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Friday, September 25, 2009

Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat

How to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle

By Michelle May, M.D.

--New book is the antidote to ineffective eating, without sacrificing
the food you love

Many of us that diet to shed pounds find ourselves trapped in an
"eat-repent-repeat" cycle—we deprive ourselves, give in to our
cravings, feel guilty, and return to prior habits.

Michelle May, M.D., creator of Am I Hungry?® mindful eating program,
has written Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: How to Break Your
Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle, revealing an alternative to yo-yo dieting
that does not require weighing and measuring food, counting points, or
eating pre-packaged meals. Instead, May empowers readers to eat
fearlessly, using their natural cues of hunger and fullness to guide

May combines her background in medicine and psychology with her own
personal struggles with food and weight, having been a self-proclaimed
"yo-yo dieter" for twenty years. After developing a healthy, balanced
relationship with food, May, an award-winning author and inspirational
speaker, spent the last ten years teaching individuals to take charge
of the their lives and learn to resolve mindless and emotional eating.

"Try as we might, diets simply do not work long-term," says May. "Most
diet plans lead to guilt-driven eating, followed by punishment-laden
exercise. But we each have the ability to manage our weight
effortlessly using our internal cues of hunger and fullness. You
really can eat what you love—there are no good or bad foods. Exercise
is not used to earn the right to eat, but a means to achieve a
vibrant, healthy lifestyle."

Using 'uncommon' sense and an integrative approach to healthy living,
May teaches readers how to:

• Rediscover when, what, and how much to eat without restrictive rules
• Resolve mindless and emotional eating
• Meet their needs without using food to cope, distract, or avoid issues
• Experience the pleasure of eating the foods they love without guilt
or bingeing
• Build a fun fitness program that boosts metabolism and increases energy
• Learn the truth about nutrition without confusing, arbitrary rules
• Prepare delicious, nutritious meals using simple recipes

"The problem with yoyo dieting is that it is a constant struggle that
eats away at our time, energy, and self-esteem. Eat What You Love
isn't about what to eat; it is about why we eat in the first place.
Ultimately, it is not about being good, it's about feeling good," adds

Author Background

Michelle May, M.D. is a recovered yoyo dieter and the founder of the
Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Program which received the Excellence in
Patient Education Innovation Award. She is the award-winning author of
Am I Hungry? What to Do When Diets Don't Work. Her newest book, Eat
What You Love, Love What You Eat: How to Break the Eat-Repent-Repeat
Cycle will be available in October 2009. She holds an M.D. from the
University of Arizona College of Medicine, and a B.S. in Psychology
from Arizona State University.

May has trained and licensed over 150 health professionals to
facilitate Am I Hungry?® Workshops worldwide. She has been featured on
the Discovery Health Channel and Oprah and Friends with Dr. Mehmet Oz
and quoted in Body+Soul, Fitness, Parents, Self, USA Weekend, US News
World Report, Vim Vigor, and WebMD. Her personal success story was
published in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul. Dr. May's shares her
compelling message and constructive approach with audiences around the
country, conducts corporate weight management workshops, and advises
numerous organizations about promoting healthy lifestyles.
May must practice what she preaches in order to balance her personal
and professional life while maintaining her own optimal health. She
cherishes her relationships with her two teenagers, Tyler and Elyse,
and regularly enjoys yoga and hiking near her home in Phoenix,
Arizona. She and her husband Owen, a professional chef, share a
passion for gourmet and healthful cooking, recipe development, wine
tasting, and traveling.
To learn more about mindful eating, or to pre-order Eat What You Love,
Love What You Eat: How to Break the Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle, please
visit .


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