With mindful eating you have the flexibility and options to make decisions based on what you want and need in any given situation. When you make a choice that doesn’t work out well, you simply observe the consequences, learn from your mistakes, and keep going.
The hardest part for most people who want to get off the diet tightrope is letting go of the long pole—the rules—that they’ve been clinging to for so long.
While they were walking the diet tightrope, those rules were essential for maintaining their balance: “What can I eat? When should I eat? How much am I allowed to have? How long will I have to exercise to burn it off?”
I get it! I fell off the diet tightrope repeatedly for over 20 years. And I know how difficult and scary it is to let go of the rules that were so crucial in your old way of eating. On the wide path of mindful eating, rules are simply unnecessary. In fact, they get in the way because those old rules keep you stuck in old patterns.
Picture trying to walk along a path with that long pole getting lodged between trees or buildings!
I can’t trust myself!
The issue usually comes down to trust: “I can’t trust myself around food.” In other words, “If I don’t have rules, I’ll fall off the tightrope.”
Haven’t you fallen off the tightrope over and over already? No wonder you’ve lost trust in your ability to manage your eating!
So come down off that diet tightrope and we’ll teach you how to walk along this beautiful wide path instead.
In the video below, I’ll show you how to create a wide path you can follow for the rest of your life!
Create a Wide Path Using the Mindful Eating Cycle
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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.