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Day 18: Happy Canada Day!

With all the celebrations going on, the heat of the summer days and the activities going on town, we tend to be away from home more often and turn to restaurants and food carts or indulge in tailgate parties and BBQs and, with all that celebrating going on, it’s hard to stick with a clean eating plan. Sure you can go to a restaurant and order that salad for lunch or dinner but how many calories exactly are in that dressing? Where do these veggies come from? And are you getting enough of the right kind of veggies or just a lot of filler like iceberg lettuce. Here’s my advice: indulge yourself! Let loose! Once in a while it’s ok not to stick to a rigid meal plan. Sometimes it’s even fun to break the rules. Everything in moderation, of course. Attending a friends back yard BBQ? It would be rude not to try something of everything. Go ahead and have a slice of cake or an ice cream cone for desert. Restaurant doesn’t have any whole wheat hamburger buns? Get the white! Host is cooking juicy steaks? Don’t bring your own chicken. You wouldn’t want to be that guy who brings a knife to the gun show (did I say it right hunnie?). It’s an occasion after all – as in occasionally. It doesn’t happen all the time so it’s not a major set back it’s just a little treat for all your hard work so far. Don’t be discouraged and enjoy!

Breakfast: 2 slices of multi grain toast, half mashed avocado spread among the two. Topped with salt and pepper and two fried eggs (no oil). I almost got to eat this one hot, if not for my son.

For lunch we ate at my husbands restaurant and I decided, you know what? I’m going to get the hamburger! It had been a while since I’ve had red meat and, if you’ve been reading along, you know how badly I wanted that cheeseburger. Luckily I know what goes into the burgers (100% ground sirloin, that they ground themselves, with no filler). I asked for no mayo (to make up for the white bun) and no cheese (the lactose thing 😩).

Dinner: I tried so hard to come up with something for dinner tonight, but I couldn’t seem to find a recipe that didn’t send me to the store to get some missing ingredient. I ended up with a tomato, basil, feta (goat) salad drizzled with balsamic vinegar, two carrots cut into matchsticks and one red pepper with hummus.

I am secretly hoping my husband gets off late tonight and doesn’t want dinner because there isn’t anything. Anyways, hope you are enjoying Canada Day!

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