Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Program

A Non-Restrictive Approach to a Sustainable Healthy Lifestyle

Am I Hungry? logoAm I Hungry?® is a non-diet, weight-neutral approach that empowers individuals to take charge of their decisions about eating, physical activity, health and self-care.  Am I Hungry?® is a comprehensive mindful eating program that guides participants to reconnect with their physical signals to guide when, what, and how much to eat without restrictive diet rules and recognize and cope with their triggers for overeating.

This eight-week interactive group program for faculty and staff will begin in person the week of Sept. 27 (north and south campus options). The focus is to help individuals break out of emotional eating cycles using practical, doable strategies.

Sign up for a virtual info session (Sept. 15 or 16 via Zoom) to see if this program is right for you! Prior to the info session, feel free to check out some program details below:

The Am I Hungry® Mindful Eating Program is a eight-week commitment and includes one in-person, 60-minute session each week.

Each week, there will also be:

  • suggested reading of chapters in Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat
  • recommended workbook pages to complete
  • **Each participant receives the Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat book and workbook with enrollment into the program.

You can choose to commit as much time as you would like, but to get the full benefit of the program, it is most beneficial to include the reading and workbook.

*All participants will need to plan a time for the week of Sept. 20 to stop at the Skytop Office Building.  At this time, you will pick up your materials and complete the payroll deduction form.

There will be two group options:

  • South campus
    • 640 Skytop Road, Suite 202
    • Wednesdays (Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10 and 17)
    • 12:30—1:30 p.m.
  • North campus
    • Hall of Languages, Room 500
    • Thursdays (Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11 and 18)
    • Noon—1 p.m.

Covered in the weekly sessions

Think: It is what really differentiates Am I Hungry?® from all other programs as it gives participants the skills and tools to create change on the inside first, so the changes made on the outside will last. Participants are guided through discovery of the Mindful Eating Cycles, a decision-making tool that helps them develop greater awareness and improve their ability to make effective choices around six key decision points:

  • Why do I eat?
  • When do I feel like eating?
  • What do I choose to eat?
  • How do I eat?
  • How much do I eat?
  • Where do I invest my energy?

Covered in the reading assignments

Nourish: The Nourish component provides nutrition education without rigid, unsustainable rules. Participants learn to approach food selection from an “all foods fit” perspective, focusing on meeting the body’s nutritional needs through balance, variety and moderation.

Live: The Live component of the Mindful Eating Program inspires participants to rediscover joy and vitality in physical activity and integrate activity into their daily lives in a satisfying, sustainable way. Live takes a small steps approach to physical fitness, focusing on realistic changes and overcoming internal resistance and external barriers to exercise.

The standard cost of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Program is $100.

All participants enrolled in this pilot will contribute $80 via payroll deductions, but will have the opportunity for a full reimbursement by meeting the attendance criteria.

  • Weekly paid employees agree to have $10 per week deducted after taxes from their paycheck for eight weeks  (Sept. 29 through Nov. 17) for a total of $80.
  • Semi-weekly paid employees agree to have $20 deducted after taxes from four paychecks, approximately 8 weeks (Sept. 30 through Nov. 15), for a total of $80.

You will receive a full reimbursement of $80 via payroll if you:

  • complete the pre- and post- eating cycle assessment
  • attend six of the eight 60-minute sessions
  • complete the post-program evaluation

Please note: you must fulfill all of the above criteria to receive reimbursement.

Throughout the program, trained Am I Hungry?® facilitators, Gail Grozalis and Kim DeStefano will guide participants to:

  • Understand why diets don’t work for most people
  • Be in charge of their eating, instead of feeling a lack of control
  • Consistently eat the foods they love without guilt or overeating
  • Learn how to balance eating for nourishment with eating for enjoyment
  • End mindless, emotional eating
  • Restructure thinking from good and bad foods

According to Michelle May, M.D., founder of Am I Hungry?® and author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat, “Most diets fail because they are negative and unsustainable, leaving the dieter feeling guilty and disappointed. Diets focus on what people should eat without addressing why they eat in the first place. As a result, the overeating cycle is never really broken. Am I Hungry?® is an inside-out approach to eating and self-care that focuses on changing thoughts and feelings first, so changes in behaviors will last.”

Although participants are not given rigid rules to follow, a study of 229 participants showed improved self-efficacy, significantly increased activity, more healthful eating, and gradual weight loss by a majority of the participants. 90% completed the program and nearly all said they would recommend it.