For some reason, Bank Holiday weekends always seem more than an extra day. And this weekend is no exception.
It also coincides with my birthday. Which is the reason/excuse for why I have been offline for a couple days. To be honest, I’m never that excited about my birthday. I’m not sure why that is and it sounds a bit miserable as I write it down. I know that there are lots of adults that still get childlike excitement about their birthday, treat it as a big thing, a very special day. Me? Nope.
That said, I had a lovely day. For the first time in a few years my whole family were home. So we went to the Everyman cinema to watch Swallows and Amazons (a real old fashioned classic) and then had diner at Polpo. Nice.
How did that fit into my healthy eating plan? Well, I’d say my birthday was in two halves. Late morning I had a healthy brunch of eggs, avocado and tomato. But then at the cinema I shared some sweet and salty popcorn with my daughter (she ate most of it). And at Polpo I let go. It would be a shame not to when faced with such a yummy menu.
And there were cocktails. I chose a ‘negroni sbagliato’ which the waitress described as a ‘light’ negroni because it has prosecco with Campari and sweet vermouth instead of gin. Interesting fact: sbagliato means ‘mistake’ in Italian. A delicious mistake.
Unlike the usual Italian restaurant I didn’t find Polpo’s food carb heavy, so on reflection I didn’t go too far off track. And even if I did, so what, I had a lovely meal with my family and that’s what makes me happy. Know yourself.
And anyway, I had actually built that meal into my plan. Last week I had to decide whether to start Whole30, knowing that I would probably go off piste for one day on my birthday, or wait and restart afterwards. I made the decision better to start. That was definitely the right decision. Although I am an abstainer, I need to know that from time to time I can plan a break and not feel guilty about it. I am already feeling better for eating well all week and in fact my body coped really well with both the ‘non compliant’ food and the alcohol.
The day afterwards I went for a run first thing and was back on my Whole30 plan and feeling good about it.
I’ve just realised that I still haven’t explained the Whole30 plan. I’ll definitely do that tomorrow.
Have a great day. Hx
*With apologies to all the people who are working this bank holiday weekend (my daughter included).