Valley West hosts author, physician Michelle May

SANDWICH – Have you tried to lose weight by cutting down the amount of food you eat? Do you still feel hungry and not satisfied after eating? Or, have you avoided trying to lose weight because you're afraid of feeling hungry all the time? If so, you are not alone.

Many people throw in the towel on weight loss because they feel deprived and hungry when they eat less. Developing a mindful, satisfying way to eat allows you to naturally maintain a healthy weight.

Valley West Community Hospital has announced the return of board-certified physician and author, Dr. Michelle May, to Sandwich for Eat What You Love: A Mindful Eating Experience, at 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 10.

“Her message about ending senseless yo-yo dieting and resolving mindless and emotional eating reverberated with so many attendees in 2010, we just had to bring her back,” said Cindy Johnston RN, BSN, community wellness supervisor.

Valley West invites participants to share a meal at Timber Creek Inn & Convention Center, as May guides participants through her mindful eating techniques as they eat. The event also features hospital and health system booth displays.

“We understand that weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a very personal and sometimes difficult journey. Like Dr. May, we believe that being mindful and making choices that support a healthy lifestyle don’t have to be limiting or restricting. But the first step in that journey begins with changing your relationship with food,” Johnston said.

This year’s program helps people identify their eating patterns and focus on Dr. May’s Mindful Eating Cycle, which involves eating with intention and attention.

Dr. May’s personal weight loss story appears in "Chicken Soup for the Dieter’s Soul." Her latest book, "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat," won seven publishing awards, and was named in the Top 10 Notable New Diet Books of 2010 by Time.com. Her mindless eating message has been featured on Discovery Health Channel and the Dr. Oz Show. She is also the author of "H is for Healthy" and "F is for Fitness;" books that encourage healthy attitudes and behaviors in young children.

Eat What You Love: A Mindful Eating Experience is Tuesday, May 10, at Timber Creek Inn & Suites and Convention Center in Sandwich. The cost for this event is $10 per person, and advance registration is necessary. Register online at valleywest.org.

Valley West Community Hospital, located in Sandwich, is part of the KishHealth System.

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