(10) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 2:36 PM

Shades of grey has changed the lives of countless individuals -- and can change your life too. No, I'm not talking about the blockbuster book series!

Between Black and White

You may have noticed a false "either-or" dilemma that plagues our culture's approach to eating (and most other things): good...

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We Can Learn a Lot From Children

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 9:20 AM

I love watching children. They have so many natural behaviors that can teach adults how to love food -- but not too much -- and how to fit physical activity into our day. Here are some of the important lessons we can learn from observing children:

Eat when you're...

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Emotional Eating to Emotional Connection

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 4:25 PM

Do you eat for emotional reasons?

Of course you do -- everybody does! From birth, we develop powerful emotional connections to feeding, eating, and food. In our food-abundant environment, eating is a readily-accessible way to add pleasure to our lives. We eat to socialize, nurture, express love, have fun,...

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