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12 Gifts of Mindful Eating: Day 7 – Connection

By Michelle May, M.D.

Connection to food(Connection is Day 7 of the 12 Gifts of Mindful Eating. For 12 days, we are sharing a mini-mindful eating exercise to help you focus on the gift of each day. Each one is intentionally short, simple, and powerful. After all, big gifts often come in small packages!)

The Gift of Connection

While we may be far removed from the origins of our meal, food connects us in ways that most of us take for granted.

Today before eating, take a few moments to reflect upon how food connects you to:

  • your five senses
  • your body through physical tasks and digestion
  • your body wisdom including hunger and satiety
  • your mind through thoughts, opinions, and choices
  • your feelings including anticipation, pleasure, enjoyment, disappointment, regret, or even fear
  • your past through memories and traditions
  • your future through the immediate and long term effects of your choices
  • other people through conversation and the shared experience of eating together
  • other people who planted, tended, harvested, produced, packaged, transported, sold, selected, purchased, prepared, and served your food
  • local and world economies
  • nature through the soil, sun, water, air, and weather
  • and the ultimate connection, the energy you consume becomes the energy you’ll use to connect with the world in whatever way you choose.

Day #8: The Gift of Abundance

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About the author

Michelle May, M.D. is a recovered yo-yo dieter and the founder of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs and Training. She is the award-winning author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: A Mindful Eating Program to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle , winner of seven publishing awards. She is also the author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating, and Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Bariatric Surgery. Michelle shares her compelling message and constructive keynotes with audiences around the country, offers workplace wellness programs, and has trained and licensed hundreds of health professionals to facilitate Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs worldwide. She has been featured on Dr. Oz, the Discovery Health Channel, and Oprah Radio, and quoted in Diabetic Living, Fitness, Health, Huffington Post, Parents, Self, USA Weekend, US News & World Report, WebMD and many others. Her personal success story was published in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul. Michelle cherishes her relationships with her husband, Owen and grown children, Tyler and Elyse. She regularly enjoys practicing yoga and hiking near her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She and Owen, a professional chef, share a passion for gourmet and healthful cooking, wine tasting, photography, and traveling.

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