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Do you approach Thanksgiving dinner with anxiety or excitement?

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Many people that I talk to actually dread the huge abundance of food choices available at Thanksgiving dinner. They end up over thinking their food choices, worrying about their “diets,” and not enjoying themselves.

Large gatherings, centered around sharing delicious food with others, should be such a joyful experience!

But, I know navigating a big Thanksgiving dinner is challenging for many. So, I wrote out my top 7 simple tips (for HuffPost Living Canada) to help make sure you enjoy yourself and go home feeling thankful for the wonderful time you had with your loved ones.

Read my top tips and tricks here: 7 Simple Tips For Navigating A Big Thanksgiving Dinner.

Happy Thanksgiving!

It is the year of the cauliflower (bye, bye kale).

I hope you all had fun ringing in the New Year! I spent New Year’s Eve in 100 Mile House, BC with some great friends, catching up and playing games. It was perfect.

I think this is going to be a great year. I am finishing up my 8th year of university and plan to never go back — or at least have a very long break! Never say never, I do love learning. (I am a nerd, I know).

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Now for some 2015 diet advice:

Family gatherings, special occasions and parties can be detrimental to your weight loss efforts. Here are some easy tips to help you maintain your weight and still attend all those fun parties!

1. Vegetables first : if you fill half your plate with vegetables before anything else there won’t be a lot of room left for all those high calorie foods at the party, and even if you do end up eating them anyway at least you got some vegetables too.

2. Don’t go to parties too hungry: have a large snack before going to a party, that way you can try smaller amounts of the things you want the most without over doing it.

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3. Choose your beverages wisely: calories in beverages add up fast and you won’t even notice them. I find drinking calories a bit of a waste, I would rather eat my calories…by all means have a glass (or two) of wine, eggnog or beer but then switch to a lower calorie drink for the rest of the night. Soda water with a touch of juice, lime or lemon for flavor is a great option.

4.  Keep your hands busy: for example, carry your drink around in the hand you would normally use to grab food with you’ll be more mindful of what you’re sticking in your mouth if you have to set your glass (or something else) down first.

5. Wear body conscious clothes: if you wear something you can “hide” under to a party you will be more likely to indulge. Instead wear a tighter fitting shirt or something with a snug waist band, it may help you stay on track.

One of the best parts (if not the very best part ;) ) about holidays and parties is the food, so enjoy it, but do so mindfully and you will have nothing to regret at the end of the night!



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