Transform your relationship with food and your body!
Do you struggle with emotional eating or binge eating? We can help! Retreat with us and together we’ll explore why you eat and show you new skills and strategies to break your binge-repent-repeat cycle. Most important, the Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Retreat for Emotional Eating and Binge Eating will start you on your journey to the big life you crave!
“It’s not what you think. It’s fun and safe and wonderful and challenging. I expected tears but not so much laughter. It was such a pleasure and unexpected delight.”
– Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Emotional and Binge Eating Retreat Participant, Spring 2015
What: Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Retreat for Emotional Eating and Binge Eating
When: 5 days and 4 nights, November 8-12, 2015
Where: Naples Bay Resort in Naples, Florida
Retreat from your busy life to focus on you!
Michelle May, M.D., the author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat and founder of the Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Programs and Training will guide you to eat mindfully and live vibrantly.
Eat Mindfully, Live Vibrantly Workshop and Retreat
What: Our most popular, high-value, affordable, all-inclusive luxury retreat
When: 5 days and 4 nights from September 4-8, 2015 (over Labor Day weekend!)
Where: Red Mountain Resort and Spa in Ivins, Utah (near St. George)
Who: Men, women, and couples (age 18 & up)
Why: Break your eat-repent-repeat cycle and live the vibrant life you crave!
This all-inclusive luxury mindful eating retreat includes:
- Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Workshops facilitated by Michelle May MD
- 5 days/4 nights of deluxe lodging and amenities
- Memorable mindful eating experiences
- Mindful movement opportunities
- Meaningful connections with people who understand and support you
- Password access to our private portal for support before and after your retreat to stay connected
- Time to relax, restore, and renew!
- Continuing education credits available for psychologists and registered dietitians.
Don't just take our word for it...
"This was a profound experience. I have been to retreats before but this far surpassed my expectations. I would recommend giving this gift to yourself. It restores your mind, body, and spirit.” - Winter 2015 Retreat Participant
By Michelle May, M.D.
Woman Choosing Between Apple And Doughnut For SnackIf you were the author of three books (soon to be four with the release of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Athletes) with the title “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat,” you too would bristle every time you heard the phrase, “I can’t have _____________ (fill in food or ingredient).” And these days, people say that a lot!
Words are very powerful. The three words, “I can’t have,” (and the related words, “I’m not allowed to have”) have the power to backfire by triggering deprivation, cravings, rebellion, and the eat-repent-repeat cycle.
When you say “I can’t have,” it strips away your choice and your power. Unless you have a serious food allergy, you’re an adult, so you can have anything you want.
But I want to feel better!
Now perhaps you don’t want the consequences or side effects that you experience when you eat certain foods. In fact, one of the many benefits of mindful eating is awareness of the connections between what (or how much) you eat and how you feel. If you recognize that a particular food leaves you feeling uncomfortable, in the future you may decide to skip that food.
Since you have the power to choose for yourself, use phrases like, “I choose not eat _________,” “I’d rather have __________,” “I prefer __________,” or simply, “No thank you,” to affirm that you’re in charge of the decisions you make.
Rules triggers cravings
More often than not, “I can’t have” is based on a rule from whatever diet you’re following. However, when you say, “I can’t have bread,” or “I can’t eat sugar,” your brain focuses on bread and sugar! With the brain on high alert, you’ll begin to notice bread and sugar everywhere. Since you’re “not allowed to have it,” that triggers feelings of deprivation and cravings that eventually lead to overeating.
On the other hand, the Mindful Eating Cycle is a powerful decision making tool that eliminates the need for all those rules. Instead of focusing on what you can’t have, you use a few new and surprisingly simple strategies to create critical shifts in your relationship with food. You can eat what you love—fearlessly.
But I have diabetes!
Some individuals, such as those who have diabetes or those who have had bariatric surgery, do much better when they limit or eliminate certain foods. Even then, the key to making sustainable changes is to apply mindful eating strategies without turning those limitations into a restrictive diet that you’ll be on for the rest of your life.
Mindful eating is eating with intention and attention. Assuming that your intention is to feel great, think about your dietary decisions as choices you make in order to feel your best, rather than based on what you can or can’t eat. Mindful eating guides you to balance eating for nourishment, health, and enjoyment so you’re free to focus your energy on living your life vibrantly!
(And while we’re talking about the power of words, let’s eliminate “should” and “shouldn’t” too!)