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Not Another “How to Cut 300 Calories from Your Thanksgiving Dinner” Article

By Michelle May, M.D.

Oh puleaaase! I just want to hear about the weather…not another “news” segment about how to cut 300 calories from your Thanksgiving dinner!*

Just TurkeyInstead of focusing on what to eliminate, how about focusing on what to add to your meal. I know you’re busy so here’s some quick food for thought (with links to past articles if you want to read more):

Gratitude: While a national holiday dedicated to thankfulness is wonderful, how would our lives change if we took a few moments to express gratitude every time we ate? (Read Thankful for Food: The Great Connector)

Conscious choice: Quality trumps quantity every time. There is so much wonderful food, why bother eating foods that are just mediocre? (Read A Foodie’s Guide to Holiday Eating)

Intention: Eat with the intention of feeling better when you’re done than you did when you started. Pleasure subtly diminishes with each bite and the potential for discomfort gradually increases. Can you eat mindfully enough to stop eating before you cross over that fine line?

Attention: Eat with full attention so you bring optimal pleasure to every bite. (Learn how: Sensuous Eating)

Awareness: If you overeat, don’t miss the lesson! (Read What to Do When You Overdo It)

* More: Rewrite Those Ridiculous Holiday Eating Tips


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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