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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.

Emotional Eating - Break the cycle

Do you find yourself eating even if you're not truly hungry? Or do you turn to food for comfort when you're feeling blue, stressed out or bored? Although emotional eating has become a widespread issue, many of us don't realize that, while the occasional binge may seem harmless, emotional eating that escalates into something hard to control may have severe health repercussions. But don't despair, below are three tips that will help you vanquish emotional eating.

Tip 1: Set yourself up for success

Sometimes life gets in the way and you forget to take care of yourself. That's usually when your body will ‘rebel' and you'll turn to food to soothe yourself. To minimize emotional eating, try to:

Tip 2: Feed your mind, not your inner saboteur urging you to eat

You've had a rough week at work and it's finally Friday night. You already had dinner but suddenly all you can think of is to snuggle up on the couch with a big bowl of buttery popcorn. Before you do that:

Tip 3: Keep healthy food and snacks around

If you don't keep any crisps, cookies or ice-cream tubs at home or at the office, you won't be able to eat them! It's that simple. Now if you really want to munch on something, keep veggie sticks and some hummus dip handy.

Submitted by: Shari

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