Our society values busyness over mindfulness, and short-term accomplishments over long-term lifestyle changes. These come with a variety of consequences, including a negative impact on our relationship with food. After her own experience of being immersed in the weight-centered diet culture which is so prevalent today, today’s guest, Dr. Michelle May, came to the conclusion that there had to be a better way of doing things, and “Am I Hungry?” was born! In today’s episode, Michelle and I discuss the mindful eating approach that she has developed with the aim of helping people move away from restrictions and towards a flexible, sustainable, balanced way of eating that brings joy and vibrancy to people’s lives! In Michelle’s world, there is no such thing as a “bad list” and the phrase, “I can’t have” doesn’t exist in her vocabulary!
Key Points From This Episode:
- Michelle’s area of expertise and how she is trying to help people through her work.
- An explanation of restrictive eating.
- Why mindfulness is a key part of Michelle’s approach.
- The three food-related questions that you should be asking yourself.
- What Michelle learned through her own experience of restrictive dieting.
- Dealing with cravings; Michelle’s recommendation.
- Why the phrase “I can’t have” shouldn’t be a part of your vocabulary with regard to food.
- The value of learning to listen to your body.
- Downsides of a weight-centered approach to dieting.
- Factors, other than hunger, that drive us to eat.
- Why we should only focus on one task at a time (eating counts as a task!)
- Problems with speed-eating, and a mental reframing that will help you slow down.
Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
Am I Hungry? Website
Dr. Michelle May on LinkedIn
Dr. Michelle May on Instagram
Allison Tannis on LinkedIn
Allison Tannis on Instagram
Natural Health Influencer on Instagram
Natural Health Influencer Facebook Group