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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.

How about making 'self-care' your New Year's resolution?

The New Year is often synonymous to turning a new page in our lives. As such, we often feel obliged to come up with some sort of list so that we can say we are trying to live healthier. But then why do so many of us have issues keeping our resolutions?

The truth is that it is easy to write down a long list of stuffs we'll start or stop doing - I mean you just need a pen and a piece of paper. However, actually putting the items on that list in practice requires behavior change and once we face the reality of what we've planned to do, we often give up. So what can you do to stick to your health goals? List down a step-by-step plan for each item or break each item into more manageable tasks? Sure you could do that if you want but how about focusing on one single thing?

Instead of jotting down 'eat more veggies', 'drink more water' or 'sleep more', how about focusing only on self care or self appreciation? In other words, your New Year resolution would be loving and taking care of yourself and trying to implement this in everything that you do. That's all.

Let me give you an example: say you wanted to buy new clothes. Before adding anything to your cart, ask yourself if that particular item will help you appreciate yourself better. For instance, many of my patients tend to buy clothes one size smaller 'to remind [them] that they need to lose weight.' My advice: give your body some love when buying clothes - get something that will make you feel comfortable, pretty and confident not a dress that's a constant reminder of something you 'need' to do. If you feel happy in that dress, chances are you will find it easier to:

  1. Eat better - Many women with whom I worked reported that applying the self care advice helped them make healthier choices since they felt happier and are better able to enjoy eating healing, healthy foods. Plus eating whole foods is another way to love your body.
  2. Be more active - The feeling of confidence that comes with loving your body often makes it easier for many to start doing activities they loved but stopped doing because of the looks from others.
  3. Sleep better - If you spent your day feeling great in your clothes, it'll be easier to unwind at night.

What is your New Year resolution? What has worked for you in the past and what was a total fiasco? Share on our facebook page.

Submitted by: Shari

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