Gretchen’s Story: A Weight Off Her Shoulders

May 20, 2015 / No Comments

Gretchen explains, “I became obsessed with food, logging, and exercise. I’d go through my ‘I hate my body' times. I was plagued by it. Slowly the other things I loved fell away. It felt tragic, but I didn’t know what else to do. I felt so sad, but I continued to log every bite.”

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Monica’s Story: No longer afraid of hunger

January 27, 2015 / No Comments

“We’ve been hooked – hook, line, and sinker – we’ve swallowed it whole!”, Monica says about our culture’s focus on dieting and weight. “Like a lot of women out there, I had been dieting since I was a teenager. My parents often compared me to my younger sister who is taller, slimmer, and has...

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Joyce’s Story: I’m Learning About Who I Am

January 17, 2015 / No Comments

Dear Dr. May, I have been wanting to share my personal story with you as you have changed my life. I have been on some sort of diet or other since I was 9 years old!!! You name the diet and I have tried it. I was never successful for long. A few years ago ...

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Dave’s Story: How Mindful Eating Changed My Life…5 Years Later

September 10, 2014 / No Comments

I still marvel at how so much could have gone so wrong for these last five years, yet the one thing I had struggled with the most throughout my adult life has not been a source of stress at all since I began eating mindfully! It is truly one of the most amazing gifts I ever have been given. Thank...

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Nesha’s Story: Letting Go

July 23, 2014 / No Comments

Editor’s Note: After receiving the lovely email below from Nesha, a participant in a recent Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Binge Eating Retreat, we asked her to share her story. She agreed, saying, “What you’re doing is important and valuable. I want to validate this process! It is truth.”...

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Stephanie’s Story: Back to the Future

June 23, 2014 / No Comments

“What attracted me to Am I Hungry? is that it is simple and realistic, not a quick fix. It’s not about fitting into a wedding dress—then going right back to where you were! I wanted to go back to the way I was when I was a kid, when food was food.” Other things that Stephanie has learned from Am ...

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Kari’s Story: Finally, Peace

April 24, 2014 / No Comments

In 2013, Binge Eating Disorder was added to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5)—thirty-six years after I found myself sitting on the floor of a dark basement, leaning up against a chest freezer, eating a case of frozen Twinkies—my shameful secret. My f...

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Shirley’s Story: Food Is No Longer My Friend

April 3, 2014 / No Comments

When Shirley was 44 she was diagnosed with diabetes; she started insulin the following year. Three years later she developed congestive heart failure which was treated with "a bunch of medications." "I continued to gain weight but I just couldn't diet anymore. Dr. Thompson, my doctor, had heard D...

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Charlene’s Story: Success – Moment by Moment

March 24, 2014 / No Comments

“I’ve loved food from a young age! My mother was a fabulous Southern cook and growing up, I spent countless wonderful hours in the kitchen with her learning how to cook. My memories of my early experiences with food are very happy ones. And I was so healthy! Honestly, I never had a pr...

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Ann Marie’s Story: Beauty from Ashes

March 24, 2014 / No Comments

Ann Marie’s mother vacillated between chronic dieting and binge eating-and still does. “From early on I was made to feel ‘less than’ my slim siblings. My mother called me ‘pushy and bossy’ and said that I just had to get out first ahead of my twin brother at bi...

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