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Do You EatSpeak?

By Michelle May, M.D.

Food is the background music to our lives

We eat for pleasure, comfort, and convenience – but have you ever noticed how much we “eatspeak”? Relish this short video featuring 92 food and eating related phrases. We know there are even more so please share your eatspeak in the comment section below.


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.


  1. Susan Mathews Hardy says:

    I am busy with everything on my plate right now.

  2. Nancy says:

    I’m interested in the idea of eating as analogous to cognition: ruminating, chew on that, chew it over?, digest that idea. Always wondered what the Lakoff crew made of this, since they’re all about what our choice of metaphor says about us as a culture (such as the various ways we use space metaphorically to describe lots of stuff). I once knew a formerly buliemic yogi who said that he ate crunchy things to drown out his thoughts.
    There does seem to be a relationship between processing food and ideas. When I’m not mindful (most of the time, alas) I’m not thinking in a way that lets thoughts enter my mind in a relaxed way. I have a tendency to “ruminate”, and am casually attempting to train myself out of thinking about emotional relationship stuff since I find it unproductive. Letting go seems to be more effective.
    How do you like them apples?

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