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Mindful Eating when going out to dinner

By Michelle May, M.D.

Over the last several posts, I’ve shared examples of how the Mindful Eating Cycle can provide the necessary structure to help you get off the diet tightrope and on to a wide path. (If you missed any of the videos, scroll down for a recap.)

One of the situations people struggle with when they are dieting is going out to dinner. But mindful eating out for dinner is much easier! I recorded a short video before meeting some friends for dinner to give you another example of how to use the Mindful Eating Cycle. Be sure to download this handout so you can follow along!

Recap of Mindful Eating Cycle videos

Dieting is Like Walking a Tightrope

Create a Wide Path Using the Mindful Eating Cycle

How to Deconstruct Overeating

LuAnn, who helped me demonstrate how to use the Mindful Eating Cycle after overeating in the video above, shared her response to the New Year’s diet frenzy going on right now:

“I feel such a sense of relief that I’m not going to try to flog myself into another diet and/or punishing exercise regimen. I realize that eating more and different kinds of foods over the holidays is what people who eat instinctively do. There is nothing I have to do differently after the holidays, like panic about my eating or try to change my behavior. I can carry on and listen to what my body feels like eating and doing. What a concept!!!”

Simple, though not easy!

I know I made it sound simple—and it is—once you learn the details of how to apply each of the decision points in the Mindful Eating Cycle.

And that’s what you’re going to learn during our Mindful Eating Program webinar!

You have just 4 more days to register – and the sooner you do, the more likely you’ll have your book and workbook available during the first class!


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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