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Discover the Gift

By Michelle May, M.D.

Michelle and Sara Living in the Moment in UtahI put up with a right shoulder “project” for eight months before having an MRI. It clearly showed that I need to have rotator cuff surgery but I was able to postpone it until I could wrap up several speaking engagements and a retreat. (This is me hiking and living in the moment this week with one of our Am I Hungry? Facilitators, Sara, at our Eat Mindfully, Live Vibrantly Retreat in Utah. By the way, Sara is almost 75!)

While I was initially tempted to just “get through it,” I’ve decided to find the gift instead. For example, I’ve been talking about recording short videos about mindful eating for a LONG time. I’ve had a lot of “excuses” for not doing it. (Maybe you have something like that in your life too…just saying.) Since I will be in an immobilizer for 6-12 weeks making it difficult to type, this is the perfect opportunity to finally start. (Please visit our Am I Hungry? Facebook page in a couple of weeks to post a question that you’d like me to answer on video!)

I also decided that instead of putting my speaking calendar on hold (other than when my husband can travel with me), I will offer webinars instead. Contact us if you want to take advantage of our Grounded Sale!

The point is that although I don’t really have a choice about surgery, I have a choice about how I will deal with it. I choose to discover the gift.


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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