About the author
Michelle May, M.D., a physician and recovered yo-yo dieter, is the founder and CEO of the award-winning Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Workshops and Facilitator Training Program. Tens of thousands of people have experienced Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Workshops worldwide. They are taught in communities, corporate wellness programs, medical offices, hospitals, and fitness and wellness centers by trained and licensed Am I Hungry?® Facilitators. Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat is based on her workshops.
As an inspirational speaker and author, Michelle's passion for healthy lifestyles stems from her own personal struggle with eating and body image. After years of chronic yo-yo dieting, she resolved her struggle by developing a positive, balanced relationship with food. Her primary goal has been to inspire others to improve their health with her compassionate, constructive, been-there approach.
She has been featured on the Discovery Health Channel, Dr. Oz, and Oprah Radio and has been quoted in Body+Soul, CNN Health, Fitness, Fox News Radio, Glamour, Health, Parade, Parents, Prevention, Self, TIME.com, USA Weekend, US News & World Report, Vim & Vigor, Washington Post, WebMD, Weight Watchers, Woman's Day, Woman's World, and many more. Her personal story appears in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul.
As an expert in the cognitive-behavioral approach to weight management using mindful and intuitive eating strategies, she also advises corporations and organizations on a sustainable approach to nutrition, physical activity, and healthy lifestyles.
Dr. May is a Board Certified Family Physician with 14 years of clinical experience in Phoenix, Arizona. She has "retired" from practice to focus on mindful eating. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Arizona State University and her Medical Degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She completed a three-year Family Medicine Residency at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona where she served as Chief Resident.
She is well respected by her physician colleagues who elected her to serve as President of the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians. She was the Chairperson for the Subcommittee on Women of the 93,000-member American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and was elected to serve in the AAFP Congress of Delegates, the policy forming body of the organization for eight years. She is Past Chair of the Americans in Motion Advisory Panel and the AAFP Women's Health and Physician Wellness Conference. She served on the AAFP Commission on the Health of the Public and Science and the American Medical Association's Healthy Lifestyles' Advisory Panel. She is also a recognized leader in many other professional and community organizations, including the Board of Managers for her local YMCA and Past-President of the National Speakers Association, Arizona Chapter.
Michelle has earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association; she is one of less than 300 women in the world to do so.
Michelle must practice what she preaches in order to balance her personal and professional life while maintaining her own optimal health. She cherishes her relationships with her two children, Tyler and Elyse, regularly enjoys hiking near her home in Phoenix, Arizona, and is a certified yoga instructor. She and her husband, Owen, a professional chef, share a passion for gourmet and healthful cooking, recipe development, wine tasting, and traveling.