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Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes: A Mindful Eating Program for Thriving with Prediabetes or Diabetes Paperback – April 1, 2012
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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
“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
“There are no food police in this skillful extension of Michelle May’s book Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for individuals living with diabetes. Mindful eating provides a new path to truly enjoying eating and food without struggle or guilt. The book provides the foundation for eating mindfully woven together with Megrette Fletcher’s wisdom as a dietitian.”
—Jean Kristeller, PhD, developer of Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training and cofounder of The Center for Mindful Eating
“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
About the Author
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
Top Customer Reviews
"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.Read more ›
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
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I Guess I need more structure to keep my glucose numbers under control. The book also seemed contradictory at times.Published 2 months ago by mrs walter mara
This was very helpful to me being a diabetic. It was in layman's term.Published 3 months ago by Betty Ahner
I love this book. My niece, who is an endocrinologist recommended it to me and I can't thank her enough! I suggest all diabetics must read this book!!Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
The best book I have ever read on the subject. It has guided me in understanding the condition and making better decisions to take care of myself.Published 12 months ago by aj wiles
good information, able to understand food better-meaning I should be in charge of food and the food NOT being in charge of mePublished 15 months ago by Carol Habiger
Helpful book and gives me hope that I can enjoy foods that I love and still follow a healthy plan.Published 21 months ago by marilee
Lots of great information, not only on what is good to eat but how to eat....mindfully. Always being aware when you eat and not just eating without any thought. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Whib