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Happy Independence Day! Enjoy freedom from dieting and overeating

By Michelle May, M.D.

fireworksToday as you celebrate Independence Day with a backyard barbeque or a neighborhood potluck, consider what it feels like to be free of restrictive dieting and overeating:

  • I am free from my obsession with food so I am able to enjoy the entire event, not just the buffet
  • I am free from endless conversations about weight, diets, and calories
  • I am free to eat what I love without worrying about what others will think or say
  • I am free from judging others for their weight or food choices
  • I am free to choose from all of the foods available to me without guilt, counting, or paying penance
  • I am free of mindless eating and instead savor one potato chip at a time
  • I am free to skip the boring store-bought macaroni salad
  • I am free to get up and get more of what I love (and leave the rest on my plate)
  • I am free to stop eating when I am satisfied, remembering that I live in a land of abundance
  • I am free to enjoy fireworks without feeling stuffed and uncomfortable

Happy 4th of July!


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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