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The Gifts of Mindful Eating

By Michelle May, M.D.

woman at laptop with flowersFor the next 12 days, we’re going to share a mini-mindful eating exercise to help you focus on the gift of each day. Each one is intentionally short, simple, and powerful. After all, big gifts often come in small packages!

As you read and practice these mini-mindful eating exercises each day, you’ll gradually transform your eating experience.

From Mindful Eating to Mindful Living

You’ve probably heard the saying, how you do anything is how you do everything. While that may be an overgeneralization, many of us who are mindless, neglectful, fearful, or controlling with our food and eating are also that way in other aspects of our lives.

Fortunately, the converse is also true: as we become more mindful, intentional, curious, and non-judgmental about our food and eating, we become more mindful in other aspects of our lives. Further, as we free up our energy by learning to eat what we love fearlessly and love what we eat mindfully, we have much more energy available to live the vibrant life we crave!

Over the next 12 days, we hope that you will take a moment to pause and focus on one small gift that you receive from cultivating mindfulness in eating and living. It is our hope that these 12 Gifts of Mindful Eating will help foster greater mindfulness throughout this busy holiday season – and beyond!

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Day #1: The Gift of Awareness


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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