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Have an Affair with Your Food

By Michelle May, M.D.

I believe that healing your relationship with food requires you to love food more, not less.

Think about it: when you really love someone, you spend time with them, give them your full attention, and respect them.

So make a date with yourself…and be good company!

  1. Take yourself OUT to dinner; lunch is fine too if you don’t want to rush into anything.
  2. Select a special restaurant where you are unlikely to run into anyone you know so you can enjoy the experience privately. Choose a place you’ve always wanted to go or one that has been highly recommended by the concierge, a food critic, or a trusted foodie. It doesn’t need to be expensive – just known for its great food and ambience.
  3. Dress for the occasion so you feel your best – you’re worth it!
  4. Leave your book, computer, and other distractions at home; put your phone in airplane mode so you won’t be disturbed.
  5. Ask for the best table, preferably one with a window view – or my favorite, a view of the staff preparing your meal!
  6. Tapas in ChicagoTake your time perusing the menu, asking questions, and paying attention to what really appeals to you. Skip the buffet, the ordinary, the healthiest, or the cheapest items unless that is what you really want. Keep in mind that you don’t want to ruin this special occasion by feeling stuffed so order only as much food as you can comfortably enjoy without regret.
  7. Linger over your meal. Be selective; don’t bother eating a second bite of anything that isn’t fabulous. Appreciate the appearance and aromas and savor every bite.
  8. Stay tuned into your body language. You may be surprised to notice clear signals of satisfaction when you slow down and truly enjoy your food.
  9. Hint: When you find yourself compelled to take a picture of your lovely food, you’ll know you’ve fallen back in love! (See my gorgeous tapas in Chicago!)

Assuming your first date goes well, maybe you’ll decide to go Dancing with Yourself on your next date! Or how about escaping with us for a fabulous 5 day Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Vibrant Living Retreat to build a strong, healthy relationship with food and yourself?

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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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