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Thintervention’s Dr. Ramani Durvasala on How to End Emotional Eating

Written on February 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm , by

The doctor is in...(Photo by Paige Craig Photography)

In “Are You Normal About Food” from our March issue, more than half of the 2,400 women polled for the piece admitted to negative emotions after a binge (guilt, depression, sickness…). For more insight into this topic, we turned to a pro who has dealt with emotional eating and lost 85 pounds herself. Dr. Ramani Durvasala, the psychologist from Bravo’s Thintervention with Jackie Warner, told us about the reasons behind emotional eating and how to manage it.

How do you know if you’re an emotional eater?
First, examine how you talk about food. Do you use passionate, emotional terms like “love,” “obsessed” or “adore” to describe a certain snack or meal? I used to refer to food in that way and then I realized I don’t talk about much else that way ever—maybe just my kids!

A few other signals include eating in secret, feeling anxious or out of control around food, using food for a non-food purpose (such as a reward or a numbing tool) or not achieving success on several weight loss programs in the past.

Can it be “cured” or just “managed?”
Believe me, even after losing the weight, I still struggle everyday with emotional eating. I wish I could eat all that I want whenever I want, but I can’t. And that’s frustrating! Emotional eating is a lot like other addictions, and never really go away. It usually begins to develop in childhood, so you basically have to learn to deal with your triggers and preemptively plan to make good choices.

Read on for Dr. Durvasala’s five tips for emotional eaters…

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Get to Know: Tre Armstrong

Written on February 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm , by

(Photo by Robin Waters)

Photo by Robin Waters

You may not know her name (yet) but Toronto-born Tre Armstrong has certainly made her mark on the dancing world. Armstrong, a choreographer and actress, has danced on Saturday Night Live, was the mastermind behind the steps in MTV’s Turn the Beat Around and is a judge on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. She’s shared moves with countless celebrities, including Jessica Alba, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Missy Elliot and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs. And now Armstrong’s giving back through her new company, A New D.A.E.I., to help up and coming dancers find their feet in the industry.

We spoke with Armstrong about her Michael Jackson-influenced childhood, what makes a stand out dancer on her competition reality show and how we too, can step up our game (we’ll take any dance tips we can get)!

FITNESS: How did you get involved in the dance industry?

Tre Armstrong: It’s that old cliche, my mom said I was dancing in the womb. When I was five, my mom would play Michael Jackson’s Thriller album over and over again and I’d bounce off the walls. She thought I needed an energy outlet, so she signed me up for dance classes.

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