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It’s official—Summer has arrived!  Yeah! Time to spend with family and friends—and you know what that means… Vacations, BBQs, Weddings, Summer Cocktails, Holidays.

How do we navigate all the TEMPTATION?!  It’s time to put on our big girl panties (or big boy tightie-whities) and develop a winning strategy to eat clean this summer before we find ourselves underwater.  Is it possible to celebrate without booze?  Well, of course it is if you want to. Is it possible to have fun without the cake?  The answer is YES but how to do it is the question.

How do we stay focused on our goals? Well, the key to this is discovering our Triggers.  What is it that you sets you off?  What is it that is impossible to say NO to, or, opens the door for other things that are not on your clean eating plan?

For example, have you ever noticed that the mini bar in your hotel room actually knows your name ~ and calls out to you?  Maybe even whispers sweet nothings in your ear until you succumb?!  Yes… seeing all that sweety-salty stuff are Triggers that can seduce the best of us. Solution?  Have it removed (or at least the contents) when you check in to the hotel.  You can even have that arranged before you arrive.  No Trigger, No Temptation, No Trouble!
First step is to know what your Triggers are. C’mon, that’s not too hard to figure out, is it?
Then it’s time to make some decisions IN ADVANCE as to how you want to deal with them.  (Warning: do not wait until you are in the situation. This ranks with going grocery shopping when you are hungry… not a smart idea)
Set up your guidelines and then ask someone to support you so you can be more accountable during the event.  Here are some ideas:
  • “I’m going to eat in advance.” Protein and fats are most satisfying and helps avoid temptation.
  • “I’m going to have 3 bites of my mom’s brownies.” Determine what you will eat/drink and how much of it.
  • “I’m taking my favorite salad to the party.” Take your own food/drink with you.
  • “I’m going to have one glass of wine.” Make it a spritzer by adding a little club soda and lime. (Not only is alcohol liquid sugar but it lowers our resistance to other Trigger foods)
  • “I’m going to go for a 45 minute walk before dinner.  Want to come with me?”  Make time to move – exercise with a friend!
You are worth your goals. You can reach them without sacrificing a good time. Remember, food is not the only way to have a great time.  Focus on your friends and family. And let the Love in!

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