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Practice what you preach and preach what you practice

By Michelle May, M.D.

woman drinking cup of coffeeThere is something that we don’t often talk about but is a real issue for many people in the health and wellness field: many health professionals struggle with their own food, eating, or weight issues–ranging from secret overeating, to chronic restrictive eating, or both.

I know, because I did too.

I tried many times to “change my lifestyle” only to go back to my old patterns when stress or deprivation kicked in. I saw my patients doing the same thing, but somehow, I thought that shouldn’t be happening to me because I “knew better.” I eventually learned that knowledge just isn’t enough.

What I needed-and as it turned out, what my patients needed-was a completely new mindset around food. I literally had to relearn to eat what I loved and love what I ate. This became the basis for not only a life of flexibility, freedom, and joy, but a process that I have now shared with tens of thousands of people.

Heal Thy Self!

This summer, while things are a little slower for those in healthcare, I’m going to work with a group of health and wellness professionals (by telephone) who are willing to take time to focus on their own health for a change. During our time together, they will learn how to eat fearlessly (without deprivation, guilt, or judgment) and mindfully (with intention and attention). We’ll explore the issues that are specific to them, and along the way, I’ll also share ideas and resources for helping them work with their patients and clients to apply these principles too.

I’m calling this series “Practice What You Preach and Preach What You Practice.”

If this is something you feel might benefit you–and you’d like to earn some continuing education credits too, send me an email and I’ll give you the details. But hurry; this teleworkshop starts right away!


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. Amy Hart says:

    Great article!

  2. Cara says:

    I would love to hear more but I think my hours are completely off here in France for telephone work…could your sessions be recorded at all? thank you,

  3. Yes, we are recording all of the sessions so you can listen online or download them to your MP3 player (iPod).

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