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Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: How to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle Hardcover – October 1, 2009

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About the Author

Michelle May, founder of the award winning Am I Hungry? Workshops, is a physician and recovered yo-yo dieter who shares deep insights and a compassionate, constructive approach to living a vibrant, healthy life. A board-certified family physician with fourteen years of clinical experience, Dr. May has served as President of the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians and the Chairperson for the Americans in Motion wellness initiative for the 93,000-member American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Dr. May cherishes her relationships with her two children, Tyler and Elyse, and her professional chef husband, Owen, with whom she shares a passion for gourmet and healthful cooking.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 405 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press; 9.1.2009 edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608320030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608320035
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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(review originally posted on my blog, thestretchjeanincident[dot]blogspot[dot]com

Once my binge eating hit in November and continued into January, I was painfully aware (both physically and mentally) that I had a problem and I needed help. Now, yes, seeing a therapist should've been my first move, but as much as I wanted to seek counseling, I simply couldn't (and still can't) afford it. And I'm certainly not ruling it out as an option in the future, but for this particular time in my life, I needed something to guide me through my feelings and help me navigate through the terrible cycle of binging (and sometimes, purging) and into a peaceful, healthy place. I wasn't expecting to be "cured" by a single book either, but I was still desperate for some sort of basic direction. And, eating disorder aside, I also knew I didn't want to count points or calories for the rest of my life. I just wanted to eat like a normal person and not have to constantly freak out over food. I want to, dare I say it, live.

This book has helped me so much, in so many ways, I'm almost out of words. (Almost... I still managed to think up a few.)

Within the first couple of chapters, Dr. May quickly identified 3 eating behavior cycles (Overeating, Restrictive and Instinctive) and how, by taking small but meaningful steps, you can eventually move toward mindful, balanced eating. I personally followed the overeating and restrictive cycles for yeeears, even as I started losing weight.

It was kind of painful to read certain paragraphs sometimes because some of the behaviors she talks about are identical to the ones I've experienced ever since I became aware of my weight as being an issue.
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Before I begin this review I want it to be known that I am 38 years old and I have been fighting the same battle with my weight for, it seems, all of those 38 years. I have successfully lost countless pounds and put them back on. Before I stumbled on this book I had virtually given up the fight and resigned myself to being fat for the rest of my life. Before reading this book I wouldn't have thought it possible to be around food and not be full of stress and anxiety. I didn't think I'd ever get to a point where I could just listen to my body and stop eating when I was full. I grew up believing that my sweet tooth was untamable and that as long as Snicker bars were still being made that I would never be able to lose weight and keep it off. Dr. May has taught me, in the simplest terms I have ever read, so much about being in charge of and trusting myself. Oprah had me convinced that reading Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything would revolutionize my behavior with regard to food and while it was a good read, I wasn't a changed woman after I read it. The 1st 30 pages of this book literally changed my life. I was a changed person by the very next meal because I started listening to my body and I was surprised to learn that it took me almost 36 hours to get hungry again. I have been listening to my body ever since and can't imagine living and eating any other way. I believe every person who has ever considered a drastic surgical procedure, extreme diet or any diet for that matter needs to read this book.Read more ›
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As a practicing physician myself, I may mention a new health book or product to my patients if I think it might be useful for them. However Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat is actually featured prominently in my waiting room and I have personally introduced it to each and every patient.

Dr May's book about maintaining healthy weight actually breaks new ground for this age old problem and anyone who struggles with weight / eating issues, or lives with someone who does should check it out. My wife and I had the chance to read and review it last spring during its publication and we both agree it is probably the most effective book on the subject we have ever seen. We used the principles ourselves this past summer with terrific results.

Dr. May evidently struggled with overeating for many years and by making a thorough understanding of overeating her life's work, it seems she has managed to address just about every psychological aspect of the problem from first hand experience. And she has been at her ideal weight for well over a decade.

I thought her first book, Am I Hungry?, was a fine work with good ideas and a novel approach to the problem. But Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat is her masterpiece. It is comprehensive, leaving no style or aspect of overeating out. Best of all, there is absolutely no dieting or hunger with her methods. That's not to say it's easy. It isn't. But it IS NOT PAINFUL.

The fact is, this book will really help a percentage of readers (i.e. my own patients) maintain a healthier weight and that, more than any drug or other treatment I could give them, will have the most profound effect on their health and longevity.
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