Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes: A Mindful Eating Program for Thriving with Prediabetes or Diabetesby Michelle May
After receiving a diagnosis of prediabetes or diabetes, you may believe that the days of eating what you love are over. Between making lifestyle changes, monitoring your blood glucose levels, and preventing complications, it’s only natural to feel overwhelmed. The good news is that you can take charge of your diabetes self-management without deprivation or
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After receiving a diagnosis of prediabetes or diabetes, you may believe that the days of eating what you love are over. Between making lifestyle changes, monitoring your blood glucose levels, and preventing complications, it’s only natural to feel overwhelmed. The good news is that you can take charge of your diabetes self-management without deprivation or guilt.
Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes by Michelle May builds on the mindfulness principles originally provided in her groundbreaking book, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat—principles that can help you live and eat with awareness and intention. In this book, you will learn how to change the way you think about food, how to plan meals mindfully, how to manage medications, and how to be more flexible in managing your condition.
This unique book is a comprehensive, mindfulness-based guide to understanding and managing prediabetes and diabetes. The practical mind-body approaches you'll find within its pages help to shift the conversation from rigid nutrition rules and strict exercise regimens to awareness of beliefs, thoughts, physical states, and habits for long-term lifestyle change. By learning how to make decisions mindfully, you can thrive with diabetes and take an active role in your diabetes care.
“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
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Meet the Author
Michelle May, MD, is a recovered yo-yo dieter and founder of Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Workshops and Facilitator Training Program. She empowers individuals to end mindless and emotional eating without deprivation or guilt. An inspirational speaker and author, her passion and insight stem from her own personal struggles and her professional experiences helping thousands of people eat what they love and love what they eat. She lives in Phoenix, AZ.
Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE, is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, and internationally recognized mindful eating expert living north of Boston, MA. She is a cofounder of The Center for Mindful Eating.
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This book is simply elegant in its approach to mindful eating and living with diabetes. The simplicity in which complex neuro-psychosocial and metabolic processes are described makes the concepts easy to understand, and each section is presented as a Mindful Byte to nurture and enrich ones experience of life with diabetes. As a certified diabetes educator, diabetes health coach, and a person who lives with diabetes, I find this book highly engaging and compelling. I wholeheartedly recommend it to all my clients, and to anyone who has diabetes or finds themselves at risk for development of diabetes. Claire M. Blum, MS Ed, RN, CDE, Program Coordinator, Partners & Peers for Diabetes Care
If you want to learn how to control your diabetes and eat mindfully, this is the book. Dr. May teaches you what diabetes is and how to manage it without depriving yourself.
I have been a diabetic for over 8 yrs and I found this book to be a great learning tool. She understands what we go through and explains everything perfectly. Would highly recomend this book and her retreats if you ever get a chance to go.
All the really important information on diabetes and a balanced and sustainable way to eat happily.
Excellently written guide to good eating habits. Clearly written and pretty simple. Anyone with a need to change eating habits should check it out.
This is a Must-Have book for your home library. “Eat What You Love, Love What you Eat with Diabetes”..., is an outstanding and comprehensive manual for those who are prediabetic or diabetic. It teaches you the how to, want to, way to sustain a new way to manage diabetes for a healthy, thriving lifestyle. The book contains cutting-edge research, self care exercises, healthy lifestyle habits and much more. You will want to re-read and refer to this valuable reference book many times. Mindfulness is the key word in this encompassing and empowering book for thriving with prediabetes or diabetes: mindful awareness of self; mindful awareness of the present moment; a mindful awareness of what, when and why you feel the way you do and what is means; a mindful awareness that YOU can take charge of your health and life. Congratulations to Michele May, MD and Megrette Fletcher, Med, RD, CDE for dedicating their knowledge and research to this life-saving book for those with diabetes.
What a wonderful resource for those managing diabetes and pre-diabetes. The authors' provide a mindfulness program that's accessible and empowering, with an approach that offers structure without rigidity. Their think-care-nourish-live format incorporates all aspects of diabetes self-care from a mindfulness perspective, and the authors present information in a concise, and easy-to-understand way that's not overwhelming. As a dietitian who has read several books on mindfulness, I found this book to be refreshing in its consistency of format, direct yet empathetic tone and singular focus on those managing diabetes.
As a wellness coach I am so very grateful for this fabulous resource!! I recommend it for my clients regularly. It is well written, thorough, packed with must-know information and it is very encouraging. Bravo Megrette and Michelle!! I and my clients thank you.