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Want Candy? Is it a Trick or a Treat?

By Michelle May, M.D.

Halloween is supposed to be fun but it can also be a little scary if you find yourself wanting candy constantly! I decided to have a little fun simplifying the decision-making when it comes to Halloween treats. (You can also download and print the I Want Candy PDF and share it with your co-workers, family, and friends for Halloween.)

As you look at the graphic below, perhaps the arrow that says “Eat anyway”seems odd if you haven’t read Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat yet. That is actually a very important concept. As I explained in chapter 3, when the answer to “Am I hungry?” is “No,” you have three options:

  1. Eat anyway
  2. Redirect your attention
  3. Meet your true needs

While the option “eat anyway” may seem counter-intuitive, people who eat instinctively sometimes eat for pleasure (and other reasons). The difference is that the DON’T feel guilty so it doesn’t drive their eat-repent-repeat cycle.

I Want Candy Flowchart


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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