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Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: How to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  377 ratings  ·  55 reviews
From a physician and recovered yo-yo dieter comes an integrative, easy-to-follow plan that helps readers to stop obsessing about food and weight and start nourishing their bodies and minds to build optimal health, energy, and joy.
Hardcover, 405 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Greenleaf Book Group
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May 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
For as long as I can remember, I have obsessed about calories, points, fat grams, exercise - you name it. It has gotten to the point of ridiculousness, and I have literally felt like I was drowning. This book was like an answer to a prayer for me - and I honestly can say I feel like I have been freed from the diet prison. When you take away the whole concept of forbidden food, you remove power food has over you, and empower yourself over food. The meat of this concept is in the first 2 chapters ...more
Annie Smidt
Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013
Very mixed review on this one. It's not a bad book, per se, but it also wasn't totally for me, in a lot of ways. There was one concept, though, that I found so valuable in the first part that it kept me reading the book to through to the end, even though I found the second, third and fourth parts to be of increasingly little use or interest to me.

The first section of the book is about the psychological aspects of eating and eating patterns. Generally, I found this section interesting and helpfu
Barbara Watkins
Feb 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I love food but it hasn't always loved me back. When I turned forty my metabolism packed up and moved south, along with several other parts of my anatomy. When the numbers on the weight scale started to climb, I panicked. I bought into every fad diet out there, never succeeding my goal to lose and keep off those extra unwanted pounds and inches. However, after reading Dr. May's book my eating habits have drastically changed.

"Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat" by Dr. Michelle May, will change
Deborah Wells
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
FINAL Review:

I like the practical, logical, simple advice in this book: Only eat when you're hungry, make choices that make you feel good, try to understand why you eat when you aren't hungry, take care of the body you were given, and stop trying to look like everyone else.

Pretty obvious.

MID Review:

Interesting book. It's part of the "stop listening to people who are trying to sell you a diet plan, tell you that your body size is "wrong", tell you how you should look and how you should eat, and a
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, food-and-health

I got inspired to do better on page 5 of this book and it hasn't let go yet.
I want to learn to eat instinctively, i.e. eat what I want or feel like eating when I am truly hungry and stop when I am not hungry anymore.

Simple enough, right? Well, maybe with practice, but I am several days into this and I feel great and I do not feel deprived and I don't have to count calories. YAY!

The author gives you enough boost to want to change your eating habits and your lifestyle without any dieting whatsoev
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this book was really great, especially the beginning parts that deal with the psychology of dieting and eating. i loved her little mantras and inclusion of stories to help illustrate the points she was trying to make, most notably the story of her patient who compared hunger to filling his car with gas: you wouldn’t stop at every gas station if your car was full so why would you eat when you weren’t hungry? since the book does not endorse a free for all eating mentality (she does give guidelines ...more
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
For someone who has struggled with weight issues all my life this book was an complete "aha" moment. It is NOT a diet book (although it has some really tasty looking recipes in it). It is how to change your relationship with food from the dysfunctional -- eat this, not that, this is good, that is bad, etc. to looking at what natural hunger signals you've learned to suppress from your body and looking at food as VERY enjoyable fuel.

It will probably take a few more readings of key chapters to tot
Desiree Wills Velazco
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. I would recommend it to anyone. It gave a healthy, sensical, intentional approach to being healthy. Probably the most infuential to me health book I've read.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
It's worth reading the first third. That part really helped me understand that some of my own "disordered eating" behaviors aren't really based on my relationship to food. It's other mental drama that manifests in mindless eating patterns, and that's what I really need to focus on.

The food advice in the middle contradicts the author's "eat what your body needs, don't worry about good vs bad foods." It was frustrating. And in some areas... not actually good advice. Unfortunately, that carried thr
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I think the best parts of this book were the “Mindful Moments” snippets featured in each chapter. There was so much wisdom here. I really appreciated that she dove into what drives us to eat, but I agree with other reviewers who argued that the nutrition and exercise sections read like a diet manual/textbook. However, I think these sections would be helpful if you had little to no knowledge of nutrition or were just beginning to exercise.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you're tired of diets and you're willing to do the difficult internal work required, this is the book for you. It's not a diet book and there are no banned foods. If you're looking for a quick fix, don't read the book - you won't like it. I took a long time to finish as I was digesting the material and applying it to my life. I have a long road ahead of me, but I'm finally facing my demons and learning to eat to nourish my body.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall I really liked this book. Some of the concepts have really helped with my ED recovery process, particularly the mantra of "I am in charge" as a means to transfer my food relationship from control to being in charge of my choices. I recommend this one for people who struggle with compulsive or addictive behaviours around food - particularly binge eaters.
Cathryn Mosher
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I have a very difficult time reading "self help" books, however this was recommended to me and I did jump around a bit to keep myself moving through the book. I probably din't read every single line but was able to understand the purpose and meaning behind my addiction to food.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read this book as part of a Mindfulness Based Eating class through our local Cancer Center. Found the class, workbook and concepts to be incredibly life changing. Explains why diets don’t work and rests your intuitive eating button. Powerful!
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this as part of a free workshop they were offering at work. I learned a lot and it was an easy read.
Monica Rodriguez
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this was totally bogus, but I did end up getting some good ideas from this book, and I find myself more happy with food.
Cathy Fetterman
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I Love this book. It focuses on mindful, balanced eating and gives you strategies to help you achieve this. For those who want freedom from yo yo dieting and help to overcome the shame and guilt associated with overeating, this book is for you. It's not a lose weight book. It's learning how to love and care for your body in healthy ways.
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Eat mindfully and with intention for a healthier you!

This is an easy read and very interesting book. May breaks down the destructive eating cycles that cause us to over eat or make the wrong choices. She successfully takes the emotion out of it and puts you in charge of yourself! If you feel victimized by restricting you’re eating, failing, and suffering the regret of “if I only didn’t.”… Then this is the book for you.
She identifies the thought processes and explains how to correct your thinking
Dec 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, read2009
I didn't fully read, but skimmed this book. I saw enough to know I like what the author has to say. I found it problematic that the author did not appear to mention "Health at Every Size." Perhaps this is because she seems somewhat still concerned about weight, and using her method as a way to encourage weight loss.

She presents her method as self-discovered, yet all her messages were just like those as presented in "Health at Every Size." (I read that one just after skimming this.)

I liked the wa
Raymah Hutchinson
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting book with some very good hints for how to think about what you eat. As I am in an 8 week challenge it has helped a lot.
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great book for people who have issues with overeating, but not so helpful for people who have fears of food and issues with starvation dieting. Definitely not geared toward food anxiety issues and doesn't address the complexities of eating disorders. BUT, absolutely perfect for anyone who has issues with stress eating, overeating, binge eating. Really helps address the ideas of being hungry and being bored or sad or stressed, etc. and recognizing what hunger is. On the flip side, it doesn't addr ...more
Sep 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, health-fitness
If you're not ready to go full on HAES, this is probably a good book. It is pretty good in terms of intuitive eating. The thing is, it has a lot of emphasis on trying to lose weight through intuitive eating, which may happen for some people, but also may not happen for many people. It also has a general premise that if you are overweight, you overeat, which is also not necessarily true (I, for example, undereat on a regular basis). It does talk about restrictive eating cycles, but it spends cons ...more
Jun 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
In January 2009, 3 friends and I formed a group to tackle the "real" reasons why we weren't losing weight. We experienced a great year of deep discussions that covered psychological, emotional, and spiritual reasons that our lives were out of balance as well as exchanged tips and tricks of the diet world.

This book comes the closest to summing up all we talked about. There is no diet program here; rather, it is recognizing and acknowledging the triggers and environments that fail us, and re-lear
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
As with most books of this type, more words are used than seems necessary, just to make it book-size. This could have been written as a booklet and still get the points across. With that said, I still enjoyed the book. I like Michelle May's writing style. And she gave me things to think about .... you say you love food, but you don't savor or even pay attention to it while "enjoying" it. This is so me. As is eating when it's lunch time, regardless of my hunger level. I have made some changes in ...more
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
The psychology in part 1 is the most useful part of the book. I had really high hopes when I saw the page count that the book would expand on the psychology. Instead, the last 3/4 of the book was more a "how to" manual for basic nutrition and exercise. There wasn't anything new there. Still, it was worth the read for the first section. I had fallen into a restrictive mindset lately and started gamifying my Fitbit and LoseIt numbers, and the first section of the book helped me see what I was doin ...more
Mar 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
I found this book on an email generated by that recommended some texts that I might have an interest in. This book exceeded my expectations. Just about 400 pages of the whole process of restructuring your thoughts about health and wellness. I LOVED the graphs and pictures in the book. They helped me to understand the message that Dr. May was trying to get across. The WRITE-YOUR-OWN-RECIPE salad bar spreadsheet was outstanding and you can find it on page 358. I found myself pouring ove ...more
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
This is an easy read with very practical advice. For example, your stomach is the size of your fist. Eat as much as your fist, wait a few minutes, and think about whether you are still hungry. I swear it's like magic--if you can take the time to be mindful of your eating it is easier to eat the appropriate amount. (Not an easy task for many of us with jobs, families, and other responsibilities, but worth it.) No diet plans in this book, you may eat everything (thus the title), but THINK about it ...more
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has some good advice about mindfulness, but is less helpful about HOW to make the mindfulness second nature. A fair amount of the advice is unrealistic or overly optimistic, along the lines of "your body will crave healthy food." Maybe YOUR body did, Dr. May, but everyone's doesn't. Still, I found some of the suggestions useful and think the overall philosophy is one of a healthy approach to food. I'm just not totally convinced it's something that everyone can achieve--it seems to come ...more
Julie Ehlers
Aug 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: intuitive-eating
I've read a lot of books about intuitive eating in the past year, but somehow, this one expressed the whole thing better than the others have, made it all make sense and click into place in a way the others didn't. It's very practical and sensible, which made it all seem doable. It was a wee bit too long/repetitive, otherwise it probably would have received the 5-star treatment. Still recommended.
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“MINDFUL MOMENT: When I’m hungry, I eat what I love. When I’m bored, I do something I love. When I’m lonely, I connect with someone I love. When I feel sad, I remember that I am loved.” 2 likes
“Eating mindfully doesn’t mean eating perfectly. You might eat for pleasure, convenience, or a special occasion like a birthday party, even if you aren’t hungry. You might choose comfort foods when you feel stressed or go out to dinner to reward yourself. You might even overeat sometimes because the food tastes so good that you decide it’s worth feeling uncomfortable afterward. All these are part of balanced eating when you’re mindful and in charge of the decisions you make.” 1 likes
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