Announcing the release of...
Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes: A Mindful Eating Program for Thriving with Diabetes or Prediabetes by Michelle May, M.D. with Megrette Fletcher, M.Ed., R.D., CDE
BONUS! Buy a copy and receive a ticket to attend a private teleseminar with authors Michelle May and Megrette Fletcher! See details below.
Available now from your favorite local bookstore, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com
What is Mindfulness?
At its simplest, mindfulness is awareness of the present moment. Instead of just telling you about it, experience mindfulness for yourself right now. Stop reading for a moment and pay attention to your body in your seat. Simply notice how it feels.
What are you aware of? If you notice that you’re uncomfortable, what could you change to feel more comfortable? Could you shift positions? Get a drink? Grab a blanket?
You may be thinking, Huh? That sounds too simple! All I have to do is pay attention? Besides, how can being more aware help my diabetes?
Focusing on the information available to you right now enables you to make self-care decisions. While it sounds pretty simple, I’ll admit that it’s not always easy. It’s common to “check out” rather than notice our physical sensations, thoughts, and emotions. For example, you may be distracted by television or the Internet, preoccupied with memories of the past or fantasies about the future, or unconsciously responding to triggers you learned years earlier.
The tendency to ignore and even distrust what’s happening right now forces us to act out of old habits instead of using the most current information to make decisions. We have no choice but to react (re-act out the past) rather than respond to what is needed now (response-ability). This tendency to disconnect from what we’re experiencing right now affects every aspect of our lives—including our health.
How Does Mindfulness Help with Diabetes Self-Management?
We believe that the key to diabetes self-management is self. How can you manage your self, without awareness of yourself?!
Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes is the first book to apply the ancient concept of mindfullness to the current problem of diabetes. This rare prescription for managing prediabetes and diabetes guides you to eat mindfully and joyfully by tapping into your "inner expert.” You’ll learn how to become more aware of your body, your thoughts, and your feelings. You’ll soon be making more conscious choices about your eating, physical activity, optimal blood glucose management, and self-care. You’ll develop the new skills and tools necessary for lifelong diabetes self-management and health.
Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes is divided into six parts, each of which is based on a key mindfulness skill: Awareness, Curiosity, Nonjudgment, Being Present, Letting Go, and Acceptance. As you practice these mindfulness skills, you’ll notice a major shift in the way you think. This shift will also positively affect your relationships, work, and other important aspects of your life.
On this foundation of mindfulness, we reconstruct the process of diabetes self-management through a series of manageable, sustainable steps that you can master one at a time. Each of the six parts is divided into four chapters:
Think: Conscious decision making using the mindful eating cycle (based on Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: How to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle)
Care: Information about diabetes and how to prevent the associated complications
Nourish: Nutrition from a nonrestrictive, all-foods-fit perspective
Live: Physical activity that is enjoyable and can be integrated into daily life
Every choice you make is an opportunity to experience and better understand why you do the things you do and to choose differently next time if it will serve you better. Megrette and I have both experienced the profound effect of mindfulness on eating and living. We are excited to share these concepts and skills with you to help you thrive with prediabetes or diabetes!
Eat Mindfully, Live Vibrantly!
Michelle May, M.D.
P.S. I really hope you'll join us for a private teleseminar about diabetes and mindful eating - details below!
BONUS with book purchase!
Private Teleseminar with the Authors
As our way of thanking you for purchasing a copy of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes and inspiring you to begin using your new book to manage your diabetes mindfully, we invite you to join us for this special event!
- Purchase your copy from your favorite local bookstore, Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.com.
- Then visit the registration page.
- Provide your name, email, and verification of purchase.
- You'll then be redirected to a page with information about participating in the call.
- After the teleseminar, you'll receive a link to listen to the recording in case you missed it or want to listen again.
Talk to you soon!
There are several continuing education opportunities coming up for health professionals interested in diabetes - check out the "Where is Michelle?" list on the right.
Better yet, invite Michelle to speak at your next event!
All-Inclusive Summer Retreat!
Mindful Eating, Vibrant Living Retreat
Instead of just a summer get-away, plan a vacation that will nourish your body, mind, heart, and spirit long after your suitcases have been put away!
July 22-27, 2012 at Red Mountain Resort in beautiful Utah
Your all-inclusive retreat includes:
- 6 days and 5 nights of deluxe lodging
- Three delicious healthy meals daily
- Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Workshops by Dr. May
- All resort activities, guided hikes, and fitness classes
Download the detailed retreat packet or check out the retreat page and info packet for all the details.