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12 Gifts of Mindful Eating: Day 9 – Freedom

By Michelle May, M.D.

Freedom from Guilt(Freedom is Day 9 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 Freedom

For me, the greatest gift of mindful eating has been freedom from rules and restriction.

As I became reconnected with my body wisdom and more aware of the thoughts and emotions that were driving my unwanted behaviors, I rediscovered how to eat what I love without guilt or bingeing.

This journey required many new skills and tools–that’s what I share in Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat, but today, give yourself the freedom to eat a favorite food without any guilt or need to pay penance.

Use the other mindful eating gifts of awareness, intention, attention, aroma, taste, sight, connection and abundance for optimal enjoyment of your experience.

Day #10: The Gift of Curiosity


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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