Last night we went out with friends to celebrate my husbands birthday. While everyone drank wine I ordered a bottle of San Pellegrino sparkling water. The waiter brought me my own wine glass with a lime. I didn’t feel deprived at all. One of the appetizer options was crispy Brussels sprouts with bacon. I asked if they could make it without bacon and they did – they were amazing! For dinner I had roasted vegetables (vegan option). They were delicious and were served with wild rice containing cranberry & pine nuts. After dinner everyone ordered coffee. I ordered a cup on chamomile citrus tea and for dessert some fresh berries. It was delicious. The best part about it is that I had a great time, didn’t feel deprived and left feeling great about my choices. That sure beats the feeling of “wow, I ate too much and I feel awful”. I’m gaining confidence that I will navigate through these holidays and beyond. Cheers to good health!