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Monica Seles talks about her binge eating disorder

By Michelle May, M.D.

monica seles book coverI just came across a wonderful interview with Monica Seles about her struggle with binge eating. It is an inspiring quick read. My favorite quote was:

I had to throw out the word diet. I love food. That’s who I am. I enjoy a good meal. I’ve got to accept who I am. I’ve had enough of people telling me what to do…I threw out every single diet notion I’d learned. I allowed myself to eat every single food group. My extreme cravings went away. I allowed myself to have cookies or pasta. I stopped dieting and I started living life. That’s how I lost 37 pounds.

Like Monica, millions of people struggle with binge eating disorder, but unfortunately, most won’t discover that the first step to healing is to STOP doing what most weight loss “experts” say to do. Restriction and deprivation only lead to guilt, shame, cravings, and more bingeing.

As hard as it may be to accept that we’ve been given VERY bad advice for decades, it is time to start enjoying food AND our lives more. Thanks for your honesty Monica!


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. Jessica says:

    I bought this book yesterday. Can’t wait to read it. You’re great, by the way.

  2. janine stein says:

    Exactly! Freedom from the binge/diet cycle is available to everyone. It’s so nice to hear about a celebrity who has had this insight.

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