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Health at Every Size - these are the buzz words around the internet these days. Are you healthy? Do you want to be healthier?

What is health? The World Health Organization defined health in its broader sense in 1946 as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". Being healthier doesn't mean losing weight. To you it might mean:

We are very happy to announce that we have a Registered Dietician on staff who will be writing our Health At Every Size series as well as answering a reader's question each month. You can read about Shari's philosophy and experience on our staff page. If you have a question for Shari, please email us at

Disclaimer: This advice is not intended to be a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical, health or nutritional advice.

Need More Fruits and Vegetables?

""I'm not a big veggie or fruit eater. There are only a few of each that I really like and I usually only like veggies if they have sauce or gravy on them. What is a good way to incorporate fruits and vegetables in your diet if you're not a big fan of them?""

Many people have a hate-hate relationship with vegetables and the causes are many. You can blame genetics (some people are extra-sensitive to bitter tastes); the pile of Brussels' sprouts you had to gulp down to be excused from the table or withered canned vegetables you ate as a kid. But the fact remains that vegetables and fruits are powerful health allies. Read on for tips that can help you boost your intake.

1. Top up your favorite dishes with the veggies you really like.

Whatever veggie you add to your meal (even if it's a frozen one), remember: Keep the crunch (unless you're using pureed vegetables, of course). Overcooked, mushy vegetables are not only plain gross but most of their nutrients have been destroyed.

So, either enjoy your veggies raw or add them to your stew, soup or sauces at the last minute. To preserve their nutrients and flavor, veggies should retain their original color and have a crunchy texture.

2. Drink your veggies.

I'm talking about green smoothies - start with half a cup of greens, some almond milk and a cup of fresh/frozen fruits and gradually increase to two cups of greens. Believe me, you'll barely taste the greens and you'll get hooked fast.

You can also try vegetable soups such as carrot, watercress, pumpkin, squash, corn, beetroot, red bell pepper and tomato soups, to name a few.

3. Make it fun.


4. Try Purees

Can't stand the sight of a few vegetables? Puree them!

These are only a few tips. Don't be afraid to experiment with your food -the possibilities are endless.

Submitted by: Shari

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