A voice of reason in a diet-crazed world.
“Most diets are restrictive and unsustainable, leaving the dieter feeling guilty and disappointed. My goal is to help people recognize and cope with their triggers for overeating, rediscover joy in physical activity, and effectively nourish their body, mind, heart and spirit.” -Michelle May, M.D.
Michelle May, M.D., CSP, a physician, mindful eating expert, and recovered yo-yo dieter empowers others to take charge of their lives and end chronic dieting and overeating without deprivation and guilt. Her authenticity and passion for mindful eating stems from her own personal struggle with food and body image. After years of ineffective yo-yo dieting, she developed a mindful, non-diet approach to food, movement, and self-care.
Michelle founded Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs and Training in 1999 to share this compassionate, constructive and life-changing approach through health and wellness professionals, corporate wellness programs, hospitals, fitness centers, insurance companies, and community-based programs. Winner of the Excellence in Patient Education Innovation Award, Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Programs are available through hundreds of licensed Am I Hungry? facilitators, coaches, and therapists worldwide through workshops, webinars, coaching, retreats and workplace wellness programs.
Michelle is the award-winning 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 was awarded seven awards for publishing including Best Health Book, Best Body-Mind-Spirit Book, Best Nutrition Book, and Best Self-Help Book. Her latest books are Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes: A Mindful Eating Program for Thriving with Prediabetes or Diabetes, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating: A Mindful Eating Program for Healing Your Relationship with Food and Your Body , and Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Bariatric Surgery. Michelle is also the co-author of ‘F’ is for Fitness and three other books that encourage healthy attitudes and behaviors in young children; over 325,000 copies have been requested for physicians’ waiting rooms!
As a highly-rated health and wellness keynote speaker, Michelle delivers her crucial and timely message with energy, humor, and insight. Whether delivering a mindful eating experiential workshop for 65 or an inspirational keynote for 6500, her positive message and authentic “been there” approach connects with her audiences and transforms the way they view eating, physical activity, and self-care. Michelle is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), the highest earned designation from the National Speakers Association.
Michelle is a “retired” family physician with 16 years of clinical experience. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Arizona State University and her Medical Degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She completed a three-year Family Medicine Residency at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona where she served as Chief Resident. She is well respected by her physician colleagues who elected her to serve as President of the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians and serve in the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Congress of Delegates, the policy forming body of the 93,000-member organization, for eight years. She is Past Chair of the AAFP Americans in Motion Advisory Panel and served on the AAFP Commission on the Health of the Public and Science. She has also been a recognized leader in many other professional and community organizations including the Board of Managers for her local YMCA and Past President of the National Speakers Association, Arizona Chapter.
Michelle has been the featured expert on the Discovery Health Channel, Dr. Oz, and Oprah Radio and has been quoted in CNN Health, Fitness, Fox News Radio, Glamour, Health, Parade, Parents, Prevention, Self, Shape, TIME.com, USA Weekend, US News & World Report, Vim & Vigor, Washington Post, WebMD, Weight Watchers, Woman’s Day, Woman’s World, and many more. Her personal story appears in Chicken Soup for the Dieter’s Soul.
Michelle must practice what she preaches in order to balance her personal and professional life while maintaining her vibrant lifestyle. She enjoys hiking near her home in Phoenix, Arizona and she is a certified yoga instructor. Michelle cherishes her relationships with her two grown children, Tyler and Elyse, both in college now. She and her husband, Owen, a professional chef, share a passion for gourmet and healthful cooking, recipe development, wine tasting, and traveling.
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