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 yoyo dieter and the founder of Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Programs and Training, which offers non-diet, weight-neutral, mindfulness-based workshops, retreats, support communities, and books at www.AmIHungry.com.
Dr. May is also the award-winning author of the book series, “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat” that teaches mindful eating for that helps individuals resolve mindless and emotional eating and senseless yo-yo dieting to live the vibrant life they crave.
Dr. May’s passion, insight, and humor stem from her personal struggle and professional experience. She shares her compelling message and constructive approach as a professional speaker and in interviews and podcasts.