What do phrases like “no artificial flavours” and “gluten free” have in common? They’re both nutrition myths that are running rampant in our society.

I have come to accept that I am an emotional eater. I eat when I’m stressed, and with school, life, and all the big things that accompany them, I find comfort in food. For some reason, shoving food in my mouth makes my body feel like everything is A-OK, but it’s not.

Five 45-pound plates per side (and then some) wait for him on the bar. That’s 525 pounds. People are staring. He doesn’t seem to notice.

Myth: Low-fat or low-carb diets are the way to go: busted
No. The body’s preferred energy sources are the unrefined carbs which can be found in fruits, vegetables, and grains. It’s the processed grains we want to avoid, like in pastas and pastries. A low-fat diet is discouraged, as many of the low-fat products on the shelves remove the fat and replace them with sugar.

Through my many years of attending and hosting holiday parties, I have picked up a few tips that will help you and your guests enjoy all that delicious food, without the post-holiday pounds.