Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Workshop – all the information you need is right here!

Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating 8 Week Workshops

You’ll learn how to:

  • be in charge of your eating instead of feeling out of control
  • eat the foods you love without overeating or guilt
  • end mindless and emotional eating
  • increase your metabolism
  • eat healthier without depriving yourself

What’s Included?:

  • free introductory session
  • 8 weekly workshops, 60-90 min each
  • Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat book by Michelle May, M.D – founder of Am I Hungry?®
  • Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat Companion Workbook and Awareness Journal
  • Daily Mindful Moments to help you stay focused and on track
  • Access to a private Am I Hungry?® member portal to stay in touch with like minded people and ask questions/share insights
  • Access to me as your personal coach for the journey
  • Weekly updates on the topics being covered and major key points

Pricing:

  • Group in-person sessions of 5 or more – $520/pp
  • Private one on one in person sessions – $660
  • Group webinar sessions of 5 or more – $440/pp
  • Private one on one telephonic sessions – $480

Contact for more information: Me!
Tracie Hammond, Licensed Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Program Facilitator
603-387-4418
Thammond5@verizon.net

Who Are We To Judge?

I’ve been doing a lot of reflection on my life lately and I am finding that certain things truly spark my emotions.  I know that I talk about food and size quite a bit but that is where my life has led me.  I know I am not the only one.  So my posts are for those that can relate or have someone in their lives that can relate.

My thoughts right now are about judging people by their size.  It really makes me upset.  If I were to speak honestly I would say it really p*s#*s  me off.  Why?  Because I have lived through it with people I love and watched them be embarrassed by the stares and judgement.

Visualize this.  My Mom, my sister and me on a “girls weekend” to Clearwater Beach, FL.  Mom took a plane (and she hated to fly but Kimberly made it fun for her..thanks Kim!) and we spent 3 wonderful days “just the girls”.  Mom had cancer.  She was on this medication (which I know the name but won’t say because its not the point) which kept her pain to a medium level but the side effects were plentiful.  Inclusive of – shortness of breath, weight gain, fatigue, nausea, etc…the list truly goes on.

Mom was not a big woman generally but this medication really did make her gain weight which she was so self aware of.  She felt like people judged her and thought that they were saying things about her size.  She would say that even though we were on the beach she needed to wear a “moo-moo” over her bathing suit to cover herself up.  She felt like people were looking at every meal she ate and everything she put in her mouth because she felt like they thought she was just overeating.  She was not.

In fact, Mom ate a lot less than she should have during those days.  She kept it “clean and healthy” trying to “beat the cancer”.  She would turn down sweets and things that she liked that weren’t really healthy even though she might have wanted them. My entire family knows this but the general public doesn’t…so they judge.

My plea to you is the next time you see someone who is of a “larger than normal” size (or someone who doesn’t fit YOUR mold…and seriously, you might want to re-evaluate yourself because life is not all about YOU)…don’t judge them.  They could be going through something you would never want to.

I wish my Mom hadn’t spend the last year of her life on a restrictive diet that the “experts” told her to.  I wish she had eaten her strawberry shortcake and ice cream if she wanted it and enjoyed it.    It doesn’t matter now as she is in glory.  However, it might matter to someone who is on their way there.

#Don’t Judge

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Mindfulness and Tragedy

I received the dreaded call a couple weeks ago that my Dad had passed away. Having already lost my Mom 4+ years ago I obviously had a lot of emotions running through me.  I’m not going to go into all of that but I will share with you what Mindfulness has done for me and how it helped me through some of my emotions all the way around.

When Mom passed away I was not in a good place food wise.  I was still on the Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle which I would eat, feel guilty, exercise a lot and restrict my calorie input because of it, and repeat the cycle…over and over again.  It was my way of being “in control” even though I was truly out of control.  So, since I was not able to be truly in tune with my feelings for fear of not being in control, I acted the way I felt others wanted me to .  I gave tissues to other people at my Mom’s service and comforted them for their loss…even though my heart ached beyond words and I was angry others were not comforting me as much as I felt like I was them (I realize now I didn’t allow them to). And then I would go home and eat a plate of brownies to stuff my emotions and as my way of giving the finger to the world.

This time, I allowed myself to feel.  I allowed myself to not be the pillar of strength for everyone else.  I did my best to listen and support my brother, sister, nephews, as well as my other family members, but I allowed for my tears to flow.  I logged off work completely for a week (which I never do) and knew it could all wait until I got back. I told people what I needed and how I was feeling.  I had a classmate from high school tell me she was coming to my Dad’s memorial was rescheduling her work day to be there, which normally I would have insisted she did not do, but I knew I needed her support and wanted to see her, so instead I said “Thank you SO much”.  She came and it meant the world to me.

I did not eat and entire plate of brownies and I did not stop myself from having a cookie if I wanted it.  I did not eat when I didn’t want to and I ate when I knew I needed nourishment.  I did not spend my time thinking about food or how to avoid it or get more.  My point…I was in the moment, mindful of what we were going through.  For someone who had an eating disorder in the past and has finally found her way out of it with mindfulness and mindful eating, this is huge.

It actually isn’t until being home in FL and back to work that I’m looking back on the past couple weeks realizing that I have made such huge strides.  I wasn’t thinking about it then because it wasn’t the focal point.. Where as in the past, no matter the situation, food would have always been some sort of focal point.

Mindful Eating not only changes your life around food but allows you to become more Mindful in every day living.  It truly changes your life.

Don’t Wait Until You Are A Certain Shape or Size Before You Start Living

Life is meant to be lived.  We are not meant to just exist until we are the perfect shape or size society would like us to be.  We are good enough just the way we are.  We deserve to be able to go to the beach, out to a family gathering, attend a high school reunion, etc, without feeling like we need to lose an insane amount of weight before we go.  We deserve the best life has to offer just like all the skinny people of the world do.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t have goals and we shouldn’t make health a priority.  Actually, quite the opposite.  I believe realistic, attainable goals are very important and help to boost our self-esteem and confidence because when set right, we will accomplish them and they will become part of who we are.  I also believe leading a healthy, balanced life is one of the best gifts we can give ourselves.  However, being healthy and balanced does not necessarily mean being a certain shape or size the magazines would tell you to be.  It means providing your body with proper movement that you enjoy, eating nourishing foods that fuel your energy levels and balance your moods, getting enough sleep so you can move and have energy on a daily basis, and having FUN to reduce your stress levels and live life.

I believe that once we stop dieting and wasting so much time worrying about every morsel of food we do eat (or we don’t eat) and replace that with doing things we enjoy doing, our health will increase.  We will start living and see the benefits all the way around!

Don’t wait to be a certain size or shape before you start living.  Life is happening right now.  You are worth it so go get it and have fun doing it!  Your body, mind and spirit will get all the benefits. To Your Health and Happiness!

It’s Not Just What You Eat, But Why

This is a great article that really sheds light on the fact that it is not always about the food.  We eat for MANY reasons.  Worth the read to see if you might have an ah-ha moment like I did!

By Michelle May, M.D.

Many people have the mistaken belief that their problems with food are caused by what and how much they eat. Those are important but they only tell part of the story. In fact, what you eat and how much you eat are strongly affected by why you’re eating in the first place.

The Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Cycle will help you see how each decision you make can affect your other choices.                                                 AmIHungryMindfulEatingCycle
From Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat

As you review the Mindful Eating Cycle, ask yourself the following questions to help you recognize and better understand how you make conscious or subconscious decisions about eating. More important, use these questions to discover possible steps you can take to become more mindful about your decisions.

Why? Why do I eat?
• Why do I think I eat?
• Am I aware of any situations or emotions that trigger me to want to eat when I’m not hungry? Examples: Mealtimes, social events, certain people, stress, boredom, buffets, getting ready to start a diet…
• Have I tried a lot of diets? Did they work for me long term? Why or why not? What happened?

When? When do I feel like eating?
• How often do I feel like eating?
• Can I tell if I’m hungry?
• How could I redirect my attention away from food until I’m hungry?
• What could I do to cope better with my emotional triggers for eating? Examples: Manage stress better; tell someone how I really feel; find a hobby; treat myself to a hot bath; ask for more help around the house…

What? What do I eat?
• What do I eat in a typical day? Would a food diary for a few days help?
• Do I restrict myself from eating certain foods—then later give-in and overeat those foods?
• What health issues do I need to be aware of when deciding what to eat? Examples: High blood pressure, high cholesterol, family history of diabetes.
• What kind of beverages do I drink?
• What types of foods do I feel like eating when I’m eating for emotional reasons? Why?
• Are there any areas of my diet that I could improve right now?
• What specific change would I like to make at this time?
• What kind of foods could I keep on hand to eat when I’m hungry?

How? How do I eat?
• Do I eat while I’m distracted? Examples: Watching T.V.; reading; driving; working; talking…
• Do I eat fast?
• Do I really taste my food?
• Do I eat differently in private than I do in public?

How Much? How much do I eat?
• How do I typically feel when I’m done eating? Do I like that feeling?
• Do I usually clean my plate?
• If I’m not hungry when I start eating, how do I know when to stop?
• What situations or emotions trigger me to overeat?
• What could I do to address those triggers more effectively? Examples: Order less food; ask for a to-go container; get up from the table; turn off the TV; say “no” to food pushers…

Where? Where do I invest the fuel I eat?
• Am I physically active?
• Do I watch too much TV or spend too much free time in front of computer?
• Do I exercise? What do I like to do?
• What else do I do with my energy? Examples: Play with my children; work on my hobbies; volunteer; travel; spend time with friends…
• Is there anything else I’d like to do with my energy that I’m not doing now? What are my goals for my relationships, my career, and my life?

The first step to changing the way you eat is awareness. As you become more mindful of each decision point in your Mindful Eating Cycle, you’ll discover small changes that can make a big difference in why, when, what, how, and how much you eat and where you invest your energy.

Michelle May, M.D. is a recovered yoyo dieter and the award-winning author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: How to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle. Download chapter one at http://amihungry.com/chapter1

Copyright MMXIV, Michelle May, M.D. All rights reserved. For permission to reprint, email enews@AmIHungry.com

The Day A “FAT”Label Was Put On Me – At 5 Years Old

As I go through this process of leaving the diets behind (and I have been on MANY of them) in lieu of learning how to listen to what my body requires for fuel and eating for hunger vs. eating for emotional reasons, many things flash back through my mind.  I am feeling so blessed to have gone through everything I did regarding food issues and yo-yo dieting because it has led me to where I am today and not only am I helping myself, but I am helping others as well.  I want to share my insights in the hopes that it reaches those that can relate to my own struggles so they can know they are not alone and there is hope.

What is on my mind today is I am wondering if we realize what putting labels on children does to their self esteem?  You see, when I was 5 I definitely was a chubby girl but I was happy and had plenty of energy.  I remember playing outside constantly, playing hopscotch, making forts in the woods, climbing the ladder to our hayloft to jump all over the bails of hay, etc.  Life was all about going to kindergarten and coming home to play.  So, what happened?  An adult happened.  Now, I don’t blame this person as she felt she was doing my mother a favor by telling her, but it put a label on me and I remember because I was right there.  This adult told my Mom that the last time she saw me I was chubby but this time I was down right fat and I needed to lose weight.  Yes, those are her words verbatim.  They are forever carved in my brain.  Well, no doubt as to what happened next.  My Mom kicked the woman out of our house and told her to never come back and I haven’t seen her ever again.  My Mom consoled me because I was crying. You see, you think kids don’t understand things but we know that being called fat is not a nice thing and it made me feel different from other kids; like I wasn’t as good because I wasn’t thin.

My wish for all adults out there that when dealing with overweight children is to choose your words and actions carefully.  What adults say and do can truly impact a child’s life.  I have struggled through a life of obesity, dieting and eating disorders and maybe would have anyway, even if it wasn’t for that day.  I will never know and that’s ok.  I am where I am now and I’m good with it because it made me who I am today.  I know I am more than a label; we ALL are!

If you find yourself struggling with eating issues or yo-yo dieting and you truly want to break free of it all, reach out to me.  I’m here to help!

It Isn’t All About the Size of Your Jeans

I’m having a hard time not shouting from the rooftops that being healthy isn’t all about what size jeans you wear. Honestly, is it really down to that?  Let’s stop for just one moment and think about this. If it’s all about what size you are and what you weigh, or how fit you appear to be, then we are saying that every person who fits into the perfect height to weight ratio is healthy and OUR version of ideal  (who made us the “be all end all”?).  We all know that isn’t the case, so why do we continue to put so much emphasis on this?  Are we not past the point yet where we can look beyond the outer shell that we see at first glance? Are we that judgmental of others that if someone appears to be overweight we automatically assume they are lazy and unhealthy.  Do we not realize that someone who is 5’2 and 110 lbs can still have unhealthy habits such as smoking, excessive drinking, not exercising, eating fast food constantly, etc?  If this was the case and we knew these habits would we still consider this person an ideal picture of health?  Of course not.

Let’s put down the judgement book.  Nobody is perfect.  And if someone appears to be bigger than YOU feel they should be and your mind goes into judgy judgmental mode, that’s on you.

My point…we don’t know other people’s journeys and most of us do not take the time to ask.  I know plenty of healthy people who have lost a good amount of weight and are still on their health journeys.  To a stranger, they may still appear to be bigger but these people feel amazing, and they should!  Because it isn’t all about the size of your jeans, it’s about the journey.  And everyone deserves to enjoy it, embrace it and realize they are worth it…without being judged.