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Mindful Eating Is Just a Fad (And Other Myths)

Commented Jul 1, 2013 at 17:47:34 in Healthy Living

“Great article Michelle! I find that for mindful eating to be effective for me I have to bring my mind back to my body instead of having it wander and thinking about other things. This helps me stay connected to the pleasure of the food and my internal body cues and therefore to feel emotionally and physically satisfied with each eating experience. I really wish I'd been taught how to do this in school:)”

hp blogger Michelle May, M.D. on Jul 2, 2013 at 15:04:08

“Good point Sally. As young children, we do this instinctively. By the time we reach school age (or sooner), it has been trained out of us - "Hurry up!" "Clean your plate or you don't get dessert." "Don't play with your food." etc. Fortunately, this awareness can be relearned - and the sooner the better!”
New Shades of Grey

New Shades of Grey

Commented Apr 18, 2013 at 22:54:28 in Healthy Living

“I totally agree that black and white thinking is flawed when it comes to eating. Choosing the middle road, with mindfulness, is the path to freedom. Great article Michelle!”

hp blogger Michelle May, M.D. on Apr 20, 2013 at 12:14:54

“Thank you Sally - and thank you for all you do to share these simple but life-changing concepts!”
The Reality of Beating Yourself Up, Jillian-Style

The Reality of Beating Yourself Up, Jillian-Style

Commented Mar 14, 2013 at 01:51:23 in Healthy Living

“I love exercise, but I certainly don't want to feel punished doing it to the point of throwing up! How absurd that we are lead to believe that we must punish ourselves physically, just to be slim and healthy!”
A Recipe for Overeating

A Recipe for Overeating

Commented Dec 5, 2012 at 22:10:51 in Healthy Living

“Well said Michelle, this article is spot on and evergreen advice!”
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Meet Another Woman Who's Learned to Love Her Body: Dr. Christiane Northrup

Commented Jun 18, 2012 at 18:48:30 in Healthy Living

“Love this article and interview Jean! I actually learned to love and fully embrace my body while living in Paris. Not only did I quit restrictive, unsustainable dieting and finally lose weight permanently, but I learned the art of intuitive self-care which made me healthier and happier even at the unseen levels. French women taught me the art of inner confidence and the importance of feeling beautiful, by embracing rather than loathing my perceived flaws. Like Dr Northrup says, it really does begin with what we tell ourselves in our "head" - the inner dialogue with ourselves is crucial to having a positive body image! Arriving at unconditional love for my body happened at age 30 for me, after fifteen years of yo-yo dieting and body dissatisfaction. The last ten years have been so much more liberating and productive and I do wish the same for all women. Thanks for your great articles.”
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How to Enjoy a Cruise Vacation Without Going Overboard

Commented May 29, 2012 at 19:23:02 in Healthy Living

“Great article Michelle! Just by changing our thinking we can change the way we eat and live our life! Weight management doesn't have to be a struggle when we have a Mindful Eating Mindset - it's so liberating.”
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Emotional Eating, or Is It Really Just Poor Nutrition?

Commented May 28, 2012 at 01:47:10 in Healthy Living

“Restricting carbs can result in rebound overeating - resistance creates force which is why we should never deprive ourselves, as we set ourselves up for "emotional or out of control eating", swinging between restricting and overeating -Like you say - balance is key!”
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Lose Weight, Gain Body Confidence? Not Necessarily, Says Purdue Researcher Sarah Mustillo

Commented May 24, 2012 at 16:05:20 in Healthy Living

“Fascinating insights. Thanks Jean for a great article- it proves the importance of self-compassion.”
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Reclaim Your Time and Energy: 5 Ways to Take Your Life Back From Food

Commented May 8, 2012 at 15:55:09 in Healthy Living

“Great article Michelle. It's so true that when we cease to worry and feel anxious about our food choices and instead trust our bodies to tell us what we really want and need - it is truly freeing. Dieting feels like a job, on top of our already busy lives!”
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Diets Are Like Antacids: It's Time for a Paradigm Shift

Commented Apr 14, 2012 at 05:09:50 in Healthy Living

“You are spot on Michelle. For 15 years I tried every diet known to mankind and I was frustrated and devastated every time I failed. It wasn't until I turned away from rigid rules and restrictions and learned to eat by listening to my body cues that I was finally able to lose over 25lbs and keep it off for over ten years. In hindsight, I clearly see that dieting as a solution was actually part of my problem, because it kept me struggling and distrustful of my body and it's inner wisdom. So many more could liberated from the shackles of dieting if only they knew the way. I wish I had known about mindful eating as an alternative to dieting in my teens! Now I eat a little bit of everything without guilt and couldn't be happier. Thanks for spreading the word.”
In Defense of Dessert: Is It Really Healthy?

In Defense of Dessert: Is It Really Healthy?

Commented Apr 14, 2012 at 04:54:10 in Food

“I totally agree with you, Jaime. I, too, grew up in a family of sweet tooth's, but learned to turn to sweets of questionable quality as a way to soothe myself and I always felt guilty. When I moved to France, my perception of food changed, and now it's about quality rather than quantity and I am totally satisfied with small amounts of delectable sweets minus the guilt. Like you, I prefer to make my own using real, fresh, quality ingredients, because I find I only need a small amount and the feast is in the first few bites.”