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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781608822454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608822454
  • ASIN: 1608822451
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This groundbreaking book offers an entirely new program for managing diabetes while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. With mindfulness as the core element, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes is a comprehensive guidebook designed to create long-term, sustainable, and life-enhancing strategies for those who are living with diabetes. Authors Michelle May and Megrette Fletcher seamlessly integrate mindful eating concepts with cutting-edge research, anecdotal stories, visual diagrams, self-care practices, and more. The result? A comprehensive, compelling, and well-structured program that inspires, motivates, and teaches. This is a very beneficial program that is sure to increase mindful self-awareness, fulfillment, and the power of healthy choice.”

—Donald Altman, MA, LPC, author of One-Minute Mindfulness and Meal By Meal

“These authors present a compassionate, healing approach for all those who manage diabetes on a daily basis. This easy-to-read book teaches practical, life-changing strategies for taking charge of your health and taking care of yourself in a mindful way.”

—Susan Albers, PsyD, clinical psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic and author of Eating Mindfully and 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food



“What Michelle May and Megrette Fletcher have done so well is to extend the benefits of mindfulness to those whose lives depend on cultivating awareness of their bodies and their actions.”

—Brian M. Shelley MD, wellness director at First Choice Community Healthcare in Albuquerque, NM



Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes is a book that will be beneficial to anyone with a diagnosis of diabetes or insulin resistance (prediabetes). Often, a diagnosis of one of these conditions comes with dietary rules that set many into a restrictive mindset that not only takes all the joy away from eating, but could actually send them into a restrict-binge cycle with carbohydrates. This book presents a rational program to manage diabetes without anxiety. One can truly make peace with food, eating, weight, and activity.”

—Reba Sloan, MPH, LRD, FAED, licensed registered dietitian in Nashville, TN



“If you’re committed to changing your relationship with food and losing weight and nothing you've tried before has stuck, look here. Michelle May and Megrette Fletcher take you on a guided tour of mindful eating. You’ll begin to taste your food again and enjoy it more while being satisfied with less.”

—Riva Greenberg, author of 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life and The ABCs Of Loving Yourself With Diabetes



“Michelle May and Megrette Fletcher have produced a brilliantly clear resource for stopping the downward spiral into prediabetic and diabetic behavior. What a truly compassionate, humanistic, mindfulness-powered manual for fearlessly instinctive eating!”

—Pavel Somov, PhD, author of Eating the Moment and Reinventing the Meal



Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes is a refreshing and compassionate approach to managing diabetes that uses mindfulness to empower the patient. Readers will enjoy the friendly and straightforward writing style, which offers practical tips that might be surprising.”
—Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD, coauthor of Intuitive Eating



Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes is a revolutionary approach to eating for people working with the challenges of diabetes. This book helps transform those challenges into adventures of exploration and discovery. Too often, diabetes treatment makes people feel overwhelmed and locked in by rigid dietary restrictions. When eating is persistently flavored with anxiety, people lose track of the natural pleasure and joy of eating. This very readable book has many helpful hints and exercises to help guide people with diabetes back to a sense of balance and ease with food and eating. I enthusiastically endorse it for anyone, but especially for those with diabetes and their friends and families.”

—Jan Bays, MD, pediatrician and author of Mindful Eating



“This dynamic duo of physician and dietitian are truly empowering readers with mindful eating principles by approaching food/eating and diabetes with awareness, not anxiety; curiosity, not criticism; and trust, not doubt. For the growing number of people with diabetes, this book offers a flexible approach to eating that is both enjoyable and sustainable by introducing nutrition with a non-restrictive, all-foods-fit perspective that works—even when you have diabetes.”

—Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, author of Tell Me What to Eat if I Have Diabetes

About the Author

Michelle May, MD, is a recovered yoyo dieter and founder of Am I Hungry?® mindful eating workshops and facilitator training program (AmIHungry.com). She empowers individuals to end mindless and emotional eating without deprivation or guilt. An inspirational speaker and author, her passion and insight stem from her own personal struggles with dieting and her professional experiences helping thousands of people eat what they love and love what they eat.

Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE, is a registered dietician, certified diabetes educator, and internationally recognized mindful eating expert living north of Boston, MA. She is cofounder of The Center for Mindful Eating. tcme.org

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If anyone is pre diabetic they should read this book.
P. Edmondson
Instead of restrictive diets and deprivation this book teaches the reader how to integrate mindful eating and to make peace with food.
Geeta Sikand,MA,RD,FADA,CLS,FNLA
The book provides an excellent understanding of the mechanism of diabetes and techniques for self-care.
Alice Rosen, LMHC

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Wasserman, LPC on April 10, 2012
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As a psychotherapist who uses mindful eating techniques to help my diabetic & prediabetic clients, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. How to live and thrive with diabetes becomes very clear in every chapter. The normal fear after receiving a diagnosis of diabetes is dispelled as the reader is walked, step by step through the process of understanding what diabetes is. Then we are shown how mindfulness
"helps focus our attention and awareness on the present moment, which, in turn, helps us disengage from habitual, unsatisfying,
unskillful habits and behaviors. Engaging in mindful eating practices on a regular basis can help us discover a far more
satisfying relationship to food and eating than we ever imagined or experienced before. A different kind of nourishment often
emerges, the kind that offers satisfaction on a very deep emotional level."
Authors Michelle May, MD physician, and Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE, dietitian and certified diabetes educator, present an easy-to-understand model of different styles of eating: Restrictive Eating (rigid dieting), Overeating and Instinctive Eating. They help us see how Instinctive Eating helps us learn how to listen to the wisdom of our bodies. People who have been diagnosed with diabetes often have come to mistrust their body. They feel that their body with its out of control hunger is the problem, the enemy. This book guides them artfully to listen for signs of hunger and then to notice when they are satisfied. They learn the importance of balancing nourishment with pleasure.
The reader is taught what diabetes is and how to manage it in simple terms so that it is not something to fear, but something to be in charge of. Knowledge and understanding create an internal state of safety and calm.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. Darren on February 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
Diabetes is a growing problem around the world, exacerbated often by poor dietary control and overeating. A much-larger group of people are at risk of getting diabetes and already have pre-diabetes, a state in which some but not all of the diagnostic criteria for diabetes are met. Once caught, the long-term prognosis is not great, requiring strict dietary restrictions and often lifestyle changes as well as medication.

This book tries to plough a more manageable pathway for those affected by diabetes or pre-diabetes as well as, through its advice, offering suggestions for change that could avert the onset of the sickness. Based around managing an existing situation through moderation rather than isolation, the author's programme seeks to reduce overall anxiety and the "hassle factors" that drab many, whilst appreciating any limitations and restrictions that may exist.

This approach is particularly appealing when one does not have full-blown diabetes as there is more scope to make non-drastic changes in time, removing a lot of possible problems in the process. But even those who are confirmed diabetic can find some small comforts through sensible, careful change. Not everything you like needs to be banned. Just moderated. Of course, there is no magic cure or solution yet the four-stage method of examining one's whole meaning and methodology of eating, how diabetes affects their individual body and how positive changes can and will have an impact and give results. The author calls it mindful eating and a mindful lifestyle.

Naturally there is no suggestion of adjusting medication as this is the sole domain of a doctor or similar healthcare professional, but one is able to make their own lifestyle changes and discuss things with a professional.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By De on October 7, 2013
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I've been working on mindful eating for some time. But with Insulin Resistance I wasn't sure I could find the way to make this work for me successfully. This book filled in the missing blanks for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By VTori on January 16, 2013
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This book changed my approach to the way I look at Food - It's not the enemy. I don't have diabetes but I am overweight and border line pre-diabetes. This BOOK gave me a greater understanding of Carbs and Fat and the relationship to the effects on my body. I LOVE LOVE the healthy eating tips on page 108. This book was easy to read, easy to understand, it really educated me and motivated me to be more mindful in my eating habits. My FAVORITES were the Nourishment chapters!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alice Rosen, LMHC on May 29, 2012
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As a therapist who has worked with a disordered eating population for over 30 years, using a mindfulness-based approach, I am well aware of how resistant my clients are to rules, diets, restriction, and fear-based strategies, even after being diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes 2. I therefore read Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat very carefully, with a critical eye. To my delight, I have found a book, which I feel comfortable recommending to my pre-diabetic and diabetic clients.

From the gentle, supportive, hopeful, realistic and empowering introduction to the end of the book, I see this as an engaging guide to help people thrive with diabetes. The careful articulation shifting "control" to being "in charge" of one's eating, and the weaving of the Mindful Eating Cycle throughout the book succeeds in emphasizing that HOW one eats, rather than WHAT one eats is the key to a balanced and satisfying relationship with food and body. Throughout, there is an invitation to assess one's eating patterns and personal style in a way, which enhances mindful awareness and fosters a non-judgmental attitude.

The book provides an excellent understanding of the mechanism of diabetes and techniques for self-care. One client's husband, who is an endocrinologist, read it, and is recommending it highly to his patients. It is organized very well and written with intention and clarity.

Another client who read the book really understood that she does not have to eat by formula, but can eat responsively. The My Plate concept was informative, rather than triggering. This client also appreciated hearing that ten minutes of exercise has a beneficial effect.

I enthusiastically recommend Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat , and thank Michelle May and Megrette Fletcher for this contribution to the field.

Alice J. Rosen, LMHC
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