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Dieting is like walking a tightrope

By Michelle May, M.D.

In my last post I asked you to answer three questions. (There’s still time to give your input!)

The first thing I learned is that while some of you are already using the Mindful Eating Cycle to help you manage your eating without dieting (and some of you want to learn to teach others too!), most of you either don’t know how it can help you or you don’t know how to use it to help you.

So, let me start there.

(Am I the only one who isn’t quite sure where to look when recording a video on iPhone??? I am posting the video anyway because one of my intentions for 2020 is “Done is better than perfect!”)

My Tightrope Walk

Are you on a tightrope?

As I shared in the video, I secretly struggled with food for years. It wasn’t a lack of knowledge or willpower. The problem was that I was trying to walk a tightrope of diet rules – so I was bound to fall off!

Was it just me???

Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Cycle

Please share your experiences with overeating and dieting too. It helps all of us when we know we aren’t alone! Just post your comment on this blog post below.

There is a wide path you can follow instead!

Thankfully, I eventually created a wide path for myself and developed a structure to help you learn how to create a wide path too!

Download this handout of the Mindful Eating Cycle, then in the next post, Get Off the Tightrope and Onto a Wide Path, I’ll show you how to use this cycle to help you make decisions that don’t require you to walk a tightrope!



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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