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Your Health: 5-3-13 Emotional eating alternatives

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When feeling stressed or frazzled, many folks turn to food for comfort.

This is known as stress eating, also called emotional eating.

Experts say it happens because stress triggers certain food cravings.

The Harvard Medical School offers these alternatives to emotional eating:

•Meditate, which may help you ease stress and improve impulse control.

•Engage in regular exercise, especially in forms such as yoga or Tai chi.

•Seek support from friends and loved ones when stress takes over.

•Get rid of high-fat, high-sugar foods so you're not tempted when under stress.

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