Mindful Eating Programs and Training

Mindful Eating Programs and Training

Book Review: Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating

Michelle May

The following book review, written by Mary Anne Cohen, LCSW, originally appeared in the EDReferral newsletter.

Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge EatingEat What You Love, Love What you Eat for Binge Eating:
A Mindful Eating Program for Healing Your Relationship with Food and Your Body

By Michelle May, M.D. and Kari Anderson, DBH, LPC
Am I Hungry? Publishing, 2014

Are you hungry for answers to finally resolve your binge eating? If food is the “background music” of your life (or the foreground music!), then this is the book for you. Drs. May and Anderson designed The Mindful Eating Cycle to help you examine the why, when, what, how much, and where of your bingeing patterns. “You can only change what you are aware of,” they explain. “In the eat-repent-repeat cycle, when you eat what you want, you feel guilty, when you eat what you ‘should’ you feel deprived. Either way you’re almost never at peace with your choices.”

The key antidote to binge eating is learning to eat consciously and without judgment. “When you eat mindfully, you eat what you love, but you don’t obsess about food…Instead, you trust your body to let you know when and how much to eat.” The authors offer a rich variety of tools and techniques to enhance your mindful eating and reprogram yourself. Breathing exercises, visualization, and a “body-mind-heart scan” are offered. Some of my favorite recommended techniques include: put a sign on the fridge that says, “If I’m not hungry, what I’m looking for is not in here.” Or, “If you aren’t hungry when you start eating, how will you know when to stop?” “Wanting to eat isn’t the same as needing to eat.” And prompt yourself, “When I’m hungry, I’ll eat what I love. When I’m bored, I’ll do something I love.”

By relearning how to trust your body wisdom, you’ll discover your own internal guide for when, what, and how much to eat. This book will teach you to become an expert on you! Throughout the book, Drs. May and Anderson encourage us to, “Eat Mindfully, Live Vibrantly!”

Reviewed by:
Mary Anne Cohen, LCSW
Director, The New York Center for Eating Disorders
Originally published in EDReferral Newsletter

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