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Have you ever downed an entire bag of chips or cookies? Ate a quart of ice cream, or an entire pizza or cake until you felt sick? Drank one too many glasses of wine or liquor?  Do you remember how you were feeling at the time?

I ask because sometimes we overeat or drink to help distract us from emotional pain or stress.  Think about it—have you noticed that sometimes when you overeat you’re not hungry at all? What you are is lonely, angry, sad, stressed, frustrated, tired, bored, or something else.

So I encourage you to HALT (hungry, angry, lonely, tired) and check in with what you're really feeling. Wouldn’t it be more effective to pause, tap into your emotions, and address the real issue? If you’ve been allowing your present health to be affected by other emotions, I urge you to HALT and address those feelings head on.

These steps can help:

H--Hungry? Fuel your body with well balanced meals throughout the day. Eating regular meals that combine healthy fats (avocado, extra virgin olive o...

Heading to a cookout or party this Fourth of July week? That likely means burgers, hot dogs, chips, and cocktails.  As a nutrition and wellness coach, I recommend a few simple tips so you can enjoy both food and friends while staying on track with your healthy habits. 

 1. Eat a healthy snack about an hour before your party.  Don't arrive hungry!  Having a snack that combines fiber, healthy fat, and protein will help keep your hunger at bay so you don’t arrive ready to eat everything that isn't pinned down. Some good choices are low fat organic yogurt with berries, hummus with veggies, turkey breast with flax crackers, or an apple with almond butter.

2. Stay hydrated.  I say it often, I know. But many people eat when they are simply thirsty.  So drink up, that is your H2O. Especially in the heat, make sure to hydrate!

3. Grill vegetables or vegetable kebabs. This is a delicious way to enjoy fresh vegetables. Brush zucchini slices...

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