Holidays and special occasions are often difficult times to keep with your 'healthy eating' regime. The same goes for fitness professionals, which is the reason this topic came to mind. Recently some friends and I met for lunch. When the waiter asked for my order I felt all eyes on me. It was as though the world had stopped... waiting to hear what I was going to say. Needless to say I felt somewhat uncomfortable. Should I order what I had planned or should I order something they expected? I took a deep breath, thought a minute and placed the order. Was it 100% 'healthy'? No. Was it 100% 'Debbie’s fallen off the nutrition wagon'? No. The order consisted of a bowl of chicken-sausage gumbo and 1/2 of a turkey sandwich with Swiss cheese. One of the people at the table commented on my choice of food. They were surprised... hmmm. Before speaking I thought about what I was going to say to defend myself. My comment was such that I was not going to apologize for ordering something they thought was unusual for me. Was soup and ½ of a sandwich a deadly meal that and would throw me under the bus? No. Why not? Because 90% of the time good sound nutrition is my protocol. Eating clean is a priority for me. However on occasion I eat white bread instead of wheat or enjoy some great Cajun sausage chicken gumbo and I won’t apologize for doing so. (Insert smiley face here). I am now back on track working out regularly, eating clean and smiling all the while. Thanks for listening!