Tired of dieting and binge eating. Time to get off the dieting roller coaster? I recently had the pleasure of reading Michelle May’s, “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat” and immediately wanted to share it with all of you. It is the most practical book about healthy eating I have ever read. Stuck in the eat-repent-repeat cycle? This book helps you move away from the pressures of dieting and the guilt of eating and embodies a more positive food-focused mindset. The author really puts herself into her literature and gives personal examples that help make this book believable.
The book covers four main themes: Think, Nourish, Live, Eat. Each theme suggests focusing on your body’s hunger cues, not ruling out or labeling any “bad foods”. My favorite chapter was “A Flexible Approach to Self Care” because it discusses everyday things that normal people face. It addresses what to do when you get off track, how to measure your own personal change, and differentiating between self-care and neglect. The chapter ends with a life long approach and how you can be the healthy person you really want to be.
This book also includes many healthy, unique recipes that are particularly special because the author and her husband comment on each recipe. Michelle May, the doctor gives health tips for each recipe and her husband, the chef, provides useful cooking tips to ensure success. Each recipe also includes “family notes” that bring the recipe to life and give tips on making the meal enjoyable for everyone.
One of our Registered Dietitians also read the book and said “I like the way the book gets at the heart of America’s obesity problems- the use of foods as a band-aid, entertainment, distraction, and comfort…I’m looking forward to integrating the book’s intuitive eating principles with nutrition know-how as I counsel my clients”
Get away from restrictive rules and dead-end dieting and get back to honoring your thoughts and your body the natural way. When you “eat what you love” you are happier in mind, body, and spirit; don’t deprive yourself of that.
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Blog updated December 2016.