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Roller Coaster or GPS?

By Michelle May, M.D.

For the first few weeks of every new year, we get numerous phone calls that go something like this:

“Am I Hungry…how can I help you?”
“Can you tell me about your services?”

Roller Coaster TrackInner sigh. After working in this field for ten years, I know that “Can you tell me about your services” means the caller doesn’t know anything about Am I Hungry? They just found us in the local phone book when they were looking for diet pills, shots, meal replacements, or some other quick fix for their New Years’ resolution.

The excitement of a fresh start has caused them to forget that they are on an old roller coaster beginning a familiar uphill climb.

Perhaps you’ve made a similar call; I know I had. The marketing dollars spent on New Year’s ads tempting us to try the latest fad (or to repeat an old diet that now claims it’s not a diet) could put a serious dent in world hunger. Oh the irony!

As much as I’d like to help these callers, throwing their money at the problem won’t solve it. Until they recognize their own eating cycles and realize that it’s possible to get off the roller coaster, they’ll stay strapped on that ride for the rest of their lives.

What about you? Even though all the ads tell you they can get you “back on track,” do you really want to go around again? You can hope it will be different this time but this roller coaster still has an unavoidable downward spiral just over that steep hill.

Is Your GPS Turned Off?

J0427670We are each born with an internal “GPS” that guides us to eat when we’re hungry, stop when we’re full, eat what we love, and love what we eat – without thinking about food constantly in between.

Most people who struggle with chronic dieting and/or overeating don’t even remember that they have a GPS, don’t trust it, or they think theirs is permanently broken. You still have your GPS; it’s just turned off. You simply need to relearn how to operate it again.

Just Step Back and Take a Look

Instead of getting back on that rollercoaster, take our new Eating Cycle Quiz to give you a fresh perspective as you set your course for the new year and beyond!

Believe me…you can learn how to trust your internal GPS to guide your eating. You’ll discover that it’s possible to enjoy the journey, maneuver through unexpected obstacles, and find yourself exactly where you’ve always dreamed you could be!

Wishing you great health, peace, and joy!

P.S. In case you missed my holiday gift in the last issue, you can still download What to Do When You’re Not Hungry to put on your refrigerator!



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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